A Monster Calls – Five heart-synching melodic stars!

Because this book synched with my heart and undid me!

About the book

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

[Public Library book]

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 one 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 is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.









I had never heard of this book before. It was never in my TBR pile. I picked this book because the movie was hitting the theaters and I always want to read the books before I watch the movie. I was taking the kids to watch it this weekend. Not anymore. NOPE.

This book is a wrenching concoction of beauty and despair. The book is extraordinary, The illustrations, something else. Just as important as the story. That’s why the 5-star rating.

But as far as the review… I’m not even sure I can write a proper review for this book! So this will be very brief.

The first three quarters of the book was like listening to my favorite classic piece: moonlight sonata. Elegant, beautiful, elating. The story resonating at the same frequency of my heartbeats. My heart was caught in a rapture of feels that was the life of this dadless, bullied boy dealing with his mom sickness. Connor instantly achieved “my precious boy” status. The one I reserve for characters like Harry Potter or the Little Prince.

So I was like: I’m buying this book! You may know by now I never buy books. So this book was going to be among the very few “chosen” to have a place in my mini bookshelf with my other treasures.

Then I reached the last quarter…

Total heart apocalypse.

I had to put it aside a few times. I took me about three days to finish the last quarter of the book. It got WAY too close and too personal. It took me down memory lane much more I was prepared for. Divorce. Broken family. Long painful sickness. Loss. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.



I like the feels But. Not. This.

Nope. Not nice Patrick. 🙁

No review I can write could ever express what this book did to me at the end. So I won’t even try. I don’t think I’m THAT good of a writer yet! Or at least that’s how I feel now: at a loss of words. I can’t find the appropriate adjectives or metaphors.

AND I don’t think, at least not now, that I want to subject myself to this again. So, I’m not sure if I’m buying the book or watching the movie.

If you like the Little Prince and the Giving Tree you may like this book. Hope you enjoy it. I did. Sort of.

Here is the trailer. Enjoy it!


What abou tyou? Have you read this book? watched the movie? HOW DID YOU FEEL???

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