The star runner on her team, Gianna Zales can cross any finish line—no problem. But real-life problems prove to be bigger hurdles than any she meets on the track. - Blurb from book
What I enjoyed most about this book was the family dynamics, from the mother who hides her emotions to the six-year old boy who has the makings of a great photographer to the father who runs a funeral home and drives Gianna around in a hearse. The family is real, with real problems to real joys and I felt like I was lucky to see a glimpse into their lives andtraditions.
I liked the friendship between Gianna and Zig. I would have liked to see more awkward moments between them. Gianna is supposed to be developing feelings for Zig and I would have liked to see that developed more.
Then on the other side of the spectrum was the animosity between Gianna and Bianca. I felt Bianca was developed well as the mean girl. There were times that I really disliked her and wanted her to get what was coming to her. What comes around goes around, right?
I also liked the tree project and how is was used as a guide posts throughout the story. I saw a title as “The Brilliant Fall” and I though something bad was going to happen, when in all actuality, it’s about the season and how great it turned out to be.
I definitely recommend this books a light read and had fun turning the pages to see what kind of trouble little miss Gianna would get herself into.
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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. - Blurb from book
This story kind of reminded me of Big Fish. A father, or in this case a grandfather, tells these fantastical stories to his grandson. As a child, the grandson believes him, but as the kid grows up, he starts to doubt his grandfather's stories. Until one day, the grandson inadvertently meets the people with whom his grandfather's stories are about and finally believes.
I think what sets the book apart are the photographs mixed throughout the pages. When I first heard of this story and the technique used by the author to tell this story with photographs, I was intrigued. I picked up this book wanted to see how the author accomplished this task. I have to say, he did a good job with it.
I enjoyed the weird photos and constantly found myself flipping back to them to compare the kids descriptions with the corresponding photo. They were just quirky enough to work but not be too over the top.
The story was interesting as well. I did get lost in the story wanting to find out what happens to Jacob and the peculiar children. Guess I'll have to read the sequel.
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With Insurgent now in theaters, I thought this would be a good time to review it's predecessor. As a movie on it's own, I thought it was good. It had action, family drama and a love story. As an adaptation, not so much. I always say an adaptation is good when it stays true to the core themes of the book and this movie did do that in some regards. What it lacked was the character traits and plots of the book. So I'm going to focus this review on that. My famous lists have returned.
1) Tris and Four: The movie did well with building up their relationship, but there was still a couple things missing. Let's start with the fact that both these characters come from a faction that doesn't really boast emotions. Actions like PDA and teasing isn't something Abnegation does. So there is a lot of insecurity in their relationship: Tris' insecurity about why Four would choose her as a companion. Four's insecurity of removing his shirt in front of Tris. Both their insecurities in being intimate with each other. I thought this aspect in the book brought an interesting vibe to their relationship. Both are new to it and grow and experience it together. That wasn't in the movie.
What also wasn't in the movie: Four saying I love you on the train ride to Amity. In the movie, Tris says it first as Four holds the gun to her forehead. This to me wasn't true to her character. One of Tris' fear is intimacy. Saying something like I love you takes time even if she does feel it. In fact, it becomes an elephant in the room in the second book. It takes her more than half the second book to say it and even then, Four was asleep.
2) Edward: The scene where Peter stabs Edward in the eye was deleted from the final version of the movie. But what also disappears, was Edward himself. It was like one minute he was there in the number one spot and the next he was gone with no explanations. This wouldn't have been a big deal if it wasn't for that fact that Edward plays a bigger role in the second book with the factionless. I assume the movie makers will just transfer that over to a different character. Guess I need to watch the movie to see.
3) Christina and Tris: Most of their friendship was portrayed well in the movie. All but one: Capture the Flag. This is the first time that Tris shines in Dauntless and Christina is jealous. So jealous, that when they reach the opponents flag, Christina patronizes Tris into letting her physically capture it. "You're already the hero of the day," she says. This is when Tris realizes that any of them will do whatever it takes to make it into Dauntless, even her friends.
As I said, as a movie, it was good. But as an adaptation, it needs a bit of tweaking.
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