Review: The Bad Beginning


Author: Lemony Snickey

Pages: 94

Series: The Series of Unfortunate Events #1

Format: Ebook

Started: February 24, 2017

Finished: March 10, 2017

Rating: 4/5





GoodReads Summary: Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


Review: Another book club book down, more to go. We have decided to read ‘The Series of Unfortunate Events’ and watch the Netflix series. I have never read these books before, my mom wanted me to read these when I was younger but back then, I didn’t find these interesting. Now I’m older, I decided to give them a try and I regret not reading these when I was 12. Like wtf is wrong with me?


Let’s start this review with the characters.

So the story revolves around the Baudelaire children: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. Violet is the oldest of the siblings and is an intelligent inventor. When she’s thinking up ideas to invent, she ties her hair up with a ribbon. She made a promise to her parents that she will always make sure her siblings are kept from harm.

Klaus, 12 years old. He is extremely smart for his age, and has read more books than most people can read in their entire lifetime. He helps Violet throughout the entire book by doing research at Justice Strauss’ library.

Sunny, the baby, has sharp teeth and can bite through anything. Despite her being a baby she helps her older siblings with things that involves her biting.

Count Olaf, their guardian, a very cruel and twisted man whose acting sucks. He is only after their fortune. He makes the children do long and difficult chores around the house and is never satisfied with anything the children do.


On to the plot.

The children were sent to the beach by their parents, where they later meet Mr. Poe, the banker, who informs them their parents had died. The children are sent to their closest relative, who is apparently Count Olaf. Despite the children never knowing or never heard of Count Olaf, Mr. Poe sent them to live with him.

There, they find out how terrible Count Olaf is. Especially how horrible his acting is. Count Olaf gives them difficult chores and treats them like garbage. The children quickly realize that Count Olaf is only after their fortune, which Violet can’t touch until she’s of age (18 years old).

They meet Justice Strauss, Count Olaf’s neighbor, who is a judge. They took an instant liking to her and she invited them to her home anytime they wish to come visit. The children always go to her to use her library to do research.

The Baudelaire’s eventually went to visit Mr. Poe and tried telling him how horrible Count Olaf is and that he struck Klaus in the face. But Mr. Poe wouldn’t listen and told them that they need to open up to him and give him a chance, and find out that he’s a really nice guy. They leave in defeat and went back to Count Olaf’s.

Count Olaf decided to have the kids in his play ‘The Marvelous Wedding’. The children found it strange that Count Olaf wanted them to be a part in his play,they found it even stranger that he was adamant about Violet playing his bride. When they found out that Justice Strauss was also going to be in the play to “wed” Olaf and Violet, they decided to conduct research on this bizarre “wedding.”

After grueling hours of researching they learn of Olaf’s plans of marrying Violet to get to their fortune. Over the course of a few days before the wedding, the children planned a way to escape and reveal Olaf’s true intentions to Justice Strauss and Mr. Poe.

Full Review:

Now, my review, I gave this book a four out of five because it wordy after a while and I have fallen asleep a few times because of it. Other than that, the book was amazing.

I loved the plot and I loved how it was written despite it being wordy. It really did have unfortunate events and I just kept saying, these poor kids can’t catch a break. I also didn’t expect it to get dark that fast, one minute it was Count Olaf treating the children like complete shit to Count Olaf wanting to kill them. If only got darker the further you read.

The fact that Count Olaf planned to marry to Violet just to get to the fortune and dispose of the children when he did, made me set the book down for a bit. I do read some dark books but these poor children were in a really fucked up situation living with Count Olaf and I know it’s only going to get worse.

I also liked that there really wasn’t a happy ending, I’ve gotten tired of happy endings for a while now and wanted something different for a change. This book definitely sated my need for something different. I am really glad I actually started reading this and I am glad that book club picked this up for us to read.

I plan to read all of the books but right now, I will only be reading six books because that is what book club plans to read because of the Netflix series spans over the six books. Until next time…


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