Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness; Jim Kay (Illustrator); Siobhan Dowd (Conception)
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: September 27th 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Hardcover, 215 pages
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 is my first Patrick Ness book and it’s good and heartbreaking. It really did touch my heart and if the story ended up with 5 or so more pages, I would have been crying right now. Almost.
The book is well-written and imaginative with a simple narrative that follows the story of Connor O’Malley, whose mom is suffering from a cancer. He’s father left them with a new family. And everyone at school—his teachers, obviously shows their pity towards him. And those thing hurt him.
It is about loss and letting go of someone who really matters to you the most. Forgiving everyone and even yourself.
But I could have given this a perfect 5 stars if it is not the lack of characterization. Everyone is interesting. I like Harry and Lily and even Connor’s grandmother. Maybe a little bit more details about them would do. And I also liked the banter between Connor and the monster. That there is still a room for funny moments in this sad story.