Monthly Archives: February 2017

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

At 12:07  Conor woke up from the same nightmare he had been having for the last few months to a monster standing by his window.  Huge and ugly, but definitely real, the monster says Conor has called the monster to help Conor. Reluctantly at first, Conner  accepts his help, and the monster tells him three stories. The monster only requires Conor to tell his story when the monster  had finished telling its own. This is a wonderful book about accepting life’s circumstances and moving on.

Wow! This story was a strange mix of scary, sad and evokes emotions Ness so wonderfully puts into words. There are so many life lessons hidden in this book – you could read it a hundred times and still find something valuable. It was different from other book I’ve read because of the unique and powerful storyline and everyone should read it. In fact, once my mom read it, she made it assigned reading for both my younger brothers!

This book was also made into a movie last month – has anyone seen it? Is it any good?



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One by Sarah Crossen

Grace and Tippi have never spent a second of their lives apart from each other. The conjoined twins have defied every doctors’ prediction and lived a relatively normal life. Now sixteen, they are starting at a private school for the first time. High school is hard enough for normal teens, but Tippi and Grace are always stared at and mocked wherever they go.  As if navigating school isn’t hard enough, a truth they’ve never wanted to admit is surfacing, and they soon must make the hardest choice they’ll ever make.

This book was one of the best I’ve ever read. It was written in a poetry form, which brought out and made real the emotions and thoughts that a conjoined twin might have. I’ll admit, it made me cry! I loved how Sarah Crossan made Grace and Tippi so unique but so close and dedicated to each other. You could understand their longing for a normal life, but satisfaction with who they were. This book was beautifully written and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a unique but realistic book!!


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