Book Club: The Graveyard Book

SynopsisAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

My Review: To summarize this book, you could use the phrase, "It takes a graveyard to raise a child." it's been a while since a story got me really excited but I was kept up at night thinking about what happens next to Bod Owens! In every chapter Bod is two years older and it's fascinating to see how his adolescent life unfolds in a graveyard, forbidden from leaving it and having a normal life. In one chapter he does go to school but, as Bod is not a normal boy, is forced to leave due to abnormal circumstances. That's pretty much the only time he was able to have some semblance to a normal childhood. This is so interesting to me because it makes me think back to when I was his age and how I would have been so unhappy if I were confined to a graveyard, never allowed to leave. For my only human (and not ghostly) interaction to be with somber visitors of the graveyard. All things considered, Bod grows up to be a well-adjusted young man which intrigues me as well.
Neil Gaiman's writing, as always, is superb. He has this simplistic way of writing where he doesn't use as many adjectives to describe what's happening. He almost simply narrates the story as a fact. I actually find it to be annoying when authors over-describe every detail so his writing is right up my alley. It works so well, especially given the dark nature of the story but it's never scary, it's never horrible. It's funny at times and made me appreciate the simple beauty of a morbid grave. 
If your'e in the mood for easy reading, a great story, or anything by Neil Gaiman, I suggest you pick this book up and give it a read!


  1. Lately I've been thinking of getting my reading mojo back, because I loooove reading books, but I really don't have much spare time in which I could read :/ And when I start reading a book I become kind of obsessed and cannot put it down till I've read it all. Seriously, I can not eat for the whole day and totally loose my sense of time! :D
    It sounds like this was an interesting book, not the typical genre I usually go for, but your review definitely sparked my interest!

  2. Oo good to know it is an easy read! It sounds so interesting!

  3. This sounds super creepy but interesting haha!

  4. I've read this book years and years ago, and I remember loving it! It's really funny because the title seems to have changed with this new edition. My old edition (and a really pretty, illustrated one it is) wasn't called The Graveyard Book, but The Strange Life of Nobody Owens! How is it that they just changed the name haha. Anyways, it is indeed a really curious book, and Neil Gaiman's universe very much reminds me of Tim Burton and the like. His writing is indeed great, simple yet it conveys all the emotions and reactions it needs to! :D

    Julia x
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