The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

I really wanted to read this book, mostly because I wanted to see the movie, and I have to read the book first. Well what a disappointment that was. Usually I like Sparks' books, but this one was just too fake. Come on, a soldier finds a picture that saves his life and then he decides to find the girl in it. And she falls in love with him. I don't think so. Sure things happen and you can say "it's fiction, it's not supposed to be real". But at a little more reality would be good. I would categorize it as "fiction/fantasy/inyourdreams". It was cheesy and I couldn't wait to finish it so I could watch the movie. Well the movie was just as bad. It was just bad. No other thing to say about it. I did however like Clayton, even though he was the bad guy, he seemed to be more interesting to me, he wasn't as polished as everyone else in the book.
Thibault of course is an ex-Marine, good looking, great with kids, loves dogs, handy with tools everything that a real man is not. Im not saying that there aren't any great guys out there, but he was a little too far fetched. Elizabeth was also too polished, the great mom, cares only about her kid, takes care of her grandmother, attractive, even is nice to her douche ex. Just too perfect. Yes it has a very surprising ending, I was almost done and than BAM, it just slapped me in the face. But it still sucked. I think it has to do with the fact that I'm not in dreamland anymore. I used to be in a crappy relationship, so I would read these romance books to kind of escape reality, and imagine that I had a good and happy relationship. Well that didn't work. Only way out was to end it. And that's what I did. So I guess now when I read this cheesy romance stuff it does nothing to me. I don't have to imagine that it's good, because it is.
I don't know if I'd recommend this book to anyone, maybe hardcore romantics only.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The story changes perspective in the first 3rd of the book so many times it becomes a bit confusing, and a bit redundant, but in hindsight is really important to the story. The prose writing that McEwan obviously has a great dexterity in is really special. The events are so elaborate, a few times I couldn't wrap my head around them. And the sexual connotations, that Briony's crazy imagination doesn't interpret correctly, play a big part in the story, making me hate her even more. The ending came as a shock, I really didn't see it coming, I had so many different endings in mind, but this totally blew my mind.

The story is centered around three main characters, each one giving us their perspective throughout the book.

Robbie is the son of a gardener and a cleaning lady for the Tallis family, he is a bright young man, always aspiring to be more. Mr. Tallis paid for his education at Cambridge, where he studied along with Cecilia. (And this alone made me jump to conclusions)He is a good-natured guy, helping everyone around him, to the point when his good acts come to be seen as  a crime, according to a childs' imaginative mind. Cecilia, a liberal girl, is the oldest daughter of the Tallises. Her education has separerad her from her family, but for some reason she can't seem to leave home, even while dreaming of moving out.  Something is keeping her there, and just as she realizes what is it, her life is turned upside down. Briony can't seem to understand her, she is messy, unorganized and a smoker. Briony the protagonist, is the most abnormal and clueless character. She loves her family so much that she will go to GREAT lengths to protect them. She consideres herself a writer, having written short stories since she was 7, and constantly having her nose in a thesaurus. Like I said, she has a very imaginative mind, as well as a young one. Being 13, she is right between being a child and an adult,a folly young girl, which lead her to misinterpret events, having no common sense she ruines peoples lives.

I really hated Briony, even if she doesn't know any better. And I wouldn't say this was atonement on Briony's side, more like guilt and a cowardly attempt at an apology. But in her crazy mind she did make it all better, in my mind she just wanted to write another good story. After reading this book I am looking forward to reading other books by McEwan, his elaborate story telling, character development and subtle shifts in events are something special. Overall the book was really great, I loved it, and the movie doesn't stray far from the book. Only little details are changed, and they don't really play a big part in the storyline. I think the actors that play the characters were well chosen. Especially Briony, that girl did a great job playing her character. I would recommend this book frist, and then the movie. It's one of few that actually follow the book really well. 

Secret Life of Bees MOVIE

So I watched the movie "The Secret Life of Bees" and I gotta say it's really good, follows the book really closely. And I found myself feeling kind of sorry for the dad, I know in the book he is represented as this evil person who tortures his daughter, but in the move they kinda made it look different. I sort of understood where all the anger came from, going from being madly in love and then your wife leaves you. And then she dies. And then your daughter leaves you. That's a lot to take in. Well I know some of you might not agree completely with me but that's just my opinion.  Overall the movie is really great, and they picked really great actors too.
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