The monster showed up 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 one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND I AM NOW UNABLE TO WORD SO I PLEASE LEAVE NOW IF YOU’RE EXPECTING ANYTHING CLOSE TO ENGLISH.
A Monster Calls is one of the books that is both so simple and elegant that it transcends age, it’s illustrated but adult, the feelings and emotions are there, you know that this isn’t going to be a fun happy story and the writing drags you down and taps you into the emotions making you angry, sad, mad, frustrated. It’s definitely a book that left me thinking and wondering how on earth I was going to read another book after that genius.
Also for anyone that mistakes the cover and thinks this is horror, it’s a sad and scary story but not a horror in the usual sense of the word.
Things I loved:
- Conor’s character growth and development
- The storytelling being sieved in perfectly with what was happening in the present say scene
- The Monster and his lessons
- The tone of the story and the beautiful writing for being both simple and have so much meaning
- The Authors note and dedication to Siobhan Dowd
- The illustrations
Things I didn’t like:
- Oh whats that? The first 3 points are blank? Yeah I loved it all
If you’ve been recommended this book or just stumbled across it, read it please I promise you won’t regret it.
This review is super short but I just feel like anything more would be telling to much of the story and it’s such a better feeling to experience all yourself.