By Tahereh Mafi
This book was so fun to read! I actually listened to the audio book, read by the talented Bronson Pinchot, who did a fantastic job narrating all of the characters in this story. Mafi’s writing made this story pop with all of the alliteration and metaphors she used; it bordered on lyrical at times. Plus, LOOK AT THAT COVER ART! You guys know I’m a sucker for gorgeous covers and this one certainly did not disappoint.
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow was born without color into a colorful world, which makes her feel alone and unwanted. Themes of diversity and individuality abound in this novel as Alice attempts to rescue her father, who has disappeared into the unknown land of Furthermore, where magic works in mysterious ways. It definitely has an “Alice in Wonderland” feel to it (maybe that’s why Mafi chose the name “Alice” for her main character?) Slowly, Alice learns to love herself and understand her magical gift. Alice’s personal growth throughout the novel felt natural to the progression of the story. Oliver Newbanks as a companion was a nice contrast to Alice’s constant unsureness; he made me laugh out loud more than once. He’s one of those characters you start off disliking, but end up liking in the end. Overall I found this to be a delightfully whimsical read, perfect for summer!
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