Indecent Proposal by Jack Engelhard

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So apparently the only reason I read books now is if I really like the movie they’re based on. Just kidding, but the following review definitely continues the trend of my past few reviews.

I absolutely loved the move Indecent Proposal the first time I watched it. My mom told me that she thought I would like it, and it happened to be on Netflix so I gave it a shot. Demi Moore is absolutely beautiful and I loved her with Woody Harrelson. I thought that they were believable as a couple and genuinely seemed to have chemistry in the film. Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the film/read the book, the whole plot of having a rich man offer money to a poorer man for one night with his wife was crazy. The movie was exciting, it made me angry, it made me cry, and it made me believe that maybe true love and true soulmates do exist.

I was so excited to read this book because I love all the extra little details that usually get cut when a novel is adapted into film. However, I soon found out that the film is really just loosely based on the novel and that the characters are not the same at all.

Other than the “rich man pays poorer man for one night with his wife” theme and meeting in the casino, the stories were pretty different. The movie was definitely much simpler and didn’t include any sort of racial differences in characters like the novel. I think that a lot of what motivated/pushed the characters in the story had to do with their racial/religious/personal backgrounds and we didn’t see any of that in the movie.

All that said, I do kind of like when books are different from their film adaptations because it keeps things interesting. I definitely think that I liked the movie more still, it was more entertaining and I liked that it showed the wife’s point of view as well. I also thought that some of the main parts of the book were unrealistic and that kind of turned me off from the book. For instance, when Joshua visits Ibrahim and is shown the “sex tape” he secretly filmed and then they get into a physical altercation. I just couldn’t see this whole situation actually playing out the way it did in real life.

There’s really a lot more that I could say about this book, but I feel like this is getting pretty long already so I’ll cut it short. Overall, I liked that the novel can stand on its own and that it isn’t exactly the same as the story in the film. I liked that at the end I still felt like the two were meant to be together, and I liked that the story really makes you think about the proposed situation and what it would be like that have that sort of offer on the table. It’s definitely an interesting idea and I would definitely recommend the book to any one who has seen the movie or is just interested in the plot.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

5d48a3b2d3087918cb66bd5e6cc24704So, as it turned out this was the last book I finished of the year. I’m really proud that I even (sort of) kept up with reading and posting about it on this blog.

Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl was funny, smart, and incredibly well written. I felt like she was one of my friends telling me all of her embarrassing stories and what she’s learned from those experiences. She made me feel like my life and my embarrassing moments and moments when I felt crazy weren’t too bad after all.

Even in some of her darkest moments, she showed us her humor and her ability to share basically everything from her life. I would hate/love to be one of her friends.

Her ability to write is very good and you can tell that her show Girls is directly coming from her mind. No one else would be able to write those experiences in that way. She’s a total inspiration for young women writers and she’s definitely one of my heroes.

Currently Reading: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

b913c84d7ef58653bbee8ecb00f8eb69I’m really looking forward to getting more into this book. I love Lena and think that she has a brilliant mind. So far I like the little insight that it gives into her private and personal thoughts. And I think it’s really brave of her to write it down, publish it, and let the world critique her. She’s definitely someone that I admire as an aspiring writer and I can’t wait to post about it more!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

d826bee1e02e43f12d0bc6386d7cbbfcMan, what do I even say about this book? *POSSIBLE SPOILERS*

When trailers for the movie first came out I was totally interested in going to see it. It looked good, like a story about a man who probably killed his wife. The previews hinted at a twist, which I thought would be that she had faked her death and left him there looking guilty.

When I actually went to see the film, I was amazed by the story of Nick and Amy Dunne. It was nothing like I had expected and I was happily surprised by the film. Of course, I wanted to read the book after seeing the movie. Let me just say, it was so much better.

Really being able to get into the heads of Nick and Amy Dunne made reading the book worthwhile. I knew what was going to happen with them, but their voices coming through each page and the depth of their story really brought it to life that much more. Seriously if you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the book, you need to do it. You just need to.

I loved the book, I would recommend it to everybody. It’s such a smart novel and the story really keeps you guessing. Who would have thought that it would have an ending like it does.

After I read the book, I went to see the movie a second time and loved it even more. I seriously can’t wait until it comes out so I can buy it and watch it on repeat.

*Sorry, by the way, for just posting this now. I’ve been done with it for a few weeks and have just been putting off the post until I had a break from work.

Perfect, Unbelievable, and Wicked by Sara Shepard

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In my last post I believe I said that I was going to just read a bunch of the Pretty Little Liars books and then make a huge post about them all. This isn’t quite as far as I thought I would have gotten, but I found myself reading them like it was a chore and not something that I was actually enjoying.

I’ve always been the type that has to finish something once I’ve started it. You can’t just stop reading in the middle of a series, you have to have an ending. But I have also been known to put something down and never pick it back up just because it wasn’t interesting to me or because I was assigned to read it. I hate feeling like I’m being forced to read. These books were somewhat enjoyable and very simple to get through, but the characters aren’t very likeable and the story isn’t nearly as exciting as the show. Plus, knowing happened in the show and what changes they made for the better, just makes the books seem like a first draft of something that ended up really good.

I’ll admit it. I stopped reading altogether. I thought about this blog and the promise that I made to myself, but I just couldn’t pick up the next book and keep reading. I needed something to spark my interest again.

This past weekend I went to see the movie Gone Girl. It blew me away. I knew there was going to be a twist, but I didn’t expect it to be anything like it was. It may be one of the best movies I’ve seen this year so far. Being a reader, I knew that Gone Girl was originally a book. As soon as I got home from seeing it, I bought the book on my Kindle. It’s so good, I can’t put it down.

I love the feeling when you pick up something and start reading and fall in love with reading all over again. Gone Girl has completely cured me of the slump that the Pretty Little Liars series left me in. It made me want to read more and to actually have a somewhat impressive list of books that I was able to read in the last year.

Thanks to everyone who has followed me and liked my posts. I do hope that you enjoy reading what I have to say and I’d love to hear from you more. I’m not going to write a review for each of the Pretty Little Liars books, because there isn’t really much to say about them. I may pick them up again and finish the series, but probably not for awhile.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

9e6b334ea62e1557c2c84dbffd2d9d31Well, I definitely didn’t think I would have another post so quickly after finishing A Dance with Dragons, but here I am!

I started reading The Fault in Our Stars yesterday afternoon. It took me less than 24 hours to get through this book and I was not disappointed.

I decided to start reading it because of all the hype. I want to see the movie and I think there’s something wrong with people who get really excited to see movies, but have not read the books that they are based on. I’m guilty of doing this with the Harry Potter series, but I do plan on reading those eventually.

Anyway, when I started reading The Fault in Our Stars I prepared myself to be disappointed. I thought that the way that the characters acted wasn’t very believable and that, even though there were very “teenage” moments, they seemed too mature for sixteen and seventeen year olds. I’ve seen the argument that they were more mature because they had to deal with more difficult life experiences than normal teenagers, and I guess I can buy that.

Even though I was initially put off by the way they were written, and was worried that I would be the only person who didn’t like this book, I found myself wanting to read on to the next chapter and completely enthralled by this story.

I loved it. I loved the long speeches and how perfect Augustus and Hazel were for each other. I totally bought into the story and cried like everyone said you do. Like ugly cried. More than once. It was great. I even liked the parts with Van Houten, which I was also put-off by. I didn’t think it was believable that these two teenagers would travel to Amsterdam to meet an author, but I let myself believe it because I wanted to believe in a love story like theirs.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I’m going to try to get my sister to read it (and she hates reading), and I’m going to get my grandmother to read it, and then we can all go see the movie together. It was so good.