A Walk To Remember – Book/Movie Review!

Hello everybody, Shreya here! How are you all? I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are ready for a productive week ahead:) OK. Before I begin this post, I just wanted to let you all know, that I am a major sucker for books that have been turned into movies – if they have been done well, obviously. I am also prone to having majorly uncontrollable obsessions with books, movies, storylines, people…the list goes on! I know some of you feel the same way about these things and I would love to hear about your frequent obsessions! So before I explode with emotion and craze, let’s move on to this post!

About a week ago, I discovered the movie ‘A Walk To Remember’,the story of two North Carolina teens who go through some pretty tragic stuff while they fall in love. I saw the movie first, then proceeded to read the book and I think it is safe to say that I have been officially bitten by the Nicholas Sparks bug, which has now caused me to be extremely over emotional over basically any book or movie I read or watch…anyway, back to the story! (Also, the soundtrack is oh so amazing so it gets extra credit from me:)

‘A Walk To Remember’ follows the story of Landon Carter, the typical bad boy with a troubled past who has no drive to do well in school, or life for that matter. Due to circumstances, he crosses paths with Jamie Sullivan, the shy daughter of the minister of the local church. As the story progresses, Landon and Jamie become close and eventually fall in love. The story then takes a major left turn when Jamie confesses a deep secret to Landon, and it’s basically downhill from there on. The two then learn the true meaning of life, love and what it means to stay by someones side until their last breath

This story truly pulls at the old heartstrings and will probably leave you stranded with a pile of tissues around you…you have been warned. But in all seriousness, this story truly changed my outlook on life and literature in general and I can definitely say that it is now one of my favourite novels I have read, and definitely one of my favourite movies!

Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate how cute Landon Carter is? All my friends would probably give me weird looks once they searched him up, but for a guy in 2002, I would say he was pretty good looking;) If his looks aren’t really doing it for you, I can assure you his character surely will. I cannot count the number of times I have thought why there aren’t really 18 year old guys who are as charming, sweet and romantic as Landon…but I guess there’s nothing new about that. Guys in novels really are too good to be true.

This is probably the cheesiest post I have written. Probably the most crazy and the most personal. But that’s who I am, I guess. Just any geeky teenager with my nose in a novel and my head in the clouds, dreaming of people from the novel. I guess I’m proud of it, you know? I never want to get to the point where I have to hide who I really am because I’m not ‘cool’ enough! Ok this got too deep too quickly…

Anyways, I highly recommend that you watch this movie if you haven’t already! It came out 14 years ago so I suppose some of you would have seen it, and if so, please let me know, for I feel as if I’m alone in this ‘A Walk To Remember’ world and I have absolutely no one to talk about this with!!

Hope you all have an amazing week!

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.”

Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember

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The 5th Wave: Review

Hello everybody! I know I have been extremely inactive on here recently and you might have thought I’ve fallen off the face of the earth! I’ve been caught up in lots of crazy things and I just haven’t found the time! Speaking of the earth though, this brings us to my topic for this post. Recently I saw the new sci fi film “The 5th Wave” which was extremely exciting! Here is a short review of the films storyline and overall effect on the audience! Enjoy!


 

“The 5th Wave” follows the story of sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan as she tries to survive in a world that is being destroyed due to an alien invasion by creatures known as The Others. As waves of natural disasters and disease start wiping out the human population, Cassie is one of the only ones to survive from her family other than her little brother, Sam. That’s when everything starts to go wrong. Read More

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reaction

Basically, last week I had a night out with my family and we went to watch “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I think that’s what it’s called. Now, I have never watched a Star Wars movie in my entire life nor do I know anything about the phenomenon other than the fact that this guy named Luke Skywalker is trained by a little green ninja elf to defeat this masked guy named Darth Vader who turns out to be his father. And I’ve played the music score in band. So basically, I know nothing. But of course, my dad is a MAJOR Star Wars fan…I mean like theories and action figures and all! Not to mention the movie soundtrack is played on repeat all day! This is a reaction to the new Star Wars movie, written by a completely clueless Star Wars newbie.

(In no way do I mean to offend any die-hard Star Wars fans out there, this is just my interpretation of a pretty awesome phenomenon that I have no clue about.)


 

So the movie begins with the famous yellow writing sliding its way into darkness while cool electric music plays in the background while the sky is lined with white dots that appear to be stars. With a clash and a boom, the “Star Wars” logo that everybody likes to try and recreate appears, cool font and all.

Da da da daa, dee, dee da da deeee da dee da da deeee da dee da dee daaaa. The famous music plays before everything goes black! And basically after this scene, I understood nothing more of the movie. Here are my questions/reactions to it.

  1. The magic food: Now don’t get me wrong, this scene was probably my favourite in the whole movie. I just didn’t understand how a teaspoon of green powder could magically turn into an edible bun! It had to be some kind of crazy chemical reaction or just some unexplainable Star Wars weirdness.
  1. Robot gibberish: This element od the movie really got me wondering, why could only certain people understand this robot/droid language? Was it because they’re Parselmouths but robot style? Were they taught this at school? Although pretty darn amazing, this wasn’t explained very well in the film which left me wondering if there are only certain kinds of people who could understand robot language.
  1. The creatures: In no way do I mean to judge the appearance of some of these creatures, but most of them were SO UGLY!! Putting aside the appearance, I felt like we didn’t get a full insight into all the creatures presented in the film, especially those in that café where those E.T lookalikes lived. You know what I mean? Like this café with a large variety of creepy but also just completely awesomely weird looking alien creatures? I thought it was such an amazing scene because of the detail in all the creatures’ appearances but I also thought that the scene wasn’t long enough for me to fully take in the characteristics and personalities of each and every creature presented.
  1. The bear-monkey named “Chewy”: Ok. Let’s just take a moment here…what in the world is this creature?? And why is he so weirdly cute?? I was very confused as to what this creature represented but it definitely added a new kind of depth to the story.
  1. WHERE IS THE GREEN ELF??: I don’t know what to say…that was the only part of the film I was really looking forward to…seeing Yoda the green elf! But he was no where to be seenL Could somebody please tell me where he is??

I thank you all for hearing me out on what I thought this film was about! It was really entertaining even if I didn’t really understand much at all. I would be so grateful if you took the time to explain more about this series to me in the comments below!

May the force be ever in your favour…right?

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  – Yoda

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Book Review: “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

Hello everybody!

For my very first book review, I’ve decided to review one of my favourite YA books from the talented author, Gayle Forman. Hope this convinces you to pick up a copy! :)


If I Stay, by Gayle Forman.

“If I Stay” is a gripping and inspirational novel by the very talented author, Gayle Forman. Filled with drama, romance and thrills, this book tells a story about a young adult whose life revolves around one very important thing – music.

The book is set in Oregon in the 21st Century where Mia Hall, a 17 year old cellist lives with her rebellious, rock ‘n’ roll family. Her parents were once part of a rock band and her little brother Teddy seems to be following in their footsteps, learning how to play the drums and electric guitar!

Mia feels like she’s the odd one out. No one understands her love for classical music, and she decides that no one ever will.

Until she meets Adam Wilde…

Adam, a handsome young man with the same love of music as Mia, falls for her unexpectedly. The pair couldn’t be more different with Adam being a loud, popular rock-star and Mia being a shy cellist with big dreams of going to Juilliard. But it works – they fit together like a hand in a glove. Perfect in every way.

The story follows Mia as she deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic accident involving herself and her family.

As she sees flashbacks of all the amazing moments of her life, she realises it is her choice whether she chooses to stay and live a long, difficult life, or let everything go…

Gayle Forman’s use of flashbacks takes the novel to a whole new level of entertainment that will keep you reading for hours and hours! It is filled with many unbelievably concepts that will rattle your senses and leave you craving for more. This book promises to leave you on edge and in a puddle of tears as you approach the ending.

I absolutely loved the book and couldn’t put it down for even a second! I would recommend “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman for children and young adults over the age of 12 because of minor violence and detailed medical procedures. This book will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who love books with great depth and drama and who are not afraid to try a different kind of novel.


Thank you so much for reading and hope you have a great Wednesday!

Signing off,

Shreya xx

“Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you.”

– Gayle Forman, If I Stay