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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2015
ISBN: 9780062134516
Branch Call Number: FIC Flin
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 25, 2016

This is a modern re-telling of Snow White. It is told in both perspectives of the “evil” stepmom and the stepdaughter. The plot is based on the rivalry between the two characters and their attempts to try to become more beautiful than each other. Throughout the book, as they become more and more beautiful, they begin to realize that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty and they finally change their ways. This was one of Alex Flinn’s best novels next to Beastly. Anyone who has read Beastly, will find this book equally as enjoyable. - @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

librarylin19 Feb 19, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! A modern retelling of the Snow White fairy tale and another story involving Kendra the witch. I loved the John Hughes movie references; Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club. If you liked Flinn's other modern fairy tales, you'll enjoy this too.

FindingJane Feb 06, 2016

In this retelling of Snow White, Ms. Flinn has outdone herself. She digs deep into the past, not just of Celine, the modern replacement for SW, but of Violet Appel, the girl who will become the wicked stepmother. Violet’s obsession with beauty is made crystal clear and the reasons behind it are credible and understandable.

America is obsessed with youth and beauty and the mania seems to get worse with each passing year. Bullying by young peers because of freakishness, ugliness or weirdness remains rampant; being average seems to be the only escape. But who truly wishes to be average?

The comically ugly and the tragically beautiful, that’s who. Ms. Flinn expertly writes about how hard it can be to live with either condition and how the urge to blend in, stand out or simply escape forms the basis for the dilemmas that Violet and her stepchild face daily as well as the actions they take to change their individual fates.

The story winds its way through the years and manages the amazing feat of making us feel sympathy for the needlessly cruel Violet and the innocent Celine. The denouement is surprising, thrilling and exasperating by turns as we wonder who will survive or triumph.

What really gripped this reader is how this remains largely a story by and about women. Surely, there’s a section dedicated to the devoted Goose but it’s the interplay among Kendra, Celine and Violet that’s the core of this tale. Great reading AND it passes the Bechdel test. Cheers!


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