"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

What it's about:
"When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes -- in the form of a menacing backyard ghost -- the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift -- and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment -- Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best."  from GoodReads.com

My journal page

My Thoughts:

I have always loved the movie Practical Magic, and when I discovered that it was based on a book, I had to find it.  Luckily the book was available through my e-library, and I immediately put it on hold.

I really enjoyed the book even though it was very different from the movie.  I feel like the book emphasized the magical part less than the movie did.  I really liked Alice Hoffman's writing style, how she flowed from character to character, story to story.  It seemed so effortless.  I am excited to read more of her work.

I was disappointed that my favorite scene from the movie was not a part of the book.  I have always loved the scene at the end of the movie where a group of ordinary women come together to work magic and stop a possession.  As I was reading the book, I was waiting and waiting for Gillian to get possessed and for the women to come together and save her..... but it never happened.  I felt a little let down and I wish I had read the book before seeing the movie.

That being said, I would absolutely recommend this book.

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