This book takes on an interesting balancing act, telling the story of a cancer survivor timely realism who becomes a caretaker for monsters fantasy inspired by classical history and folklore from around the world It succeeds beautifully Sofia drew me in from page one with her wry wit and introspective musings on life s deep questions Garrett leavens her serious subject This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I thought it was really cool how the girl had cancer and the book was about her learning to love her true self I did think that it wasn t at the top of my list of books, but it is a good book if someone Loved the monsters and Sofia s reaction to them aside did I miss someone mentioning that her name means wisdom , but not quite sure about the two sides battling part It could easily have been cut.ARC provided by publisher. Nope. Garrett, Ginger The Last Monster, 296 pgs Delacorte Press, 2016 16.99 Language G Mature Content G Violence PG.Monsters who needs them right Apparently society does Sofia has been battling cancer and how she sees herself A middle schooler, Sofia is given an ancient book that makes her the guardian of monsters Can she handle the monsters Can she handle the truth Sofia has to make some big choices in her life Okay, I ll admit the cover didn t do much for me and I put this book off At Garrett, Ginger The Last Monster, 296 pgs Delacorte Press, 2016 16.99 Language G Mature Content G Violence PG.Monsters who needs them right Apparently society does Sofia has been battling cancer and how she sees herself A middle sch Thirteen year old Sophia has battled cancer, and is surviving so far Even though she has a prosthetic leg and is worried about the reactions of her classmates, she is returning to school But for reasons unknown to her, she has been chosen as the guardian of a book through which Xeno, one of the students of Aristotle, can move The Bestiary describes all manner of strange monsters who fill her world and threaten those she cares about most deeply But some of the monsters are friendly and need h Thirteen year old Sophia has battled cancer, and is surviving so far Even though she has a prosthetic leg and is worried about the reactions of her classmates, she is returning to school But for reasons unknown to her, she has been chosen as the guardian of a book through which Xeno, one of the students of Aristotle, can move The Bestiary describes all manner of strang Sofia is a thirteen year girl recovering from bone cancer that took her left leg She s already an outsider and now she is self conscious about her prosthetic Her only wish is to look into her mirror and like what she sees When she returns to the hospital for a new prosthetic, a mysterious girl with injuries thrusts an old book at Sofia Now a strange blonde woman is following Sofia and making thinly veiled threats Sofia can also now see monsters In this sweet story abou Just as she got her new prosthetic to replace the leg she lost from cancer, 13 year old Sophia would start a new life after she left the hospital But after witnessing shocking sights, what doctors only thought were hallucinations, indicated where her new life would lead Snooty girls, complicated friends, and all of the above Juggling her relationships, first crushes, and frenemies, she only had 2 choices above all to choose life, or to choose death.This is a simply astounding book You s Just as she got her new prosthetic to replace the leg she lost from cancer, 13 year old Sophia would start a new life after she left the hospital A Fantastical Story About Love, Fear, And The Thrill Of Discovering Who We Were Born To Be, The Last Monster Is A Story About Making Peace With Our Insecurities And Defending Those Who Must Hide What They Really Are Sofia Has Never Felt Special Not At School, Or With Her Track Team, And Especially Not Since She S Become Sick She S Always Been Different, But This Doesn T Make Her Stand Out It S Makes Her Invisible Then Something Special Lands Right In Sofia S Lap An Ancient Book That Serves As A Portal For The Greek Philosopher, Xeno, One Of Aristotle S Lost Students Sofia Has Been Chosen To Be The Next Guardian Suddenly Sofia Is Not Only Trying To Survive Middle School Cliques And First Crushes, She S In Charge Of Protecting Grotesquely Beautiful, Lonely Monsters That Have Roamed The Earth For Centuries Drawn Into Xeno S Violent And Unpredictable World Of Mystery, Sofia Learns That Loving Outsiders Has A Price. Received this book as an ARC, and I m very glad I did Both moving and funny, The Last Monster features Sofia, who has already faced down cancer and her own mortality There are a lot of books about going through trauma, but The Last Monster is about what comes afterward, and it doesn t shrink from talking about loneliness, guilt, and fear The monsters themselves could almost be an afterthought, but they too are painted vividly these creatures, drawn from old stories, are wonderfully and memor Received this book as an ARC, and I m very glad I did Both moving and funny, The Last Monster features Sofia, who has already faced down cancer and her own mortality There are a lot of books about going through trauma, but The Last Monster is about what comes afterward, and it doesn t shrink from talking about loneliness, guilt, and fear The monsters themselves could almost b