Shouldn't You Be in School? (All the Wrong Questions)

Lemony Snicket
Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?Maybe you should be in school?


Reviewed: 2020-07-22

Originally written in 2015

Lemony Snicket knows how to tell interesting stories and it doesn’t matter if they are the Baudelaires or his own.

Shouldn’t You Be In School is the third book in the All the Wrong Questions series which will end with the fourth book and focuses on Snickets investigations in Stain’d-by-the-Sea. In the third book we follow his investigations of the Department of Education, a department which isn’t what it seems. The story is told in an interesting and entertaining way which is what I expected. It shouldn’t be too surprising that if you are an adult and you read this book you will probably find the answers to most mysteries rather quickly, but if I’m honest: I found myself less interested in the story and more interested in what we got next to that. The thing I loved about this book is that we finally get some information on the mysterious organization that accompanies us since ASOUE and Snicket is a part of. It’s not a lot of information, but it’s something and it gave me a feeling of satisfaction.

Snicket as a character remains a likable, witty teenager who is smart and maybe sometimes acts different than most kids his age would. But I think this is why I love him as much as I do. As in the previous stories we meet new characters which are entertaining, sometimes a bit weird, but definitely a great addition to the main cast. A thing I highly appreciated in this book compared to the others is how Snickets relationship with his chaperone developed. I didn’t realized that I wanted the relationship of these two to change as I always saw it as another relationship on the level of the Baudelaires with their respective care taker in ASOUE which equals to: something not really important. Now that it happened I found myself loving the development as it not only helped their relationship, but also the characters as individuals. I think this is also the reason why I ended up enjoying Shouldn’t You Be In School as much as I did.

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