A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Book Review)


Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count
: 240

A Monster Calls is based on the final idea of Siobhan Dowd, who passed away from cancer and could not write the story herself. However, I think that Patrick Ness did an incredible job. It’s probably not the first time that you’ve heard about this book, especially because I felt like one of the last humans on this Earth to have read it. A while back this was all the book community talked about, but I actually didn’t know what it was about until I saw the trailer for the movie. (Which you can watch here) Although I was sure I wanted to read the book before seeing the film, I did not plan to read it this month. But then I found a cheap copy of the movie tie-in and contrary to common belief, I genuinely like movie covers (I know! Blasphemy!). It kept staring at me from across the room and at some point I just ignored all the other more urgent reads and picked it up instead – NO REGRETS.

Don’t let this book fool you, while it is a rather short read (only took me a couple of hours), it will gut your feelings! There is something essentially true and raw about the story. Tackling grief is never an easy task and it doesn’t get any simpler if the main protagonist is a barely 13-year-old boy. Nonetheless, it really hit home with me. We’ve all lost someone or will loose someone in our lives at some point and dealing with that is one of the most difficult things to do. Everyone handles situations like that differently – there is no right or wrong and nothing is every just black or white.


This was a sad tale, but one that I could see being very helpful to many people out there. I think it’s classified as a children’s book, but this is so much more than a story about having to grow up and I am sure it will resonate with people through all age-groups. If I had to make one complaint, it would be that it was over too soon.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! *insert all of the crying emojis of the world right here*


Have you read it? Are you going to see the movie or have you seen it already? Talk to me about it!

25 thoughts on “A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Book Review)

    • The trailer was kind of the thing that sent me over and made me read it, so I am not opposed to it. And now that I know about what all is happening in the book, it seems they were very true to it and gave it even more.

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  1. Great review! I’m really glad to see that you loved this book! 😀 It’s one of my favourite, beautiful and very sad. And I agree, this book is definitely for everyone and it could be helpful to many people.

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  2. You’re not the last human, I haven’t read this yet! And I’m so out of touch that I did not even know about the movie, haha! I want to read this but I’m afraid I’ll need a hundred tissues 🙂 Great review!

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