She reads! The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
This is the first book by Alice Hoffman that I've read and I absolutely love it!
Susanna Owens' rules
No walking in the moonlight,no red shoes, no wearing black , no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic and never, ever, fall in love.
This is a prequel to Hoffman's Practical Magic, which I haven't read and, don't kill me professional witches, but I've also never seen the movie.
So I really based my decision to buy this book from my local bookstore on the cover. I know, I know, bibliophiles are up in arms rn, but bitch how else can I know if I want to buy it if I don't look at the cover and read it.
I've been following Reese Witherspoon's Book Club on Instagram for all of six months and haven't participated so when I saw the little Reese's Book Club sticker on the front I was like WELL NOW IS MY CHANCE TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MYSELF.
So I bought it. Apparently the New York Times liked it, USAToday Liked it as did an old fave, Oprah.
I think you can watch booktube reviews that don't spoil it for you. But I will not extend that same courtesy.
First, the summary. This prequel follows aunts and uncle of the Owens sisters in Practical Magic. Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens are followed from their childhood into their adulthood. I didn't expect this, but I absolutely love Hoffman for that.
The kids are magical and they don't really think they are and don't allow themselves to be magical and practice their powers until they visit Aunt Isabelle for the summer.
This isn't a spooky book and Hoffman does a wonderful job of weaving mystic into "real life" between the 1960s and 1970s in America.
I found myself invested in the characters and I then twice found myself blubbering, snotting once when Jet went inside Levi's bedroom and then when Haylin died.
Bitch I like this book and I highly recommend. It's a quick read, it's a quiet read, good to read before bed. I have to stop this post now because my computer is as old as I am and she's starting to crack her bones or whatever the fuck and she's so slow.
Help me buy a computer by donating to me! It'll be for a moderately good cause and if you want I can send you more photos of my feet or do an asmr podcast for you. JUST KIDDING.
Though I don't shame you for your fetishes unless your fetish is something illegal, then I shame the fuck out of you.