Book Club: Coraline

I first read Coraline when I was a kid but I didn't really think too deeply about it. I enjoyed it, for sure, and I found our titular heroine to be a really cool girl, but I thought that there wasn't enough...emotion there. I thought the narration was a bit flat and that turned me off from the book. 
I revisited this book last Halloween when I read an interview with Neil Gaiman describing his book as "refreshingly creepy." In the spirit of the creepy season, I gave this another read and I was thoroughly and refreshingly creeped out.
What once seemed like such flat narrative really helped play into the creepy tone of the book! All of the things I had forgotten about Coraline (not Caroline, thank you), came flooding back to me and I remembered how awesome and spunky the main character was!
Coraline Jones and her family move to a new apartment full of interesting neighbors, none of which have time for her. She's bored and lonely until she discovers a hidden door to an apartment that looks exactly like hers and a world full of the people in her life with one exception: the "other" family members have buttons where their eyes should be. Her other mother is attentive and nurturing where her real mother is busy and dismissive. She starts to enjoy being in the other world when her other mother offers for her to stay with her forever. The catch? Coraline has to trade in her eyes for the buttons.
If that brief synopsis doesn't send shivers down your spine, I don't know what will.
The book (and the movie if you ever see it) has a Tim Burton-esque feel to it - a playful world with dark undertones, if you know what I mean. I highly recommend this book to any Neil Gaiman fan! 

3 comments

  1. This sounds like a cool read! I love going back and reading old favorites/books I read when I was younger and getting a completely new feel for 'em. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  2. I remember reading Coraline when I was younger and also watching the movie. Looks like I'll have to go back to read it again as well :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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