“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.”