- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 14, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CIBXQQO
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The School for Good and Evil: The School for Good and Evil, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The residents of the small town of Gavaldon are all raised on fairy tales, and they all believe them to be real. Every four years, The School Master takes two children over the age of 12 and one child is placed in The School of Good and the other Evil. It's been four years.
Sophie, lover of pink and a self-proclaimed princess, dreams of going to The School of Good and meeting her Prince and living happily ever after. Agatha, lover of black and silence and solitude with her cat, isn't quite sure if she believes in the schools but she knows if she was destined to go there would be no better place for her than The School of Evil. Sophie and Agatha are best friends and when both are chosen for The School's, it comes as quite a shock when their placements are switched. Agatha is definitely not Good and Sophie can't possibly be Evil...
What worked for me: The writing is vibrant and extremely visual with alternating POV's between Sophie and Agatha which provided the reader with a glimpse of both schools through their eyes. Sophie was quite an unbearable character but I do believe that was the purpose (and only solidified her position with The School of Evil). Agatha managed to become the real heart of the story and a truly good person. Both girls struggle throughout the story to retain their friendship due to the constant stereotype that Good can't possibly be friends with Evil.
What didn't work for me: The story was excessively long and would have benefited from some additional editing. Also, once I got the gist of the backwards type fairy tale going on it did become a tad predictable. I understand that it was a Grimm-type fairy tale and was dark and malevolent, but I really hated the way Sophie treated Agatha considering they were supposed to be best friends and considering Sophie was Agatha's only friend. The biggest flaw in my opinion was the ending though. It was so strange and seemed a bit out of left field. There's 'didn't see that coming! wow what a shocker!' and 'didn't see that coming because that doesn't even make any sense.' I requested this book solely because of that fabulous book trailer so my expectations were high from the start. This wasn't a disappointment but it didn't live up to my high expectations.
Truer to a Grimm Fairy Tale rather than Disney, The School for Good and Evil was intense and distressingly amoral yet still contained what all fairy tales possess: a valuable lesson. One surety about this book, there is truly nothing like it. The School for Good and Evil is a fairy tale that's been shaken up; it's all backwards and mismatched but still manages to retain at least the structure of the classic fairy tale that we all know and love. If you're a fan of fairy tales (especially of the Grimm nature) then this is a story for you.
Villains learn how to monologue, princesses are taught how to talk to animals and how to beautify themselves, while princes are taught how to be valiant and sword fight. The book, of course, mocks some of these classes. In one part, the main prince couldn't come up with a rejoinder to a princess and instantly started a sword fight with one of his classmates instead.
Sophie and Agatha are well-written and it's fun to read what they will decide to do next to get to what they believed were their proper schools. And since I have never even seen a book like this before--the closest probably being Harry Potter--each attempt was a complete surprise. I was even surprised at the ending, but it was fitting as well.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this YA fairy tale to anyone who enjoys these kinds of things. It's a fairy tale with a definite twist, some of it dark, but all of it great fun. I will reread this book in the future and I know I will enjoy it again as much as I did this time
Sophie is everything you picture "Good" to be an Agatha is everything that might get stereotyped as "Evil". The start of the book is a bit confusing, because it feels like you're dropped into the middle of an action film and you have no idea what's going on or which way to turn. Even as I read deeper into the book, I felt there were always chunks of information I was missing to fully understand what was happening. In the end, I felt far more for Agatha's character, because Sophie annoyed me right from the start.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Your book stinks.
Good luck on the movie. Surely it can't be worse than the book