Book/Movie Review: Flipped

Flipped

Title: Flipped

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

Date Published: October 1, 2001

Rating: 5/5

If I’ve known that this movie has a book, I would’ve read it first before watching it. As I was searching in our hard drive media player for something to watch, out of boredom, my curiosity kicked in. I never had any idea what the movie is all about so I didn’t expect anything from it. I never expected that I would enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you read the book first or watch the movie first since it’s pretty much the same (mostly). After I watched the movie, I immediately searched for the book and that’s the impact of a good story to a bookworm who is a child at heart.

Wendelin Van Draanen has embodied the different perception of a boy and a girl toward each other’s actions and words. The story is about the evolution of a childhood misunderstanding and ironically the development of the relationship between Julianna Baker and Bryce Loski. It was separately recounted in the views of both the protagonists and although Juli and Bryce are pre-teens, she demonstrated the representation of every girl’s feelings to a boy and vice versa. The differences and the complication of the interaction of these two species were explicitly expressed even in their early years. Their families were also involved with their dealings and thus have highly influenced their perspective between each other, especially the Loski family.

This novel is suitable to all ages and I believe that her aims of audiences are the children and young adults, but anyone who is a child at heart would totally enjoy this novel. Every chapter made me laugh too much and through-out the moment I was reading this, it always makes my day.

I think that this book, as well as, the movie deserves more credit. Although I should say that the production of the movie is not extravagantly made compared with the other Rom-Com movies, I believe that although the story-line is light and simple, it is very entertaining and family oriented. It’s not as complicated as to the other stories we watch or encounter since it’s a simple story which would make every reader and viewer smile, laugh and giggle every once in a while and recap your childhood all over again.

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ARC Review: Phoenix Island

phoenix island

Title: Phoenix Island

Author: John Dixon

Publishing Date: January 21, 2014

Rating: 4.5/5

The history of Carl Freeman was heartbreaking but as he punched through his life trying to defend every person hurt or bullied, along the way, he was sentenced to Phoenix Island and from then on was his turning point to changing his destiny but as he goes along, deaths were starting to arise and he found out that the island is turning orphans into soldier killers.

My first approved ARC read! Yes! I am so happy and incredibly grateful to be approved to read this novel which is jam-packed with action and unpredictable events that will make you emotionally attached and increasingly interested with the characters.

Every author has his/ her own style of writing and in my opinion; John Dixon’s style is unique and incomparable. He has intelligently exemplified the portrayal of a military setting and his ideas of it were exceptionally amazing. Phoenix Island as his debut novel, and should I mention that it will be the basis of the new CBS TV show Intelligence, is definitely not bad at all.

The first few chapters got me lost but I eventually found my way back since this was way different from the previous novels I’ve been reading. It is my very first time to read a novel about boot camps and military setups with a serious note and these new stunts and grunts I have read are amusing me. It was incredibly entertaining and definitely a page turner. In addition to that, there were no dull moments considering that it has to do with military concepts. I am no new to boot camps but setting it as a theme of a novel is a different matter. The hint of emotional attraction inside those barracks never failed to make me smile and in my opinion, adding it up, spiced up the story. There were times that I can’t comprehend if I’m going to continue reading or just stop because of its poignancy. I was too immersed with the story and too attached with the characters that I’m feeling too emotional about it and I can’t push through. I enjoyed this novel too much. 🙂