Gable Reviews The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginnings

Describe it in 25 words or less. Three children are suddenly orphans and sent to live with a distant relative who they aren’t sure they can trust.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? Morgan has read it and it sounded quite interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why? Violet because she was very smart and knew how to take care of her younger siblings.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Count Olaf; you’ll have to read it to know what I mean.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? One of the reasons I liked this book was because it got right to the point.

Was it plot or character driven? Plot.

What did you think of the ending? It was about 90% sad and 10% happy.

Did you learn anything? The meaning of the words blanched, standoffish, incentive, and nuptial, how to make puttanesca sauce, how to make a grappling hook from scratch, and the Latin translation of “in loco parentis.”

Favorite quote: “Unless you have been very very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit afterward.” – Lemony Snicket.

Have you read other books in the series? I plan on reading the whole series this year.

Who would you recommend it to? People who like mixed endings in their books, fans of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux, orphans, or people who feel like they have a very miserable life and no one else understands how it feels to have one.

Number of unknown words: 0

Recipe: Puttanesca Sauce

Artwork: The False Mirror by Rene Magritte


What was the most depressing event in your childhood?

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