Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

January 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

This novel is a cut above, actually several cuts above what I often read. 18-year-old Zach is an alcoholic who has no memory of why he is now in rehab. While there, we meet fellow alcoholics who all have different stories that are explored in the group therapy sessions. Zach is very closed off—unable to verbally relate to the group what his past is., and  it isn’t until the very end of the novel that we understand his reasons for shutting down his memories.. The revelation will move you to tears. Saenz’s dialogue is both poetic and realistic at the same time. His memorable friendship with the much older  fellow inmate Rafael is at the very center of this moving work.

For high schoolers.  Bettyjane Surabian, Rye.

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