A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Walker Books Edition
My Ratings: 5/5
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Have you ever come across this quote that says: “YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY”? It is something I, myself struggle with every day. All those negativity that lurks behind your mind, trying to gnaw away your happiness, all that horrible stuff you thought you could shut down with a simple whisper to yourself, “Stop thinking about it”, is exactly what haunts Connor in this book.
Connor is just 10. His mother is battling cancer and he is dealing with a**wipe bullies in school. Every time he goes to sleep, the YEW TREE MONSTER comes by and instead of terrifying him, it tells him a story.
This book just messes with your emotions. It makes you think about a lot of things. Things that have been buried deep in your minds. If you are not ready to face those emotions, this book could fuck it up.
When you were younger, you are told stories of how every good man, no matter how poor, as long he is kind, honest and brave, he will definitely be rewarded by Fairy Godmother or Guardian Angels, RIGHT? Your mother would constantly remind you to be good because good things await good people. However, as you grow older, you realize those stories are just merely stories. People are not just plain good or honest, they are complicated. Sometimes, you are just not sure if being good is the way to go. Because, you just tend to see people who are not nice, are usually rewarded, and people who are kind are just, you know, continue suffering. All the unfairness and injustice? THIS BOOK IS ABOUT ALL THAT.
MOST DESIRABLE CHARACTER
The Monster, is my favorite. The depiction of the monster and the way it tells a story charms my little heart. It’s a great choice of monster, I daresay.
MOST NON-DESIRABLE CHARACTER
I absolutely despised Connor’s dad. He is extremely irresponsible. I do not understand how parents could be so heartless.
This is my first ever book by Patrick Ness. I am very sure that I will pick up another book by him judging by the awesomeness of this one. I am not sure, if I am the only one who feels this way about the book. This book talks about your deepest fear, and gives you the biggest lesson about life.