A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

8621462Patrick Ness is definitely one of my new favorite authors. His Chaos Walking Trilogy was BOMB-DIGGITY and I’ll read anything by him from now on. I was really intrigued by the dark illustrations–they were hauntingly beautiful and breathed life into the story.

Cancer is a disease that has touched the entire world and Ness’s story was inspired by author Siobhan Dowd’s idea–one she would’ve written herself had cancer not caused her premature death before the story could come to fruition.

Conor is a young boy who has been forced to abandon childhood too soon in the face of his mother’s illness. Suddenly, at 12:07 at night–a monster stands outside his window. What follows is reminiscent of a Christmas Carol-type lesson as the monster teaches Conor a new lesson every night with each story. Each tale is used to give Conor strength for his mother’s inevitable final battle.

This was an AMAZING book. I highly recommend it for anyone who is left behind after a cancer-related death. Adult and adolescents alike could find some sense of comfort and meaning from this book. You’re right, sometimes life isn’t fair. And like stories, life is interpreted differently from every single point of view. Your version of the story isn’t the same as mine.

Stuff of greatness.

4 yew berries of 5

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About Chelsea McDonald

As an avid reader since I was big enough to hold a book, I continue to enjoy losing myself in the thrall of a good story on a daily basis. Since many of my cohorts do not share the same passion, Cracking Spines will be the perfect outlet to express my adulation or frustration concerning the books that cross my path. In this way, my loyal followers will be able to enjoy the stories that are worthwhile and avoid the duds altogether. I also have a Shelfari account at http://www.shelfari.com/chelseamcdonald15 View all posts by Chelsea McDonald

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