Published by Harper Collins on May 14th 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, General, Social Issues, Young Adult
At the School for Good and Evil, failing your fairy tale is not an option.Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, 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 to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among 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 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.
All her life Sophie has dreamed of her happily ever after. She’ll do anything to be taken by the schoolmaster at the School for Good and Evil, even making friends with the self-proclaimed witch of the small town in the wood. Agatha has never had a single friend, and though she knows that Sophie is only her friend as a good deed, she doesn’t want her small bit of happiness to be taken away. When Sophie’s biggest wish comes true, which also happens to be Agatha’s worst nightmare, things don’t go as planned—for Sophie finds herself in the School for Evil, whereas Agatha lands in the School for Good. Even though the girls will do anything to make things right—in their own way—there might not be a mistake.
Who doesn’t love fairy tales? Seriously, please introduce me to this person. I have an obsession with fairy tales—retellings, continuations, the original, whatever it may be. Whether it is middle grade, young adult, new adult (though I haven’t read one yet), I will get it within my clutches. When this book first came out, I had to resist from buying it but finally had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook. The narrator added so much to the story, and for the kid that is skeptical about reading, listening to this book would be perfect place to start.
It was difficult to like Sophie throughout the entire book, though I did feel sorry for her, at times. From the beginning, Sophie had a way about her that didn’t sit well with me, and her attitude made the School for Evil an obvious choice. Her character went through some major development, which is bound to show up in the next two books in the series.
Agatha—the underdog I couldn’t help rooting for. Her main problem was that she saw what everyone told her was there, instead of trying to find the good inside of her. Though it took her some time to realize it, the School for Good was exactly where she needed to be. Plus, add in a dash of Happily Ever After, and I couldn’t wait to see if a prince fit into Agatha’s new life.
Friendship was a large theme in this book. Agatha had never had friends, but neither had Sophie, really. Together, they made an unlikely pair—Sophie: all pink and frills, Agatha: all black and greasy hair. Which is why this made for such an interesting tale. Happily Ever After never did look so far away for this group, especially when neither could agree on a happy ending.
Usually when someone says middle grade, it means there probably won’t be a love interest. However, this was not the case with this novel, which I adored! Even though it was young love, Tedros’s presence added something to the novel, that princely feel. For the girls who have always dreamed of their prince charming, a school where you didn’t have to worry about the trials and tribulations of dating was hilarious and not such an awful thought.
Though this is a middle grade novel, any age would enjoy this fairy tale adventure. It’s an extremely stereotypical story, looking at the basic outline of fairy tales through the ages, with your everyday princes, princesses, and the wickedest of villains. Once you finish, you won’t be able to resist continuing Sophie and Agatha’s story—for with all good fairy tales, there’s always a twist.