Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls

I really had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, my friend bought me a Blind Date with a Book voucher for my birthday and this was one of the choices I was sent. The clues were:

  • Heartfelt
  • Profound Fantasy
  • Courage
  • Healing
  • Truth
  • Young Adult

I woke up early yesterday because of the clocks going back, and I had two hours sat reading quietly by myself before anyone else woke up, and it turns out that was just long enough to devour this book in one sitting – the only thing missing was a cup of tea!

The book was moving in so many ways, for the whole last half of the book, I was reading with tears in my eyes and by the end, I just couldn’t hold them in. One of the clues to the book may have been ‘profound’, but I underestimated just how much.

The book deals with grief and anger in such a raw and moving way, I imagine everyone experiences it differently, but for me I found parts of it so hard to read as they triggered emotions in me that I’ve been trying to suppress.

I actually can’t write a proper review because every time I think of what I read, it makes me tear up again. Major warning: this book will make you think of those close to you that you’ve lost, and open the well of grief that you may have thought you’d escaped from. But still, I would 100% recommend it, a truly important book.

My rating: 5/5Average rating: 4.37
237 pages. Published in: 2011
Read in Paperbackon 28th October 2018

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