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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 be. Please excuse my ramblings I read A Monster Calls in three hours and I am still extremely emotional I should not have been given access to a computer after such a powerful bookAs I am writing this there are still tears coursing down my face black from my mascara I may look like something straight out of a horror movie but my soul feels lighter somehow I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages but it is not It is so not This book is raw and emotional and cathartic It deals with grief loss and anger in ways I have never read about before but only experienced I don't know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once

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A Monster CallsAngerous It wants the truthFrom 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 imagine. In the dark of night when the house is still what fears creep into your heart For Conor O'Malley his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight He's half convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind But how can they be when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster's existence the next dayConor's nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for cancer He's also dealing with a father who lives far away and is engrossed with his new family a brisk and determined grandma who doesn't understand him and schoolmates who don't seem to see him any As readers learn and about Conor's story and the terrible monster who comes to visit it is impossible not to feel worry and fear and sadness for this boy whose must shoulder problems that have toppled many adults before him But even in his anger and pain Conor's defiant spirit shows flashes of dry humor and painful hopefulness that are difficult to witness but make him impossibly endearing A Monster Calls is a middle grade children's book but it's a children's book in the way that Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein wrote children's books that is the surface stories are certainly well written and compelling but underneath that are the themes of confusion and loneliness and sadness that elevate them to timeless works of literature And while A Monster Calls chooses to confront its demons literally than some other books may it does so with such fierce intelligence and ease that it never feels didactic or forced the fire in Conor's chest suddenly blazed suddenly burned like it would eat him alive It was the truth he knew it was A moan started in his throat a moan that rose into a cry and then a loud wordless yell and he opened his mouth and the fire came blazing out to consume everything bursting over the blackness over the yew tree too setting it ablaze along with the rest of the worldThis an incredible book about the enormous burdens of responsibility and grief and loss I read most of it with anxiety in my heart and as the story intensified the ache in my throat got worse and worse By the time I reached the end hot tears were dripping onto the last two pages and continued to fall as I immediately read those pages again and as I read them yet againBut than anything else I felt a great deal of love as I was reading this Love for Conor love for his mum love for his grandma and love for everyone who has ever experienced a profound loss This is such a beautiful book such an important book and one that I think so many children and so many adults will appreciate I cannot imagine that there will be another children's book written this year that will provide such a moving and emotionally truthful experience or one that will so easily become an instant classic In just 215 pages A Monster Calls shatters your heart and then wraps it up tightly again so that you can go and be present in the world as an infinitely wiser loving human beingAbout the IllustrationsThe words themselves are powerful and full of terrible beauty and latent emotion But if you're able do try to get your hands on a copy of the hardcover which is illustrated with wildly expressive artistry that complement the story perfectly and captures exactly the right feel for the book I've included some of the illustrations from the book here in this review but if you'd like to see images please visit Jim Kay's website to learn about the process the artist usedAbout the StoryThe story behind this book makes it even poignant Siobhan Dowd the award winning author of numerous young adult novels conceived this idea and the characters and the beginning but died of breast cancer at the age of 47 before she could write the novel Patrick Ness was asked to write the book based on her idea and he succeeded in achieving a work of fiction that both transcends its genre and painfully wrenches your heart This review also appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher image error

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characters A Monster Calls ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ 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 eEn 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 d. ”The monster showed up just after midnight As they do”Seven minutes after midnight ANDone hour after finishing the booksits in a pile of tissues and STILL weeps This was me on SaturdayThis is me now four days after reading the booksits down to write a proper review but immediately starts to cry again I can’t write a review about this book I just can’t Heaven knows I’ve tried to but whenever I think about “A Monster Calls” I’m tearing up again Just to think about this book is already dangerous It makes you feel it causes your heart to ache it makes your throat go tight with sadness and pain It forces you to thinkAnd this probably might be the most dangerous thing ”Stories are the wildest things of all the monster rumbled Stories chase and bite and hunt”I can’t even tell you what exactly causes me to cry Maybe it’s the entire book maybe it’s the monsters painful wisdom maybe it’s just the bitter truthAll I know is that this story moved me It moved me on a level books rarely do and it’s one of those books you wish you never read but at the same time you’re so glad that you actually did Which makes absolutely no sense but it is what it is ”Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary And your mind will punish you for believing both”No matter how old and wrinkled I’ll become I’ll always remember this story and it will always have a place in my heart ALWAYS So I guess what it comes down to is that I won’t talk about this bookI won’t talk about a boy who was forced to grow up way too fastI won’t talk about his anger and despair about his hope and fearsI won’t talk about his crushing loneliness or his endless pain I won’t talk about a mother who tried to do what’s best for her sonI won’t talk about her frustration and helplessness about her worries and concernsI won’t talk about her unconditional love for her boy nor will I talk about her courage and strength I won’t talk about a grandmother that didn’t know how to deal with the situationI won’t talk about her mental overload or that she was so very anxious and afraidI won’t talk about her display cabinet or her inability to find the right wordsI won’t judge her because Conor’s mother is her daughter too ”You’re not even going to punish me”“What would be the point Con” his father said shaking his head “What could possibly be the point” NO I won’t talk about real friends and bulliesI won’t speak about teachers that did the wrong thing for the right reasonsI won’t mention kind monstersbecause I won’t talk about the freaking TRUTH I just won’tBecause I’m crying once again and I can’t type any Because as the mother of a child to read this book was so very painful Because the truth hurts and it’s easier to close your eyes There are all kinds of monsters in the worldbut those who make you feelWell those are certainly the worst TTview spoilerThose uotes destroyed me and since they give away so much of the plot I decided to place them in a spoiler tag Oh gosh did they hurt sobs I could relate so much to Conor’s mum and the horrible situation she had to face To be forced to leave your own child cries again “I’m sorry son” his mum said tears sneaking out of her eyes now even though she kept up her smile “I’ve never been sorry about anything in my life” ”You be as angry as you need to be” she said “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise Not your grandma not your dad no one And if you need to break things then by God you break them good and hard”He couldn’t look at her He just couldn’t“And if one day” she said really crying now “you look back and you feel bad for being so angry if you feel bad for being so angry at me that you couldn’t even speak to me then you have to know Conor you have to know that it was okay It was okay That I knew I know okay I know everything you need to tell me without you having to say it out loud All right” ”Conor held tightly onto his motherAnd by doing so he could finally let her go” hide spoiler