A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | Jim Kay (Illustrator), Siobhan Dowd (Conception)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The First novel to win both The Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal
AUDIBLE SUMMARY: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming….This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
©2011 Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Narrated by: Jason Isaacs | Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins | Unabridged Audiobook
From personal experience Patrick Ness artistically describes the thoughts and feelings that a child goes through when their parent is seriously ill. Those desperate pleas for it to be all over and life to go back to normal BUT life will never be the safe. The experience has changed you!
A Monster Calls is a novel that MUST be read and I’m glad it was CGBG January’s Read which was Movie v. Book as I was able to compare the two. Both are outstanding in their own rights. My preference would have to be the book, the depiction of the Monster was a little too harsh in the movie, this didn’t pair with my interpretation.
For me – the monster was trying to get Connor to face his “TRUTH” to admit what he was afraid of. Until he could admit his truth to himself he would continue to have difficulty dealing with his mother’s illness and the changes that lay ahead.
A Monster Calls is a fascinating read that has you challenging the norm. Questioning face value and what we understand to be the truth is not necessarily the same. Its traumatic, heart wrenching and emotional but the same can be said of the illness.
NARRATOR This is the first time I have listened to Jason Isaacs, the easy in which he can transition between characters and the tone of his voice where he moves from one age range to another and gender change is dealt with magnificently. His tone is also respectful of the topic in which he is reading. I look forward to listening to him more in the future.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? HELL YES! While emotional and heart wrenching tear jerking A Monster Calls has to be on everyone’s TBR list and put to the front of it. This book helped me to reassess my experiences from an adults perspective rather than a childs. Those reflections have lifted a weight off my shoulders that I wasn’t aware I was carrying. I will always be thankful for A Monster Calls
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I’m Patrick Ness. I claim three states in America as my home (as Americans are wont to do): I was born in Virginia, my first memories are Hawaiian, and I went to junior high and high school in Washington. Then I lived in California for college (at USC) and moved to the United Kingdom in 1999, where I’ve lived (mostly in London) ever since.
I’ve written nine books: 2 novels for adults (The Crash of Hennington and The Crane Wife), 1 short story collection for adults (Topics About Which I Know Nothing) and 6 novels for young adults (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, A Monster Calls, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here).
For these books, I’ve won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award, the Jugendliteratur Preis, the UKLA Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the fabulous, fabulous, fabulous Jim Kay also won the Greenaway for his illustrations in A Monster Calls (so buy that version, would you?).
I write screenplays as well, including for the movie version of A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, out January 2017.
I love the Decemberists, Peter Carey and A&W Cream Soda. I dislike onions. Intensely
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