A middle-grade book that is a powerful message about dealing with the sickness of a loved one. I highly recommend this book to all ages because the message is universal. Patrick Ness shows his ability to choose the correct word or group of words at the right moment to make a simple sentence profound. The monster element is so well done with so many small lessons that make the reader think. This is one of those books I wish I read when I was a child, as it would have taught me so much about life. The illustrations that are scattered throughout the book added so much immersion to the reading.
As an adult with two older parents, this book wrecked me. This one will be a reread after their time comes because I think even though this is extremely sad, it can help people gain perspective, and move on.
The only negative thing I’ll mention is that for some people this book may seem a bit exploitive and manipulative of the circumstances being detailed in the book. It is a book written to get an emotional response from the reader, that is the goal, and if that doesn’t sound like your thing, maybe skip this one.
21/25 Possible Score
Plot – 3(Good)
Characters – 4(Strong)
World Building/Setting – 4(Strong)
Writing Style – 5(Excellent)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 5(Excellent)