Wicked

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I think everyone sees the The Wizard of Oz at some point during their childhood. It’s one of those classic staples that everyone can quote and makes comments over every time they see a yellow brick road or a scarecrow. I was the same way. The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite stories growing up. And out of all of the “perfect” females a young girl could look up to, Dorothy was not the worst. Yeah, she was kinda helpless and always got lost, but at least she stood up for herself at the end against the Wicked Witch of the West. Everything changed for me in 2007 when I saw the musical Wicked. It was so amazing that I had to read the book that inspired the musical. And now that I have I will never look at the Wizard of Oz the same way.

Written by Gregory Maguire, Wicked follows the life and times of Elphaba, a young women born green at birth and gifted with extraordinary powers. The story chronicles her life in three main parts: youth, teens at school, and as an adult. The most important story highlighted in Elphaba’s past is her relationship with Galinda, or the future Glinda the Good Witch of Oz. The two become best friends at boarding school as roommates and classmates as they take special classes together for magic. Eventually, they go off to the Emerald City together to meet the Wizard of Oz. This is the moment, this trip to Emerald City and meeting the Wizard, that will separate Glinda and Elphaba forever and solidify their roles as Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba as the Wicked Witch of the West.

I’m sorry for the rather short and undetailed summary of the plot of this book, but I do not want to ruin a lot of the plot for anyone who may have not seen the play or read the book. There are reasons as to why Elphaba decides to defy the Wizard and become her own person away from him. Because Elphaba is powerful, more powerful than the Wizard of Oz himself, he scorns her and shames her as “wicked”, even though all she has ever tried to do is be fair and help others. It is an interesting story that truly discusses the concepts of good versus evil and how sometimes all that we see and hear is not always the truth.

One of the main reasons I love Wicked the book is because of the amount of detail. There is so much background and substance to Elphaba and Glinda that is not explored at all in the original Wizard of Oz. These characters are fabulously fleshed out and expanded upon, so you see them as real people with feelings and emotions instead of just a bubbly airhead or evil. This type of detail cannot be seen merely by understanding only one side of the story.

My other main reason for loving this book is because of the very prevalent human themes it discusses. Plainly, Elphaba is judged and ridiculed and victimized her entire life, especially at the end when the Wizard declares her evil, for being different physically and emotionally from others. Her skin was green and she dared to speak out against a system she found to be unfair and unjust towards others who are different. Sound familiar? This case is still all too present in our modern day. People continue to be shunned and hurt simply for having a different skin color. While I don’t want to go into too much debate over this issue, I do believe that Wicked is a book that addresses the disparity of judging people based on their skin color in our modern society in a unique way that can hopefully teach people not to judge others and be more accepting.

I love this book. I love the musical. I have seen it three times already. The story is beautiful, the characters are mesmerizing, and the whole thing always make me cry at the injustice of Elphaba’s situation and the tragedy of her life. I highly recommend reading the book, even if you have seen the musical, because it adds another layer of detail that cannot be fully explored in the musical. I give this book a 4.5/5 stars.

If you have read Wicked before or have seen the musical, let me know in the comments below!

Much Love,

Tina

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Wicked

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read

My whole life i’ve loved reading and i’ve loved books. Hopefully one day i’ll have a daughter (a very, very, very, very long time from now) and I’ll get to pass that love of reading on to her. The other day I came a across an article on facebook similar to the one i’m writing now and i had heard of none of the books on that list but one (and it actually made my list too). So, I started thinking that there are some books that have had a special place in my heart and I would love to share with her at different stages of her life.

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech   IMG_6101

This is a picture book about a school where the principal loves school so much that they start having school on the weekends and at the night time- they have school all the time.

I have really fond memories of this book. I remember I was in kindergadren or first grade when this book came out and the first time I heard this story was when the school librarian read it aloud at story time. I really liked the story and my parents bought me the book at the school book fair. I have memories of reading this book with my dad. I would love to have memories like that with my future daughter.

Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp

IMG_6100 Meet Molly is the first book out of six about Molly McIntire who is ten years old during World War 2.

I think about Molly and American Girl in general when I think about my childhood. She was my first (and still my favorite) American Girl. I received Molly for Christmas when I was seven years old. The book was a bit out of my reading level so my mom used to read them to me. I think she read most of the books to me but as I got older and became a better reader, I reread the books. I loved these stories and I loved Molly. Something I would love to do is when my daughter is about seven or eight, I would love to read her Meet Molly and then when we finish reading the story, pull out my Molly doll for her to play with.

The Clique by Lisi Harrison IMG_6097

I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was out of high school. So growing up, Lisi Harrison was my J.K Rolling,Octavian Country Day was my Hogwarts and The Clique series to me is what the Harry Potter series is to many.

The Clique series starts when Massie’s parents are telling her that the Lyons family is moving in to their guest house and that they have a daughter Massie’s age names Claire. While Massie’s family is wealthy and Massie wears all the designer brands, Claire’s family is not and she wears clothes from Old Navy and The Gap. Massie and her friends Alicia, Kristin and Dylan are the most popular girls in the seventh grade and Claire wants to be friends with them. However, Massie and her friends decide that they don’t like Claire and basically bully her.

The story is told in the point of view Massie and Claire alternating every other chapter. I want my daughter to read those books (or at least the first one) because they show that the mean girl is mean because she has issues herself and that being the popular girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I started this series the summer of 2009 when I was about to go in to eighth grade and finished the series when the last book came out February 2011.

This series was the book series that got me in to reading and loving books. Waiting for the new book in this series to come out was the first time I was excited for a book release. I got to meet Lisi Harrison in 2010, it was my first book signing and one of the happiest days of my life. I cried when I read the end of the series was coming. These books helped make me the reader I am today. I found a comfort in this story and it felt like Massie, Kristen, Dylan, Alicia and Claire were my friends at a time when I felt lonely. I hope my future daughter gets half as much out of these books as I did.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen IMG_6098

Her whole life, Sydney has lived in the shadow of her older bother Peyton. In the eyes of their parents, Peyton can do no wrong. Even when Peyton gets in to a drunk driving accident paralyzing a boy and he is sent to jail, their parents don’t see it as his fault. Sydney, who needs a fresh start and is desperately trying to escape her bother’s shadow, transfers from her private school to the public school where she meets Layla and Mac and for the first time in her life, she starts to feel visible.

This books was only recently released but it already means so much to me and is defiantly a book that I want my future daughter to read. I just connected with Sydney, the main character and I wanted her friend Layla to be my real life best friend. Also, I craved pizza, french fries and root bear dum dums while reading this book. I don’t know what to say about this book other than the story really hit home with me and that it’s really really good. This is one of Sarah Dessen’s best books and I hope by having my daughter read this book, it will turn her on to other Sarah Dessen books.

The Truth About Style by Stacy London IMG_6095

I want my future daughter to have Stacy London in her life because of the influence that Stacy has had on mine. Because of Stacy, for the first time in my life, I was able to look in the mirror and feel proud of my body.

The Truth about Style, Stacy tells her story about coming to accept her body and her struggles with eating disorders and psoriasis while telling the story of nine other women and their struggle with accepting their body. While I was reading this book, not only did I feel connected to Stacy, but I felt connected to these women whose stories were being told. This is one of those books that I feel every woman should read.

If You Have to Cry, Go Out Side by Kelly Cutrone IMG_6096

In this book, Kelly Cutrone shares her story of how she made it where she is today. She shares her wisdom that she learned from those experiences.

This is the book that was on the facebook article I previously mentioned and I think this is another one of those books that every woman should read. I read it for the first time in tenth grade and I read it a second time in May of this year. I was surprised to find how much of that book had really sunk in to my mind. It’s safe to say that Kelly Cutrone has influenced my life- I’m going in to fashion PR after watching her show, Kell On Earth. I love how she’s straight forward and basically doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. I want to be like her- actually working for her is my dream job. I love Kelly’s outlook on life and the advice she gives in this book apply to more than just the fashion industry.  She’s an amazing woman and a kick ass publisist and I hope to be like her one day.

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin IMG_6099

On the Eve of her 30th Birthday, Rachel ends up sleeping with Dexter. No big deal, right? Actually very big deal- Dexter is engaged to another woman, Darcy, who is Rachel’s childhood best friend. But it doesn’t just stop there, Rachel and Dexter start to fall in love with each other and their one night stand turns in to a full on affair.

I will most likely gift this book to my daughter when she becomes engaged. I might even give her my copy of the book that was my mom’s. This is a great story, one of my favorite books and I think it’s a humorous and slightly ironic wedding/ pre-wedding gift. Plus, Rachel and Dex ❤

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Would you have your future daughter read any of them? Are there any books that you would add to this list? Tell me!

Much Love,

Kate

Books I Will Have My Future Daughter Read