The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket || Book Review

Not having read this series in my childhood feels like I missed out on a whole chunk of it.

I’ve watched the movie and I loved it, Jim Carrey is a legend, and after reading the book, I realised there were parts included from some of the other books in the series. It doesn’t follow on the events in the exact order but it made sense for the movie.

I haven’t gotten around to watching the series yet, and maybe once I’ve read all the books, I’ll give it a try.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 1999

Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

Plot: from GoodReads:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket


I love the easy writing style, mixed with different explanations and descriptions in the book. 

Not only does it have some big words scattered around, it teaches the meanings of the words as well as how to use them in proper context.

All three of the kids in the book have a special skill that inevitably helps them out of different situations and gives them some kind of hope.

I like Klaus the best because he loves books, so do I and we have that special bond of understanding.

Count Olaf is an interesting despicable character who makes life for the three unbearably miserable, but without his participation, there wouldn’t really be any unfortunate events, now would there?


I love how the book breaks the fourth wall too, and is filled with adventure, or rather misadventure, mystery and some level of suspense.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.98 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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  1. I loved the A Series of Unfortunate Events books as a child though as I borrowed them from the library I can’t remember if I read all of them as I didn’t read them in order 🤣.

    I can remember the Jim Carrey film as well and thought it was really good, the film covers events from the first three books from what I can remember but I haven’t seen the TV series yet.


    • Yes, they definitely used the first three and changed the first one around to give it a good ending. I think I’ll finish the book series first and then give the TV series a try… Although there’s always another book calling 😀


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