“Hmmm, disappointing. I thought the story would hook me in right away but it didn't. Glad it was only a library book and not something I had to buy.”Kat wrote this review Saturday, May 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Over the years, I have heard a wide range of reviews of Hoffman’s books, and I have always been curious. This marks the third of her books that I have read, and maybe it was the low-bar of expectations that I had, but it is definitely the one that I have enjoyed the most. It was a fun read - and surprisingly fast considering the lengthiness of the chapters. And though the plot was mostly predictable, the likable characters made it still an enjoyable read.
The only main drawback with the novel was one of my own preference. I do not like third-person omniscient narrators in general - particularly not when the perspective flits about erratically “zooming” in and out in focus. It gives the entire story a very heavy-handed “storyteller”-vibe that does work for the magic of the story overall, but would probably be less abrasive to me personally in an audiobook version.
All in all, it is a quaint story and a lot more charming than I expected it to be. I have yet to see the film version, but I am looking forward to comparing the two - I definitely can see why this was made into a movie. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood tackles this!”
“I think it may have been a good fifteen years since I last read this as a teen, but the magic is still there and probably even more worth appreciating now that I am adult. "Practical Magic" is an incredible story of magical realism and the bonds of sisterhood. The slow, dreamy writing accoutns for the life of the Owens sister, two very different girls dealing with the ups and downs of love. Lovely, lovely book.”Backroads wrote this review Monday, April 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't as dazzled by the writing on this read, but I still really enjoyed it. It was neat to follow the different generations of sisters.”Pith wrote this review Tuesday, March 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have loved the film adaptation of this book for so long that I decided to read the book, and though the book was in fact very different than the movie, I loved Hoffman's unique style of story-telling! The characters, too, were portrayed differently and with more depth than I had anticipated. Where the movie focuses on the plot and the relationship between the sisters, the book delves deeper into the characters' emotional experiences...and Hoffman infuses the book with a magical sense, but she does it so well, that one hardly notices it. ”Fin wrote this review Friday, January 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love is a wonderful and brutal emotion. It can lift you to the stars and cast you into hell. Sisters, Sally and Gillian, have watched their aunts help many women from their town find their hearts desire. But be careful what you wish for...
I'm glad I saw the movie first because I never would have attempted it if I'd read the book first. It was slow with irritating dialog.”
“Terribly boring.”Cassidy Berlin wrote this review Wednesday, December 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very different from the movie. Less magic than the movies.”Hillary H. wrote this review Wednesday, November 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read a little over half and had to move on. Didn't care what happened, never connected with characters. I know I'm in the minority on this one.”Linda wrote this review Tuesday, November 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No