Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Rating25 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: YA | Retelling
Pages: 452
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon | B&N 




First Line: I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday—one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.


Blurb: I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, do you?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. TO be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


I picked up this book in 2014 right after it was published simply based on its cover and title. I have loved Wizard of Oz and every remaking of it since I was a child. There is no denying my love for the strange and unusual. So when you throw a book at me titled “Dorothy Must Die” I am intrigued.

After buying the book I made the same mistake I always make. I read reviews about it. Let me tell you, not all the reviews are nice. Actually a good many that I read, or half read, were not so great. Not too many people enjoyed this book. So, this book sat on my shelf until this past month.

I hadn’t even read the first line of the book (or rather the first paragraph) before I decided I would wait until last minute to pick it up. I am so mad at myself for waiting this long to read it.

I read the first line and I was instantly hooked. I was mad at Amy’s life and the fact that she felt like she was trash. And I hated so much that there was a bully, picking on this poor girl who didn’t have the greatest home life. Not to mention the bully was a high school girl already pregnant.

I was captivated from the beginning. And then there was a tornado that sweeps Amy away and brings her to Oz, just as it had done Dorothy, only this time Oz is not the wondrous place it once was.

When Dorothy left Oz, she didn’t stay gone. She came back and she basically destroyed Oz and the beauty it was known for. Sure, she killed the wicked witches, but she replaced those witches with something much worse. A nobody farm girl trying to be more.

Now that Amy has found herself in Oz and just happens to also be from Kansas, everyone expects her to be the one to save them from the horror that Dorothy has become.

Amy is such a lovely character. She may complain a little about where she is and claim she isn’t qualified to save all of Oz, but she eventually sucks it up and does only what she can, she tries. And even through the heartbreak and torture she has suffered in her life, she still has a heart of gold and a need to save the people she can.

I may have had some issues, believing that Dorothy could become the great evil she has become, but the book explains pretty well how a good little farm girl like Dorothy could become a power hungry villain and I am somewhat okay with it.

Danielle Paige is a brilliant author and I love what she has done with this book. I am only sad that I don’t have the next book on hand to continue the story right now.

I don’t understand the negative reviews that this book has received, or maybe it was just the early reviews. I loved every second of this book and it helped me get out of my reading slump.

Have you read Dorothy Must Die?? What did you think?


11 thoughts on “Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

  1. The Grand World of Books says:

    I have not read any of the books in this series yet, but I am intrigued by it. I, too, read all the negative reviews, though, and decided not to buy them, but to wait until I had enough time (and patience) to borrow them from the library. However, reading this review, I think I will go back to my original plan of trying to buy them. I love the Wizard of Oz as well, so I think I will also love this book.

  2. tj6james6 says:

    The Nook App seems to be hiding in the App Store 😦
    I managed to borrow a copy from somebody so I will find out this week if it’s as good as this review makes it sound 🙂

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