TITLE: A Monster Calls
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
TRIGGER WARNING: Cancer, bullying.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: I brought this from BookDepository!
“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.”
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 book is impactful and honest, it left me crying so much towards the end as I related to Connor and felt his pain of a death you can’t stop, but refuse to believe. Death can leave you thinking so many things, guilt, sadness, anger. And this book challenges all those emotions and says, it’s okay to feel like that.
A monster who is meant to bring fear, walks to stand beside a young boy who knows his mother is about to die, to hold his hand and help him though the pain of loss. I think my favourite thing about this book was the monster, His stories and his actions, the way he spoke and what he did made me love with him and I honestly wish everyone had a monster to help them through the death of someone important to them. I honestly never think I can stop raving about the monster himself, so give me a second to explain my love. This is a monster that has torn down cities, has killed and has been alive more years than I can count. Yet, when a boy who can’t even admit his mother is going to die, or that he’s tired of being brave and holding on for her, calls out to him, he comes walking. The thought of something, or someone, like that coming to help a young boy through such a troubling time is genuinely heartwarming.
Now, the actual story, this follows a young boy and his family as his mother tries to hold onto life, while battling cancer. It shows how differently everyone reacts in the family and how it’s okay to not be okay, that crying over someones death is okay. This is a quick read, and can honestly be read in a day, easily. But it’s honestly such a tear jerker towards the end that I had to keep stopping ( I’m a crier, I’m working on it ) The way the story flows is effortless and the words meld together to create this heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love, loss and hope and I genuinely think its something everyone should read because it’s just that impactful.
I also own, ‘the rest of us just live here’ by Patrick Ness, and this book has made me want to pick that up ASAP just to see what other worlds he can craft as beautiuflly.
until next time,