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Last Night I Sang to the Monster

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teen faces addiction and abuse in powerful, poetic novel.

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Readers will be quickly swept up in the poetic language of this novel. It convincingly captures the young alcoholic's feeling, including his belief that he is doomed ("I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. ... When it came to my turn, he wrote sad"). Zach's honest narration makes it is easy to empathize with the troubled teen and root for him as he struggles between wanting to remember and wanting to forget his horrible past. Though the book is easy to read, it is full of metaphors and mature material that makes it best suited for older teens. Adults will be equally captivated and moved by Zach's story and should consider reading it along with their kids.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster made 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list, compiled by the Young Adult Library Services, a division of teh American Library Association.

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