Hello there, and happy Wednesday! I’m here today chatting about book-to-movie adaptions. With Netflix and Hulu especially, we can look forward to more (hopefully!) amazing adaptations in the coming years.
Book-to-movie adaptations are hard because usually there’s already an established fanbase of the book. They have certain things that are imperative to following from the books, and some details, unfortunately, have to get left out. Some adaptations are so bad that the author doesn’t even endorse the movie (can anyone say Percy Jackson?).
Today I want to talk about some of the best book-to-movie adaptations that I’ve seen and loved.
Dumplin’ Originally a YA novel by Julie Murphy, this movie hit the small screen on December 7, 2018. Thanks to Netflix, people everywhere (in America at least, I’m unclear about the rights within other countries) were able to see this fantastic movie. This movie follows Willowdean Dickson, the fat daughter of a beauty queen. Grappling with the loss of her aunt, Willowdean goes searching to become the woman her aunt always saw in Willowdean. Willowdean decides to rebel by entering the pageant her mother won all those years ago. Let me tell you, guys, I had so much fun watching this movie! I felt that it was a great one with proper representation. This one is definitely one you want to consider watching over and over again. Be sure to check out the book first! You can add it on Goodreads and read my review of it here.
2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
I was super excited for this book to become a movie. I absolutely adore Jenny Han, and this series means a lot to me. I was not disappointed! Released in late summer, this movie was perfect to wrap up the season and get people back in the mood for that sweet high school romance. This movie is an ode to sisters and makes itself right at home among the classic 80s movies starring Lana Candor and Noah Centineo. This movie also does a great job with representation thanks to Han fighting for the Song Sisters not to be white-washed. Don’t miss out on this movie! (Unfortunately, it’s only available on Netflix as well.) I highly encourage you reading the book first! Add it on Goodreads.
3. The Hate U Give
For some reason, it took me a little bit of time to really read this book, but once I did, it was awesome. This movie was phenomenal. I saw it twice in theaters, and both times I cried. The story follows Starr Carter, a girl who feels caught between her worlds of living in her poor neighborhood and going to a wealthier private school across town. When she witnesses her childhood best friend get shot by a white cop, Starr becomes the key witness on the case. Tensions rise and sides are taken. Make it a double-feature and add the book on Goodreads.
4. Love, Simon
Originally titled Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this movie is the perfect one to watch on your night in. I absolutely loved the book and when I found out it was becoming a movie I think I squealed out loud. Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a not-so-out gay teen in Georgia, when he begins exchanging emails with the elusive Blue, another gay student at his high school. As Blue and Simon get to know each other more, their secrecy is threatened when someone blackmails Simon with the emails. Navigating an increasingly tense friend group and his suddenly uncertain relationship, Simon finds he needs to step out of his comfort zone. I highly recommend you read this book first! It was so good, and I love all of Becky’s novels. Add it on Goodreads and read my review.
What are some of the YA adaptations that you have seen lately? Have you seen any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi there! Let’s start off the day by welcoming this awesome new book into this world!
Your Own Worst Enemy
by Gordon Jack
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, and protests makes for a ridiculous and hilarious political circus in Gordon Jack’s second highly satirical novel. Perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Frank Portman.
They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Unless you’re student body president at Lincoln High School. Then you get all the responsibility but none of the power. And the three candidates running for president know all about that.
Stacey Wynn is the front-runner, but she didn’t count on Julia Romero entering this race. Julia is challenging Stacey for the title while also putting the moves on Stacey’s campaign adviser and only friend, Brian. And then there is Tony Guo, the way outsider. Tony is usually oblivious to the school’s political campaigning, as he’s oblivious to anything that isn’t about getting high and drinking all the Space Cow chocolate milk he can stomach. But when his favorite beverage is banned at school, a freshman political “mastermind” convinces Tony to become the voice of the little guy. But what kind of voice is that, really?
If this were an ordinary high school election, the winner would be whichever candidate was the most popular. But this year, each candidate may have to sink to a new low to win an election that could change the course of…very little.
Gordon Jack always wanted to be a writer. In third grade, he put that on his “What I want to be when I grow up” list, just behind astronaut and professional dog walker. While working towards this goal, he had jobs as an advertising copywriter, English teacher, librarian, and semi-professional dog walker.The Boomerang Effect was his first novel. He lives in San Francisco with his family.
I really enjoyed this book, and I really enjoyed all the different voices represented in this novel. The cast of characters were engaging and dynamic, and they had their own motives for acting the way they did in the novel.
The very beginning was really good, and it hooked me until the end. The more I read, the more I wanted to know more about them. I didn’t really like Stacey and Tony, but I think they were still dynamic characters. They had a lot to grow from. I didn’t really connect to them on a personal level.
I think Julia was one of the most relatable characters. Her feelings of not fitting in because of her culture and the way she looks was something I feel many people can understand. I think it’s important to note that she resisted a lot of the racialization that people did of her.
The premise of the student government was really well done. I really enjoyed reading about the different strategies used by each candidate. I think they really represented different approaches used by politicians today.
Overall, this was a fun read. I wish I had had more time to read it at a time!
Happy new book Tuesday everyone! I have to say that behind Friday, Tuesdays are my favorite days of the week. There is always something new to be had on this day! I absolutely love finding new reads on these days. Today I get to bring to you the amazing new book co-written by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. They are so amazing, and this book is DELIGHTFUL. Thank you so much to the publicist for sending me a copy for review! This in no way affected the way I read and reviewed this book.
Title: What If It’s Us
Authors: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 9, 2018
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD OH MY GOD I CAN’T BELIEVE I GOT TO READ IT AHEAD OF TIME I COULD HAVE DIED!!!! I really need everyone else to read this so we can scream together.
I love the beginning of the book. It starts off with Arthur enjoying New York and being the biggest nerd ever about it. I love how unabashedly he has no chill. It reminded me of myself a bit. (I’m quite horrible at having chill at most things, and it was refreshing to read about someone who is just like that.) I feel like Arthur wouldn’t know what chill is if it hit him in the face. BUT THAT IS OKAY.
Ben was a really good character too. He struggles a lot with feeling accepted in different communities, and I could relate to him a lot on that. He’s a great balance to Arthur’s character. He’s got a lot of surface level chill, but underneath he has about as much as Arthur. I love how complex he is, and it shows through the little gestures and thoughts.
All of the side characters were also awesome. I loved Dylan and Ben’s relationship. It reminded me of my best friend. They’re a great duo. Even their parents were fun. I loved them all. I loved this whole book with my whole heart.
The dates were definitely something that would have happened to me, but the meet cute was something that would never. IT WAS SO CUTE. You could tell how much they liked each other by how many times they kept forgiving and trying to work on it. Usually people give up after two dates if they go sour. They’re so hopeful, and that made me rooting for them the whole time.
This was truly excellent. I had a lot of fun reading about everyone in this book. I wish I got more in the end, but I don’t anticipate a sequel with the ending they have. (Not a sad ending!) You need to go read this right now!
Hello there and happy Sunday!! I’m happy to be here again with another book that will come to you this Tuesday. Thank you to the publicist for sending me an early review copy! This in no way affected how I read and reviewed this text.
Title: The Perfect Candidate
Author: Peter Stone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Expected release: October 2, 2018
My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars
From debut author Peter Stone comes a heart-stopping, pulse-pounding political thriller that’s perfect for fans of Ally Carter and House of Cards.
When recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship with Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC, he thinks it is his ticket out of small town captivity. When he lacks connections and Beltway polish he makes up in smarts, and he soon finds a friend and mentor in fellow staffer Ariel Lancaster.
That is, until she winds up dead.
As rumors and accusations about her death fly around Capitol Hill, Cameron’s low profile makes him the perfect candidate for an FBI investigation that he wants no part of. Before he knows it—and with his family’s future at stake—he discovers DC’s darkest secrets as he races to expose a deadly conspiracy.
If it doesn’t get him killed first.
This book was pretty good overall, but slow paced in the beginning. It was really hard to get into at first, so I think that’s why I rated it lower than a four. I had a hard time getting used to Cameron’s voice, and I didn’t quite mesh with it.
This story starts right away with Cameron taking a taxi into Washington D. C. I really liked that Stone included a character from Cameron’s past so it threw a potential ally to him. Right away you could tell that Cameron was an outsider to this world. Something that confused me was why he arrived later than his housemates. Right away I liked his housemate Zeph. I could tell he would be a fun character throughout the novel.
The mystery portion of the book doesn’t start until a few chapters in, and I was curious to see how things would go down. I was sad to see Ariel go because she was a cool character, but I knew going into it to not get too attached to her.
I feel like the investigation portion of the book could have been more compelling. I wasn’t as invested as I felt that I should be. I think part of it could have been that I didn’t really connect with Cameron’s voice.
Something really surprising was the ending. I think this leaves the opportunity for a sequel in the least, if I got the final reveal correctly.
Overall, this book wasn’t too much for me, but I really think this could be a good book for someone else. I recommend you give it a try!
Hi!! I know I haven’t been very active, but I’m breaking my silence to talk about this truly incredible book I read. Minutes ago I finished reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh. This is the author’s contemporary being released this October. Let’s jump right into it!
Title: A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Expected Release: October 16, 2018
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.
Wow, I don’t even know how to begin to articulate how much I love this book. It is one of my tops reads this year for sure. It is incredible and raw and nothing I’ve read before in my life.
Shirin is a character I fell in love with right away. Sure, she could have handled her relationship with Ocean much better, but to be frank, I’m not sure I would have done much different in her position. It’s very hard to get out of your own head a lot and to have to do it while facing so much prejudice is harder. I know that Shirin acts immature, but isn’t that the point of the story? Isn’t she supposed to grow from the events in the story? She’s also only 16. She’s had to deal with a lot in those years, and it’s not getting any easier throwing in the hardships of being a teenager in general. She’s someone you can relate to even if you don’t directly identify with her background and heritage.
Ocean was a lovely character contrast for Shirin. He was constantly breaking down her barriers which forced her to rethink the way she viewed the world. It was great seeing how their interactions pushed both characters to face things they were afraid to. For Shirin, it was her anger at the world. With Ocean, he had to see the uglier side of the world that he hadn’t been privy to from his place of privilege.
The breakdancing aspect of the book gave space for Shirin to be herself and let go of things. I know it’s something the author loves deeply and it is conveyed well through Shirin.
This story was very personal, and you can tell by the rawness of the emotion and how real they felt. That’s not to say that every story isn’t personal to the author, but this one especially shines through as one.
I can’t wait for you all to read it this October! Make sure to go pre-order yourself a copy and give them both a lot of love!!!
Hi guys, and happy new book Tuesday! Today I’m bringing you a newly released book — Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle. This book was sent to me for review, however this has no bearing on how I read or reviewed the book. Thank you BlinkYA books for sending a copy!
Title: Meet the Sky
Author: McCall Hoyle
Release date: September 4, 2018
Source: Hardcover, US
My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars
It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.
With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.
After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.
I feel very neutral about this book. It was good in some parts and okay in a lot of it. I think the reason I couldn’t really invest in the book was because the voice of the main character, Sophie, didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t sympathize with her very well, and I couldn’t invest in her as a character.
The plot of the story was well done. I liked learning more about a hurricane and how Sophie deals with it. I grew up and live in the Midwest, so I’ve never experienced a hurricane besides the storms that blow in north which is nothing compared to the real thing. I was wondering how the author would work out getting Sophie on the island without her mom and sister, and the way it happened seemed very natural.
Something I liked about the book was that Sophie grew. There were a lot of points in the book where she changed and became someone different. Despite this I still couldn’t feel a personal connection with her. I think the non-risktaker-turned-free-spirit trope isn’t really working in this book very well. I do appreciate character growth and change though.
Overall, I rated this book a 3 because there was still a lot of good story to it. It just didn’t work for me, which doesn’t mean it won’t work for you! I really encourage you to try this out and develop your own opinion on this. It might be your new favorite book. I know there are a lot of people out there who really love this book, and you might be one.
Hey there! I’m here again with a review of a book I read earlier this summer, but didn’t quite vibe with. Thank you to the publisher for sending a copy my way. This has no influence on the way I review and read the book.
Title: Final Draft
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release date: June 12, 2018
Source: Hardcover, US
My rating: 2/5 Goodreads stars
The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.
At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.
This book didn’t work out for me the way I hoped it would. I have heard many great things about Redgate’s books in the past, so I was curious to read this one.
I think what I struggled with in this book was the tone and style of the writing. I didn’t feel like Laila would speak and act like this. I’m not much older than 18, and I feel like it wasn’t quite a representation of life as a high school senior in general. Reading it, I felt like she should have been a younger character than she was (maybe earlier in high school).
There are many beautiful lines within the book. I feel that there were a lot of great moments and scenes, but they didn’t connect well. It was almost there, but not quite.
All of this being said, I don’t think my opinion is the end all be all. It’s exactly that — an opinion. I think you should still give a book a try if you think you’ll like it. This may just be the book you fall in love with!
Hi there! Here we are on day two of this awesome tour for TELL ME NO LIES, the second book by the amazing Adele Griffin! Be sure to check out this book when it hits shelves a week from today because it’s perfect to start your summer!
About the Book
Tell Me No Lies
by Adele Griffin
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Synopsis: A riveting novel about secrecy, complicated friendships, and heartbreak, set against the iconic backdrop of the late 1980s.
Lizzy Swift is a senior in high school, emerging from her nerd chrysalis to become a social butterfly. She starts dating popular Matt Ashley, whom she’s been pining for since freshman year. She’s delighted when rebellious new girl Claire Reynolds introduces her to Center City Philadelphia—clubs, street life, and the eye-opening art scene. As Lizzy begins to question her own long-held dreams, the changes in her life mirror the upheaval of a decade marked by a drug epidemic and the AIDS crisis. She’s no longer sure of her Ivy League ambition. While she has a special connection with Matt, something’s missing. And Claire carries around a mysterious sadness and talks about a breakup so bad she changed schools—but she won’t tell the whole story. Lizzy wants Claire to confide in her, even as she keeps her own embarrassing secrets.
Before too long, the heady thrill of her new life starts to crumble under insecurities and deceptions. When the truth emerges from the wreckage, will it be too late for Lizzy, Claire, and Matt to save their love and friendships?
She’s Lost Control, a companion to the acclaimed Be True to Me, is a novel of unflinching emotional honesty about secrecy, lies, love, and identity.
Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and middle grade readers.
Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. Her latest novel The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YA Book of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Be True to Me is publishing in June 2017 with Algonquin Books.
Adele serves on the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony, and is on the advisory board of 826NYC. She lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m really not sure how to feel about this book. On one hand, I really enjoyed it and the plot, but I sometimes wanted to smack Lizzie for being dumb.
This novel captures the feelings of growing up in a time full of social change and injustice very well. Lizzie’s journey through Philly moves you and makes you face the repercussions of everything that happened in the 80s. Through Lizzie we’re able to get a look at it first hand.
One thing I found that added to the story was the elements of secrets. Obviously from the title there’s an atmosphere of not really being able to trust anyone around you in the book. While this mysterious atmosphere added, I felt that it took away a bit from Lizzie really being able to develop any real relationships within the book.
This was a bit slow for me at the beginning which made it hard to get into, but once you push past a few chapters you start to feel the rhythm. Overall, this was a good read. It’s something to look out for this summer!
Prize: One (1) hardcover copy of TELL ME NO LIES by Adele Griffin (US only)
Hi there, happy new book Tuesday! There are so many amazing books coming out today, including Strange Fascinations(YAY NOAH AND DAVID!!). Today I’m happy to usher in this lovely new read, From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon. I had the opportunity to read When Dimple Met Rishi early as well, and guys, this book does NOT disappoint!
***Thank you to the publisher for sending me an early finished copy for review. This does not affect my reading/reviewing of this title.***
Title: From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: May 22, 2018
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
Listen, I really loved this novel. You need to go buy it right now. Like, what are you doing reading this review and not buying the book? NOT TO BE DRAMATIC, BUT YOU SHOULD GET ON THAT RIGHT NOW! I WILL WAIT!!!
*sips an Arnold Palmer*
*flips threw current read*
Ah yes, welcome back! I’m so glad you decided to get this book! It’s truly wonderful, and I love every bit of it. I can’t wait for you to love it too.
Twinkle was a truly fun character. She grew so much throughout the story. While it was written in the first person, I feel that you can tell through the dialogue how she changes and grows. I love how she finds her voice directing the movie. (I totally wish this remake existed because I would watch the crap out of it!!) She definitely had her flaws and her frustrating moments, but in the end, I like what she made of it all.
The story is written in an epistolary format, and at first I wasn’t sure if I would like it. However, right away I was proven wrong in any doubts I had. I love the way the style feeds into the narrative as a whole. While it is mostly sort of a diary, you still get a lot of dialogue, setting, and description. I love how it makes Twinkle more personable and it made the whole thing more intimate.
One small complaint about the book is how mature the teenagers acted. I feel like that was a little bit of a reach, and while I do wish things were resolved like this more often in real life, I don’t think it would always happen like this.
I absolutely 100% love the diversity in this book. While this is mainly about a Desi girl there are many other characters within the story that bring in more rep to the story. It is well written and not forced. Menon expertly weaves in different rep within the book, and I really appreciate it.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now folks. If you didn’t get yourself a copy go do it now! Links above!!