I didn't really like how it jumped forward through huge spans of time each section/chapter (one
minute Elphaba's playing with a bunch of kids and the next she's in college; then later Fiyero walks
into Elphaba's room only to disappear in the next chapter). I just think he could've done a smoother
transition somehow in those parts. I just would’ve liked a bit more of Elphaba’s childhood and some
better explanations. It also really bothered me that Elphaba kept guzzling tea (which is made with water, unless they do things quite differently in the land of Oz) and for some reason her esophagus didn’t start smoldering. Why can she drink tea and not just plain water? And what was up with her maybe-son Liir? I just didn’t understand how she could not know whether or not he was her kid. Oh, and it would’ve been helpful if there was some kind of chart at the beginning with the map that explained all the political and religious views, because those kind of went over my head. Other than those few things, I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading more from Gregory Maguire. Now I'm just looking forward to seeing the Wicked musical this week!!