The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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“Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.”

Title: The Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Why you should read this book: It’s great to see how books can solve almost every problem!

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three siblings with parents that love them. Unfortunately one day their house burned down killing them and leaving the siblings orphans. They found themselves alone and brought to the nearest relative to take care of them: Count Olaf. Things don’t go as they’re suppose to go. This is not a happy story.

We are warned at the beginning that this story doesn’t have a happy beginning, it doesn’t have a happy ending and very little happy things happen in the middle. We are told that if we don’t like sad stories the only thing to do was to close the book. I don’t like sad stories and I love happy endings but I didn’t do as he said.

Count Olaf is a horrific man. The way he treats the kids is so bad that you want to enter the pages of the book and use violence. This book makes you violent because it’s not fair, everything he does is painful to read.

The Baudelaire siblings are sweet, smart and inventive. They are curious and they read a lot, they know that reading can lead to the solution of many issues. They don’t give up when there are obstacles in their way to happiness. The only problem about them is that they are children so, of course, the adults don’t listen to what they have to say, their problems are not real problems in their eyes; adults are like “why are you whining when you have a roof over you head and food on the table?”. I was really mad at Mr. Poe for his “you are children you don’t have problems” attitude.

If you are an adult, please, listen to what everyone has to say, even if it’s a little kid. You may think their problem is not a problem because for you it’s not, but trust me, only by listening you will help a lot. For me a little bug is so frightening that it will keep me from sleeping in my own room, for someone else bugs are so cute they want to live with them. For my mom mice are the worst kind of animals in the whole world while for me they are adorable. Ok, maybe I won’t go around petting mice on the street but I won’t have a heart attack either. We’re going off topic now: problems are problems, not matter how trivial they sound to you!

This book is very small so if I start telling you more I will probably spoil the entire story. I can’t wait to read the second book and find out more about the Baudelaires and their not so happy adventures.

Do I recommend it? It can be frustrating but rooting for the Baudelaires will give you strength!
Rate: 4/5

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