This is a retelling of the story of the Wizard of Oz, from the point of view of the supposed villain of the original, the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba in the novel). I was familiar with the story from the Broadway musical version of the work, but there were many stark differences. The musical is family-friendly whereas the book is far more mature. Characters such as Elphaba, Nessarose, and Boq were far more fleshed out in the book. The characters of Fiyero and Glinda are exaggerated in the musical, and Elphaba is crueler in the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this and provides me with a better understanding of the musical.