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How to Succeed in Witchcraft

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Modern-day witch story has fun while making a strong point.

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This solid first novel has a lot going for it that teens will relate to, even teens who aren't all that into magical fantasy. How to Succeed in Witchcraft feels solidly rooted in the present day, with splashes of magic throughout to add flair and intrigue. It's brimming with positive representations of people of color and same-sex romance, but doesn't shy away from issues like racism, micro aggression, bias, equal access to education, and parallels to the #MeToo movement.

Narrator Shay's voice is believable and relatable, and teens of all backgrounds will find a lot of her experiences easy to relate to, like intense pressure to get into college; juggling work, school, friendships, and romance; and figuring out how, or whether, to pick your battles. And the intensity is well balanced with funny banter and colorful supporting characters. Some strong language and mature handling of complicated topics make it best for teens and up.

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