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The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune

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lena_3103's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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artemis_rose_reads's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

Read this if: 
You are looking for something heartwarming about found family, celebrating bodily differences, with a gay  romance between middle age men. It also shows that a mediocre person with privilege has the power and a responsibility to stand up for those harmed by institutions and racism.

Don’t read this if: 
You are looking for a story that completely and satisfactorily addresses the many ways that the Sixties Scoop harmed indigenous peoples, look elsewhere. It does put the responsibilities of fixing the problems onto the privileged, however they are made into a hero because their efforts are sadly rare.

With that it mind:
If you can understand that this book is unsatisfactory when it comes to properly addressing the many horrors of stealing and institutionalizing peoples because the people in power have decided that their birth families cannot care properly for their children. However it does a fairly decent job in showing the long term emotional and mental damage that this clauses in the children, but also the adults who have also had to live through this situation. 
Does it solve everything and puts all the appropriate blame on the system and then fixes the problem? Nope, not even close. This is basically a love letter to the average person who does what is in their personal power to improve and protect the happiness of those who have been hurt by government and biases against the “other”.

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kinskinn's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring lighthearted slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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natromanoffgf's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

i honestly think this is a good book but i did not enjoy it as much as i thought i did…
the blame is kinda on me i highly prefer books much action and more adventure — which is something this book didn’t have

a few points i would like to make
- the representation was NOT great, TJ Klune could have focused less on stereotypes and more on actual characterizations of the characters (black woman as the angry caretaker role??? fat guy shamed for how he looks and doesn’t have any friends…)
- did not focus enough on the characters, this book is not plot-focused it’s CLEAR so especially because of the lack of action and plot i would have liked to see more personality and surprises from characters that had so much potential (Theodore, Phee, Zoe…)
- slow, VERY slow book, focuses more on describing little things rather than keeping things moving, especially at the beginning (i do not care how the little blanket on your bed is TELL ME WHATS GOING ONNN)
- i did anticipate everything before it happened so i found a few things quite predictable 
- i felt like this book lacked that kind of spark that makes u exited every time u continue to read it, sometimes i was struggling to continue it or at least how it felt for me 

still a good book tho it’s definitely a 3.5/3.75 stars for me, the writing was good even if a bit boring, the ending was really cute and the characters were lovable :)

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kyrstin_p1989's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I haven’t cried this hard while reading since The Invisible Life of Addie Larue — this book is absolutely beautiful. When I started reading, I was not enthralled. I hated boring, stuffy, rule-abiding Linus and I thought the children were too similar to those in Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. What I didn’t know was how deeply I was going to fall in love with Linus, Arthur, Zoe, Helen, Lucy, Chauncey, Phee, Talia, Theodore, Sal, and Calliope. This book weaves a tale that on the surface is about magical orphans deserving to be cared for properly but at its depths is a critique of all types of bigotry, a call to action for doing what’s right even when it’s scary, and a manifesto about loving yourself no matter what the world thinks of you. 

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trulydevious's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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teacupsandfirereads's review against another edition

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challenging emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5


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sjanke2's review against another edition

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adventurous funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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bookishprincess's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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josie4703's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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