Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Published: 2016 by Walker Books Limited

Rating: 5 ⭐️

Buddy read with my lovely friend and book Phoenix Lauren over at

What I liked:

This was a truly remarkable book; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. So profound. I cried. A lot. I still can’t even process what I’ve just read. I hated it but at the same time I loved it. 

Let’s talk about the plot:

It’s 12:07. 

There is a monster at Conor’s window, but it’s hardly the stuff out of nightmares; but it wants the most dangerous thing out of Conor.

What it wants is the truth. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Conor: what a fascinating boy. Through the book he’s constantly facing his inner demons, what with his mum being ill and his friends ignoring him after it was let out about his mum’s illness. 

But I really liked Conor, and through the book I was really feeling intensified by his interactions with the monster. I felt so heartbroken for him throughout and that feeling only climaxed through the book. 

His mum. She was such a dear. I adored her and my heart just felt for her throughout the story. I loved her tenderness with her son. She was so courageous throughout.

Truthfully I don’t have much to say about his grandmother, her house was depicted as being so lonely and isolated. I just felt so sad for Conor when he was there. 

The Monster, which took form of a yew tree. He told Conor of three stories, each of which had underlying darkness to them, yet all could be relatable I think not just to Conor but to everyone. 

This book definitely has a rightful place on everyone’s shelf. I feel. Read it and I dare for you not to be affected by it. The writing and everything about this book is remarkable. 

Favourite quotes:

“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”

And that will end my review. Thank you for reading. 

Brooklyn 🙂 


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