Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time

With the upcoming movie release, we raced to the bookstore to grab our copy of Madeleine Engle’s widely recognized middle-grade novel, A Wrinkle in Time. This highly anticipated film releases this week, Friday, March 9th, 2018.

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A Wrinkle in Time

The Book at a Glance:

  • Title: A Wrinkle in Time
  • Author: Madeleine L’Engle
  • POV: 1st Person
  • Genre: MG Science Fiction
  • Theme(s): Family, Love
  • Setting: The Universe
  • Single Word Descriptor: Charming

The Summary: A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murry is an awkward thirteen-year-old girl in the throes of a messy school year. Her teachers don’t like her and her principal doesn’t understand her. They all blame her odd behavior on the abandonment of her father.

Except, Meg knows her dad would never abandon them.

When his weekly letters stop coming in the post, the town’s whispered gossip is that Mr. Murry has left his beautiful and loving wife and four children to run off with another woman. But Meg believes something else has happened. Her father, a brilliant scientist, was employed by the government on a secret assignment, involving something only her mother has ever heard of: the tesseract.

On a dark and stormy night, an odd stranger turns Meg’s life upside-down and sets her, her five-year-old brother Charles, and Calvin—one of the most popular boys in school— on the path to saving her father from a malevolent entity.

My Favorite Part:

It was refreshing reading something older that didn’t dance around the notion that God exists. In Madeleine L’Engle’s book, love, light, beauty and free will are of God. Hate, darkness and control are evil and of the devil. It will be interesting to see how the world we live in now will twist this Christian-based book into something that fits our religion-shamed, offense-filled society.

My Least Favorite Part:

Being an older novel, it took a while to get to the action, but once it did, I really enjoyed it. I worry that this will be another instance where the book far exceeds the cinema retelling, destroying any chance of me liking the movie (case in point, see our review of Murder on the Orient Express).

Kate’s Take:

I had so much fun revisiting this childhood classic. The main characters sparkle, each of them a fish out of water in their own way. The message of the book—that free will and independent thought belong to a Greater Good—rings true today as much as it did when A Wrinkle in Time came out.

Jill’s Take:

I first read A Wrinkle in Time when I was in fourth grade and really enjoyed it. It’s a very unique book with a happy ending. As Kate mentioned, there are many timeless and true messages woven throughout the story.