My rating: 2 of 5 stars
My 10-year-old checked this out from his school library because the Netflix series looks like fun. He got to chapter 5 and gave up. There is nothing fun about this book.
In his words: “It was so sad it made me want to cry!”
Naturally, I had to give it a go. Isn’t this a series folks love?
I read it. It made me want to cry, too.
Can anyone explain why this series is popular?
Perfectly happy and kind children have their parents die. They receive no love, support, or kindness. They are forced to live in the care of the creepy Count Olaf, an abusive distant relative who beats them and treats them like slaves. He threatens the 12-year-old and 14-year-old by putting their baby sister in a cage and tells them he’ll throw her off a tower if the 14-year-old girl doesn’t agree to marry him so he can gain access to the fortune left for them by their dead parents. He even talks about taking her home on their “wedding night.”
Gross. And sad.
I get that in the next book Olaf shows up again, only this time disguised as some other obscure relative. I can only imagine how each of the THIRTEEN BOOKS in the series stick to a similar formula. Is there a happy ending at the end of book THIRTEEN?
Don’t know. Don’t care.
Happy Reading (of something else.)