Saturday, May 30, 2015

BEA Armchair: Book to Movie Adaptions

Armchair BEA

Poor, Andrea. Never gets to go to BEA. Stupid logistics, timing, and money. Oh well. I'll live vicariously through the tweets and Instagram pictures of those who went.  :)  So since I couldn't go to BEA, I'm going to join in on the fun of BEA Armchair.

Book to Move Adaptions

What books do you want to be made into a movie or television show? What are some of your favorites? We'll explore more about this topic, especially what works and what doesn't. Are there any upcoming shows or movies that you're excited for? What are your recommendations?

Jessi at Novel Heartbeat had an amazing post the other day - Upcoming & Optioned YA Book to Movie Adaptations - at let me tell you . . . that list had me salivating! Clockwork Angel, Embrace, Shadow and Bone just to name a few! I know these movies are only optioned by oh my! 

Other books I'd love to see as a TV / movie are Cinder, Something Strange and Deadly, and Throne of Glass. Can you just imagine these babies on the big screen?! Or small, I'd be content either way  :)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Review)

Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication.Date  September 1st 2015
Published By:  Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
AuthorM.G. Reyes

Everything, Everything on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher  in exchange for an honest review.
Where to get:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.
Life is hard, honey. Everyone finds a way. 
“It's a hard concept to hold on to--the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.
In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”
In my head I know I've been in love before, but it doesn't feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
“We are lips and arms and legs and bodies entangled. He raises himself above me and we are wordless, and then we are joined and moving silently. We are joined and I know all of the secrets of the universe.”

       Oh my lord, this book! THIS FREAKING BOOK! 

     Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is, to put simply, amazing. It's gorgeously written in a feather-light, delicate prose that is pretty simple in construction and straightforward, but ethereal and magical at the same time. Filled to the brim and overflowing with meaning, vividly painted emotions, memorable quotes and breathtakingly captured moments of sadness and joy, heartbreak and love, pain and glory; this is an absolute and indisputable must-read for fans of Jennifer Niven and John Green, or simply for anyone who enjoys a beautifully-written, meaningful and resonating contemporary fiction. I absolutely adored it.

     When Madeline was born, she was diagnosed with a rare immunological disease that prevents her from ever leaving the sterile safety of her home. She has various allergies and her body can't be exposed to germs or viruses from the outside world, because it's not equipped to fight them. Her home is her entire universe (well, aside from internet activities and online friends), and her mom and caretaker are the only two planets in her orbit. Until Olly arrives, and Madeline's universe explodes with the blinding power of supernova.

     Everything, Everything is so achingly beautiful and gorgeously constructed, it is really hard for me to comprehend that this is Nicola Yoon's debut novel. Effortlessly narrated, filled with perfectly crafted scenes and moments accompanied by little visuals (like diary notes, emails, drawings, etc), it is quite a powerful reading experience. The book is completely unputdownable. You'll be glued to its pages just like I was, craving more with every small sip you take, needing to know everything, to race ahead and find out what happens next, but not wanting to miss a single word, a single breath, a single little Madeline and Olly moment. I really tried to pace myself while reading this book, because I really wanted to savour each and every page, but it wasn't easy. I just wanted to inhale it all and fill my soul with it, and just keep it there, in my heart, forever.

     Nicola Yoon is one incredibly talented writer, and I am so glad to have discovered her. I already know I will read every single book she'll ever write, she goes straight onto my automatic to-read list. The way she developed her characters and gave them so much depth and complexity, really took my breath away. Her prose is nothing short of perfect, her dialogues are spot-on and full of amazing chemistry, her every sentence carries meaning and stays with you. I loved how she described all the relationships in this book - and not just the one between Olly and Madeline, but also between Madeline and her mom, Madeline and her nurse, Olly and his parents and sister... they were all so authentic and convincing, they pulled on my heartstrings and made me feel things. I particularly loved how mature Madeline acted, despite her truly horrible situation. I loved that the relationship with her mom was so drama-free; based on mutual trust, understanding and affection. And boy, watching this girl fall in love with Olly and seeing them together, it just melted me. It was phenomenal.

     I don't think I can praise this book enough, but ultimately you need to experience this awesomeness for yourself. I promise you, you won't regret.

About the author:

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
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Great Read Along: 2nd Discussion

Hi guys! Welcome to the 1st discussion for our May Read Along: Great by Sara Benincasa! Huge thank you to everyone who joined us for chapters 1-7 a few weeks ago! We cannot wait to discuss (or rather swoon over it) the end of this book together!

About the Book

Great by Sara Benincasa
Series: Standalone
Published: April 8, 2014 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, LGBT, Retelling
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
In Sara Benincasa's contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, a teenage girl becomes entangled in the drama of a Hamptons social circle, only to be implicated in a tragedy that shakes the summer community.

Everyone loves a good scandal.

Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta's carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape.

Based on a beloved classic and steeped in Sara Benincasa's darkly comic voice, Great has all the drama, glitz, and romance with a terrific modern (and scandalous) twist to enthrall readers.

Discussion Questions

1) What are your thoughts regarding the ending? If you've read The Great Gatsby, did you like the change?

2) Do you think Naomi was changed by the events over the summer? Not just what happened with her peers, but also with her mother?

3) Would you have posted the video or would you have just let things lie?

4) Did you find Great predictable?

5) Do you think you would've enjoyed it more / less if you hadn't read The Great Gatsby or do you think you would've enjoyed it more / less if you had read it?

Please leave your answers in the comment section below and don't forget to respond to other comments so we can have an amazing discussion! We'll be checking in and responding as well  :)

    Our Favorite Quotes
    I tried to call Skags a couple of times, but either side couldn't talk more than a few minutes or she didn't pick up the phone. I guess I could've tried hard to call Skags, or at least to text back and forth, but it seems like something else was always coming up - a clambake, or a day at the village spa with Jacinta and Delilah, or a long bike ride with Jeff. Usually I spent all summer wishing I were back in Chicago, but at some point that summer I stopped thinking about home.
    "We're all snobs, honey," she said. "I just say it's how I was raised."

    "It's not how I was raised," I said.

    "Sure," Olivia said. "You're here, at this fabulous party, with these fabulous people, all of us looking fabulous in white drinking the same wine and eating the same food, listening to the same hired band in the same backyard of the same mansion - and you're different?" She laughed a nasty little laugh. "Sure you are."
    At this, Teddy's expression darkened considerably. Whatever ground he'd gain was lost the moment Jacinta's hand touched his girlfriend's forearm. His hulking body tensed. I don't think it was the touch that angered him, per se - it was the clear evidence that theirs was a world from which he was barred entry. It was fine if other people couldn't get between his girlfriend and this superman blogger, but he should always be assured his place.

    Never too late to join!

    And remember, it's never to late to sign up for 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. While sign-ups are now closed, you'll be able to sign up again when Debbie posts her May - June wrap up on June 25!

    Also, check back tomorrow to vote for July's Read Along!

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