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The School for Good and Evil

(The School for Good and Evil #1)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  51,261 ratings  ·  6,101 reviews
The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from yo ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by HarperCollins
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Biblio I am sure I would not allow my 12-year-old to read a book about a 12-year-old Sophie obsessed with getting her Prince, going to the extent of wearing…moreI am sure I would not allow my 12-year-old to read a book about a 12-year-old Sophie obsessed with getting her Prince, going to the extent of wearing "very short skirt showing her creamy thighs (author's words)" and wearing "revealing saree (author's words again). I am so glad I read it beforehand and decided my 12-year-old daughter can do without this book. (less)
Ayesha Depends on the books they like. If they still like Harry Potter, they should read this. It also is pretty far away from juvenile so don't let the age…moreDepends on the books they like. If they still like Harry Potter, they should read this. It also is pretty far away from juvenile so don't let the age control this book.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The boys went off to fight with swords while girls had to learn dog barks and owl hoots. No wonder princesses were so impotent in fairy tales, she thought. If all they could do was smile, stand straight, and speak to squirrels, then what choice did they have but to wait for a boy to rescue them?
If any book ever deserved to be Disney-fied, this would be it.



This book is seriously sweet. It was just delightful. It is a middle grade "alternative" fairy tale which parodies and utilizes fairy tale t
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Regan
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5
Lola
description

''Two towers like twin heads
One for the pure,
One for the wicked.
Try to escape you’ll always fail
The only way out is
Through a fairy tale...''

I would love to say that this was a cute story filled with beautiful and lovely themes like friendship, love and trust but it was actually the opposite.

And it was violent. Quite violent.

While I didn’t expect the story to be like that, I did enjoy it and found it very entertaining.

Sophie is a princess-like girl who dreams of princes and forever beauty, w
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Mitch
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was pretty excited to read The School for Good and Evil... until I realized it was a middle grade book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against middle grade books generally, but the ones I prefer tend to be the meaningful stories starring kids with deeper themes anyone can appreciate, rather than the dumbed down, intentionally silly, or overly simplistic takes most middle grade authors choose to write instead. Still, I gave this one a chance and Soman Chainani actually surprised me a ...more
Becky
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
[spoilers]
Sooooo this is a lesson on how an amazing cover can sell even the worst book. I deeply regret buying this. Let me tell you why.



At first, I read the way Good was portrayed (especially the girls) and I thought, this will be overturned. By the end, it will be revealed that these vain, catty, boy-obsessed children are actually evil. And I can't really blame them for being vain and catty, because if they aren't asked to the ball by a boy, they fail (aka, they die. Literally).

But then I sta
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Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

Now before you do anything, I want you to take a good long look at the blurb.

Sounds cute, right? A re-imagining of fairytales. A Hogwarts-like school where princesses/princes and villains are trained. Two very different girls that hint at an unlikely friendship.

Okay, now throw those thoughts in the lake. Go on.


This book will not be anything like you imagine. Many times have I found myself questioning whether or not it should even be classified as middle-grade. The pretty cover clothes a
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it


“She had always found villains more exciting than heroes.
They had ambition, passion.
They made the stories happen.
Villains didn't fear death.
No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor!”


Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Did you ever wish you were part of a fairy tale like Snow White or Cinderella?
Yes? Than that’s the perfect book for you.
Every four years two children are kidnapped from Gavaldon and disappear. This year the mysterious man takes two girls, two friends:
Sophie and Agatha.
But when th
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
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emma
AFGHASDFGASHDF THIS BOOK. I’ve never been more emotionally unstable in my life.

Far from true, but still. I’m torn up inside.

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I love the premise of it so much it hurts me to try to put it into words. But I will suffer through this pain for you.

So, The School for Good and Evil focuses on Sophie and Agatha. Sophie is beautiful, shallow, and a bit of a snob. Agatha is ugly, insecure, and very kind. They live in a world in which fairytales happen, and every yea
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Maureen
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This might even be a 4.5/5 stars. I really really enjoyed this a lot - the anti fairy tale thing is so well done and just SO GOOOOOD. Love the characters love everything LOVE.
Riley
3.5
Overall I enjoyed this book. The story was really fun and I liked the way the author played around with fairytale tropes. But what killed it for me was the pacing. It took forever to read because I would read 50 pages but it would feel like 200. And the plot switched between moving too fast and too slow.
I will continue with the next book though since I am invested in the characters but I think I will listen to it on audio because reading this book felt like a workout and I don't have that ki
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Tabitha
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! Lovers of Fairytales

Prepare for a breaking of the heart, twisting of the spirit and warping of any illusions you have about Good and Evil!

Read my Interview with the Author @ Not Yet Read and see the FanArt Dolls my sister made!

The School for Good and Evil, it sounds like a light breezy read doesn't it? What it really is *flabbergasted for the right word* is well, downright MAGNIFICENT! I haven't loved a book so much in a very long time, and I devour books like a maniac. It literally went above and beyond any expect
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Cait • A Page with a View
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure if this would lean towards YA or middle grade (it did get a bit more violent and complex than what I was expecting), but it's a fun story any age could enjoy! Basically, there's a school that kidnaps kids and trains them to be villains or heroes in fairy tales.

The story reminded me of Storybound, while Sophie and Agatha reminded me a lot of Glinda and Elphaba from Wicked! Sophie's shallow, judgemental, and entirely focused on crafting the perfect image because she thinks she's meant
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!


First of all, if the awesome book trailer for The School of Good and Evil is what created an interest in Chainani's fiction debut, all I can tell you is this:

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(Even watching that trailer now, after the fact, I am excited and impressed. And then I remember. And then woe.)

The book sadly doesn't live up to the awesomeness that advertised it. I'm not even a fan of book trailers, but the promotion department for this book deserves a big raise. The editin
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Liz
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, again, I had a feeling about this book. Before even starting it I knew I'd like it, probably even love it. And it proved me right.

"Agatha, you dressed as a bride for Halloween."
"Weddings are scary."

It's impossible for me to dislike a character after such a statement. From the very first page I was sucked into the magical realm of the School for Good and Evil and it didn't let me go until the very last word.

Sophie is a princess at heart. She loves pink, is beautiful, cares for her looks
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Barb Middleton
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fairy-tale, fantasy
"Now I see why you two are friends," the prince says to the main characters Sophie and Agatha.

But... wait! I want to raise my hand and ask, "Tell me why they are friends!"

This is a problem considering the story hinges on this main point. While Sophie and Agatha are supposedly the best of friends, the character development doesn't show how this happens. When Agatha and Sophie first meet, Sophie isn't Agatha's friend and she says so; she realizes Sophie's just using her. Sophie is beautiful, shall
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Robin (Bridge Four)
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Once upon a time a girl dreamt of being kidnapped….

Wait..What?

Every four years two children from the village are taken away, whisked off to a school where they learn how to be in a fairy tale. One of the children could end up a hero while the other is destined to be the villain. Sophie is sure that once she is taken she will get to find her prince and her happily ever after. She has even found the girl from the village who she is sure will b
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOW. That turned into a real roller coaster ride at the end. I'm flabbergasted. Need to start the second book ASAP!
Jessica
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Impressive world-building, bogged down by so. much. plot.

They tried to escape umpteen times. The Good and Evil sides faced off another umpteen times (but someone would always back down). The ending went on and on, with magical and physical battles as well as riddle and prophecy solving. It needed an editor to rein it in very badly. Many of the minor characters were interchangeable, as were the teachers. I had trouble remembering which of the teachers taught at which school, since they all mingl
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Inge
"Who needs princes in our fairy tale?"

I'm going to kick my past self for never picking up this book when I've wanted to read it for so long. Look at all the fun I missed out on! This was SO good.
Sanaa
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] Well that was a whirlwind of an adventure if I ever read one! It was fun, hilarious at times, gruesome and shocking, and also just action packed and heart wrenching. I'm still trying to figure out what exactly Chainani is trying to say in this. I get that the main message is that good and evil are more shades of grey than anything else, and it also emphasizes the importance of friendship. But there are certain things that happen in this story that slightly bewilder me. I did enjoy the ...more
Maddie
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. FOREVER AFTER.
Giselle
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed, arc
Adorable and adventurous, The School for Good and Evil is a fun escape from reality. When beautiful Sophie and weird Agatha end up in the wrong school - perfect Sophie can't be evil now, can she? - they're determined to fix this unforgiving mistake.

This is a magical adventure through and through; the book is set at this School of Good and Evil, a wonderfully imaginative school that trains future fairy tale characters. Meaning when you graduate, you'll be in a fairy tale book; whether a princess
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Emma
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was searching for a middle grade book with complicated characters and interesting themes; that is exactly what I found in The School for Good and Evil. Friendship is one of the things this book focusses on most. Agatha and Sophie look like a pair that no one would expect, but their bond continually survives all the obstacles thrown at them. Ultimately it is what's most important in their lives.

My favorite part of this book was the question posed again and again. What is it to be good? Is it ab
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Trisha  (The Tea Reader)
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was great, this book takes a unique spin on classic fairy tales and how their viewed. This is shown well with the two main characters Sophie and Agatha, based on what a classic princess and villain should look like dictates that Sophie "the princess" and Agatha "the villain" but toys with expectations based on appearance. Something that I really liked about this book is the strong friendship between the two main female characters, also the power of forgiving others even when they don't ...more
Nima Kohandani
چهار و نیم از پنج

اخیراً واقعاً دارم کتاب های خوبی میخونم! کتاب دیگری که به قفسه ی مورد علاقه هام اضافه شد

من عاشق این کتاب شدم!

چقدر دلم تنگ شده بود برای این فضا. فضای کاملاً فانتزی با چارچوب و ساختارهای یک فانتزی کاملاً کلاسیک

در نگاه اول هری پاتری و تقلیدی به نظر میرسه اما اصلا اینطور نیست

یک ایده جدید و ناب
ترکیبی خلاقانه از روایتی از قصه های پریان و داستان های کلاسیک عاشقانه دیزنی و یک فانتزی کاملاً جذاب

با داستان پردازی خارق العاده
گره افکنی های به جا و سوژه های فرعی جذاب
توئیست های بسیار خوب

و پایا
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Carol
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Faye, la Patata


Once upon a time, in a land far away…

How many times have we seen our dear, precious stories from childhood start that way? How many times have we read about beautiful princesses, tricked by a witch, or a goblin, or other nasty creatures, and eventually saved by the prince and lived a "Happily Ever After"? How many times have we wished for our own fairy tale ending, to have our own prince swoop us up and run off towards the horizon?

I, for one, during my early years, wished for that a lot. I sigh
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হযারি পটারের সাথে আমি খুব কমই কোন বই এর তুলনা করি। কারণ মিডল গরেড/ইয়াং এডালট ফযানটাসী জগতের সুপারসটার রাওলিং লেখনী আর কলপনা শকতির সাথে খুব কমই তুলনা চলে। কিনতু "The School for Good and Evil"- এই বইটা পড়ার পর অবশযই হযারি পটারের কথা মনে পড়তে বাধয। না!! কাহিনী বা পলট এর মধযে তেমন কোন মিল নেই। কিনতু যেভাবে বইটাতে আমার চোখের সামনে ফযানটাসীর জগতটা ফুটিয়ে তোলা হয়েছে - ঠিক যেন হযারি পটার পড়ার সেই সময়টাতে ফিরে গিয়েছি।

ফেয়ারী টেলিং কিংবা রূপকথার রিটেলিং সবারই ভালো লাগে। কিনতু এই বইটা মোটেও কোন রিটেলিং নয়
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Julie Zantopoulos
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2017
This was a super fast and fun read for me. I really enjoyed a bit of a spin in the fairytale world that we know and the origins of some of the fairy tales by seeing the childhood life they could have led. I got so invested in Agatha's growth while simultaneously wanting to drop kick Sophie. So, kudos to the author there!

I cried at the gargoyle and gasped at The Beast! I wanted to beat up a fictional character at The Ball...if you've read it you know what I mean for all this!

All in all, I was h
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Soman Chainani's first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 26 languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios.

The sequels, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES and THE LAST EVER AFTER, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List as well. Together, the books of the series have been on the
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“She had always found villains more exciting than heroes. They had ambition, passion. They made the stories happen. Villains didn't fear death. No, they wrapped themselves in death like suits of armor! As she inhaled the school's graveyard smell, Agatha felt her blood rush. For like all villains, death didn't scare her. It made her feel alive.” 310 likes
“In the forest of primeval
A school for Good and Evil
Twin towers like two heads
One for the pure
And one for the wicked
Try to escape you'll always fail,
The only way out is
Through a fairytale.”
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