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A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness: Book Review!

Hi Guys,

I would just like to start this post with a big apology. Last week I spent the weekend in Birmingham at Clothes Show Live! Unfortunately, I didn't manage to upload anything but I'm back this week with my first post in December! Today is my first post of this season's 'Zoella Book Club' Reviews. I have previously read, 'A Monster Calls' so I thought it would be a good book to start off with. Remember, if you have missed any of my previous installments you can find them all in the bar at the top of my screen! 

As always, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum!

'A Monster Calls' follows the life of 12 year old Connor O'Malley: it is not a happy one. His mother has been diagnosed with cancer; his horrible grandma is coming to stay; the bullying at school is getting worse; his dad is living in America. Oh, and Connor is getting nightly visits from a monster! Can his life be turned around by the monster's three stories or is it all just too late?

I'll be honest with you, I really hated this book. I had to read it in school a couple of years ago (it might still be on the syllabus) and it was the worst term of English lessons. I have nothing against Patrick Ness- I think the book was written wonderfully- but it was just so sad! Connor's life just got worse and worse! I read to feel happy and 'A Monster Calls' is a massive downer.

As well as this, there is a lot of under the surface meaning. I know this because I had to analyse it so if you are reading this normally, you probably won't realise. Unfortunately, I did: and I am not a very 'deep' person. Fair enough, I like a good metaphor, but the whole book was one giant metaphor! I like to read something simple and entertaining and this plot just made me sad.

Character wise, it was alright. Every character had their emotion attached to them but I never felt like I got to know them. I felt empathy for Connor's family but I couldn't relate (thankfully) to the characters. I feel like they were all kind of drowning in the plot. There isn't really much to say about them because I never felt like I got to know them.

I know that this whole post just sounded like me slating 'A Monster Calls' but I just don't think it was my thing. For me, books that cope with sad topics have to do it lightly; this just dived straight in! I know a lot of people who absolutely loved this book because it has substance. I much prefer books that cover lighter issues.  

On the whole, this book just wasn't for me. Read it for yourself and tell me what you think! Books are always more interesting hen they are surrounded by controversy so join in the 'A Monster Calls' debate in the comments! Also, add me on your circles on Google + to get regular updates from me!

Thanks for Reading


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