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Book Review: Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks is a story of imagination, adventures and heart-stopping quests. Tuesday McGillcuddy’s mother, Serendipity Smith, who is the most famous writer in the world and best-selling author, had suddenly disappeared from her home. Tuesday and her dog Baxterr must embark on a quest through many obstacles to find her mother. Will she find her mother? She will have to use her wit, courage, creativity and knowledge to find her mother, as she thoroughly discovers a magical world of mystery and danger.

(SPOILER ALERT)

At first glance, Finding Serendipity was a captivating and eye-catching book. I hadn’t read any of the Tuesday McGillyCuddy books before, so I was interested to anticipate what would happen in the series. As soon as I started reading, I had somehow felt that I had read the same book or something similar before. I noticed that the plot was quite repetitive and cliché in a typical fictional book. A three-member family, a mother, father, daughter and dog. The daughter and dog go out on an adventure to a mysterious fantasy story world. Personally, this book slightly disappointed me. It didn’t leave me asking questions and didn’t live up to the expectations. In some parts of the book, there were sudden events that drastically changed the plot of the book, such as a rhyming battle against an almost-dead pirate enemy, Tuesday’s dog almost dying and being strangled, Tuesday receiving a silver ball of string made of words, and Baxterr (Tuesday’s dog) growing large wings and flying away. However, these events were my favourite, as they completely changed the storyline and made it enjoyable and humorous to read. In my opinion, this book wasn’t very cohesive in regard to the storyline that was presented. However, this book had lots of challenging perspectives to think about, and there were lots of powerful metaphors leaving the reader predicting. I also enjoyed how you get to experience different points of views from different characters, such as Serendipity (the mother), Denis (the father), Baxterr (the dog), Tuesday (the main character), Blake (the person that guided Tuesday throughout the magical world of books), Mothwood (the evil and vile pirate destined to kill anyone in his sight) and Vivienne (the main character in a series Serendipity wrote).

In conclusion, I believe this book is targeted to teenage girls, because this book is about friendship and family (not to be stereotypical). Additionally, there are lots of main characters that are girls, so this book could be quite relatable to some teenage girls. Overall, this book was quite pleasant to read but was slightly messy in some parts. I would give this book a 7/10.

10 comments

peegpoog

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3rd Dec, 18
peegpoog

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3rd Dec, 18
peegpoog

In reply to peegpoog

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3rd Dec, 18
bangtantodd

In reply to peegpoog

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3rd Dec, 18
peegpoog

In reply to bangtantodd

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3rd Dec, 18
violet

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6th Dec, 18
bangtantodd

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6th Dec, 18
bobyeet

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6th Dec, 18
spacesoda

Hi! I remember liking this post a while ago and I stumbled upon it again, seeing a few of the 'interesting' comments people have left. If you ever feel uncomfortable, feel free to report the comment, or tell someone at IAD.
Excellent review by the way!
Have a nice day :)

12th Dec, 18
sylvs

Ahhh!!! Such a great review! I read Finding Serendipity back in 2014 or something like that. It was a long time ago but I felt the same as you did. I liked the whole magical string of words but the plot fell a bit and was quite cliche I found as you also said. Anyway your review is beautifully written you should definitely post more on the site!! :)

16th Dec, 18