monster callsTitle and Author: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Format: Audio

Narrator: Jason Isaacs

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Order Link: Amazon; Audible 

Reviewed by: Alisa

What to expect: A heart touching story about a boy coming to terms with his mother’s serious illness.

Blurb: 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.

Review: Sometimes I get a random impulse to read/listen to a certain book. I read the blurb for this and looked at the cover and I thought it was a horror story and I jumped right in. Imagine my surprise when I realized what I was really reading was the story of a young boy who’s mother is fighting cancer.

The story is told from Conor’s point of view as he tries to navigate his mother’s illness, his absent father and his overbearing grandmother, all while having a series of nightmares on a regular basis. I don’t want to ruin the plot but the story is told in a unique manner and I really enjoyed watching it all unfold.

I loved every moment of this book. It was an emotional story and although it is a young adult book it is just as impacting for adults. I especially think anyone who is a parent will identify with the things Conor and his family are going through.

The narrator was excellent. One of the best I’ve listened to in a long time. His voice added to the story and I thought he did all of the characters really well. I highly recommend this audio of this. (It should be noted though that the print version comes with a series of drawings in a graphic novel style.)

What you may not like: The story deals with cancer and its effects on not only the patient but the family.

What I loved: Really, I loved everything about this story. This will probably end up in my favorites for the year.

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