When I was a teenager, one of the most beloved trilogies in our home was Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy. At the time, my mom was a middle school reading teacher, and it was constantly in circulation. I hung out in the school cafeteria while she stayed after school and devoured the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go in one sitting. The same thing happened with book two, The Ask and the Answer, and book three, Monsters of Men.
Characters from the trilogy became part of our daily conversations, and my mom and I even began developing inside jokes that referenced the series. I still can’t listen to “Hello” by Lionel Ritchie without hearing my mom’s improvised lyrics, “Todd, I Gotta Poo,” passionately sung in what we imagined to be Manchee the Dog’s voice. It’s impossible to really say how much we loved this book and how it brought my mom and me closer together.