REVIEW | “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

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I have successfully done this twice now. The first time this happened was when I published the reviews of The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, and Fuller House back to back without even trying two months ago! In my defense, I had basically kept myself away from watching the trailer and seeing the spoilers on Twitter for about seven months, so the fact that I didn’t make it past two days before watching the film adaption of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han really doesn’t surprise me.

I have to say if you haven’t read the series or watched the film, you may not want to read this post, because I will be including spoilers in here.

First Impressions:

When I first watched the trailer for the movie, I was both excited and nervous at the same time! It was like the visual summary of the book. However, it became weird how nervous I was when I saw who played what character and I think the only two that I didn’t have a real problem with, were Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean and Madeleine Arthur as she plays her best friend Chris! Other than that, I was semi-panicking in my head because I didn’t know how much would be different compared to the book, so I knew I had to buckle up and get ready for the ride!

Once I Started Watching The Film:

So, I was having some trouble on how to talk about it on here, I think the best way to begin is to tell you what kind of score I gave it on Netflix. I gave it four stars, but now a part of me has been a bit conflicted as I don’t know why I chose to rate it like that. A day later, I was discussing it with my mom and she said I probably did that because the movie itself wasn’t that bad, but since I read the book beforehand, it didn’t quite match up in the way I wanted it to, so that’s why I think maybe it deserves three stars instead.

For a romantic-comedy, it was really good! I liked the story between the characters, and how young the actors looked on screen considering they’re all mostly in their early twenties. There were a lot of scenes that brought out some of the same joy I experienced in the book, but there were parts were I was really sad too. If it was just a movie and not based off of a book, this would be okay, almost great to me, but it wasn’t! I think since I read and watched the film adaptions of both The Fault In Our Stars and Me Before You and enjoyed both of them, I was kind of expecting it to be as close to the book as possible, and when it wasn’t, I felt really let down. I know you can’t have everything in the movie, but I feel like there was like a 40% of the story included and that’s my personal opinion!

I think they held out quite a bit of key things, like the notes that Peter writes Lara Jean. At the beginning of their “relationship” they agree to write each other notes in class, but it’s not a focal part of the story in the film as I felt it should have, it’s literally only said by Peter when they’re writing up their contract and the large amount he had written to her is revealed at the end, but that’s it! You never get to see him actually write Lara Jean a single note in the whole movie, and yes, I am the most irritated about this little detail, mostly because I think you get to see Pete’s caring personality through the letters. Just because we can actually see the actor’s facial reactions and actions, doesn’t mean that key moments like this should be written out of the film!

Have you watched “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” movie on Netflix? What were your thoughts about it? Did you think anything important was missing from it?

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Book Review: “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

I think the last time I reviewed a book was back in 2016. I lost my reading mojo, even though I continued to go on YouTube and watch over 7 different booktubers on a daily basis, adding new books onto my to be read list on Goodreads. In August 2018, I decided to take a chance and bought my first contemporary, trending book out there, it was Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Honestly, this book has been on my TBR list for two years, and I thought it would be one of those books that I’d either never want to read or purchase it because it was a bit cheesy. Fast forward to now, I’m thankful that I talked my mom into letting me buy it! And the fact that Netflix was releasing a movie based on it, definitely didn’t hurt either!

Backstory – Taken from Goodreads

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

I think I bought this book when the Netflix edition covers were released, because I almost didn’t recognize the title of it until I read the back of it and remembered the name “Lara Jean” so I was a bit intrigued but I also didn’t want to purchase it solely on the fact that it was going to be turned into a movie. I think I really got it for the fact that I hadn’t read anything in over two years and I made it my mission to make time for other things besides blogging throughout the week, so when I saw it, I hoped it would be enough to get me out of my funk and for like two months, it did that for me before I lost it once again. In my defense, I was an idiot and tried to read three books at the same time! Apparently I’m not that kind of a bookworm.

Overall

When I first started reading it, I wasn’t on chapter five yet, and I had already expressed to my parents how much I loved the book! I’ve been out of school, in what feels like forever, but this transported me back to my freshman year and I was seeing the similarities between what I did around all of the cute guys, except I never wrote them all letters. I only did that one and I delivered it in a full cafeteria, and how Lara Jean was around both Josh and Peter.

I think what I loved the most about her was how different or quirky as Peter describes her. I think that’s actually a perfect way to explain her to people. She is mostly a home body, likes to hang out with her family, and best friend Chris then getting drunk and/or high with the rest of the party goers. Besides all of the drama that ensues in the book, I honestly think the letters going out to the boys was the best thing for her. It got her out of comfortable shell and I think she started to learn something about herself as a person.

As far as the boys go, I was going back and forth with them. In the beginning, I was pulling for Lara Jean and Josh, but the more it continued I was really loving this “relationship” between her with Peter. I think my favorite outing between these two characters was their first one, where Peter takes her to go estate shopping at this old house. This is where you get to see Peter in a new light, he’s away from his friends and his attention isn’t on the ex-girlfriend Gen, they’re bonding throughout this little adventure. This is also the readers first glance at Lara Jean getting out of her comfort zone too.

Lastly, I need to talk about something that was added at the end of the book, and I’m not totally sure if the previous editions included them, but in my copy we get recipes of the cookies that were talked about towards the end of the book. I’ve only come across a book that had a recipe somewhere within the book and that was (weirdly enough) Duff McKagan’s autobiography It’s So Easy (and Other Lies) released in 2011. If you’d like to check out that review, you can click here, but I should say that the review was published in 2012. I wasn’t the best blogger at that time, so please ignore the many mistakes included in it, okay?

Have you read the book To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han yet? What were your thoughts about it? Which character is your favorite in the series?

The Book & Cookies Tag

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One day I realized it had been a long time since I read some blog posts of some of my favorite people, and as I scrolled through the long list I found a really fun and interesting tag about books and cookies. Marie had published this on her blog last month and I thought her answers really great and I just thought it would be a great first post of 2019!

I had to write out all of the questions on my note pad so that I could basically memorize most of them and think of the answers while lying in bed watching a really awful Rockets game! We’re not going to go there! I hope everybody enjoys this and if you decide to do it too, please let me know because I’d love to know what kind of books you picked for each cookie!


Chocolate Chip – A Classic Book That You Love Or Really Enjoyed

Unfortunately, I haven’t read a lot of Classics, even when I was in school, we rarely read anything which now is a bit of a bummer because I feel like I missed out on a lot of interesting books and lectures, but my teacher wasn’t the type to read the kind of classics I’d like to read nowadays.

However, when I was a junior I took a Novels class and we read three classics. The one I loved the most was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was the first book we read and it’s been the one to last the longest in my mind. I could understand Victor for the fact that he was seeking attention from his father and the love of his life, by doing something that was seemingly impossible and criminal to do. In 2016, I got to learn the origins of how Mary came up with this beloved Gothic story, and I think all that did was make me fall in love with the story even harder!

Thin Mints – A Fandom That You Really Want To “Join” and/or A Hyped Up Book You Want To Read

I’ve noticed that every book I read, I’m usually one year or in some cases 10 years after its original release and you miss everything that the rest of the speedy readers of the fandom have been able to enjoy. A part of me isn’t as upset about it, but since I have found my love for the Harry Potter, Red Queen, and To All Of The Boys I’ve Loved Before books, I feel like I’ve been left out again but instead of it being the other person’s fault. This one is all me. I feel like I am apart of their fandoms, I just don’t voice it out loud very often.

Now for the hyped up book though. I’ve tried my hardest to get into Paula Hawkins’s The Girl On The Train novel and I just cannot get into it. However, if I were to decide to say “screw it” and watch the movie without picking it up again, I would probably enjoy the movie because I have been loving suspense-thriller type of films lately! It’s really hard to explain why these two sections have different results, I’ve never been able to solve the mystery.

Shortbread – An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

This is really difficult to answer because I’ve only read a handful of books with sequels. I know that’s not exactly the question, but I guess my favorite author is Olivia Cunning.

If you want a book that is in the exotica genre but not as “degrading” as Fifty Shades, I would suggest you check out Olivia Cunning’s books. She writes about rockstars! The series that I love the most is the Sinners On Tour and I’ve always been torn between Trey and Jace being my favorite male characters. I have a soft spot for the both of them! Olivia has been working on another series/band, called Exudes End and I have read one of the novellas and I didn’t like it as much but I want to give it another try as we get to see what’s happened with Trey and his ménage à trois with Reagan and Ethan.

Somoas – An Emotional Rollercoaster

This was the easiest one of the bunch, because it’s tie between The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

I find it a little odd, although it definitely didn’t surprise me that these would be the ones I’d chose because I bawled my eyes out for the both of them. Since they discussed real disability issues, it would have an effect on me but I didn’t know how bad until I got to the stuff I have, myself, have thought about, like leaving a legacy and contemplating suicide. I wish I could say, I didn’t cry as hard while watching the films as I did reading those heartbreaking senses, but I did and I’m not ashamed to admit that it got me twice!

Oreos – A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story Or Vice Versa The Story Was Better Than The Cover

Unfortunately, I am the type of person that does judge a book by its cover. However, I am still very picky with the stories no matter what the cover looks like, because I’ve seen some gorgeous front covers but the stories were not my cup of tea, like Melissa de la Cruz’s The Ring And The Crown. I thought was cover for both editions were absolutely beautiful but the actual story was a nightmare. I never finished reading it because it was such a let down for me.

The only cover that I feel like was perfect to the theme was Nikki Sixx’s photography book called This Is Gonna Hurt. The cover is very dark and mysterious; it was exactly what I wanted to see for this type of book. He tends to like a lot of different oddities, and thinks the ugliest of things are the most beautiful of all. He was trying to give you a different perspective of things and I loved it!

Peanut Butter Patties – A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected

I think we all have our expectations of what a certain is going to be like, sometimes we’re right with our assumptions and other times we’re not. I’m always in the middle of the pack when it comes to thinking about where a book is going to go, but I do try to keep an open mind as much as possible!

I had decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher while the first season of the show was on Netflix. My sister had bought the book after she completed the series, which I thought was strange, so after she was through with it, I asked if I could have it next to see what all of the fuss was about and I had heard of what it dealt with and I was both curious and shocked by it. However, when I started reading it and learning about the significance of each character and what made Hannah Baker want to take her own life. I felt bad for both Hannah and Clay, he about broke my heart in half with his sweet personality, but I carried on because I wanted to know more, but once I was finished with the book I made the decision to not watch the series. The book was enough for me.

Snickerdoodles – A Book You May Never Stop Loving or Re-reading

Well, since I hardly ever re-read a book, I can’t answer the last bit, but I love a lot of books. I love my historical books–they’re my babies, but weirdly enough my beloved stories, would probably be counted as short stories or novellas? They are The Last Leaf by O Henry and The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I read both of them while I was in high school. They both have really interesting plots and I’ve never been able to forget them and I’ve been out of school for close to 10 years!

So what did you think of this tag? Have you read any of books I’ve shared with you today? Hope you all enjoy your first day of the new year too!   

6 Halloween Movies For Adults

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We are on our last Halloween-y movie post! If you have missed the others, here are the Kid and Teen lists if you have time afterwards. This is directed to all of the adults out there as these films can have a lot of blood and gore, plus naked people throughout different scenes!

This was fairly easy compared to the others. I actually came up with this miniseries while I was trying to watch a movie featured below. That’s when I figured this would be a ghoulish (cool) idea to do! I tried to give you a variety, so you’re not going to get bored with each one, and honestly I was prepared to add more, but I decided I should keep the rest back in case I want to do this again for next year, and honestly I wanted to keep the amount the same for all three posts. 😉

Queen Of The Damned (2002)

I feel like this is the second most recent watched movie on this list. I finally had the guts to watch this on HBO last summer. I had tried to watch it prior but certain scenes were cut out of the original and of course, the commercials are really annoying so when this appeared on our guide, I was really excited! I didn’t really know what to expect because it was such an older movie and I’m not familiar with Anne Rice either, so watching this was interesting and better then Interview With A Vampire.

One thing I didn’t like about it, was the fact that Stuart Townsend isn’t the one singing at all throughout the movie. It is actually Jonathan Davis of Korn! I was shocked but I knew I recognized that voice when it first started. I definitely want to learn more about Maharet, because I thought this character was so interesting, but let’s be honest so was Akasha too! They’re the only reasons why I’d totally read the books!

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Out of the five movies, this was the one that I hated, but mostly for good reasons when it comes to horror films in the first place. When I saw this for the first time, I remember being on edge the whole time because I knew about the blood and violence, but there were other things featured in this movie that the others didn’t have at all, like an actual flying vampire with wings! It was totally unexpected and scared the living shit out of me before it was all over, thus landing on this list!

The entire franchise is one of my favorites, they are exciting and very intense! If I need that fantasy driven action packed kind of movie, this is a go-to selection. I literally devoted myself for a whole year to watching all of the movies to get ready for the fourth film. I wasn’t able to do the same when Blood Wars was first on Starz, and I’m still not allowed to binge the whole thing because we’re missing Awakening on our DVR.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

This is my recent watched movie on this list. A part of me sort of feels embarrassed by it, because it was really a stupid film, but I do think it was pretty gruesome too! I knew I had the right to be afraid on Megan Fox years ago. She plays a clever succubus, which isn’t a vampire, more like a demon that likes human flesh compared to blood. The worst scene for me was when Jennifer basically throws up that black mess onto Needy’s kitchen floor. I had an upset stomach afterwards.

Although it was a comedy-thriller, I can’t watch it again for the world. I am glad I can cross it off my list, but nope, you can’t pay me to watch it for a second time. If you haven’t seen it and like this sort of thing, you might have a different opinion about it. Good luck!

Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters (2013)

So, okay I need to admit this right now. I only wanted to watch this because Famke Janssen was in it. I wish I could go back and tell myself that I would sort of regret that decision to actually watch it. Don’t get me wrong, the movie itself was amazing but I was not ready for what it had in store for its viewers. However, I feel like that it was a good starter to the one below it.

I felt that played well with the original tale of Hansel and Gretal because both Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have innocent looking faces, they’re just witch hunters! The witches in this film were freaky as hell, I remember I had to take a lot of breaks while watching it because sometimes it got to be too much for me to handle at once. It was also one of those films where it was good enough to never need a sequel after it, you know?

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

This was another great movie! Although I made the mistake of starting it right before I ate supper, so when the beginning took place with that witch came out of the fire, it really surprised me and I had to wait until the next morning to actually finish the rest of it. I was really into it, but I really liked how clean and realistic it looked during certain scenes.

I would never think that Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie would bring great chemistry but they did! I was 100% behind it. What puzzles me is that not very many people liked it when it came out. I think it might’ve been the fact that Vin Diesel was the witch hunter that threw everyone for a loop, because he already looks like he could be one, so maybe they were hoping for somebody else that could shine out of other roles. I thought this was just different as far as picture and story, and I really hope HBO goes back to playing it again.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

When I was a Junior in high school, I took a class called Novels for one semester and I loved it! The first book we read was Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and I was really excited about it because I knew it was a classic and I thought it set the tone for what we could expect for the semester, because the rest were not wimpy novels at all and that was only one of the many reasons why I grew to love that class a lot! While I knew the whole story of the monster and its creator Victor Frankenstein, I think this was the closest to the origin story as you can get with a movie!

I remember while I watched it, I was seeing different chapters of the story I read probably six years before. They were suddenly flooding in my head at a fast pace and I was literally turning into a critic as it continued on, but instead of hating it I actually loved it because I saw a visual of a decent Victor on the screen, James McAvoy was a firm believer that he could basically defy God and everybody else to create a human being, while having an reluctant assistant in Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe) who did what he was told or else he’d face whatever consequence Victor would do to him. I have to say that Igor wasn’t mentioned in the book at all, but I actually liked him in this story though!

I feel like I should mention that all but one of these movies were highly recommended by my dad at some point or another, because he is like me in a way, he’d rather watch a fantasy/horror inspired movie because let’s be honest, the special effects are pretty great! He does have a far larger collection of scary movies than me, but we do share quite a bit and we tend to ask what the other person thinks of it after we’ve finished it. The only one he hasn’t seen is of course, Jennifer’s Body because he knows better than me apparently!

I hope you all have enjoyed this series, if you liked it enough for me to do something like it again for next Halloween, let me know in the comments, okay?

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