Saturday, March 4

Book Review: The Bad Beginning

Title: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Event: 1)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Pages: Ebook 176

Summary: Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed this book a lot. I would have never considered this book if it weren’t for the Netflix series, and I found that the book was just as enjoyable as the show.
I loved how the book was narrated; it’s what I liked most about the book. The narrator had a clear, strong voice that created a great flow and atmosphere to the book. I also enjoyed the narrator interreacts with the reader, it’s a fun twist to the book, and I find it creates a fun, and for some, an educational read, especially compared to some of the other children’s books I’ve read.

The characters, at least at the moment, are average for me. I don’t have a favourite yet, but their overall story has me interested in the series, which I plan on finishing at some point. I do want to find out about what happened to their parents, and I do want to know how their lives carry out, but they’re not at the point where I’ve fallen in love with them.

Overall, a fun book – well worth reading. I wish I had this series when I was young, as I would have enjoyed the series a lot.   

Would I recommend it to read:  I would, especially to anyone who enjoys children’s books, or the show. There are differences, but the books are sweet, well told, so I’d recommend them – they’re a good choice for a quick read.

What to read next: The Reptile Room (and the other books in the series), Harry Potter Series

1 comment:

  1. I read this one years ago and thought it was great fun, but I never went on with the series. At the time, I think it was difficult to borrow them from the library (always hold lists for all of them) and then I just lost track. So far, I've only watched the first episode of the series, and I think it captures the spirit nicely. Are you going to read on soonish, or in a someday-kinda-way?