Review: Magic, by Mike Russell

Before the universe existed, there was a giant, black, upside-down top hat surrounded by empty, black nothingness.

Magic follows 23-years old Charlie Watson as he writes about how magic exists. And then how it doesn’t exist. And then how it exists again. The story is narrated by Charlie himself and starts with a description of how the world was created.

Magic is… different. I went into this book without any expectations and I was incredibly surprised. Usually, the books I count as good aren’t real page turners. An example of that is The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. It takes time comprehending what you’re reading and therefore it costs a lot of energy. Magic is one of those books. The tone of the book was odd, but it really added to Charlie’s view of the world. The writing style completed the story.

I’ll admit, I was confused throughout the whole first half of the book. And confused about other things in the second half of the book. As I was reading, I wasn’t sure if it was fantasy or not, but everything became clear in the end.

This book contains bullying and depression, and approaches it in a lighthearted way. It doesn’t make the message of Magic any less clear though: there’s magic in even the smallest and common things. You can’t change the world, but you can change your world.

Magic isn’t a real page turner but it’s so much more than that. It’s more than just a story and definitely worth the read.


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