Katherine’s Book Review: A Monster Calls

Written by: Katherine Nocera

“Don’t think you haven’t lived long enough to have a story to tell.”

― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

Hey everyone! If you’re an avid reader of the Student Life Blog….#1, you are awesome and #2, you probably know that I have an obsession with reading and writing book reviews. However, the one I have for you today isn’t just any normal review. It’s about a book that is really important. A book that can change your perspective on everything you’ve once thought about grief and loss. Okay, okay, a little over dramatic but seriously—it’s that good.

Quick Summary

Thirteen-year old, Conor O’Malley, is faced with some pretty harsh life obstacles. The biggest is definitely the fact that his mother is dying from cancer. Everyone seems to be in denial, even Conor, about the inevitable circumstances of his mother’s passing. It is not until he encounters unexpected visits from the monster, that he is able to uncover the root of his misery—the truth.

My Personal Review

This is the kind of book that you really need to read in order to get where I am coming from but nevertheless I will try to explain what I thought of it. Do you know the kind of feeling you get when your professor helps you with a math problem by introducing a new way to solve it? You know, that “A-ha!” moment. This book is filled with plenty of “A-ha” moments because it does just that. It makes you think about all that you know about feelings of loss and grief in a different light. While, at the same time, ripping your heart in two. It will make you imagine losing the one person who means the world to you or think of the person you’ve already lost. Although it may not be the most upbeat book, it is nonetheless significant.

On the “Katherine Book Rating” scale this novel gets a 5 out of 5!

If you have read the book, feel free to leave your review down below in the comments! I would love to know what you think of it. J

Ciao. xx

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