A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
About: An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. (From SPL catalog)
Lauren’s Thoughts: I’ll admit that when I picked this book up I was puzzled by the fact that it wasn’t located in the supernatural section. I mean it’s about a monster, right? Patrick Ness has created a truly magical and emotionally gripping story that left me crying profusely by the final page. This is such an intricately woven tale of grief and acceptance with an ending that is abrupt, yet more perfect than words can describe. 5/5 stars!