Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the title states, this is a book about a graveyard. And the boy who lives there, raised by a few folks who don't live there...or at least, aren't alive there.

First thoughts: Why haven't I read more Gaiman before this year? His writing is fascinating. It tells a story, yes, but it also gets at the heart of what it means to be human.

Favorite quotes:
"Bod was thrilled. He imagined a future in which he could read everything, in which all stories could be opened and discovered." -p46

"You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it." -p298

Who is Bod?: He is Nobody. He is who the Owens family and Silas raise him to be. He is himself, nothing more, nothing less.

Recommended for: students, teenagers, parents, lovers of October/Halloween and anything spooky (but also happy endings)

Final thoughts: A book about the living, and the dead. About living while you're alive, being yourself, allowing for mistakes, taking every path, and growing up.

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