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Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Zach is eighteen. 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?
I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things dow...more
Zach is a high school senior. He is also an alcoholic. His mom is depressed, his dad is an alcoholic, and his brother is abusive. Zach has so much pain in his young life that he blocks out the events that led to his stay in rehab.
With the help of a kind and sympathetic therapist, and his roommates, Rafael, a 53-year-old alcoholic further along in his recovery, and Sharkey, a 27-year-old drug addict, Zach begins to confront his past and discovers that life is worth livin ...more
Anyone who has given this book a high rating clearly has no understanding of addiction or teenagers. The language in this book is tedious and obviously contrived. He uses the same expressions over and over in an effort to sound young, or cool, or edgy, but it mostly just comes off as obnoxious. If I had to guess, the author writes "That really tears m ...more
Zach finds himself in a rehabilitation facility with no memory of his past. He struggles with the monster living in his dreams and inhabiting his thoughts. There are people that help him though - like his therapist Adam, who is always the optimist, and his roommate Rafael, a 53-year-old man with the eyes of a young boy. Through his time at the treatment center he tries to conquer his isolation and vanqu ...more
More than a ...more
As for a satisfying ending, some people like non-endings, like how "The Giver" ended. Some people, like G.R.R. Martin wants everyone dead and long forgotten as time marches on. I, more or less, like happy endings.
And believable, even if its paranormal/mythical, there ...more
"Look," I said, "all I know is that only thing I'm in charge of is Zach."
Adam smiled. "And how are you doing with that?"
"I'm doing a pretty shitty job if you ask me."
I wanted to ask her if she was better. I mean, if she was getting well. I wondered if something changed inside of you. I mean, there was this talk about change all the time and I wondered how an ...more
I have it in my he...more
The book didn't focus on his addiction or anything, and not too much on his family life. Sure, both things are in the book but really the book is about Zach's journey through reh ...more
After reading the absolutely wonderful Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I had to read more of this author’s work.
And so, we have Last Night I Sang to the Monster, published in 2009, and detailing the time in rehab spent by 18-year old Zach, who is an alcoholic with a traumatic past and cannot remember how or why he got there.
I have it in my head that when we’re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people’ ...more
Eighteen-year-old Zach is on a journey to discover himself, not that he deliberately chose to begin that journey. He discovers that he is a severe alcoholic and came very close to dying as a result of it.
He begins to discover who he really is and that it is incredibly difficult to accept himself as capable of being loved as well as giving love. He ends up in a facility for people with similar problems and fights tooth and nail to discover the truth about himself ...more
First of all I'd like to say that this books deserve more than five stars. It's one of the most moving and beutiful books I've ever read and although I finished reading it today I'm certain that Last Night I Sang to the Monster will be an important part of my life for many years to come.
I can't even write a decent review because my love for this book is immense, I can't put it to words.
There isn't any aspect of this book that I didn't love: the title, the protagonist and his relationship with th
Beautifully written and extremely sad.
Zack, 18-years-old, wakes up in rehab and cannot remember how he got there. And he does not want to know. Of course, in rehab old scabs aren’t left alone. They have to be picked at and allowed to fester all over again in the name of healing.
Typical stuff in a novel about addiction so I’m not sure what makes this book so memorable. But memorable it is. Highly recommended.
***spoilers/favorite lines/things I want to remember***
pg. 11: I don’t like ...more
The actual story is beautifully written. The reader finds 18 year old Zach living in a rehab center with no recollection of why he is actually there. You start the book knowing that something so terrible, dreadful, awful probably happened that his own brain wouldn't let h ...more
My five stars are kind of a rare thing. Or they are lately anyway. But I don't think a book has ever made me cry so much and so many times, during its course. It's making me want to get all poetic but I've never been good at poetry.
But this book was beautiful. See, you could call it angst, except I didn't feel the angst, that's not what I felt. I think it's about human fragility and resilience. Just thinking about it makes my eyes start stingin ...more
“I’m not sure God knew what he was doing when he put feelings inside of us. What is the purpose for human emotions? Will somebody please tell me?” (p. 21)
“Carpets get stains and people get scars” (p. 97)
“We couldn’t stop laughing. I mean we were really laughing. And I got to thinking that the whole thing really wasn’t that funny, but we were laughing because there was all these feelings inside us and we didn’t always know what to do with all the feeling that were like knots that needed t ...more
The odd thing is that I would say I didn't really like the writing style, but the emotions behind it got to me through the whole book. Given that I spent a great deal of time over the past 2 weeks dealing with addicts, you'd think I wouldn't want to come home and read about addicts. If it's done well enough, though, it feels recharging rather than depleting. This was recharging. It was emotional and true. Some people get better, som ...more
The book is slow but I liked the way Zach thinks, makes imaginary conversations with people and rejuvenates his relationship with God.
It's not a happy book--Zach is troubled, sad and alcoholic, but it definitely gets better as Zach saves his own life.
It just broke me and put me back together and I wanted to hug pretty much every single character in the book.
Yeah. Just. Read it. Please read it. I already have another one of this author's work lined up. Beautiful.
I had to scroll down four screens of five-star reviews to find one that matched up with my reactions to this book. Granted, I found more to enjoy in the book, but I noticed and was weighed down by every one of these negative elements.
For about 40 pages, no signs of distress, but then started slogging through more as a commitment, like "I should be enjoying this, and I *will* finish it." Would put it down for a day or so then rejoin, and that was always more of a struggle than the tim ...more
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He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humaniti ...more