25 Oct 2017


Book Review / A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. 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 monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd - whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself - Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Published:     27th September 2011
Publisher:  Walker Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


What I loved about this story...  What an emotional read this turned out to be!  I had heard that this was a very heart felt story but I hadn't realised how much.  At the beginning, you have the comical relationship between Connor and his mother, where they have eaten curry and ending up farting!    I really can't imagine having to go through what Connor has to go through in this book and I was very surprised at how mature he seemed to be and that he had a very good sense of right and wrong.  If I was being picky, I would have liked to have learned more about his father and why he was not around.

If you have not read this book yet, I have found the best way to go into this book is not to know a great deal about it.   Go into reading this story with no expectation and no hint of what is to come, that was you can enjoy all the emotion that Patrick Ness throws at you.