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A Monster Calls

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  113,514 Ratings  ·  21,263 Reviews
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
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Published September 27th 2011 by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio (first published May 5th 2011)
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Cait
Sep 24, 2011 Cait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can also find this review on my blog, Cait's Corner!

First things first: This almost never happens, but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book; I clutched my cute little kitty-kat and bawled.



However, I didn't cry because of what the book in general, necessarily, but because of what it did to me. It drags out your saddest memories and pains, kicking and screaming, makes you look them right in the face and watch them all happen all over again, no matter how much you don't want
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Zoë
Dec 19, 2016 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please excuse my ramblings, I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional. I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful book.

As I am writing this, there are still tears coursing down my face--black from my mascara. I may look like something straight out of a horror movie, but my soul feels lighter somehow. I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotion
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Emily May
May 22, 2011 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011


I got back to my apartment in Bulgaria and thought I'd read a little bit of this novel before I went to bed. 2 hours later I was still sat in my original position but by this time I was sobbing my heart out. Literally sat there crying like a baby to myself. I doubt this book will be everyone's cup of tea but, whatever it has, it really worked it's magic on me.

I thought A Monster Calls was pretty much amazing in every way; from it's darkly beautiful illustrations (worth buying a paper copy for)
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Wendy Darling
In the dark of night, when the house is still, what fears creep into your heart? For Conor O'Malley, his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight. He's half-convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind. But how can they be, when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster's existence the next day?

Conor's nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for
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The Holy Terror
I just read this book from cover to cover.

I have no idea how to rate it.

It is the worst book I've read.

I would never be able to recommend it,

because I hated it.

It's ripped my heart in two.

It'll make you think of losing the one person who means the most to you.

Or it'll make you think of those you've already lost.

It's not a happy book, but it's an important one.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Such a beautiful and gripping story. I feel like this is one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it.
karen
Nov 14, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
this book is a perfect modern fairy tale.

not a nice disney one with singing birds where everyone gets to go home with their prince and all of their limbs, but the older, darker kind involving foot-choppery and decimation.

lemme step back a bit. i added this book to my to-read shelf the moment i saw its cover here on goodreads.com. i knew nothing about it except that something in me bellowed "WANT!" i did not win it in the firstreads giveaway (naturally) and as more and more people began writing r
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Steph Sinclair

A Monster Calls has to be the most inventive book I've read this year. And I find myself struggling to put in words how much this book has touched me. But it did. If you haven't read A Monster Calls, I suggest you immediately purchase it. Don't read the e-book because you would miss out on the amazing artwork. This book is stunning. Masterfully written and beautifully drawn.

I remember the first time a book made me cry like this. I was in eighth grade in my English class, sitting under my desk i
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Reynje
I don’t think I can write a review for this book. I feel neither equipped, nor inclined, to make an evaluation of A Monster Calls based strictly on its literary style and merits. (Therefore, if you’re looking for an analysis of the plot, characters etc – you will be better served with another review).

So I’m writing a response instead. Or, I will attempt to.

I have a difficult relationship with books that deal with the subject of death and grief.

Occasionally, I find a book that is moving and re
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Lola  Reviewer
A Monster Calls did not constitute what I first visualized in term of story, plot and themes.

Due to the spooky cover, mystifying title and evasive blurb, my mind pictured something closer to the fantasy world than our contemporary one. Yet, the author remarkably brought together the real and the unreal, inserted in the narration that which touches one, can tear another apart and is a component of what we call ‘‘life,’’ and skilfully unfolded what laid deep inside Conor hidden…in the fragile corn
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Alejandro
Aug 22, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great book!


A BOOK FOR EVERYBODY

Very quick to read so if you are interested on it.

You'll find out that you'd read it in no time.

Also, it helps that it's a page turner, since the story has many elements to keep you hooked to it.

I hate to classify books for some specific age, since I think that books shouldn't have any age or genre.

Books should be read by men or women at any age and they should be as good as effective.

However, one can't deny that the author made this story thinking i
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Sabaa Tahir
Oct 17, 2016 Sabaa Tahir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tears. Lots of them.
Maureen
Oct 28, 2014 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BOOKTUBEATHON 2016 BOOK #7

Well I am a hot mess of emotions right now. This book was so good and so important. It handled grief so well and I just...I am emotional. I think this book is very important and that lots of people should read it and yeah, that's about it.
THERE WERE TEARS.
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)


❝Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.❞


Thank you Goodreads for graciously sending me a signed copy of A Monster Calls!

I'm not crying because this book is sad. I'm crying because this book is my story. It's my family's story. It's my mom's story. A Monster Calls was a difficult book to read. I've seen many readers say they've cried because of the words written on these page
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Chelsea Humphrey
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AMEERA
Jan 19, 2017 AMEERA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
my favorite book until i die
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 12, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not a story, it's A Monster.

Don't read it if u r upset..or have a fearing... don't read it if u lost someone close...don't r
Read it..get it all out..Call the Monster..
"القصص كائنات وحشية، عندما تطلقها من يدري ما الدمار الذي يمكن ان تخلفه"
“Stories are wild creatures, When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”
It's not a story, it's a Wreaking Ball.

وهذه القصة مقصود أن تخلف دمارا، وجعا بالروح.. عن الألم، الحزن، الفقدان، العيش بعد موت
A friend told me it's a life lesson.. n
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Bookables Heather
Holy crap this book BROKE me!
Yulitza Moncada
Nov 04, 2016 Yulitza Moncada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuenta la historia que existen libros que logran hacerte sufrir, reír y llorar todo al mismo tiempo, bueno, eso es lo que produce este libro en el lector.

no tengo palabras para describir lo que experimente con este libro, fue algo totalmente maravilloso y hermoso, la historia de este libro es de esas que te hacen pensar y cuestionarte muchas cosas de tu vida, una historia simple, sencilla, pero muy significante y emotiva, Patrick Ness supo como darnos una historia hermosa, pero a la vez tan des
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Regan
May 09, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is aching.
Lyn
Jan 12, 2017 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TEAR JERKER ALERT!

TEAR JERKER ALERT!

OMG, I’m a 47-year-old DUDE and I almost lost it a couple of times.

There is not always a happy ending. I know this, we all know this, in life as in fiction. Hell, I even welcome it sometimes and give a “meh” to too cheesy a Hollywood ending or even a thumbs down to a deus ex machina. As any reader of Cormac McCarthy knows, sometimes the best ending is not the one that leaves us all warm and fuzzy.

Patrick Ness’s 2011 short novel was based on a concept from Siob
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Lyndsey
I don't believe that you can ever learn everything from a single story.

Many tales and many lessons contribute to an individual's personal truth. However, if you're looking for something that comes close to being a one-stop-shop for all your personal emotional needs, this would be it.

A Monster Calls contains breathtaking art by Jim Kay and is paired with a story of heartbreaking artistry from Patrick Ness.

Do I recommend this book? A million times yes and a million times no. How can I recommend so
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Sophia.
Oh my God. This.
This is why I read.

I don't always find what I'm looking for in the books I read. Most of the time, I'm disappointed. Sometimes I'm so angry because the book is so bad and God, I wasted my time and my money, and I'm never getting it back. And, damn it, if it's so bad, why even keep on reading?

You keep reading, because sometimes, you find a book that blows you away. When you start the book, you're someone. And when you finish the book, you're someone else. Someone different. Some
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J.L.   Sutton
When a monster shows up and talks with 13-year old Conor in Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, the question behind why it has ‘come walking’ immediately arises. Has it appeared to do mischief to Conor or has Conor summoned it and, if so, summoned it to do what? The writing, especially when the monster is around, evokes dreams, faraway lands and ancient creatures. As soon as the monster begins to relate a set of stories, even though I liked the stories, A Monster Calls, along with the issues Conor i ...more
Ariel
Oct 21, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When going into this book, I was expecting a horror/creepy/spooky story, and that isn't what I got.. exactly. What I mean is that the overall tone of the book is creepy, and the drawings definitely are spooky, but the story itself is a contemporary tale about a boy trying to understand the feelings he has in regards to his mothers illness.

I loved this book. I loved it. It is absolutely now one of my "all-time favourites". Here's why:

1) The illustrations: The artwork in this book is BEAUTIFUL. It
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Reading Corner
Feb 12, 2016 Reading Corner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Monster Calls is a heart-wrenching, emotional book with beautiful, dark illustrations that make the story even more enticing as they paint gripping, creepy images that create an engrossing atmosphere.I couldn't put this book down and I had it finished in two, wonderful hours of joyous reading.

The plot centers around, Connor O'Malley, a boy who suffers from strange nightmares, where the yew tree in his garden comes to life in order to tell Connor three tales and states that Connor will tell him
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Raeleen Lemay
Oct 04, 2011 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book was so beautiful.

Christy
"You do not write your life with words, you write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you DO.

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A Monster Calls is a profound and emotional YA book. I listened to the audio version, but I think I need to check out the actual hard copy because I hear the illustrations are fantastic. When I saw the preview for this movie, then heard it was a book, I knew I had to read it. I hate watching movies that were books first before reading the book… and now that I
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Justin
Dec 17, 2014 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like every time I love a YA book I start my review with "I don't read a lot of YA, but..."

So, I don't read a lot of... I mean... Hang on...

Patrick Ness is the best YA author out there. If you haven't read the Chaos Walking trilogy then please put everything in your life on hold and go find a copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go. This is the only book I've read from him outside of that series, but this book is just as amazing. I would also recommend picking up a physical copy of the book
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P
Nov 26, 2014 P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”




Ok ! After watching the movie this week (I was crying until the lady sitting next to me gave me paper handkerchiefs), my perspective on this book was changed irrevocably. A Monster Calls is not a children's book because it's dark, emotional and deep. I want to say that this was just a light read for me, but I can't. This book was gripping, yet it screwed my mind and my life completely after I
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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co
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“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” 4291 likes
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.” 3477 likes
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