Teen Review: “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith

Cassandra Mortmain, aspiring to be a writer, decides to capture the essence of the castle she and her family live in, its inhabitants, and the drama that takes place within its walls. Her father, a famous writer, has yet to be inspired since his first, and for anyone can tell his last, book. Cassandra’s stepmother Topaz is an exotic woman who used to model for painters but settled down once she found Mortmain. Cassandra’s sister Rose has no ambition other than finding a handsome man and living in the lap of luxury for the rest of her life. Thomas, the youngest sibling, is bright but never around since he attends school every day. If only one of them could inspire Mortmain to write another book. Having no way of providing for themselves, the Mortmains live an absolutely impoverished life, barely eating and with no hope of rescue. That is until the Cottons show up. This story is a favorite of J.K. Rowling. It is a classic that truly draws you in. There are no fairytale endings, but there are some picturesque moments.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

 "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith book cover

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