Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This is a heart-wrenching tale that everyone should read. It’s so honest and real and filled with with such honesty.


I’m sitting here, trying to think of how to put this story into words. I’m astounded and completely blown away with this one. It was like someone finally saw everything. All the good and bad and melded it into a story and said, it’s okay. Everything you think, all your feelings… it’s okay. Patrick Ness has a new fan here.

Breathtaking. Inspiring. Utterly Real.

What Conor was dealing with is a tremendous thing for any child to go through, but this book told the story tastefully. It is a book I want to share with my entire family. A Monster Calls delves into humanity, to be visible, yet invisible. To be angry, yet quiet. To be afraid, yet standing bravely in the face of your fears.

An absolutely amazing story. Pick it up now. Read it. This is one no one will regret.

Rating: 4.5 stars!

Favorite quotes: 

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

“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.”

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

“You be as angry as you need to be,” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not your grandma, not your dad, no one. And if you need to break things, then by God, you break them good and hard.”


An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. 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 monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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