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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: requires-tissues, ya-fiction, serious-subject-matter
Read in December, 2011

Why I picked it up: I’ve heard lots of good things about it and the premise really intrigued me.

Conor is thirteen and he lives with his Mum, who has cancer. A Monster starts coming to his house just after midnight. Conor thinks he dreams the monster until he finds signs of the monster in the morning. The monster has stories to tell, stories that don’t make sense to Conor.

It’s very hard to describe this book. It is amazing and beautiful and heartbreaking. I thought it seemed to be a very honest and yet fantastic look at the thoughts and emotions of a young person going through a tremendous loss. I’ve seen many comments about the stark black & white drawings. While they are beautiful, I got so caught up in the emotion of the story that I frequently forgot to look at the pictures.

My favorite quote: “You do not write your life with words
the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do "
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