‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness [Book Review]

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has been on my radar for a couple of years, to the extent that I’ve managed to accumulate three copies, but it was the inclusion of the novel in Zoella’s Book Club that finally led to me picking it up. I devoured it in two sittings, making it the 40th book I’ve read this year for the 2016 Reading Challenge.

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Released: 2011
Pages: 214
Category: #56 A book with illustrations
Rating: 7/10

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere inbetween.”

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is, quite simply, unlike anything I’ve ever read. Written in a beautifully poetic style, the metaphors effortlessly shine through the words. Starring thirteen year old Conor, this novel eloquently addresses illness (both physical and psychological) in the most emotional way – it really is a phenomenal concept and read.


I can’t accurately convey my feelings towards this astounding novel: it was one of only a handful of books that has ever possessed the power to make me cry. Additionally, the illustrations by Jim Kay were fabulous, and heart-wrenching. I can’t wait to discover more novels by Patrick Ness!

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