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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final story idea of Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself.
Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.
©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Compelling ... powerful and impressive." (Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy)
“Brilliant and elegant, with all the thrills and ambition you would expect from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy." (Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic)
“Haunting, lyrical, powerful, and true. Patrick Ness has crafted a masterful story about grief and loss, love and hope that lingers in the heart like a ghost.” (Libba Bray, author of the Printz Award-winning novel Going Bovine)
"Exceptional ... this is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical, and transcendent." (Meg Rosoff, author of the Printz Award–winning novel How I Live Now)
Patrick Ness has written a book that will stay with me for a very long time. The human condition is so well depicted, our vulnerability, our capacity for self-deception, and our lack of seeing beyond the situation directly in front of us. Isaac's narration kept me enthralled, wanting to know what was next, all the while knowing what the final outcome would be.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
STORIES ARE IMPORTANT
In four hours, we and Connor face divorce, cancer, bullies and loss. Uplifting, this book is not. In an interview in the end, Ness says he wrote this for himself and then he says he wrote it for teenagers. He wanted teenagers to get a real understanding of death without the sugar coating they would normally get. He wanted them to know that things don't always turn out alright or happily ever after. He does this through stories told by a monster and through Connors real life. I commend him for this and believe he does a fine job of accomplishing this. The stories the monster tells are interesting and thought provoking. Connor responds like a preteen or a teenager.
The story had a little of a 1960's feel to it. I did not understand the big deal that was made out of the divorce of Connor's parents. I understand Connor being mad at his dad, but did not understand the school kids making such a big deal out of it. In this day and age with so many parents divorcing, it is not such a big deal to school kids. I don't believe he would be made fun of and bullied, because his parents were divorced. In order to be dramatic I believe Ness over did it on that issue. I also did not like how the conflict was settled. Ness settled it through violence. I understand that kids have to stand up for themselves, but since Ness wanted to be so realistic, he should not have sugar coated the outcome. I thought we as a society were past, Might means Right or the good guys wear white hats and always win.
All in all the story was good. I gave it four stars, but I will admit that I was ready for it to end.
The story was good and very relatable to anyone who has gone through the loss of a loved one. The audio version allowed it a depth (with voice acting) that probably paper back readers would miss out on. The only issue I had with it is that the metaphoric style was pretty heavy handed. You could see the ending coming a mile a way. Perhaps this is because it is young adult fiction. In any case it is a good story.
I lost my mother when I was 32 years old, and this book brought all those feelings flooding back. it was relatable and sad, and I lived it. My only criticism is that I kept thinking to myself, "Why isn't someone taking this kid to a therapist?"
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
So far, "A Monster Calls" ranks toward the bottom because I think it was a great story, but it feels more suited for a middle schooler than a 25-year-old. The book was not what I thought it was going to be. I figured it would be scary, but it was more about grief and loss.
The main character, Conor, was my favorite character because I could feel the pain he must be going through with losing his mother to cancer. Luckily, I have never been through a situation like that, but the author did a great job of encompassing what a teenage boy would be internally and externally battling under these circumstances. I think the author did a good job of getting inside the realm of teenage-hood.
My favorite scene was at the end when he was hugging his mother tightly. I knew he was going to be alright because he finally faced his demons and allowed himself to feel what he was repressing for so long.
I was moved by the scene of Conor holding onto his mother over the cliff with the monster encouraging him to speak the truth. I could feel myself getting into the scene and being in suspense even though I knew what was going to happen. I could feel the tension of the battle that Conor was dealing with inside himself. When he finally broke down and spoke the truth; I felt a sense of relief and satisfaction because he let go of everything he had been holding in.
I think this book would be excellent for a middle schooler or high schooler to read if they are dealing with grief or loss of a loved one because they would be able to relate with what the main character is feeling and dealing with.
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