How I love this story. A friend said it best “I envy people getting to read this story for the first time”. This book taps into the perception and understanding of a little boy. It is childhood in its essence. How do I talk about this book without giving away anything that makes it so wonderful? As Joanne Harris says, “Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.” And The Ocean at the End of the Lane has swallowed me up.