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by Benjamin Alire Sáenz,MacLeod Andrews

  • Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz,MacLeod Andrews
  • ISBN: 1455824267
  • ISBN13: 978-1455824267
  • ePub: 1804 kb | FB2: 1652 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Rating: 4.5/5
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster ePub download

You probably heard of Benjamin Alire Saénz I did, too. But this was even better. Last Night I Sang to the Monster is deeply moving

You probably heard of Benjamin Alire Saénz. You might have read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. You loved it. I did, too. Last Night I Sang to the Monster is deeply moving. It tells Zach's The heart can get really cold if all you've known is winter. This is my favourite book of 2017.

I Sang to. The monster. Benjamin alire sáenz. Last Night I Sang to the Monster. For further information, write Cinco Puntos Press, 701 Texas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901; or call 1-915-838-1625. SUMMERTIME (from Porgy and Bess ).

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Author), MacLeod Andrews (Reader).

78 quotes from Last Night I Sang to the Monster: ‘The heart can get really cold if all you've known is winter. I'm thinking I could spend the rest of my life becoming an expert at forgetting ― Benjamin Alire Saenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster. All my friends thought I was a very happy human being. Because that's how I acted- like a really happy human being. But all that pretending made me tired. If I acted the way I felt, then I doubt my friends would have really hung out with me.

MacLeod Andrews, Benjamin Alire Saenz. Zach is a senior but he's in rehab instead of high school. He doesn't remember how he got there. Remembering sucks and being alive - well, what's up with that?

MacLeod Andrews, Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a prolific novelist, poet, and author of children's books. I Sang to. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, his first novel for young adults, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Young Adult Library Services Association Top Ten Books for Young Adults pick in 2005. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Cinco Puntos PressReleased: Sep 1, 2009ISBN: 9781933693798Format: book.

Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel, which explores the painful journey of an adolescent through the labyrinth of addiction and alcoholism. 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.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. By: Benjamin A. Sáenz. Narrated by: Robbie Daymond. Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins.

Zach is a senior but he’s in rehab instead of high school. He doesn’t remember how he got there. Remembering sucks and being alive — well, what’s up with that? 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. 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. —Zach Benjamin Alire Sáenz’ new novel is a gift of honesty and poetry and heart. Zach is a beautiful young man who desperately wants to forget the unforgettable. In order to deal with his addiction, he must first deal with his lost childhood. Sáenz has created one of the most unique and heartfelt friendships I’ve ever encountered in literature, and it’s through this friendship that Zach ultimately discovers his voice. This novel sang to me from the opening page and never once hit a false note. — Matt de la Peña I cried with Zach all the way through this book: tears of rage and sorrow — sometimes laughing though — and finally, tears of hope and joy. Thanks to Ben Sáenz’ pitch-perfect writing, Zach will stay in my heart for a long time. —Linda Sue Park
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Like other reviewers, I picked up Last Night I Sang to the Monster while still in the afterglow of the wonderful Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I read the small blurb here on Amazon and thought, "Why not?"

For a book that starts out sceneless and fragmented, I'm surprised I was as drawn to the book as much as I was. The prose is very simplistic and voicy at times; other times it's lyrical and thoughtful. That juxtaposition perfectly encapsulates Zach--even if Saenz's decision to take on Zach's distinct voice kind of shunts it from being a "literary" novel. Substance over style, but only by a razor thin margin.

I couldn't put this book down. Like Ari and Dante, I was immersed (albeit uncomfortably) in the world of Zach and, after some time of pondering whether or not I should be rooting for him, became absolutely invested in Zach recovering at the rehab facility and remembering how he got there. If you don't fall in love with him immediately, he grows on you. I promise. And so do the fantastic cast of characters also staying at the center. I was downright surprised by how much they all grew on me--even the supporting characters with only a few lines here and there.

The road to recovery for Zach is not an easy one for him or for the reader. I admittedly cried while reading the entire second half of novel. The serious issues that Saenz boldly tackles pull no punches, but they are never exaggerated to add melodrama. This kind of novel could easily go schmaltzy, and I've read a book or two that embrace the schmaltz and become somewhat irresponsible in how they approach rehab or mental institutions (any books that heavily feature romantic/sexual attraction between patients/clients makes my eyes roll to the back of my head). Saenz avoids these pitfalls and did his research. What we get instead is a beautiful story of triumph in the face of terrible trauma. Saenz is very gentle and tender with his characters, especially when his characters can't be gentle or tender with themselves.

But I will warn that there is triggering material in this book, namely addiction, sexual and physical abuse, and violence. Ultimately, Last Night I Sang to the Monster is a rewarding novel, but one that might be overwhelming for some people with their own monsters to sing to.
For several years I worked in a therapeutic setting for male juvenile sex offenders. What a gift this book would have been back then. Before I launch into my accolades, let me state that there are elements of this book that many adults may find to be lacking in authenticity. In other words, Zach at times says things that I know someone with his troubled mind would not say. Most certainly he would not have finished this program as quickly as he does in the novel.
But remember this: the book was not written for adults although I highly recommend for adults.
The other reviews provide you with information about where Zach is and why he is there. So I will not do that. Instead I want to focus upon why we need more books like this. Millions of kids grow up in hostile homes. And so much damage is done by parents who do not have the skills needed to be effective parents. Most situations are not as overwheming as Zach's, of course, with his many addictions as well as his seeming inability to relate to anyone, to trust anyone. The reader, however, will not know the full reason until the end. In other words there is a plot.
The book is very engaging, skillfully written albeit not exactly authentic in the voice of an 18-year-old in a few places. I quite literally did not want to put it down. So I spent the entire day reading it. And now I am about to order three copies as gifts to people I think will find it a rich experience.
I bought this book after I fell in love with his writing in "Aristotle and Dante discover secrets of the universe". I knew that this book was not a romance (really I do read a lot of books in other genres :)), but subject matter hinted strongly that I need to be in the appropriate mood before starting this one. So it stayed in my TBR for few months, but yesterday I picked it up and I could not put it down, literally. I think this novel is another proof of the obvious - good writer can make any subject interesting and engaging. Not that I have not read about enough traumatized people in m/m romance novels (this book is NOT a romance of any kind), but I do not remember recently (or ever) reading a book which is devoted to the recovery from addiction almost exclusively and we are deeply in the head of Zach's (the narrator). Zach is in rehab and trying to recover from the alcoholic addiction. He does not remember how he got there (or he does not want to remember) and the story also deals with him slowly allowing himself to remember the other trauma he experienced. He interacts with his roommates, his therapist, he also has a lot of imaginary conversations :), and this is pretty much all that happens in this book and I loved being an observer of that. It is a very character oriented book.
It is very painful being in Zach's head, but it also raw, honest and very exhilarating to see him slowly moving to the better place in his life. There are no guarantees that he won't relapse to drinking, there are no guarantees of anything, but we can see that he has a good chance of having more and more good days .
The voice comes into its own a little farther in than I would like. If the author didn't have the credentials he does, I'm not sure I would have stuck with the beginning writing that was basically sceneless. BUT, I'm glad I'd read about him and the book before I read it so that I stuck with it, because it turned into a touching novel that made me cry and drew attention to those connections that happen outside of the traditional realm. I love seeing unlikely relationships take shape and how sometimes it happens that an older, unrelated person, helps a younger one. I love books that show how connections happen all kinds of ways. Finally, GREAT title.
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