So I haven’t actually finished How To Hang A Witch entirely, but from the first turn of the page I knew it was going to be right up my street. Sam Mather is such a relatable character – witty, sarcastic and socially awkward, I feel like many young adults can find elements of themselves in her on some level. She is the epitome of a modern-day heroine; she knows where she stands and what she wants in the world, and I think that her fiery persona could become the ultimate role model to young middle-grade teenage girls out there.Yet at the same time, the bewitching, murky tale of events that run at an incredible pace throughout the novel distances the audience from the situation in order to fully appreciate the language and developed characters.
I love the ‘cliquey’ type of style to describe the Descendants, the group of teenage girls and guys who are direct ancestors to those involved in the Salem Witch Trials hundreds of years before. When the reader comes to realise that all of the strangely suspicious actions that are happening in Salem are linked to Sam in some way, they instantly begin to question – are Sam and the Descendants cursed? Will there forever be a shadow cast over Salem and all the people who live in it? This was such an easy yet enjoyable read, where I learnt more about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600’s than I ever could have done from history textbooks. Anyone with a love for Mean Girls/ V for Vendetta should defo give this book a go. It’s typically aimed at the middle-grade area but as a young adult myself, How To Hang A Witch was a very relaxed and pleasant read.
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