Review: A Wrinkle In Time

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Title: A Wrinkle In Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Published: 1962
Page Count: 232
Rating: 3/5

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Meg Murry is not comfortable in her skin. She wants to fit in at school but with rumors going around that her father abandoned her family, Meg is having a hard time. She lives at home with her ten-year-old twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, her five-year-old brother Charles Wallace and their mother, who is a scientist, like her father. Meg knows that their father didn’t abandon them but she misses him dearly. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, Calvin O’Keefe (a fourteen-year-old who goes to school with Meg) and her brother Charles Wallace, they will adventure through space to another planet to rescue her father.

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I had a hard time getting into this story. I forget that children’s novels just jump right into stories and that can be a little confusing when we are so used to the build up in fantasy’s. So I’m not ashamed to say that I was confused at first. I had no idea where the story was going. I didn’t grow up reading this book. In fact I only just heard about it about two years ago, when my sister-in-law was telling me about it. Meg is a very likable character, much like the other characters. But most of the characters seem to be pretty much the same. Maybe it is suppose to be that way for children’s books but I didn’t like it all that much. Charles Wallace was the most surprising character because he’s introduced as a five-year-old, yet he talks like he’s in his 30’s so it was very hard for me to picture him in my mind. The characters of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which were so odd and weird but I like there names so I was very interested in them. They help Meg travel during her adventure by wrinkling time through the tesseract which is the fifth dimension and it helps them travel faster rather than going in a straight line. I know it probably sounds crazy and weird and that’s because it is!

While the story is enjoyable, I’m not sure that I would continue to read the series. I will however plan to see the new movie that is out but I don’t have high expectations.

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