The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman | Book Review

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The following is from Goodreads:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Dave McKean.

I feel like a lot of people have already read this book, but it wasn’t what I was expecting when I originally decided to pick it up. I’m not sure what I was expecting. I thought it had something to do with a book that was found in the graveyard or something like that (I assumed based off the title; I didn’t read the summary before starting the book). But it’s not that at all. And that’s not a bad thing.

I was originally going to read the ebook version of this book, but it kind of reads like a classic. Meaning, it could be kind of wordy at times (which is kind of strange since this is technically considered a children’s book), so I got less than a quarter of the way through the book before I decided to listen to the audiobook.

And in doing so, it added an extra element of eeriness to the story. It was easier to follow along when listening to the story. It was also a bonus that Neil Gaiman narrated the book, so I was able to hear the story in his voice. It was the perfect Halloween/autumn read, and I’m glad I was able to get to it in October. It gave me all the spooky vibes since it takes place in a graveyard.

But the story itself was so rich and vibrant. Neil Gaiman definitely knows how to paint a good picture of the world that he created. It was well-developed and fleshed out, which made me be able to visualize what the main character was going through.

Bod, the main character, encounters some peculiar people throughout the story. Which is a good way of describing the book in general: peculiar. But it was fun nonetheless.

I enjoyed Bod’s character and watching him grow throughout the story. This book is pretty much a timeline of his life as a living person in the graveyard. He arrived as a baby and left as an adult. He was raised and educated by the ghosts whose graves resided in the graveyard. I loved seeing the situations he got himself into (and ultimately how he got himself out of them).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect read for this time of year. It got me in the Halloween mood. The only reason I took off a star is because it got wordy at some points, and that made it kind of hard to follow and confusing. But other than that, it was a really good book.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Have you read this book? What’d you think about it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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