An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.The monster showed up just 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 one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner 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 of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.
This was a beautifully sad story that everyone needs in their life. You are taken on a journey of your darkest emotions. Conor is a young man that unfortunately has a lot to deal with. He loves his mother more than anyone else can and she loves him back. The decisions that are made for him with good intentions seem to not be what he wants.
The version of the book that I have has illustrations by Jim Kay. Honestly, if you can get this book, you have to get the illustrated version. You won’t want to miss out on the dreamlike images that help you to have a better understanding about what it’s like for Conor and what’s going on inside of him and out.
5 out of 5 stars.