A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Review

A Monster Calls


  • Title – A Monster Calls
  • Author – Patrick Ness
  • Publisher/Published – Candlewick Press/August 2013
  • Genre – Fantasy/Fiction/Young Adult/Horror

Summary from Goodreads

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Where do I even begin with this. I would say that if I could rate this higher than five stars I would. This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful and I couldn’t put it down, I had to keep reading out of intrigue and awe. I finished this in one sitting and yes I cried, no I sobbed. Many of you have probably heard about this book and know what it is about but in case there are people who don’t know I wont go into much detail and spoil it because I genuinely think everyone should read this to experience the whole effect. From Conor to the monster to the ending it was all wonderful and heartbreaking. The monster tells Conor three stories and as you read you slowly find out how it links to Conor. I don’t really know what else to say because I don’t want to spoil the book for people. I will say that I am excited to watch the film and see how well the book was adapted into the film.

Favourite Quotes

  • “You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” – This was a really stand out quote and one that stays with me.  
  • “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”  
  • Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”  
  • “I wish I had a hundred years, she said, very quietly. A hundred years I could give to you.”  

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