“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…”
“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.”