Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a very powerful yet poignant prose that has the ability to captivate everyone. Its bittersweet story and backstory leaves one longing for more. I am no fan of young adult fiction but this laconic narrative about grief and sorrow is one that has truly won me over. I am falling in love with Ness’ story-telling and I do look forward to immersing in his other works. For now, here are some of the most memorable lines from this treasure of a literary piece.

If you haven’t read my review of A Monster calls yet, please click here.


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“You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“‘Stories are important’, the monster said. ‘They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.'” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“There was once an invisible man who had grown tired of being unseen. It was not that he was actually invisible. It was that people had become used to not seeing him. And if no one sees you, are you really there at all?” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“You were merely wishing for the end of pain. Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all.” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“‘The answer is that it does not matter what you think’, the monster said, ‘because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day.'” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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“The green things of this world are just wondrous, aren’t they? We work so hard to get rid of them when sometimes they’re the very thing that saves us.” ~ Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls


Dear reader,

These eight lines are some of the most magical ones that I was able to cull from Ness’ magical writing. I hope you enjoyed them. How about you? Comment down your favorite lines from A Monster Calls.

~ Carl

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