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17 October 2011

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: Hardcover, 205
Young Adult
Date Published:
September 27th 2011
Source: Publisher

As they do. 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 one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. . . .
This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.

     I can't even begin to try and put this amazing books into words. I began this book expecting a light read and  maybe some thrills here and there. A Monster Calls ended up being a great tale which brought up important realizations in life and many things for you to think about once you finished it. From beginning to end I was hooked into A Monster Calls.
     The cast of characters that appeared in A Monster Calls were brilliant. I would say the story focused around Conor and the monster that appears in his backyard every night. The monster tells Conor that he will tell him 3 stories and at the end he must tell the monster one.At first he thought the monster was there to harm but in the end he ended up teaching him a valuable lesson, the truth. Conor must face something that in the end will actually make you tear up a little.
     The writing style of  A Monster Calls is the part that makes the story so amazing. I absolutely loved Mr. Ness's writing style. The stories the monster tells are also a great added aspect.He intertwines a meaningful story with humor and slight action throughout. He makes each character unique and writes for it a unique voice. The book relays a truth that we all must live by and that is the truth. Also there are awesome illustrations throughout the book.
     I doubt there is much more I can say about A Monster Calls without either going on and on about its awesomeness or giving away too much. It truly is  a great book. I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking a good book. I will leave you with these final words A Monster Calls was f***ing awesome. Patrick Ness offers a heart-warming, tearjerker that will keep you up pondering it every night once you finish.

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