The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea was such a heartwarming read. I think it was the combination of the writing voice and the characters that gave the book its charm (as the plot was a little predictable).

While reading, I could imagine myself in the main character’s (Linus Baker’s) shoes. I could imagine cold dreary morning and commutes in the rain… I could imagine falling in love with life outside the city—on an island with an ocean view and where the sun is always out. I felt like I was reading a fairy tale …that involved a whole lot of bureaucracy in its universe, and uptight rule following kind of life made me want to seek out color as well.

At first, I wasn’t sure I would like the book at all. I’ve read a few mid-life crisis kind of story, and none of them resonated with me. But this is the only one in which I actually liked the main character. Although an uptight rule follower, Linus Baker had a heart and simply needed a hug. Baker knew that he was part of a rigid system, but he did what he thought best to contribute positively to society. (But my favorite character was Lucy. I could imagine Lucy marching around and making all kinds of proclamations. I could hear Lucy’s voice—big and bold and adventurous.)

This is a quick feel-good read that’s perfect for people who like a little magic and enjoy some family-friendly fun.

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