Book Review: The Completely Wreck by Lemony Snicket

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I got my copy of The Bad Beginning when I saw a small book with ragged pages and a cloth covered spin and fell in love with it. Not only with the binding but also with the stories.

Book Review: The Complete Wreck by Lemony Snicket


Title & Author: The Complete Wreck by Lemony Snicket
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Release Date: September 30 1999
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Publisher: Scolastic


Some boxes should never be opened.

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.

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 gave The Complete Wreck by Lemony Snicket 3 out of 5 stars. This is my combined rating for every single part divided by 15. But I did like it a lot. My main problem with the serie was, and this may be a failure of mine, that I expected that over 15 novels the three Baudelaire children would actually have any development.

Yes they are children and the things that happen in these books, are not their fault. But they could have changed something to save themselves. The End was also not really satisfying and this bothered me too. The children grew up and cared for a baby? What is that for an ending? How can a child care for a child? This bothered me a lot as one can see.

As I say, this might all be a failure of mine, since I am an adult by now and had never read these during my youth. But I do think these books are amazing for young readers, the target audience.

The books are funny and even though they tell miserable tales, Lemony Snicket makes you have fun through them. Every book is different and has small hidden references in them to the other books. I do think the books have a very interesting premise, which was what kept me reading.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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