Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

Barnes & Noble

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. 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 monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

I recommend this book for anyone who is dealing with loss.  Or grief of any kind. 

I am currently a blubbering mess and can't form enough coherent thoughts for a review. This is such an amazing, cathartic book. It's a surprisingly quick read; I finished it in one sitting.

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