by Stephen Chbosky
Release Date: August 14, 2012
by MTV Books
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This is a very special book. It’s unlike any book I’ve ever read, that’s for sure. It’s more serious, it’s got older issues, and it’s deeper. It’s books like these that are the hardest to review because there are so many unique and different things about them. This book had absolutely gorgeous writing, and the voice for the whole book was very – I’m not sure how to explain it – childish, but at the same time very teenaged and serious. I know that probably doesn’t make any sense, but it’s the only way I can think to describe it. The story line was very interesting, and the story was heartbreaking but uplifting at the same time. For me, the ending was really sad because I was hoping for everything to turn out differently, but it also seems like the right ending for the book.
When I come across these kinds of books, I can’t help but compare them to Silver Linings Playbook. I’m talking about problem books with messed up characters who do messed up things. YA needs some imperfect characters, and I feel like this book was full of them. Charlie is very shy, has very little self-confidence, but is also very adorable, in my mind, and a very nice kid, and the perfect narrator for this story. Patrick is gay, confident, but also messed up because of the things that he does (like getting drunk or high or something.) Sam is the same way. She’s very confident, very sure of herself, but also, at least in my opinion, very vulnerable and weak under all that. And she makes the same mistakes as Patrick. As a whole, the cast is very unique, and perfect for this book.
This book didn’t absolutely blow me away, and it wasn’t my favorite, but it was enjoyable, and it had a serious undercurrent, and I can’t wait to watch the movie adaptation of it.
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Even though I thought the book was okay, I really liked this movie. It was really sad, really depressing, really awkward, and really crazy and inappropriate, but it was good because there need to be movies like that out there. I think it was a great adaptation of the book, probably because Stephen Chbosky directed it himself. So, even though some things were different, for the most part it stayed true to the book, and I think it was very well done. The lines and events were very well done, and the actors did a really great job.
I think the casting was done very well for this movie, and I think the actors played their parts perfectly. Emma Watson as Sam was very good, even though at times I thought her American accent sounded a bit Irish, but oh well. She was how I imagined Sam, for sure, and Emma did a great job. Logan Lerman as Charlie was also very good. He played the pathetic, shy, adorable, sad Charlie that I imagined perfectly, and he really put a ton of emotion into the movie. And also it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty cute. And then Ezra Miller as Patrick was very good as well. His personality was great, and his spunk and confidence really showed through in Ezra’s acting. Great job cast.
I think the movie might actually be a bit better than the book, which doesn’t happen very often for me, but the great acting, movie making, and screenwriting really made this movie special.