Teen Review: A Monster Calls

January 25, 2018 | Teen Blogger

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Review by Fariha, age 16, member of the Albert Campbell Youth Advisory Group

I wonder if there was anyone who expected the story to pan out exactly the way it did.

"Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?"

I was deep into a reading slump with my TBR pile only growing higher, so it made sense that I try to get back into the swing of reading by picking up a highly acclaimed, short book filled with pictures! I was hoping to like the book, to enjoy looking at the art and all the words but I was not at all expecting for the book to change me the way it did.

A monster calls by patrick ness

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, definitely succeeded in reminding me why I love reading, why I love, live, and breathe words the way I do. Stories are powerful and this one is one of the most powerful that I’ve ever come across.

"There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between."

This book is a slice of humanity, of pain and of hope and how these powerful emotions make us human. The author tied the words together with emotions and set them free to wreak havoc.

Conor, our 13-year-old narrator, is a young boy who has monsters much more terrifying than those that hide under our beds, more frightening than simple nightmares, and his bravery is astounding. Through him, we experience grief and the heart-wrenching dilemma of holding on or letting go.

I think it’s best to go blind into this book regarding the plot. To just know it’s nothing like you’re expecting; the art is haunting, and the story can change you, can peer into your soul and make all the emotions flow. The words contain truth.

"If you speak the truth, the monster whispered in his ear, you will be able to face whatever comes."

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Check out other reviews by Fariha:

Six of Crows

The Wrath and the Dawn 

The Midnight Star

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