A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. 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 one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.

“Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”. The Monster said.

The story is about a boy who has been through a lot since his mother got sick, he keeps having a current nightmare, one day a monster started visiting Conor, to tell him stories and to hear Conor’s own story. What the monster wants from Conor is something that sometimes could be terrible and dangerous, the truth.

This is a fantastic book, a short story full of emotions, full of little details that make you think. It is a book about death and grief and how frightening all that is, but also shows us how to make things a bit better. The book goes between realisms and fantasy; when I was reading the book it felt so real and dreamy and the same time.

The monster is my favorite character, he is an ancient creature full of wisdom; the stories he tells Conor are described in beautiful detail, and I’m sure that most people (including me) didn’t understand the real purpose of those stories until the very end.

The reader doesn’t know why the monster is visiting Conor until the very end of the book; Conor’s story isn’t something predictable and when you finally get to know his story, then you’ll realize that it fits in a perfect way. Without reading the book it is hard to understand what the monster really is and why he’s visiting Conor, everyone has to read this book.

I think this story can make anyone share a few tears, especially when you have lost someone.

I tried not to reveal important details about the book. I didn’t want to spoil the read.

Read it, and tell me what you think.


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