Thursday, August 28, 2014

Where She Went - Book Review (Spoiler Free)

Wow, I am just...speechless. I am such an emotional wreck right now and can feel my eyes swelling with tears. I honestly didn't want the story to end and would give anything for there to be a third book. 

When I first read If I Stay, to be completely honest, I was not impressed. In fact, I was quite the opposite: disappointed. I had heard of all the hype over the book but when I finally read it, it was not as great as I expected it to be. 

However, Where She Went is an entirely different story. I adored it from beginning to end and was so enthralled that I read it in just a day. 

This book is truly something else. I relate to both Adam and Mia so well it almost feels like they're real, normal human beings. It makes me sad that they don't actually exist..

This is easily one of my favorite novels now. With no doubt, I can guarantee that you will love it and that it will bring you to tears (or at least close to). 

A story with everything from desperation, confusion, anger, name it. Gayle Forman authentically portrayed the beauty of true love, and both the good and bad that comes with it.

My star rating: 

Monday, August 11, 2014

August TBR

The month of August is here! Which means two things: the hot summer weather is almost over (yay!) and school is almost here (sigh..).
So, this month, I have a total of five books that I will hopefully be able to read before school starts for me in the beginning of September: 

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

4. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams 

5. Doon by Carie Corp and Larie Langdon 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gayle Forman and Director RJ Cutler discuss If I Stay

Gayle Forman and RJ Cutler at If I Stay discussion and signing at the Barnes & Noble in Glendale, CA.

On Friday, August 8th, I had the privilege of attending Gayle Forman and RJ Cutler's If I Stay signing in Glendale, CA! Before the signing there was a discussion about the movie. Gayle Forman took the time to ask RJ Cutler a few questions. I was able to jot down most of the questions and answers so read on to learn more about the making of If I Stay!

Why did you want to direct this movie?
Cutler said that just like us, he read the book. And when he read it, he wanted to direct it. He called it a "great, deep, profound, mythic story."

Did you pause because it was YA?
Cutler's answer: "I'm basically a teenage girl...No, I did not  pause. The fact that it's a young adult novel is awesome. The making of the movie was not impacted at all because of the category the book was in."

Cutler on his relationship with Chloe...
Cutler met Chloe through Skype. After skyping for a while, they met for lunch and talked about their love for the book (If I Stay). Because their feelings towards the book were  so similar, Cutler stated "I think I spent an hour talking to myself." He also went on to say that Chloe was great for Mia's role because she was so alike to her. Mia was a 17 year old girl who loved her family and started working on her passion at a young age. Chloe is also a 17 year old girl who absolutely loves her family and has dedicated herself to her passion (acting) since she was a kid.

Gayle Forman and Cutler on finding Adam...
Cutler: "We needed someone who could play music, sing, be charming, cool, act, act with Chloe Moretz...And then Jamie walked in. It was magical. It was fantastic." He then went on to say that Chloe and Jamie shared an instant great chemistry.
Gayle to Cutler: "When you did find Adam it was like you extracted the character from my brain and animated him."

Cutler on Adam's band...
Cutler shared a cool fact that Adam's band were actually not actors. The team had gone to Vancouver and held auditions for local bands in the area. The most unique audition Cutler saw was when a guitarist and bassist walked in, but didn't have a drummer. Cutler went on to find out from the boys that their drummer had gotten into a car accident and was in a coma for a while, and was currently recovering. Cutler found it fascinating that the drummer's story shared an eery similarity to Mia's from the book that he casted them immediately. 

Forman and Cutler on the music in the film...
"The music was real." - Cutler
"The way Mia plays the cello in the film tells a whole other story so pay attention to the cello music." -Forman

Cutler on Liana Liberato as Kim...
"You should see the audition that Liana liberato made in the audition for Kim.
Liana just crushed me in that audition.
She did not only understand Kim's character but also Mia."

Friday, August 8, 2014

If I Stay Prescreening! (No spoilers)

So this is just a little update...
On Wednesday night I was able to attend an If I Stay prescreening hosted by Refinery29 in LA! 
All I can say is wow...the movie was absolutely amazing. When I first watched the trailer for the movie a few months ago, I teared up, and that was only the trailer. If you're an emotional person, I can guarantee that you will leave the theater with puffy red eyes. 
The movie went FAR beyond my expectations, and I'm quite sure it was probably one of the best book to movie adaptations I've seen. (Yes, even better than TFiOS. *gasps*) I truly applaud Gayle Forman, RJ Cutler, and the actors for creating such an accurate adaption of the book. It makes me happy when filmmakers can beautifully bring words to life. 
The movie comes out on August 22nd and I would totally recommend for anyone to go watch it!