(podem ver esta review em português → aqui)
(there’s a reason for choosing Anna and Elsa which I will reveal once I review the third book)
Those who follow me on Goodreads know that very recently I read the first volume of the “The School for Good and Evil” trilogy by the author Soman Chainani. The first volume has the same name as the trilogy. In the picture you can read “A Escola do Bem e do Mal” – that’s just the title translated into Portuguese.
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.
With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good, while Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good. But what if the mistake is the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.
Before I start to say my opinion about the story, I wanna talk about the book itself. Something that it’s not common in Portuguese books is the hardcover. It’s not something we find easily as most books have the cover made out of thick paper. However, they kept this one just like the original version in English and I am so glad for that! I just love the black cover with the silver! Also, I am glad that they decided to keep the original drawing on the paper cover.
And now my opinion =D sorry for spoilers…
So, the action starts in Gavaldon, the birth place of our two main characters, Agatha and Sophie. For 200 years, every 4 years, two children misteriously disappear and never come back. After years and years of doubts and questions, the habitants concluded that the missing children were sent to a school where later they would become the characters of fairy tale books.
That school was divided in two: the school for Good for princes and princesses and the school for Evil for witches and the wicked. This, in my opinion, was genious! I have no idea how the author thought about something like this, but having two schools were children/teenagers are taught to be the characters of fairy tale books that everyone loves is brilliant!
The two main characters were very good friends but they were very different. Sophie liked the colour pink, she dreamed about being a princess, she looked like a princess and did good deeds in her daily basics (this is important!). Much different from her was Agatha, who lived in the cemitery, didn’t like people, liked fairy tale stories that ended up badly, and by badly I mean the evil winning, and looked like a witch.
It would be expected with all this description that Agatha would go to the school for Evil and Sophie to the school for Good… wrong! Agatha went to the school for Good and Sophie to the school for Evil!
I have to confess that this suprised me… I was not expecting the author “switching” the characters like this but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
I think that the author was trying to explain that looks deceive and things are not what they appear.
It makes sense if you think about it. We have an awful school for students who are ugly in and outside and we have a gorgeous school for students who are beautiful in and outside. Then why did Sophie end up in the school for Evil? She’s pretty, she’s blonde, she likes pink, she looks like a princess, she did tons of good deeds. Why didn’t she end up in the school for princesses? How come Agatha, an ugly antisocial girl, who like stories where the evil wins and does not like princes, ended up in a school for good people?
This gave me a lot to think about but as I was moving forward I started to understand. Sophie only thought about herself. The only thing that mattered to her was that the prince of Camelot (yes, he’s the son of King Arthur) dated her. She wanted to be a princess and she was willing todo whatever it took to reach her goal. This isn’t being good. Doing good deeds while having thoughts like “I’m doing this to prove that I’m a good person” is not the same as being a good person. Also, being pretty doesn’t mean that someone is a good person.
Now Agatha, only wished to go back to Gavaldon. She wanted to returned to the house she shared with her mother in the cemitery, she wanted to see her cat , she wanted to spend her days talking and going for walks with Sophie again. Even after all those fake promises that Sophie made to her, she kept being a loyal friend. Liking stuff that no one else likes doesn’t make someone bad. Agatha’s problem was that people convinced her that she was bad and ugly and she would never be more than that. Fortunately, this turned out to be quite different.
Near the end of the book, the author confirms that the girls were in fact in the right schools for them – which was questioned by lots of students and even the main characters.
The story is really amazing and even though this is book classified as young adult, the writting style is not childish at all and I think that this book might interest those who love fantasy books. This book has a very important message – never judge someone before you actually get to meet that person.
Lastly but not less important, the first page of each chapter is illustraded by Iacopo Bruno. The drawings are so beautiful!
I gave it a 5 star review on Goodreads.
By the way! I found out that for each book they made a trailer just like if it was a movie. That’s cool! If you want to watch the trailer for this book, all you’ve got to do is click on the link.
And for now that’s it ^.^
” -Stay Sweet!”
(please, if there’s any mispealing or grammatical errors feel free to point it out, I won’t be offended and it helps me to improve my English, which I need for college ^.^)