A Monster Calls
Conor's mom has cancer, and his father has moved to America to be with his new wife and baby. School is anything but an escape as his teachers shower Conor with nothing but pity, excusing all bad behavior, and fellow students only view him as an easy target for bullying.
As if Conor didn't have enough to contend with, his nights are filled with nightmares, or rather one repetitive dream filled with dread, fear and a real life monster who seeks the scariest thing of all
Though this book is recommended for readers between the ages of 12 and 17, there are no age limits on something this good, this memorable.
I doubt A Monsters Calls will be everyone’s cup of tea, beer, or whatever beverage you routinely drink, but it really pulled me in and grabbed at my heartstrings. It's unlike anything I've ever read before.
It's the type of book you pick up thinking it will be filled with predictability and may even be a bit childish, but the reality is it's not at all what you think.
A Monster Calls is what I would refer to as an old fashion fairy-tale. Not your typical Disney rendition where everyone lives happily ever after in a giant castle with singing birds and romantic notions, but the traditional kinda filled with a bit of fright and lasting impact, like the original Hansel and Gretel.
Not only is the context of the book so profound, but it's one of the few books I think you really need to purchase a hard copy of. There are illustrations throughout the book that are just as profound and meaningful as the words written on the pages.
I feel as though I am trying to say more, without doing any real justification to this book, not to mention I don't want to give too much of the story away. It really is just one of those books you need to read for yourself to really understand and appreciate the literacy behind it.
A Monsters Calls will absolutely be joining the elite group of books of which I hold onto. Definitely has a permanent place on my bookshelf.
I picked up Unstoppable Stilettos on a whim after seeing a post on Facebook by Special Books by Special Kids about a little girl born blind and abandoned by her birth parents. The had made a previous posted about Lauren and her book, Unstoppable Stilettos, so I decided to give it a try.
Normally, I steer clear of self help books, but Unstoppable Stilettos is more than just your average "feel good" read. At just nine months old Lauren experiences her first menstrual cycle. Yep, you read that right, a baby with a menstrual cycle. It's shortly after this anomaly that her parents are handed a diagnosis of McCune-Albright syndrome. McCune-Albright syndrome being a rare condition that affects bones, skin and the Endocrine System. With a diagnosis and bleak outlook, doctors inform Lauren's family of the harsh future she will likely endure and advise that she will likely be wheelchair bound with an uncertain medical future.
Despite her diagnosis Lauren is determined and refuses to give into the stigma that generally surrounds handicapped persons. In fact, at just five years old she makes the decision to not be dependent on a wheelchair, and at 30 something years old now, she is still NOT wheelchair bound. She, in fact, prefers the added height and confidence she gains from wearing and strutting her stuff in a good old pair of stylish stilettos. She does have braces and occasionally needs help from friends and family, but she does not label herself as handicapped and she certainly does not use her condition or her situation as an excuse. Lauren chases her dreams with a perseverance that most of us wish we possessed.
While I enjoyed the story, the writing fell flat and I often found myself thinking "didn't she already say that...a couple times?" There were definitely moments throughout the book where the words "broken record" repeated in my mind.
Lauren is undoubtedly a very talented women, but I don't think her talents expand to the written word. Her story is definitely worth sharing, but this book should not be read with the intent to be met with a critical eye. It's just an inspirational perspective from someone with an interesting and impactful story.
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
Books Read in 2020
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