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Publisher's Summary

Zach is 18. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that?

©2009 Benjamin Alire Sáenz (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel.... It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens." (Kirkus Reviews)
"There is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope." (Booklist)
"Offering insight into [an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Janie
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  • 10-16-12

A wonderful, wonderful book

A real tear jerker, but without any cloying sentimentality. We travel with Zac on his road from a traumatic past and to sobriety and a hopeful future. The story, told in the first person is excellently written; a real triumph for the author, Benjamin Alire Saenz. Thank god for writers like yourself.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Singing to the Monster

A wonderful young adult that is terrific for older readers also. It had me from the line where the main character says " I have sad written on my heart". It deals with tough issues in such a positive way.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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MacLeod Andrews really stuns me out! 😍

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Mr. Benjamin Alire Saenz wrote ✨ HAPPINESS✨ on my heart when he created this lovely, dark, heartbreaking, life altering, never give up on yourself work of art! <br/><br/>The inside look into those who suffer so many different types of depressions either biologically or from a traumatic event that took place in their life is not only heartbreaking, but scary. And how lucky are we to live in a country where asking for help shows the true strength of someone who wants to better themselves physically and mentally? <br/><br/>Raphael was my hero.<br/><br/>Adam, my Angel.<br/><br/>And Zack, my quiet heart.<br/><br/>Best moment: Meeting Raphael again. 💖<br/><br/>

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Such A Brilliant Novel

Where does Last Night I Sang to the Monster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best novels I've read in a long time

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character. I connect with him a lot.

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'd never heard his interpretations before. He's brilliant.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sometimes its monsters that help us remember.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

An inspiring story of honesty and love through the difficult path to sobriety. Will read again.

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Best book I've listened to in years!

If you personally have lived with a person dealing with addiction or death then this book is for you. I laughed and cried through the entire book. I'm proud to say that Mr Benjamin Alire Saenz is from my neck of the woods, El Paso, TX! And MacLeod Andwers...still the best narrator in my book!

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  • 11-17-14

Powerful stuff

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This very well told story of 18 year old Zach's time in a rehab centre for acholism is a powerful and heart-rending narrative. There is no sentimentality and yet all that is best in human kindness and respect is there. <br/>The reading is equal to the story, a credible and emotional voice that puts you firmly in Zach's world.<br/>Very moving.

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