Book Review: A Monster Calls
I was not prepared for the effect that this book would have on me. A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness and Illustrated by Jay Kay, is about a boy (Connor) who starts having very strange nightmares. In these dreams, he has a monster come visit him. Only... the mornings after Connor finds evidence that the events from his dream actually happened. The monster tells him that he is there to find out the truth. What the truth is, Connor has no idea, but the monster is willing to destroy everything to find out.
I don't want to spoil anything at all with this book. It's a quick read, I finished it in one day, and I thought it was absolutely amazing. The concept of this book is great, and I actually did not realize until I sat down to write this that Patrick Ness adapted this story from Siobhan Dowd. He did a great job taking the somewhat convoluted idea and turning it into a story that is easy to follow. I loved the illustrations intermingled with the text. I think it was a great choice because you can visualize what the nightmarish monster looked like, which allows you to focus more on what he is actually saying.
Overall, I think this is definitely worth the read. It is beautifully written and I guarantee you will be thinking about this for many days after you finish it. What I love about this book is how it addresses the effects that stress has on our lives and how we cope with pain. As such, this book touches on some incredibly emotional topics and forces us to take a look at the monsters in our own lives. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Read this book! See you guys tomorrow!