Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Balzer + Bray
Published in 2010
Not a series.
2 out of 5
In the village of Salem, during the 1690′s, several young women accuse many people of being witches — which is now known as the Salem Witch Trials. In Wicked Girls, this book is told from the perspective from the lead girls: Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, and Margaret Walcott. Each having their own reason for doing so, they have to decide whether or not it is too late to tell the truth.
I really don’t know what to say about this book without revealing too much about the book and spoiling it. However, like with most historical fiction books, if you know the history and the book is completely based on it, then you most likely will already know how it will end. :( Well, that’s how it is with this novel, but it is still kind of interesting. ;) I’ll just compare this novel with the one I read back in high school. :|
Compared to The Crucible by Arthur Miller, which is a play and considered “non-fiction”, Wicked Girls is told by three of the girls and is a fiction novel. Also, the person who leads the group of girls is different, it’s Abigail Williams in The Crucible, and in Wicked Girls, Ann Putnam Jr. starts it, but it ends with Mercy Lewis leading them. There is also a difference in who seem to pity in them, in Wicked Girls, you pity the girls, and in The Crucible, you pity the people the girls accuse. I don’t remember, but you also see a new side to how the girls are treated after they put an end to the accusing. In The Crucible, I don’t think the author ends the accusing in the actual play part. Also, I think you don’t even meet Isaac Farraer, the guy that Margaret Walcott marries, in The Crucible. As you can tell from the comparisons, there are some very distinct differences between books, even though they have the same topic.
Personally, I didn’t really like this book, but I like the idea behind the book. However, it felt like something was missing from the book — it could have used more substance, action, and plot. The way it was left and how it was written made it feel like one of the Dear America books, but lacked the descriptions and substance the Dear America books have. I definitely would have liked it even more if it expanded it with more description and substance to it. >.>” Oh, by the way, I finished this book in one day, that’s how short, unfulfilled, and (a little) interesting it feels like. Also, it felt more like a junior fiction book, like how the Dear America books are, than a young adult book, despite having a little sex scene in it. >.< However, that scene didn’t go that into detail, so you don’t have to worry about it too much. ^^ I also hated how it was in verse format. Don’t know why, but I just didn’t like it. ^^;
The idea is worth reading, but the lack of descriptions, details, and action makes it feel too incomplete and short. >.>” Read at your own risk. ^^; It would have been rated a one if it weren’t for the idea behind the book, but no higher than a two because the author failed to pull it off with the lack of the things I mentioned.
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Checked out from the library.
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Once with a 2nd review added.
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