Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

fiction contemporary young adult emotional reflective sad slow-paced

239 pages | first published 2009


"S enz' 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 reson...
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emotional 100%
dark 95%
sad 95%
hopeful 71%
inspiring 42%
reflective 42%
challenging 23%
mysterious 14%
tense 14%
funny 9%
informative 4%


medium 71%
slow 14%
fast 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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