Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is kinda complicated when it comes to opinions, even though it’s only like 214 pages. Well, for me anyways.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. It was a nice breath of something fresh, something new I hadn’t read before. And Ness’ writing style was so captivating. I could not put the book down sometimes. But, I’ve got only 5 minutes to wrap this up, so no more heartfelt reviewing of the book. Just monotone “me like me dislike stuff”
How it starts: The book’s main character is a boy named Conor O’Malley (i think i biffed that spelling ecks dee). He’s miserable; his dad left him for a woman in the United States, his mom has cancer, his grandma is really weird, he gets bullied at school, and he has re-occuring nightmares. He’s really had a hard time. So when a big tree monster comes walking to Conor, telling him stories and asking for Conor’s “truth”, he can’t help but feel as if he’s lost it. The entire book is him figuring out how to juggle all these things and learning how to cope with his truth; one of the bigger flaws Conor’s character has.
How it gets complicated: Things really start to go downwards when Conor’s problems begin to collide into this one-big-uber-problem. He begins to see the monster in the real world, which leads to some… heavier incidents. His mother’s condition worsens, and as a result Conor gets “The Talk” from his dad who, for some dumb reason, decides to fly over to Conor to, what, comfort him? I don’t remember. This all really goes against Conor and really begins to make you feel the slightest hint of pity for such a bratty character.
What I Liked: I really enjoyed the art style of the book, it’s very unique and looks very good on the pages. The dialogue in this book, I really liked that. Especially with Conor and The Monster. As for thw other dialogue witj everybody else, it feels very natural, except for a few parts.
What I Disliked: I really didn’t like the other elements of the book. They were a little bit boring. To me, at least. I don’t have a very good idea of what a good book is, so take my word with a grain of salt. The last part in the book where Conor faces his truth, it felt really stupid. I can’t really explain why I feel that way, I just do. Maybe it was the audiobook guy. I dunno.