Review: What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis
What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis
January 29, 2013
Simon & Schuster
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!
WHAT THE SPELL is a spellbinding witchy read that explores what it means to be a teen with a little magic on their side. Many giggles were had during my time reading the book, though that reaction may not have been the authors intent in certain places. The situations that Brooklyn went through were at many times ridiculous, and a few times inspirational. I didn’t fall completely in love with the story as I expected I would, but I still think that this will be a popular read with the younger teens trying to find their place in the intense world of high school.
Brooklyn was someone who I had a very difficult time connecting with. While at first I felt for her loner status and wanted better for her, the moment her powers are unbound, she becomes a completely different and superficial girl. Her actions made me cringe. She became very callous and willing to go to extreme length to be accepted in a group that had bad intentions. However, by the end of the novel she grows into a much stronger girl who learns from her terrible mistakes and begins to transform into someone the reader can identify with. I have high hopes for her in the next book.
While I didn’t like Brooklyn for a majority of the novel, the plot kept me going. I wanted her to be able to overcome “The Elite” and learn more about her powers. There’s also a developing back story surrounding her adorable love interest Asher, which will definitely play a bigger role in the next book. I also think there’s a lesson for younger teens to learn about being true to themselves and not changing who they are for others who can’t accept what’s already there.
WHAT THE SPELL is cutesy YA debut that is more on the lighter side. While I feel like Brooklyn could have been fleshed out a bit more and a few events in the book bugged me, I still think certain readers will come to love WHAT THE SPELL.