I’ll be quite honest about one thing: I am not a huge, huge fan of YA film adaptations. After hating The Hunger Games film, I opted to skip the second one (I still have not seen Catching Fire). I’ve also skipped out on Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, and Vampire Academy. A lot of these films aim to be a blockbuster hit, without really giving much consideration to the book itself. (On a side note, I did enjoy The Fault in Our Stars…) So when I stumbled upon HOW I LIVE NOW on Netflix, I decided to give it a go when I saw that Saoirse Ronan was playing the lead. I generally think that she’s a pretty good actress despite the fact that she was in the adaptation of The Host (which was probably not all her fault that the movie was terrible…).
I heard about the film adaptation of HOW I LIVE NOW (a novel by Meg Rosoff) right after I had read the book, but I never really heard about its release in the US. HOW I LIVE NOW is the story of an American teen, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), who is visiting her family in the English countryside. The country is on the brink of the war, and her aunt is whisked away to Geneva for business. When terrorists attack London, Daisy and her cousins are cut away from the rest of the world. They learn to survive until the war reaches them and they are torn apart. Daisy and her younger cousin Piper try to reunite with the rest of the family amidst the war.
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell Book Review
Publication Date: July 8th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations
Book Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Landline by Rainbow Rowell Book Review Overview:
- Not too plot heavy, but rich in character development
- Realistic romance
- Rainbow Rowell delivers another winner
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Book Review
Publication Date: May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Rating: – Poor
Book Summary: A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
Book Review Overview:
- Found the characters to be really unlikeable
- Surprise ending the lives up to the hype
- As much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn’t
When I started reading WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, I literally had to stop myself from constantly rolling my eyes. The novel is full of rich people problems. The character’s mother and aunts are fighting over the millions in properties that her grandfather owns. They bicker over who is going to inherit once he dies. None of their mothers work real jobs and they rely on the patriarch of the family to support them. Of course, Cadence and her cousins (they dub themselves as the Liars) think that the constant fighting is ridiculous and they just shake their heads while they lounge at the beach of their private island.
But Something happens on the summer of their Fifteenth Year. Something big. Cadence has a head injury and the memory of what happens that summer gets all fuzzy. Two years later, Cadence is back at the island. Everyone tiptoes around her and refuses to talk about what happens.