It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
a bizarre and fantastical book about kids on a quest to save their family, and unknowingly the world.
Okay, I’m gonna take some hits here but this book was not the amazing book that everyone said it was. It is a “children’s book”… that’s in quotes because the diction in this book was not easily read for children but for kids. I know that seems like I’m not making a distinction. I would say this isn’t a children’s book like… Ferdinand the bull. It is a kids book like… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, or The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe.
BUT the biggest question on your mind is- will I see the movie? (I know, I’m practically a Jedi mind reader). I will see the movie- when my library gets it for free. (Which is NOT a knock because I love me some Reese Witherspoon, and also I surf the library app like its Instagram so I usually get the movie within a week or 2 of its initial release to DVD). This book just didn’t touch me so profoundly that I need to run to the theater to experience the glory in IMAX.
Did you guys ever skip a classic Disney movie growing up just to watch it when you’re an adult and when you watched it you were like- oh… that was good I guess? (cough cough, Cinderella cartoon). That’s what this was like for me. I think if I had the magic of it at a younger age and I was rereading it- the nostalgia value would rank it higher. But alas, this deprived child (why me, why?!) did not read a wrinkle in time (damn you California public education system!) Although to be fair if it was assigned I was way too cool to do my reading assignments (okay, sorry CA education system, I take it back).
Fun scriptural references, good life lessons, dynamic family, kids on adventures.
I also liked that this was a quick read. I’m not interested in continuing the series but it was a good one time read for me.
what was meh-
There was a level of cheesiness at the end of this book, but no spoilers here. (However if you’d like to comment on the cheese yourself in the comment section I’d love to talk about it!)
I felt like I almost missed a chapter in the beginning when the character of Calvin is introduced and he is constantly insulting but also somehow has instalove.
It should be noted that this is a series but could be read in a stand alone setting. every book in the series is out
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listen to: the pride and prejudice soundtrack
watch on your dad player: the stepford wives
eat: movie theater popcorn
this is a spring or summer read. good weather required.