BOOK TRAVELLING THURSDAY #8: CHOOSE A BOOK THAT SCARED YOU.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

As Halloween is just a couple more days away, this week’s theme is to choose a book that genuinely scared the reader. I have chosen the book “Not Without My Daughter” by Betty Mahmoody. Despite its mixed reviews and criticisms of alleged misrepresentation of Muslim Iranians and of their culture, I would choose this book for this week’s theme. Those of you who have read it would understand what I mean when I say I got shit-scared reading about the behavior meted out to women, with no fear of getting punished for domestic violence whatsoever. Betty refutes multiple times in her book that she is propagating a negative stereotype of Iranians, and also maintains that not all women were mistreated by their husbands. On the whole, I found this to be a very engaging book, and I would recommend it strongly.

Original Cover:

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This is the original cover of the book. And I like it but not that much really. It definitely highlights the plot, but I don’t feel it’s that good a book cover.

Cover from my country(India):

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I like this book cover because of the crease between the eyebrows, and the eyes that look annoyed and of a I-am-not-gonna-tolerate-this-shit-anymore kind.

Favourite Cover:

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This is a film version cover. This picture really touched my heart; I like the mother’s concern over her child in this picture, as it is the main theme of the book.

Least Favourite Cover:

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Somehow the Spanish cover was not appealing to me. I get the child’s expression, but it doesn’t make a good book cover, not to me.

There, I have put forward a book that had scared me pretty much, thinking about what I would have been able to do if I was in Betty’s position. Please comment what you think of it if you’ve read the book. Also, comment what you think about the covers. Those of you who haven’t read it, please do put it on your to-read list in the immediate future. This book is amazing and unputdownable.

Fin!

-Bhaswati.

Film Discussion: The Martian

Hello people, this is Sayantoni! I am a new addition to the family of Abookesia, and I am very thankful to my friend and fellow blogger, Sanchita, for asking me to contribute to the blog. So, in my introductory post, I’ll be discussing the craze surrounding the much awaited movie of 2015, The Martian, and why it is justified.
To start with, I would like to mention that I did watch the movie before reading the book, and I have not read it yet. So I won’t be bringing up the book every now and then, and my review is going to be unbiased. As most of us already know by now, The Martian is a sci-fi movie based on Andy Weir’s eponymous bestselling novel. And I am going to tell you everything I liked about it, without spoiling it for you.
Every few years, there comes a movie so fresh and unconventional, that it blows you away with its sheer ability to handle its plotline with effortless grace. The Martian is one such movie. Yes, yet another space movie, yet another film adaptation of a novel, and yet another sci-fi movie. But not “just another movie”. This movie has the ability to stand out among thousands of other sci-fi movies, it’s that different.
The story is that of a man, Mark Watney, who is assumed dead and left behind on Mars by his space-bros on order of the commander, Melissa Lewis, (Jessica Chastain) of the Ares 3 mission, following a violent dust storm that hits the crew on the soil of the foreign planet and as a result of which Mark goes missing. The next day Mark wakes up to find himself abandoned and stranded on Mars, impaled by a part of the communication dish, thus with zero ways to contact anyone, let alone return to earth.
Meanwhile, NASA has already told the whole world about the mishap and the loss of an extraordinary man on an extraordinary mission. A very grave situation, indeed. But, Mark Watney is found to be a very resourceful man, who makes the best use of humour, which is, in the worst of times. He figures out that he’s about to die there, even if NASA sends a rescue mission to Mars (which will take years), assuming he does find a way to contact them. But instead of sitting and counting down days, he tries to turn things around and does so like a boss. He keeps his calm and does the real math. He gathers all his resources and “sciences the shit out of it.” This is exactly where the film strikes a chord with each and every human being. It’s not just a space movie. It’s about the urge to survive, and the use of tremendous will power in doing so.
From that very moment, Mark Watney sets on a mission to keep himself alive until help reaches him. The basic instinct of survival kicks in hard, as he figures out, “If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.”
An electrifying performance by Matt Damon brings Mark Watney to life and one cannot help believing that Matt is an astronaut. His make-believe game is so strong that he takes you on a ride on an emotional rollercoaster alternating tears with bouts of laughter. Speaking of which, the film does an exceptional job at keeping the atmosphere comical and cheerful with sheer wit and hilarity, even though there is an underlying tone of tension throughout the movie, that is unavoidable, as the whole world struggles to bring their fellow human being home. It is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and also makes you roll with laughter, so you have to grab the handle of your seat from time to time to prevent yourself from falling off. This is where The Martian takes a different approach from typical sci-fi movies and makes it a movie for the regular audience as well. The film stands entirely on the shoulders of Matt Damon, whose presence on-screen was probably the best thing about the movie, assisted by dazzling performances by co-stars Jessica Chastain (who had played a major role in another space flick, Interstellar, last year), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, and many others. Director Ridley Scott, who has previously directed silver screen giants like Gladiator and Prometheus, gives us another movie that is not only critically acclaimed but is a movie for all ages, from 8 to 80. Or rather, a movie that, I believe, everyone should take the pleasure to watch. It is science and entertainment rolled into one wholesome package, even though the science is very real and advanced.
So here’s what I think and how much I can tell you without giving away the fate of the protagonist. Hope you enjoy the film as much as I did. Thank you! And happy watching!

Fin!

– Sayantoni

Book Discussion: My Life Next Door & The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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So today I am going to be discussing these two sweet contemporaries that got me out of my terrible reading slump. Now, don’t think that they are part of a series! They are not. They are just related in the way Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are related. There are some characters that are introduced in My Life Next Door who become protagonists in The Boy Most Likely To. So, you don’t have to read one to read the other. But, I am not doing independent book discussions for each of them because I don’t have that much to say about the individual books. Both the books have sort of the same themes and so I decided to merge both discussions into one. Let’s see how it goes!

Now, adding the synopsis of both books would make this post very long, I would just link the Goodreads pages of them in my post. For My Life Next Door click here and for The Boy Most Likely To click here.

Let me first state that these books were really, really good! They were just what I needed to get over my reading slump and they made me happy. So, I must give these books some extra credit for that. At a time when the only books I felt like reading were either Harry Potter or TFIOS, they became my dearest friend and coaxed me slowly back into reading. The first thing that you notice about these books is these amazing relationships that the characters have with each other. Though they are sometimes complex, they were always clear about what they meant to each other. If I had to complain about something, it would be that both the relation between Jase and Sam and the relationship between Tim and Alice felt a little like insta-love to me. But, as I progressed into the story, I began to accept it as the characters felt like they were meant to be together. The family aspect of the story was just beautiful! Or, should I say, the Garretts were beautiful? Either way, it would be true.

The real problem that I had with these two books was something else. On one hand, I liked Jase and Sam as individuals, but, I couldn’t really feel for them as individual characters. On the other hand, I didn’t really feel for Tim and Alice as a couple, but, I loved Tim! Tim for me, was that stereotypical broken boy, who grows a lot through the story. When I think of a character like Tim, I hold Adrian from the Vampire Academy series as the base for measuring similar characters (#TeamAdrian). Tim was a really good character, but he didn’t have that edge that made him different from a pool of similar characters. But, he was just endearing enough, to make me love him. His development through the story was immense, and I loved it. I was very, very detached to Alice the whole time and didn’t really care for her as a character. There is, obviously, a lot of twists and turns to both the books, like any other contemporary story. But I have to commend the author for dealing with issues like teenage pregnancy and addiction. Though some parts about the issues were trivialized (I think), she raised the issues and that’s great!

So, that is all for today. I must end this by saying that if you like cute contemporaries, this is great for you, but if you are looking for some meaningful contemporary, this is not. If it suits your taste, I totally recommend it. I may not be in love with them, but I really like them. And if I had to read them again, I probably would. So, I guess that tells a lot! Anyway, have a great day and I will have another post up soon! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, deals with the idea of suicide which must be explored nowadays in books, considering the huge rate of teenage suicides. At first, the book felt intriguing. I mean a dead teen’s audio-taping her suicide note, expounding the 13 reasons why she killed herself, sounds interesting (and intimidating) enough! But I got really disappointed at the end. I somehow felt that this book has romanticized the notion of suicide. I think Hannah Baker, the protagonist, was a spiteful kid who enjoyed sending her acquaintances into innumerable guilt trips.

I do not like Hannah. I am sorry if that sounds harsh but I can’t help it. I am not belittling her problems. I know that even the most minimal reasons can trigger suicidal thoughts. But in Hannah’s case, I think she indulged herself in some post-death vindictiveness (wasn’t she a bit masochistic as well?). The guy Clay, from whose perspective we get to know the entire story, seemed a little over the top in terms of niceness. I don’t blame a single person, whom Hannah accused of ill-treating her, except Bryce Walker. Well, RAPE is an unforgivable crime. Other than him, all the other characters were just acting out of adolescent hormones. Being mean in high school is nothing unnatural. All of us have been mean at some point of time or the other and though it is not acceptable, it is also not inexcusable. It is just another human attribute. You cannot do anything about it. Hannah was herself responsible for some of the incidents. She allowed Courtney to treat her like a bag full of crap and did not try to patch things up with Jessica. Never once did she try to clear latter’s misconceptions. She was a silent spectator when Jessica got raped. She could have reported against Jenny and confronted Zach for stealing her notes. And how could she let Ryan go scot free? Above all, she allowed a rapist to have sex with her even though he was the object of her heart’s deepest contempt. And Mr. Porter was the most unrealistic character I had ever read of. What he did was unethical. You cannot just tell a suicidal person to move on (casually). She went to him with a lot of expectations. By the way what was Clay doing in your list if he had nothing to do with your suicide? What were up to Hannah? Sorry but I do not get what Hannah was trying to do with her life. She seemed to have lost all hopes upon herself even before fighting.

The muddling up of Hannah’s voice with that of Clay’s confused the hell out of me. Am I the only one who did not like this book? I am sorry if I spoilt it for you but this is exactly how I feel. This book was just not for me. Please drop a line at the comments section and tell me what your thoughts are about this book. I will be waiting for a response.

My rating- 2.5/5

Fin!

-Debanjana

Book Discussion: Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar.

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“The Big Bang Theory” is one of the first shows that had introduced me to American sitcoms and that I have been watching since I was a child and continue to watch till date. The characters have become familiar and if I may add, friendly and relatable over the seasons. So when Kunal Nayyar’s (he plays the character of Raj Koothrapalli on TBBT) “Yes, My Accent is Real” became available in the stores, the fangirl in me was super excited to get hold of a copy.

As Kunal Nayyar insists, “Yes, My Accent is Real” is not a memoir because he’s too young and not a Kardashian to pen one. And it’s definitely not an autobiography. “Yes, My Accent is Real” is a collection of Kunal’s experiences in America and New Delhi as an university student who suddenly stumbles upon his love for acting and a young boy who plays “real badminton”.

I’m a massive fangirl of Kunal Nayyar but my opinions on his book is totally independent of that feeling (I promise).

First things first, “Yes, My Accent is Real” is a major LOL fest. I haven’t read a book in a long, long time that has made me laugh– not that tiny snort of air that we exhale usually when we read something funny online but REALLY laugh out loud and gasp for breath like a dying walrus. Yes, the book indeed is THAT hilarious. Personally I’m not much of a fan of self-deprecating humor and thankfully Kunal’s book has minimum indulgence in that genre of humor. The incidents reported are something that most of us are familiar with and can easily relate to which gave me a feeling of talking to a friend and listening to him talk about his childhood or how his day went instead of reading a book. Just like his Raj Koothrapalli, Kunal Nayyar makes himself easily available to his audience through his book. His narration is humble, honest and respectful towards the reader. Kunal talks about his failures with as much reverence as his successes. I especially liked how he attributes both failure and success in making him, or for that matter anybody, who they are today. Also, he’s pretty smooth with women (unlike his character Raj who suffers from selective mutism around women” and is as funny in person as he’s on TV. A quote often used in the book, “IF WHAT YOU WANT HAPPENS, GOOD. IF IT DOESN’T HAPPEN, VERY GOOD.” (which was actually said to him by his father) is something that I have decided to stick by. The book also includes stuff which he has learnt over the years, what he has been taught by his elders and little nuggets of wisdom which he writes down on airplane napkins.

Kunal also tells the youngsters why being an Indian “cool” and why we should we proud of our intrinsic values. People living in a different country other than their native will especially be able to relate to his “culture shock”, the initial sense of loneliness, feeling like an outcast and how a different ethnicity could actually work in your favor. “Yes, My Accent is Real” ultimately a book on universal brotherhood and how deep down inside all our insecurities are the same. This book along with being totally hilarious also talks about acceptance and tolerance without sounding patronizing.

Go get hold of a copy ASAP and laugh along with Kunal as he takes you through an incredible journey of first kisses, badminton championships, emo band formations (his was called The Prince and The Pauper), a big fat Indian wedding and the creation of beloved our beloved Raj Koothrapalli.

Fin!

-Sayari.

Book Traveling Thursday #7: Choose a book with a major plot twist.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

We all have a moment of shock when a super unexpected plot twist happens. So, this week’s theme is to choose a book with a major plot twist that surprised me. For this theme, I chose Night Film by Marisha Pessl. This book has too many plot twists to count and each one is better than the other. Just when you think that you know where the story is going, it changes direction. It messes with your mind, and though the book is of more than 600 pages, it makes you want more of it. This book is amazing! It may even be one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone!

Original Cover:

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Cover from my country(India):

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Favourite Cover:

22138511This Greek cover is amazing! It perfectly describes the book. It describes what you’re in for when you read the book. The dark, unending stairs reaching down is almost a symbolical object to describe how Scott reaches the deepest and the most horrifying truths about himself and about the Cordovas. It’s like this unending path to darkness! I can’t say any more without giving some spoilers, but if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about. This cover is perfect.

Least Favourite Cover:

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So, here it is! A book with major plot twists. Please comment what you think of it if you’ve read the book. Also, comment what you think about the covers. For those of you who haven’t read it yet, pick it up immediately! It’s amazing! Well, until next time then.

Fin!

-Sanchita.

Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Award.

Hi guys! As you know, I have been in a horrible reading slump lately and so, I haven’t been able to read any book to review for this week. So, I am going to do this instead. I have been nominated for this a while ago by Calliope the Book Goddess. A huge thank you to her for nominating me. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do because it’s amazing! So, let’s get started!

sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggersThe Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

Calliope’s questions:

  • Pick a book for every letter of your first name.

S- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

A- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

N- Night Film by Merissa Pessl.

C- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

H- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (or any one of them, really!) by J. K. Rowling.

I- I Was Here by Gayle Forman.

T- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

A- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

  • What’s the tenth book on your shelf?

It’s The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s been on my TBR for a long time and I hope I can read it soon!

  • What are you currently reading?

I am currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to get over my reading slump. I hope I can get to reading new books from my TBR pile soon!

  • Would you rather get a book signed, or get a free book?

I would rather get my book signed. I have so many books that I want to get signed. Because I live in India, I would literally do anything to get my hands on a signed copy of a book from my favourite authors. I hope that one day I’m going to get a signed copy of a John Green book. Fingers crossed, guys!

  • Who is your fictional crush at the moment?

At this moment, my fictional crush is Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green because I re-read it recently. 😛

  • What is the biggest book on your shelf (Page number wise)?

The biggest book on my shelf right now is The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As it is a complete collection of all Sherlock Holmes stories, you can imagine that it’s pretty big! 🙂

  • What is the smallest book on your shelf (Page number wise)?

The smallest book on my shelf is actually a play called Goa by Asif Currimbhoy. I had this book as a part of my course last semester and I think its around 100 pages. So, it’s pretty small.

  • Do you have a ship that you called would sail from the moment you met the characters?

Oh that would be Cath and Levi from Fangirl. They are my O.T.P. and I am sure that I would love them forever. They are such adorable characters that I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. ❤

  • What is a series that you just couldn’t finish?

That would be the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. The story just didn’t interest me enough and I couldn’t bother reading the 12 plus number of books that they put out. I was utterly disinterested. If you are a fan of this series, I am really sorry but I couldn’t get into this series.

  • What is your name backwards?

My name is Sanchita. So, backwards it would be A-T-I-H-C-N-A-S. Please tell me if you can pronounce that. 😛

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. Choose your favourite emoji and then select a book that can be described perfectly by that emoji.
  2. Choose a book from your shelf that you think has the most beautiful cover.
  3. What is the name of the book that you read recently and absolutely loved?
  4. What is the weirdest character you’ve read about and loved?
  5. Choose a book that you think is very underrated.
  6. Choose a book that you think is very overrated.
  7. A lot of our favourite characters get killed at the hands of the authors. If you can save one such character from death, who would it be?
  8. If you can take the place of any protagonist from any book, who would it be?
  9. We all have that one special book that got us into reading. What’s yours?
  10. What are your TOP 5 favourite books right now?

I NOMINATE:

    1. Aria @ Aria Stuck in Wonderland.
    2. Mishibear @ Mishi-Reads.
    3. Anette @ Simply Biblio.
    4. My Tiny Obsessions.
    5. Tea and a Good Read.
    6. Analee @ Book Snacks.
    7. Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard.
    8. Partner in Books.
    9. Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl.
    10. Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland.

I hope you have a lot of fun answering my questions because I had a lot of fun doing this. If you have already received this award, please link it in the comments. For those of you who haven’t done it yet, I do hope you decide to receive this award. When you do, please link that in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Until next time then.

-Sanchita.

50+ Followers Appreciation Post and a Bookish Rant.

Hi guys! First of all, I am really sorry that I haven’t been active this last week and I missed posting a book discussion last Wednesday. It’s just that things have been really busy in college lately and I haven’t read any book since last week! Can you believe it? Last week! I am ashamed of myself. 😦 But the thing is, I have been in a horrible reading slump and I haven’t been able to pick up any book. I am really, really sorry guys. Can someone suggest me a book that can help me get out of this reading slump? Please give you suggestions in the comments. I need it. Badly.

As I haven’t been active here, I missed our 50 followers notification!! 50 FOLLOWERS!!!! It feels a lot to me because I didn’t think 10 people would be interested in reading what I have to say let alone 50!!!!followed-blog-50-2xSo, I just wanted to thank each and every one of you! Thank you for reading my posts and liking them and commenting on them and interacting with me and just EVERYTHING! It means a lot to all of us and we appreciate each and every one of you! You people encourage us to write more and more great articles. And obviously, to read more and more books. So, thank you for spending a little bit of your time on our posts. We love each and every one of you.

Now, for the rant part. On Tuesday, I suddenly got the news on Twitter than there is going to be a new gender bended story of Twilight, i.e., every male character in Twilight will be female and every female character will be male. As a result, the story would play out in a different way. It’s named Life and Death: Twilight Re-imagined. Now, the news sparked a lot of extreme feelings. The extreme reactions that I saw on Twitter is something that encouraged this post. As a person who appreciates Twilight, I wanted to say some things. I really don’t want to offend anyone. I just wanted to put my views out there in the world. So, here’s what I think.el-nuevo-libro-life-and-death-twilight-reimagined

Twilight has played a great role in my life as a reader. I started reading again because of Twilight. It got me into reading and gave me a hobby that I will cherish forever. After Twilight, I started reading too many books just to fill the hole it left in my life. Gradually, I began discovering so many great stories. So, I will forever be grateful to it. Many people have many diverse opinions about Twilight. I am not saying that the story is flawless and perfect or anything like that. I am just saying that it is a very addictive and interesting story despite its flaws. Sometimes, I feel like it has become a trend to hate on Twilight. It has become very cool to hate on it. I am not a great fan of the movies and I think the movies contributed to this hate. Whenever people tell me that they hate Twilight, the first question I ask is whether they have read the book. The answer in 90% of those scenarios is NO. I always urge people to just give the book a chance and then make up their minds about it. How can you hate on something without having at least a little knowledge about it? I will never understand.

Now for the book Life and Death: Twilight Re-imagined. The day after this book was announced, our local newspaper published an article on why Stephenie Meyer should inflict more of this terrible thing in this world. This extreme article got me thinking, how many people actually think like that and would not even give this book a chance before starting to hate it. Thinking about this saddens me. So, to all those people, I would again urge you to please read the book before you comment on it. It is perfectly okay to not like a book but it is not okay to hate on a book which you haven’t read. I always try not to judge any book without reading it. The reviews are going to obviously influence you, but do not hate on a book because of bad reviews.

At this point, I think I am repeating the same point again and again. So, I am going to stop now. Whatever I said in this post applied to not only Twilight but every other book out in this world. Tell me what you think about Twilight, about this new book and about this post as a whole. Let’s start a discussion about this in the comments. And again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything. Until next time then.

-Sanchita.

Book Traveling Thursday #6: Choose a book that got made into a movie you actually enjoyed.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

Generally, movie adaptations of my favourite books get a OH-DEAR-GOD-PLEASE-SAVE-ME-FROM-SUCH-A-CALAMITY from my side but The Perks Of Being A Wallflower became an exception. I adored this book and now I ship its movie adaptation as well. The book talks about Charlie and how he would go through some life-altering experiences. This book will definitely make adults nostalgic and teenagers feel “It’s okay! Adolescence is weird, my friend!” It took me a long, long time to finally gather the courage to watch this movie as I thought it would spoil the mood that the book had left me with. Well, I was WRONG! Who can be more perfect than Logan Lerman, as Charlie! He did a brilliant job in capturing the life of a loner, who was intelligent beyond his years and an unconventional thinker. Charlie could be that kid from your or my school whom we often ignore. He was that guy who like any of us craved love and true friendships. He was that guy whose shabby past and baffling adolescent years almost made him a social outcast till he befriended Sam and Patrick. Logan made Charlie all the more relatable. Emma Watson totally rocked the role of perky, empathetic Sam. Ah, well! Emma is Emma after all. I fell head over heels for Ezra Miller(Patrick). He was just so PERFECT. And he is so HOT! I LOVE him. Anyway, enough with my narcissism. Let’s move on. I had a special place in my heart for Paul Rudd from his FRIENDS days. He was outstanding as Mr. Anderson. I just wish Mr. Andersons rule high schools from now on.

Original Cover:

perk up This cover uncannily reminded me of autumn. I feel the color yellow is quite synonymous to autumn (leaves-turning-yellow-during-autumn kind of way). Autumn announces, “Winter is coming.”(in a good way though). It is the harbinger of the good old Chrismassy days- the season of gifts and merriment which we all look forward to. Sam and Patrick were just like winter bringing the much-awaited Christmas in Charlie’s life.

Covers from my country(India):

perk 2 perks 3 The bright shades of blue and black in the first cover intensifies the enthralling factor of this book. I love the movie cover. Ezra Miller looks so good. I want to cuddle Logan. He has a babyish innocence in this picture. And look at Emma! How can anyone be so beautiful!

Favorite Cover:

perks 4 This cover looks so perfect. It has deftly hinted at what the novel is all about. I will not be able to explain why I am so obsessed with this particular cover. All I can say is I LOVE this cover.

Least Favorite Cover:

838285 According to me, this is the shittiest cover. I am not really judgemental about covers but I could not help it this time. No offence but this is crappy!

So here it goes. I will really like to know how you felt about my post. I hope not to disappoint you. Please share your opinions with me in the comments section. Until next time then.

Fin!

-Debanjana

Book Discussion: Speak

Have you ever completely shut yourself up in your self-made mental cellar as the big dark world is too deaf to pay you its ears? Well, that is exactly what my newest friend, Melinda Sordino (no, we don’t know each other in real life but I will still like to befriend her) was feeling in her freshman year. Those of you who have not read Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, let me tell you I am talking about the protagonist of this book, the most realistic fictional character I have ever come across. The novel is written in the voice of Melinda, like a diary narrative.

Melinda was raped by the beastly Andy Evans at a party. Too drunk and young to understand the ghastly crime that she was a victim of, a baffled Melinda called the cops only to earn the displeasure of her friends. She was misunderstood and ostracised by her peer group and also by complete strangers. Pretty soon she became the social outcast whom everyone hated. Instead of coming up with her story, she stopped talking. With each passing day she succumbed more and more to her despondency. She skipped classes and her grades deteriorated. Her artworks reflected pain. Her only friend was Heather who would ditch her eventually for the more popular girls. Her lab partner, David Petrakis, was the only adorable and helpful person Melinda encountered. I ship that guy. Her school authority maintained a condescending attitude towards her. Her family members were not really affectionate towards each other, so they contributed little to help her. No one was thoughtful enough to ask her what exactly her problem was.

She tried hard to forget about that horrendous night but the memories kept resurfacing. She thought denying the truth would stop those traumatic experiences from tormenting her. Ah poor, unthinking, human heart! She was WRONG! The whole novel expounds how difficult it was for Melinda to get on with her everyday life till the day she decided to stand up for herself. A girl-next-door touch to her character makes her all the more relatable. It is really surprising (but true) how quickly our society banishes someone without judging what the person is going through. Such cruelty, much wow!

Melinda taught that it is okay to feel shitty sometimes and to seclude yourself from the entire world. It is okay to take your time before jumping to solutions that will help fixing your life. Depression is quite normal and most of us had to deal with it at least once. But what is not okay is to prolong that phase into a lifetime. It is not okay to allow fear engulf you. We need to face our fears and shout “I am done with you scumbag!” Getting raped is NOT the victim’s fault, after all! Give this book a try if you have not. Though it is not mind-blowing or anything but it is definitely worth reading. All I can say is this book is going to stay with you for a long, long time.

My rating-3.7/5

Fin!

-Debanjana