Book Review: The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)




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.




The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is a middle grade book that follows best friends, Agatha and Sophie. Both were very different from each other but there’s nothing that can come between their friendship—even their fairytale won’t… unless one will change routes. As the story goes on, they find themselves in the opposite school expected. They tried everything they can to change it but there lies the truth, Agatha and Sophie can do nothing to change it. Will there friendship end there? Or will they fight for each other? Even when it means having to fight for their own fairytale?

This book was given to me by my best friend as a graduation gift last year and so far, it was one of the best books I’ve read of ALL TIME! The book was intense, wild; powerful… whatever you call it! This book’s LITERALLY amazing. I think this book just became #2 of my ‘Best Books I’ve Read So Far’ list—next to Harry Potter.

At last I read this book! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! If only I can give it 10 out of 5. It’s superb!
SGE was a blast! There were many surprises, plot twists and unexpected events! Feeling the emotions that’s within the characters is the best part of it all! I never read a book (apart from Harry Potter) that has this kind of feeling! It’s very—WORDS CAN’T EXPLAIN HOW FANTASTIC THIS BOOK IS. The book was brilliantly written—very informative. I never got bored or confused. The storian a.k.a. Soman Chainani, is very good at narrating! He nailed it—very clear. The details where well expressed and it’s really used in the story. There were no details or important facts that are left behind though I must say, there are little holes of thoughts that I think will get answers when I proceed to the book 2.
The concept and theme used were unique! Though this is a retelling of the past fairy tales, Soman Chainani managed to make a new one out from the written ones. This book gave me a new perspective towards defining good and evil. Through this book, you can learn that appearance can be deceptive. How you look doesn’t define who you are. It doesn’t mean you’re pretty; the same way goes around with your personality. In this book or even in reality, you can definitely see that beauty’s temporary. It can always change specially with time flowing.

Anyways, I admire this book so much because it has so many things to do about friendship and I love reading books that involve such! I love that this book gave a point of view to Agatha’s side. It made sense that not all good people know they are good people. There will always be a hidden part of us that we don’t know—that only others can see or maybe no one can. I admired Agatha so much in this book because of her personality. She didn’t know herself until she finally let her fears go. You can’t show who you truly are if you don’t express how you feel—and that hit me. I don’t know what I’m like—if I’m nice or not. Sometimes I feel like it, sometimes I don’t. I can relate to Agatha so much.

Anyways, I just love this book so much! It has a lot of good things in it. 27 lessons in one book—or even more! *Was based on my highlighted quotations.

There were many secrets revealed and I can’t wait for the book 2. Lucky me, I have the whole trilogy just lying in my eBook shelf. I’m so happy that this book will soon be a major motion picture!!! I can’t wait.

Over all, the book was—WORDS CAN’T EXPRESS HOW BRILLIANT THIS BOOK IS. The plot was intense, the characters were well developed, the emotions were high, there were lots of values, clearly narrated, and idea was unique. Best retelling book I ever read! This, I highly recommend to all of you. YOU’LL NOT REGRET IT.


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Soman Chainani

Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 26 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.

The sequels, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES and THE LAST EVER AFTER, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well. Together, the books of the series have been on the print and extended NYT lists for a total of 33 weeks.










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