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.

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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

Read-a-Thon

booktube-a-thon TBR

Hello again internet friends
From the title you might be thinking a Booktube-a-thon tbr? Didn’t you just post a read-a-thon tbr yesterday?
To which I might say yes
SURPRISE SURPRISE! In the month of July I am going to be participating in TWO read-a-thons, you heard me.
A Booktube-a-thon is basically hosted by the book community on Youtube. More information here 

 
So there are challenges to be attempted in this read-a-thon and I aspire to conquer all of them (at least most of them)

 
Challenge #1: Read a book with pictures
Chosen book: Death Note Vol.1

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This is a manga if you weren’t aware and judging from what I’ve heard this appears to be a rather popular manga. I haven’t read a Manga EVER (shame) and my knowledge of Graphic novels is limited so I’m excited to venture into this unknown territory.

 
Challenge #2: Start and finish a series
Chosen book: If I stay and Where she went by Gale Forman

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This is a duology and I saw the trailer for the movie which is coming out soon, it seems pretty cool so I decided to seize the opportunity and read this series.
The trailer: 

Challenge #3: Read a book with red on the cover
Chosen book: Half Bad by Sally Green

 

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Apparently this book became a pretty big deal even before it came out in February and the sequel is already scheduled to release next year so I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon and see for myself what all the hype is about. All I know is that this book includes witches and paranormal stuff.

 
Challenge #4: Read a book from the genre you’ve read least this year
Chosen book: Death Note vol.1 (again)

 

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This booktube-a-thon allows you to fulfil two challenges using one book (if that makes any sense). Since I’ve read NO Manga books ever it seems obvious that I’d use Death Note to also complete this challenge.

 
Challenge #5: A book to movie adaptation
Chosen book: If I stay

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Remember how I mentioned just then that it was being turned into a movie? Well then it counts for this challenge I guess. Except I won’t be able to watch the adaptation until a few months. We’ll just have to wait I guess.

 
Challenge #6: Read seven books

 
Ok so technically I am reading seven books because 4 for this one and 3 books for the Wicked Wildfire read-a-thon.
Looks like I can conquer all the challenges after all! Personally it seems a bit far-fetched and I’m interested to see how I go but if I fail miserably then…at least I tried right? Right.

 
I will see you with a read-a-thon update
Goodbye 