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Review – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

Everything Everything

By Nicola Yoon

SummaryMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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Review:

I avoided Everything Everything after hearing some criticism about the ending and not really being sure if it was a book I’d enjoy in the first place. A few months ago, I read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and it was very good, so I decided I’d amend my decision to not read Everything Everything. It fit a category for my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and was decently priced at the store.

I devoured the book within a matter of hours. To be fair, that is the norm for me and contemporary novels, but it is still normally a sign that I’ve enjoyed the book.

Everything Everything was written in a way that just sort of sucked me in and I couldn’t get enough. The fact that I knew the twist based on reading other reviews when the “hype” around it was happening did not hinder my enjoyment at all. In fact, knowing how it ended made me pay close attention to some of the dynamics in the book and I appreciated the twist more because it still fit with the story and the behaviors of characters in the story. 

I prefer The Sun is Also a Star because it more closely explored the cultural aspects of both Jamaican and Korean cultures and what it means to be those things and be American, but I think Everything Everything delivered a story with diverse characters as well. My only real complaint is that I wish there was more depth in regards to the medical aspect, though I imagine it would’ve been difficult to incorporate that knowing the story. 

Everything Everything wasn’t realistic, but it wasn’t annoyingly so. I felt like it captured emotions and the essence of falling in love and being a teenager well, even if it wasn’t completely grounded in reality. I definitely recommend the book for a short and sweet contemporary YA read.

Star 4

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5 Things on Sunday – Songs

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5 Things on Sunday

Hosted by Reads and Treats

Five Favorite Songs

 

My taste in music is all over the place, so I’m going to keep this limited to music from movies based on books!

1. The Misty Mountains Cold by the cast of Dwarves from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It was exactly how I imagined it in the book!

 

 

2. Earned It by The Weeknd from the Fifty Shades of Gray soundtrack. Not a huge fan of the book or the movie, but I love this song and I think it fits well. 

 

 

3. Elastic Heart by Sia from Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Ok, this is sort of cheating because I actually just love th song and happened to find out it is on this soundtrack. I don’t even remember hearing it in the movie or anything. But I chose it because it’s one of my favorite songs anyway. 

 

 

4. Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. There seriously couldn’t be a more perfect song for this story. 

 

 

5. Literally every song from the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. He captured the essence of the story so well. And it’s even more haunting because it’s a true story. 

 

Feature and Follow Friday – Book To Movie

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Feature and Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week’s prompt:

Books you want to see as a film or tv show:

You by Caroline Kepnes would make a great movie.

 

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin would be an awesome TV series.

Illuminae would be an epic movie, it’s already slightly in the right format. It would be so perfect!

 

I chose these three because I feel like it wouldn’t be super far fetched to make a GOOD adaptation out of them. There are some awesome series I’d love to see, but just can’t imagine it would work the way I’d like (like the Shatter Me series or Throne of Glass, which unfortunately ARE becoming TV shows)

 

Feature and Follow Friday – Book to Movie Excitement

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Feature and Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week’s prompt

What Movie from Book coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?

 

Before I Fall 

 

Based on the book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I love the book so much. 

 


Top Ten Tuesday – Movies

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Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Nine Movies I Like That Are Based On Books And Are Equal To or Better Than The Book

 

1. Stardust (Stardust by Neil Gaiman)

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)

3. The Fault in Our Stars (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

4. John Carter (The Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs)

5. I Am Legend (I Am Legend by Richard Mathewson)

6. Children of Men (The Children of Men by PD James)

7. White Oleander (White Oleander by Janet Fitch

8. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis)

9. Paper Towns (Paper Towns by John Green)

 

Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

SummaryA mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Source: I purchased a movie tie-in paperback

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Review:

**** I read this book a few years ago and I remember not liking it. But I couldn’t remember why and I think I was expecting a horror novel and that’s not really what the book is. With the movie coming out, I decided to reread. I went back and read my earlier review and it turns out I read it the week I quit smoking 4 years ago… And that’s probably why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like anything that week! ****

I am so glad I decided to reread this book. The movie previews captured my attention and it motivated me to reread, though it’s been something I wanted to do for the past couple of years. 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a unique book that combined the vintage creepy photographs we all look at and wonder about and the supernatural. The author was able to weave a fantastic tale using those creepy photographs without turning them into a haunted freak show and I have to give the author credit for that. Maybe that’s what I originally wanted when I read the book years ago, but this time around I admired the author for not going the predictable route with the story. 

I’m still a little underwhelmed by the lack of focus on the abilities of the peculiar children. It still feels like they could’ve been perfectly normal and the plot still would have worked for Jacob’s character growth. They could have been ghosts or regular children who were just forgotten, and instead were peculiar to fit into the vintage photograph idea. However, this is book one and I think the rest of the series will likely be more action packed and perhaps rely more on the peculiar nature of the children. 

Still, the book was creative and intriguing and I did enjoy the story now that I’m in the right frame of mind and knew that it wasn’t a horror novel.

I still don’t know that I’ll read the sequel, but I enjoyed the book and I’m glad I reread it. I will definitely see the movie. 

Star 4

 

Previous Review from 2011:

“I think it was last year when I first heard of this book and saw the cover. Since that moment, I’ve been wanting to read this book. It just looked like my kind of weird! I requested it from the library and have been on the waiting list for what seemed like ages, but I thought it was fitting that I’d get this at the beginning of October.

I’m not quite sure what I expected from this book, but it started out a little slow for me and I was surprised by how normal it was up until I was about 30% through. I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed by the story and wasn’t really sure where it was going. It picked up from that point onward and ended up being really weird like I originally expected. 

I don’t think I cared much for the narrator, Jacob, and I felt as if I would have rather read a story written from his grandfather’s point of view instead. Even though the book did end up being more like what I expected towards the middle, I felt like it kept escalating exponentially and got a little unbelievable. My reactions while reading went from “Hmm, this seems rather normal” to “This is definitely getting good” to “Wait, what? This seems kind of ridiculous, now.” 

I do like the fact that this story was written around real photographs and it was a well written and page turning novel. There was definitely an element of weirdness and creepiness that I enjoyed, especially with the additions of the pictures in the text. I just felt like the plot kind of got out of hand towards the end and I didn’t care much for the narrator. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it was worth the read. I rated it low because I guess I expected something more, despite how creative it was. Perhaps I’m being a little unfair because it’s day #5 of me not smoking and it has some impact on my judgment at the moment. I’m not sure.”

Book to Movie Review–Gone Girl

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Gone Girl
 

Movie Summary (from IMDb): With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Book Review:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book to Movie Thoughts:

I went to the theater on opening night. I wanted to sit in a theater with people who had no idea what was going to happen next. I was afraid over time the plot would be spoiled and everyone would know the plot within a few weeks. Having watched the reactions of people reading the book, I expected the same sorts of shock and disbelief in the theater.

The movie was pretty good. The casting of Nick was perfect, as Ben Affleck played the likeable husband that you also can’t stand because he’s such a schmuck. I think every character was casted perfectly except for Amy. And she was only half bad because she played the other half of her role perfectly. I knew it would be hard to be satisfied with the chosen actress because her character was so complex. I thought the movie turned her into a colder, bitchier version of herself in her diary and it made the rest of her personality easy to predict. The book was so much better in this regard.
The movie captured so much of the twisted plot and characters of the book. In almost every way, it was well done. Only minor changes were made, mostly to the details of certain events, but the overall event was still much the same.

I only have two complaints. One, the biggest twist and most major moment was so predictable in the movie. Maybe I just knew it was coming. Maybe Amy’s diary had more of an impact on me in the book. But even the people I was with guessed the next part and that was such a disappointment. The twist in the book floored me absolutely and I wanted the movie to do the same. The movie did a better job in forming the final moments of Nick and Amy, but missed the mark with the beginning of the lives and the impression they gave to one another and to the audience.

My other complaint involves another aspect of the book that the movie didn’t quite hit. The writing was incredible. Nick hit the nail on the head with so many of his reflections on life, marriage, and today’s world. Amy’s cool girl passage was so spot on. And the movie tried to hit those moments in the narration, but I think it was hard to do it as well as the book. For that reason, I think skipping the book in favor of the movie would be a huge mistake. You just don’t get Nick or Amy without the book.

As I suspected, the internet is filled with Gone Girl spoilers and disgruntled people who were mad enough about the ending to spoil it for everyone else. I’m glad I saw it before any of that happened. I don’t understand what it is about twists that gets everyone so mad, but those same people complain about predictability. The movie audience is a lot harder to please sometimes than readers, but both seem to prefer endings and stories that follow a pattern instead of breaking the mold and that’s a shame. Gone Girl was awesome!

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