Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning.
Author: Lemony Snicket.
Genre: Fiction, YA, teen, children's lit, steampunk, mystery, gothic fiction.
Publication Date: September 30, 1999.
Summary: The story of three children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who become orphans following a fire and are sent to live with Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance. Are you made faint-hearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing? It is likely that your answers will reveal this book to be ill-suited for your personal use.
My rating: 9/10.
♥ I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.
♥ But the children knew, as I'm sure you know, that the worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind.
♥ Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.
♥ In the time since the Baudelaire parents' death, most of the Baudelaire orphans' friends had fallen by the wayside, an expression which here means "they stopped calling, writing, and stopping by to see any of the Baudelaires, making them very lonely." You and I, of course, would never do this to any of our grieving acquaintances, but it is a sad truth in life that when someone has lost a loved one, friends sometimes avoid the person, just when the presence of friends is most needed.
♥ Unless you have been very, very lucky, you have undoubtedly experienced events in your life that have made you cry. So unless you have been very, very lucky, you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.
♥ It is very useful, when one is young, to learn the difference between "literally" and "figuratively." If something happens literally, it actually happens; if something happens figuratively, it feels like it's happening. If you are literally jumping for joy, for instance, it means you are leaping in the air because you are very happy. If you are figuratively jumping for joy, it means you are so happy that you could jump for joy, but are saving your energy for other matters.
♥ They didn't understand it, but like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.