Book Review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane + The Girl With All The Gifts

August 21, 2017

Two great books, one of which ended up on my favorite book list!

As always, reviews are spoiler free.

PS: Couldn’t finish Truly, Madly, Guilty. About to start My Name Is Lucy Barton.

1. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane.


If You’re Looking For: Fiction, fantasy

If You Like: Magical realism, A Wrinkle In Time, Harry Potter (probably?)

My Review: It’s hard to say why I loved this book so much, or compare it to anything else. Instead it stands alone, set apart from most of the fiction I read, as something truly special. Not only is it a page turner, but the writing is authentic and compelling. Even though it’s fantasy, it’s hard to believe it’s not true. The story feels alive; it gets inside you and lingers. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time. Highly recommend to anyone who was once a child. One of the best books I’ve ever read (and added to my favorites list).

Their Review: “Gaiman has crafted an achingly beautiful memoir of an imagination and a spellbinding story that sets three women at the center of everything. . . .It’s a meditation on memory and mortality, a creative reflection on how the defining moments of childhood can inhabit the worlds we imagine.” Journal Sentinel 

Quote: Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.


2.  The Girl With All The Gifts.


If You’re Looking For: Fiction, suspense, page turners, thrillers

If You Like: Stephen King, Justin Cronin (The Passage!!)

My Review: My suggestion (as always) is to read it blind. Not look at any spoilers or summaries. Just pick it up and read it. Even if you don’t normally read this kind of book (which I don’t even want to tell you because then you might not read it!!) try it anyway. The story is gripping and the writing is moving and full of deep emotion and heartache. I could not put it down. Fresh, thorough, and ready for the box office with all its well placed pulses. It wasn’t until after I was finished reading it that I found out it’s already a movie. Not sure if I’ll watch it or not, but very glad I read the book. Incredible storytelling and painfully real. 4.5 stars.

Their Review: “Original, thrilling and powerful.”―The Guardian

Quote: When your dreams come true, your true has moved. You’ve already stopped being the person who had the dreams, so it feels more like a weird echo of something that already happened to you a long time ago.


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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane + The Girl With All The Gifts

  1. Anonymous

    Always love your reviews! Wanted to let you know that your link for “This is Where I Leave You” on your favorites page actually links to the Lena Dunham book. Your first review led me to the favorites page so I was poking around :)

  2. Joy

    Oh my goodness. Just finished The Ocean after seeing you post about it a couple times. Amazing. Beautiful. It’s made me reminisce on my childhood and how I’d sit in the woods, in my own fairy ring and…now that I try too hard to remember the details, they’re lost. I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time, too. Thank you for sharing!!


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