Read: 6th November 2016 – 7th November 2016
Spoilers in review: Some mild ones
Screw you Patrick Ness.
Okay, so this is the story of Conor. His mother has cancer, and is steadily getting worse. Every night, he has the same nightmare. It’s so bad that, when an actual monster shows up, he’s not scared at all. This monster, which takes the form of the yew tree in the nearby graveyard, tells Conor three stories, or ‘truths’. Then, Conor has to repay it with a truth of his own.
I’m only going to share a couple of thoughts.
This novel was incredibly hard hitting. My father passed away from cancer in 2012, when I was only a little younger than Conor is in this book, so I know what it’s like. I know exactly how he feels. Also, the way that the bullies target him by ignoring him completely is also extremely similar to what I went through when I was younger. People have described this book as being emotional, and they’re right. But having the personal experience to go with it makes it that much worse. I don’t usually cry when reading.
The illustrations that go with this book are amazing. My favourite was the one that went with the monster’s first tale, with the horse in the foreground and the prince in the background. I just love them so much!!
This book is beautiful. I only wish that I’d read it when it was first published, in 2011, as I feel that it would’ve really helped me then.
Review originally written in 2016