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A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness

October 10, 2012

A Monster CallsI’ve been itching to read this gorgeous book for ages, and I’m so glad I finally did because it is stunning. It is very difficult to review books you love, I’m finding, and this one is no exception. It is also extremely difficult to summarize, so I’m afraid I’m going to have to do the lazy thing and quote the summary from the book jacket. There’s really no way to say it better:

“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.”

The idea for this story came from the late Siobhan Dowd and it’s an extremely powerful one. Patrick Ness’s writing makes it utterly heart-wrenching and beautiful, and Jim Kane’s illustrations are phenomenal. Basically, this is the sort of book that turns your heart into a punching bag, and I mean that in the best way possible. Read it, and your life will be richer for having done so.

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