Movie Monday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #MovieReview #MovieMonday #TooAllTheBoysIveLovedBefore #Netflix

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

These days I haven’t been watching many movies, so I decided to give you my two cents when it comes to To All the Boys I Loved Before, the Netflix movie that took twitter by the storm.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

If you’re active on twitter, there is no way you haven’t heard about the movie called To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

It was long anticipated, and once this ya comedy came out, everyone talked about it on twitter, and everyone seemed to love it.

I have read Jenny Han’s book the year it was published and I loved it so much, I even rated it 5 stars. It is a perfect young adult contemporary story and even though I think that in this case the book is better, the movie was also amazing.

The story follows Lara Jean who used to write letters to boys she liked, and kept those letters under her bed.
One day all of her letters were being sent out and now she has to find out how to manage the situation. What makes things more complicated is that one of the receivers is her sister’s boyfriend.

As I already stated, I loved this book, and I also loved the movie.
I watched it with my sister and my fiance and I have to admit that they were not as delighted as I was. They both said that the movie is good but nothing special, and my fiance also stressed out that Love, Simon was “way, way better”.

When it comes to actors I thing that Lana Condor who plays Lara Jean was excellent. I don’t usually comment on one’s acting skills while watching the movie, but I couldn’t notice how great she was.
I also couldn’t notice how not-so-good Israel Broussard who plays Josh was.

I was so glad to hear that Netflix will film the sequel.
I wasn’t a fan of that book because I think that the guy Lara Jean chose has been treating her badly, but I hope that in the movie his sins would not be as heart hitting as they were in the book and that the movie will be better.

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Movie Monday: Set It Up

This week I watched an amazing, funny and romantic comedy Set It Up.
Few weeks ago I had no idea about this movie, but thanks to Youtube, now I have. You see, if I haven’t seen the trailer for it on Youtube (it was a commercial between videos that I clicked on to watch), I wouldn’t even know about Set It Up, and I surely wouldn’t watch it.

And I am so glad that isn’t the case. Set It Up is a feel good comedy that made me laugh out loud, enjoying almost every second of it.

I think Netflix is coming out with great movies so often now, and I welcome it. I hope they’ll continue.

The story follows two executive assistants who plan together how to set their bosses up so they could have more free time. Somewhere on the way, they start to like one another.

Fist of all, I loved the story. It was really good and fun.

Second of all, I loved the actors. Zoey Deutch played her role so well, Lucy Liu was amazing, and Glen Powell was the best. I love them all (especially Zoey).

Honesty, I wish there were more movies like this. I know some would say there are some that are similar, or have the similar atmosphere, but if you ask me, there aren’t enough of them.

Now when I saw Set It Up and enjoyed it so much, I can’t wait to see what else Netflix will prepare for us in the upcoming months.

 

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press, Penguin Random House UK
Date: February 8th, 2018
Pages: 368
Format: Physical
Source: Gifted

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

Review:

Do you know why Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author?
Because she can take anything, and I mean ANY-FREAKING-THING and turn it into gold (figuratively speaking, of course, even though I think she wouldn’t mind if it was true).

Take this novel for example. Have you read it’s synopsis?
Young couple finds out they are healthy enough to spend another 68 years together.
What do they do?
They freak out, because they kinda (how would I say it right…) feel nervous to be in a marriage for that long, with only one person, have sex for another 68 years with only one person and to be annoyed occasionally with each other for another 68 years.
Haven’t they ever heard about divorce?
I guess that’s how it goes when you don’t have (or are not aware of) real problems in your life. You make the problem out of anything that’s going on in your life at that time.

This is what the first half of the book is about: Sylvie and Dan being afraid that they will bore each other with time, and making a new habit in their life: surprising each other (to avoid boredom).

It’s all fun and games until secrets start to reveal and Sylvie will ask herself does she really know her husband to the core, as she though she did.

When I read the synopsis of this book, no matter how silly it sounded (if I’m being completely honest) I have not doubted in Sophie Kinsella’s talent.
I have read every book by her except one (If you wonder, it’s The Undomestic Goddess), and honestly feel like she can write anything, and still make it interesting and funny.
So I had a feeling I would like this book, and I was more then right! 

I loved it, and it scored the place in my Top 3 favorite books written by Sophie (when you take a look how many novels she has written, it’s a pretty high achieve for a book).

The second part of the book is what made the story exceptional, it captured me with every page and I was invested with all my being to figure out what was going on.
This might sounds like I’m describing some kind of thriller or something, but it’s true. Even though this is not a suspense, nor it’s a thriller, it still thrills you, because there is so much going on, so many secrets you try to figure out along with Sylvie.

The end is what took this novel on a whole another level when it comes to Kinsella’s work.
I know some readers are not fans and it kinda ruined the story for them (because they probably expected jauntily adventure through the whole book), but I think it is the best end and it makes the book stand out.
I was moved by it, and I wouldn’t change one part of it.

The writing style (as usual) is perfect. As you probably know, her writing style is my favorite because it pulls you in, does not let go, and it’s interesting and fun at the same time.
I think many writers, when they start, try to reach the voice similar to hers (until they find their own voice) and it’s for a reason.
There is a reason why her books are loved by millions of people all over the world.

The characters in Surprise Me are interesting, to say the least.
They are all gray, and have many layers to them, and I appreciate it so much.
I feel like if I say who I liked the best and who I think it’s villain of the story, I’ll spoil the book for you, so I’ll keep quiet.
But I have to say I loved one side guy, a neighbour who’s name I forgot (Amanda please don’t kill me, I know he was your favorite, but my memory sucks!).

In the end, I want to recommend Surprise Me to all of you chick lit and women’s fiction lovers, because it is an amazing book and it would be a shame if you’d miss it.

At the very end, I want to thank my dear friend Amanda from ChocolatePages (she is an amazing blogger and you should all visit her blog)  for giving me her own copy of the book, because she knew I wanted to read it so much.

Movie Monday: Love, Simon

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

Last week I watched Love, Simon. It is an adaptation of a well-known ya contemporary book Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda.

 

Love, Simon

I think by now everyone and their mothers have already heard about one of the most amazing ya contemporary books that came out few years ago: Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda.
The hype around that book was real, and it was justified, because the novel is astonishing.

However, we are not here to talk about the book, we are here to talk about the movie (tbh, I planned to do book to movie comparison but as I was watching, I realized just how much of the book I actually forgot, so it wasn’t possible).

The movie was astounding! It was everything I wanted and more.
After a very, very long time, I feel like I watched a movie that can be compared to my favorite movie of all time: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

When I compare it, I think about the feelings I had while watching (Oh, the feels!!!) and the atmosphere through the movie, but the stories are completely different. One thing that they definitely have in common is that both movies have important messages. Different, but very important.

I feel like Love, Simon is the movie everyone would enjoy. I can not imagine how someone would not like it. My friends who watched it all enjoyed it, some even recommended it to me because they didn’t know there was a book and that I have already read it.

I watched it with my fiance and tbh I was little afraid how he’d react because he doesn’t like high school movies, but he loved it. He told me it was the best movie we’ve seen in a while and that it will probably become evergreen. I hope he’s right!

If you still haven’t watch Love, Simon, what are you waiting for??
It’s streaming on Netflix and it is also available on DVDs in some countries.

Book Review: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell

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Title: The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even
Author: Anna Bell
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Date: January 26th, 2017
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for review

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella’. Another hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy from bestselling author Anna Bell

When Lexi’s sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out . . .

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Review:

Anna Bell is an author who has been on my tbr list for a very, very long time.
Ever since I found out about her book The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart and heard so many amazing things about her work, I wanted to give her a chance.
After putting it off for the longest time, I was lucky enough and got a chance to read her newest novel, The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even.

I am so glad I read this funny novel with the longest title ever, because I fell in love with Bell’s writing style, and with the positive atmosphere she created, that was present through the whole story.

This book follows the story of Lexi, a 29 old woman who’s boyfriend (Will) is obsessed with sports.
Dating him and watching all the games is not always easy for Lexi, but she found her way to deal with that (like reading books on her e-reader when her boyfriend watches a game she is not interested in), but when Will fakes stomach flu so he wouldn’t go to Lexi’s best friend’s wedding, and goes to the game instead, Lexi decides it is time for her to get even.

First of all, let me just say that egocentric in me enjoyed reading this book and my approach to this story is 100% subjective.
You see, I could relate to Lexi so much, because her Will reminded me of my boyfriend. I mean it, they are so alike, it’s like the author based Will’s character on him.
Even their whole relationship situation was almost the same as ours, and when I was talking to my man about this book, he was sure I was making it up, just to entertain him.
“No”, I said “but Anna Bell wrote the story I should have written (because sometimes I like to think I was destined to write a good book one day), because it’s like reading my life on those pages. I KNOW what she’s talking about, to the core!”

The writing style was really, really good!
The story itself was great, but the way the author told us the story is even better. It reminded me of Sophie Kinsella’s style in a way.

I laughed so many times while reading, was entertained the whole time.

I was also curious (and because of subjective reason a bit worried how the story’s going to conclude) because, even though to some readers this story was predictable, I really had no idea in which direction it was going.

The things I think could have been better in this story are:
– I wish we got more romantic/cute scenes with Will and Lexi.
– I wish there was stronger character development. We said goodbye to the same Lexi and Will we met at the very beginning of the story.
– I don’t think Will’s reason to miss the wedding was strong enough.

I am so glad I read The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even, and I am looking forward to read more of Bell’s work.

If you’re a chick lit lover, this book is the one you don’t want to miss.

4,5

Movie Monday: Definitely, Maybe

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a romantic comedy, all by myself, and it was amazing!

 

Definitely, Maybe

definitely-maybe This romantic comedy came out in 2008, but somehow, I missed it. When I say I missed it, I really mean it: I didn’t know this movie existed until few days ago when I saw it’s trailer on our local tv. I know, I know, that must be really strange, I was confused too, especially because this movie is full of well known actors and actresses.

The story follows Will Hayes who is telling a story to his daughter about his life before she was born. The reason why he’s telling the story is to tell her how he and her mother got together, but there’s a catch: We don’t know who the mother is, because he changed the names, so his daughter has to guess which one from three girls from his life before ended up marrying him.

I really loved the way this story was told, because we also had to guess which girl will win in the end, and along with that, we got to cheer for our favorite or against the one we didn’t like.

I was really afraid that the girl I rooted for wouldn’t win, but the way this story resolved left me in a happy place.

Definitely, Maybe is chick flick by all means and I highly suggest it to everyone who enjoys movies from that genre.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of UniversalMovies.

Movie Monday: Nine Lives

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched a family comedy, with my family, and we all had a pretty good time.

 

Nine Lives

nine-lives This week my aunt came for a visit and we decided to watch a movie together (my father joined us too). Because she loves movies with animals as main characters, we picked up a new movie from that “genre”: Nine Lives.

Everything I knew about Nine Lives was that it’s a story about a man who, by some miracle, becomes a cat, and that Kevin Spacey plays the main character (and gives his voice to a cat).
I had no idea so many well-known actors also play in it.

The movie itself was funny. We laughed many times while watching. One particular scene (in which cat tries to pour some alcohol into his bowl) was so comic, it was insane!
But there were so many equally amusing situations through the whole movie that an entertainment was inevitable.

I was sure that the cat breed of our main character was Ragdoll (I want to have one so badly!!!).
But then, I went and googled it, just in case, and read that five Norvegian Forest cats played the role of the cat, so I guess I was wrong (but I am still not sure that Norvegian Forest cat comes with blue eyes).
Whatever the true is, one thing is sure: the cat in this movie is adorable!

In the end, we were all very satisfied with the movie.
My aunt said it was a bit naive, but I didn’t mind.

I highly recommend this one to watch along with family. I think children will especially enjoy it.

 

Note: Picture in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site and is property of EuropaCorp.