Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CBRIV: Book#6: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

Pinky McLadybits

Conor O'Malley is a boy, though I cannot remember his exact age, who is going through quite a lot. His mother is sick. His father lives in America with his other family. He is picked on at school. He is glossed over at school. He has a recurring nightmare that terrifies him.

And then he is visited by a monster.

This book is a strange creature itself, being the product of an idea started by Siobhan Dowd and completed by Patrick Ness. Dowd passed away and the start of this short novel was handed over to Ness to finish. As I haven't read any of Dowd's previous works, I have no idea how close to her style or voice Ness came or if he even attempted to do that. I do know that this book was not exactly what I expected.

Actually, that's only true until the monster shows up. From there it turns into another tale of a young, tortured, all-too-common child who has to face the truth of the things around them. I'm sure that this story would have a more powerful effect on someone younger than me, though I did enjoy it for what it was.

I feel like the stories of the monster could have been a bit longer, though that may have only served to pad the book. The descriptions, the writing, it was all enjoyable enough. The book was just so short and ended as one slowly realizes it has to end.

A better review than mine would be the one from Even Stevens. This is the review that led me to read A Monster Calls. She's a bit better than me at really dissecting and analyzing a book. I always hated that part of English class.

1 comment:

  1. Aww you flatter me! I feel like I'm letting you down with my book recommendations lately, though!