Review: Coraline

Names, names, names…The names are the first things to go, after the breath has gone, and the beating of the heart. We keep our memories longer than our names.”

-Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Synopsis: Coraline loves to explore, but when she enters a tiny door in her house and finds a home that is nearly identical to hers (only with an uneasy feeling and a pernicious other mother), she can’t wait to return to the same-old-same-old of her previous life.

The Good: The imagery is strong, the description is whimsical without being unrealistic, and Coraline’s character is enjoyable to read. It’s a great book for middle grade readers who are looking for something fantastical and a bit horrific as well.

The Bad: I’ve heard such amazing things about Gaiman’s writing, and I loved the movie version of Coraline, so I expected a bit more from the book. Nothing bad I could put my finger on, but not a whole 5 stars here.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Challenge(s) satisfied: #5, read a middle grade novel.

Additional notes: If you haven’t seen the movie adaptation by Henry Selick, watch it. It’s extremely well done.


Coraline is book 9 of my Read Harder Challenge. You can also check out my reviews of The Giver and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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