Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian || Sherman Alexie

Author : Sherman Alexie
Genre : YA
No. of Pages : 230
Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on: September 12th, 2007
My Rating : ★★★★ / 5

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. (bleh, don’t you just hate it when the blurb tries to sound like a review? Leave that to the readers, I say)

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This book was an unexpectedly enjoyable read for me. Unexpected because a) I know absolutely nothing about the Native Americans, so I had no idea what to expect. b) this book was banned for its sexual content and language in America so naturally, I had to be wary.

This book has no fixed plot; it follows the life of a Spokane Indian boy Arnold Spirit aka Junior who was born with a congenital brain condition which alters his appearance (he has a bigger head and feet than the average kid) drawing ridicule from his schoolmates and people in his own reservation. What Arnold wants the most is get out of his reservation and go to another school which happens to be an all-white school so he is forced to get head-on with racial hatred every single day. This book talks candidly about alcoholism and extreme poverty in the Native American community. It talks about racism in such an open way only a 15-year-old boy could. Such serious topics are handled in a heart-warming, funny way and the reading experience is enhanced by the little cartoons drawn by Arnold that appear throughout the book. I found Arnold’s voice relatable despite our cultural differences and him being a decade younger than me.

The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don’t know.

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There wasn’t much I didn’t like, except that through Arnold’s narration, the book read more like an MG book than a YA one. I wonder if that’s why the language got called ‘explicit’? 😀 there was nothing so explicit about it if you ask me. YA readers would know how YA protagonists get way more action these days 😂

One more thing, I feel like the topics dealt with in this book were moving and powerful, however, the characters didn’t leave a lingering impression on me. I can’t really put a finger on why.

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Now, one can’t really talk about this book without talking about the author Sherman Alexie who is a known sexual offender. Like Shruti @thisislitblog queries, is it okay to like the work of a despicable human like him? can we separate the art from the artist?

I’m going to swallow my guilt and say yes. I used to believe a writer’s work is an extension of their true selves; this may be true in some cases but it’s also a severely flawed logic. because by that logic, writers who write crime novels and abhorrent serial killer characters are secretly psychopaths (I know…it is not a pleasant thought) so this time I’m going to allow myself to like this book but I’m not likely to read any backlist or frontlist books of this author’s and support him.

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I read this book as a part of the Banned Book Club which is a meme hosted by Shruti @thisislitblog where we read one historically challenged book a month. We support free speech and fight censorship every chance we get. Join our Goodreads group and get in touch with Shruti if you would like to join our Twitter group chat!

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~Mathangi.

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Review: Happily || Chauncey Rogers

Author : Chauncey Rogers
Genre : MG / YA Fairy-tale retelling
No. of Pages : 299
Publisher : Independently published
Published on: April 3, 2018
My Rating : ★★★★ / 5

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If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t, 
make it.

Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.

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I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical when I first saw that HAPPILY is YET another Cinderella retelling. I had felt the same way about Geekerella which I read last year, and it had pleasantly surprised me (← sly plug of my review) Now, history has repeated itself with this book. While Geekerella is a straightforward modern retelling, Happily by Chauncey Rogers is an entirely fresh take with original characters.

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When it’s announced that ANYONE who fits into the glass shoes can marry the prince, surely the ugly stepsisters couldn’t be the only ones scheming, in the ENTIRE kingdom?

That’s where our protagonist Laure comes in. Laure is a poor street urchin living off whatever she steals on that day and she realises that the simple task of getting into those shoes can be her ticket out of poverty, and hopefully this kingdom that she hates so much. She decides to grab the chance by any means. Life is not so simple and straightforward of course. Luc, a poor, young merchant, is out for Laure looking for revenge for upsetting his business (…his cart. read the book, you’ll know what I mean 😀 ) and thereby leaving his family hungry. Our girl Laure is smart, she convinces him to team up with her and help her fit into the glass slipper and and get to the throne so that both of them get what they want. This sets off an entertaining chain of (mis)adventures involving looted riches, bandits, fights, a rival kingdom and much more! I enjoyed Laure’s biting snark and her cynical world view. Luc, in contrast, was a friendly, warm, precious bean who could bring upon a change of heart on someone like Laure even.

Has it ever bothered you that, in the original fairy tale, the prince could have just identified the girl he danced with by her face rather than her foot size? yeah, that little plot hole is tied up in this book, I really liked that. 😀

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There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the book but while it was nice to read about the kingdom and its quaint markets, the horse carriages, its merchants, the palace etc, I didn’t really get a “feel” of it, you know what I mean? I wasn’t really “transported” to Éclatant. Other than that, the setting of a kingdom struggling under an incompetent king was perfect for the story.

If I had to be reaaaally unfair, I’d say this: the ending was too perfect, too happy for me. I know…that’s a new low, even for me especially seeing how it’s a fairytale retelling and the book is titled Happily for Hades’ sake. It’s not the book ok? it’s just me that’s a sucker for heart breaks and tragic endings.

If you like your heart getting all gooey and hot chocolate-warm, you should definitely read this book. Like I mentioned earlier, Happily is a wonderfully fresh take on Cinderella with a generous dash of originality.

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Thank a tonne to the author for entrusting me with a copy of his book for my honest opinion.

Happily releases on April 3, 2018 (one day before my birthday, just saying 😀 )

You can buy the book on Amazon here — Happily By Chauncey Rogers (this is not an affiliate link)

About The Author:

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Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.
In March 2017, he published his first novel, Home To Roost. In October 2017, he published Cleaving Souls.
He currently lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children.
Author website: http://chaunceyrogers.com
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Does this book sound like something you would like to check out?
Do let me know in the comments! 🙂
~ Mathangi
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Review : The Empty Grave || Jonathan Stroud

Author : Jonathan Stroud
Genre : YA/Supernatural/Thriller
No. of Pages : 448
Publisher : Disney-Hyperion
My Rating : ★★★★★ out of 5

Any number of hyperboles I use to state how perfect the fifth and final installment of the Lockwood and Co series was, would be only an understatement; that’s how perfect I thought it was. For those unfamiliar with this series, Lockwood and co is set in a version of London, England plagued by ghosts and an unspecified time period (and I think that adds to the charm of it) This country-level haunting is called the Problem.

In this world, children with psychic abilities known as Talents are the only line of defense against the ghosts as they are the only ones that can see ghosts. Adults are pretty much useless and helpless. Kids with a strong psychic ability go on to become “Agents” and work for psychic investigation agencies run by adults. Anthony Lockwood, of course, does not trust the adults. At the age of 15, he starts his own psychic investigation agency which comprises of exactly 2 employees excluding himself. Lockwood is the charming,  charismatic leader of the gang with enough recklessness to jump into dangerous situations with his coat flapping and the stylish rapier swinging by his side.

George Cubbins, the researcher – means he ploughs through the archives researching every single detail about the haunting before going on a case and helps keep the team alive during their ghost-hunts. He’s also obsessed with finding the root-cause of the Problem and possibly solve it. Which ensues a lot of crazy experiments.

Lucy Carlyle – a Talented agent with a rare psychic gift that lets her ‘connect’ with ghosts. This ability slowly grows and develops with age, so we actually get to see how she deals with it through the length of the series.

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And of course, there’s the hero of the show – the snarky, sassy, evil spirit that is trapped in a jar, whom we endearingly call the Skull. The Skull is sort of Lucy’s personal confidant (shhh that’s how it is. don’t let her tell you otherwise) because she is the only one that can talk to/hear him. The whole series is narrated through Lucy’s perspective and she’s a textbook example of an unreliable narrator.

Since the Lockwood and Co is a psychic investigation agency, there’s a lot of fun Sherlock-style investigations, exciting chases, gruesome murders (now I got your attention, didn’t I? *wink) The world-building in this series is AMAZING; the types of ghosts, the abilities of the agents – their strengths, limitations these are explored extremely well. It’s got a ton of chillingly scary/creepy moments which made me wonder why these books are categorized under Middle grade and it’s perfectly balanced out by delightfully dry, british humour.

Book #4 The Creeping Shadow had ended with a heart-stopping cliffhanger which shook the entire foundation of what we were led to believe in the past books. So the expectations I had for the fifth book shot so high they may have escaped earth’s gravity and into the outer space….(Listen, I never claimed to be good at hyperboles)

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I spent a whole year in the painful anticipation of character deaths and pain and more pain from the fifth book; but Mr.Stroud has managed to spring a whole lot of delightful surprises both character development wise (looking at you, Quill Kipps) and plot-wise and has given the ending we deserved. Basically, The Empty Grave was like getting a box of carefully picked out, personalised presents when you were expecting to be given the Pandora’s box. The only tears that were shed were that of happiness (which was the exact opposite of what happened with Ptolemy’s Gate, so one can hardly blame me for having such low expectations)

Most of the loose-ends were tied up perfectly in the book and some left deliciously dangling, open for interpretation. As much as I would love another Lockwood book, I think TEG was the perfect finale to end things for this particular story arc. But obviously, we need more short stories from this world. There’s a lot of case stories that are crying out to be told, like what exactly happened at Mrs.Barrett’s Tomb?? We need to know!!

Speaking of character development, can we talk about Lockwood? and how he ventured out of the shell he’d carefully constructed around his feelings and let out his emotions that were bottled up for YEARS? He still has some ways to go, but this was a good start.
Lockwood and Lucy’s relationship is  so, so great because it’s the kind of stuff entirely built on a solid foundation of mutual trust and admiration (when you are ready to jump off buildings hand in hand, you know it can’t get better than that) it was about time Lockwood let Lucy in on a personal, emotional level too. I love it so much because their relationship works both in a romantic and a platonic way (which is may be why I wasn’t big on shipping them.) I absolutely loved how Mr.Stroud has treated their relationship;in a very subtle way but it speaks VOLUMES. There was ample material in this book for neutral, non-shippers like me to turn into Locklyle trash. That’s all I’ll say.

This is a  bitter-sweet situation because I’m sad the four-year journey with this series has come to an end and I’m going to miss the agonising hiatuses, making up headcanons, staying up reading meta theories on tumblr and most of all, the wonderful kids of Lockwood and Co. But I’m also glad to have been a part of this journey right from the start.

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It’s been over a month since I finished the book, I’m obviously still high on it. If I’d written this review as soon as I finished, it would have just been incoherent screaming in all uppercase letters about how much I loved everything. (not that it’s much coherent now. I don’t want to give out any spoilers) Thank you, Jonathan Stroud for giving me one of my most favourite YA series of all time.

Recently Lockwood and Co has been optioned to be made into TV Series and I couldn’t be happier about it!! It warrants its own post with lots of gushing, may be I’ll make one once we get more info on this. For now, here’s the news article announcing the same.

If you are looking for a perfect Halloween read, Lockwood and co is THE series you should be picking up.

Happy Reading!!

~ Mathangi.

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Lockwood and Co 5 is coming soon!!

Imagine realizing you haven’t *ever* talked about your most favourite book series on your *book* blog? What idiocy is that? I’m going to remedy that, one post at a time.

I present to you, Lockwood and Co by the master story-teller, and creator of the mighty Bartimaeus – Jonathan Stroud.

Lockwood and Co is a supernatural, thriller series set in London that is plagued by ghosts. Ghosts as a central concept is not exactly new in literature, but the catch here is that only kids can actually see these ghosts (which range from harmless to extremely violent. These are broadly classified into three types of ghosts, I’ll get to that later) which means adults are completely useless and powerless against ghosts and protecting the city falls entirely on the delicate shoulders of actual children.

Although, Adults being adults, they get into running Psychic investigation agencies which is basically employing children with Talent and bossing them around, and generally staying out of danger.

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This brings me to our titular character Anthony Lockwood who, when all of 15, started his own agency Lockwood and Co because he does not trust adults. With his two employees Lucy Carlyle (our narrator) and George Cubbins (the smart one™), we have a Golden trio in our hands.

Over the span of 4 books, we have seen some brilliant plot twists and fantastic character developments. Jonathan Stroud’s writing is an uncanny combination of dark, chillingly scary, and sometimes ridiculously funny. The fourth book, The Creeping Shadow ended in a truly jaw-dropping cliffhanger that left me like this for days….

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Which is why I!! cannot!!! wait for the fifth book!!! the year long wait has been so agonising, I jumped in joy when I saw Mr Stroud post this on Twitter

The official release is on September 12 which is only but a month away!

Until then I can gaze at the beauty that is The Empty Grave through posts like this

Yes! and the first chapter of The Empty Grave is available on Jonathan Stroud’s official website here – http://www.jonathanstroud.com/

Well, I thought a tiny glimpse of the new book will give me strength to hold on…but no. I’ll say no more. *clutches bridge of the nose and takes deep breaths*


I think this is the only on-going YA series I have followed from the very beginning and the only one I truly care about too; that is an amazing feat because I lose interest very quickly.

If you like tea, sarcasm, and ancient ghosts set against the backdrop of a rainy, foggy London, this series is absolutely for you! Go read it and thank me later! 😀

Edit: Cover image taken from Twitter profile of Katherine Woodfine

~ Mathangi

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Review : Geekerella || Ashley Poston

Author : Ashley Poston
Genre : YA / Retellings
No. of Pages : 320
Publisher : Quirk Books
My Rating : ★★★★ out of 5.

 

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I picked up Geekerella purely because I was bored. I’m stuck in this weird – not quite in a book slump but not eating my way through books – limbo right now. I wanted an easy read for instant gratification and this book provided me exactly that. I do not regret picking this one up, in fact I’m glad.

As it’s apparent from the title itself, Geekerella is a geeky re-telling of the oft retold fairy tale Cinderella. Seriously, the amount of times fairy tales like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast have been retold, I feel like they will be permanently singed into our DNA, leading to future babies being born with these stories pre-loaded in their brains. Because it’s yet another Cinderella story, I jumped in headfirst into the book – didn’t even read the blurb – I expected nothing at all. I’m happy to say that the book surprised me in a very good way.

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I would begin by saying Danielle Wittimer or Elle is a 17-year old who lives with her stepmother and her step-stepsisters (?) in a miserable household. but what defines Elle the most is that she is a Stargunner or a fan of the widely popular Sci-fi series Starfield. Her late father – her hero – was a huge fan of the series and got her into it early on so Elle practically grew up a huge fan. She runs a successful Starfield blog where she interacts with fellow Stargunners. Her father had founded a convention called the Excelsicon which grows to be really popular and successful but Elle could not be a part of it because Evil Stepmother.

I loved Elle’s bordering-on-obsession love for Starfield. To her, the series has taught everything about love and friendship but also it makes her feel close to her late parents who were great fans and cosplayers complete with their own costume and everything.

On the other hand, we have Darien Freeman who is an 18-year-old rising movie star, also a huge nerd who adores Starfield like Elle. Darien’s dorkiness, his struggle with identity crisis, loneliness, all this was well done. I liked his characterization. I felt for the boy just as I did for Elle. They both feel they are alone in a crowded world where people don’t see them for what they really are. Elle is just a friendless weirdo and Darien is just an up-and-coming movie star whose every move is supposed to be a publicity stunt. But they both take refuge in the universe of Starfield and that right there is the essence of fandoms.

Geekerella is not just a retelling, it’s also a love letter to fans and fandoms and pretty much anyone who’s ever loved any fictional world with all their heart and may be got made fun of because “it’s not real” – It is. I know that the TARDIS will never land in my backyard ever, but I will always continue to derive happiness and hope from Doctor Who, that is very much real even if it is just a TV show.

The book had SO many sci-fi / fantasy / popculture references that blended in seamlessly with the story, it just warmed my heart. I ADORED the parts that involved the Excelsicon convention, because I feel like I lived vicariously through the characters for a few pages – being present at a big convention, nailing the cosplay of a favourite character, meet and greet etc.

(…It is my dream to attend the San Diego Comic-Con at least once in my life. I would need a miracle to pull it off, but I’m hoping for one anyway. *double thumbs up*)

I really liked this quote by Darien — sums up the definition of fandoms pretty well. We’re all in this together.

We might all be different – we may ship different things or be in different fandoms – when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow sticks in the night. They shine. We Shine. Together.

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I did not like the way Elle acts all superior and bratty because she’s such a serious fan, especially in the beginning. I actually considered abandoning the book because her narrative was very annoying (it did get better though) Also, she was extremely prejudiced towards Darien just because he did not fit her idea of the Federation Prince Carmindor. I get it, it’s pretty common for an artist to get cast just for their star power even if they are not a fan of old series / comics. There are fans who get pissed when that happens so I think this could be a good example of how we needn’t and shouldn’t jump into conclusions without giving an artist their chance to prove themselves playing the character.

Another thing I didn’t enjoy was : Insta-love, but via text. This was basically straight out of Hilary Duff’s Cinderella movie. I have never liked insta-love which unfortunately is commonplace in YA books, so I didn’t love it in this book either. It was utterly impossible too. You don’t just fall in love with a stranger via text just because they love the same sci-fi series as you!!? I just…

BUT. but. Geekerella talks a lot about “impossible” – impossible things happening in an impossible universe…just a whole lot of impossible-ness – because this is a retelling of an unrealistic fairy tale. So I’m going to cut this impossible insta-love some serious slack. This along with some other eye-roll worthy romance portions.

All things considered, I’m impressed with the speed at which I went from *I’m going to abandon this book* to *I’m giving it 4 freaking stars*

The more I kept reading, the more it felt like a tribute, a love letter to fandoms – I would feel guilty if I give a lower rating. I would recommend this book definitely for that reason, even if you’re not into fairy tale retellings.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

My Rating : ★★★★ out of 5.

~ Mathangi

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Review : A Series of Unfortunate Events – #2 The Reptile Room || Lemony Snicket

Author : Lemony Snicket
Genre : Middle Grade / YA
No. of Pages : 192
Publisher : Scholastic, Inc.

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If you read my thoughts on the first book The Bad Beginning , you’d know that it was both a bit more and a bit less than I’d expected. More creepy and less than what I had envisioned (hey I know it’s unfair of me to impose my ‘envisionings’ on the author but I had to say what I had to say) Anyway, I didn’t let the bad beginning (*wink wink) get to me and proceeded with the second book, The Reptile Room. I’m glad to report that I liked this one much better!

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I was creeped out by the title of the book right off the bat. I’m very scared of reptiles (ALL reptiles) and a whole room full of reptiles would mean me running very fast in the opposite direction. I was worried thinking what is Olaf going to do this time? Is he going to lock the children in a room full of snakes, venomous lizards and such until they crack?

My fears were allayed when I started reading because there was no Olaf – at least not in the first half of the book. Following the bitter events at Olaf’s place, the Baudelaires were moved to another distant relative’s care but this time they lucked out. They were to live with Uncle Monty also known as Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, a Herpetologist. Uncle Monty has an impressive collection of exotic reptiles, a huge stack of books; more importantly, he’s really nice to the kids. For a while, life is all good.

Dr. Monty is the cool uncle you wish you had. He makes deliiish Coconut cream cakes, gives the kids a free rein to read his books and play with his reptiles. It was good to see the Baudelaire children happy (despite the creepy narrator’s repeated assurances that this will not last. why does he do that?!)

Uncle Monty plans a trip to the Peru to find new kinds of snakes and plans to take the children along. Naturally, they are all excited. Klaus reads up on the snakes, Violet helps in making the snake traps, even baby Sunny helps. Problems begin when Dr.Monty’s assistant mysteriously stops showing up to work. One day a new guy by the name of ‘Stephano’ arrives and announces that he is the new assistant for Dr. Monty. You can probably guess who that is. The kids, too, recognize him and try to point out to Uncle Monty (who has, of course heard of the notorious Count Olaf) but they fail because he’s cleverly concealed his tell-tale eye shaped tattoo on his ankle. Bad things happen fast after he arrives.

I felt like the atmosphere and tone of this book was different from the first one. It was an easy world to get into and I think reading about the Baudelaires in a comfy home definitely helped the cause. I liked the kind Uncle Monty and his quirky affection for reptiles.

The story itself had interesting elements, like made up exotic animals such as Alaskan Cow Lizard – which apparently gives delicious milk (I’m not sure I’d be a fan of lizard milk though – to each their own I guess?); The Incredibly Dead Viper – a viper which ends up becoming Sunny’s best friend and playmate (friendship blooms even in the strangest of cirumstances, eh?)

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Mr.Poe. Ok, I get it he means well and all that. But that man never listens to what the children have to say. I find it very unsettling the way he completely dismisses whatever they say. WHAT. EVER. I MEAN. It’s frustrating. His character doesn’t add anything to the story and yet, he’s there in every book. Why?!

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It feels like I’m finally getting a feel of how these stories go, so I’m gonna start on the next book as soon as I can!

My Rating : ★★★★ out of 5.

~ Mathangi,

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Review : A Series of Unfortunate Events – #1 Bad Beginning || Lemony Snicket

 

Author : Lemony Snicket
Genre : Middle Grade
No. of Pages : 176
Publisher :  Scholastic, Inc.

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When I saw a bunch of ASOUE books at the Book fair, I couldn’t resist buying them. I know they are children’s book but I hadn’t read them as a kid. I saw beautiful matching hardcovers and I. couldn’t. resist. even though only not all books in the series were available.

The title and the synopsis totally got me. Since I’m basically an incarnation of the Grinch, I don’t enjoy happy endings and I do like to watch a character suffer in a book. So you say there’s a whole series dedicated to bad things happening to the main characters? SIGN ME UP. This is how I was hooked.

If you, like me, are new to this series, the first book The Bad Beginning begins with the three Baudelaire children enjoying a cloudy, gloomy day at the beach when they get the news of their parents’ death from Mr. Poe, their family friend. Their mansion has burned down and they literally have nothing left. Now these are kids, the eldest girl, Violet only being 14, middle child Klaus 12, and an infant baby girl Sunny.

According to their parents’ will they are to live with the nearest living relative until Violet is 18 and inherits their money. Seems logical enough so far. Except, the nearest living relative turns out to be a psychopathic Count Olaf whom these kids have never even seen before.

From this point onward everything goes down the Cinderella-style-child-abuse rabbit hole minus the fairy godmother and prince charming. It is made very clear that Olaf will do anything to get his hands on the Baudelaire riches.

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The kids are grief-stricken from their parents’ death, alone and very scared. but they are smart and smart enough to take care of themselves even in the most dire situations. Klaus, the bookworm, has read extensively from his parents’ library and knows a lot of things. Violet, is an innovative inventor and can anything out of things available at hand. Even the infant Sunny is useful with her sharp teeth and her proclivity to bite things.

Which is probably a good thing because, the adults in this book are no good. Be it the completely oblivious, mumbling mess that this Mr. Poe, or his opportunistic wife, or the sweet-but-stupid neighbour Justice Strauss (how did she become a judge?!?!), any one whom you might think is likely to help the kids, they don’t. Count Olaf is just THAT crafty and the kids THAT unfortunate.

Lemony Snicket does not simplify the language too much, he has peppered the book with big words along with their meanings, which I think will help younger readers. Some may argue that this may be spoon-feeding and eliminates the need for kids to pick up a dictionary though. That makes sense too, although it’s an argument for another day.

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Count Olaf. I know, I know, he’s the villain, we’re meant to dislike him. But that guy is proper trash. I HATED how arrogant he was, walking about the place with his lackeys, crafting ideas to bring down the kids.

I thought he was vile when he made the kids clean the toilet with a toothbrush and cook a feast for his actor friends. And then he goes to the length of blackmailing Violet into marrying him so that he can inherit her property. or he tries and fails; but the point stands that she was only fourteen. This being a children’s book, it really didn’t need to have a character with paedophilic propensities.

As much I like reading about suffering, the unfortunate situations the kids got into did feel forced at some point or the other. Like they written just for the author’s kicks. And may be also for people who enjoy that sort of thing, but it turns out it was more than I could enjoy. But I’m not going to abandon the series just yet; in fact I have definitely planned to read the other books when I can. May be I’ll love it more as the series goes on. May be I won’t. Let’s find out shall we? 🙂

My Rating : ★★★ out of 5.

~ Mathangi.

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