Cover to Cover

Cover To Cover | Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Cover To Cover is basically an excuse for us to swoon over pretty covers while also deciding which one we would be most willing to buy

Today’s book, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, is one I haven’t gotten around to purchasing while the sequel sits on my bookshelf collecting dust. So hey! maybe this post might help me decide which cover I should invest into.

The English Edition

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Upon initial viewing, I think this cover is beautiful. The silhouettes give it this abstract feel while the sunlight adds that little bit of magic. There’s also a kind of simplicity to the whole thing

The Other English Edition

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I’m not usually a fan of having real people on covers however, I like the whole “out of focus” thing that’s going on in the cover, representing time I guess but it still wouldn’t be my favourite.

The Other Other English Edition

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HOLY this one. Now I know this puzzle style of book covers has been going around a lot but just the colour scheme and the font and the fact that it is Paris. Oh my

The Indonesian Edition

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See now this is a pretty cover as well. I’m likin’ the tea and Paris in the background again, The warm colours also make the whole thing radiate

The Portuguese Cover

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I like how the background is kind of sketch format while the girl is obviously a real person. This gives me the impression that the book centres arounf wartime Paris or something, very contradictory to the bright undertones we’ve seen in the previous covers.

The Verdict

I think it’s pretty obvious but if I had to buy one right now (which I would totally do if I had money) I’d pick this one. It just had me awed from the beginning and is going right at the top of my wishlist thank you very much.

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book haul

January Book Haul- The $3 Edition

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Ello Ello!

I recently acquired some books, most of these I stumbled upon by accident and decided to purchase (that always happens by the way). And yes all of these excepting All The Bright Places were $3, I know ABSOLUTE STEALS RIGHT?

And yes I just had to feature my Penguin because who doesn’t love Penguins?

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven–  Been stoked to read this since the beginning of the year. There’s a picture of me smelling the book on Instagram so why aren’t you following me? (@infinityreads03)

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Popular- a memoir by Maya Van Wagenen- I’ve heard so many good things and apparently the author’s only like sixteen which is incredible. And it’s non fiction so all the more reason to read it!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I have read Anna already and I do own it in hardcover but I have the old one (remember those?) and these new covers are just so gorgeous so I just had to okay

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My sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult-  Since like 2013 I’ve been trying to get into Jodi Picoult so now the opportunity presented itself so I decided to pick up one of her most popular works duh.

Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult- Don’t know what it’s about but sounds interesting.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman-  Sequel to Just One Day which I’ve yet to buy (I know, Stupid). I adore Gayle Forman so for obvious reasons I wanna read this series as well then I would’ve read ALL her published works which is SO COOL.

That concludes my book haul. I am so content with the newest additions to my shelf and cannot wait to whiz through them all!

Buy any new books lately? Let me know in the comments and KEEP READING!

 

Book reviews

Book Review | I was Here

Title: I was Here

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Pages: 288

Australian Release Date: 1st of February 2015 Preorder now HERE

 

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Cody and Meg were inseparable
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss

 

Gayle Forman has written a book that captures the impact suicide has on loved ones creating the kind of book that stays with you.

Plot

This book is basically The Fault in Our Stars meets Paper Towns. Initially there is this whole intriguing mystery of Meg and the reason behind her suicide, whether her best friend Cody really knew her  and then things pick up when Cody goes into full sleuthing mode. The story intensifies as the ugly aspects of the online world are exposed and some life lessons are learnt.

I congratulate Gayle Forman on writing one of the most realistic books I’ve ever read. Nothing is sugar coated and real world problems are dealt with. The integration of mental health into YA indicates progress and just how powerful this genre can become in impacting people’s lives.

Characters

In the beginning I felt detached from the characters but as I read more and invested myself in this story it all came together. The ending was so powerful because I could totally relate to the struggles that everyone must have been going through.

This book deals greatly with the impact Meg’s death has on her parents and especially Cody. I found Meg and Cody’s relationship somewhat a mystery and it’s better left that way I guess. I love the development between Cody and her mum because it’s so raw.

Writing

Gayle Forman’s writing is so emotionally powerful and she has created such a timeless story in the short frame of 200 pages.

If you enjoyed If I Stay and Where She Went I would recommend this book to you. Also John Green fans as it deals interestingly with the idea of death.

Rating

4

 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing a copy for review. My review is 100% honest and all opinions are mine.

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Film review

Film Review: If I stay

Director: R.J.Cutlerif-i-stay

Stars: Chloe-Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley

Genre: Drama

The highly anticipated film adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I stay  surpassed all expectations. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

I absolutely adored the book and recently reviewed it here. To be honest I wasn’t anticipating the movie too much because I was convinced that no adaptation could impress me more than The Fault In Our Stars film but let me tell you. I was wrong. If I stay is phenomenal

Characters

Chloe-Grace Moretz is slaying it in the young-adult adaptation world. Her portrayal as Mia Hall in the film was acceptable however, in my opinion Mia’s character has an immense amount of depth and strong emotions. Chloe did an average job of being this emotional girl but it required more depth and she just wasn’t fully immersed in the role. But I have to say, she slayed that rock chic look. And I also wonder whether she can actually play the cello.

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My first impression of James Blackley as Adam while I was watching the trailer for If I stay was: He’s too soft. I imagine Adam as this hard-core (but not too hard-core) guy with this laid back attitude. And Blackley did surprise me. Throughout the film he did a great job of being that hard-core guy especially while performing his musci but he was also this sweet guy. So great job James Blackley!

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The rest of the casting was great, Mia with her ex punk rock parents and her grandparents with Teddy aw bless him. The film succeeded in capturing the close bonds in Mia’s family and I was feeling the feels when the turmoil hit.

One thing that did bug me was Adam and Mia’s relationship, It was adapted well for the most part with all the cute teenagery moments and what not but I was a bit confused about their break up. It didn’t even seem like a break up, it seemed like this fight that got interrupted by Mia’s accident and I’m not even exactly sure WHY they were breaking up. The film didn’t execute the break up to a satisfactory level I believe.

And what’s with Adam’s back story of being left behind by his parents? Pretty sure that wasn’t in the books but it did give insight into his nature and decisions so I’m cool with that.

Music

As you may or may not know, Mia is a cellist and Adam is part of a band so music played a vital part in this film. The music choice was great. That is all I have to say for that, it was great. Mia’s cello pieces were on point and rejuvenated this love for classical music inside me and on the other hand Adam’s rock performances made his character stronger. I was a bit disappointed that Say Something didn’t appear throughout the film since it was in the trailer and would’ve blended in beautifully with the film oh!

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Plot

With adaptations I understand that the film doesn’t follow the book word for word. For the most part I feel like this film stayed true to the book and what it represented, that you don’t take your family and friends for granted and you never know what’s gonna happen. This, I believe is a powerful message that was executed powerfully by the film.

I was a little skeptical of how the creators of the film would show the difference between present day and Mia’s memories since the book/film goes back and forth between present and past. Much to my surprise the present situation and Mia’s memories of past events were very distinguishable which made me very happy.

Okay so I am a rather picky person so bear with me but I would’ve liked to see a back story to most characters as is the case in the book. For example, the fact that Mia’s best friend Kim does not get along with her boyfriend Adam at the start and Mia is conflicted about this but during Mia’s accident they come closer as the circumstance calls for it. I thought little stories like this told from Mia’s perspective in the book connected me that much more to these minor characters. But you can’t have everything hey?

If I stay definitely impressed me in terms of movie adaptations and I know at some point in this blog post I sound like I’m complaining but really I’m just a picky person, I really did enjoy the film. Hoping to see the sequel in cinemas sometime soon!

Rating

4

 

 

Book reviews

Review: Where she went

Author: Gayle Forman8492825

Series: If I stay #2

Genre: Young adult, romance

Pages: 264

Summary

And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?

This is going to be a super short review. I read this book a while back but it still gives me chills (good chills) here’s why.

  • Since If I stay was from Mia’s perspective it was refreshing to see this book through Adam’s POV. It was so much darker and filled with rage in my opinion.
  • I was rather eager for an epilogue to the events that unfolded in If I stay and this was it, this was like a 200 page epilogue of everything that happened after and oh my lord.
  • The book is only centered around one day but again Gayle Forman includes detailed emotions which attach you to the character and they elongate the story.
  • I applaud Forman’s character development skills. Adam was such a broken character and I could feel his grief, fury and frustration with life. There is so much heartbreak present in this novel that I’m still picking up pieces of my heart off the floor oh.
  • Incorporating fame into Adam’s life and how it impacted him so greatly was such a clever idea, it just made the story so much more powerful.
  • All the songs included at the beginning of the chapters are so emotion packed, I think Gayle Forman should consider a career in songwriting.
  • Mia annoyed me for leaving Adam. I mean I get that she needed a break and Adam reminded her of her past but really? you just abandon the one person who stayed through the worst time in your life, really.

I cant say anything more without spoiling the first or second book so that’s all I guess.

I highly recommend you pick this book up if you’re in for a emotion packed read. And the movie to if i stay is coming out soon so read the book before the movie come on.

Rating

4

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Book reviews

Review: If I stay

Author: Gayle Formanif-i-stay

Pages: 201

Genre: Young Adult- Romance

Summary: 

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

I read If I stay during this read-a-thon I did back in July, I know, long time ago. So I feel like some details might slip my mind so bare with me. Oh and this review is SPOILER FREE YAY!

Gayle Forman has created such an emotionally powerful novel, its one of those books that stays with you and leaves you  questioning your life. 

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The book is set out between the current event and the main character Mia’s past. This provided a nice background to Mia and the decisions that she makes.  Despite the whole novel being one big emotional roller coaster of happiness and grief it never seemed sappy, I mean these emotions were realistic and perfectly suited the situation the characters were in. Again the switch between timelines was done so seamlessly and it all flowed very nicely.

story

It’s a short book and the story itself is based around only a couple of days but the depth of the emotions just makes it appear so elongated and you just emerge yourself in this world, it’s like a vortex of heavy stuff and it just sucks you in.

In saying that. At the end (no spoilers don’t worry) I would’ve liked an epilogue just so readers can see what happens next. But there is a sequel to this book so that explains it I guess.

Characters 

I saved the best for last! Yes the characters in this book were so amazing and they developed so beautifully ahh!

I loved how Mia played the cello and she was like a normal teenager, unsure about her life. Her relationship with Adam (her boyfriend) had ups and downs but despite their differences they still chose to stay together which in my eyes is so realistic.

I love Mia’s family: her cool dad who was in a band, her mum who is so kickass! and Teddy her little brother, they’re such a supportive family.

Getting to know all the different personalities in the book and their weird habits made me connect on a whole new level. I also love the musical aspect which just seems to bond everyone.  This is the book that made me appreciate classical music even more and especially Cellist. If you’re a Cellist or know of anyone who plays the Cello, I’m already a fan.

Rating

4