Based on the concept of "Recommend a..." from the Chick Loves Lit blog. This week's meme is "Recommend a...BOOK THAT MADE YOU EMOTIONAL."
Two books really rose to the top for me in this category, and both happen to be two very different "Monster" titles, both by Patrick Ness.
"Emotional" Recommendation #1
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, book 3) by Patrick Ness
In a word, INTENSE. The entire Chaos Walking trilogy is a heart-pounding, emotional roller coaster, but this third one really packs a wallop! I cried and cried and cried when...well, if you've read it, you know exactly the part I'm referring to.
This sci-fi trilogy follows Todd and Viola, two teens trying to survive the hardscrabble lifestyle of colonists on a far-away planet amid "Noise," aliens, war, politics, first love, and the constant search for what is right. Nothing comes easy for Todd and Viola, and it seems as though they can trust no one but each other. This series left me breathless from start to finish; I felt like I needed to breathe deeply and calm down when I finished each book. A must-read for anyone who loves YA science fiction, Chaos Walking is among my all-time favorite books.
I read Monsters of Men about a year before I started my blog, so I do not have a review of it on my blog. Here are some others:
Review from Birdbrain(ed) Book blog
Audiobook review from Parajunkee
"Emotional" Recommendation #2
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
At first, I was actually a little disappointed in this book. I LOVE monster stories, and I thought this would be a nice, creepy story about a boy who gets nightly visits from a scary monster. Indeed, the front cover, illustrations, and publisher's trailer all portray fear perfectly.
While the story is definitely about fear, it isn't the monster-in-the-closet, sleep-with-the-lights-on type of fear I was looking for. This story is a much more real type of fear, and this monster is as real as it gets.
Did A Monster Calls make me emotional? Eventually, yes. Once I overcame my expectations of a horror novel, I really enjoyed the story. I've read many reviews where readers cried at the end, and that was not me. It was not until after I read the book that I get the misty eyes over this one. In front of a class of sixth graders, no less.
It was the book trailer that did me in. I had seen the publisher's trailer many times before I read A Monster Calls. But AFTER I read it, I booktalked the story to a class of sixth graders. When I played the trailer for them, I nearly lost it. The music (so sad and desperate, those violins!) and the book's illustrations and the hands of the clock moving to 12:07--that's when the sadness hit me like a Mack truck.
After my teary eyes (which I mentioned to the class), A Monster Calls stays checked out pretty regularly these days.
My review of A Monster Calls
Review from Danielle at "There's A Book"--Contains spoilers but shows how readers really relate emotionally to this book
Review of audiobook by "Up, Up and Away" blog
NY Times article about the healing properties of AMC
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