Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.

Book Rating


Book Review

Okay, first of all, let me start by saying I absolutely adored A Wrinke in Time when I was younger. I mean, I loved it. I wanted to re-read the book to remember the storyline before the new movie came out. That cast looks absolutely phenomenial and I will definitely still be watching the movie. However, I was sorely disappointed in the book when I was reading it as an adult, and I am still so very surprised that it changed so much for me. I know that this is an unpopular opinion, so let me explain myself.

I started out the book giddy with excitement, going to re-live my childhood days. All of it has a faint sense of dejavu, it’s been years. I remember Meg being someone I felt as a child that I could somewhat relate to and identify with on some level. This time around, I started out liking her well enough, and throughout the book started growing quite annoyed with her. I get that she is a young girl, but throughout the book she is angry, sulking, overreacting, quick to hate others, and always quick to act towards someone who didn’t treat her the way she wanted “like she would Mr. Jenkins”, which got annoying really quick.

I mean, I get that she’s on this impossible mission and that it could very well be deadly, but she is extremely harsh on herself, she’s always looking for a hand to hold and latching onto the last thing that shows her affection, and she seems to seek validation more than is healthy. She has a temper, seems to sulk, and is extremely stubborn. She whines, comlpains, and blames. I dont like her! I know, I know, people are going to start throwing tomatoes at me or something…but I promised to be honest, it’s in my tagline!!

Not only did I become extremely irritated with Meg, I fail to see what is so special about Charles Wallace besides the fact that he is an extremely creepy, grown acting child. The book says he is 4 ot 5, yet he is using words and knowing things no four or five year old could possibly know, I don’t care how high his IQ is or whatever. Also, if he is as smart as the book portrays, he really does some dumb things. I’m having a really hard time picturing a 5 year old even saying what Charles Wallace says, I’ve also noticed that in the new movie they had to get an actor that is 9. in the earlier movies a kid who is 10…further proving my point that no 5 year old on earth would ever act or speak like Charles Wallace.

Plus, if I went to the kitchen like Meg does in the beginning of the book and my little brother had been waiting smugly for me already putting milk on the stove for me “knowing I was coming down”, I would definitely question if he was possessed or something. I mean, can 5 year olds even safely operate a stove? I think not.

On top of that, the whole mission irks me a bit. It was never explained what they had to do and why they had to do it. The Black Thing was a portrayal of evil but was The Black Thing and IT one and the same or was IT a result of the Black Thing? They did a lot of things “because what else could they do?” Which seemed unreasonable. None of the actions they took seemed to have a thought out reason or meaning. Also, I have so many questions at the end of the book. It didn’t wrap up nicely. What happened to the planet they were on? How long were they on the mission? How did they explain their disappearance? Etc.

I could keep going, there are more things that bothered me, but this is quite long already so I think I will stop complaining about it here. I honestly would have rated this probably 2/5 stars, but the child in me who adored this book won’t let me, so I bumped it up a little.


  1. Jane Robbins

    Amy, I am so disappointed. I cant read this review because I just got the book from the Westport book fair so I can read it. Either again or for the first time….can’t remember! It’s number eight on my stack of books I have bought since Thanksgiving that need to be read because I keep inserting others!


    1. Everyone else seems to still love it!! Maybe I just have an unpopular opinion.


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