At the beginning of this year I came across some reviews for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Once I saw the cover and read the blurb, I had to read it. My first rating was 4 stars because there was something I didn’t love about it. I picked up the book again and re-read it this past weekend. And so the story begins…
Blurb: An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous.
It wants the truth.
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book like no other and one that I’ll never forget.
My first rating in January on this book was 4 stars. I couldn’t figure out why, I just didn’t love the story. I re-read it this past weekend and I’ve revised my review.
*This review may contain spoilers for those who haven’t read the book…
I was very angry, then sad, then had mixed emotions in between. My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted more of an ending, or perhaps more before the ending. Maybe I wanted a different outcome because I was so hopeful for Conor. I don’t know, but after reading it again, without a doubt, I know I just can’t handle the truth. As a mom, my worst nightmare. With that said, I’ve pondered over it and feel this book deserves 5 stars.
It’s a book I’d still recommend to anyone and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the movie.
The illustrations by Jim Kay make the book feel so real. This is a book I want to keep forever and one I’d recommend to anyone.
5 stars to one powerful story…
I was so excited to find out that Monster Calls is now a major motion picture! here’s the trailer below:
I loved the movie, but not as much as the book. The movie had some subtle changes which was different. I’m going with:
About the Author:
He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.
Other books by Patrick Ness: