Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (no spoilers)




The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Children

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon


Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.


The Graveyard Book is a story about a baby, whose family is killed,and he is raised in a graveyard by ghosts. He is named “Nobody Owens”, or Bod for short.

He now has people that care about him and protect him, so he is told never to leave the graveyard because it’s not safe for him in the world of the living as there is someone who is still looking for him.

Even tho his life is passed in the graveyard he still has to do what the living do and more. He is tutored by ghosts about both worlds, he has a guardian – Silas (and Miss Lupescu) that brings him food and passes time helping him. He also has many friends in the graveyard, including a witch named Liz; and one outside the graveyard named Scarlett who is about his age.

In order for him to have a normal life as a living person, Bod has to face his fears until he becomes a young man, by facing the person that killed his family.

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This book was amazing!! I loved it from the very beginning and I couldn’t be more happy to finally have read it! I loved how the story is told; how it has some dark moments but it can still be a light read; I loved how it was adventurous and mysterious! I loved the morals in it! And I am now an absolute fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing style!

The thing that caused me the most impact in this book were the ghosts and the witches. I mean, normally we know them as being scary and purely evil but in this book they are the best persons ever! My favorite character was without a doubt Liz, she didn’t appear much but I didn’t love a witch in a long time and this one is marvelous! I also really liked Silas, he was such a great person! Although he was just is guardian, he was more like a father to him!

Another thing I want to point out is how cool was the story of his name! I will never forget “Nobody Owens”! Ahh… Neil Gaiman has the best ideas ever!!

And to conclude, I loved Jack’s story, although it’s not that big it was great! And it totally fooled me! Although the end was quit obvious the way of telling the story made it amazing and surprising!

It was a beautiful and captivating story that I would recommend to absolutely everybody!

“If you dare nothing,
then when the day is over,
nothing is all you will have gained.”



Have you read this book?

What did you think?

What was your favorite ghosty?? 

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