Contemporary · Reviews · YA

A Monster Calls


Author: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd (Conception)

Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Pages: 216

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.


Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑

Arghh!! 😩  Patrick Ness you beautiful monster. Do you ever cease to amaze me? and of course, credit to Siobhan Dowd who actually conceptualised this book.

First, let me just say that I don’t think I can gracefully describe this book as it so deserves cause, there are just too many things happening to one little boy and the issues he’s facing pierce right through your heart.

It’s a short read that packs so much punch in the most agonising way. Facing issues like your mother going through chemo, your grandmother (who’s basically the only family you’ve got left) is on your last nerve, your father is barely a parent figure who’s left and made a family of his own thousands of miles away, school is anything BUT a refuge, having to deal with bullies and an irritating friend (irritating is, to say the least), you’re having nightmares night after night and of course to top it all off a monster shows up…bloody hell. Now take all of that and throw it on a thirteen-year-old boy. I mean need I say more?

…Alright maybe just a little, now Conner, our lead character, especially at the beginning of the book, is this irritable child, who’s angry, moody and who basically snaps at everyone. He’s going through so much that he hasn’t even got time to be frightened by the monster, in fact, he was quite snappy towards him which I found funny. When you get deeper and deeper into the story you’ll find yourself saying of course! how else is he going to release all that anger and sadness that’s basically suffocating him left and right? He is this sad but totally believable character both in how he deals with his emotions and with his mother (not asking questions out of fear of the answers).

Now to my absolute favourite part of the entire book. The monster and his stories. His cryptic answers, interesting stories, the ability to discern what is true and what isn’t, it was just lyrical.


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