I just finished reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I started it this morning and have been reading it during breaks and reading periods at work and I have finished it. I finished it at 2pm. I read this book from front to back in a few hours (it shouldn’t even have taken that long). I didn’t want to put this book down. I didn’t want to come to the end and yet I was longing for it to end, for the weight of the Monster to lift.
This book was all too familiar to me at this moment in time. And if it’s not familiar to you, you will instantly think of those you love and it will become familiar. You too will know the monster. And you will cry as I have cried. And you will feel Conor’s struggles as I felt his struggles.
This book was heartbreaking, moving, life-questioning, and left me broken. It left me truly lost and truly broken. It brought about self-reflection, and I am left to wonder about my own Monsters which I have called.
I can’t say anything else. I can’t expand upon the vague review I have given because I don’t want to spoil this book for you. Read it before you watch it. And do read it.
“Belief is half of all healing. Belief in the cure, belief in the future that awaits.”
Pros: VERY easy read (a couple hours), beautiful dialogue, powerful content that causes self-reflection
Cons: Heavy subject matter, leaves you broken, you WILL cry in public if you read this in a public space