“A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆☆ ½


Synopsis: 13 year old Conor is going through one of the worst things a child can experience – a mother with cancer, enduring stages of chemotherapy.  Conor is being treated differently everywhere he goes.  Even the school bullies are behaving differently.  Conor just wants everything to stop and be treated like a normal 13 year old boy.

One night, Conor wakes at 12:07am to find the Yew tree in his yard as deformed into a terrifying monster.  The monster tells Conor he has come to tell him three stories, and be told one in return.  A confused Conor believes he is dreaming – until the next morning his floor is covered in Yew leaves.  Why has the monster called on Conor?

Opinion: A beautiful and tragic tale of a little boy dealing with the painful consequences of having a mother with cancer.  It is beautifully written and illustrated.  “A Monster Calls” is a both whimsical and depressing.  A combination of enlightenment and pain.

This is a very short novel, only approximately 200 pages and filled with illustrations.  It is a fast book to get through, although the scarring to your heart and soul… I feel that will be permanent.

The film was released just this past December, and although I have not seen it as of yet, it looks to be a beautifully artistic and faithful version of the novel.  I am immensely looking forward to seeing it.

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