A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Every time someone saw me with this book, they were like, “Oh I read that back in sixth grade” or something along those lines, so I am assuming I came late to this one.
Regardless of the age that I read it, I loved this book. It was one of those impulse grabs where I wasn’t exactly interested in it, but saw it on the shelves and decided to get it just because I had heard that it was good.
I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Patrick Ness’s voice as a writer was amazing. Everything from his voice down to the pacing of the short book I loved.
It’s not very often that I read books under 300 pages (I wrote a blog post about why, I just never posted it… perhaps I will resurrect it someday), but I loved that this one was just over 200 pages. It was one of those things, were it any longer, the book wouldn’t have carried the same weight.
Roald Dahl along side of C.S Lewis were authors that got me into reading like I am now, and I really had a throw back to my early days of reading with this story. The author’s writing style and the general idea of the story totally reminded me of something that would come from an author like the ones I loved dearly as a small child.
It was quick and engaging and held a certain weight to it, like I have mentioned before. I think if I would have read it when I was younger, I wouldn’t have gotten as much from it, but as an older person, there were times when I had to stop because it had a deeper meaning when I thought about it.
Would Recommend To:
- Someone who likes short reads
- Someone who has enjoyed authors such as Roal Dahl and C.S Lewis (the like)
- Someone who prefers books that aren’t “flighty” and have a deeper meaning
All in all, I loved this book and will certainly be reading it again!