With a mother with cancer, a family in turmoil and nights filled with nightmares, the last thing Conor needs is a visit from a monster every night at midnight, but that is exactly what he gets. What does the monster want? And why does it insist on telling stories?
This book reads like a Studio Ghibli film in literary form. It does a brilliant job at combining the fantasy world with deep issues and problems that people have to face in every day life. And I will warn you now, this book will hurt your feelings.
It is a fantastically written stand alone novel. It is simply written and easy to read, like most middle-grade books, but it keeps the emotion and depth that is needed to keep older readers hooked and entertained. It is also quite short with only being 270 pages long, so it makes for a quick and easy weekend read.
The main character, Conor, is simply a teenage boy. He is angry at the world and if you have had a relative with a terminal illness you will find him very relatable.
The best part of the novel is the monster. It is determined to tell Conor four stories. Each of these stories as a moral to them and they will make you question what is truly right and wrong. There is nothing better than a book that makes you think.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter what their age is. It is heartbreaking entertaining and is full of stories that will make you think. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.
If you have read A Monster Calls feel free to let me know what you thought of it.