Reviews tagging Forced institutionalization

The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune

77 reviews

amdonn8's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful lighthearted relaxing 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

3.0

This was a sweet story about overcoming difference and prejudice. The themes were not at all subtle and many of the scenes were repetitive, which slowed down the pace. But, ultimately a feel-good and utterly charming read. 

Apparently the author was influenced by stories of residential schools in North America and, while the message is firmly about the horrors of such events, I don’t feel great about about the fantasy-ization of it.

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lucinotlucy's review

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adventurous hopeful 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

5.0


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cayleigh_sorella's review

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funny hopeful inspiring 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? No

5.0

This was beyond what I expected. It was so wholesomely sweet. I love how this felt so much more than a love story between two people, but rather about a man finding himself through the love of those around him.

Linus was a character I loved from the first few pages. He is so kind and generous to the people around him without being aware of it. I love how thoughtful he is when talking to the children. He makes them feel seen and understood without every overstepping his position. Arthur is impossible not to love in his soft, little ways. He seems to have fallen for Linus before the latter even knew what was happening between them. They are so fierce in their for the children and the home that's built there, it was only natural they would fall in love.

I love how DICOMY loom ominously over everything, always threatening to burst the little bubble of peace that is created on Marsyas. It is such a good story of hope and love breaking down the prejudices we have created as a society and ushering in a better world.

The children all have a piece of my heart, especially Lucy and Sal. They were the ones who needed Linus the most. Through knowing all of them, Linus was able to learn more about himself.

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theasbookworld's review against another edition

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

4.5


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elbe1's review against another edition

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adventurous funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective 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

4.75


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thereadinglemon's review

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dark lighthearted mysterious relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

This book was a warm, comforting book to read and the characters were very loveable, i enjoyed it. 

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caseofspades's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted 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


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juliethebookcat's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring 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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winters_night's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring sad tense 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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