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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a novel written by Patrick Ness and published by Walker Books in 2011. The original idea of this book is given by the late Siobhan Dowd. This book is about grief and coping with it. Well if someone asked me what is special about this book, I would say that this book has taught me to heal.

I will try to give as few spoilers as possible. The story is about a thirteen-year-old boy Conor whose mother is in a critical stage of cancer. Naturally, he is treated differently than everyone else in school; adding to the problems his father lives away from him with his new family. Even after so much the one thing that troubles him is a dark and grim recurring dream. And one day a huge monster shows up at his room at night and recons that Conor called him. Whether the monster is a fragment of imagination or a real ancient creature is a mystery. He tells Conor that it will tell Conor three true stories and in the end, Conor shall tell a fourth story and it will be the truth.

This book is really a very short read containing only 237 pages. But if you are thinking that it as a short and chill read then you are wrong because the number of pages doesn't tell you the weight of the book. Even after you turn over the last page you won't be able to stop thinking about it at least I couldn't. What I liked best about this book makes you think, not only about the story or about the characters of the book but about yourself. The more you read the book the more you introspect. The writer deals with deep yet delicate things so smoothly that it's remarkable.

It's one of those novels that in the end, a smile will be on your face, and tears will be in your eyes. The story is heartbreaking yet about hope. It talks about both love and loss. This book tells us what comes between good and bad. I recommend everyone to read it.

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

~Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls


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