Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Source: Goodreads

Title: Every Heart A Doorway
Series: Wayward Children
Author: Seanan McGuire

My Rating:

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children:
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

My Thoughts

I went into this book only knowing that it was about a sort of an institution where children/teenangers went when they came out of magical world. Like when the kids from Narnia came back, where would they go to adjust to the real world again? Well that would be "Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children".

"Every Heart a Doorway" introduced me to an asexual girl and a transgender boy and I must admit, to my own shame, that I have never read a book that featured characters like these (that I can remember).

This book was witty, dark and I loved the way it was written. It only comes to prove that you don't need 300 pages to make a pretty interesting novel.

Something that really stood out to me was a question made by the main character Nancy, who asked why were there more girls than boys in the school. Or to simplify it: why are there more girls going into these fairylands, than boys? The answer provided was:

“Because ‘boys will be boys’ is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” said Lundy. “They’re too loud, on the whole, to be easily misplaced or overlooked; when they disappear from the home, parents send search parties to dredge them out of swamps and drag them away from frog ponds. It’s not innate. It’s learned. But it protects them from the doors, keeps them safe at home. Call it irony, if you like, but we spend so much time waiting for our boys to stray that they never have the opportunity. We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”
This book really touched on gender issues.

The characters were overall really fantastic and sweet, with the occasional unpleasing teenager (isn't there always one when it comes to a group of teenagers?).

I don't know exactly how this will translate into a series, unless the books are companions, but I can't wait to read the next one.

Recommended to everyone who has a soft spot for fairytales and doesn't mind a little strong language here and there.

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