Book to Movie: The Duff

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When I first heard that The Duff was being made into a movie I can’t say that I was thrilled. I did not care for the book The Duff at all. So, why would I like the movie, right? I had heard from other people that the movie didn’t follow the book so I thought perhaps it had a chance to be one of those teen movies that makes out to be good. Kind of like Clueless, Never Been Kissed, Breakfast Club…and so on.

I was so wrong and I can’t say that I’m surprised by this at all. The movie didn’t touch on the deeper issues that Wes had which I think lightened it up a lot more than the book. The only thing they showed was his parents argued. Wow. The people were typical of high school stereotypes. Everything was just so…forced. Not to mention that Robbie Amell can not pull off being 17 at all.

I loved Mae Whitman in Parenthood as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower but this movie just wasted her talent to me.

This was just a fluffy teen romcom that I’m afraid to say that maybe I was just too old for. The music was absolutely horrible as well. Not one song was good.

If I rated movies out of 5…this would be a 1.

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsTitle: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Published by Abrams on March 1st 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Link to Goodreads
Rating: two-half-stars

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

This is yet another young adult book that is being turned into a movie. This is yet another book that has gotten a lot of positive reviews and hype up the wall and that just wasn’t good to me. There was a lot of funny parts, mainly with Earl but there was about 95% of the book that was just all over the place. I didn’t feel like the story between Greg, Earl, and Rachel was very fluid. It seemed to be over here then over there with the story and nothing really came together in the end.

Greg was a little dick of a person that had no compassion or empathy. I realized he was forced into being Rachel’s friend but after all the time spent with her you think he would have been able to tell someone else something about her. Instead, he was stuck in his own head about everyone liking him just enough to not be bothered. While it is refreshing to see a character that isn’t fawning over a girl, it was just so annoying that even to the end he didn’t seem very caring. Earl was more caring towards Rachel and there was also a time that he blew up on Greg about her.

There was absolutely no romance which was nice because I don’t see how the author would have worked that in since Greg was incapable of even liking anyone.

When the movie comes out I won’t be in any hurry to watch it. I don’t see the hype about this book at all.

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir got so much hype it was unreal. In fact, it got so much that I was really excited to read it even though I’ve been pretty bored with Dystopians for awhile. The cover is stunning and the summary of the book sounds good enough, right? Interesting with […]

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Review: Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

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With just under 300 pages, this is a quick read. What makes it so quick is the story sucks you in from the beginning. You want to know what is going to happen with Margo, how she is going to react to the situations around her. She is growing up in a bad neighborhood called […]

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Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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I did this backwards as so many other people have done as well. I watched the shows before reading the books so I have the jest of what happens. However, the books have been much more eye opening and detailed in a way that the show isn’t able to due to time constraints. This is […]

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Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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I didn’t realize that I had never written a review for A Game of Thrones prior to writing a review for the second book. So there is a lot of things that I may have forgotten in the book. Basically, A Game of Thrones is setting you up for the entire series. You are meeting […]

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