Every thought I had while watching To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You [Spoilers]

  • Okay, but who actually needs a recap for this series? It’s not THAT complicated.
  • Kitty remains the best character, “Have you even showered?” This is the Kitty we want and deserve. #JusticeforKitty
  • John Corbett also remains the best actor to portray Dr. Covey.
  • This is clearly too nice of a restaurant for your average teenagers to be going to on a date.
  • Lara Jean not being able to keep her purse on her shoulder is super relatable.
  • Definitely thought they were watching a Youtube video–not chatting with Gogo.
  • I’m loving this sassy Kitty that wasn’t in the first movie. So much closer to book Kitty (but still not quite there unfortunately).
  • Oh man. That Korean food looks SO good.
  • There’s nothing wrong with not dating until college…HAVEN.
  • John Ambrose is the best.
  • Here’s hoping Gen gets more depth this movie.
  • Nope. Still just your basic mean girl.
  • How was Peter supposed to let Lara Jean know he was going to be late when he was literally practicing the whole time?
  • What carnival game gives out snow globes??? And if this means John Ambrose ISN’T going to give her a snow globe at the end, there will be blood.
  • Tree!!!
  • Wow. When I get old this is EXACTLY the kind of retirement community I’d like to live at.
  • I’m getting very anxious about Stormy spilling her Bloody Mary.
  • Classic Lara Jean being a complete spaz when John Ambrose shows up.
  • Does Lara Jean think she and John Ambrose would still be together or something if he’d gotten the letter back in middle school? Because that seems unlikely.
  • Two eggs seems a bit excessive for an egg wash for eight turnovers.
  • Jenny Han cameo.
  • These singing valentines would never actually happen at a real high school, right? Certainly not the high school I went to.
  • Okay, wait a second. It’s just dawning on me that it’s Valentine’s Day and Lara Jean is wearing short sleeves OUTSIDE. IN OREGON. No.
  • I’m glad Subway is still sponsoring these movies.
  • I like the angle of John Ambrose being Stormy’s great-nephew or whatever better than him being another volunteer.
  • All of the sets in this movie are amazingly beautiful.
  • This seems extremely awkward for John Ambrose. Lara Jean has left him alone for a really long time.
  • It is super weird for Lara Jean to just be sitting on the counter like that. Shoes on and everything.
  • Was Ross Butler a character in the last movie? Maybe I DID need that recap.
  • I feel like this scene in the car needs some music or something. It’s weirdly quiet.
  • John Ambrose continues to be perfect for Lara Jean in every way.
  • Who was in charge of setting up the Bingo stuff in the first place? Why are Lara Jean and John Ambrose responsible for draggin everything to the basement?
  • Oh man. Lara Jean is making it so awkward for when John Ambrose finally discovers that she’s dating Peter.
  • Okay. Now I’m imagining the teacher spending hours drawing a chalk octopus on the board.
  • Why didn’t Lara Jean and Peter show up to the time capsule thing together?
  • Chris. MVP.
  • Of course John Ambrose plays piano. Because he’s PERFECT.
  • Fakesgiving sounds great. I would LOVE to have Thanksgiving twice a year! (But I don’t remember this from the book?)
  • Get a bag for the Brussels sprouts, Lara Jean!
  • Lara Jean is being a little too dramatic right now re: Peter and Gen.
  • The picture of Slot Canyon on Lara Jean’s wall seems kind of random? I don’t feel like it really fits the rest of her decor.
  • I don’t totally remember from the book, but I feel like Lara Jean should be trying to get advice from Margot or something. She’s hardly been in this movie!
  • The music video-ish part in the hallway is kind of weird and doesn’t really fit with the rest of the movie.
  • I just feel on such a deep level that Lara Jean and Peter shouldn’t be together. Especially when compared to John Ambrose.
  • I’m glad that Gen did get a little more depth in this movie, but I still feel like the book helps their whole dynamic to make more sense.
  • Old people dancing is the best.
  • More product placement! It just would look so much less staged if SOME of the Bubly labels weren’t directly facing the camera.
  • I’m glad John Ambrose is drawing attention to it snowing so late in the year (he continues to be perfect).
  • GET OVER PETER, LARA JEAN.
  • Get out of here, Peter. This doesn’t happen in the book and now I’m mad that they’re making movie Peter more likable than book Peter.
  • Those construction people are there very early to take down that tree house.
  • Peter and Lara Jean floating into the air at the end…just why. Every once in a while this movie tries to get a shot that’s just a little too weird and doesn’t match the feel of the rest of the movie.

My concluding thoughts–despite their best efforts, I am still strongly on #TeamJohnAmbrose. Peter Kavinsky is better in the movie than he is in the books, and they took out some of the things that made John Ambrose especially perfect for Lara Jean, but it’s still not enough. At least they cut Lara Jean’s “Peter was there first” line.

Non-fiction in the summer | Mini-Reviews

mini-reviews

StiffStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff is one of those book that you’re always hearing about. It was inevitable that I’d eventually read it. With that being said, I was a little disappointed. I’ve read some really good narrative non-fiction over the last few years. While this was good, it wasn’t as entertaining or easy to read as some of the other non-fiction books I’ve read. Roach definitely has a sense of humor that comes through in the book, but she uses a lot of big words. Overall, this book has more of an academic feel than I was hoping for. With that being said, I still thought this book was really interesting. I learned so many things about what happens after you die and I feel more than ever that I want to be an organ donor one day. This book is not for those with a weak stomach as she goes into plenty of detail. Lastly, this book was published a while ago (back in 2003) and I’d love to read an update or something. In the book she talks about the future of the funeral business and options other than a ground burial, but I feel like I personally haven’t heard about any recent developments. 3/5

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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik

The Big Year

I loved this book! My husband and I watched the movie a few years ago (starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin–link to trailer below) and then he read the book it was based off of and highly recommended it. I finally got around to reading it this month and just fell completely in love with the idea of birding. I know literally nothing about birds but this book made me want to do a big year. Just reading about the preparation leading up to the three big years was really exciting for me! And then the author does a really good job of keeping the suspense up throughout the big year as well. This book was just great. Even if you know nothing about birds, like me, I’d highly recommend this book. 5/5

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Movie: Trailer | Rent

SARAH DESSEN + NETFLIX = HEART EYES

We have all heard this news by now, yes? If not, brace yourself…Netflix has optioned not one, not two, but THREE of Sarah Dessen’s books! I am BEYOND excited.

Sarah Dessen Netflix

We all know that I am a Sarah Dessen STAN. I almost died when she retweeted this blog post of mine. My brother-in-law even noticed and said something. If that doesn’t show my true devotion to this queen, then I don’t know what does. According to this article by Hollywood Reporter, they’ll be doing Along for the Ride first which I am so pumped about. All I’m saying, though, is that they better include The Washroom because it is the best Sarah Dessen location of all time.

I’m also eager to see This Lullaby turned into a movie. I’ve long thought that this is the one that would be most suitable for a movie. I hope they get Remy perfect and I can’t wait to see her and her girlfriends on screen.

Though I’m sad they didn’t pick my fave (The Truth About Forever) I am happy with the choices they made and am BEYOND excited to watch them. Until then, did you guys know that Sarah Dessen has already had two of her books made into a movie? They combined That Summer and Someone Like You into one movie starring Mandy Moore which you can rent on Amazon Prime for $2.99. It doesn’t have like…GREAT reviews, but I liked it.

How excited are you guys for these movies? Who would you pick to play the main characters? Let’s chat in the comments!

18 Best Book Deals for 3/30/19: The Rosie Project, Dune, Odd & True, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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Reap by Casey L Bond

Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice

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Just an Ordinary Day: Stories by Shirley Jackson

Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim

Odd & True by Cat Winters

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #23)

A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley (adapted into the movie Lion)

Notorious RBG Young Readers’ Edition: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

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TRAILER: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I loved this book the first time I read it 6 years ago and it definitely held up when I reread it last year. I’ve recommended it to my husband and his brothers who have all loved it as well and I cannot tell you how PUMPED I am for this movie.

Warner Brother’s just released a featurette which may or may not have given me goosebumps:

Doesn’t it look AMAZING??? Here’s the original trailer too for anyone who hasn’t already seen it:

I’m usually pretty hesitant when my favorite books are made into movies, but I feel really good about this one. Just the fact that Spielberg is doing it (obviously) and it sounds like Cline was really involved with the process as well.

What do you guys think? Can the movie possibly live up to the book? Are you going to be at this movie opening weekend like me?

MOVIE: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Cast

I’m sure most of you are already aware, but a couple of days ago some casting decisions regarding the movie adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han were released. Here are my thoughts:

John Corbett as Lara Jean’s dad

John Corbett

I LOVE THIS CASTING DECISION. Seriously. I haven’t seen John Corbett in a ton of things, but he’s the perfect guy to play the well-meaning but a little lost dad of three half-Korean girls. I LOVE THIS.

Janel Parrish as Margot, Lana Condor as Lara Jean, Anna Cathcart as Kitty

Covey Sisters

I really like Janel as Margot. She seems the appropriate age and definitely has that older sister vibe.

Lana was the first casting decision I saw and at the time I thought, “Alright, she looks like she’d fit”. Now that I see her with the other two sisters, though, she looks way more Asian than they do. Like…she doesn’t look like she’s half-white while the other two do (and I would know, since I’m only half-Asian and have half-Asian siblings). I just feel like that’s going to bug me the whole movie, but we’ll see.

Anna looks like a suitable Kitty, which is a big relief. Kitty is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER and if they get her wrong, HEADS WILL ROLL.

Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky

Noah Centineo

Sure *shrugs*. This isn’t how I pictured Peter looking (for some reason I thought he had reddish hair?) but I can buy it.

Israel Broussard as Josh Sanderson

Israel Broussard

Pretty much the same reaction that I had for Peter. I guess he looks like the boy-next-door type, so I can buy it.

On a completely separate note, IMDB says that Will Smith is a producer? Random.

What do you guys think about the casting decisions for TABILB? Is there another actress/actor that you wish had been cast instead?

TRAILER: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This trailer is a couple of weeks old now, but I haven’t seen many people posting about it. I read this book a couple years ago for one of my classes and I absolutely loved it. This is a book that I want all of my kids to read. The movie looks like it’s going to be amazing and it definitely has an all-star cast with some up-and-coming child actors who look like they know what they’re doing. Overall, I anticipate this movie being a MAJOR tearjerker.

What do you guys think? Have you read the book? Will you see the movie? Will you be bringing a pack of tissues with you like I will?