A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

A young boy struggles through the difficulties of his Mum’s cancer.

This tale twists in a tidbit of fantasy, which in my opinion brightens the book a little. This is done in a very clever way. I myself do not find fantasy just my cup of tea, so the way this fantasy is woven in is very creditable (because I enjoyed it!). The fantasy does not reign over the entire book, which lets the majority of real life slip in. After a section of fantasy, you will find just a little bit entwined with real life. That, I reflect, is the cleverest trick, letting the fantasy sometimes trickle into real life, so that you are engaged with something interesting but can still relate to normality, leaving you able to identify with the character. On a slightly more negative point, the book seems to wander aimlessly, leaving you with no clear interpretation of the plot. However, I was gripped by it and loved it. Perhaps if the book was longer and more time allotted to each emotional scene, the plot would become clearer. The maturest reader might be able to gauge a little deeper than I did, but, I leave you to try for yourself.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! Happy New Year!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

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