Tuesday, February 28, 2012
New-ish Release: A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I'm sure you've heard about this book by now. You probably don't know too much about it because most people who read it seem reluctant to share too much. They don't want to spoil the experience for the next reader -- and I wholeheartedly agree. I knew the barest facts about it--a child, a dying parent, a monster--and I'm glad that it was this way as I never knew what was ahead. I did know that I would cry while reading it but I honestly didn't expect to sob as hard as I did. This book explores something that you hope no child ever has to go through but, in reality, many do every year, every day. As a parent, this is heartbreaking to consider but the story that Ness tells is still somehow beautiful because of its humanity.
If I can just suggest one thing, you may want to familiarize yourself with the legend of The Green Man before reading this as it will give you a bit of insight into a portion of it.
Exploring the nooks and crannies, the dark corners,