A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. It was written and is marketed as a childrens/young adult book tackling the topics of grief and loss. That said, I read it for the first time at the age of 38, while trying to lay to rest some heartbreak regarding the recent death of my mother in law. This book does not read like a YA book. It is one of those rare books that so easily speaks to readers of all ages. I read the 200+ pages in one sitting, Kindle in one hand, a well-used box of Kleenex in the other. It is powerful, emotional, incredibly well written, and a true gift to anyone fortunate enough to get their hands on a copy. I am a firm believer that the story of 13 year old Conor, and the Monster outside his window will enrich the lives of all who read it. While it is true there are no happy endings to be found in the pages of A Monster Calls, it is also true that sometimes God reveals the most beautiful parts of life, in death... The reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are high for a reason.