Penelope Wilhern has everything a girl could want: A wealthy, socialite family, an enchanted bedroom and some of the coolest clothes around. There is only one problem: She was born into a cursed family and has the face of a pig.
Hidden away from th ...more
I probably would've liked the book more if I hadn't watched the movie already. There were no surprises and the book pretty much follows the movie.
I liked the book, but if you already watched the movie you aren't missing out on much.
PENELOPE is a really cute modern-day fairy tale about a girl who learns to love herself for who she is instead of living the "when _____ happens to me, then I will be happy" myth.
If you have seen the movie then the story won't be a surprise to you. But there are several scenes from the movie that are expanded a bit more in the book to show you more of what was goi ...more
On one hand, if the author's motivation was simply to put into purchasable print a modern day fairy tale, then congratulations! It is definitely a pleasant and appropriate book for pre-teens.
On the other hand, the fact that the book came after the screenplay presented an opportunity to the author that she did not take advantage of. My hope was that I would get expanded history and m ...more
Penelope was an incredibly cute story. I loved reading about Penelope’s childhood as a girl with the face of a pig. It was such an emotional story that I felt very strongly connected to Penelope. Caveny did such a great job of drawing me into Penelope’s unusual world.
All of the characters were so well written. I fell in love with sweet Max and don’t even get me started on Penelope’s mother. I felt sorry for her and I was frustrated with her at the same time! Every character added their own ...more
I wanted to like it, so as I read, I thought that maybe this ...more
So this is just about my favorite movie of all time. Ever. I'm not going to claim that it's anything groundbreaking or world-changing like Star Wars or Breakfast at Tiffany's, but it's one of those movies that feels self-created and effortless; it wasn't written and cast and soundtracked and produced and acted out and recorded, it just grew out of the ground. (When something man-made seems natural, that is a very strong indicator that it was meticulously planned ...more
So, if you read the description of the book, it's pretty much spot on. It's about a girl with a pig's nose (not the entire face, only the nose because the rest was removed) who has been hidden away in her home for all of her life, meeting wealthy, blue-blooded men in order to find one to marry. The family interpreted the cure for the curse as this: it can only my lifted if she marries another blue blood. Along the way, she end up falling for a man trying to expose her, but he finds he has simil
Definitely enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot was a clever inversion of the typical fairy tale story, and the twists and turns felt very natural (such as the reporter posing as her suitor, and the way Penelope becomes a celebrity just because she has a pig nose.) The plot didn't go that deep into the human psyche (you could do a lot more with questions about to what extent our appearance defines us, ...more
This book is about a girl who has the face of a pig. Or, rather, the nose of a pig, because she is really very pretty in spite of it. The only way she can get rid of her pig-nose is by breaking the curse that put it there, and the curse requires that she be loved by "one of her own kind."
So number one on my list of things-I-love- ...more
Anyway, enough about me. As far as I can remember, the romantic content of this book is satisfyingly enough for ...more
So! The book was kind of magical! I mean who dislikes a romantic fairy tail? I don't!
Penelope: She is a girl who wants to break free, free from everything! Her mother, her house, her pig like nose and the torture of rejection over and over again! Sometimes I felt she was being a little bit harsh towards Edward! For sure he was annoying and shallow most of the times but I felt ...more
Unfortunately as far as movie novelizations go, Penelope doesn't do very well. It lacks charm, magic, depth and the worst of all - chemistry between the main couple. Many little moments were simply lost in translation, e.g. the cute scene of Johnny making Penelope guess which m ...more
The plot was very well fleshed out, with adorable added little details. The same could be said for the characters. The insight into everyone's minds at play during the action of the movie was extremely entertaining and I laughed out loud n ...more
Anyway, I reread this book a few days ago and while I still like it I do have some criticisms.
First off, I do like the story line and the very clear moral: You need to love yourself in order to be your best self. You see the effects of Penelope's parents fear clearly (view spoiler)[ since she was born they never accepted her ...more
I didn't achieve all my goals. I nev ...more