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rachel, St Augustines Catholic College

The Land of Neverendings

The Land of Neverendings was an inventive book and certainly had a lot imaginative ideas. However, I personally didn’t enjoy the book because I felt the story was quite cliché, and the whole concept of a magical land powered by imagination was rather far-fetched and unrealistic. The beginning was slow and at first, I was hesitant to carry on reading, but it did improve.

Some parts of the story were quite typical like the fact that the main character’s sister had just died, and her best friend ditches her for a new, popular girl. Also, the fact that Emily finds so many people, like her teacher and Ruth, that understand her situation of a loved-one dying isn’t that realistic; I would’ve found it more intriguing if she didn’t have the comfort of other people understanding her as it would’ve made it more relatable to some readers and interesting to see how she copes in that situation by herself.
I also found it quite predictable, especially when Emily gets the main part in Alice in Wonderland and how her ex best friend and her new friend are envious of her role: it was a very typical thing to happen.

Although I didn’t enjoy it, I’d say other people, particularly younger readers, would enjoy it far more than me. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book as it was written well, and I think the reason why I didn’t enjoy it was because I wasn’t emotionally connected to the story and I didn’t relate to the main character. Despite the fact that I didn’t like the story, I think Saunders wrote the book well, including vivid descriptions and amusing characters. Overall, the Land of Neverendings wasn’t a book that stood out for me and I wouldn’t read it again.

Posted on: 4th May 2019 at 11:42 am

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