Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. . . . It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."Kirkus Reviews
" There is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."Booklist
"Offering insight into [an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."Publishers Weekly
"Sáenz weaves together [18-year-old] Zach's past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight. This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed."School Library Journal
Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alivewell, what's up with that?
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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"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.