Practical Magic

Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman
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Practical Magic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
1Katherine1 More than 1 year ago
On the surface this is enjoyable enough-- a great, fun romance story full of all the the right classic ingredients. Then add a smidgen of mystery and a ghost. Finish it off with the all-powerful themes of love, sisterhood, and family, all written with Hoffman's dreamy prose. Simply, this book is an addiction, gorgeous and well-plotted with fantastic characters and development. If you're a hopeless romantic looking for a very real story with just a touch of magic, this is it.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
Being a big Alice Hoffman fan, I enjoyed this one. it has a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
kaydanielle More than 1 year ago
I just finished re-reading. I think it was even better the second time, though I dont know if that is even possible. This story is relatable for everyone - from a 16 year old girl like me, to an adult. There are so many twists and turns as you follow the lives of two sisters. It is magical and mysterious and it is incredibly realistic. Every time I read it I cry because of how the story touches me. Hoffman writes like no other. Must read.
Volligtoll More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was much better than I expected it to be. I saw the movie awhile ago and really liked it and it really isn't anything like the book. Hoffman's writing style takes alittle getting used to but it works very well. This is an amazing story of love in all it's forms and you really fall for all the characters in it. I only wish the aunts had been in it more, I really liked their characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this is one of the best. A little quirky, a little sad, a little magic...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never watched the movie, but many people told me it was great. So instead I picked up the book. This was a cute and heart-felt book. Teaches the importance of family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read to many good books lately and I was about to give up, but I thought one more wouldn't hurt, and now I'm hooked. 'Practical Magical' was so enchanting and had so many emotions I couldn't put it down until I was done with it. It was one of the first books I've read of Alice Hoffman and I'm hoping the other books she has writen are as magical and moving as this one here.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
The author of this book personally told me that the book differed quite a bit from the movie, and she wasn’t exaggerating. That is the reason I read it. The movie is one of my favorites. In the novel, the story focuses a lot more on the third generation, Sally’s daughters. They really only appear as children in the movie. Although, I love Alice’s books, in some ways, I liked the movie version better. It is so well done. However, it was great to read the book, because for me it expanded and deepened the story. I recommend it for everyone, whether or not you are a fan of the popular movie. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the way Alice Hoffman blends reality, fantasy, and romance in the story. I have read the book so many times I've lost count. The affection and sympathy she has for her characters is also a help for the story. The way the book goes from one timeline to another is very well done. Truly, one of my favorites of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book numerous times. There is no other writer who can create magic with her words as well as Alice Hoffman can. This is truly an outstanding novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book, I loaned it to a friend of mine- who loaned to someone else and so on.. . I would love to read it again. Its one of those books that get better each time you read it. I guess I need to buy a new copy. I really recommend it. Its one of my all time favorites.
lexa_stone More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman is a master of magic realism as a genre. Her characters provide both intrigue and delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think hat the author did a great job portraying believable magic intertwined with a wonderful storyabout family and relationships. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly!
VirtualVixen More than 1 year ago
Not my usual read, I got through this and it was ok. Kind of lost myself in it at times and had to trudge through to more exciting parts. Overall not bad, but def not something i would read more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It had so much in it. The story line was really interesting and I adored the characters. It's not really like the movie but that was ok. Usually I would get mad that the movie is different than the book but I love both equally! I would recomend it highly! Read it and enjoy!
Tamara87 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Alice Hoffman is great at conveying magical realism. This book sparked my interest in reading more of that particular genre. This book is invigorating and exciting. It also tells a lot about human nature and relationships. This is not your typical romance or sisterly bond novel. It is filled with realism with a hint of magic and mystery hence the genre, magical realism.
DaniHall More than 1 year ago
i was livened up by this book. i found it very touching, very well written & beautifully told. anyone who has a sister would love to read this book! the characters were wonderfully portrayed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this is one of my favorite books. I recommend it to as many girlfriends of mine that I can because I loved it so much. The description is excellent, and the very plot is outstanding. So much better than the movie. Go read it, now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable read. Perhaps it is lacking in something that's rather hard to pinpoint... it seems as if these characters have appeared in every one of Hoffman's books, like she has some kind of archetypical system. Nonetheless, "Practical Magic" is a great novel that displays Hoffman's talent for depth within simplicity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the book. i suggest that everybody read it. i think that the movie and the book were great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was one of the best books I have ever sat down to read, it stays on my coffee table all the time. In a way I think in most ways I'm like sally most, because like her I long for love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just a great read. Fun. You laugh, you cry. You leave your worries behind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this book! It was WONDERFUL!!!!!!! I could not put it down! It is one that I could read over & over again!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great. My sister and I are very close and it reminded me so much of us. Its very well written and the coolest book ever!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I't has always been hard for me to actually get into a book. But this book showed me what a real book is supposed to be like. I couldn't get my head out of it. The outline was awsome and the description of everything was wonderful. I would definetly recomend this book to my friends and family, I can't wait to read it again.