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The monster showed up just after midnight 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 monster in his back garden though this monster is something different Something ancient something wild


10 thoughts on “A Monster Calls

  1. says:

    You can also find this review on my blog Cait's Corner First things first This almost never happens but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book; I clutched my cute little kitty kat and bawledHowever I didn't cry because of what the book in general necessarily but because of what it did to me It drags out your saddest memories and pains kicking and screaming makes you look them right in the face and watch them all happen all over again no matter how much you don't want to It effects you on the deepest levels and makes A Monster Calls really turn into what I think truly deserves the name of a novel This book resonated with me so deeply on so many different levels; it's just astoundingMy dad died suddenly in a span of only thirty short minutes of heart failure three years ago when I was just fifteen Beneath all of the sadness from his passing I've also been horribly mad I never got the opportunity to even see him alive even once on that Tuesday to let my monster come walking and hold me up with its monstrous hands as I said the words I didn't think I'd ever have the bravery to utter All of the little things that you thought would be indelible really can go away just in the last couple of months I can't remember what my dad's voice sounds like any and every time I look in the mirror I see my dad; it's a blessing and a curse to look just like him So for these three long years I've lied to myself; saying things like it was his time and there was nothing I could do to stop it all of those things that people want you to say and expect to hear after the death of a loved one But after this book I like Conor realize that I didn't want him to go dammit He was my dad; the guy that got up every morning early just to tell me that he loved me He was my confidante my every Tuesday night ice cream sandwich date my Trekkie my best friend And I learned from A Monster Calls that it's okay to be selfish like that because you need to be able to say that you want to hold onto the people you love most before you can truly let go I'm not saying that the change for me will be immediate but this amazing novel by Patrick Ness showed me that it really is okay That right there is one of the best things that a novel can do to truly be able to affect a person to a core And that's what A Monster Calls did to me in ways than oneI could also relate to Conor's feelings of being alone ignored and being treated specially just because of circumstance Not only were the stares practically unbearable but it reminded me every day of what I'd lost You begin to shrink inside yourself in order to avoid it all and at the time you want to become unseen to your fellow classmates; because being invisible is better than the stares the pity the concern Whether your loved one has passed or it's imminent you still don't want to believe that it's actually going to happen or has happened No matter how much you've said the total opposite to yourself and everyone else; there's still a small part of you that thinks they're just been on vacation and are going to walk through that door wrap you in a hug and tell you how much they missed you while they were gone Those stares just diminish that little shred of hope that you've got so Conor and people like myself react by shutting off Again like I and Conor learned once you're shut off it sucks Big time I'm one of those kind of people that is an introvert than extrovert when it comes to emotional pain When my dad died though I broke I cried for a solid hour and even when I was able to stop myself the total shaking of my body didn't stop I can remember everything that night through those shakes my little sister screaming my mom calling and asking in garbled speech if I wanted to see my dad's body one time before the funeral But I couldn't do that I couldn't go Couldn't accept that he was actually gone The shakes didn't stop until I finally fell asleep on my dad's side of the bed hours later I only really cried hard one other time after that a day before my dad's funeral but since then I hated myself for it For being weak and crying when my mom and sisters were needing someone so desparetly to help them I haven't cried like that since then and for a whole year I tried to fill the space my dad left It was useless but I tried I made the meals cleaned the house mowed the lawn did all that I could to ease their pain and worries while only tending to my own late at night silently crying into my pillow What Ness showed me through Conor was that it's okay to cry while others are watching to let them take care of me and what I've dealt with for three long and yet at the same time short three years A Monster Calls was able to let me take some of the pressure and pain out of that bottle of pent up emotions and sadness and I can't thank Patrick Ness and Siobahn Dowd enough for doing that for me through ConnorAnd I loved all of the stories that the monster although I don't really think of him as a monster any which I think is part of the irony of A Monster Calls told Even to the third and final story you really don't know how it's going to end and what the moral or possibly no moral at all is of each one And they're not just a bunch of random stories that have no meaning to the plot They literally are the plot It's what drives the whole story and gives Connor the dimensions beyond just a little boy grieving his dying mother It gives the shading of a character that helps us as readers see his drive and purpose for doing all that he is doing which you just don't find very often these days I wouldn't have been able to relate Conor's feelings of loss and pain without them and that would have been a total shame Can I just say that I absolutely loved the monster because I did He or it or whatever was just such an amazing character His cryptic answers interesting stories the ability to discern what is true and what isn't and was there for Connor when he needed him to be really made him feel like a god or; at least how a god should be At first in the beginning of the book when he started declaring about his many names and how awesome powerful and ageless he was I thought oh here we go again another mightier than thou idiotic deity but Ness's monster talks the talk and walks the walk superbly and graciously I will never forget about the monster made of an ancient Yew tree Maybe someday when I'm ready or even totally unprepared my monster will finally come walking and I sincerely hope for that dayThe writing for the story was perfect It had just the right amount of lyrical prose a pubescent teen's voice and an adult enough sounding idea and story that it will keep practically anyone 13 entertained and effected for the rest of their lives in the best way possible I basically loved everything about this book What I'm about to say next is not a joke It's freaking weird but not a jokeAfter I was finished with this book and sitting in my contemplative and teary eyed silence my mom not even five minutes later walked up and told me something totally shocking knowing nothing of the book and what I'd just read She told us that our close neighbors's daughter who has two kids was diagnosed with severe uterine cancer and that the prognosis for her survival was not good I was totally astounded at the coincidence and meaning of it all The feelings that went through me at this point are really hard to describe but it really goes to show that you never know when it's going to happen and you need to be able to start the process of letting go at any time because you never really know when yours and anyone you love's time is going to be up It was like an extra slap to the face after reading this book about how cruel and sad life can really be sometimes If I have to make any reuest to anyone from reading this review it's to please never regret a single moment and make every single one precious In the end I would recommend this book with all of my heart to anyone and everyone It is touching poignant and amazing You absolutely do not want to miss out on this read


  2. says:

    I got back to my apartment in Bulgaria and thought I'd read a little bit of this novel before I went to bed 2 hours later I was still sat in my original position but by this time I was sobbing my heart out Literally sat there crying like a baby to myself I doubt this book will be everyone's cup of tea but whatever it has it really worked it's magic on meI thought A Monster Calls was pretty much amazing in every way; from it's darkly beautiful illustrations worth buying a paper copy for to the great big touching metaphor that is the backbone of the storyDidn't like The Knife of Never Letting Go? Not a problem Forget it's by the same author whether you liked his previous books or not Pretend you've never heard of Patrick Ness before because this is nothing like anything he has ever written It's nothing like anything I've ever read Where the Chaos Walking trilogy was a fast paced adventure story this is a very moving well written tale of a boy who's mum has cancer It's about loss and that doesn't necessarily mean death and it's also about learning to let go and forgive yourself and others around youThink you've got it? Think you've worked out that the 'monster' is going to be cancer itself? Think againLike I said this is a very different sort of idea credit to the late Siobhan Dowd and not the kind of book where you can guess where it's going It's odd and unpredictable and very sad Conor is one of those tragic but believable characters that you feel for all the way through He faces constant battles in every aspect of his life There's the obvious problem of his mother's illness but also the fact that his dad has moved to America to start a new life with his new wife and baby School offers no escape from Conor's miserable reality either as he finds himself between bullies who pick on him because they can and teachers who make their pity obvious every time they talk to himThen one night a monster visits Conor A dream? An ancient creature that appears to those in need? Anything is possible none of which is important This monster is here for one purpose to tell Conor three stories in exchange for the truth Conor begins to learn that things aren't always as they seem and right and wrong are not so easily definedI loved it It was nothing that I expected but I hope Siobhan Dowd's idea will inspire Patrick Ness to write like this


  3. says:

    Please excuse my ramblings I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful bookAs I am writing this there are still tears coursing down my face black from my mascara I may look like something straight out of a horror movie but my soul feels lighter somehow I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages but it is not It is so not This book is raw and emotional and cathartic It deals with grief loss and anger in ways I have never read about before but only experienced I don't know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once


  4. says:

    Such a beautiful and gripping story I feel like this is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it


  5. says:

    I just read this book from cover to coverI have no idea how to rate itIt is the worst book I've readI would never be able to recommend itbecause I hated itIt's ripped my heart in twoIt'll make you think of losing the one person who means the most to you Or it'll make you think of those you've already lostIt's not a happy book but it's an important one


  6. says:

    ”The monster showed up just after midnight As they do”Seven minutes after midnight ANDone hour after finishing the booksits in a pile of tissues and STILL weeps This was me on SaturdayThis is me now four days after reading the booksits down to write a proper review but immediately starts to cry again I can’t write a review about this book I just can’t Heaven knows I’ve tried to but whenever I think about “A Monster Calls” I’m tearing up again Just to think about this book is already dangerous It makes you feel it causes your heart to ache it makes your throat go tight with sadness and pain It forces you to thinkAnd this probably might be the most dangerous thing ”Stories are the wildest things of all the monster rumbled Stories chase and bite and hunt”I can’t even tell you what exactly causes me to cry Maybe it’s the entire book maybe it’s the monsters painful wisdom maybe it’s just the bitter truth?All I know is that this story moved me It moved me on a level books rarely do and it’s one of those books you wish you never read but at the same time you’re so glad that you actually did Which makes absolutely no sense but it is what it is ”Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary And your mind will punish you for believing both”No matter how old and wrinkled I’ll become I’ll always remember this story and it will always have a place in my heart ALWAYS So I guess what it comes down to is that I won’t talk about this bookI won’t talk about a boy who was forced to grow up way too fastI won’t talk about his anger and despair about his hope and fearsI won’t talk about his crushing loneliness or his endless pain I won’t talk about a mother who tried to do what’s best for her sonI won’t talk about her frustration and helplessness about her worries and concernsI won’t talk about her unconditional love for her boy nor will I talk about her courage and strength I won’t talk about a grandmother that didn’t know how to deal with the situationI won’t talk about her mental overload or that she was so very anxious and afraidI won’t talk about her display cabinet or her inability to find the right wordsI won’t judge her because Conor’s mother is her daughter too ”You’re not even going to punish me?”“What would be the point Con?” his father said shaking his head “What could possibly be the point?” NO I won’t talk about real friends and bulliesI won’t speak about teachers that did the wrong thing for the right reasonsI won’t mention kind monstersbecause I won’t talk about the freaking TRUTH I just won’tBecause I’m crying once again and I can’t type any Because as the mother of a child to read this book was so very painful Because the truth hurts and it’s easier to close your eyes There are all kinds of monsters in the worldbut those who make you feelWell those are certainly the worst TTview spoilerThose uotes destroyed me and since they give away so much of the plot I decided to place them in a spoiler tag Oh gosh did they hurt sobs I could relate so much to Conor’s mum and the horrible situation she had to face To be forced to leave your own child cries again “I’m sorry son” his mum said tears sneaking out of her eyes now even though she kept up her smile “I’ve never been sorry about anything in my life” ”You be as angry as you need to be” she said “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise Not your grandma not your dad no one And if you need to break things then by God you break them good and hard”He couldn’t look at her He just couldn’t“And if one day” she said really crying now “you look back and you feel bad for being so angry if you feel bad for being so angry at me that you couldn’t even speak to me then you have to know Conor you have to know that it was okay It was okay That I knew I know okay? I know everything you need to tell me without you having to say it out loud All right?” ”Conor held tightly onto his motherAnd by doing so he could finally let her go” hide spoiler


  7. says:

    In the dark of night when the house is still what fears creep into your heart? For Conor O'Malley his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight He's half convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind But how can they be when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster's existence the next day?Conor's nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for cancer He's also dealing with a father who lives far away and is engrossed with his new family a brisk and determined grandma who doesn't understand him and schoolmates who don't seem to see him any As readers learn and about Conor's story and the terrible monster who comes to visit it is impossible not to feel worry and fear and sadness for this boy whose must shoulder problems that have toppled many adults before him But even in his anger and pain Conor's defiant spirit shows flashes of dry humor and painful hopefulness that are difficult to witness but make him impossibly endearing A Monster Calls is a middle grade children's book but it's a children's book in the way that Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein wrote children's books that is the surface stories are certainly well written and compelling but underneath that are the themes of confusion and loneliness and sadness that elevate them to timeless works of literature And while A Monster Calls chooses to confront its demons literally than some other books may it does so with such fierce intelligence and ease that it never feels didactic or forced the fire in Conor's chest suddenly blazed suddenly burned like it would eat him alive It was the truth he knew it was A moan started in his throat a moan that rose into a cry and then a loud wordless yell and he opened his mouth and the fire came blazing out to consume everything bursting over the blackness over the yew tree too setting it ablaze along with the rest of the worldThis an incredible book about the enormous burdens of responsibility and grief and loss I read most of it with anxiety in my heart and as the story intensified the ache in my throat got worse and worse By the time I reached the end hot tears were dripping onto the last two pages and continued to fall as I immediately read those pages again and as I read them yet againBut than anything else I felt a great deal of love as I was reading this Love for Conor love for his mum love for his grandma and love for everyone who has ever experienced a profound loss This is such a beautiful book such an important book and one that I think so many children and so many adults will appreciate I cannot imagine that there will be another children's book written this year that will provide such a moving and emotionally truthful experience or one that will so easily become an instant classic In just 215 pages A Monster Calls shatters your heart and then wraps it up tightly again so that you can go and be present in the world as an infinitely wiser loving human beingAbout the IllustrationsThe words themselves are powerful and full of terrible beauty and latent emotion But if you're able do try to get your hands on a copy of the hardcover which is illustrated with wildly expressive artistry that complement the story perfectly and captures exactly the right feel for the book I've included some of the illustrations from the book here in this review but if you'd like to see images please visit Jim Kay's website to learn about the process the artist usedAbout the StoryThe story behind this book makes it even poignant Siobhan Dowd the award winning author of numerous young adult novels conceived this idea and the characters and the beginning but died of breast cancer at the age of 47 before she could write the novel Patrick Ness was asked to write the book based on her idea and he succeeded in achieving a work of fiction that both transcends its genre and painfully wrenches your heart This review also appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher image error


  8. says:

    i think this is honestly the best book about grief and coping that i have ever read it was a wonderfully imaginative and truly insightful story i love how it expressed such a tender subject in a really wild but gentle way i wish i had half the creativity and story telling ability that patrick ness has i cant believe such a powerful message was held within such a tiny book it just goes to show that you dont need a lot of words to impact someone if they are the right words ↠ 5 stars


  9. says:

    real sad girl shitya i’m in my tears and i’m in my feelings toothat’s why every time you see me i got tissuesahhhhh


  10. says:

    To see this review and others please visit wwwreadrantrockandrollcom A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book like no other and one that I'll never forget My first rating in January on this book was 4 stars I couldn't figure out why I just didn't love the story I re read it this past weekend and I've revised my reviewThis review may contain spoilers for those who haven't read the bookI was very angry then sad then had mixed emotions in between My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted of an ending or perhaps before the ending Maybe I wanted a different outcome because I was so hopeful for Conor I don't know but after reading it again without a doubt I know I just can't handle the truth As a mom my worst nightmare With that said I've pondered over it and feel this book deserves 5 starsIt's a book I'd still recommend to anyone and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the movieThe illustrations by Jim Kay make the book feel so real This is a book I want to keep forever5 to one powerful storyWatched the movie and loved it but not as much as the book