Thirteen Reasons Why; Book Review

“You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.”

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Thirteen Reasons Why

                         by Jay Asher

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Book Description:

“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
               
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”

-From Amazon.com

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My Review:

First of all, I should say that I read this book in the worst moment of my life. (so far) Now, I did enjoyed the book but I’m not sure if I kept reading it for the interest of the story,  the allure of the mystery or if I just kept reading because a lot of parts felt so relatable in such a terrible way.

Thirteen Reasons Why its definitely a book that shouldn’t be read by everyone. Why? Because it feels too raw. If you’ve gone trough some of the stuff mention in it, like suicidal thoughts, rape, bullying, etc. you shouldn’t read it. (Not saying I went through all of that. We are not gonna get that real here. lol) I think this book should come with a lot of warnings.

Since the show came out last month I think, I don’t know, the show has gotten some heat for that. Because even though the book feels so raw, the show took it a little bit further. At least that’s what a friend told me. I only saw the first three episodes. And I don’t think I’m going to watch the rest. There are scenes in the book that I don’t want to see in the show. Plus to be honest, the first three episode kind of bored me. I think it’s because in the book everything happens in a day, and in the show it takes way longer. I know they do it for obvious reasons, but it was a little annoying.

Anyways this post is about the book not the show, so let’s get back to that. The writing was good but the book in general… I don’t know, maybe is just me… But I don’t recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on GoodReads.com But I still wouldn’t recommend it.

Read it if you want, but remember that what we read shapes us and influence us in our daily life. So, be careful.

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The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Top 5 Funniest Book Quotes.

The Mortal Instruments Book 1 City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”

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Book Description:

“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?”

-From GoodReads.com

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I read this book a while ago, way before the rumors of a TV series started (at least to my knowledge). And I actually enjoyed them. I’ve scene the first two episodes of the show, and well… I have no opinion…(Well, I do, but that’s for another post). For the record I think the movie was awesome.

I don’t remember making a review about this book. But you should know that I read those books in no time (meaning the whole series). I just loved them. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet and I’m not sure I will, because I’m just not in the mood to get back on that series again. But maybe, someday, I’ll read it.

Anyways Cassandra Clare’s writing can be really sarcastically funny at times and that’s what this post is about. There are so many funny things the characters say in the books that I couldn’t help myself.

So here are My Top 5 Funniest Book Quotes from The Mortal Instruments City of Bones.

 

1.

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”  

2.

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”  

3.

“You’re an idiot.”
“I’ve never claimed to be otherwise.”  

4.

“Don’t.” Clary raised a warning hand. “I’m not really in the mood right now.”
“That’s got to be the first time a girl’s ever said that to me,” Jace mused.”

5.

“Are you trying to get run over by a cab?”

“Don’t be ridiculous. We could never get a cab that easily in this neighborhood.”   

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There are wayyyy more, the book is full of them. If you haven’t read the books I highly recommend them.

Also if you have read it, send me any quote you think it should be in this list.

The Art of Selling Movies Review

The Art of Selling Movies

          by John McElwee

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Book Description:

“A Never-Before-Seen Look at How the Hearts, Minds & Wallets of Moviegoers Were Won in Hollywood’s Golden Age

RICHLY ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER REVEALS THE COLORFUL, FASCINATING HISTORY OF AMERICAN FILM ADVERTISING

From the silents through the mid-1960s, the Classic Era of American Cinema saw men and women with no aptitude for art become artists, wizards with words, master persuaders. Unlike other ad folk, theatre operators sold nothing more tangible than a couple hours’ amusement, and gave customers nothing to carry home beyond memories each hoped would be pleasant. Creating powerful, compelling advertisements wasn’t merely a matter of friendly competition between clever marketers – it was what the very livelihood of small-town theatre managers and cinema bigwigs alike depended on.

In The Art of Selling Movies [GoodKnight Books, February 28, 2017], lifelong film enthusiast and noted historian John McElwee reveals how the promise of happy times was aggressively marketed daily amidst heated competition in the Amusement Pages of U.S. newspapers, creating a thriving industry that continues to influence American culture today.

Unlike other classic film interest books, The Art of Selling Movies shifts the spotlight away from great directors and iconic stars in favor of the “faceless folk” who awoke desire for movies in the masses. A vibrant full-color, 300-plus-page hardcover featuring hundreds of never-before-seen images and clippings (painstakingly restored using technology that has only made such restoration possible in the past decade), in The Art of Selling Movies, McElwee also explores the intersection of commercialism, folk art, fine art, newspaper production, and regional demographics.

“These ads exerted an emotional appeal,” says McElwee, “and sparked a ‘must-see’ mentality that merchandisers still seek to convey today.

“The variety of ads for an individual film were infinite. For as many bookings as Citizen Kane had, there were that many different selling approaches,” he continues. “The best of vintage theatre ads can still teach advertisers a great deal about the art of selling.”

An illuminating and entertaining exploration of how the hearts, minds, and wallets of American moviegoers were won in Hollywood’s Golden Age, The Art of Selling Movies will delight American history buffs, Classic Era film aficionados, and modern-day Don Draper types alike.”

Book Review:

It’s all about the adds! 

I love this book soooo much. It’s a really great book about the history of movie adds. It gives you just the right amount of information to understand it and not feel overwhelmed with it. 

The book it’s filled with movie adds and beautiful theatre pictures. It’s a really great book. It’s a definitely must read for classic movie fans. 

This book was given to me by Good Knight Books in exchange of an honest review.

Hollow City Top 5 Book Quotes

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I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children some time ago (I can’t remember), and I have to admit that for some reason I couldn’t get in to the fantasy of the book. (Click Here to se my review).

 

But after I saw the movie I had to give it another go. I know the movie changed a lot of stuff (like almost every book to movie adaptation ever made) but I still loved it.

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It took me sometime to finally grab it, but right now I’m reading Hollow City. I’ll post a review as soon as I’m done with it. So far I’m loving it.

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And well just like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, this book has a lot of great quotes. So that’s why, here are my top 5 Hollow City book quotes. They’ll probably be more when I finish the book. I’ll add them to the review.

Anyways here they are…

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“Just because they knew it was lost didn’t mean they knew how to let it go.” 

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“Some truths are expressed best in the form of myth.”

3.

“Sometimes I can’t decide whether you’re completely mad or some sort of miracle”

4.

“From the mouths of our elders comes a fountain of wisdom.” 

5.

“I never remember nice dreams; only the bad ones stick.”  

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Risen Movie Review

Based on the book Risen by Angela Hunt

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This movie is based on the book Risen by Angela Hunt. I already did a review on the book Click Here to see it. If you haven’t seen it go away… Spoiler Warning!

Here’s the thing, when I first read Risen I fell in love more with Rachel’s point of view than Clavius. His part was good but her part was better. 

The movie didn’t bring Rachel, and even though I loved her in the book I thought that it was better to leave her out for the movie, the “love story” that they have in the book would have taken away from the premise of the movie.

Now apart from that, lets talk about the interviews, which are the best part of this movie. I’m not much of a movie reviewer but OMG the interviews where so well executed that I actually felt frustrated and I just wanted to know more even though I already knew.

Is that good. The actors to me were freaking awesome. Right on point. It was a really great movie. 

For some reason I thought the movie might bored me. I don’t know why, cause i loved the book. 

I went to see the movie with zero expectations and I have to say that I was pretty blown away from how real-ish it felt. 

Read the book, watch the movie. They are both great. You don’t need one to love the other but you should do them both if you want.

 

Top 5 Struck by Lightning Book Quotes

Since I first read this book, I loved it. So here are my top 5 book quotes from Struck by Lightning.

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So here we go!

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“You’ve got to show the world who you are before it tells you. Otherwise you become victim to someone you’re not.”

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“It was one of those moments when you want to help, but don’t know how. You think of a million things to say but are afraid you aren’t the correct person to say them.”

3.

“I remember wanting to laugh, but I held it in. I guess even then I thought laughing at someone’s dream was one of the cruelest things one person could do to another.”

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“…because a life without meaning, without drive or focus, without dreams or goals, isn’t a life worth living.”

5.

“Youth is not an excuse for insanity.”

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Top 5 Quotes from Fallen By Lauren Kate.

I read this book some long time ago, and I really loved them back then. But I think That it’s the type of book that you only read once. I don’t know. But there’s a movie about this book that I want to see, (that has the weirdest movie publicity ever) so I want to reread it. So until that and for motivational purposes here are my top 5 book quotes from Fallen.

 

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“Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it’s a good way to get yourself killed.”

2.

“You know everyone loves to hate a happy pair of lovebirds.”

3.

“The good news is” he paused, carefully choosing his words, “I kissed you, and you’re still here.”

4.

“People who are chronically tardy never understand the many ways in which they screw up the schedules of people who are punctual and ‘normal’…”

5.

“People are here because they’ve got baggage. I’m talking curbside-check-in, pay-the-fine-’cause-it’s-over-fifty-pounds kind of baggage. Get it?”