Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review of "The Boy Who Drew Monsters" by Keith Donohue


This book is like a onion, it has layers. Every time that I peeled it back I found there was another layer to it, those layers delved all the way through to the center and core of this book. While reading I had many theories as to the activities taking place, but as each layer unfolded my theories were one by one dismissed. The ending ... I did not see that one coming. That was not one of my theories, and it just took my breathe away ... it was that amazing.

Jack Peter Keenan was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a young child. At the age of seven he had a near death experience when he almost drowned in the ocean alongside his friend, and neighbor, Nick, after which he absolutely refused to leave the house, deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Now at the age of ten, Jack's difference is draining his parents sanity. His mother is becoming fearful of him and wonders what will happen when Jack is able to inflict more harm to both himself, and her, in his moments of lapsed control. His father desperately wants him to be normal like other little boys. His parents resent each other. Nick is Jack's only friend, a young boy roughly the same age as Jack himself. Jack's family and Nick's family are tangled together in a twisted web. Jack has started to draw monsters. Jack's monsters have started to come off of the page and take on a life of their own. These monsters are terrorizing Jack's parents, and his friend Nick, and only Jack knows the truth behind their existence, why they are here, and what they want.

This book is creepy, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as haunting as it was. I stayed up late into the night in order to finish this book because there was no way that I was going to be able to go to sleep without first knowing what the outcome was. It was well worth it. That ending ... it was just perfect.

My Rating : 4.5 Stars

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