A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls 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 book.As 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. 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 again.But 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 being.About the Illustrations The 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 used.About the Story The 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 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 me.I 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 story.Didn 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 you.Think you ve got it Think you ve worked out that the monster is going to be cancer itself Think again.Like 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 him.Then 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 defined.I loved it It was nothing that I expected but I hope Siobhan Dowd s idea will inspire Patrick Ness to write like this. I just read this book from cover to cover.I have no idea how to rate it.It is the worst book I ve read.I would never be able to recommend it,because I hated it.It s ripped my heart in two.It 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 lost.It s not a happy book, but it s an important one. 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. The monster showed up just after midnight As they do Seven minutes after midnight ANDone hour after finishing the book sits in a pile of tissues and STILL weeps This was me on Saturday.This is me now, four days after reading the book sits 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 think And this probably might be the most dangerous thingStories 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 isYour 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 A.L.W.A.Y.S So I guess what it comes down to, is that I won t talk about this book.I won t talk about a boy who was forced to grow up way too fast.I won t talk about his anger and despair, about his hope and fears.I 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 son.I won t talk about her frustration and helplessness, about her worries and concerns.I 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 situation.I won t talk about her mental overload or that she was so very anxious and afraid.I won t talk about her display cabinet or her inability to find the right words.I won t judge her because Conor s mother is her daughter tooYou re not even going to punish me What would be the point, Con his father said, shaking his head What could possibly be the pointNO, I won t talk about real friends and bullies.I won t speak about teachers that did the wrong thing for the right reasons.I won t mention kind monsters,because I won t talk about the freaking TRUTH I just won t Because 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 world,but those who make you feel Well, those are certainly the worst TT view spoiler Those quotes 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 againI 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 mother.And by doing so, he could finally let her gohide spoiler Monsteret Kom Lige Efter Midnat Som De Jo G R Men Conor Er Ikke Bange Han Har Frygtet Et Helt Andet Slags Uhyre Uhyret Fra Det Mareridt, Han Har Haft N Sten Hver Nat, Siden Hans Mor Blev Syg Mareridtet Med M Rket, Vinden Og SkrigeneMen Monsteret Uden For Vinduet Er Noget Andet, Noget Vildt Og Det Vil Have Det Farligste Af Alt Det Vil Have SandhedenIndl St Af Christian Engell To see this review and others, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comA 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 review This 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 stars.It s a book I d still recommend to anyone and I m very much looking forward to seeing the movie.The illustrations by Jim Kay make the book feel so real This is a book I want to keep forever.5 to one powerful story.Watched the movie and loved it, but not as much as the book Whyin the world did I re read this right now YESTHIS BOOK IS A HEART BREAKER Conor s mom is dying, he won t believe it He says she s just having her treatments and she will get better like last time I m not really sure if the yew tree monster is in his mind to help him or if it s real I like to think it is a little of both It is there coming to Conor s window trying to get him to come out and talk to it I really liked the graphics in this book, they are not not oh and ah, they are just graphics that tell a tale Conor gets bullied at school, but this doesn t really seem to bother him Maybe it dulls the pain of what s going on with his mom Conor s dad comes back from the states to visit with him a little bit before Conor is living with his grandmother, whom he doesn t seem to like very well at first Conor was hoping the yew tree monster would visit him at her house and he finally did this caused a lot of destruction I ve been thinking it for the longest time, Connor said slowly, painfully, struggling to get the words out I ve known forever she wasn t going to make it, almost from the beginning She said she was getting better because that s what I wanted to hear And I believed her Except I didn t No, the monster said Connor swallowed, still struggling And I started to think how much I wanted it to be over How much I wanted just to stop having to think about it How I couldn t stand the waiting any I couldn t stand how alone it made me feel He really began to cry now, than he thought he d ever done, even than when he found out his mum was ill The yew monster tells stories to Conor, trying to teach him something until he gets to the last story and has to leave I can t say any , I don t want to give out any major spoilers I just know this book is so very good and it will break your little heart It broke Conor s RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE this book is a perfect modern fairy tale.not a nice disney one with singing birds where everyone gets to go home with their prince and all of their limbs, but the older, darker kind involving foot choppery and decimation.lemme step back a bit i added this book to my to read shelf the moment i saw its cover here on goodreads.com i knew nothing about it except that something in me bellowed WANT i did not win it in the firstreads giveaway naturally and as and people began writing reviews for it, i discovered that it was not at all the kind of book i had thought spooky horror , and was in fact something far insidious and lasting.WHY AM I TELLING YOU ALL OF THIS 1 this is how all my reviews are welcome.2 i am afraid of reviewing this book.it is tricky business, isn t it, sometimes on the one hand, if i had not read other reviews on here, i would have gone into it thinking it was going to be a typical horror story and who knows how i would have responded when i found out the actual tone of the book but by not saying anything, who knows if this book will reach the correct audience decisions are hard.i will say this it is a beautiful book and i mean that both in the book as object sense and in its contents don t ever read this book on a device you are missing half its power a unicorn without its horn is just a horse, after all.this is a nearly perfect book that every human should read its treatment of the subject is incredibly sensitive, and conor is someone it is impossible not to feel for although some of the specifics are limited to experiences in childhood, the majority of it has universal kick in the heartedness i could not find an appropriate real word that is all i have it depicts helplessness and bravery and loss so very well and it never feels manipulative, which is so rare in books like these it only missed out on that fifth star because i was sure, after hearing other people s commentary, that is would make me cry why do i have to be such a damn robot but other than that, i cannot recommend this book highly enough read it, write a better review than i have, and then gather your loved ones to you.come to my blog

Patrick Ness, an award winning novelist, has written for England s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co

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