A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls go inside Book You can also find this review on my blog Cait s Corner First things first This almost never happens but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book I clutch

A Monster Calls go inside Book You can also find this review on my blog,Cait's Corner! First things first: This almost never happens, but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book; I clutched my cute little kitty-kat and bawled.However, I didn't cry because of what the book in general, necessarily, but because of what it didto me.It drags out your saddest memories and pains, kicking and screaming, makes you look them right in the face and watch them all happen all over again, no matter how much you don't want to. It effects you on the deepest levels and makes A Monster Calls really turn into what, I think, truly deserves the name ofa novel.This book resonated with me so deeply on so many different levels; it's just astounding.My dad died suddenly, in a span of only thirty short minutes, of heart failure three years ago when I was just fifteen. Beneath all of the sadness from his passing, I've also been horribly mad. I never got the opportunity to even see him alive even once on that Tuesday, to let my monster come walking and hold me up with its monstrous hands as I said the words I didn't think I'd ever have the bravery to utter. All of the little things that you thought would be indelible really can go away, just in the last couple of months I can't remember what my dad's voice sounds like anymore, and every time I look in the mirror, I see my dad; it's a blessing and a curse to look just like him. So for these three long years I've lied to myself; saying things like "it was his time" and "there was nothing I could do to stop it" all of those things that peoplewantyou to say and expect to hear after the death of a loved one. But, after this book, I, like Conor, realize that I didn't want him to go, dammit. He was mydad;the guy that got up every morning early just to tell me that he loved me. He was my confidante, my every Tuesday night ice cream sandwich "date", my Trekkie, my best friend. And I learned from A Monster Calls that it's okay to be selfish like that, because you need to be able to say that you want to hold onto the people you love most before you can truly let go. I'm not saying that the change for me will be immediate, but this amazing novel by Patrick Ness showed me that it really is okay. That, right there, is one of the best things that a novel can do, to truly be able to affect a person to a core. And that's what A Monster Calls did to me in more ways than one.I could also relate to Conor's feelings of being alone, ignored, and being treated "specially" just because of circumstance. Not only were the stares practically unbearable, but it reminded me every day of what I'd lost. You begin to shrink inside yourself in order to avoid it all, and, at the time, youwantto become unseen to your fellow classmates; because being invisible is better than the stares, the pity, the concern. Whether your loved one has passed or it's imminent, youstilldon't want to believe that it's actually going to happen or has happened. No matter how much you've said the total opposite to yourself and everyone else; there's still a small part of you that thinks they're just been on vacation and are going to walk through that door, wrap you in a hug, and tell you how much they missed you while they were gone. Those stares just diminish that little shred of hope that you've got, so Conor and people like myself react by shutting off. Again, like I and Conor learned, once you're shut off, it sucks. Big time. I'm one of those kind of people that is more an introvert than extrovert when it comes to emotional pain. When my dad died, though, I broke. I cried for a solid hour, and even when I was able to stop myself, the total shaking of my body didn't stop. I can remember everything that night through those shakes, my little sister screaming, my mom calling and asking in garbled speech if I wanted to see my dad's body one more time before the funeral. But I couldn't do that. I couldn't go. Couldn't accept that he was actually gone. The shakes didn't stop until I finally fell asleep on my dad's side of the bed hours later. I only really cried hard one other time after that, a day before my dad's funeral, but since then, I hated myself for it. For being weak and crying when my mom and sisters were needing someone so desparetly to help them. I haven't cried like that since then, and for a whole year I tried to fill the space my dad left. It was useless, but I tried: I made the meals, cleaned the house, mowed the lawn, did all that I could to ease their pain and worries while only tending to my own late at night, silently crying into my pillow. What Ness showed me through Conor was that it's okay to cry while others are watching, to let them take care of me and what I've dealt with, for three long, and yet, at the same time, short three years. A Monster Calls was able to let me take some of the pressure and pain out of that bottle of pent-up emotions and sadness, and I can't thank Patrick Ness and Siobahn Dowd enough for doing that for me through Connor.And I loved all of the stories that the monster-although I don't really think of him as a monster anymore which I think is part of the irony of A Monster Calls- told. Even to the third and final story you really don't know how it's going to end and what the moral (or, possibly, no moral at all) is of each one. And they're not just a bunch of random stories that have no meaning to the plot. They literallyarethe plot. It's what drives the whole story and gives Connor the dimensions beyond just a little boy grieving his dying mother. It gives the shading of a character that helps us as readers see his drive and purpose for doing all that he is doing, which you just don't find very often these days. I wouldn't have been able to relate Conor's feelings of loss and pain without them, and that would have been a total shame. Can I just say that I absolutelylovedthe monster, because I did. He, or it, or whatever, was just such an amazing character. His cryptic answers, interesting stories, the ability to discern what is true and what isn't, and was there for Connor when he needed him to be really made him feel like a god, or; at least, how a god should be. At first, in the beginning of the book, when he started declaring about his "many names" and how awesome, powerful, and ageless he was, I thought,oh, here we go again, another mightier-than-thou, idiotic deity,but Ness's monster talks the talk, and walks the walk superbly and graciously. I will never forget about the monster made of an ancient Yew tree. Maybe someday, when I'm ready, or even totally unprepared, my monster will finally come walking, and I sincerely hope for that day.The writing for the story was perfect. It had just the right amount of lyrical prose, a pubescent teen's voice, and an adult enough sounding idea and story that it will keep practically anyone 13+ entertained and effected for the rest of their lives in the best way possible. I basically loved everything about this book. What I'm about to say next isnota joke. It's freaking weird, but not a joke:After I was finished with this book and sitting in my contemplative and teary-eyed silence, my mom, not even five minutes later, walked up and told me something totally shocking, knowing nothing of the book and what I'd just read. She told us that our close neighbors's daughter-who has two kids- was diagnosed with severe uterine cancer, and that the prognosis for her survival was not good. I was totally astounded at the coincidence and meaning of it all. The feelings that went through me at this point are really hard to describe, but it really goes to show that you never know when it's going to happen, and you need to be able to start the process of letting go at any time, because you never really know when yours and anyone you love's time is going to be up. It was like an extra slap to the face after reading this book about how cruel-and sad- life can really be, sometimes. If I have to make any request to anyone from reading this review, it's to, please, never regret a single moment, and make every single one precious. In the end I would recommend this book with all of my heart to anyone and everyone. It is touching, poignant, and amazing. You absolutely do not want to miss out on this read.. The monster showed up after midnight As they do But it isn t the monster Conor s been expecting He s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming This monster, though, is something different Something ancient, something wild And itThe monster showed up after midnight As they do But it isn t the monster Conor s been expecting He s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming This monster, though, is something different Something ancient, something wild And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.It wants the truth.. The best Books A Monster Calls Please excuse my ramblings, I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional. I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful book.As I am writing this, there are still tears coursing down my face--black from my mascara. I may look like something straight out of a horror movie, but my soul feels lighter somehow. I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotional and cathartic. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I have never read about before, but only experienced. I don't know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once.

About Author

  1. Patrick Ness, an award winning novelist, has written for England s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children s Book Award Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

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  1. You can also find this review on my blog,Cait s Corner First things first This almost never happens, but I have to admit that I cried at the end of this book I clutched my cute little kitty kat and bawled.However, I didn t cry because of what the book in general, necessarily, but because of what it didto me.It drags out your saddest memories and pains, kicking and screaming, makes you look them right in the face and watch them all happen all over again, no matter how much you don t want to It ef [...]


  2. Please excuse my ramblings, I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful book.As I am writing this, there are still tears coursing down my face black from my mascara I may look like something straight out of a horror movie, but my soul feels lighter somehow I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not It is so not This book is raw and emotional and [...]


  3. I got back to my apartment in Bulgaria and thought I d read a little bit of this novel before I went to bed 2 hours later I was still sat in my original position but by this time I was sobbing my heart out Literally sat there crying like a baby to myself I doubt this book will be everyone s cup of tea but, whatever it has, it really worked it s magic on me.I thought A Monster Calls was pretty much amazing in every way from it s darkly beautiful illustrations worth buying a paper copy for to the [...]


  4. In the dark of night, when the house is still, what fears creep into your heart For Conor O Malley, his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight He s half convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind But how can they be, when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster s existence the next day Conor s nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for can [...]


  5. I just read this book from cover to cover.I have no idea how to rate it.It is the worst book I ve read.I would never be able to recommend it,because I hated it.It s ripped my heart in two.It ll make you think of losing the one person who means the most to you Or it ll make you think of those you ve already lost.It s not a happy book, but it s an important one.



  6. Whyin the world did I re read this right now YESTHIS BOOK IS A HEART BREAKER Conor s mom is dying, he won t believe it He says she s just having her treatments and she will get better like last time I m not really sure if the yew tree monster is in his mind to help him or if it s real I like to think it is a little of both It is there coming to Conor s window trying to get him to come out and talk to it I really liked the graphics in this book, they are not not oh and ah, they are just graphics [...]


  7. this book is a perfect modern fairy talet a nice disney one with singing birds where everyone gets to go home with their prince and all of their limbs, but the older, darker kind involving foot choppery and decimation.lemme step back a bit i added this book to my to read shelf the moment i saw its cover here on i knew nothing about it except that something in me bellowed WANT i did not win it in the firstreads giveaway naturally and as and people began writing reviews for it, i discovered that [...]


  8. To see this review and others, please visit readrantrockandroll A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a book like no other and one that I ll never forget My first rating in January on this book was 4 stars I couldn t figure out why, I just didn t love the story I re read it this past weekend and I ve revised my review This review may contain spoilers for those who haven t read the bookI was very angry, then sad, then had mixed emotions in between My main issue when I first read it was that I wanted [...]


  9. A Monster Calls has to be the most inventive book I ve read this year And I find myself struggling to put in words how much this book has touched me But it did If you haven t read A Monster Calls, I suggest you immediately purchase it Don t read the e book because you would miss out on the amazing artwork This book is stunning Masterfully written and beautifully drawn I remember the first time a book made me cry like this I was in eighth grade in my English class, sitting under my desk in the ba [...]


  10. TEAR JERKER ALERT TEAR JERKER ALERT OMG, I m a 40 plus year old DUDE and I almost lost it a couple of times.There is not always a happy ending I know this, we all know this, in life as in fiction Hell, I even welcome it sometimes and give a meh to too cheesy a Hollywood ending or even a thumbs down to a deus ex machina As any reader of Cormac McCarthy knows, sometimes the best ending is not the one that leaves us all warm and fuzzy.Patrick Ness s 2011 short novel was based on a concept from Siob [...]



  11. I don t think I can write a review for this book I feel neither equipped, nor inclined, to make an evaluation of A Monster Calls based strictly on its literary style and merits Therefore, if you re looking for an analysis of the plot, characters etc you will be better served with another review So I m writing a response instead Or, I will attempt to I have a difficult relationship with books that deal with the subject of death and grief Occasionally, I find a book that is moving and resonant and [...]


  12. A Monster Calls did not constitute what I first visualized in term of story, plot and themes.Due to the spooky cover, mystifying title and evasive blurb, my mind pictured something closer to the fantasy world than our contemporary one Yet, the author remarkably brought together the real and the unreal, inserted in the narration that which touches one, can tear another apart and is a component of what we call life, and skilfully unfolded what laid deep inside Conor hidden in the fragile corners o [...]


  13. Someone please send some chocolate, a hug, and possibly some Irish scotch my way I think I m dying If I m not dead already, that is It s half past midnight, I m an ugly sobbing mess and I think that noise I just heard was either my soul ascending to another dimension or my heart or what s left of it breaking in my chest I feel nothing but numbness right now, though, so it could easily be both I hate this book so much.It touched me in some very sensitive spots, rubbed its salty and bookish paws a [...]



  14. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary And your mind will punish you for believing both Thank you for graciously sending me a signed copy of A Monster Calls I m not crying because this book is sad I m crying because this book is my story It s my family s story It s my mom s story A Monster Calls was a difficult book to read I ve seen many readers say they ve cried because of the words written on these pages But I ve lived this [...]


  15. This is great book A BOOK FOR EVERYBODYVery quick to read so if you are interested on it.You ll find out that you d read it in no time Also, it helps that it s a page turner, since the story has many elements to keep you hooked to it.I hate to classify books for some specific age, since I think that books shouldn t have any age or genre Books should be read by men or women at any age and they should be as good as effective However, one can t deny that the author made this story thinking in kids [...]


  16. Who am I The monster repeated I am the spine the mountains hang upon I am the tears the rivers cry I am the lungs that breathe the wind I am everything untamed and untameable I am this wild earth, come for you Conor O Malley I enjoyed this tale, though I have to admit I wasn t as blown away as the masses of other reviewers seemed to be I ve read a lot of books on tough topics, including illness and while I believe this one was done very well it didn t stand out from among many others However, I [...]


  17. Oh boy I picked this one up on a whim today as it s been sitting on my shelf for ages and I was in the mood for a good cry, seeing as our pending move is getting extremely close This book brought me back to 2008 when my mom was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, then after 3 months turned to stage 4 with a death sentence I ll have you know cancer s ass got beat and she s still in remission after almost 9 full years Cancer books are always hard for me to read, which I think is why I put this o [...]


  18. BOOKTUBEATHON 2016 BOOK 7Well I am a hot mess of emotions right now This book was so good and so important It handled grief so well and I justI am emotional I think this book is very important and that lots of people should read it and yeah, that s about itERE WERE TEARS.


  19. It s not a story, it s A Monster.Don t read it if u r upsetor have a fearing don t read it if u lost someone closen t rRead it.t it all outCall the Monster Stories are wild creatures, When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak It s not a story, it s a Wreaking Ball A friend told me it s a life lesson no, I don t see it that way You think I tell you stories to teach you lessons You think I have coming walking out of time and earth itself to teach you a lesson in niceness It do [...]



  20. I feel like every time I love a YA book I start my review with I don t read a lot of YA, but So, I don t read a lot of I mean Hang onPatrick Ness is the best YA author out there If you haven t read the Chaos Walking trilogy then please put everything in your life on hold and go find a copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go This is the only book I ve read from him outside of that series, but this book is just as amazing I would also recommend picking up a physical copy of the book because the illu [...]




  21. When going into this book, I was expecting a horror creepy spooky story, and that isn t what I got exactly What I mean is that the overall tone of the book is creepy, and the drawings definitely are spooky, but the story itself is a contemporary tale about a boy trying to understand the feelings he has in regards to his mothers illness.I loved this book I loved it It is absolutely now one of my all time favourites Here s why 1 The illustrations The artwork in this book is BEAUTIFUL It isn t all [...]



  22. When a monster shows up and talks with 13 year old Conor in Patrick Ness s A Monster Calls, the question behind why it has come walking immediately arises Has it appeared to do mischief to Conor or has Conor summoned it and, if so, summoned it to do what The writing, especially when the monster is around, evokes dreams, faraway lands and ancient creatures As soon as the monster begins to relate a set of stories, even though I liked the stories, A Monster Calls, along with the issues Conor is dea [...]


  23. At the very early age of 13, Connor has already been through the split of his parents and his dad, remarried, has relocated When his Mom becomes ill with a cancer diagnosis, Connors feelings of fear, anger, hate, and sadness are building and Connor needs help with learning to cope with these feelings and with understanding what the future may hold for him I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to seeing the movie The illustrations in the book were amazing and I have seen the preview [...]


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