‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Book Review | Rating – 5/5

Coraline is a young girl who has been forced to move away from her friends and the home she loves by her family, much to Coraline’s annoyance. At first frustrated and bored with her new home, she begins to explore the new area, meeting her quirky new neighbours and uncovering a mystery surrounding the house.

What did I like?

Now i’ll confess before I get into this, that this book was brought to my attention after I watched the movie. I had such a love for the film, that when I found out there was a book I just had to read it. There was a worry that the book would’ve been ruined for me having already known how the story ends; however, this did not happen.

I instantly fell in love with the book. It was such an easy read, yet also still interesting and just as sinister as the film. I found Coraline’s annoyance towards her family so relatable for someone that age, as well as showcasing a hilriously sarcastic character that I’ve never come across that well-written.

Was it worth 5/5?

Yes. For me this is one of those books that makes it into my favourite books i’ve ever read. It was a perfect welcome to Neil Gaiman as an author and has been the inspiration behind my purchases of other books he has written.

Would I recommend it?

Of course! This is the perfect book to introduce you into Neil Gaiman’s work. If you’ve already read his books, more specifically ‘The Graveyard Book’, this would the next best book to read in his collection. Whether you have read Neil Gaiman’s previous works or not, this is a very easy-read book that maintains an intricate and interesting plot.


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