#Blogmas2016 | Book Review | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I recently saw the trailer in the cinema for A Monster Calls and I felt scared. I honestly thought it was going to be a horror film and I hadn't realised it was a book.

When I saw it was the girl gang book club book of the month and it was in the zoella book club with WH Smiths (I bought the first set and was impressed) it made me buy it and I decided to read it straight away before even taking photos to make sure I was in time for the chat and as I type I’m planning on rereading it right away so that I can go through and make notes ready for the chat and to try and make sense of it all.

And at time of editing the post I'm still only half way through my second read and I missed the chat.


It’s a fairly short book and has taken me a couple of hours (4 tram rides) to read. This morning I whimpered, then let out a loud sobs I read a page on the tram. Meaning everyone turned to stare at me.

The first thing you need to do is read the Authors Note at the beginning. I found this really moving and has a important and hopefully spoiler free details in it.

The story itself is powerful but not scary or anywhere near as hard going as I expected it to be. Maybe that’s the YA element to it but as a grown up (well I am 35) I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m recommending people read it and i'm still enjoying it the second time round. I'm even putting post it notes in it. 

Its set in England and focuses on Conor a 13 year old boy. His mum is ill with cancer, his dad has a new family in America and his Gran, who isn’t like everyone else's gran. She has an office in her garden and a sitting room just for sitting. No TV (How traumatic for a 13 YO!) (And Me)

Conor has Nightmares on a regular basis since his mum became ill and now a monster calls at the same hour, as the story progresses the monster appears more frequently.

It has a Christmas carol feel with the monster relaying 3 stories and wants a fourth, the fourth being Connors story and it has to be a true one.

It covers a difficult illness that has made Conor a carer at such a young age. It also touches on bullying and dealing with a step family across the other side of the world. 

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