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 the...more
I probably would've liked the book more if I hadn't watched the movie already. There were no surprises and the movie pretty much follows the book.
I liked the book, but if you already watched the movie you aren't missing out on much.
I found it on Amazon for two pennies plus shipping, I iz happy =)
So my friend went to see the film Penelope when it was screened at TIFF and told me it was "adorably cute and magnetically interesting", this of course made me very jealous of him because it was supposed to play at CIFF as well but then didn't so I had to wait for the DVD release. I then promptly forgot about it until I saw a note on the Twilight Lexicon saying that an...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
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
Anyway, enough about me. As far as I can remember, the romantic content of this book is satisfyingly enough for...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
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
Had I realized the book was an after thought, written after the screenplay, I probably wouldn't have bought it. In my opinion books written after the fact typically fall flat. And this one followed that pattern.
It's written in first person but somehow lac...more
But the one thing that I really love about this book, and what makes it stand out, is the ending. Rather than most fairy tales, it doesn't end with a big wedding, it ends with a twist. Which is something uncommon in lots of books today.
Overall, this book was absol...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
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
but I did appreciate learning more about
some of the characters' backgrounds,
like Edward, Lemon, and Max/Johnny. It was
also interesting to see how the curse originally
I did think it was weird for
Jake/the witch to have stayed with
Penelope for so long, taking care of
her all those years when the intention
was to watch the curse play out.
What a strange way to demonstrate an act of vengeance.
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
I wanted to like it, so as I read, I thought that maybe this...more
The writing wasn't fabulous, it cut out my favorite part from the movie, but other than that it was a good book.
I am excited to discuss this more at my book club!
I've seen bits and pieces of the movie, and I thought they did it very good.
I loved how the end wasn't like usual fairy tales, and how when they get married the curse gets lifted. Instead, Penelope had to accept herself the way she was. She didn't need anyone else to accept her but herself.
I didn't achieve all my goals. I nev...more