It's one of those things I often don't admit, because it's such a shameful thing within my friend circle, but from time to time I actually, sort of......moreIt's one of those things I often don't admit, because it's such a shameful thing within my friend circle, but from time to time I actually, sort of...like country music. Not all of it! Don't judge me!
Anyway, I've always liked Alan Jackson; he just comes off as very humble and "down home." So naturally, I thought a nice look into his private life might be interesting. In short, it was interesting enough, and I appreciated the christian message his wife employed and all...but it was extremely hard for me to relate to her. She spent a little too much time in the beginning talking about how pretty she was, how rich she was, and how everybody wanted to be her in high school. Not the way to gain sympathy Mrs. Jackson! Especially from someone who was tortured by girls like that in school. I believe though, that her experiences did humble her in the end, and I came to like her a bit more by that point. (less)
The book is a bit dated, (Teenage softies, hee hee) but I was incredibly amused by it. I wasn't crazy about any of the characters, in fact, the main f...moreThe book is a bit dated, (Teenage softies, hee hee) but I was incredibly amused by it. I wasn't crazy about any of the characters, in fact, the main four felt very much like a mini "mean girls" crew at times, but the sentiments were fun and enough to make the book work for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** I really like that for once, an obsessive, abusive, unhealthy romantic relationship is portrayed as, well...unhealthy. So while I ap...more**spoiler alert** I really like that for once, an obsessive, abusive, unhealthy romantic relationship is portrayed as, well...unhealthy. So while I appreciate that Nancy Werlin took that direction as far as Phoebe's relationship with Ryland, the part that was supposed to be most highly showcased-- the friendship between Phoebe and Mallory didn't exactly work for me.
In the end, I still saw Mallory's actions as selfish and wrong, and the fact that she saves Phoebe comes a little too late. At that point, it seemed like the only reason she spoke up was because she already knew the sacrifice wouldn't work, and didn't want to kill someone needlessly...rather than the fact that Phoebe was her best friend and she genuinely didn't want her to die.
I enjoyed reading this book though, and very much liked Phoebe. If the book had been written solely as a story of this event in her life, rather than an exploration of a powerful female friendship, I think I would have appreciated it more. (less)
What a sad reading experience. I saw the movie last spring the weekend it opened and I loved it so much that I dragged my sister to see it again only...moreWhat a sad reading experience. I saw the movie last spring the weekend it opened and I loved it so much that I dragged my sister to see it again only days later. It's totally tied with Scott Pilgrim for second best movie of the year (with the not yet released Deathly Hallows Part 1 taking the top spot, obviously.)
Much of the story started out quite similar to the movie, but still not quite as satisfactory. The biggest problem I had initially was with the illustrations. When you've got a certain visual in mind, and that visual looks something like this:
(This is the part where I tried to upload a smokin' hot picture, but epically failed everytime.) Follow this link should you need proof of hotness:
Well, you're bound to be a little disappointed when you see the same character portrayed not as a geeky sexpot- but as a real, live...geek. I mean we're talking wiry, wimpy, all around awkward geek. I cringed every time I had to look at him, which (considering he's the title character) was nearly every page. Another thing- Hit Girl in the movie had this adorable, sassy little purple bob. In the graphic novel she sports a lame freaking PONY TAIL. Ugh.
Now I'm not so shallow that I would give the dreaded "it was okay" 2 stars based on appearances alone. And after all, like I said, it was pretty much exactly like the movie...up to a point.
The ending is where it all fell apart for me. There was a certain revelation about a certain character that they very wisely left out of the movie. It seriously ruined the story for me. Why you would undermine your own story by turning one of your coolest characters into a complete joke is a mystery to me-- but I'll stick with the movie's spin on this part, thank you very much, Mark Millar.
In fact, I'll stick with the movie entirely. (less)