Magic Fizzles Out in ‘Witch and Wizard’

The one-page introduction is misleading; I personally thought a good read was ahead of me when I read it. Sure, the story’s captivating: Witch and Wizard Whit and Whisty Allgood must escape capture in a world where all forms of books and movie sare banned, and people can be imprisoned at any time. What kind of world is this? That’s what I wanted to find out.

"Witch and Wizard" by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

Luckily for you, the potential reader, I managed to finish this…interesting novel. This was only because I wanted to see how this disaster of a book would end. I would spoil it for you in an effort to discourage you from reading it, but that would be cruel (although still not as cruel as reading it.)

Once I started reading the book, my opinion of the author changed drastically. This author tries way too hard to mimic the teenage mind. Patterson also doesn’t give enough credit to the reader, believing constant use of italics and exclamation points are the only methods of keeping the short attention-span of a teenage reader attentive. And here is yet another literary insult to the reader:

“My parents looked horrified-but not actually surprised. So WTH?” (page 26)

I’m just going to ignore the fact that the author yet again tried to “spice up” the sentence with a hyphen instead of a good ol’ comma. What I can’t ignore is that the author used the social-media convention “WTH” to describe Wisty’s shock. This is just another reason not to take this book seriously.

The novel, the first in a series, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. However, the more I read it, the less I believe that statement. If you don’t believe in my discontent, go ahead and read the first five chapters. They may be short, but, when it comes to this book, the less you read, the better.

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