The School for Good and Evil {Book Review}


Published Date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Author: Soman Chainani
Pages: 488
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult

You can view the summary for The School for Good and Evil here.

So, recently I found myself selling this book to an 11-year-old girl. She was looking for a good book to read for her cross-country drive. Her mom had something in her hands that I felt was a little too old for her daughter so I picked up The School for Good and Evil and started my pitch. “I mean, first off…the cover is insanely cool! Clearly this is a good vs evil concept. It’s got a blonde headed girl and a brunette. It’s got castles and rainbows!” She bought it, which shocked me as I was just describing the cover. I had never read the book and had only heard about how awesome it was from Goodreads, etc. Needless to say I decided to read it and this is what I thought about it….

IT. WAS. FREAKING. FANTASTIC!!!! For a middle grade read, this book was sharp, hilarious, dark and a little scary {for a middle grader}. The story and world that Chainani built is one of the most original I’ve ever experienced. It’s just great…plain and simple. The characters are perfect…all of them. They’re snide, selfish, pretentious, good, kind, beautiful, evil, manipulative. I loved them. I’m so excited that this is a trilogy. I’ll be getting the second book today and I hope the third comes out in a timely manner. And by “timely manner” I mean tomorrow.

The ending was decent but I felt like it was rushed. Either that or I was really tired and I was reading too fast and rushed it. Probably the latter but I’m just sayin.

Anyway, I loved this book and will now be able to recommend it whole heartedly!

If you’re looking for a book that will make you LOL, surprise you, inspire you and will make you antsy for its sequel, then this is your book!


17 thoughts on “The School for Good and Evil {Book Review}

  1. Sounds like an interesting concept. I’d never heard of this book before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I always like a book that can make me laugh. πŸ™‚ I’m curious what book the girl had?

    I know of a fifth grade class where they were reading Divergent… (I personally wouldn’t find that 11 year old appropriate, but that’s just me. Maybe the teacher skipped the butter knife scene.)

    • You’re welcome:) It is so interesting and funny and clever. Can’t wait to read the next one!!
      I don’t remember exactly but I want to say it was Looking for Alaska.

      What?! No way, dude. That book is definitely too mature for an 11-year-old. Or at least too mature for the 11-year-old that I was. The butter knife scene is for sure too graphic.

  2. I don’t mind reading middle grade books. Some of them are simply fantastic! And it’s important to be prepared when someone of any age asks for a book recommendation.

  3. I loved this book sooo much! The second one is already out, but my library doesn’t have it yet *sad face*

  4. I’ve had my eye on this one fora while now. I don’t generally read MG, but I’m looking for this one to change my mind about some of ’em. Nice review!

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