The Door to January is about sixteen-year-old Natalie Payson. She has been having nightmares ever since she moved away from her home town in Bernier, Maine. She feels a connection between her and her hometown; something deeper than the average dream. The dream seems to be pulling her back, so she packs up and heads back to Bernier to see if the dreams will stop. But she ends up getting more than she asks for when the incident that made her moves comes up to haunt her again.
The Door to January was a quick read for me because it kept me hanging, so I wanted to keep on reading. I liked this book because it was a good mixture of real-world problems like bullies and murder mysteries, but it also had some fictional characteristics like magical doors, time travel, and haunting voices. Even though it took a little bit to get the action going, the plot was very well thought out.
The plot was a whole new concept for me and I really liked it. The characters were relatable because of the problems they faced. Gillian French did a nice job giving each character their own personality. My only complaint is that it was a little confusing in parts. It took me a little while to get to know who each of the characters were and how they impacted Natalie. Also, the beginning started right with the inciting incident and no exposition. That made the beginning hard to follow. I do think that this was a good book worth reading because it gave me an experience I have never had before.