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Last Night I Sang to the Monster
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: Young Adult
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL490L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Cinco Puntos Press
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009
NO. PAGES: 304
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults
ISBN: 1933693584
READ & REVIEWED BY: Tiffany - StorySnoop


The Story
Last Night I Sang to the Monster—Book Review

Zach is an eighteen-year-old who finds himself in a residential rehab program. His alcoholism has landed him in treatment, as has a traumatic incident he isn't even ready to acknowledge. Zach has painful things to remember and to work through, and with the help of his therapist, his roommate, and fellow patients, he begins to deal with his past and head toward a place of hope and peace.
The Scoop
Last Night I Sang to the Monster—Book Review
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster is heartbreaking, powerful and poignant. Addiction, alcoholism, and domestic violence are central to the story line. Eye-opening and thought provoking, the story of this teen addict in deep emotional pain is ultimately one of hope and healing. Subject matter is mature and best suited to older teens. Language is graphic and frequent, drug and alcohol use is prevalent, and sexual abuse/incest is referenced several times. Family is dysfunctional and abusive and mental illness in the form of depression is an issue for the main character's mother. An intense incident involving a murder/suicide takes place. An important and supportive relationship is formed between eighteen-year-old Zach and his middle-aged roommate Rafael. Writing is poetic and rich with metaphors and symbolism. Readers will root for Zach to succeed in his sobriety and to face his demons. This emotional story ends on a hopeful and positive note.
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