Note: This book club review is for the book and the movie January’s 2017 Book and Movie Review Theme: Australia Book/Movie Club Set Up: Each member of oNote: This book club review is for the book and the movie January’s 2017 Book and Movie Review Theme: Australia Book/Movie Club Set Up: Each member of our group (women ages 24-48) draws a month and a genre/theme. Whosever month it is, gets to choose a book and movie in their category. (They do not have to be one in the same.) The group has approximately 3 weeks to read the book and then we get together to eat, discuss the book, and then watch the movie. Quick Book Summary (from Amazon): by M.L. Stedman, published July 31, 2012 - Tom returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper and brings a wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Quick Movie Summary (from IMDB): 2016 directed and screenplay written by Derek Cianfrance Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz - A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat. The Itinerary: We met at Sydney’s house this month. Since the theme was Australia, she ordered “Aussie-tizers from Outback Steak House. We had Bloomin' Onion® petals, Steakhouse Mac & Cheese bites, and cheesy fries. Wine, beer, and Australian cookies were brought by others. Thoughts about the Book: The opinions were split this month. Some people absolutely loved the book and some people hated the book. Out of six of us, three of us finished. I was one of the people not to finish the book, and was actually in the middle of loving and hating the book. I didn’t mind the writing, I actually enjoyed part I. I thought it was not the kind of book you read in a hurry but the type of book for a lazy afternoon. However, once I got to the more serious subject matter (I’m a sensitive reader when it comes to children), I couldn’t read it any longer. I wasn’t alone on this, even discussing the book made some of us tear-up. Others hated/loved the book because of the writing style and details. One of us (I’m not naming any names) admitted to throwing her book across the room at one point because of the storyline. Thoughts about the Movie: Again, we were split down the middle. Here were some of the comments about the movie: “The movie was really toned down. The most traumatic parts were not nearly as heart wrenching as the book.” “I only stayed for half of it, and I was on my phone the whole time.” “Loved the book and the movie was good, but I agree, it was toned down and it lost some of the drama because of it.” “I thought it was super boring, and I didn’t like any of the characters.” Girly Discussion: Some thought the lead actress Alicia Vikander was gorgeous. We also pondered as to if we would be able to stay alone in a light house like the characters had. How long would you be able to stay on an island with no other people – except your spouse? Interesting Discoveries: Five people portrayed the character, Lucy/Grace. The Group’s Average ratings (out of 5): Book: 3.4 Bloomin' Onions Movie: 2.8 Bloomin' Onions
The bottom line: This one is difficult to say. Personally, I thought the book was well-written and so if you don’t mind a non-feel-good tear-jerker, you should read it. But it did have a lot of flowery prose, so if you’d rather just get on with the story, this one might not be for you. And if you were to pick just one, I would recommend the movie over the book (even though overall it received a lower rating), because you will actually get to see all the beautiful scenery instead of just reading about it. Next month’s Book and Movie Theme: Looking Back. Book: Before I go to sleep www.dorlanavann.me ...more
No one liked the book. The author did not bother to add the plot promised in the synopsis. The writing was aw(This review is from my movie/book club)
No one liked the book. The author did not bother to add the plot promised in the synopsis. The writing was awkward and the story-line was unbelievable and cheesy. Here are some of the group’s comments:
“I didn’t realize it was so easy to get published.”
“Maybe this book was supposed to be a joke.”
“I laughed … but more like Ha!”
“This was like a bad knock-off of Fifty Shades.”
“I couldn’t finish it.”
“No character transformation/arc.”
“What was up with the cookies?”
“Her inner dialogue was annoying.”
“Why didn’t the author just make the book in 1st person?”
“I hated this book.”
We also discussed the sex scenes - some said they were gag inducing and were compared (unfavorably) to Fifty Shades.
OK, I’m just going to give the actual ratings from each of us:
F for effort, 0, .25, .25,-1.00, 0 – I’m pretty sure that adds up to no stars but I gave it the one here on GoodReads for the rating of "Did not like it."
It was my turn to pick a book for the movie/book club and I checked Amazon before making my book choice and Tailored for Trouble had overwhelmingly positive reviews – which I really don’t understand, seeing as 6 out 6 of us – different ages and book preferences – didn’t care for it. I say skip the book. ...more
Pros: Everyone really enjoyed the book. Some of us shared that there were a few tears shed during the rea(This is the review from my book/movie club.)
Pros: Everyone really enjoyed the book. Some of us shared that there were a few tears shed during the reading. We liked the switching of different points of view. The author did a great job of making you feel strongly one way or another about all the characters. We all liked Auggie, but there were other standout characters, especially Via and Justin. And no one liked Julian of course, but Miranda was another character who the group thought was unlikeable and had questionable motives. Cons: I got distracted a few times by the out-of-date references: Clint Eastwood, Sound of Music, The little Rascals, Close Encounters etc. I think today’s 10-year-old (even in 2012) would use a little more current entertainment references. The book was slow at times - there were a lot of every day conversations.
Wonder is perfect for all ages. It is touching, humorous at times, and has subtle lessons about the importance of acceptance, friendship, and family. Read it!
To see the full book and movie review for November's theme: Children - Wonder (book) and Home Alone (movie) visit www.dorlanavann.me ...more
2.5 stars - At first, I thought I was going to really love the book. The first half read smoothly, and I was anxious to get to promised secrets – but2.5 stars - At first, I thought I was going to really love the book. The first half read smoothly, and I was anxious to get to promised secrets – but it fell flat. There was no suspense, and the few secrets that were finally revealed, after endless backstory, were predictable. I did finish the book but skimmed a lot of pages. I didn’t believe most of the characters, except for Danny. Everyone was selfish and there was no redemption to be had. I also don’t understand why the blurb gives away most of the book? Why?
This was part of my book/movie club - This month's theme was Thriller. You can check out the complete review, including our thoughts on the movie "The Girl on the Train" here http://www.dorlanavann.me...more