A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: BOOK REVIEW



Book: A Monster Calls

Authors: Patrick Ness

Pages: 240

Reading Format: Audiobook

Read: 2nd August, 2017

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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.


Plot: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

““There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

Wow, what a powerful, amazing, wonderful book.

I will admit, although I was definitely hooked right from the start, I was a little confused about where the story was going. But once I realised, I was totally into it.

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

The characters were fantastic, which I think I must give props to the reader of the audiobook. I honestly don’t think it would’ve been the same if I didn’t read the audiobook, it was brilliantly read!

Connor was such a real character, with raw emotions that really showed. I could feel what he was feeling.

“Don’t think you haven’t lived long enough to have a story to tell.”

There were soooo many different emotions that this book both entailed, and evoked.

It was a powerful story showing how anger, sadness, grief, bullying and heartache is dealt with, and how different people can react in various ways.

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

I wish I had more to say, but just read this. And if you can, listen to the audiobook, that really added to the experience in my opinion.

I would definitely recommend going into this book without knowing anything, like I did.

That’s all,

Kate :)


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