I dragged a friend to see ‘Every Day,’ and after seeing the movie, he tells me ‘you owe me one.’ Yikes, this means our next movie will be his choice, and I am dreading it already, because I know it will be some horror or sci-fi movie, or even worse, a superhero one. Was ‘Every Day’ that bad?
It is. And the movie held such promise because it is based on the book by David Levithan, which I enjoyed immensely, and has a premise which I thought was very interesting – a teenager falls in love with someone who takes over a different body everyday. I remember the book was quite engaging, but the film translation, unfortunately, just did not work.
And it’s not from lack of trying. Angouri Rice as Rhiannon is an appealing young actress, and tries hard to give the character some heart and soul, but as written, it’s dead on arrival. And visualized on-screen, the whole premise just seems creepy. But the worst part is that the film dis not seem to have the breadth and depth of the novel – things almost seem flippant here. As my friend said afterwards, “you made me watch a Lifetime movie.”
Since ‘The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek’ was written by Seth Rudetsky, I guess I was expecting more from it. You know that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Broadway, so I was kind of expecting a little bit of that here. Maybe I shouldn’t have, because this is a young adult novel about a teenager, Justin, who got a two-week internship in New York City. never mind all the pesky details, I was trying to go along for the ride. but Justin has such an obnoxious voice, though, that it was very difficult to like him. Plus. all the characters around him were unlikable and the ‘mystery’ he got embroiled in was a little hard to just accept. But, I really do not want to knock this book off – it has good intentions and really, a young theater geek will probably identify himself in one of these characters. It just wasn’t for me.
Election years can be a tough. It’s so heated nowadays – there’s so much vitriol, and yes people are passionate but both sides can be nasty. Nicole Hayes’ ‘One True Thing’ centers on teenager Frankie, who is the daughter of a woman running for the Premiere of Australia (I am guessing this is similar to the Prime Minister position) and it is diffivul enough navigating normalcy in life with that situation, but in the novel, a scandalous complication arises – or is it really? Such is the dilemma presented here, and although it wasn’t that believable for me, the characters are three dimensional enough for the reader to have sympathy. I liked Frankie, though she could sometimes be a little bratty, she does something at the end to show reformation. This was a heavier read than I thought it would be, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
I have been remiss on my reading. Sometimes life gets in the way, and as much as I love reading, am maybe too old to fit a lot of things in my life, and my reading suffers. It took me a week to finish Any Spalding’s ‘The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)’ because of personal distractions. But this book i sa good summer read. At first, I wasn’t really taken by the main character, Jules, because I felt she was just a bit obnoxious and feeling-entitled, but I liked that she was pegged down a couple of times. And I wish that there was more romance and less of the petty rivalry between the school newspaper team and their new media counterpart. But all in all, I liked this.