Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – spoiler free

Wow! Where do I start with this gem of a read.

I’m sure most people are familiar with the movie adaption of this book. I first watched it as a teen, not long after I’d discovered Paganism and witchcraft actually. It was years before I realised it was based on a book, and then some before I’d finally got around to reading it.

The book is VERY different to the movie, and better in so many ways. It contains so much that isn’t in the film, and the ages of Sally’s daughter are older too. There are a few aspects of the book that I prefer in the film and vise versa, I must stress that unlike the film, this book isn’t suitable for a teen audience.

A huge chunk of the story that happens early on in the movie, doesn’t happen until a bit later in the book, and the aunts aren’t around as much as in the film adaption, which having seen the film first was a little disappointing as they are such great characters.

I’m trying to leave this review spoiler-free, so I’ll leave it there.

Rated 4/5 stars.

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