Book & Movie Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (+ a visit to the set?!)

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After reading and enjoying Everything, Everything a long long while ago, I added The Sun is Also a Star to my TBR almost immediately. But like many books, it got lost in the list, and I didn’t get around to it until fate stepped in a pushed it to the very top.

As I previously mentioned, I was in NYC last summer for an internship. It just so happened that I was walking to work one day when I noticed these funny little yellow paper signs posted on all of the parking meters. Upon closer inspection, they were notices that street parking would be unavailable for the next two days for the filming of The Sun is Also a Star.

Being the book nerd I am, the name was immediately familiar. What incredible luck that a YA book-to-movie adaptation would be filming on the street I work on?! Crazy! So, of course, I was outside on every break I had, went to work crazy early just to catch a glimpse of filming, and I even got up the courage to talk to the incredible Yara Shahidi while she was on a break! She was so kind and genuine and inspiring to chat with, even for only a few minutes. Charles Melton was too intimidating to go up to because I mean, have you seen him? Heartthrob status!

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Book & Movie Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers


20890470The Circle by Dave Eggers

Published October 8, 2013, by Vintage.

Adult > Dystopian, Sci-Fi

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The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.
 
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

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Mini Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Director: Francis Lawrence
Release Date: November 21st, 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-fi
Rating: PG-13
About the Film:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

*All information about the film above taken from IMDb.com

my rambles

How did I not see this movie until just now? I had heard it was amazing and everyone that said so was 100% correct. I wasn’t a fan of the book, but this movie was great!

Jennifer Lawrence is such a great actor, and she makes these films what they are. I was completely immersed in the world and story, and gosh was it so emotional! The song, the deaths, everything about it was like a stab at my heart, even though I already knew what was going to happen.

Can I just take a moment and talk about the cat? Yeah I love that cat…

While I was watching I kept thinking how the movie seemed so much longer than two hours. But that wasn’t a bad thing at all. This is one of the times where I was really happy that they decided to split the film into two parts. Clearly, they knew what they were doing and did an extremely good job doing it!

I was nervous about seeing this movie, but it definitely surpassed my expectations, and dare I say that it was better than the book? Not sure how Part 2 will go (well mostly because I hated how the story went), but I’m hopeful!

4.5

xo

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Information about the movie can be found at IMDB.com, here.

Synopsis from IMDB:

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

My review of The Maze Runner book by James Dashner can be found here! Read the book first!

my rambles

I was a bad fan, and completely forgot to pre-order tickets to see this movie, therefore, I just got to see it this past Friday. But man, was it worth my wait! I recently just read the book of the same name in anticipation for seeing the film, and I think this may be one of those cases where the movie and the book were at about the same level for me.

There were very minor changes from the book, but they didn’t affect the main storyline, and therefore I wasn’t upset at all. I actually think the changes were for the better as they simplified things a little bit to make them easier to understand and more doable for a movie. The pace of the movie was definitely sped up from what I thought when I read the book. But I loved it!

The stand-out part of this movie would have had to have been the actors in my opinion though. I knew that I was going to love Dylan O’brien because, well, come on he’s Dylan O’brien — not just that pretty face, but he has some amazing acting skills that’s for sure. But I felt like each actor really was the character. When I read the book I totally envisioned them to look and act like these actors portrayed them. I couldn’t help but love all of the characters, even Gally in the movie!

Another thing that blew me away was the CGI of the maze and the grievers. It was just so cool and again, just as I imagined them!

So all in all, I think this movie is one of the most faithful adaptations to a book that I have seen. It was awesome, and verging on almost better than the book, dare I say it?! There weren’t slow parts like I found in the book, it was pure action and adventure! If you’ve read the book, see this movie. If you haven’t, see it anyway because I went with a friend who hasn’t and she loved it, and now wants to read the book too!

4.5

Did you see this movie? How did you think it compared to the book?

xo

Movie Review: Divergent

imageRelease Date: March 21, 2014

Director: Neil Burger

Main Actors: Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four)

About the Movie:

In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

*All information and movie poster from Lionsgate’s Divergent Page. Continue reading “Movie Review: Divergent”