Book Review: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket

All of the opinions on this book are my own. I am not trying to force a certain thought on people, just expressing how I feel about it.


“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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

I felt bad from the beginning (the bad beginning, get it? :)) for the children. All they experienced was bad thing after bad thing after bad thing. Losing their family, losing their home, having to live with an extremeley terrible uncle they don’t even know. I wouldn’t know what to do. Violet, Klaus and Sunny were so brave for trying to conquer the situation they were in.

This series being for children, I can image the books being scary to them. The way Count Olaf mistreated the the children and the whole ignorance of the children’s situation was heartbreaking and miserable. It made me a little bit annoyed that all the adults in this book were so blind to the situation and the sadness of the children. Overall the book actually made me a little sad and miserable. Like Lemony Snicket actually said.

I was surprised by the fact that these books are so different than other children’s books. All the children’s books that I see these days and that I read or saw when I was younger were always happy books or at least books with a happy ending. This is so different in the way that the back perfectly describes what the book is: unpleasant. Don’t expect happiness and wonderful endings.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Have fun reading!


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