Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book Where Friendship Matters

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “International Day of Friendship is in two days. Choose a book where friendship matters“. After thinking for a long long time, I’ve settled on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, which mainly deals with friendship.


Original COver:

I quite like this cover, this is the one I own after all ;-).

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

                                              

I like the portuguese cover, because I kind of like this movie tie-in, but it’s not my favorite for sure. I like that the initial spanish cover had the original cover, though the title is a bit meh.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                           

I really like this US movie tie-in cover, and I also love the US revised cover.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

        

So many bad covers for this book… in order: Dutch, Finnish, French, Bulgarian and Romanian.

Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Books I Feel Differently About Now

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

So here it is, 8 books that I feel a little different about now than when I read them.


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Movie of the Week: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Wow, did you know that it has been well over a month since I posted about a movie? Yep, apart from a korean movie I watched on board when I was on my way to Korea, this is the first movie I’ve seen in over a month! WOW indeed!

Yesterday I had a lazy Sunday at home and decided it was well past the time to watch Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the novel by Jesse Andrews of the same name, which I reviewed back in June.

The reviews of the movie have been fantastic so far, so I was expecting it to be good, but man, I wasn’t expecting it to be that much better than the book. And it is! I liked the book, but the movie is absolutely amazing.

I was right back in June, this plot and story work way better in movie form than on the page. On the book, we never quite know exactly how Greg feels about everything and everyone surrounding him, because he is never really honest about it. This works way better on the movie, given that we can actually see his expressions and desperation written plainly on his face. Also, the relationship between the 3 main characters is way deeper in the movie than in the novel. Here we go through almost an entire year of bonding and OMG, it’s so so beautiful. I was crying like a baby – sobbing really – throughout the last third of the movie.

So, everything works amazingly well for this movie. The cinematography is completely unique, and there are a few scenes with a still camera that will give you the chills. Greg and Earl’s movies also work out great on movie – duh! This is a very visual plot, so I think it’s natural that the film can give it something that was severely lacking in the book.

I completely loved this movie. I adored Olivia Cooke as Rachel, and I think we can expect great things from her – and oh, her voice, I love her voice. Also, Nick Offerman as Greg’s dad was an unexpected pleasure 🙂 . I also loved RJ Cyler as Earl 🙂 .

And OMG, Hugh Jackman! I totally gasped at that scene, I was not expecting it at all.

To finish, I really loved it, and I think that even if you didn’t enjoy the novel all that much, you’ll really like the film. Trust me 😉 !

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

It’s Tuesday, September 1st, which means that it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With.

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1. Pen from Love in the Time of Global Warming  by Francesca Lia Block

I don’t really know why, she was an interesting heroine, I think I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief of the whole situation, so although I liked her, I didn’t quite click with her.

2. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I mentioned in my review that I wasn’t Greg’s biggest fan, right? He was the thing in the book that kept me from loving it more than I did.

3. Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I actually love Ari, but it took me a bit to really be able to connect with him, while Dante was as easy as breathing. Sometimes it annoyed me that Ari’s thoughts and behaviour were so erratic, even though I get the purpose of it.

4. Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner

In all honesty I had trouble connecting to every single character in The Maze Runner, maybe that’s the reason that I still haven’t picked up the second book – though I know I should, before the movie comes out.

5. Gemma from The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

From the 3 ladies in the book, Gemma is the one I identified less with, though I was rooting for her, it never entirely clicked.

6. Jasmine from A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

So much so that for a moment there I was almost rooting for Jafar. It was a huge problem in this book, the characters weren’t developed at all, which made it extremely hard to click with any of them. But Jasmine was the worst of all of them, her tendencies to go through the same path that she was supposed to be avoiding, made me cringe.

7. Penny from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham

I really disliked Penny. She could have been adorable and relatable, but she was not!

8. Jessamine Lovelace from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

JessieIt took me a really long time to actually feel anything for Jessamine. I eventually did, obviously, and by the end I even shed a tear when she died. But Jessie was definitely not an easy girl to love, at least by me.

9. Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I had a huge problem connecting with Wren from Fangirl. I hated how she treated her sister. I get that she needed her independence and be her own person, that’s more than fine, but things don’t have to be all or nothing. She could have gone her own way, but not completely forget that she had a sister who also needed her.

10. Jacob from the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

I was never, even remotely, on team Jacob. I just never really clicked with him… And I kind of liked him (just a tiny bit) more on the movies (because of Taylor Lautner… *not sorry!*). The truth is, I never got why he was so into Bella, because he’s into her more or less from the starts and it annoyed me.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Jesse Andrews)

>  Nº 3 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that became a movie <

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Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.

Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

This is an interesting book. I laughed so hard while reading this book, I was having fits on the bus and everything… FUN!

*** Warning, there will be MAJOR SPOILERS, you have been warned ***

The story is interesting enough: boy who just wants to be invisible, with his only friend being more of a co-worker, is forced to bond with dying girl. To top it off, Greg and Earl do movies together, and some of the book is written in script form, which is pretty cool.

The story in itself is not groundbreaking, I think this a story about life happening, that exactly specific events in one’s life. Nothing monumental actually happens in neither of their lives… well, Rachel dies, but that’s about it. It’s not a story about friendship, or young love, or achieving your true potential. It goes a bit like this: Greg doesn’t want friends, Greg is forced to be friends with Rachel, Greg thinks that his job it to make Rachel laugh, Earl becomes friends with her and is able to say so, Greg doesn’t understand why he’s sad that Rachel is worst, Rachel loves the videos, Rachel gets sicker, Greg cries – still doesn’t understand, Rachel dies, Earl sets Greg straight, Greg decides to apply to film school. Sure, in the meantime he kind of grows, they kind of become friends.

I absolutely loved the book, the pacing is good, is easy to read, the story is entertaining, though not very deep (from Greg’s point of view). But I think it will work better on film than on the page.

Why? Well, in the book Greg comes off as a highly unlikable character. I could not stand him. Sure, he says several times that Earl is a better person than he is, but it is actually very true. Earl is great, Rachel is amazing, Greg?! Mehhh!! It’s because he’s always reinforcing the idea that it is not a love story… we get it, then he says several times that he’s only there to make her laugh, he says other stuff that just made me want to slap him. And still, even though the book is narrated by a meehh character, I still quite enjoyed it!

So looking forward to the movie! Especially since the reviews have been great!

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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