After hearing heaps of praise being lavished on Every Heart a Doorway, I was dying to read it. The story centers around a young woman named Nancy who is taken to a boarding school after she’s been missing for a long period. The thing is, Nancy had found a door to a world perfectly suited to her and was forced to return to the normal world after years of living where she loved. Once she arrives at the boarding school, she realizes everyone else there was also forced back into this world from their respective utopias, and meets an eclectic group of fellow wayward young adults. Oh, and there’s a murder mystery tied up with the magical realism.
I wanted to love this book, but ultimately couldn’t to the full extent. The imagery is evocative and beautiful, and McGuire’s writing made me feel like I was at the school with the characters. The murder mystery was fascinating, if wrapped up too quickly, and I loved that the main character was asexual and that Every Heart a Doorway was so diverse. I just feel like this would have benefited so much from being fleshed out more, and the tone felt too childish at some points, yet too dark at others, causing the tale to feel incohesive. I enjoyed my short time with the novel, but ultimately was left wanting MORE from this world.