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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2012

I'm not even sure how to classify this book. It's heartbreakingly sad. It's brutally honest, and it's destined to become a classic.

There is a quote by G.K. Chesterton that says,"Fairytales don't teach children that monsters exist. They already know that monsters exist. Fairy tales teach children that monsters can be killed."

I was reminded of that quote when the boy in the story is first confronted with the monster. He's not afraid. He's not afraid because his real life is much scarier.

A monster, Conor thought. A real, honest to goodness monster. In real, waking life. Not in a dream, but here, at his window.
Come to get him.
But Conor didn't run.
In fact, he found he wasn't even frightened.
All he could feel, all he had felt since the monster revealed itself, was a growing disappointment.
Because this wasn't the monster he was expecting.
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