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?
I just finished rereading this book as the fourth one was released recently and I will try my hand at a proper book review.
The story is unique and creative. I liked the concept of all fairy tale characters learning how to be fairy tale characters at schools. Especially schools that teach villans how to be evil.
My rating: 3/5
The story was unique and very interesting. I liked seeing how Agatha and Sophie developed in their strange and new circumstances. This book was one of my favorites when I read it the first time.
Although the story was good, the plot was a bit confusing, especially toward the end. I felt like the author didn’t spend enough words giving descriptions of the settings so it was hard to visualize what was going on. Everything also seemed very perfectly timed, to an unrealistic point. For example:
Spinette: (trapped in a spider web) I wonder where Arachnid could possibly be. I’ve been waiting here for hours and hours. If I have to wait for a second longer, I will spill all the cranberry juice.
Arachnid bursts into the room.
Spinette: Ahh, you’re here. Just in time to save the cranberry juice!
Overall, it was a good book and I will be reading the sequels. I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
Favorite character: Dot or Hort
Favorite setting: The candy classrooms
I’m not sure how the people are sorted into the different schools, but I don’t think that it is very accurate. Most of the people in the School for Good seemed to be bullies and overly obsessed with their outward appearances. The girls were taught to focus on being helpless and innocent and beautiful so their princes could come and save them instead of being taught to do things for themselves.
Many of the students in the School for Evil seemed likable and good-hearted, including Dot and Hort. They were harmless and they never were cruel or mean. Maybe they actually belong in the School for Good…
I know it was supposed to be a giant thing that Agatha realized that she had been beautiful all along and her self-confidence grew and everything, which was great, but I felt like she then became more of the princess that they were taught to be at the School for Good, helpless and innocent and beautiful. She embraced their classes and she thought of Tedros as “her prince” and the whole thing was gag-worthy. I liked it better before when she was not your normal princess.