The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
How... very odd. It just makes no sense. The storytelling is strange. The characters are awful. The author seems completely oblivious to the fact that everything he writes points to Sophie and Agatha being in love (or at least Agatha in love with Sophie). Tedros isn't worth my time to insult. The setting is insanely simplistic and the storyline directly contradicts every attempt at teaching a moral (sure, beauty isn't the same as goodness... so why does doing something good make you literally turn prettier?)
And where are the non-first-year students??? How can so few teachers manage so many kids? Why do alumni want to send their kids back to such a horrible place?
This started out so fun and promising. It's a shame.
A warning to parents: This isn't really middle-grade. It's extremely violent, there is some language, and in general I wouldn't want my kids reading it (among other things, it's a pretty bad book).
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