Thursday, January 16, 2014
Book Review: "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness
This story is amazing, just amazing. My whole being aches for Conor. He is so isolated - at home, at school.... he doesn't have anyone he feels like he can talk to about anything. In fact, he mentions how he is so invisible that he can go nearly all day without talking with anyone. All the other students and teachers know that his mom is sick, and instead of comforting him or supporting him in any way - they leave him alone. The monster coming makes sense. I also loved where the monster originates, how he is shaped into being - it shows that he is organic and natural, and what he wants from Conor is natural. Hard and difficult but natural.
The illustrations throughout this book are phenomenal. They absolutely capture the emotion that flows through the text, and are simply stunning. If you read this digitally, please make sure you are able to view Jim Kay's illustrations as part of the pages... you will be doing yourself a great disservice otherwise.
I really feel like recommending this book to everyone. Perhaps it may be harder for those experiencing a loss like Conor, in fact I'm sure it would be, but it could also be helpful. I have not been in Conor's shoes myself, not exactly, but I still feel like the underlying theme is important to remember no matter what, no matter one's circumstances.
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
Candlewick Press, 2011
Source: Purchased New