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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review for A Monster Calls


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Strangemore Rating: 5 Stars

I don't believe that you can ever learn everything from a single story. 

Many tales and many lessons contribute to an individual's personal truth. However, if you're looking for something that comes close to being a one-stop-shop for all your personal emotional needs, this would be it.

A Monster Calls contains breathtaking art by Jim Kay and is paired with a story of heartbreaking artistry from Patrick Ness.

Do I recommend this book? A million times yes and a million times no. How can I recommend something that will will break the heart of every single person who reads it? Yet... How can I not?

What is this book about, you ask? It's about life and, of course, it's about death.

Well. It's about a lot of things.

It's about the small things like making cereal for yourself in the morning and feeling the crunch of leaves under your feet. It's about the big things like losing battles, gaining friendships, getting lost in imagination, and finding yourself in the world. It's about the bigger things like the disappointed look in the eyes of someone you've hurt or the loving look in the eyes of the person who loves you more than anything else. It's about the biggest things like the hopes and fears you have for yourself and, more importantly, for those you love most in all the world.

It's about learning to open up and shed tears over the best and the worst moments of this life, whether you're laughing so hard that you cry or crying so hard that you shake. But mostly. Mostly it's about truth.

If any book ever came close to being everything, it's THIS one.



Madeleine said...

This is a hard book to review - there's almost too much to say, and emotionally it's really a pretty viseral read (my stomach actually pitched a little when i saw the cover and i read it months ago). Nice job and great blog!

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