A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Pages: 215

Rating: 5/5

This book is about life but it’s also about death. It’s about people, the act of letting go, the Truth. Every 12:07 midnight, 13 year old Conor was visited by the Monster, a yew tree bearing poisonous berry-like fruits. It made a deal with little Conor, a deal in which the monster will tell three tales and after the third tale, Conor in return will tell the fourth – the Truth. Conor’s mother’s health was deteriorating,  she was already staying in the hospital trying new medical treatments but to no avail these techniques weren’t even making her a bit better. Before the last breathe of her mother, Conor finally realized what he had to do- to face the Truth.

It’s nice how the author used a yew tree to pass stories to Conor because the fact that a yew tree can actually live for about 2000 years, it made sense that the Monster knows a lot since it may be ancient enough to experience the world. Though it is called the ‘Death tree’ because of the poisonous properties of the different parts of the trees, it can also be used to cure cancer, the disease which I think struck Conor’s mother.

You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do. ~Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls