My rating: 1 of 5 stars
A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from “Snow White,” who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into “the fairest one of all” but still cannot win Greg’s heart, and Celine, Greg’s daughter with Violet’s high school rival, Jennifer
Beware spoilers ahead!
About a month back I decided to add this book to my shelf. For the following reasons: a) it was a fairy tale retelling and b) it sounded fairly promising. I took this off from my shelf upon hearing bad things about this book. Specifically about Violet. Today I decided to download the sample from iBooks and see what exactly was so bad about Violet. I finally understand why there are a lot of complaints about her.
The sample was 34 pages long. Not enough to give you a real idea of the plot but enough to determine whether the writing style agrees with you, whether you like the characters, and what the overall plot for the book is.
The book starts off with Violets chapters. We discover that she has a hard time fitting in and this is because she is unattractive. Her teachers hate her, the students hate her, but both teachers and students prefer Jennifer who is far prettier than Violet. The popular people in her school make it a point to make Violet miserable.
During recess in her school she comes across a crow who has died. She picks up the crow and blows on it. The crow is magically better and she assumes this is because the crow wasn’t dead just in shock. Her classmate and crush Greg witnesses this and the two become friends.
Before Violet and Greg enter grade 8, Greg goes off to summer for camp. The two promise each other to write notes. At some point Greg stops replying to her notes, and when he returns to school he ignores her. She eventually gets the courage and asks him why he is treating her this way. He explains that his friends, the popular people do not like her and he just wants to fit in.
Throughout the course of the sample Violet attracts the attention of all sorts of animals. And she has no idea why this is. Sometime in the sample she rats out her group partners to the teacher saying that she did all the work while they did nothing. In revenge of getting ratted out they stalk her home and try to throw stones at her. Somehow crows come to defend her and she meets a woman whose name is Kendra. Kendra explains that the sudden attraction of animals is and saving the crow is because she is a witch. And that’s where the sample ended.
Violet was annoying! I was surprised that she honestly thought that beauty mattered more than anything in the world. She was intelligent but she thought that her smarts were useless. It’s like she didn’t realize that physical beauty fades with age. I was also surprised that she was still interested in Greg. He ditched her for the popular people and she was still obsessed with him. Had the sample been better I might have actually read the book but as you can tell that wasn’t the case.
I personally would not recommend this book. But if you have been looking forward to reading this then go for it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it better than I did.