A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Series Status: Standalone

Page Count: 215

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one 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 is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Review: I don’t want to talk about this but at the same time I do. This was absolutely beautiful. I loved everything about this.

A Monster Calls tackles a serious topic: cancer. We have all probably read a book about cancer. Novels that use terminal illnesses as a plot device have become popular because of the emotions it evokes within the reader. Now I love The Fault In Our Stars as much as any other reader, but this was so much different. This follows a 13 year old boy who’s mother is battling her own war with cancer. This doesn’t bring tears to your eyes from imagining the pain of losing a lover, but imagining the pain of losing your mother at such a young age.

The character that was created holds your sympathy the entire way throughout this novel. Not only is he dealing with his mother battling cancer, but his dad has moved away and has started a new family. When he goes to school, he is confronted by bullies and looked at with sad, pitiful faces from teachers. He has no friends, and spends his time taking care of his mother after treatments.

I do not have enough words to express my love for this novel. The illustrations were lovely, and it was very short, so it kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened next, what the truth was that the monster wanted so very badly from Conor, and what he had to hide.

Overall, this was a beautifully written novel, and I have no idea what to read next after reading something this good.

I would give this 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to everyone.

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