Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


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ISBN-13: 9781935955092
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 125,598
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 16 - 17 Years

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books. He has received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship and an American Book Award. He teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso, and considers himself a fronterizo, a person of the border.

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Last Night I Sang to the Monster 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Infinite_Inspires More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time, if ever, that I remember reading a YA novel where all the secondary characters are over the age of 25. Significantly. That fact and the intense subject matter make this a pretty Adult Young Adult novel. That being said, Saenz wrote an amazing book. It was sensitive, exciting, sad, and had incredible elements of truth. I recommend this book, though people who've experienced violent physical abuse, who struggle with dissociative disorders or who are newly sober might want to read it with support. Well written, moving, thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Really enjoyed this book because it made me realize that we all go through bad things in life and we just have to keep our heads up and not give up. Happines is like a warm gun and the way Benjamin Saenz creates a relation to not just young adults but older people as well.
-Jessica_C More than 1 year ago
"The Night I sang to the Monster" is one of the BEST books i have ever read. And that is a great thing coming from me. When I first picked it up at B&N, I thought it was a Supernatural novel. But i soon realized immediately it was something more. I never knew a Person could feel so much at one time. And it made me think about my own Happiness. and I am amazed to think i am happy right now. I dont know if I will be happy tomorrow or the next day. I just know this book has made me live in the now. I recommend everyone to read this book. This is not just a YA book. It is a book everyone can learn from, whether you're 18 or 53. Read the book. Many Great compliments to the author, Benjamin Alire Saenz.
ewyatt on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Zach works with a therapist named Adam and his fellow denizens of a rehab facility. He forms a strong bond with a middle-aged alcoholic, Rafael. Zach was raised in a home with an alcoholic father, neglectful mother, and sadistic brother. Slowly he begins to remember and face the painful events that led him to the rehab facility. Although the ending has a bit of a fairy-tale, happy-ending quality, it feels as if Zach deserves a chance at happiness and normalcy after all he endured in his short life to that point.
heathersblue on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Wow. What a fantastic novel. Zack wakes up and finds himself a client (which means he can leave anytime he wants) in a mental facility. He doesn't remember how he got there and spends a great deal of energy trying to be numb and to keep from remembering. As time goes on, however, things start changing and he finds he wants to connect again. Somehow. Whith the help of people he comes to care about, maybe he will remember.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Zach is in rehab, but doesn't remember how he got there. His mother was depressed, his father was an alcoholic, his brother terrorized the family. Zack drank to escape. He knows he was an alcoholic, but he doesn't know what happened to his family and he isn't sure he wants to remember.
twonickels on LibraryThing 24 days ago
¿I have it in my head that when we¿re born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people¿s hearts he writes happy and on some people¿s hearts he writes sad and on some people¿s hearts he writes crazy and on some people¿s hearts he writes genius and on some people¿s hearts he writes angry and on some people¿s hearts he writes winner and on some people¿s hearts he writes loser¿ And it¿s all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. And when it came to my turn, he wrote sad.¿ (pg. 11)Zach is 18 years old, and instead of spending his senior year in Mr. Garcia¿s English class or hanging out with his friends, he¿s spending it with Adam, his therapist in rehab. Zach can¿t, or won¿t, remember the events that brought him to the clinic. In fact, much of his time is spent trying not to remember anything at all. But the memories of his life before ¿ of his loving but alcoholic father, of his distant and sometimes abusive mother, of his troubled older brother Santiago who holds the whole family hostage to his terrible anger ¿ keep creeping in.The first few chapters of Zach¿s narration are told in language that is fragmented, dense, and repetitive. Brief memories float up to the surface, like the little pieces of paper Zach imagines covering the world with words. While the language brings the reader deeply and authentically inside the mind of a troubled young man, it is also really difficult to read. I almost gave up. I¿m so glad I didn¿t. Because as Zach peels away the barriers that he has put up ¿ whether it is the barriers created by the haze of bourbon and cocaine that was his life before rehab, or the mental barriers that he uses as protection from his own past ¿ this novel grows from a profoundly sad portrait of young man and blooms into something much more.Zach certainly can¿t be considered lucky in his life, but he does have the good fortune to meet a few people who truly see him as he is. His English teacher, Mr. Garcia, sees through to the bright, creative young man who hides behind silence and sadness, and he reaches out to him. Adam, the therapist at Zach¿s rehab clinic, also sees past Zach¿s many barriers and tries to help him break past them. But there is one person who actually reaches past those barriers and touches Zach.Zach¿s roommate in rehab has the name of an artist or an angel, and to Zach he is both of those things. As Zach learns Rafael¿s heartbreaking story, and watches this man who should be broken fighting to conquer his monsters and live his life, Zach begins to search for the strength in himself to face his own past, and maybe his future. Their relationship becomes the emotional heart of the story, even more than the traumatic event that Zach has buried deep in his mind. While the reader has seen the depth of Zach¿s internal life, he has not been able to share any of his struggles with others. Rafael is the first person who convinces Zach to share what is buried inside of himself ¿ both the good and the bad. It is a relationship that is truly transformational, and it is written with deep emotion and grace.This is a devastating, crying-on-the-subway kind of book, but it ends on a note of hope ¿ and not one that felt forced or false. Despite his many trials and tribulations, Zach is a beautiful young man, and Sáenz tells his story in a way that will stay with the reader.
bwoodreader on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Zach is 18 and in rehab. His connection to the others in rehab is beautiful. He slowly remembers what brought him to this place - his famy. Each of his family members has a part to play in his abusive childhood, but it takes him the whole book to remember the incident that actually brought him to rehab. With the help of kind Adam, his therapist, Rafael, a father-like figure to him who is also a patient, and the other "clients" at the facility, Zach finds his voice and his will to live. A depressing novel with hope at the end, readers will admire Zach's will to get better.(can read the first page aloud to kids to get them to read it)
meggyweg on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I didn't like the book as much as I thought I would. I thought the mystery aspect was the best -- the whole "what on earth happened, how did he wind up in rehab" thing. But it seemed like the author was trying a little bit too hard to be eloquent and poetic. He spent a lot of page space on fancy language while the story lagged.
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PatriciaMG More than 1 year ago
This book moved me. So much. I gave it five stars.  My five stars are kind of a rare thing. Or they are lately anyway. But I don't think a book has ever made me cry so much and so many times, during its course. It's making me want to get all poetic but I've never been good at poetry.  But this book was beautiful. See, you could call it angst, except I didn't feel the angst, that's not what I felt. I think it's about human fragility and resilience. Just thinking about it makes my eyes start stinging.  Zach is our main character, and we see everything through his eyes. And it's all so heart breaking. Even though he clearly does not see his own worth, as the reader, I saw it right away. I believed in him as a character and I was rooting so hard for him. Not just him. Saenz made me care for, or at least feel for, every single character in this book. Every. Single. One.  And the language, the imagery, the way that Zach expressed himself. So beautiful.  I don't think I can actually give a coherent review for this book, all I can say is that it is well worth the read. It's a little hand wrapped gift. I'm absolutely in love with this book and I can't wait to read something else by this author. Zach's story, and the stories of those who he meets along his journey, just touched me.  'I think God is the wind. It’s all like a game to him. Him. God. And it’s all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote “sad.” I don’t like God very much. Apparently, he doesn’t like me very much either.'  Last Night I Sang to the Monster Go on, read it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and two others from this author from the library and had to buy them. There are too few writers any more who honestly know how to not just write, but draw a picture, reveal a world, touch your very heart and soul, I found this man to be just that, an artist. Every book I read I find I must have for my own library. He is someone I would love to meet and share just a few minutes of a day with. You see the world, hear a heart beat and break, feel more love than so many do in a whole lifetime. I am so happy he chose to share such a beautiful gift with the world. He has the gift of making art, pictures and music, from words. Thank you Mr. Seanz.
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batman5 More than 1 year ago
i like this book because we can all relate to zach in the point that we all go through a crisis or a though period in our lives. I like the way Benjamin Saenz describes Zach's feeling towards certain things. Zach is a though young man and he is going to get better and move on with his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It touched my heart and hit too close to home :/
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