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Mini-Review: The School for Good and Evil (Soman Chainani)

The Deets:
Audience: MG and YA
Pages: 488
Publisher: May 14th 2013 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062104892
Genre: fairy tale, adventure, mystery
Source: library book

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

Such a fun book! I really enjoyed this one, and I can't wait for the next books to hit the shelves.

If you are a fan of fairy tales-- or in this case fractured fairy tales-- you will LOVE The School of Good and Evil. It has everything a great adventure needs: romance, villains, and lots of dry humor.

I must admit though, I have mixed feelings for Sophie and Agatha. Well, really I have issues with a certain prince (Tedros) that shows up. Here it is in a nutshell: Sophie and Agatha get mixed up (or so they think) on their way to the school for Good and the school for Evil. Sophie spends most of her time trying to convince everyone she is meant for good instead of realizing how selfish she is. Agatha agrees with Sophie and plots to get into the school of Evil as well. Until...

You can guess the 'until'. I was really disappointed with that aspect of the story. It just felt wrong. I"m not saying the prince should choose the 'bad guy', but for two besties to fight over a guy like that just doesn't cut it in my book. If Agatha was such a great friend, I feel like Tedros should take more of a back seat to Sophie. Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, but I ended up thinking Agatha was a good bit selfish herself.

Now, don't get me wrong. I really liked Sophie and Agatha. Agatha was a riot! She had me laughing all throughout the book. Sophie mistakes were also pretty entertaining. In addition to the two girls, there were a smattering of other characters that added to my enjoyment. I personally like Dot-- the witch with the chocolate touch.

I read something that said this might become a movie. That will be awesome, and I will be there. There is an epic battle scene that will leave you on the edge of your seat. You will not be disappointed!   


  1. I had no idea this book was about fairy tales. It always looked like a manga to me based on the cover. It sounds awesome! I can see the whole Tedros thing irritate me when I read the book but other than that Agatha and Sophie sound like great characters I can come to care about. Strange that they are best friends yet so different.

  2. I definitely preferred reading about the relationship of the girls than about Teodros-he was such a nonentity to me and I thought they were way more fascinating. Still this book was a real winner for me and I can't wait to read the next!


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