A Monster Calls is quite possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read!
To quote the book itself, “Stories are important … They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth”. And this story certainly carries the truth – a devestating yet beautiful truth.
Putting it (very) simply, A Monster Calls is the story of 13 year-old Conor O’Malley who gets visited by a monster one night. However, it is not the monster he fears.
The monster has come walking to tell Conor three tales, the morals of which don’t become evident until Conor has to tell the 4th tale – tell his truth.
Based on the idea of Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness’ has has created a true masterpiece that manages to weave the real and the imaginary together seemlessly.
The way Conor constantly questions and interrupts the monter’s tales, combined with a free-flowing uncomplicated language, helps perfectly off-sets the complex concept being mediated in the narrative.
A Monster Calls will break your heart and give you hope!