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message 1: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn I didn't know this was a book before I saw the movie. The movie, I thought, was incredible. I can't wait to read the book. This story gives you a look into a world which is....almost unbelievable to conceive people are really like this. I can't wait to read this novel!


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky I've never heard of either... Interesting.


message 3: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Both the book and the movie are great (and both are remarkably bleak). I actually saw the movie before I read the book. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, recently of "The Hunger Games" fame - and her acting is excellent.


message 4: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie a good female character - I'm in


message 5: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya B0nnie wrote: "a good female character - I'm in"

Yup. Those are a rare breed, aren't they?


message 6: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie though I love all of Austen's and Bronte's mesdemoiselles


message 7: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya B0nnie wrote: "though I love all of Austen's and Bronte's mesdemoiselles"

Who were very appropriate for that time. Lizzy Bennet = love. (But my second favorite Austen character is the passionate and silly Lydia Bennet, so that must say something about me).


message 8: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie Lydia! oh where are my smelling salts...but then, mine is Fanny Price so what does that say about me??


message 9: by Catie (new)

Catie I'm an Anne Elliot girl through and through. :)

Another great review Nataliya. I love this author so much.


message 10: by Kay (new)

Kay Wonderful review!


message 11: by Jim (new)

Jim Wow!! Amazing review, Nataliya.. Gotta throw this one on my pile, too!


message 12: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ Lovely review, but it also reinforces why I don't think I will be reading this anytime soon. I don't think I could handle it right now!


message 13: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, guys.
Amber - this definitely can be a traumatic read.


message 14: by Katy (new)

Katy Wow, great review. Remind me that I never want to read this - I don't do bleak very well.


message 15: by Megan (new)

Megan Great review! I didn't realize it was a book as well. I've only seen like a half hour of the movie but now I really want to read the book before I finish the rest of it!


message 16: by Leah (new)

Leah I just saw the movie, and it's easy to see why Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for this role. She was phenomenal! A true survivor! I was surprised at how similar this character is to Katniss.


message 17: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya She was excellent, indeed. Such a wonderful talented young actress! No wonder the producers of Hunger Games wanted her to play Katniss.


message 18: by Tfitoby (new)

Tfitoby Fantastic review. I've forced this book on everyone I know but have never been able to tell them why it's good in such a clear way.

Somehow the lack of snow in the movie lessened the bleak effect on me but overall it was better than I expected form an adaptation.


message 19: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Thanks, Tfitoby! This book was excellent, and therefore it was easy to praise it. I saw the movie first, and so the lack of snow was not a big deal, but it did add to the bleakness and desperation in the book. Jennifer Lawrence was really good in the movie; I cannot picture Ree Dolly any different now.


message 20: by Anelis (new)

Anelis I loved this movie and wasn't even aware that it was based on a book! I must read this!


message 21: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Anelis wrote: "I loved this movie and wasn't even aware that it was based on a book! I must read this!"

You should. The movie was quite faithful to the book, and it captured the spirit and atmosphere of the book very well. If you loved the movie, you will love this book as well.


message 22: by Christine (new)

Christine Your review was fantastic. I don't need to write one now! This was such a tough read but so well written.


message 23: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Christine wrote: "Your review was fantastic. I don't need to write one now! This was such a tough read but so well written."

Thanks, Christine!


message 24: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Another wonderful review Nataliya - why didn't I stumble on this sooner. I'm almost convinced to get to reading this book, but I'm not sure I can fit it in right now. Might think about putting it on a long list...


message 25: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Jonathan wrote: "Another wonderful review Nataliya - why didn't I stumble on this sooner. I'm almost convinced to get to reading this book, but I'm not sure I can fit it in right now. Might think about putting it o..."

Thanks, Jonathan!


message 26: by Susanna (new)

Susanna Wonderful review!!


message 27: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Susanna wrote: "Wonderful review!!"

Thanks!


message 28: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Thank you for posting this excellent review. I watched the movie recently upon a recommendation that it was similar to the Rian Johnson film "Brick." I failed to see where they were drawing their comparison - except, perhaps, for the noir aspect of "we know from the start that this person important to the lead character's life is dead, but we have to figure out how - and the entire thing is tied to the drug underworld" - but I nevertheless enjoyed it. It was bleak, yes, but frankly, very real. I live in upstate New York - certainly a far cry from the Ozarks - but there were elements of "country life" that were quite authentic. Not the brutality of clan life, but the bleak setting, the "redneck yards," the clothing that was seen. It's a far cry from Middle America, but it's a very real America for many, many people - but it is a place where more than brutality can bloom. I have seen it.

I digress. Having read your review, I would love to get my hands on this book. And I appreciate your comparison of Ree to other recent heroines, especially Katniss - yes, she is an entirely different creature, but I did find myself wondering if Lawrence's portrayal of Ree is what landed her the role of Katniss. Your thoughts?


message 29: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Hannah wrote: "And I appreciate your comparison of Ree to other recent heroines, especially Katniss - yes, she is an entirely different creature, but I did find myself wondering if Lawrence's portrayal of Ree is what landed her the role of Katniss. Your thoughts?"

I'm sure it contributed quite a bit. Lawrence's portrayal of Ree Dolly was quite memorable - the innocent-looking but incredibly tough and hardened by life survivor. I think that's exactly the image that those casting the role of Katniss had in mind.


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