A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness | An Unconventional (No Spoiler) Review…

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Heyo Bookaholics!

Everyone can relate to this book in one way or another.

It has taken me years to get my hands on this book and I am so happy to have finally bought it and read it. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I actually did, as I didn’t really know what to expect other than the wonders of Patrick Ness’ writing.

This is the first book on my July TBR as mentioned in my July TBR Video (which you can watch by clicking on the link).

A Monster Calls book cover.jpgBlurb:

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.

Unconventional Review!

I’m not going to do a proper critical and or gushy review on this book. It just feels far too personal a journey, that no amount of words can explain just how brilliant and touching it was unless you experience it for yourself.

I think everyone will in one way or another relate to Conor in this novel whether they realise it or not, as he experiences things and has thoughts that the average person will think and experience.


A Monster Calls is a book that is intended as a tribute but also as a life lesson to the readers through Conor. The book will tell you the real message behind its pages regardless if you want to hear it or not, and I believe that everyone can benefit from the words both spoken and unspoken.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book (just the way I like it), and I was so curious as to why everyone was crying over it, and not even 10 pages into the book I realised why it was so damn heartbreaking.

There are elements that make up this small read, and these things all have negative impacts or negative results in Conor’s life that essentially leave him with a life lesson at the end on it, regardless of him being told so or not.

I really enjoyed the way that this book taught me something without really meaning to, and for that, I fell deeper in love with it as the sadness alone would not have allowed me to like it.

★ Rating ★

I rated A Monster Calls ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) because of how raw the events and emotions are in this book; and the intense way in which it grabbed at my heart and slowly tore it apart page by page, then all at once at the very end.


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