Book: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Horror | Fantasy
ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Some days I feel like I loved this book, other days I feel like I hated it. Don’t get me wrong, the story was great and I loved the writing style. I just think there was something missing but I don’t know what, yet.
A Monster Calls didn’t hook me, at all. It was this short book that I decided to give it a chance because let’s be real, there’s a lot of hype for this book. In fact, I posted a picture of this book on my bookstagram (@ninofray if you don’t follow me already. Yes, shameless self-promo) and everyone said “I loved this book” or “this is my favorite book”. I was like “woah” it must be pretty amazing. Truth is, it isn’t… at least for me. It’s not amazing, but it isn’t that bad either.
The only thing that I really liked about this book was having this type of story told from the point of view of a 13-year-old. The way Conor felt about his mother’s illness was realistic and it showed us how sometimes it’s so hard to accept reality. It was realistic having a kid feel “I want this to end, but I don’t want to let her go” and to feel the need of being punished just because he thought of letting her mom go. I haven’t been in his position, and I don’t want to be, but it must be really frustrating to feel needless, unhelpful, useless.
“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.”
I also loved the illustrations. They gave a nice touch to the story, and they help us, readers, to read this book faster. The illustrations were absolutely amazing so hands down to Jim Kay for such an extraordinary job.
If you see the cover of this book, the first thought that will come to your mind will be “oh, this will be scary and mysterious”. Well, let me tell you, the monster and the nightmares aren’t scary at all. It’s not like I was expecting a really mysterious and dark book, but the cover gives you that vibe. Yes, I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but you do it too.
Everybody says “this book destroyed my heart”, “I cried so much”, and here I am feeling bad for not feeling sad while reading this book. But hey, I have to be honest. I just didn’t really care about the characters; his grandma, his father, his classmates, the monster.
Overall, this book was okay. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t amazing. It didn’t touch my heart, but it did make me realize that it’s okay to accept the reality even if it’s bad, even if it breaks your heart. I do recommend this book to all of you because I honestly think that some of you will actually love it.
I’m looking forward to read more books by Patrick Ness so feel free to recommend me some of his books.
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