“This book is about three recent orphans who are put into the care of their treacherous, distant relative, Count Olaf. After being put in his care they soon realize that he is a horrible person and only interested in stealing their gigantic, inherited fortune. Olaf hatches a plot to put on a play where he "pretends" to marry the eldest orphan, Violet Baudelaire. Except the marriage is not fake at all, but completely legally binding. This means Olaf will get control of the entire Baudelaire estate. Luckily, Violet thwarts his plan by signing the marriage certificate with her left hand instead of her right hand and that makes the marriage not legally binding.
This was one of my favorite series to read growing up, so it was great to read it again. The whole series is full of incredibly clever writing and interesting stories. This book and all the other books are full of intriguing subplots and mysteries surrounding the story that are fun to brainstorm about. It was interesting to read it again and see just how intense of a story it really is. Count Olaf, while having some funny dialog, is truly a terrible man and he is physically and verbally really abusive to the kids. This makes the book not good for really young children, but when my kids are a little older I will definitely show them this book and the entire series that follows.”