Published by Candlewick Press on March 12, 2013
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
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.
Let me preface this by saying that the Chaos Walking series is one of my favorites of all time. It’s such an intense and interesting series of novels that I absolutely ate up. I recommend it to so many people all the time who are looking for a book to read. So, needless to say, I was quite eager to be able to read A Monster Calls for my young adult course!
Now, I love the story behind A Monster Calls and why/how it was written. Siobhan Dowd, after finding out that she was sick, had asked her publishers to get Patrick Ness to finish this story for her upon her death. He ultimately agreed, but wanted to truly stick to what the original story was as to respect Siobhan. So, this is what was created. He also got Jim Kay to help illustrate it. It’s also been made into a movie, though I haven’t seen it yet.
A Monster Calls is really captivating. I immediately fell for Conor and wanted him to be okay. Honestly, I felt for him, especially with his mother’s cancer and him trying to face the reality of it throughout the whole novel. I even cried at the end. I don’t do that often, so that’s saying something! All I can say is that I really want to read more by Patrick Ness now and also check out this movie.
I wouldn’t change a thing about A Monster Calls.