I was expecting a monster story, and this was so much more than that. A boy on the verge of manhood tries to care for his very ill mother, while missing his father and trying to survive the attentions of his grandmother. On top of all that, a yew tree is stalking him wanting to tell him stories.
If you have ever lost someone to a lingering, wasting disease, this book will resonate with you, regardless of your age. Highly recommended!