So what pet did the kids get? We may never know. I got to then end of the book and thought, "Wait what pet did they get?" and I am sure everyone thought the same things. I can't remember a Dr. Seuss book leaving us wanting an answer, but this one did. Did it work?
Kind of. This book was definitely not his best or my favorite (that goes to the Horton books). But I can see Dr. Seuss all in it. His classic style of rhyme, the texture in the illustrations, it definitely felt like Dr. Seuss. When I finished, I wondered when he wrote the story. The history in the back of the book speculates around 1960. But, what made him not share the book at the time he was writing and publishing? Why put the story aside and work on others. Could it be that he wanted more time to work on it? Could it be that he felt it wasn't quite right and therefore put it aside as he worked on other stories that did feel right?
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I really enjoyed this duo. Reading the first book was so heart breaking, I had to keep myself from crying on the train. The second book was great in answering the question that I inevitably had when I finished the first book: What happens to Mia and Adam?
I love it when I can read a story like theirs and get that swoon "teen romance" feeling. I totally got that with Mia and Adam, especially in the second book when they rekindled the magic they had. But, what I really liked about this duo, is the fact that the first book was through Mia's point of view and the second was through Adam's. I understand why and I think it really worked. It's nice when you can see into the head of more than one character, especially when dealing with the kind of tragic event they both had. I was glad to see their story blossom.
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Let me start by saying, that the over-arching themes were there: family, first love, tragedy and what do you do when you at the one left behind. But there was something lacking in this movie adaptation. Yes, there were difference from the book to the movie. I feel like that wasn't the problem. This movie had so much emotional potential, but I found myself with wet eyes that never actually formed tears.
I cried with the first book and I mean cried . . . like hard. My review above mentions me having to control myself while on the train. But there was no controlling myself with the movie. I felt like those emotional punches that the book had was lost in the film and I have one theory as to why. Instead of my infamous lists of changes, I'm going to focus on my theory. Which is this: Adam is everywhere.
I get why they focused on the first love theme of the story. My review above is pretty much about that nostalgic feeling I got from reading about Mia and Adam's journey. But when the family dies and Mia realizes she has a choice to make, the ramification of that is just so overwhelming in the book, you feel it in your chest. You saw first-hand the bond this family had: from Mia's over-protectiveness of her brother Teddy which starts at Teddy's birth and Mia being the first person baby Teddy sees when he opens his eyes, to how her grandfather actually loved his sons’ lyrics and her grandmother believed in angels that looked over you. There is a lot about Mia's life you see before Adam came into the picture. Unfortunately, you don't see that in the movie. So when her family dies, and she mourns them, you're left wondering why you should care. You never got to see why they meant so much to her. All you see is Adam or Adam with the family.
Even in those small glimpses of family time without Adam, what are they talking about: Adam. It was like nothing else mattered now that Adam was around. And I get it. It's like that with teenage love, all you can think about is that other person, all you want to be with is that other person. But this book was great, in that it didn't only focus on him. It focused on all love: familiar, friendship and romantic. I just wished the movie did the same.
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