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Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

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Coraline - book coverTitle: Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman

Summary: The character, Coraline, has just moved into a strange old apartment complex called ‘the Pink Palace’ with her parents. Coraline is adventurous and creative whereas her mom and dad are sort of boring people, and her eccentric neighbors aren’t the best company. One neighbor was a Chernobyl liquidator* and has become insane, and then there are the two actresses, sisters who are equally strange. With no friends and a boring preppy school to look forward to, the only thing to entertain her is the strange door in the wall of the apartment. One night Coraline has a dream about what’s beyond it, a perfect wonderland where new things happen every day – but it turns out it isn’t as amazing as she thought it was, in fact it’s a total nightmare.

Six Word Review: Things aren’t always as they seem.

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why? I’d give it seven stars. It was pretty short but it’s a really interesting and original story.

I started reading it because….I kept reading it because… I started reading Coraline because I had seen the movie and really liked it, so I thought the book might be better. I kept reading it because it was much more detailed than the movie, with more explanations for who the characters were and their backgrounds.Coraline - book cover - graphic novel

Gut Reaction: I thought Coraline was pretty good, and I think other people would really like it, too.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of… I loved the world Coraline finds herself in, and the contrast between her boring, everyday life and the exciting, surreal wonderland. It was sort of as if the author took a black and white world and added color to it.

If the main character were stuck on a deserted island, they would probably use material items to find a solution to their problem.

This book reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz because just like in Coraline, an average girl finds herself in a magical but imperfect place.

Website of Interest: http://www.coraline.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coraline.

Anything else? Coraline is also adapted into a graphic novel and a stop-motion animation movie.

*The book mentions that one of the characters was a Chernobyl liquidator but does not explain what that is. Chernobyl liquidators were firefighters who tried to put out the flames inside the nuclear reactor responsible for the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which is recognized as one of the biggest industrial disasters in history. Radiation from the reactor polluted the entire city of Chernobyl and the area is no longer safe to live in. Chernobyl is located in the Ukraine.


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