Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard BookTitle: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Series: None
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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“After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…”

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“You’re always you, and that don’t change. And you’re always changing and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

This is probably going to be a shorter review because I really don’t have that much to say about this book — good or bad.

One of my favorite things about Neil Gaiman is that he always has these little nuggets of wisdom tucked away in all of his stories. He has a knack of wording things in such unique, thought-provoking ways, which I really enjoy. Gaiman’s overall writing style in this book was beautiful and eloquent as always. I noticed strong similarities between between The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Coraline, both of which are books that I really enjoyed.

The plot was definitely unique — a boy who is raised in a graveyard by ghosts and spirits. This is a bit of a coming-of-age story, and the overall message is, I think, that one should not hide just because they are different, which is a nice sentiment that is taught in a unconventional way.

At the end of the day, I didn’t have any issues with the characters or the storyline, and I enjoyed reading it, but I don’t know if the story will stay with me for very long — it just didn’t blow me out of the water. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it and would enjoy it if I revisit it sometime in the future.

“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”

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