I know a lot of people don't trust when celebrities write books but I do like Hilary's writing here. It's not the smoothest, there's a lot more tellin...moreI know a lot of people don't trust when celebrities write books but I do like Hilary's writing here. It's not the smoothest, there's a lot more telling than showing, but the story she has created is really intriguing + the chemistry between Sage and Clea is hard to deny.
I've heard the second book in the series is an improvement + I'm looking forward to it.(less)
One of the authors on the back said she wanted to live inside this book, and I totally agree. It's an easy read, but it hits home. Such familiar feeli...moreOne of the authors on the back said she wanted to live inside this book, and I totally agree. It's an easy read, but it hits home. Such familiar feelings, and the love of a beach house in the summer. Reminded me of some Judy Blume "Summer Sisters" (which is one of my favorte books of all time!) Can't wait to read the other two!(less)
There are very few examples of movies inspired from books that are better than the actual books. (Th...moreReview originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog
There are very few examples of movies inspired from books that are better than the actual books. (The Notebook is the only one I can think of.) So I’m not sure why a) I waited so long to pick up this book because I’ve see the movie only a billion times b) I was expecting not to like it much.
Despite the differences, I found myself really loving this first book and I’m pretty much ready to gobble up the rest ASAP. First, Mia is such a relatable character even if she just found out she was a princess. She deals with body image issues, a know-it-all best friend, her mom dating her algebra teacher, and the arduous wait for her first kiss. She’s semi-dramatic but super intuitive even if she sucks at telling people how she feels. (Did I mention she is in love with the most popular guy in school?)
I do love that this book upholds the diary style and doesn’t break out of it to create scenes. Instead we learn about Mia’s life (and “secret” life) through her words and eyes entirely. If you’ve seen the movie as much as I have, this first book is basically the uber slow-mo version of what happened in most of the beginning of the flick. One of the huge differences is that her father is still alive and her grandma is absolutely nothing like Julie Andrews. (Maybe we’ll get to that point somewhere down the line.)
The key to the first book in a series is to feel invested enough to pick up the next one. Of course, being me, I am a little too invested in Mia’s love life but I also want to know if her best friend Lily’s always going to be so boisterous, if her parents are really over one another, and what about this mysteriously sweet Michael Moscovitz? While there are plenty of subplots going on, it’s never overwhelming and only adds to how much we learn about Mia’s universe.
Really, my only issue is how I am going to find the time to read a series of ten books. Ah! Wish me luck! (less)
August 2014: #ISLAisCOMING reread. Is it possible to love a book as much as you did the first time you read it? Possibly even more. Even tho...more4.5 stars.
August 2014: #ISLAisCOMING reread. Is it possible to love a book as much as you did the first time you read it? Possibly even more. Even though I knew how it was all going to go down, I did not want to leave Anna & St. Clair's world. Perkins balances change, parental issues, friendship, and more. Plus, it's a love letter to Paris. I must go!
July 2011: Do not be fooled by this title. Well-written, addicting and starring one of the quirkiest characters I've read in a long time.(less)