Oh, how she wishes her family were more like those lovely dolls! Then one day, Hadley discovers a lone glass eye rolling around the floor of the attic. Holding it close one night, she makes a wish that just might change her world forever.
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I keep trying think about how I would have felt about reading The Doll’s Eye when I was about ten years old. Because as an adult reading it, I feel like my reactions and thoughts are super harsh. But I have a hard time looking past the issues I had with this book and saying, “Well, I might have loved it when I was younger and less critical!” I don’t think I would have.
First of all, it’s so hard for me to not compare The Doll’s Eye to Coraline - one of my favorite books to this day. The Doll’s Eye just didn’t have the kind of magic that I need to pull me into a book meant for younger readers. Everything felt very recycled, like I had read it all before. It had so many cliche’ scary moments, from the creepy old lady next door to the mysteriously magical item appearing in the attic. It was just really hard to get into the story when I felt like I always knew what was going to happen on the next page.
The writing style itself was engaging, and I did like the switching back and forth between the main character, Hadley, and an unnamed girl from the past. But even that part of the story felt really predictable.
I think this book will appeal to a really young group of readers, and definitely not to anyone going into it critically. It did have an appropriate foreboding feel that I can see some readers really enjoying. But for me, it just didn’t quite reach where I needed it to.