Rivalry, Revenge and Bitches: Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon (Book Review) #BookReview #WomensFiction #Revenge #TellMeASecret

Title: Tell Me a Secret
Author: Jane Fallon
Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph
Date: January 10th, 2019
Pages: 404
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

Two years ago I read Jane Fallon’s My Sweet Revenge and I really liked it. You can read my review here. I loved how it was a perfect read for book clubs, because there was so many things people could discuss about, and I am happy to say that with Tell Me a Secret the case is the same.

This book would make a perfect book club pick. There are so many small details and clues readers could pick up, and also characters’ actions they could debate on.

What I liked the most about this novel were it’s characters. Almost all of them had strong personalities and they felt real.
I was always character driven reader, so it is really important for me to have opinions about characters, whether that be positive or negative opinions. There is nothing worse then flat heroes, and this book is full of impressive people.

The story follows Holly who just got a promotion in the company she works at. She is a screen writer, and now is in charge of others writers for the teen soap opera they work on.
After her promotion, strange things start to happen to her. Her scripts are all messed up, her colleagues get personal emails from her, that she hadn’t sent, and even her boss gets one.
Someone is trying to sabotage her, so she wouldn’t keep her work position.

Tell Me a Secret is mainly focused on friendships and rivalry. It talks about real friends and fake ones, and how far people would go when it comes to relationships with others.
It’s second focus is family and importance of people that are close to us.

There is no love story, which was kind of surprising to me, but I also have to stress out that it wasn’t missing at all. I think that this novel was complete and amazing without romance.
So if you’re not a fan of romance, here’s the book for you!

This book made me think and question why people lie to make themselves look better in others’ eyes.
I hate lies and don’t like people who tell them. I almost never lie, so reading about pathological liar in this book was kind of interesting. Still, I rolled my eyes at that character so much and thought she was just pathetic.

The end was so much different then the one I would chose to have in my real life, if I was in Holly’s shoes. I guess that just proves that Holly is bigger person then me.

In the end, I just want to mention that Fallon’s voice is so good that it was a pleasure to read this story.
Some parts were dragged, and maybe the novel could have been a bit shorter, but still, I appreciate every single chapter of this book.

And the cover… OmG, Jane Fallon always has these awesome book covers with food or drink on them, that are simple but attractive. You can not notice her book with those covers!

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who like to read about friends and enemies, family and lots of drama.
If you like to discuss about books you read, this one is a perfect choice!

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Movie Monday: A Monster Calls #MovieReview #MovieMonday #Movie #AMonsterCalls

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

This week I watched the saddest movie ever, and that is all I’ll say.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is a well-known novel by Patrick Ness. It is a middle grade novel that talks about the boy who’s mother is sick, and the way he deals with her sickness, with the possibility of losing her.
I haven’t read the book, even though I always wanted to.

This week I had a chance to watch the movie, and even though I planned to read the book before, I decided I would give a movie a try anyway.

I watched it alone, and I am so glad I did, because the whole time while watching it, I was a mess. This movie destroyed me with it’s sadness and I was crying the whole time.
I watched many sad movies in my lifetime, but I have never ever cried so much, as I did when watching A Monster Calls.
I also have a need to stress out that I am not a big crier.

The story is not only sad, but also very beautiful. I can’t compare the book and the movie since I haven’t read the book, but I can tell you that the movie is very well done. I liked not only story, but the picture and the effects too.

It has 7,5 points on IMDb site, and it’s for a reason.

I’m not going to tell you too much about it, because I think it’s the best to go into it without much expectations, but I will tell you that this movie is not pure drama, but has fantasy elements too (the monster our main character created to deal with his mother’s sickness) and some parts are also animated (stories that the monster tells).

The cast is well known which surprised me. Felicity Jones plays the mother, Sigourney Weaver grandmother, and Liam Neeson gives his voice to a monster.

I think A Monster Calls is one of those movies/stories which after you finish you feel like you gained something out of it, like you are wiser then you were before.

I would highly, highly recommend it.

Movie Monday: Lion

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 an emotional movie based on true story, that will probably stay with me forever.

 

Lion

lion-movie In my opinion, there’s only few movies that come out in a course of a year, that have such an emotional impact as Lion had on me.
Maybe in that sentence I said too many, now when I think about it. Because I am trying so hard to remember when was the last time I was so touched by the movie I watched, and in this moment, I can’t remember it…

Lion is drama, based on true events described in memoir called Long Way Home (now renamed into Lion) by Saroo Brierley.

In whole honesty, it is hard for me to tell you what it is about without spoilers, but I will try to keep those at minimum.

Lion is the story about lost boy. About Saroo who, as little kid, fell asleep in train and traveled 1600 km without anyone noticing him. He found himself in India, where people spoke different language then him.
After spending months living on streets and, after some time, in orphanage, he was  adopted by Australian family.

As a grown up man, he decided to find his real family to let them know he was alive.
But finding his family wasn’t easy.

Every year before Oscars, I like to watch as many Best Picture nominated movies as I can, before the ceremony.
Why?
I like to guess who will win (and sometimes I even bet).

This year LaLa Land is main favorite (as I understood). I still haven’t watched that movie (I plan to this week), but I can’t even imagine that any movie would be better then Lion.
I just can’t.

This movie is not just entertaiment (in fact, it will probably make you cry), but it is an eye opener.
It made me see some things I didn’t before, and it also reminded me how privileged my life is. 
I am not a fan of that word: privilege, but when I think about lives of children with fate similar to fates of children in this movie, I can’t think of any other word, because the word privilege describes the truth.

As I already said, this movie is highly impacted with emotions.
Me and my boyfriend both cried multiple times while watching (don’t tell him I told you that).

I truly think that there is no human being who wouldn’t get emotional while watching this masterpiece.
Trust me, the tears will fall down your cheeks, so prepare tissues.

 

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: book to movie comparison

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(Kudos to my cat Trunchica for volunteering to be my model. She did her job like a pro!)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my all time favorite movie (in case you didn’t know).
The one and only reason I bought myself an overpriced copy (It was overpriced in my case, because few weeks later I realized that I could have ordered the same edition online for 10 $ cheaper) of this novel as soon as I saw it is because I was so in love with the movie.
My biggest fault is that I waited for years until I finally read it.
Why?
Because I heard that the movie is so much better.

And I agree.
This is one of rare cases when most people would agree, I think.
Don’t get me wrong, this is an amazing book, full of beautiful quotes and, in my humble opinion, everyone should read it at least once.

I am truly sorry that this book wasn’t translated into Croatian when I was 15 years old shoolgirl.
I know this book would be my saving grace, I would get so many life lessons from it, and, maybe, it would help me in a way.
Help me understand someone else’s decisions, as well as it would guide me when making my own.

And that is another reason why I just love this movie.
It showed the world the story that needed to be told.. Even in countries where this modern classic was unfamiliar, people now have a chance to observe it.
As for my country, because of the movie’s success, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now translated.

I am in love with this story and characters, and I couldn’t help but imagine Logan, Emma and Ezra (and everyone else) the whole time I was reading.

The book is very short, but still some parts of the book weren’t in the movie (from what I understand, they decided to cut some parts so the movie would be appropriate for every age rang), like teenage pregnancy and abortion, as well as scenes with Charlie’s hallucinations.

One of my favorite (and saddest) parts was the poem Charlie was reading (too bad that scene got deleted from the movie).
I don’t know if Chbosky wrote it or is it by someone else, but it’s incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking.

If you want, you can listen to the poem here , read by Logan Lerman (it’s a deleted scene from the movie).

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Movie Monday: Too many movies to put them all into title

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

 

I feel like I haven’t posted Movie Monday in a while, and I watched A LOT of movies lately, so this week this meme will look a bit different then it usually does.

I’m going to mention movies that I have watched in the last couple of weeks and write just a brief reviews for them.

Nerve

nerve Nerve is the latest movie I watched. I saw it yesterday, in the company of my sister and her husband. We all ended up liking it very much, which was quite surprising for me. I didn’t expect for it to be that good, but I wanted to watch it because I love Dave Franco, and I like Emma Roberts. This movie is based on young adult book that I haven’t read, but I would like to. I have to admit that I didn’t do my research so I don’t know if this is a standalone story or is it a part of the series.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

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Me and my friends decided to spend American Thanksgiving Day in movie theatre. I wanted to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ever since I found out that Ezra Miller has a role in it (in case you didn’t know, Ezra Miller is my favorite actor (+Leo Di)). When the movie trailer saw the light of the day, I expected for this movie to be amazing.
The movie is full of beautiful scenes, great effects and tone of humour (even though it isn’t a comedy), but the story itself is predictable. I figured out everything there was to figure out, and I am not the smartest person in the world.
However, I have to stress out that I watched many interviews with actors and I think producers, PR team or whoever is in charge for those sort of things, are ones responsible because they forbid one actor to talk about his role and, that way it was easy to figure out certain things. They also gave a statement that another certain actor will play in movie number two, so they gave away a spoiler that way.
Ezra Miller was the best actor in the movie. That guy can really play every role. I am so glad his career is turning big lately. He really deserves it.
Eddie Redmayne  was also good, but the more movies with him I watch, the more it seems to me that he plays his roles the same way, if you know what I mean.

 

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

scouts-guide The best comedy I have watched this year! I watched it with my sister’s husband. It was so funny, I laughed so hard that even their dog came to check out what is happening to me. This is perfect movie to watch with friends. I dare to say that the story itself is stupid in a way, but the movie is so entertaining and funny that you’ll be glad you picked it up.

 

Hacksaw Ridge

hacksaw I went to see Hacksaw Ridge into movie theatre with my boyfriend. This movie is based on true events that happened in Vietnam war. The story follows a soldier who refused to touch any weapon, because of his beliefs. The movie is really good, but you should be warned that it contains really explicit scenes. I watched a lot of war movies, but this one was the most detailed one I have ever seen.

 

War Dogs

war-dogs War Dogs is a drama about two guys who made money by selling weapons to American army. It is based on true events.
To be perfectly honest with you, the reason why I decided to watch this movie are it’s two main actors. I always loved Jonah Hill, and Milles Teller is one of my favorite actors from his generation. I always watch their movies, so this one was a must.
The story is pretty entertaining and I had a good time watching it, even though I understand why some people would find it boring.

 

 

 

 

Note: Pictures in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site.

Movie Monday: Deepwater Horizon

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 an action drama about the worst oil spill in US history.

 

Deepwater Horizon

deepwater-horizon This week I went to movie theatre with my boyfriend. He had a great strategy to make me go and see this over all the other movies that are in theatres right now (like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). He said he want to go and watch this movie, we went to the theatre at the exact time that was enough for us to buy our tickets and popcorn. Miss Peregrine was already playing for 30 minutes, so we arrived too late for that one.

Maybe I do sound like I’m sorry I missed Miss Peregrine (I really wanted to see it on big screen), but I am definitely not sorry we went to see Deepwater Horizon.

This is a movie that shows us what happened in 2010 when the biggest oil spill disaster in US history happened.
I remember that catastrophe.
Videos of poor animals covered in oil went viral and were all over the news.
I still remember it with sadeness in my heart.

Deepwater Horizon shows us what really happened, what lead to that oil spill and how many lives were in dangerous.
It is action packed and even though it is a really good movie, I watched it with bitterness in my heart because I knew what I was watching really happened. It wasn’t a fiction, it was an addaptation of real life events, of a disaster that really happened in our world and the consequences of that catastrophe still effect our planet.

I have to stress out that this is a really good movie with great cast. It even took me by surprise how many famous (or known to me) actors were in this movie (Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson and Dylan O’Brian are just some of them).

In my opinion, Deepwater Horizon is worth giving a try so I recommend it to everyone who’s curious about what happened in 2010, but also to action drama lovers.

 

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

Movie Monday: The Boy and Teenage Dirtbag

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

This week I want to talk about one old, and one (kind of) new movie.

Teenage Dirtbag

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More then few days ago, there was an independent movie playing on TV, called Teenage Dirtbag. It was filmed in 2009 so it is a bit older.
I knew about Teenage Dirtbag and wanted to see it for some time now, so when I saw it airing I was beyond happy.
In case you didn’t know, I am a HUGE fan of the movie called Keith (If you didn’t, please check it out because it is a piece of brilliance), and everytime I go to it’s IMDb page, Teenage Dirtbag is the one that appears as „similar movie“.

Because of that, I had higher expectations when it comes to this drama. The story was slow paced and a bit boring at times, but in the end I tought it was a decent movie.

What I didn’t expect was that it will pass some time and I would still think about this movie.
It has been days since I watched it and I still think about this film and get emotional at times, even though I didn’t feel that way while I was watching it.
I had to go on a trip, and the whole time I was in the bus, scenes from Teenage Dirtbag would appear in my mind and it was all I could think about.

I guess this is one of those rare movies that you appreciate more after some time passes and the story sets still in your mind.

I highly recommend it and I know I will re-watch it as soon as I get a chance.

 

The Boy

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Ever since I saw the trailer for this horror I knew I had to watch it.

A girl hired to take care of a porcelain doll for the summer, while his „parents“ are away, how could it not be good?
I even made a joke how this is a movie about Anabelle’s boyfriend.

Oh, I can’t even tell you how dissapointed this movie left me.

I was soooo disappointed, I even questioned who would even give a green light for this movie to be filmed.
I can tell you right now, this is one of the stupidest movies I have watched in my whole entire life!

The only good thing about this film was one character: Malcolm.
I liked him so much that I would like to take him from this story and put  him in some other, better movie.

The day after seeing The Boy, I went on IMDb to see other’s people’s toughts and it seems that many people actually enjoyed this story, so maybe this is the case „It’s not you, it’s me“ when it comes to my impressions.

 

Note: Pictures in this post are not my property but taken from IMDb site and are property of Leonine Verse  and STX Entertaiment.