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The idea of magic practiced in daily suburban life is a fun and interesting premise, but the actual execution misses the mark. Perhaps I was expecting Alice Hoffman's ethereal prose and lyrical dialogue. This book has whimsical moments, but the overall tone isn't sustained. I expected more bravery from Allison and was disappointed by the cartoon-like nature of some of the other characters. The message of using magic and personal power for positive purposes is a good one. This is a light, beach read, but it had the potential to be so much more.
I didn't adore this book but it was a pretty fun summer read. I found it hard to connect to the characters, and I didn't enjoy the flashbacks very much--I felt like they slowed the pace of the story a bit. Still, overall it was enjoyable and I liked the resolution a lot.