movie news: Sophie Nelisse is to play the title character of Liesel Meminger. Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush and War Horse ac (c) alison scarpulla
movie news: Sophie Nelisse is to play the title character of Liesel Meminger. Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush and War Horse actress Emily Watson will portray Liesel’s foster parents. [ full article ]
The story sucks you in, making you wish you were there to watch all of it happen or there was a movie with a similar storyline. You really can’t helpThe story sucks you in, making you wish you were there to watch all of it happen or there was a movie with a similar storyline. You really can’t help but smirk & laugh out loud at many of those tastefully scenes with a very witty Fiona & her many pranks! ... And all of that while it still manages to be realistic ...to a certain extend. You definitely can relate to particular situations or characters. It's movie stuff, guys.
I would have liked for the book to be much longer, so as to spend more time with pretty much all of the characters (Ok, actually meaning: Fiona, Johnny, Todd). Oh, her next book can't come too soon.
Well played, Kristin Walker. Well played. @HOLLYWOOD: Movie please!
it's the summer of 1899. the sun is burning hot like a ball spouting fire, even the insects are desperately trying to get to a droplet of water by marit's the summer of 1899. the sun is burning hot like a ball spouting fire, even the insects are desperately trying to get to a droplet of water by marching through the smallest cracks in the tate house. amidst all the chaos is 11-year old callie vee tate. the only girl out of seven children. the title says it all. this is her story.
callie is as witty, entertaining, caring, understandably self-conscious, vulnerable as she can be determined and blunt to the point of being insolent. when being explained something, she doesn't just leave it at that and accepts the answer as the absolute truth. callie belongs to the group of people who regards the answer like an object to be viewed from all angles and corners and prods it with a stick, like the scientist she is.
i asked mother if i could cut my hair, which hung in a dense swelter all the way down my back. she said no, she wouldn't have me running about like shorn savage. i found this manifestly unfair (..). so i devised a plan: every week i would cut off an inch of hair - just one stealthy inch - so that mother wouldn't notice. she wouldn't notice because i would camouflage myself with good manners. when i took on the disguise of a polite young lady, i could often escape her scrutiny. - (p4, paperback, january 2011)
see? have a smile on your lips? i am not the least surprised.
callie tries to juggle her interests with the jobs that have to get done, like how her mother forces her to master the art of housewifery.
how were you supposed to make the stitches the same size? (..) who cared about this stuff? well, i could answer the last one. my mother cared, and the rest of the world apparently did too, for no good reason that i could figure out. and i, who did not care, was going to be forced into caring. it was ridiculous. - (p217)
"boys, i have an announcement to make. your sister made the apple pies tonight. i'm sure we will all enjoy them very much." "can i learn how, ma'am?", said jim bowie. "no, j.b. boys don't bake pies," mother said. "why not?" he said. "they have wives who make pies for them." "but i don't have a wife." (..)
was there any way i could have a wife, too? i wondered .. -(p228)
the evolution of calpurnia tate reads like part memoir, part scientific logbook recorded by the protagonist (who happens to be a devoted naturalist), as much as it is based on historical facts (obviously darwin is being mentioned, but also coca-cola, the invention of the telephone and the automobile, famous authors like charles dickens and robert louis stevenson).
as the story nears its end, it turns more and more serious, because callie struggles with the answer about who she wants to be and who she is supposed to be. ...more
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you tur3.5/5
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you turned out so bitter and question why the world can't be as simple or straightforward as someone like marcelo sees it. marcelo is just a great person and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. many of the people marcelo encounters at the law firm treat him like crap or act as though he's stupid. so being marcelo's friend would probably lead me to an aggravated assault charge or two, but marcelo is constantly running into people who need to get bitch slapped. [ fya | megan crane ]
some notes: the relationships were not fully fleshed out, but that was fine. i wasn't really that interested or invested (what i read about that anyway) in any of the other characters (parents, jasmine or the rabbi for example), but i appreciated them nonetheless. marcelo was an endearing literary character, i was glad i had the opportunity to meet.
his thoughts on religion, his internal music, various other opinion pieces and bible passages he discussed with the rabbi were the most enjoyable for me to read about.
I finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both weI finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both were sweet, quirky (in a good way), innocent & naïve, being the way they were. Weaving stories, giving imaginary places names, meaningless things meaning, making the whole story cozy & colorful. Which is why I wanted to read it in the first place. The book even has a few colored pages (black, pink, blue), which makes it stand out even more than it already does.
I'm mad at Jonah for being so selfish at times. But also mad for him, all those things happening to him ... The horrors he had to go through ... *shakesHeadSadly* No one should have to go through things like these. His father definitely was an as*, I'm not sure what he did was forgiveable in any way. Apparently Jonah saw it the same way.
Bea's mother was awful, calling her OWN daughter a heartless robot, every time Bea didn't feel or act the same way she did (her father isn't without faults either), though she (aka Bea) did a few times remind me of a certain someone ... You might know her (or not)
cat wants to win with her project in fizer's special topics research science class badly, because it would mean green light for getting a rec3.5 stars
cat wants to win with her project in fizer's special topics research science class badly, because it would mean green light for getting a recommendation for college applications and eventually even winning scholarships. basically a freet-ticket to reaching her dreams. problem: cat's topic for her 7-month project is about something she's totally NOT interested in.
stone age. neanderthals. hominids. homo erectus.
cat hates herself. cat hates her body. but cat finds an interesting topic for her project to work on. she uses it, to experiment on herself.
and that when i realized: i wanted to be her. not her in the sense that i wish i had to fight saber-toothed hyenas just to get a decent meal, but her in looks. i want --and i know this sounds incredibly shallow, but science requires the truth-- i wouldn't mind for once in my life to actually look ... good.
or at least better than i do right now. maybe even pretty, if that's possible. when i wake up in the morning, it's like i'm wearing this giant fat suit, and if only i could find the zipper, i could step out of it and finally go start living my real life.
turning < fat cat > into < cat >.
CAN MODERN HUMANS BENEFIT FROM RETURNING TO THE EATING & LIFESTYLE HABITS OF THE EARLY HOMININS?
proposal: over the course of seven months (207 days), researcher will act as own test subject & attempt to duplicate as closely as possible the living conditions of early hominids.
she loses pound after pound, even guys begin noticing & asking her out. it works! cat feels better than ever.
i thought the book would be fun. so, yes i was a little bit more than surprised at its deepness.
how do we see ourselves? how do others see ourselves? what does beauty truly mean?
these and more questions are explored in this book.
once upon a time, i saw this episode in mtv made about a filled-out girl wanting to win a model contest. and there was this mentor (?) of hers who told her: "don't love yourself fat? then you won't love yourself thin either!" which i thought was a good statement.
skin confidence leads to self confidence when you believe in yourself and science, miracles can happen.
kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] ...more
somewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful notesomewhere along the lines of the virgin suicides, only with a less detached point of view and also more positive, i think because of it's hopeful note and the promise of good things to happen.
and if that doesn't win you over, hold still has wonderful little doodles scattered all over the book by mia nolting!...more
A whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl, based ofilm pairing:
TURN ME ON, (GOD)DAMMIT!
A whimsical and refreshingly honest coming of age story about the blossoming sexuality of a teenage girl, based on the novel by Olaug Nilssen.
15-year-old Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is consumed by her out-of-control hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to down-and-dirty daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on. Alma and her best friend Sara live in an insufferably boring little town in the hinterlands of Norway called Skoddeheimen, a place they loathe so much that every time their school bus passes the sign that names it, they routinely flip it off. After Alma has a stimulating yet awkward encounter with Artur, she makes the mistake of telling her incredulous friends, who ostracize her at school, until Sara can’t even be seen with her. At home, Alma’s single mother is overwhelmed and embarrassed by her daughter’s extravagant phone sex bills and wears earplugs to muffle Alma’s round-the-clock acts of self-gratification. Throughout, the complexities of Alma’s burgeoning sexuality are compassionately rendered by Systad Jacobsen with a frankness that always rings true, as does first-time actress Helene Bergsholm’s funny and moving performance as Alma.
Laced with warmth and quirky humor, Turn Me On, Dammit! is a light-hearted take on a story that is told so often about boys and so rarely about teenage girls. [ click ] [ review ]...more