Is it weird to love a book more than the story it contains? A Monster Calls is such a unique book: it is not quite a graphic novel but the illustrations are just beyond. I fell in love with them. I'm not a person who is really into art or moved by theater but these illustrations just resonated with me. I think they added so much to this book and they simply blew me away.
I mean. . . come on!
And this is the inside cover--yes!
Another thing I love about this book is that the beginning was originally written by someone else. If you read the author's note, it describes how the idea for the book and beginning were created by Siobhan Dowd and, after her death, Patrick Ness, the author of A Monster Calls, used what she made as inspiration for this book, which I just think is amazing. It's so cool to me that one author can inspire another to make something great. It kind of gives me the chills ( #nerdalert ).
A Monster Calls is about a boy named Conor who has a monster who visits him nightly at 12:07 A.M. Surprisingly Conor is not afraid of the monster: As he says, he has bigger, scarier things to be afraid of: his mother has cancer, and, on top of that, his father lives in America and hasn't visited him in England in years, school is no walk in the park, and everyone has treated him differently since finding out about his mother.
Throughout the book Conor learns the importance of speaking his truth. So many lines Ness wrote stood out to me, but this had the most impact:
You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
Though I, again, found the book rather predictable, it gave me all the feels and I love how throughout the book Conor was forced to examine his choices and learn that his reactions to the events in his life made all the difference.
You'd like A Monster Calls if you like books that are. . .
short / quick reads
about growing up / coming of age
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"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green