Katie Reads: Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski

Magic in Manhattan: Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mylnowski

What if all your wishes could come true? Blink your eyes, drink a fizzing pink potion, and poof! Life is perfect. That’s Rachel’s situation. Except she’s not the one who suddenly has magical powers. Her younger sister is. And as Rachel would tell you, spellbooks are wasted on the young!

Yes, yes, of course world peace and cures for horrible diseases are important. But so is dancing without looking like she’s being electrocuted, winning back her best friend, stopping her dad’s wedding, and finding a date for Spring Fling.

Rachel’s not bewitched. Yet. . . .

Have you ever spotted a book cover and been sure that you’ll like the book once you finally sit down to read it? Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski was one of those books for me. I spotted the fun, retro cover, read the back, and thought “huh, that’s probably a good read”. Then I bought the book, and packed it up with the hundreds of other books I’m squirreling away for me future classroom library. Later, when I wanted to read it, I had no idea where it was. Luckily, the school library had a copy.

Bras and Broomsticks was so much fun. I loved that Rachel’s sister was the one that got magic powers. It was a great twist on the standard “high schooler suddenly discovers she is a witch/ vampire/ magical being”. I also loved the contrast between materialistic, slightly shallow Rachel, and her sister who wants to save the world. When I read reviews of this book, some people commented on how Rachel is a self absorbed, superficial teenager. As a character, she is, but the book is also very self aware of this. That made the difference for me. If the book had tried to tell us that Rachel was mature or anything but your average high schooler, it would have been boring and cliche. But the book doesn’t. The book is very aware of who Rachel is, and purposely plays on this for humor. Additionally, I loved the antics that Rachel and her sister got up to in trying to split up their father and soon to be stepmother. Mild spoiler: it doesn’t work, and their stepmother becomes one of my favorite characters in the later books.

I read the entire Magic in Manhattan quartet that Bras and Broomsticks kicks off. I enjoyed them all. Fluffy and funny. I’m definitely glad I found copies to add to my classroom library.

What have you guys been reading lately? Anyone else read Bras and Broomsticks?

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