Everything, Everything movie | Why was it just so cheesy??

I didn’t think that I’d write a full review for the movie but I have some feels and I have to express them. So the Everything, Everything movie came out sometime last year and I was super excited for it. Of course, I also totally forgot about it when it came out in cinemas.

However, last week Netflix sent me the best email: Everything, Everything was now available on Netflix. I may have had a fangirl moment in the middle of my math lecture, I won’t deny. I had high expectations for the movie because the book was so damn good. The feels, the romance, the eventual tears, all of in in Everything, Everything the book. But the movie? Let’s just say it targets its audience very specifically.

I’ll start with what I did like about the movie. The lead actors were likeable and charming. They played Maddy and Olly’s quirkiness really well, which made watching the movie a tiny bit better. The whole film basically hinges on these two. There’s not a lot of characters in the plot and even most of the side characters aren’t really there a lot. So acting wise the movie is pretty good. All the emotions are there and you really feel for the characters.

There’s these scenes where they’re texting and it suddenly just cuts to these crazy dream like locations with Madeline’s astronaut close by. I really loved these scenes. They were sort of out there but it showed the barrier between them two.  It’s actually really funny because they say things like “type faster!” out loud. It’s weird but it emphasized the normal teenage experiences Maddy missed out on. I was wondering how they’d translate all the multimedia stuff from the book over to the movie. They really captured the essence of all of that though.

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Can I also just mention how refreshing it is to watch a movie not about race but filled with race? The cast is very diverse but the plot isn’t about race. It’s a love story at its core and the movie gives us that. Personally, I love these kind of movies which just show everyday people having their own stories. I hope that the To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved movie is something similar to this. Fingers crossed!

Ok, well now onto the bad bits. It’s so freaking cheesy. I honestly watched most of the movie in a cringe state. It feels like it’s trying to be Fault in Our Stars with the sick lit theme but doesn’t quite hit the bawl-my-eyes-out mood TFIOS had. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the way the actors portrayed Maddy and Olly but I do think that the characters themselves were boring. They weren’t really fleshed out. Like seriously, 20 minutes into the film and they’re like best buddies already. It doesn’t feel right. Same goes for the romance.

Oh the romance. How can I even explain it? The two leads had chemistry but somehow it just didn’t translate into a good romance. There’s just a constant weary tone throughout the movie that sucks the life out of everything … everything hehe yes I just reused my own joke from the previous post. It just reduces the romance to a whirlwind teenage attraction rather than anything solid. I know that Everything, Everything is Maddy’s story of growing up but if they couldn’t even do that properly, they should’ve at least gotten the romance on point.

To finish off, I have to address the very obvious target audience. Yes, the movie is for teen girls. What gave it away? Well, let’s play the “Is it Taylor Swift music video or Everything, Everything?” game.

Yep. Honestly sums up my feelings about the movie.

Verdict: Cringe. Cringe. Cringe. Style over substance. Everyone was a bit too perfect, a bit too slick.


REVIEW | The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

There’s something about being stranded in a place that reveals the truth. Or as Troy Benson says:

Any system, if left unattended or isolated, will eventually result in entropy. Or chaos.

That is what The Chaos of Standing Still revolves around. The premise of the whole book is rather simple. A girl, stranded at an airport, meets strangers by chance that help her move forward in her life. Chaos gave me strong The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight vibes at first. It’s definitely to do with the girl meets boy at airport scenario and them being forced into a certain area together. In Statistical, that’s the plane but Chaos gives it’s Continue reading “REVIEW | The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody”

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

Whaaaa? I swear it’s still June. Where has this year gone??

2017 has been quite the year for me both personally and in the book sense. I’m out of high school! Woooo!! Currently halfway through my 4 month post HSC holidays aka means day long binges of Youtube and Netflix! Next year, I’ll be studying engineering at uni and awkwardly trying to make friends 😀

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer | Cress is still my Meyer Peak

Renegades (Renegades, #1)Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

The Good

  • THE FREAKING WORLD BUILDING. YES MARISSA MEYER, YOU SHOW EM HOW IT’S DONE! From the underground Anarchists to the Renegade government squads, I would want to see this world.
  • I’m a sucker for big battle scenes and that last one is so good. I could hear the surging music playing in the background.
  • Honestly, that whole last scene redeemed Renegades for me, no joke I probably wouldn’t read the next one otherwise.

The Bad

  • Feels like its a really long book when it’s not. Maybe it was because I read half then stopped for a while but I just feel like it dragged in the middle. It really does play out to be a long intro to the series which I don’t mind but I feel like it should be able to stand alone too.
  • I’m kinda scared to say this because I know a lot of people like the book for this reason but… it’s kind of preachy with its whole humans must be the ones to save humans not superhero. The first time that came up I agreed and it gave the book a certain edge. The second time, ok she’s reinforcing that message. And then it happened again… and again. Ok, I get it!
  • The lack of direction, especially in the plot. Nothing was really set up for the next book.

The Feels

  • The cliffhanger kills me.
  • Maybe I’ll never love anything as much as the Lunar Chronicles, especially Cress. That’s just sad to me though 😦
  • Adrian liking Nova but he hates Nightmare who is Nova who hates the Sentinel but kind of likes Adrian who is the Sentinel. OMG just imagine when they find out omg betrayal, angst!! There’s just something about this romance that triggers my fangirl!

Rating: 3/5 stars | It’s good but it felt aimless and preachy at some points.

What did you think of Renegades? Did it measure up to Lunar Chronicles for you?

Book Reviews in 50 words or less!

Over my blogless year, I accumulated quite a lot of unfinished reviews and also some that were never started. They’ve just been sitting around in the drafts. But it is time to release them… in a shortened version because 1) I am my lazy self and 2) there’s too many. Onwards!

Geekerella | Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley PostonFandom! Teenage heartthrob actors! Blogging! Ok, that might’ve just described a trashy Wattpad story but somehow Geekerella weaves it all into a heartfelt plot and some pretty amazing characters. All the cliches are there in full force but they’re just so much better in this book.

Rating: 4/5 stars and big thumbs up! Side note: the cover is gorgeous, love the illustrations.

Wanderlost | Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen MaloneGave me some serious wanderlust feels. I considered hopping onto the next plane to Europe after reading this. A great book about breaking out of your comfort zone. Pretty standard YA contemporary otherwise, would recommend to people between books or looking for a light read.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Legend | Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu12 year old me would’ve loved this book. It has the dystopia, the romance, the rebels. But to 17 year old me, it seems like it borrows off The Hunger Games and Divergent. Well written and dual perspectives were well integrated but it just doesn’t feel fresh.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Bellamy and the Brute | Alicia Michaels

Bellamy and The Brute (Bellamy and the Brute, #1)The eerie tone over the whole book was amazing. It really made the mystery of the ghosts that much better. Interesting twist on Beauty and the Beast and honestly, one of the better fairytale adaptations.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Girl Against the Universe | Paula Stokes

Girl Against the UniverseI can do this review in 3 words: GO READ IT. So many feels in one book.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Under a Painted Sky | Stacey Lee

Under a Painted SkyThis is one of my all time favourite reads. There’s a great balance between friendship, romance and adventure. To top it all off the protagonist is Chinese and pretends to be a guy… just YES!!! Don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing like Mulan. Give it a read and you’ll see!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars. Two thumbs up and also a not so subtle nudge to make you read it 😀

6 reviews down! Woo hoo! Anyways, have you heard or read any of these? What do you think of them?

Till next time!

♥ Prima