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Last Night I Sang to the Monster   Tags: change, friendship, recovery, substance abuse  

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Last Night I sang to the Monster - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Call Number: Teen FIC SAE
ISBN: 9781933693583



Last Night I Sang To The Monster by Braden Salvati

Tags: Substance Abuse, Recovery

“Last Night I Sang To The Monster” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a novel about an 18 year old alcoholic and drug abuser who one day wakes up in a rehab center and has no memory of how he ended up there.  That boy’s name was Zach and growing up his father,

his brother, and his mother were all alcoholics and his mother also suffered from depression.  Zach was a great student and had plans to go to a great college until he woke up in the rehab facility.  Throughout rehab Zach had an extremely difficult time talking to his counselor Adam about his past because he hated remembering; it killed him inside.  At rehab Zach befriends an older man named Rafael who was quiet but also wise when he spoke, and he also became friends with a loud rambunctious man named Sharkey.  Adam, Rafael, and Sharkey all played key parts in Zach’s journey to discover his voice.  Eventually Zach learned that as much as you might want to get rid of your past or pretend it never happened, you have to try to understand it and then keep pushing forward.

I didn’t really like the book very much, because I thought it was too confusing when the author flipped between time periods and perspectives.  I wouldn’t recommend this book, but get it and make your own opinion about it.

Reviewed by: Branden

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Tags: Friendship and Change


Born to a neglectful family, Zach, the 18-year-old protagonist, finds himself in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center after he is afflicted with alcohol poisoning. Not knowing how he got there, he strives to remember his past life as a drug addict in order to pave a positive future for himself. However, in order to do this, Zach needs the help of his friends and dedicated therapists, Adam and Susan, to understand his life and glue the pieces back together. At first he is apprehensive to remember because he is certain that it will be painful but when his best friend, Rafael, ‘graduates’ from the program, Zach feels that it is necessary for him to keep moving forward with his rehabilitation and tackle his own issue of addiction. This emotional struggle is the most powerful, moving part of the book. From this point forward, he starts to regain control of his own life. The moral of the story is this: no matter how far you have fallen, there is no harm in trying to get back up.

I think this book is a heart-wrenching story that any reader would be moved by because of the strength we see that is required to overcome addictions and replace them with good habits. The author quite constantly uses symbols to express the main ideas which makes the story all the more emotional for me. I would recommend this book to any mature, adept reader looking for a good story.

Reviewed by: Braxton


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