A Monster Calls-Book Review

Greetings to my fellow bloggers! I hope y’all are having a wonderful Friday filled with books and feels! I have another review for you guys! Enjoy!

Author: Patrick Nessimg_5531

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication Date: May 7th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror

Pages: 237

My Rating: 10/10


The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness.

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.


(Spoiler Free)

 “Stories don’t always have happy endings.”
This stopped him. Because they didn’t, did they? That’s one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn’t expect.”

I find myself incapable of forming proper words to describe what I felt reading this book, it’s not one of those books you read, finish, then start reviewing. It’s one of those books that you know will never leave you. I cried and cried silent tears at the end of this book because, it was all too much. Pure emotions of grief with dark backgrounds of confusion and hopelessness, radiating from a single kid, and I was undone. This book is the perfect example of why I read and why I subject myself to tears and pain towards characters. After reading this book, I’m sure that my mind will be alight with thoughts and feelings, I will question everything more deeply and from more angles, and I’ll be more open-minded than before. All this is just barely scrapes the surface of what A Monster Calls will do to you! Patrick Ness explores grief and loss and unconditional love in such a magical way to make it easier for the reader to understand what Conor is going through and he explains in a way that is unique.

I’ve read almost every book written by Patrick Ness so I was completely looking forward to reading another one of his many masterpieces. A Monster Calls was the idea of the late Siobhan but Patrick was offered to expand the idea and write a novel. It’s officially my favourite Patrick Ness book!

“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.”

I started this book completely blind; I was expecting a good horror book with some spooky monsters, to get into the Halloween spirit, instead I ended up reading a heart-breaking story about surviving pain and loss, packed with philosophical thoughts and insanely complex ideas. It’s one of those novels that everyone has to read even if you’re not a fan of books! It is a book that everyone can relate to, because everyone’s bound to go through a similar kind of pain and I really think it’ll help.

Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all.

Forget about silly romances and fake perfect characters, this book is what novels should really be about! It’s a story about a boy who’s tired of being ignored and pitied by everyone; it’s a story that shows how there is no one side that’s evil and another that’s good, how everything is not as simple as it may seem to the brain. It’ll make you question your entire existence, it’ll change you from the deepest part of your mind, and it’ll give you a whole new way to see the world. It’s filled with mind-twisting paradoxes that would never make any sense without the given situations.

What frustrated but also intrigued me about the book was how, Patrick never seemed to give me all the information I needed, a lot was left for my imagination, even now after finishing the book there’s so much I’m not sure of. The suspense between two events was stiffening me, so I couldn’t stop reading and finished this book within a few hours which is another great thing-it’s very short. The language that Patrick uses is simple and straightforward but it was still inexplicably beautiful and dark.  The thing is, I always suspected what was to happen in the end and I dreaded it but when it did happen, I was still shredded into a bazillion pieces.

“Humans are complicated beasts.”

In conclusion, I am haunted by all that I’ve read in these 237 pages! I didn’t want to give away any part of the plot that makes this book so freaking amazing, so please do me a favour and READ IT!

“You know that your truth, the one that you hide… is the thing you are most afraid of.”

I hope you guys enjoyed my review!

Happy reading!



24 thoughts on “A Monster Calls-Book Review

      1. Yes that’s exactly what I’d usually do in this situation.
        Ooooh the Yew Tree tells the best stories! Like the first one was really cool. The second one when they destroyed a house made less sense to me plus I started freaking out over Conor’s mom not surviving because of tbe Yew Tree.
        Ok so while we are discussing the book can I just: WHY DOES THE MONSTER COME AT 12:07??? That question has kept me up at nights!


      2. But my favourite thing about this book was how deep it was! How it showed how humans and their brains are very complex and we never really know whether we are right or wrong! Literally opened my mind so much!


    1. Nooo! Sadly the version of the book I have does not have a single illustration! I couldn’t find the other version but I hear that the illustrations are spectacular. I’m probably missing out on a lot!
      I thought I was the only one who cried reading this book! Yes! The last couple of pages were just too much and I couldn’t hold my emotions either!


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