Book review – A Monster Calls


Title: A Monster Calls

Published: September 27th 2011

Author: Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

Published by: Walker books

My rating: ★★★★★

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After sitting on my shelf for ages and on my TBR for even longer I finally read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I got this book in London in February 2016 and got it signed at the Danish book con in November the same year so the book was already quite special to me before even reading it. Reading it made it exceptionally special to me though ❤

Carter is not afraid when the monster shows up. He only fears the one monster and this is not the one. The one he fears, only shows when he is asleep. This one comes at midnight when he is awake, not to hurt him, not directly at least, but to tell him stories. That might sound harmless but as it is said in the book: Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

Though it was quite impulsively I decided to pick up A Monster Calls it took me by storm! I read it in one day and is one of the most intense reading experiences I have ever had.

Carter’s is a good boy though he has his issues. Actually it is kind of as if the whole world turned against him all at once: first his mom got cancer, then the kids started bullying him in school and then dream with the monster. I could not help but pity Carter as what he is going through is obviously very hard, but as the book is a perfect example of, every story has more than one side to it and Carter needs to see that too.

A Monster Calls is the kind of story that picks you up in a whirlwind, throws about a thousand emotions in your face, and then let you fall to the ground, out of breath and a complete wreck. I tell you guys: I have not cried this much while reading a book, since I read The Fault in Our Stars (A Monster Calls is much better though). This book definitely left a deep impression on me as it has that quirky element to it that I really enjoy.

This book moved me deeply and I therefore give it ★★★★★. It is a masterpiece, and I believe it is enjoyable for all audiences. It is just that kind of book that changes people and hopefully will go down in history.

Sunflowers and sunny days

– Anne Sofie


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