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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, fairy-tale, horror, novel, owned, children-s, favorites

This is the story of a boy whose mother is sick, and the monster that comes to call.

It is a sad book, and a true one (in that it speaks a truth, not the truth; I think it is smart enough to realize that the topic it is addressing is not one it can fully dress down in words). I have not decided if it is a kind or a cruel book; if it is kind, it is a terrible sort of kindness.

I wrote, once, seven-months-and-change ago, about how there is a dearth of narratives for accepting that you have finished grieving. This is not about that, but it speaks to the shunning--of aspects, of truth, of a person entire--that arises in response to apparently terminal illness, and I think the topics are related.

It strikes me as very worth reading, and I recommend picking it up most strongly.
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Reading Progress

August 4, 2013 – Started Reading
August 4, 2013 – Shelved
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: fairy-tale
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: horror
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: novel
August 4, 2013 – Shelved as: owned
August 5, 2013 – Shelved as: children-s
August 5, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
August 6, 2013 – Finished Reading

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