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Coraline | Book Review

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Page Count: 196
Age Category: Middle Grade
Genre: Horror/Dark Fantasy (I’ve seen it as both)

Summary:

In Coraline’s family’s new flat there’s a locked door. On the other side is a brick wall – until Coraline unlocks the door…and finds a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only different.

The food is better there. Books have pictures that writhe and crawl and shimmer. And there’s another mother and father there who want Coraline to be their little girl. They want to change her and keep her with them….Forever.

Coraline is an extraordinary fairy tale/nightmare from the uniquely skewed imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

Thoughts:

I must admit. I have not seen the movie, and this was my first time reading it, and I am almost twenty-two years old. I was scared that I wouldn’t enjoy this book because I don’t have the childhood connection to it that most people my age do, but I was wrong.

I really liked this book! I feel like there is something so real about this story, and I don’t know if it’s because I took a class last spring on fairytales, and this definitely reads as a cautionary tale.

For the most part, I think Coraline was extremely well done as a character. I found her feelings at the beginning to be super genuine and realistic to what a ten-year-old girl would think. I don’t know if I feel like that momentum stayed for the entire book.

I really loved Neil Gaiman’s writing. This is the first book I’ve ever read by him, but I always felt like I would like his writing when I eventually got to it. And I was right. Part of it is that I do like books that read like fairytales, and this book really does. I found that his writing really added to the book and created such a strong tone and atmosphere. It really felt like I was reading “Little Red Riding Hood” or another cautionary tale.

I will say that I was a little lost during the middle part. I had a habit of missing scene changes, which could honestly have just been me accidentally missing that while I was listening to the audiobook. There is a part where there are quite a few scene changes back to back, and that kinda threw me off.

I have a theory that people who hate this watched it when they were too young and were too traumatized by it. Everybody I know who despises this hate horror movies in general. I do think that I would’ve been scared shitless of it when I was younger. I was still spooked by it, and there are parts that creeped me out, but I wasn’t scared of it. It was definitely unsettling though.

Rating: 🐀🐀🐀🐀

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 22-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

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