Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness



❝Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.❞

A Monster Calls is a deeply moving and emotional story of a boy named Conor, whose mother is ill and there's nothing he can do about it. But that's not what's in this book, no. While Conor's still trying to cope with his mother's illness and bullying in his school, there's a monster outside of his house who might or might not be an imagination. You don't know if the monster is actually a monster, or it's just a dream Conor is having. But that doesn't scare him, because has had far more horrifying nightmare which he can never forget.

It's mainly about Conor, and how his moher's illness affects him and how afraid he is because he knows what's coming next, but he's too afraid to acknowledge. The part that surprised me most is how well the monster and his tales relates to Conor's life. You might think why there is a monster in a story of a boy and his mom, but the way Patrick Ness has written this story, with words which will touch your heart, it all makes sense in the end. To be honest, I had no idea what this book was about, but once I started reading it, I just couldn't put it down. And three hours later, I had finished the book, trying to process everything that happened, and trying to calm down my heart for an emotional rollercoaster that this book was.

This was such a beautiful book. And while reading the book, I couldn't help but think about the monsters people face in their life. Those monsters might not be visible, but they are there, and it doesn't always have to be a bad thing. Because just like in this book, every bad thing, even the monsters have a purpose. Here the monster traded three tales for Conor's one truth, and while it didn't seem that important in the beginning, it all made sense at the end.

This book might be sad, but it also shows the courage it takes to let go. Letting go the only thing that matters in your life, and how important it is. Conor's story definitely touched my heart, the pain he felt for his mother, his constant denial and hoping that his mother would get well, but also afraid of saying the truth, because sometimes becomes more real if you say it, all that was so raw and painful to read. But I am so glad that I picked up this book. I learned so much from it, and I'm sure it's going to stay with me for a very long time.

If you're having second thoughts about it, and think it's over hyped, please just pick up this book and read it! I'm sure you won't regret. It's a small book of 230 pages, but you'll be an emotional mess after finishing it. It's such a beautiful book and need to be read by everyone!


  1. This is such an emotional and powerful book, so I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  2. Beautiful review :) I've heard a lot about this book and really want to read it. Glad you loved it!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words