Posts tagged with "realistic fiction"
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance for people who don’t like romances. (It’s still really good if you like romances, too.) The novel boasts funny-but-realistic dialog and incredibly likeable characters. The two narrators are so three-dimensional that you feel you’ve known them for years; it’s less like reading a romance and closer to simply watching two good friends discover how cool and amazing you already know they each are. On top of that, it features some of the steamiest hand-holding scenes put to paper. Seriously, it’s like the Fifty Shades of Grey of holding hands. (If you really think about it, though, holding hands is pretty steamy if you really like the hand you’re holding.)
Clay Jannon is an unemployed marketer and web designer. His days are spent surfing the web unsuccessfully obtaining employment. That is until he comes across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore a narrow, vertigo-inspiring bookstore packed with books on its skyscraper shelves. Mr. Penumbra hires the new night clerk on the spot. Clay didn’t know that the course of his life would change that afternoon. It only takes him a couple of days to notice peculiarities with the business and its clientele. Clay and his new love interest Kat delve into the world of a 500 year old secret society called the Unbroken Spine.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore explores the tension between new technology and old, digital versus print, working out a problem longhand instead of relying on computer assistance. Clay, his friends, and Google through employee Kat try to help Mr. Penumbra solve an age-old mystery using modern technology. Robin Sloan cleverly weaves fantasy and reality to construct an adventure tale that engages readers and makes them cheer for the ragtag bunch of codebreakers. Throughout the novel, Clay calls upon his friends, actual and virtual, to help him uncover the treasure coveted by the Unbroken Spine for centuries. This is a quick read, definitely worth checking out…AND the cover glows in the dark!
The graphic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong follows a ragtag group of high schoolers on their journey to a robot rumble. Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is his best friend and the president of the school’s robotics team. Holly is head cheerleader and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend. When school funding comes up short, student council must choose whether the robotics team will attend the national robotics competition or if the cheerleaders will get new uniforms for the national cheerleading championship. Naturally, Charlie is pulled into the drama in the midst of dealing with his own problems. Eventually, the characters must set aside their differences and work together to battle in a Thanksgiving robotics competition that will get both the robotics team and cheerleading squad to nationals.
Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks present a funny, heartwarming, and realistic story about dealing with high school cliques, camaraderie, competition, and friendship. Shen’s writing is an authentic portrayal of interactions between the teenage characters. The story is quick-paced and engaging. Hicks’ illustrations capture the characters’ personalities and sense of movement throughout the book. The humor of the novel comes from characters expressions and robot demolition conveyed by the artwork.
This is a great read for anyone – it’s a perfect Thanksgiving story to pass the time while you digest your turkey dinner!
Have you watched the new The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie? It’s the one starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson. It came out on DVD and Blu-Ray recently, and I just had the opportunity to watch it over the weekend. This may not sound like a big deal, but it was a big deal.
Like many movies that come out lately, this one is based on a book. The book is called (whaddyaknow) The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky. Now why was it such a big deal to watch this movie based on this book? Well… it’s because I love this book. You know the feeling, right? If not, see below.
You love a book when:
1. You instantly click with the main character in the first few chapters.
2. You feel like you really know the people in the story by the middle.
3. You wonder what happens to them after you read the last page.
I love this book like that. And, I didn’t want questionable acting or crazy amounts of added action to ruin the story as it was. But since the film was written and directed by the author of the novel, I knew that there was a possibility that it would be ok. Just… maybe.
Verdict? The film did the book justice. Some scenes were changed, some scenes were taken out, and some scenes were exactly as I imagined them. If you go to high school in the suburbs, I think you’ll find certain sets like the football game and the cafeteria eerily accurate. And if your high school experience is like mine was, you'll definitely feel for Charlie as he tries to dance awkwardly at homecoming. All in all, the spirit of the film was spot-on with the spirit of the book. More than that, you could tell that making the film was a labor of love. And, as one would say here on the internet, “It gave me all the feels!”