i finished reading A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness (inspired by Siobhan Dowd) on a rare stormy night in Arizona.
it was appropriate timing, as this very special novel itself is stormy.
it's hard to share some of the best lines from AMC without spoiling anything. my very favorite lines make little sense without giving you the full passage for context, which would also give away some of the secrets. so i am sharing only my favorite lines from the first 40 pages, to make sure i don't spoil.
The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
You really aren't afraid, are you?
"No," Conor said. "Not of you, anyway."
The monster narrowed its eyes.
You will be, it said. Before the end.
On the first day of the new school year, Harry had tripped Conor coming into the school grounds, sending him tumbling to the pavement.
And so it had begun.
And so it had continued.
I am the snake of the world devouring its tail! I am everything untamed and untameable! It brought Conor up close to its eye. I am this wild earth, come for you, Conor O'Malley.
"You look like a tree," Conor said.
Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.
i highly advise buying this book to read all of the amazing lines that come AFTER page 40 as well. it's killing me not to share some of them with you here.