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Writing Elephant

I decided to walk through my local Walmart’s book section one day and this book caught my eye.

I don’t know if it was the bright cover amongst the dark covers of the books around it or what; but for some reason I wanted to pick it up. Upon doing so I just had a gut feeling I had to purchase it.

Recently I have been feeling down, my if you read my post from last Saturday you can read how low I had gotten. I started missing dead relatives, my Papa and Mama (great-grandparents on my father’s side) after recently finding a cousin I didn’t know I had. I guess that kind of played a role too. But this little book by Patrick Ness actually helped.

Unlike the past few weeks I haven’t been reading as quickly, A Monster Calls fixed that. I finished it in a day and a half. It’s also a book I recommend to anyone who is suffering with grief or lingering mourning from losing a loved one. It’s one I want my own mother to read because I think it will help her forgive herself for my grandfather’s passing. The day he died she feared she held him too tight, I think they both needed that closeness for him to finally pass peacefully.

A Monster Calls is a book that makes you think. Little Conor is around 13 years old and dealing- rather well, with a mother sick with cancer. He helps her around the house, knows how her treatments affect her, little things to do to keep her happy, and how to keep himself. Most 13 year-olds can barely remember to brush their teeth, never mind helping tend to a household. Conor does it for the love of his mother.

The book deals with divorce in two stages, the mothers and the grandmother’s. Grandma is single and living like a 20 year old where as her poor daughter is doing her best to stay alive and raise a young boy. It’s not easy for these women, but the contrast here is astounding.

The monster in the book is a yew tree. Granted it’s not much of a monster but it provides Conor with 4 unique lessons on life and how to cope with life after death. The yew tree that can be seen as the bad guy on occasion, but essentially he is Conor’s conscience. The Yew tree tells Conor 3 stories and the fourth must come from Conor, but the Yew must make him see it.

When everything falls into place it was an ending we all knew would happen, but all try and force ourselves not to see. Truth is painful, but it is also relief. This concept reminds me of The Forgetting that the truth, although sometimes painful if who we are. Abandoning truth, we abandon ourselves.

Ness’ A Monster Calls is set to become a movie soon, and I am genuinely excited for it to come to theaters!

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