My next stop on Rory’s booklist was “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire. This book was rated 4 stars on Amazon, so my review probably won’t be popular. So just let me remind you, that I am me, and the world loves me. I had heard the soundtrack to the musical several times so I was excited to read the book.
It was a good book in that it had pages and words, and that’s about all I liked about it. The concept is unique, but I couldn’t help thinking how much better it could be. I love the idea of telling The Wicked Witch of the West’s story, but she wasn’t lovable and Glenda the good witch wasn’t hate-able. It did away with all concept of good and bad and just showed people as human, which was probably the idea because it made it very realistic. Personally, I read to escape, so I don’t want to read about people acting like ordinary people. If I wanted to see boring, crude people who I couldn’t like or hate, I would go outside. It definitely was a not kid friendly book and I thought at times just plain gross. I felt like it alternated between being boring and disgusting. There were a few good quotes and ideas and by a few I mean two. If it was the last book in the world I would read it again but probably not until then.