A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness | Book Review

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness Book Review



“Stories are the wildest things of all, stories chase and bite and hunt”

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.

Okay so I know I’m a bit late on this one, but I’m so thankful that a reading challenge pushed it to the top of my to be read list. Let me start by saying everything people say about this book is true. It’s beautiful, tragic and utterly moving.

“So come and get me then”

Connor O’Malley is a kid that shines with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and is completely easy to fall in love with. As you go through the complex journey with him, his story will pull at your heartstrings and his immense strength will bring you to tears.

“Stories of how I toppled enemies, Stories of how I slew dragons”

The Monster reminds me of a mix between the riddler, the boogie man and the BFG. Somehow, it works perfectly. The character is so interesting that I want another book dedicated solely to him. After finishing the book I’m left with a sense of intrigue at the mysterious entity of the character. The dynamic of Connor of The Monster is also a joy to read. 

“ I have come to get you, Connor O’Malley”

“Stories are important, they can be more important then anything. If they carry the truth” 

This is the first book I have read buy Ness and it certainly wont be the last, the prose in the book is effortless and poetic. Each page hits you right in the gut with it’s elegant beauty and dark humour. Ness also manages to fill the book with life lessons, from the monster teaching Connor to Connor learning on his own. This is a book that will make you think, when you finish I guarantee you will be reflecting on it for days after finishing it. It’s a short book with a big impact.

I have once again found a book that was impossible to put down. Please please treat yourself to this read, just don’t blame me if you don’t have tissues near by.

“You do not write your life with words, you write it with actions”