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  • The School for Good and Evil: The School for Good and Evil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Soman Chainani
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

    Sparkee RN says: "Great Book!"
    "Feels like a first draft"
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    I loved the premise and the undercurrent that fairy tales would not be a nice place to live at all, but though the book starts out well enough it quickly becomes a muddled mess, looping in on itself without any coherent theme. It seemed to be trying to tell all possible stories that could have come from the premise at once instead of deciding on one. Is the point that people aren't good or evil? Is it that good and evil are both necessary and need to be in balance? The book seems to waver between believing good and evil are binary or useless ideas, between thinking Sophie is helpless and needing direction or an extremely powerful mastermind, and so on. The tacked on cliffhanger exemplifies the book's confusion. It's not setting up an overarching plot line, it's just failing to figure out what the end goal should be and how to determine if the characters are succeeding.

    Also, why is everyone surprised at the concept of a beautiful, vain villain? They reference the story of Snow White. It should be a plausible idea.

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