Book Review: A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My Rating: ★★★☆☆


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.


This was a good book, it had to deal with a heavy subject matter and it did that outstandingly. It’ll make you think about what it would feel like to lose the person that matters most to you, or what it would feel like to deal with the illness of the person that matters most to you.

This book makes you feel Conor’s story, it’s full of lessons/metaphors about people, illness and death, and at the end of it all when I read about Connors truth, I bawled like a baby.

The reason this book was so good, but heartbreakingly sad at the same time was because; I knew how the book was going to end (it was inevitable) but it made me hold on to hope that things could get better.

I did not read the illustrated edition so I did not get the full experience as most people did but it was still an amazing book. For such a short story (200 pages) its amazing how much emotion it makes you feel.

“Stories don’t always have happy endings… Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn’t expect.”

In the end it was an okay book and I give it 3.5 / 5 stars.


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