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A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

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Format: Paperback (Borrowed from Library)
Published: 2nd February 2012
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 215
Series/Standalone?: Standalone
Score: 5 out of 5

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 Synopsis taken from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

I really loved this book, especially the beautifully illustrated version. I went through so many emotions and feelings whilst reading, I’m so glad I read it!

This book is a heartfelt and sad read, which still manages to be uplifting and truly insightful. It deals with a particularly tough subject for children, young adults and adults alike –  a loved one dealing with a terminal illness. I felt like I knew the protagonist extremely well – the characterisation and development is so thorough, Patrick Ness really takes you along on Conor’s journey, it sure is an emotional ride. The story held my interest the whole way through, whilst being completely real and believable.

The ending of this book was so powerful – wow, what an ending! I feel like the ending was justified and it felt right for the book to end in this way. You follow Conor’s struggle with himself and I was happy for him at the end, even considering the difficult circumstances. The illustrations are also fantastic, truly original and powerful – the accompany the story perfectly.

One thing that truly stood out for me was the use of a male protagonist and POV. I thought it was a really interesting way to deal with such a difficult issue, through the eyes and mind of a young male as opposed to the usual female. An added bonus.


A powerful novel dealing with a particularly tragic issue with honesty, integrity and pride. Told through the eyes of a young male, dealing with his own personal struggles and challenges. A wonderful read that I would recommend again and again.


Author: Stacie

UK Lifestyle & Parenting Blogger. Dog Lover. Nutella Obsessed. Diet Coke Drinker.

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