Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness


Genre: Magic realism, [Middle-Grade]

Page Count and Format: 237 pages, Paperback

Published: May 7th, 2015 by Walker Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

My Thoughts

A Monster Calls was such a heart warming read and it was so unique at the same time. It’s very difficult to review a book like this without giving the entire thing away so this review is going to be short.

Conor doesn’t have many friends, especially after her mother got ill, he didn’t want to be pitied by other so he mostly stayed alone. But when the monster comes, he demands an answer from him, he wants the truth. Will Conor finally accept the truth and tell it?

This book had a unique blend of storytelling which made it hard to put it down. Conor’s mother is ill and he tries to put a brave face on as he faces the world. He faces bullying in school and then there’s the monster who won’t go away without knowing the truth that he demands from Conor. I liked the monster but I sometimes felt angry when he didn’t agree with Conor though I knew his intentions were quite… wise.

I simply loved the voice and the style of this book. The monster tells Conor a few particular stories before he tells him he wants one from him too. I really felt for Conor and I soo wish I could give him a hug. Although the story dealt with magic realism but it was deeply rooted in realism as well.

Overall, A Monster Calls was a heartfelt read. I loved the plot and the characters and well pretty much everything! The pace was even throughout the book. I definitely can’t wait to read more by this author.

Recommend it?


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17 thoughts on “Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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  3. Patrick Ness is one of those authors other bloggers boast about all the time but I’m not familiar with his work at all nor do I know what book to start with. This one looks promising though; especially if they are going to make it into a movie. Maybe I should give this one a whirl.

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  4. Loved this review! It was short but really compels me to go get the book. I’ve only seen fantastic things about this! Which is surprising, as not a lot of Middle Grade books get such rave reviews. Great to know you enjoyed it as well 😀

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