Published by Walker Books on September 27th 2011
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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.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is so good. I think A Monster Calls is an excellent coming of age story. This book is going to make any reader emotional. I love that the focus is truth. Not just the truth to tell to others but speaking the truth to yourself.
Connor O’Malley suffers from nightmares. he seems to have a requiring nightmare of his mom. he wakes up ever time just before the nightmare ends. then Connor has a new dream, a yew tree comes to life to tell Connor three stories. When the yew tree is done with his three stories, Connor has to tell the yew tree a fourth story. The fourth story is supposed to be Connor’s truth.
This story is so full of emotion. one has to deal with growing up and the sickness of a parent. If you are looking for a light read than this is not your book. this book will cause tears. The writing in this story is amazing. Ness did a great job with the is book. I am glad that he was able to make something of Siobhan Dowd’s idea.
On a side note. I recently saw the movie and I think the movie was executed extremely well. I enjoyed all the actors and actresses. I think the perfect people were chosen for these parts. The CGI was well done. The movie will make you cry just as much as the book. I think the movie deserves five stars as well.