REVIEW: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This was heartbreakingly beautiful.
It is the story of Connor, whose mum is battling cancer. One night, at exactly 12:07, a monster comes for Connor. But he is not afraid - not of this monster, at least. Until he learns what the monster wants. After telling Connor three stories, the monster wants a story in return.
This is a story about letting go, forgiveness, loss. It is a great representation of grief - complex, mulitlayered, and not just present after someone passed away. It is a battle.
The stories whithin the book teach us that humans are complex. The world is not always fair. What you see is not all there is.
"Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect."
It is a quick read, understandable for all ages, something you can read and read again. It's short, but it hits hard, and it hits home.
It is unpredictable and sad, beautiful and unique.
There is not much I can say and it's hard to put my feelings into words, but it boils down to this: read this book. It will break your heart, but you will not regret it.
"So go. Run with it. Make trouble."
(*Please note: this is the movie tie-in edition and as such it doesn't have the illustrations. Find the original version here.)