Review. . . A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


This book was so beautiful with both the stories and the illustrations! I borrowed this book from my school's library and I definitely need to pick up a copy for myself.


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.

This story is really heavy and it's enlightening in a way. Conor's mother has cancer and it seems as if he's invisible to everyone as they are all avoiding him because his mother is ill. None of the adults are willing to be truthful to him and no one is punishing him. All he wants is for things to go back to normal and for his mother to get better.

My favourite part of this book is when the Monster tells Conor the three stories. It takes some of the story tropes and turns them on their head in a realistic manner.

There's some great quotes in this one too.

"There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between." 
"Stories are the wildest things of all", the monster rumbled. "Stories chase and bite and hunt."
I really recommend this book to people for both it's beautiful illustrations and the beautiful story. There's a lesson to be had from this book. People are complex creatures.
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