Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Review)

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was the most adorable book i ever read. It wasn’t very long, just over 200 pages, but it was full of romantic adorable moments and its what pretty much every girl dreams of. I read this a little after Christmas even though its a Christmas book. And by that i mean it takes place during the December, before and after christmas. This book got a 3.88 on goodreads but I would give it a 4 because its just so sweet and its perfect for those winter evenings while you’re drinking warm tea or hot chocolate. Now here’s the blurb.

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors ofNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Spoilers Ahead!

This book was the most beautiful love story ever! Better than all those forced love triangles in these modern books. It was beautiful! There was no love triangle, it was just two people, who were communicating through a notebook. And it was so sweet because they were both totally different, but somehow they connected and found things that they had in common. When I first read the blurb i though that it was her idea to leave the notebook, but then we find out it was her brother who decided that she needed to get a life and leave the house so he could have some quality time with his boyfriend. So this book is in dual point of view. First we meet Dash. A teenage boy who hates christmas. He voluntarily left his family and is staying with friends. He is bored one day and goes into his favorite book store and to his favorite shelf and he finds this little red book with a bunch of dares and challenges that he’s supposed to do, and they are all outragous laugh out loud dares. The best one was the “The Joy of Gay Sex” and then that girl that he knew saw him with all of these books and was all like “Um… is there something i should know?” But Dash plays it off all cool like and thats what I love about him. He doesn’t try to be one of those cool people who would normally just say “Um… thats not mine!” he just said “I’m writing a paper.” because it doesn’t seem something so… stupid. And then we move on to Lily, who is the most dorky, nerdy, isolated little girl that has every walked on the surface of this earth. She unlike Dash loves Christmas, and she loves all the sentimental adorable types of things. So then her brother decides that she needs a life, and shouldn’t spend all her time at home doing things girls with no life do, and he decided that she needs a little adventure in her life. So he set up the book and made her wait until someone picked up the book. And Lily was just about to give up, and then she gets a call from Mark, her cousin, that someone left a package, which was one of the dares that was in the book. And then the roller coaster begins. This awesome friendship forms but the two of them are worried that if they meet that the others wont be what they expected them to be. For Lily it was mainly that he wouldn’t be good looking. Okay scratch that, it was a problem for Dash as well. But I loved the time when Dash sent Lily to Make-a-muppet and she met Boomer, and her reaction when she saw him was priceless. For some reason I found it hard to believe that Dash would be friends with someone like Boomer, but then again I think Dash is a hipster. He is so hipster, he can’t have mainstream, normal friends. But when Lily and Dash met, it was a little bit awkward, because they weren’t sure exactly what to expect. But soon they started talking… well, after a few days of awkward silence, they warm up to each other. I also love how Dash and Lily weren’t madly in love with each other, like most normal books these days, they were both kind of experimenting with other people, Dash with Sofia, and Lily with Edgar. But in the end, they both found each other and ended up being friends, and more. Overall, awesome Christmas time read and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. 🙂

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Worst Book to Movie Adaptations! >:C

There have been good movies… and there have been HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE!!! should-be-shot-in-the-head movies! Well at least book to movie adaptations! And I am here to name the worst 3. Now, there is no order because they are all equally horrible! They either ruined the plot, or didn’t follow the plot, or just ruined everything. So ladies and gentlemen, in no particular order, the worst (in my opinion, feel free to correct me) book to movie adaptations in YA!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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This movie BUTCHERED the book! And believe me, there was NOONE on this earth that was more exited for this movie than me! But from the second the trailer was released, i knew it wasn’t going to be very good. But I didn’t know it was going to be THAT bad! If there was a diagram of how the book plot was compared to the movie plot, it would look a little something like this:

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At first, it was okay, it kind of followed the plot, but then it made a slight mistake, and then another, and after a while, it was heading in the whole wrong direction! And I was just staring at the cinema screen with my mouth open like “What the….” Lets just start with the club scene, first of all, they were supposed to go into a room where she was all like “Woah! Guys don’t murder this guy” and they were supposed to react to her. But NOOOOO! they just murder the demon in plain sight! Then when Clary comes home, and sees that her mom is missing, shes a) supposed to be stung and b) she was supposed to kill the demon. THEN! The party at Magnus’s, when Simon gets kidnapped, in the book, they accidentally take him as a rat, in the movie, they purposefully kidnap him, also, in the movie only Jace and Clary are there to save him, and not the whole group.  Also, Jace never introduces Clary and Valentine as his father! The worst part of the movie was probably when Hodge and Valentine SPOIL that they made up that Jace and Clary are not actually brother and sister!!! I wanted to stab the person sitting next to me. Just the whole movie was wrong! NO! I cant go on! It fills me with RAGE!!!!

The second movie, Well actually, the next two movies because it is BOTH the Percy Jackson movies! They are an insult to the books! Not the the mortal instruments weren’t, but… Percy Jackson made two really bad movies! The fact that they made another one was just… i thought they would stop after the first, and the second was WORSE than the first!

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The first movie was bad because they completely rearanged the way that the plot develops, there was a map that they had to follow to get some pearls, and not just an adventure they went on and encountered those places on the way. It was horrible because of the plot, and because the plot was wrong, the book to movie part was terrible too, so that makes it earn a spot on this list.

The second movie was just plain terrible because sometimes it followed the plot, and sometimes it veered into unknown territory, it also just skipped important parts, that just.. NO!

EVERYTHING WAS WRONG!! If i were to write everything that they did wrong, we’d be here until morning. There were almost nothing right. I MEAN TYSON DIDNT EVEN SAY SPARKLE PONIES!! The horror!!!!! I cant. But I can give you a chart of what the book plot to movie plot comparison looked like, and if you thought the City of Bones chart was bad, wait and see.

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Note: blue is the movie plot, and the black line in the middle is the book plot.

So there you have it, the three worst book to movie adaptations (in my opinions). Do you know any other ones that are worse than these? if so, feel free to comment down below!

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Review)

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This book almost had me in tears. And i say almost in a good way, because I never cry during books. I think i was done with this book in a day. Yup. One day was all it took for me to plow through it. It is by far, my favorite John Green book. With a whopping score of 4.5 on goodreads and the award of goodreads choice book of 2012 i think that it deserves a review on my blog. Also, Since the movie is coming out this summer, and a lot of people are reading it now, I thought that my opinion must be shared.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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This book is the perfect combination of funny, sad, and make you want to kill yourself out of envy. It starts out with Hazel. A 17 year old girl who is diagnosed with lung cancer. She’s a snarky character which makes her OH-SO much more likable. At least to me. So we meet Hazel. Hazel thinks her mother thinks Hazel is depressed and so instead of letting her stay home all day. So Hazel’s mom makes her go to this Cancer Support Group that she thinks is supposed to help her cope. And all is good and well until the day comes when Hazels “friend” Isaac, who is also in this support group decides to bring a friend over. This friend. This friend, ladies and gentlemen is the utterly perfect, Augustus Waters. So Gus goes into this support group one day and Hazel meets him and they get talking. Augustus used to have cancer and he lost his leg to it. But now he is in remission and doing just fine. And she thinks he’s SOOO perfect. And then she decides that he might actually be an awesome friend until he pulls out a packet of cigarettes. I loved her little rant that she did here. It was the most beautiful thing that I have every read and it made me laugh like there was no tomorrow. the part where she says “even though you HAD FREAKING CANCER you give money to a company in exchange for the chance to acquire YET MORE CANCER.” it was beautiful. But then he explains how its a metaphor and how he doesn’t actually light the cigarette or smoke. But then Hazel and Augustus become friends. And they have the most fun. I loved when they were recommending each other books and she told him about An Imperial Affliction, and he calls her and just starts yelling “TELL ME THIS ISNT HOW THE BOOK ENDS!!” Oh Gus. I love you so… I also really enjoyed the part when Gus and Hazel are talking about their Wishes, because they both got a wish from the Make-a-Wish foundation and Gus is dumbfounded that Hazel used her wish on something so ordinary as Disneyland. And then he decides to use his wish on her and I was all “AWWWWWWW!!!” And then i died of cuteness overload. Also I loved the part when they are in Amsterdam and they have that amazing date night and the sheer to-die-for-romance-level that it contained. And how the next morning she drew him the ven-diagram! #dying! Can we just talk about how Peter Van Houten is the most horrible person ever to set foot on this planet we call Earth. I mean, when she was writing the letters i was all “Aww! Peter Van Houten! How sweet and thoughtful! I like you!” but then we meet him and he turns out to be a real… umm… umm…. okay! There is no nice way to put this! Peter Van Houten is a dick!  Even though this is a school project, other words are not sufficiently passionate or explanatory enough to describe Peter Van Houten! Hazel was so exited to meet him and then they show up at his door step and he shoo’s them away! No! NO! The HUMANITY!! The rest of the book just made me want to curl up in a ball and die in a corner. At first you think she’s gonna die, and then it turns out his cancer has returned and that he knew he had it almost the whole time and! OMIGOD DEM FEELS!!!! I can’t even explain how my eyes were almost producing liquid but i had to focus on the words in front of me so i could find out what was going to happen next! When he was in the car and she came and saved him and he was all *blarg* and threw up! No! No! No! NO! I cannot write without the memories coming back! I CANNOT! I really hope you enjoyed the book, and sorry for a rather short review but feelings are not something that I want to escape their prison while I am sitting at my computer. I have no intent of starting to cry and then my father running in and wondering if something tragic has happened and then I will have to explain to him that, No, nothing tragic has happened but that due to school, i had to recall the most emotional book i ever read and relive the eye watering scenes that were The Fault in Our Stars. Definitely a 5 stars! And it goes on the Ultimate bookshelf! Well done John Green.

Karin