A Monsters Call by Patrick Ness (Review)

A Monsters Call is based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd.

In A Monsters Call we meet Conor. Conor has the same dream every night. The same nightmare. He’s had this exact same nightmare ever since his mother first fell ill with cancer. Since the first time she started treatments that doesn’t seem to work as well as they should. 

But one night differs from the others. One night the Yew Tree that stands close to their house comes to life. It turns up at his window and wants the most dangerous thing of all from thirteen year old Conor. It wants the truth. 

The tree will return to tell him three stories and tells Conor that the fourth time it will be his time to tell the tree his story. 


A Monsters call is an amazing novel filled with love, loss and hope. 

It’s a fairytale but not quite. A story that has your heart hopping and breaking.

An incredible insight to a child’s point of view when having to see the most important person in his world coming down with illness. The hopelessness of being a bystander. The challenge of trying to stay a child when his surroundings forces him to act like an adult.

A Monsters Call was impossible for me to put down and as soon as I finished it, it had a new home on my shelf of favorites.


A monsters call

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A few of my favorite quotes from A Monsters Call:

“Then the Monster paused again.

   You really aren’t afraid, are you?

   ‘No,’ Connor said. ‘Not of you, anyway.’

The monster narrowed its eyes.

    You will be, it said. Before the end.”

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

”  ‘The green things of this world are just wondrous, aren’t they?’ his mother went on. ‘We work so hard to get rid of them when sometimes they’re the very thing that saves us.’  “

You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with action. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

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