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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-books

Whew! Wrenching! A masterfully written and illustrated allegorical novel about a family dealing with terminal illness. I'm still puzzling over the intended audience; this is powerful, disturbing stuff. The ending worked for me as a kind of healing catharsis, but would young readers respond as I did? I've shelved it with YA books, but I'm not sure...

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