Novel Vs. The Film – Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Hello guys, I hope all is well with you! And your reading is plentiful.

I thought I would start a new series on my blog about books and films and their comparisons. I am one of those people that believes the books are always better. Sometimes though, there are exceptions to the rule. Hence my first blog in this series being Perks Of Being A Wallflower. 



Synopsis (As is on Amazon): 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. Now a major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

So let’s start the comparison:

Setting: The setting of the film is mainly the high school with a strong reference to Charlie being a freshman in high school. Both the opening scene and the beginning of the book are very similar in this way. The way they differed would be the introduction of the family home. They seemed to have past and present coexisting in the film where the book seems a little more linear. I love how scenic the film is though, I feel like throughout the film it’s like a sepia toned photograph. 

Characters: So for me the characters were more or less the same in the book as in the film. Although, I didn’t think Emma Watson looked like what I had imagined Sam would look like in the book. For me, Patrick came across a lot better in the film than in the book, I think the actor Ezra Miller is very underrated as an actor. He did amazingly in this film capturing the hardships of being in high school and being gay. Charlie for me was the biggest difference. In the book, I get a sense of naivety and pureness that doesn’t come across in the film. To me, I assumed that Charlie may be on the autistic spectrum in some way. In the film, Logan Lerman was good, but I think he could have done more with Charlie. If I did not read the book, I would assume Charlie was just shy. There doesn’t seem to be any depth in his character on film. 

Plot Events: This part is pretty easy to be honest as the director of the film is the writer of the book Stephen Chobsky, the plot events are pretty much the same. Only difference was one that annoyed me because it was a big part of the book I enjoyed. This is the part when Charlie’s teacher gives him books to read. In the film, this is indicated by the fact that Charlie adds more books on his bookshelf. In the book, he has conversations with his teacher about the books his gives him. This happens maybe once in the film? It just doesn’t make sense to me not to have this in the film. To me it was integral to Charlie’s character. As he mentions he takes a pieces of everyone he reads and they shape him as a person.

Resolution: All in all the book and the film are greatly alike. As mentioned earlier it does help that the writer, directed the film himself. I think more authors should do this. It will ensure that the book story is told in its most authentic form. I liked the film and I also liked the book, there isn’t much else to say. It was a recommendation from a friend to read the book and watch the film. I trust her judgement and it was good to have comparisons.

I loved doing this comparison! I will definitely do more…and maybe a few that are quite controversial. Like Harry Potter! Haha. 

Until next time….

 

Book Review: The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After. By Jenny Colgan.

Hello, This is my review for The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After. I told you I was back and, more determined than ever!!

Synopsis(As is on Good reads): Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (I have obviously been loving the books I have been reading recently haha)


Review: So as I have mentioned in my previous post about May Wrap Ups, there is a story that I will read countless times and the story is always about a bookworm who finds love. I have read so many variations of this story and I will never tire of it.

Jenny Colgan did not disappoint. She has such a way with words. This one was set in Scotland and for those few days I was reading the book, I really really wanted to move to Scotland. That is how powerfully descriptive she is. This is about Nina, a librarian who buys a van in Scotland and fills it with books. She lives in a barn conversion – which sounds stunning. She has some hilarious mishaps and some sweet moments with her grumpy Landlord Lennox. This guy reminds me of all the dashing heroes of yesteryear. He actually reminded me a little of Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s classic; Pride and Prejudice. Nonetheless I really liked him from the beginning. Hes a hardworking farmer with a passion for his livestock.

Although the ending was predictable, this did not take away from the story. I loved it just as much as all the other 30684 stories I read that were similar. If you want a cozy read, then Jenny Colgan is your go to author. I mean, if you read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris; you’ll understand what I mean!!

She also does YA under the name of Jenny T Colgan, Resistance Is Futile is one of hers! 

Again, until next time… 🙂

Book Review: The Upside Of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

This book I read before Simon Vs. The Homosepian Agenda. Although there were a couple of cameos from Simon, it didn’t take away from how great the book was. There is just so much I want to say about this book and I do not know where to begin! You guys know that although I read absolutely everything, I tend to veer towards Young Adult.

For people my age, Young Adult is not seen as a genre that is important. It is really important though. This book had so many relevant references to how families and people are today that it made for a very relatable read. Molly the main character is an anxiety sufferer. This does not define her character. The fact that she has two mums does not define her either. She is Jewish and a donor baby with her twin. These are mentioned but they’re not the focal point of the story.

You would not have had such stories like these 10 years ago, even 5 years ago! It just shows you how much books have been shaped by our society.

I love that this can reach millions of kids and that it is the norm. It is just such a cute easy read about growing up and finding love. I related to Molly on so many levels. The premise is that she’s had a total of 26 crushes in her lifetime (in all of her 17 years haha). I was like this growing up!! I used to have so many crushes (mainly famous guys) and I would romanticise them so much!

The one underlying theme that comes across to me is that you love and you learn. You grow up and you change. Also, that you can count on the ones that you care about you and you care about in return! I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely one of my favourite contemporaries. I will read anything Becky Albertalli brings out. She has a fan for life in me. Hope you enjoyed this review. 

Until next time…. 🙂

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Good reads): 

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Review:  I read this book after I read The Upside Of Unrequited. Everyone on booktube and bookstagram (yes, they really are a thing!) has been raving about how awesome this book is. I don’t usually jump on the bandwagon. Even if I do it’s always years and years down the line (Harry Potter being an obvious example). Anyway, I jumped on this Simon bandwagon, not only that, I was steering the thing! Haha. This book was so cute. Again, important too! 

Simon is this 17 year old boy that is gay and he has this blossoming friendship with a person he has never met. They email back and forth – these emails are ridiculously funny at times. The story goes on from there. I shall not give you any more information because you need to read it!!

 I usually do not become attached to a character. I did with Simon. I loved Simon. He is all that is pure and perfect with this world. Yes, obviously he is flawed but that’s what makes him great. I remember getting to a point where something was happening in the book that I didn’t like. So much so that I wanted to throw the book across the room! Haha. That’s how much love I had for Simon! Although, both of Albertalli’s books had a similar premise; they were also different at the same time. 

I wouldn’t mind if there was a sequel to this story. I would definitely love to see more adventures from Simon and his friends. Maybe even a story where both books meet! 

Simon Vs was a great read. So much so, it’s been turned into a film! I cannot wait until it airs! I highly recommend giving this a read if you want to smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes all at the same time haha. 

Until next time guys… 🙂

May Wrap Up and June TBR – I am back!!

Well hello every, how is everyone doing? Happy June!! Can you believe it’s June already? Where did the time go? So I am sure you have noticed that my blog has been a little quiet in the month of May.

I want to start by saying that obviously it was not my intention. I absolutely love writing and reviewing books and talking about all things bookish! I am an anxiety sufferer or what my doctor likes to call a ‘high functioning’ anxiety sufferer. It just means that I can get on with my day to day stuff. However, at the beginning of May, for me things seemed to get harder and harder to handle. The first thing I did was see a doctor who advised me to take some time off work and relax for a little. I cannot stress this enough, if you are suffering please do not suffer in silence.  If I had just spoken with someone maybe I wouldn’t have had the issues I had. I feel it is important to speak out about these things in order to help each other out.

Anyway, after my little break, normal service is resumed.  So in the month of May I finished one book from April and started and finished three others. So essentially I finished four books.  They were:

  • Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky ALbertalli
  • The Upside OF Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After – Jenny Colgan
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky

First of all, I absolutely adored both of Albertalli’s books. They were funny, relevant, relatable and life affirming. Although they were easy reads, they did have a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. She sets up worlds where everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of colour or orientation. If not, there is a lesson where it teaches you about tolerance. I think everyone should read them. I understand that YA aren’t to everyone’s tastes but sometimes books transcend their categories because they are that powerful! All in all, I just wanted to be friends with Molly (Upside) and Simon (Simon Vs.). I felt like I could relate to them on so many levels. Simon Vs. is actually been turned into a TV show which I am so excited about. I just hope they do the book justice.

I have a type of story that I love reading again and again regardless of how similar each story is. The story is about a girl who loves books so much, works in a library and/ or bookshop. I have read so many books like this and I never get tired of them. The Shop OF Happily Ever After is no exception. Regardless, I loved it!! I fell in love with Nina and afterwards Lennox, I loved how bookish she is and the scenery in this book was spectacular. It made me want to go and live in Scotland! Jenny Colgan is great at writing such cute and immersive stories. If you like books like this, I would also recommend The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris .

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky was a recommendation my friend gave me. I tried reading this in the middle of May and I felt Charlie – the main character – read a little too young for me so I just put it to the side and started reading Jenny Colgan’s book.  When I told my friend, she said to persevere and I will make more sense of it as I read on. Boy was she right. This book took my heart, ripped it in half and then stomped on it with Doc Martens repeatedly, so yeah thanks for the recommendation! Haha! It’s about a boy growing up and learning about life’s up and downs. The good thing about this book is that it is open to interpretation. I feel like if there were more people like Charlie in this world, it would be a happier more loving place.

So these are my books that I have read in the month of May. Now on to my June TBR (To Be Read) pile. This pile is an ambitious one because I am not the fastest reader and I can barely read three books a month let alone the four I have on this list!

TBR:

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (For the first time ever, I know! Shocking!)
  • Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Queen)
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas (I need to start this soon!!!)
  • Waking Lands by Callie Bates (Advanced Reader Copy – Thank you Hodder and Stoughton)

So this is my list and I hope to finish these in the month of June! I will also have spoiler free reviews of the books I finished in the month of May if you are interested in reading any of them.

So until next time, keep reading!!

I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit. A review. 

Hi guys! 

Hope you’re all enjoying your Easter weekend! I’m in the midst of a four day weekend, I am sooo happy about this! Imagine all the reading I will do! Haha. 

So I thought I’d review this book I have been reading the last couple of days. This book was sent to me by the publisher after I requested it. Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton publishers. I was entirely enthralled! Here is the synopsis of the book: 

As is on Google books:

Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family must face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support.

What they don’t know is that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness – she just has no way of telling them.

Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother and, seeking a retreat, finds his way into Elsa’s room. When he begins to talk to her, he doesn’t realise she can hear every word – and that he is giving her a reason to wake up.

And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives…

5 out of 5 stars. 

Where do I begin with this one? With only just over 200 pages, this book is emotionally fueled. Full to bursting with all sorts of emotional turmoil. 

This is Clelie Avit‘s first novel in English. I pray it isn’t her last. Otherwise I’m learning French!! The characters were so beautifully written. 

Thibault is a perfectly imperfect man who wanted to love and be loved. And I loved him for it! Elsa was heartbreaking to read at times because you knew she was in a coma. Although she felt like a friend you cared for. 

This book almost feels fantastical in its story telling because how can two people fall in love without a word spoken to each other? Well, Avit makes you feel like anything is possible. She made me feel hopeful! That’s very rare in books that are so short but she manages it with such care and attention to detail. 

The writing was so beautiful and almost poetic in its deliverance. I couldn’t help but feel engrossed in the story. I felt like I was there whilst it was happening. I couldn’t recommend this book enough! It’s already out in hardback! The paperback is coming out on May 4th! Get reading people! If you’re a fan of JoJo Moyes but prefer a happier ending, then this is your book!