Title: The School for Good and Evil
Author: Soman Chainani
Published: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 388 pages
Category: Middle-grade, Fantasy
“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”
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…?
The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
Being a bookworm, there would come a time that a particular book, as you are reading it, would bring you back to memories you have, may it be good or bad. That's what The School for Good and Evil did to me. It brought back childhood memories. And the last thing I did before closing the book after reading it, was to smile.
I believe girls, have inner princesses in them, wearing ball gowns and living in a castle, and so does boys, being a knight in a shining armor, or maybe the thought of sword fight'll do. Now, what would you do if you are given the chance to have all those?
In this particular book of Soman Chainani, you would be reliving stories, that you'd love as a kid, whenever students would be attending classes in a classroom made of candies, in a room made for King Arthur, or in a damp, dark one like a Dungeon. It started when two friends Agatha and Sophie from a town called Woods Beyond were taken to the School as students, one in Good and one in Evil. As the story progresses, it actually made me miss Hogwarts, its common rooms, the Good/Evil Halls, the Blue Forest reminded me of it and each of which made impact on the story.
Here, Evil students are depicted as Ugly, hates going to the wash rooms and of course love doing mischievous things, as they are separated with the Good students who have good looks, love for animals and are into Balls. However, I thought about one line that was mentioned in the book by the school master," a princess cannot be friends with a witch" as if evil could not be good. He was wrong of course as both sides defended their school against chaos. And in the end, I believe, Good still won, as the two schools became neutral, turned the Black and White into Silver.
The weird, brave,smart friend with unkempt hair and black clothes who was brought to the School of Good. This humble girl didn't think she was nice enough or pretty enough (she doesn't even look at herself in the mirror!) for the school, the School Master chose for her. But, as the story progresses, I have seen the reason(s) why she was brought in Good." The Good Forgives", she said as her Prince is about to bring her back to the Castle to be treated, even if she was already attacked and wounded.
Son of Arthur, the Prince Charming. One of the scenes I liked about the book, is when Sophie and Agatha were turned into Goblins and Tedros was tasked to choose the Good one and he chose the Agatha goblin, which only shows he can't be deceived by looks. He's one good eye-candy too (he works out when he's strssed)!
The pretty in pink friend who wants a happy ending. She's your typical blonde girl who always like wearing ribboned frocks and glass shoes. I didn't doubt that she would be in School of Evil from the start of the story, because the kind things she does or she think she's doing is because she needs to, not because she wants to. But as the story is nearing the end, I can't help but feel sorry for her, I can't blame her for birthing Envy in her heart when everything she wanted is taken from her. I think she deserves a second chance.
Kiko, Dot, Hester and Anadil.
Friends of the two girls who helped them be where they are. All four both from School for Good and Evil.
I've mentioned on my Twitter account how excited and sad I was at the same time in finishing the book, because then, I have to wait for months for the second book to be published. I have questions like, what will happen to Tedros? To the School? Would Readers still have the chance to be taken to the School? With that in mind, I can only hope those questions would be answered on the second book which I can't wait to get my hands on!
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars