Nine times out of ten the book is always better than the movie!
Avid reader, Niamh Lawrence, reviews some of the books you should definitely read, even if you’ve already seen the movie.
Prim has been chosen to go into the arena; going in is a death sentence, but now her older sister Katniss has volunteered to go instead of her. It is unlikely Katniss will make it out alive, 24 kids, one will make it out alive. Can Katniss survive? It doesn’t matter how strong or fast you are, you need hope to live.
Wow, wow, wow!! I read this book in about a week and immediately read the next two books in the trilogy. Everything was so vivid that at times I forgot I was reading and thought I was watching a movie! There is a twist in almost every chapter and that makes you want to read even more.
All three books were made into movies starring Jennifer Lawrence, but the movies didn’t capture half the details that the books did.
Finch wants to die, Violet wishes to be alive again, the way things were before her sister’s death. When they meet in a bell tower, both there for their own reasons, they slowly begin to fall for each other. Violet learns to live from a boy who wants to die. The question is not “Can you love someone who doesn’t love you back?” but, “Can you love someone who doesn’t love to live?”
This book is one of the best books I have ever read, it is both sad and funny, it makes you laugh and cry. It is not your classic love story, but for some reason that makes it even better. It was recently made into a Netflix film and I watched it and cried. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Five Feet Apart, Everything, Everything or soppy romantic novels. I think it is suitable for a (mature) 13+.
In the world Tris lives in, it is divided into five factions, Abnegation (selfless), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave), Erudite (smart) and Amity (kind). At age sixteen everyone takes the test and it tells them which faction they belong in, and then, they choose which faction to join, regardless of the one they grew up in or what the test tells them. Tris takes the test and is told she is Divergent and that it is very, very dangerous. She is also told to tell no one. She has grown up Abnegation, but she never fit in there, she chooses Dauntless. Although, with the ruthless leaders and vicious initiation process, how is she supposed to keep her Divergence a secret?
Amazing. That’s it. That’s my review. Absolutely and utterly, profoundly, out-of-this-world amazing. I read the entire series and then almost immediately read it again. Although it may sound confusing, trust me, it is far from it. I cried a lot.
I watched the movie and half way through it, I thought, “Did I read the wrong book?” Although they kept the main storyline, they changed so much. The books were ten times better than the movie (as usual), but the movie is worth a watch. As a movie on its own, it is great. Compare it to the book and it’s another story… Literally.
Stella and Will both have Cystic Fibrosis, people with Cystic Fibrosis cannot be within six feet of each other, or they could catch each other’s bacteria and die. Against all odds, Stella and Will fall in love. Can you love someone you can never touch?
This book was amazing, it was like watching a film in my head. The themes of love, loss and hope are very strong. It was a bit confusing at times, because it switches from Will’s to Stella’s perspective at every chapter. I laughed and cried many times throughout the book. The author really manages to capture the feeling of living in a bubble, and missing out on things because of an illness.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Me Before You, The Sun is Also a Star, Everything, Everything and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (or anyone who enjoys romantic novels). This book was also made into a good movie on Netflix. But, as usual the movie isn’t half as good as the book.
Holly and Gerry were one of those couples that love each other a lot. They can’t get enough of each other and are always together, until Gerry dies. Holly’s heart is completely shattered. With some help from letters Gerry left to Holly before he died and supportive family and friends, Holly slowly manages to get back to a normal life.
This book was absolutely awesome, it was so sad (as you might think) and also quite funny at times too. It was so well written, I couldn’t put it down!
The movie was… not the best. Even as a movie stand alone it wasn’t great. The book is set in Dublin and the movie in New York. The one Irish person was so cliché, I had to turn off the movie half way through!
Amazing book, but not a great movie.
Have you ever read and book only to be disappointed by the movie?