Monday, May 9, 2011
Movie and Book Round-Up
On the book front, I downloaded BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver from my library. Wow. Highly recommend. It was not at all what I expected from reading the book blurb. If you're expecting a light-hearted YA romp, think again. Oliver did such a great job of getting me inside the head of Samantha Kingston, the book's main character. She also did a magnificent job of dealing with teenage drinking, sex, and bullying and weaving those issues into the story with rich, angsty prose. Very realistic. Not at all cliched, IMO. You can read my review on Goodreads. I've already put her second book, DELIRIUM, on hold. Looking forward to that one too, although it sounds like a completely different read.
During the last week, we rented THE KING'S SPEECH (loved!) and THE TOURIST (enjoyed!). THE TOURIST was a lot better than I expected, with plenty of plot twists to keep me interested, although I didn't believe for a second that Johnny Depp was a math teacher. Where was he, pray tell, when I was in school?? Both movies are definitely worth a rental.
What about you? Read any good books or see any great movies this weekend?