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A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
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LiseWorks
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This was a great book. Loved the art throughout this book. It is a great book for young adults who deal with grief. #ISpyBingoJanuary I found footprints and a house. But no bingo This month. Some of them were hard to find. Like the stop sign. @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks

Clwojick Stop sign was a hard one for me too! Great job - hope you play along in February too! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
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This was both beautiful and sad. I really felt for Connor as he was being bullied at school and everyone knew that his Mom was undergoing chemo for cancer. It was both this and the fact that he dreams of a monster that comes to his house every night, that no one believed him, so he became reclusive. I love that Connor is able to get revenge against one of the bullies at school and is able to “be seen” by everyone again.

4⭐️
11/23/22

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Read for a book club on Monday. Got my boyfriend to read it too. Then we watched the movie last night. I thought it was going to utterly destroy me and then it didn‘t and I kind of felt let down.

Beatlefan129 I felt the same way. The reviews made me think I was going to feel really emotional but then all I felt was so so 3mo
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Somber; it‘s the second time I read this book and found it more amusing than the first time, definitely deeper, and more significant. Life can partake a series of incidents for which we are oftentimes helpless, or feeling helpless, so we call upon the monsters of the night that so much frighten many children, but in whose arms we feel secure, or something like that. It‘s not bad, I‘d recommend it to a kid though.

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Sueoshin
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A 13-year-old boy named Conor had to go through a challenging life.

1 night, Conor had a nightmare that called his name repeatedly. At first, he thought that maybe it was just an illusion but apparently it was a reality where there was a big tree in the yard calling his name.

At 12:07 midnight, Conor will leave the house to listen to the story from the tree. There are 3 stories that give lessons to Conor‘s life.

#book

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Livyer
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(May)Here I am at almost 8:00 am writing this, with my eyes still full of tears. The last few chapters were almost imposible to read because of it. If anyone asks me what I read this year that made an impact, A Monster Calls will be it. Reading while you can't even make up the words because your sight is blurry and you have a knot in your throat and you don't want the story to end but at the same time you do.

JoeMo I remember a similar experience several years ago, except I think I was legitimately sobbing my face off and it was something like 3 in the morning when I finished that book! 😂 Welcome back to Litsy. 3mo
Livyer @JoeMo I went in blind... I thought it was a horror/thriller book. Then it turned into a fairytale then it got too real... Loved it, and thank you still don't know what i am doing 😂 3mo
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DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🎃🖤 4mo
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Andrew65 A true classic, well done 👏👏👏 4mo
TheLudicReader I ugly cried reading this book. 4mo
KathyWheeler @TheLudicReader I did too and books and movies rarely make me cry. I loved this book. 4mo
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Eggs I chose this one too 💔 4mo
Twainy 😭 4mo
WJCintron Patrick Ness is amazing! And he‘s so nice! Such a good soul! 🙌😊 4mo
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Eggs
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Readergrrl I loved this book! The art was wonderful and the story just broke my heart (in all the best ways). 4mo
Eggs @Readergrrl Agree🙌🏻🙌🏻 4mo
bookishdawg This is wonderful on audio with Jason Isaacs narrating ❤️ 4mo
jlhammar Such a good book! Moved me to tears. 4mo
Eggs @bookishdawg @jlhammar 🖤💔🤍 4mo
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Bookworm54
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This was a quick YA read.
As I get older, I find I cry a lot easier when reading or watching tv. And this book was no exception! 🥹

Connor has been having nightmares since his mum fell ill, but one night a new monster appears. It says it has been called, and that Connor must tell him a story. A story that is his truth.

This was sad but so worth the read. Sorry you sat neglected on my shelves for so long book 🤣

#BookSpin #JubilantJuly

Andrew65 I obviously need to get to this too! Well done 👏👏👏 7mo
TheAromaofBooks This one absolutely wrecked me! 7mo
rabbitprincess I saw the movie and it gutted me 😭 7mo
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Bookworm54
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Having a chilled morning starting A Monster Calls with Moroccan mint tea and homemade frittata 😋

TheLudicReader This book! 7mo
Readergrrl Fantastic book! 7mo
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Cortg
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I got to enjoy a production of A Monster Calls in DC last night! It follows the book and was quite creative using rope to create and represent the yew tree.

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Cortg
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Such an amazing story! I‘m a total mess! It‘s been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while and when I learned it‘s being performed at the Kennedy Center, I got tickets and started the book. Looking forward to the show and plan to bring a box of tissues. 😭

Nebklvr I‘m not crying, you‘re crying! 8mo
Cortg @Nebklvr OMG, yes! 😂 8mo
TheLudicReader I was a blubbery mess when I read it. 8mo
Cortg @TheLudicReader It was an ugly cry, for sure! 8mo
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Lovelylottereader
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Oh. My. God.
My dad had been recommending this book to me for such a long time but I hadn‘t read it until now and I don‘t know why I put it off for so long. The book was absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful and multiple quotes had me crying. Absolutely amazing.
4⭐️

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Lovelylottereader
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“You do not write your life with words,” the monster said. “You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

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Lovelylottereader
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How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be a murderer and a savior? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?

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Lovelylottereader
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“I wish I had a hundred years,” she said, very quietly. “A hundred years I could give to you.”

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For all the folding, it was only four lines long.
Four lines, and the world went quiet.
I‘m sorry for telling everyone about your mum, read the first line.
I miss being your friend, read the second.
Are you okay? read the third.
I see you, read the fourth, with the I underlined about a hundred times.

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Lovelylottereader
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“If no one sees you,” the monster said, picking up its pace, too, “are you really there at all?”

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Lovelylottereader
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“Stories are important,” the monster said. “They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”

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Lovelylottereader
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“I don‘t understand. Who‘s the good guy here?”
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

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Lovelylottereader
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“Stories are wild creatures,” the monster said. “When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”

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“They‘re just stupid berries. Woo-hoo, so scary. Oh, please, please, save me from the berries!”
The monster looked at him quizzically. “How strange,” it said. “The words you say tell me you are scared of the berries, but your actions seems to suggest otherwise.”
“You‘re as old as the land and you‘ve never heard of sarcasm?”

BramBresseleers ”Oh, I have heard of it. (…) But people usually know better than to speak it to me.” 😱 8mo
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Lovelylottereader
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“Stories are the wildest things of all,” the monster rumbled. “Stories chase and bite and hunt.”

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Lovelylottereader
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“I am the spine that the mountains hang upon! I am the tears that the rivers cry! I am the lungs that breathe the wind! I am the wolf that kills the stag, the hawk that kills the mouse, the spider that kills the fly! I am the stag, the mouse, and the fly that are eaten! I am the snake of the world devouring its tail! I am everything untamed and untamable!”
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“I am this wild earth, come for you, Conor O‘Malley.”

Lovelylottereader “You look like a tree,” Conor said. 8mo
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Lovelylottereader
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“It‘s only a dream,” he said again.
“But what is a dream, Conor O‘Malley?” the monster said, bending down so its face was close to Conor‘s. “Who is to say that it is not everything else that is the dream?”

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#TarotTakeover Day 1! @ErinSueMreads

There are so many layers to peel back with Nine of Swords. Fear, anxiety, grief, and anguish that start in our dreams and unconscious reality, and then "stalk" us into our day-to-day state of being.

Conor has the daily challenge of dealing with the monster that haunts him at night. Like him, we can either keep running away, or confront it--and maybe, find something to learn from it along the way ?

Erinsuereads I love your elaboration on nine of swords! One of my favorite parts of these photo challenges is hearing everyone else's take on the cards. It's fascinating 11mo
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living_for_literature
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The chapters were short, and to the point. It was easy-to-read, as a middle grade book should be, but slam-packed with emotion. As I was expecting, Ness packed a punch in short sentences that a thirteen year old boy would use, which still made me feel all the emotions. The metaphors of the monsters really made sense, too. There are even some actions that caused me to wonder if the monsters were real–or were they in Connor‘s head.

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Ang203l
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Guess we‘ll see if this one makes me cry!

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j9brown
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So moving and so sad. Really great. ❤️❤️❤️

KathyWheeler Not only did I cry when I finished this book, but I ugly-cried, and I‘m not one who cries much with books or movies. 1y
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KatieDid927
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Woke up early and have a flexible WFH schedule, so I decided to watch the movie adaptation of A Monster Calls for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt before starting my work day. I finished the book last night in one sitting. The movie is a good adaptation. The film is well-cast, aside from Sigourney Weaver as the grandmother. Her British accent isn‘t great. I liked how they visualized the book through the art design. @4thhouseontheleft

LiteraryinLawrence This book made me cry so much. Is the movie similar? I don‘t picture it as spooky, just sad. 1y
KatieDid927 @LiteraryinLawrence The movie is similar but the book didn‘t make me cry, personally. Although I get why it makes other people cry! I hadn‘t read the book prior and had chose it for this week‘s prompt (read & watch the movie) without reading it first. I do think the nightmare and monster elements are what makes this book/movie fit the spooky season. 1y
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KatieDid927
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A monster calls, while a sweet kitty snoozes. This book lives up to the hype! Elements reminded me of The BFG, but if that book had more depth and was a lot better. A nice yet moving read for spooky season. Will watch the movie on Netflix for this week‘s #Screamathon prompt! @4thhouseontheleft #catsoflitsy

ConfessionofaBookaholic Love this book so much!! 1y
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TheSpineView
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Redhead_reads What a book!! 1y
ATB Love that this is called A Monster Calls and the authors last name is Ness! “The Loch Ness Monster Calls.” 😂 1y
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TheSpineView @ATB I didn't see that until you pointed it out. How funny!😂 1y
sblbooks I just read this it's so heartbreaking! Amazing novel! 1y
Linsy Can't wait to try this one! 💙 1y
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InkedBookworm13
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Day 1 of #Haunted is Crystal Ball

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & @eggs

Eggs Beautiful photo 🔮👏🏻📚 1y
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KatieDid927
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My TBR stack for #Screamathon! It‘s a little ambitious based on how much I‘ve slowed down recently. Hopefully this month‘s spooky reads inspire me to read a bit more! @4thhouseontheleft

alisiakae That‘s a great stack! 1y
SamAnne Loved Ring Shout! 1y
bookishdawg A Monster Calls ❤️ 1y
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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

vonnie862 I've had this in my shelf for years. I really need to pick it up & read it. 1y
KathyWheeler I ugly cried when I read this book, and I almost never cry from reading a book! 1y
Tera0707 @vonnie862 definitely! I‘ve wanted to read it for years so when my professor gave it to us as a book choice, I didn‘t even hesitate. @KathyWheeler same! I was doing the ugly-trying-not-to-cry face. I should‘ve just let it out! 1y
KathyWheeler @Tera0707 I tried the ugly-trying-not-to-cry face first but just couldn‘t stay with it. 1y
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I have to read this for my Foundations of Literacy (EC-12) class and I‘m not sad about it. We were given five fantasy books to choose from and this was my pick. My daughter, who is in the same class, picked When You Reach Me. Absolutely loving this class! 😊

monalyisha Love your cute li‘l spooky bouquet! Spookquet? 1y
Tera0707 @monalyisha lol I like that! 1y
Gissy I love that book (edited) 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 This is a story of grief & loss & letting go. Connor is a young boy dealing with the fear of loss & the impending death of his mom from cancer. There‘s a magical element & 4 stories within the story.

Jason Isaacs is a ridiculously fabulous narrator for this story. The author took the ideas from another author & wrote the story posthumously, she is credited in the title.

This book will put you through an emotional wringer.

I cried

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LazyOwl This is definitely one to bring out the tissues for 😭 2y
Twainy @LazyOwl Agreed 💯😭 2y
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nosferatu
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A nice read, but the real star is the artwork.

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nanuska_153
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Conor's mom has been sick for a very long time, she is not getting better. One night, a monster comes at midnight to tell him three stories. A great book about grief, dealing with the very complex feelings that you have to go through. The illustrations really complement the story. It was a re-read for me and I found it as emotional as the first time.

LiteraryinLawrence This book is so well done. Super emotional. 2y
nanuska_153 @LiteraryinLititz it really is, such a difficult subject too from a children's perspective. It really worths rereading it 2y
francescareads Tear jerker and I love stories within a story. 2y
Arkrayder I love this book. 2y
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1. Rural community about thirty minutes from Rochester, NY
2. Tagged book!
3. Cursebreakers
4. The Princess Bride
5. Parks and Recreation
6. Band ~ Thousand Foot Krutch
7. Red
8. Psychological thrillers and contemporary drama
9. I own an online secondhand shop/works from home
10. Four living ferrets ~ three have passed away.

#meetthelittens

ShelleyBooksie That book just raked my heart 2y
abookishbutterfly @ShelleyBooksie I found it to be very cathartic and I really loved the way it showed the messiness of grief. 2y
Lauram I smile just thinking about Parks & Rec. I‘ve assigned this show as homework to my stressed out practicum students. 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is just as excellent as I‘ve heard! I felt so much for Conor, and the monster was so interesting! Quite the book, I must say.

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Sweetkokoro
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Well this was depressing yet so beautiful all at the same time. It‘s one of those books that just kind of leaves you speechless. I did a lot of crying.

The art work is also amazing and really fits the feel and flow of the story.

Sweetkokoro Another one down for #screamathon2020 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, this book absolutely slayed me when I read it. 2y
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night_shift Ugh, this book had me ugly crying in the bathtub reading it. It's one of my almost always recommend books! The movie gutted me as well (it's on prime, if you haven't seen it and have that) 2y
Sweetkokoro @UnidragonFrag I was a crying ugly mess in bed reading this, and right after I finished my bestfriend FaceTimed me and was so worried haha. I haven‘t seen the movie and i am interested, by bestfriend has prime so I‘ll totally bug her to use her account to watch it, reading the book has piqued my interest in seeing the movie. 2y
night_shift Oh no 😅 my boyfriend at the time was worried at first finding me a mess in the bathtub lol .. I'm pretty sure it's still on prime! But if not, I'd say it's worth hunting down. Still going to make ya cry, but SO pretty! 2y
Sweetkokoro @UnidragonFrag oh I can only imagine what that must have been like lol. It‘s still on Prime but you have to have the HBO extra package to watch it for free :( Which is the same for Hulu and such. I hate that honestly. I‘ll have to check my library and see if they have a dvd copy. 2y
night_shift Oh ugh, sorry! That's the worst, I hate that. I really wish Prime wouldn't show things that can only be watched with additional fees/subscriptions 😠 Hopefully your library has it! 2y
Sweetkokoro @UnidragonFrag Same here, there service is so frustrating to navigate. And yup my library has a copy so I‘m just waiting for it to be ready! Soon I‘ll be able to cry my eyes out a second time with this story. 2y
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#QuotsyOct20 @TK-421

“Stories don't always have happy endings."

This stopped him. Because they didn't, did they? That's one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild #animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect.”

Buechersuechtling I cried my tears out, during reading as much as during watching the film. I loved both. 💔 2y
La_Cori @Buechersuechtling I cried my eyes out with the book.. watching the movie was a little bit less painful (just a bit!) 😭😫💔 2y
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AuthorJensenReed
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Loved the illustration. Start was quite gripping. Good MGF

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vanslibanan
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My first Patrick Ness read is a very heart-wrenching tale about loss and acceptance. Checkout its equally good film version on Netflix 📖🎬😭
#bookstoscreen
#goodreadsreadingchallenge2020

Reader93 I read this book amazing but yes so incredibly sad but very well written 2y
KathyWheeler I loved this book but didn‘t know it was a movie. 2y
vanslibanan Totally agree @Reader93 2y
vanslibanan It's still on Netflix @KathyWheeler 2y
KathyWheeler @vanslibanan Thanks. I‘ll have to check it out. 2y
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#3books that didn‘t just make me cry—they dissolved me into puddles of tears and I‘m still trying to recover from each and every one of them. 😭

GreenGrl87 Oh TFIOS got me too! I am very curious about A Monster Calls though. 2y
meghathecloud I reread TFIOS last year. Gets me every time🥺. (edited) 2y
Wife 😭😭😭😭😭 2y
OriginalCyn620 TFIOS did that to me too! 😭 2y
DimeryRene Oh! Yes to all. 💔💔💔💔💔 2y
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Aussie_SFF
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This book was such a major disappointment.
I have read and enjoyed Patrick Ness books in the past and was expecting something of that calibre but was most disappointed. I felt that this was a very thin story and I didn't feel like the tales from the monster help pad it out. I think this book is specifically for kids dealing with lose and I am not the target audience at all.
2/5 Stars

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Aussie_SFF
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This book was such a major disappointment.
I have read and enjoyed Patrick Ness books in the past and was expecting something of that calibre but was most disappointed. I felt that this was a very thin story and I didn't feel like the tales from the monster help pad it out. I think this book is specifically for kids dealing with lose and I am not the target audience at all.
2/5 Stars