"When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil."
I can't say enough about "Wicked", I hated it! And I do not hate many books! Aside from the interesting concept, there are no redeeming qualities about this book. First off, I found it in the teen section, I do not want my teenager to read this book. It contains explicit language, allusions to acts I don't want put into my teens mind. After getting over the shock of how misrepresented this book is, I could concentrate more on the story. The story focused so much on the boring and ridiculously mundane aspects, then whipped by the interesting parts, eager to get back to it's boring roots. As an avid reader of historical fiction, my tolerance for dry spells in a book is usually quite high, I am able to recognize that sometimes you need to get through the boring stuff to more fully appreciate the interesting. But this Wicked was the reverse. I have never seen the musical based on this book, and after reading it, I was convinced I'd never see it, but my sister, who has both seen the play and read the book, informs me that the play is still worth seeing. So in my opinion, skip the book see the play, the book's not even worth borrowing from a friend. 5. Don't Even Bother
If you are a teen that read this book, but maybe you are looking for a little more action, you should check out Running Out of Time, see if its more your style.
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If this book were a movie it would likely be rated R for explicit sexual content, extreme language, and some graphic representation of violence.