Tuesday, July 30

Book Reviews: A Wrinkle in Time

Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Pages: 245

Summary: Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure - one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the book, but I didn't love it. It's a cult classic, which I never read as a child and perhaps it's why I don't have that connection to it, but it wasn't an amazing super fantastic read, like everyone talks about. It was a fun read, I felt it was original in the story and it was well written, but I just wasn't a spectacular read for me. Even after my second reading of the book, I didn't exactly connect to it.

The characters were well done for the most part, but I did find them to lack any real development, and I found their personalities to be somewhat repetitive throughout the book, there were times I felt like I read the same interaction between characters over and over again. Other characters just weren't very believable, like Charles Wallace. He's wise beyond his years, but he's written with the knowledge of a thirty year old, not a child, which didn't work well for me. It's a great book for children, I do think a lot of young readers would enjoy the book and they probably would connect to it a lot more than myself, but it just didn't do it for me in the end. It was a fun read, but it lacked the magic and appeal it seems to have for everyone else for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. I don't exactly love the book, but it's a fun read and it will likely be a great choice for children, especially reluctant readers.

What to read next: Wind in the Door, His Dark Materials series, Chronicles of Narnia

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge


  1. This is one of those I've always loved, but I did have the luck to read it when I was a kid. I've read a few other L'Engle books as an adult that just didn't quite work for me, so I suspect this one would meet the same reception, had I not read it during my impressionable years.

    1. I also never had the luck to enjoy it as a kid - I do think it is about timing when you read books, and this is one of those books you need to read in the right time of your life.

  2. I read this recently to my daughter and while she did report enjoying it more than I, neither one of us would put it among our favourite reads. I agree with you that the characters lacked development.

    1. I found that the second book was worse on the character front. But I do think children would enjoy it, I wonder if my step-daughters would enjoy this one.