Practical MagicAlice Hoffman

Practical Magic

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman Book Summary

*25th Anniversary Edition*—with an Introduction by the Author!

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of Magic, Magic Lessons, and The Book of Magic.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...

“Splendid...Practical Magic is one of [Hoffman's] best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is.”—Newsweek

“[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible.”—Cosmopolitan

Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman) Book Reviews

AmazingA wonderful story of sisterhood, family, friendship and strife. I'll read it 100 more times!.Score: 5/5

Practical MagicVery slow moving book..Score: 3/5

Practical magicThe movie was great, but the band ok is better. Maybe it is because I saw the movie first. All I know is I am not often reading, so when I love a book, I say so Tasha Banat.Score: 5/5

Slightly DisappointingI liked it but it’s one of the rare occurrences when the movie is better than the book..Score: 3/5

UnimpressedI bought and read The Rules of Magic not even knowing it had a following book. I LOVED that book!! So I assumed I would love this too but it was nothing like what I thought it would be and barely had a story line?? It was mostly descriptive language for small details that could have been replaced by bigger events that could have taken place. I kept reading hoping for something big and it never came. Super disappointed I wish I would have just read the first book and left it at that..Score: 1/5

Not for meI found this book to be tremendously boring. Hoffman’s style here is “tell, don’t show,” which gives the reader the impression that she’s building to a story or at least likeability. But she never gets there. I have never said this before—but the film is better..Score: 2/5

Better than the movie...The movie bares little resemblance to the book. I loved the movie, but love the book that much more. The book has more to offer with more vivid characters and a stronger more compelling story..Score: 4/5

The movie is betterAlice Hoffman has a unique writing style that you can feel in her books. It's not one that resonates with me. I've read this and the Story Sisters. Didn't love either. However, I have seen the movie for practical magic and I adore it. It is almost like they are two separate stories! There are so many differences in the plot execution, and the disconnected way the book is written doesn't draw me into the characters the way the movie does. I usually prefer the book to the movie. Not here..Score: 2/5

PRACTICAL MAGICRules of Magic was so good, this 2nd installmnent was dialed in without any of Hoffman’s classic beautiful writing. The movie was equally bad. Very disappointing..Score: 3/5

💞Fantastic book, I love that in the second one she adds a ton more magic to the family. Have to see the movie now. :).Score: 5/5

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