Me Before You: Book vs. Movie

Me Before YouGoodreads Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Book Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


It made me laugh.

It made me cry.

It made me believe in true love.

I want Louisa to be my best friend. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and absolutely hilarious. Her family is a little dysfunctional at times, but they are all really loving and caring. She is a little blindsided when it comes to her boyfriend, Patrick. He’s a complete asshole. I don’t know why she didn’t break up with him in the first place.

Will. What can I say about Will? I love him. He’s hilarious, charismatic, and had me wrapped around his finger. Granted, I did have to warm up to him a little bit, because he was very snarky and uncooperative in the beginning of the book, but it’s understandable. He was a good sport for Lou and her crazy little side trips. He went along with it because he loved Lou, and wanted to make sure she got everything she wanted for him.

In the end, it was devastating, but it was his choice. I understand there has been some controversy regarding ablism, but in the end, it’s a book about a guy who wasn’t happy with the hand he was dealt. His view on his own quality of life is what mattered the most, and in reality, there is no room for us to judge his decision, because we’ve never been dealt the hand he was. It’s sad, but deep down, he wasn’t happy, even after falling in love with Louisa.

Movie time!

Movie Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4.5 Stars)

I am a firm believer in the book is always better than the movie, but in this case, I loved them both! The casting was perfect.I fell more in love with the story and surprisingly, the movie was pretty true to the book, which I appreciate. I have watched this movie several times and still fall in love with the story over and over again. Side note: I hated that they casted Matthew Lewis as Louisa’s douchey boyfriend. Excuse me, that is Neville Longbottom, he is not a douchey person!


See, perfect casting!

Lousia’s red dress is to die for! I want one!

If you haven’t checked out eithter the book or movie, do so! It’s a tear-jerker, but also a warm blanket of love.  I haven’t read the sequel yet, but it is in my ever-growing TBR pile.

Next up is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Happy reading!


The Moon and More + #SarahDessenMarathon Wrap Up

16101126Goodreads synopsis:

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

My #SarahDessenMarathon is officially over! It’s been a long three moths – eek! – but I’m glad that I took this opportunity to re-read my favorites and not-so-favorites. It’s really hard to rank the books from favorite to least favorite, so I’m not going to. All I’m going to say is that if you haven’t picked up a Sarah Dessen book before, go pick one up now.

As for The Moon and More, I enjoyed it. It takes place in my favorite book beach town, Colby, so we run into our favorite people and places from Along for the Ride. There’s also a mention of Wes and Bert from The Truth About Forever being cousins of Emaline’s close friend Morrs.

The biggest cameo in this book is Clyde, the guy who owns a lot of small businesses in Colby. We get a great peek into Clyde’s life and past. Clyde is kind of the reason for the story. Without Clyde the crazy New York film maker, Ivy, and her assistant, Theo, would not have been in he book.

I would have been grateful if Theo wasn’t in the book, because honestly he kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t know if it was because Theo was the type of guy that celebrated “week-iversaries” or made every event a “Best” event. He also started planning his future with Emaline, as in apartments, and they had been dating for twenty-nine days…I hate guys that are like this! It’s okay to woo, but don’t woo too much…I swooned more over the bits of Luke in the story than innocent-but-creepy Theo.

Emaline is my spirit animal. She gets stuff done and takes no one’s crap! She doesn’t let anyone see her weak, great customer service, and somehow manages to maintain relatively healthy relationships with everyone she meets. Emaline and I are literally the same person, and I think that is why I enjoy this book so much despite the lack of consistent plot.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the book, it just seemed to jump around a lot. First, it’s about Luke, then it’s about her relationship with Theo, then her problems with her mother but we rarely see them together. On top of those things, there’s Clyde’s whole storyline, as well as Ivy and her movie, her father and stepmother’s divorce, her relationship with her friends. The plot seemed to drag out some of the problems in Emaline’s life, which isn’t necessarily bad, it just seemed like a little much.

I love Dessen’s books for the characters. Every Dessen novel has quirky and unique characters, but more importantly they deal with real issues too. They’ve dealt with body issues, abusive relationships, finding one’s self, anger management, families being torn apart and being brought back together, creating a family from those who are in your life, growing up, change, etc. They’re realistic, so it is easy to fall in love and into place with these colorful friends she gives us.

Now that my #SarahDessenMarathon is over, I feel like this:


But then I remember…


All the new books I get to read…



And then I’m happy again…

tumblr_nh6rm2NGdu1sa2xlto1_500Well I’m onto my next reading list. First up is an ARC of The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis, and I’ll be posting a review of the Pixar movie, Inside Out tomorrow! Happy reading lovelies!


All the Bright Places

18460392First read of April and the first book I have ever won in an instagram giveaway! I was beyond stoked to read this highly talked about book! Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Violet. Finch. Finch and Violet. Two characters you can’t help but ship together from the very beginning. They are ultimately relatable, quirky, and sincere in this brilliant and heart-wrenching story. Both Violet and Finch are suffering from their own pains and history and I wanted nothing more than to comfort them.

I wanted to put this book down several times – not because it was bad, but because I was so emotionally invested in the characters and their story. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to them. And then there were times where I just wanted to skip to the end and rip the band-aid off, so I could go on without being heartbroken. I didn’t skip to the end; instead, I endured it. I read it all the way through with tears and heartbreak. Their story just felt too real.

Jennifer Niven did something most authors don’t do – talk about our skeletons in our closets, i.e. the mental illnesses and suicidal thoughts a lot people hide behind their walls. It is such an important topic in today’s society, but no one seems to be talking about it. Reach out to those around you, because you never know what they’re going through on the inside or behind closed doors. Don’t let someone fall through the cracks because you’re too scared to talk to them. One person can make a difference, even if it’s a small one.

Yes, this book had me on an emotional roller-coaster from the funny one liners to the quirky personalities of the characters to the dark thoughts and feelings, but in the end the characters inspired me not to just reach out to those who may need it, but to also experience things. Go wander. Explore your home. Most importantly, “it’s not about what you take, it’s about what you leave.” Go out and leave your mark on the world.

Thank you Jennifer Niven for such a beautiful story of love and friendship. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if it did leave me emotionally unstable for a day. Up next, I’ve decided to dive into something a little lighter – The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger. Happy reading lovelies!

Valentines 2015 Recap


Happy Valentines Day fellow readers and bloggers! My day has been busy busy busy. On the bright side, it’s a three day weekend so I got to drive three hours home from Reno to Vacaville. As soon as I got home I went to lunch with my mom at SF Boudin Cafe (I love their grilled cheese and rustic tomato soup!), before going shopping at Target and World Market. Then I came home and changed before getting to go on a date with my wonderful boyfriend of over four years!

First we hung out and caught each other up on our busy lives since we haven’t seen each other in four weeks and you can only say so much on the phone. Then we ventured to Freebirds World Burrito (like Chipotle but better and WAY more options), we were actually had to wait since they were out of steak and I love their steak burrito bowls. As a plus, I went to school with the girl who served us, so she gave us free brownies and fountain drinks because we had to wait. Afterwards Robert took me shopping at the outlet mall – three blouses and a pair of wedges later…check my Instagram! – to kill time before the movie.

We went and saw Kingsman: The Secret Service. If you like Shaun of the Dead and similar movies, check it out – it is an action and comedy all rolled up into one!  The main character, Eggsy, is extremely good looking and his British accent just makes him hotter, plus, he competes against several others to fill the open spot of the Kingsman. Samuel L. Jackson plays the billionaire villain who’s trying to control the population and take over the world, while Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine play bad@$$ spies in the secret organization of the Kingsman. Surprisingly, I was laughing throughout the entire film at the puns, sexual innuendos, and the awesomely horrible fight scenes, Go check it out if you’re into the whole slap stick comedy thing.

Well, that was my night in a nutshell. I am so glad I was able to spend it at home with my wonderful boyfriend! The idea of going home on Monday makes me sad, but I know I’ll be home in a month for Spring Break!!! This semester is going by so quickly! Hopefully, I’ll finish my book and have it posted by Monday, who knows I may wait til Tuesday. Anyways, happy reading and check out that movie!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Part 1

12000020To start this off, I just have to say I love the artwork of the cover. It’s beautiful and is what drew me to the book in the first place. I would love to finish reading the book, but its the type of book you take in pieces. I can only read for so long before I find myself lost because there is no real plot in this award-winning novel. Plus, I go back to school in a week and I can’t take it with me. So I have decided that I must move forth with my reading and read the rest of my January reading list and re-read/finish Aristotle and Dante when I’m home for summer. I cannot wait to finish reading it.
Next up look for my review of Paper Towns by John Green! Happy reading!