Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A Monster Calls (and You Should Answer)
Then I made the mistake of reading it while spending Sunday afternoon at my in-laws'. And folks, this is not a Scary Story book.
This is one of the most affecting, beautifully written, powerful books I have ever read. I had to keep putting it down because it was hitting me so hard. And then I had to leave the room in a very big hurry so that everyone wouldn't see me burst into tears. (Making me cry is pretty much the biggest badge of honor a book can earn. I have such a hard time losing myself in books to begin with that to be able to be affected so much I cry is pretty much a once-every-few-years occurrence. In fact, the last book I remember making me cry was THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak, another one of my permanent recommendations.)
A MONSTER CALLS is about a boy dealing with his very sick mother, absent father, schoolyard bullies, and, oh yeah, the giant yew tree that comes alive every night like a thing of nightmares and wants something from him he's too terrified to even think about. I'm not going to tell you more than that. I want you to discover it for yourself.
This is a book written for young teens that manages to somehow be accessible and appropriate for them as well as deeply meaningful for adults. I would hate Patrick Ness for being so amazing, but I just love this book so much I can't bring myself to be anything but grateful that people like him exist and have the talent and skill with words and story to create something like this.
It's made my very short list of favorites and permanent recommendations. You should read it.