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Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMe & Earl & the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Book vs. Film Review
Publication Date: March 1st 2012 by Amulet Books
Rating: – Acceptable

Book Summary: This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling “a touchstone for its generation” and “an instant classic.”

Book Review Overview:

  • Strong voice, but the humor can be love it or hate it
  • Characters are better developed in the film
  • Questionable portrayal of race
  • Overall, I enjoyed the movie 10x more than the book

This is not usually the type of review I write on my blog, but after watching Me & Earl & the Dying Girl at the theaters with my best friend, I was inspired. I loved the movie so much that I wanted to read the book. (Disclaimer: I’m usually a book-before-film kind of girl.)

Before I go into my review, I’ll remind everyone that I’m the type of person who prefers not to watch every single young adult adaptation. Ever since I took the Lit to Film class in college, I found myself excessively critical of any book-to-film adaptations. In general, when I do make it out to the theaters, I have very low expectations… I’ve been disappointed by way too many YA films (*cough*HungerGames*cough*).

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PS I Still Love You by Jenny HanP.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han Book Review
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2
Publication Date: Date
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Book Review Overview:

  • Lara Jean is my spirit animal
  • I can’t get enough of the Song sisters!
  • Not as good as the first book, but still a satisfying read

I bought a book! An actual hardcover book! Despite wanting to support the publishing industry, I admit I’m a huge fan of the library. So you know it’s a big deal when I actually buy a copy of a book. After months of waiting, I finally got to read P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han, the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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Rivals in the City by YS LeeRIVALS IN THE CITY by Y.S. Lee Book Review
Series: The Agency, #4
Publication Date: March 10th 2015 by Candlewick Press
Rating:  – Acceptable

Book Summary: In a tale steeped in action, romance, and the gaslit intrigue of Victorian London, Mary Quinn’s detective skills are pitted against a cunning and desperate opponent.

Mary Quinn has a lot on her mind. James Easton, her longtime love interest, wants to marry her; but despite her feelings, independent-minded Mary hesitates. Meanwhile, the Agency has asked Mary to take on a dangerous case: convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and Mary must watch for the return of his estranged wife, an accomplished criminal herself who has a potentially deadly grudge against James. Finally, a Chinese prizefighter has arrived in town, and Mary can’t shake a feeling that he is somehow familiar. With the stakes higher than ever, can Mary balance family secrets, conflicting loyalties, and professional expertise to bring a criminal to justice and find her own happiness?

Book Review Overview:

  • I like how the series comes to a full circle and revisits the Thorold family
  • Not a lot of Mary and James in this book
  • Least favorite book in the series

After years of waiting, I finally had a chance to read Rivals in the City, the last book the the Agency series by Y.S. Lee. The Agency series is one of my favorites; I love the combination of history, romance, and mystery.

I really enjoyed how the series came to a full circle in this final installment. When Mr. Thorold falls deathly ill in jail, Miss Treleaven solicits Mary one last time to track down Mrs. Thorold. Mrs. Thorold has been living abroad for the past few years to evade authorities for the crimes linked to her husband’s cargo ships. Because Mrs. Thorold is a master at deception, Mary is the person most likely to track her down and uncover her plans.

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