Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Review: Life on the Refrigerator Door & The Choice

Assalamualaikum and Hi,

Book review. Yesss!

Often, I wanted to do a book review, but a lot of the post still stuck in my draft. Gotta get 'em out soon. Here's one... or two.

Title: Life on the Refrigerator Door
Author: Alice Kuipers
Publisher: Macmillan’s Children Book
Published Date: August 2007 (my copy is 2015)
Price: RM 39.90
Pages: 230 pages 
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I started 2016 with this book. The main reason why I picked this book was because of the unusual fiction format. The entire book is based on a conversation through post it notes on the refrigerator door. Because of that, you will be able to finish this book in 30 minutes. But the simplicity should not be taken for granted. 

SPOILER ALERT. It was a moving story where we’re able to learn a mother and daughter life through their exchanged short notes. The lack of face to face communication is an easily related issue. The daughter occupied with a typical teenager issues while her mum was busy with work. They knew little about each other lives. Towards the end of this untraditional fiction, their bond grew stronger due to her mother illness. 

Rating: 3.5/5 (could be 4 but the story is too short)

Dearest Claire
If I get sicker then I want you to go and live with your father. It’s not that I don’t love you. Please don’t ever think that.

Dear Claire,
My heart is all fluttery, like I’ve got a hummingbird trapped inside. I’ve gone to lie down.

Title: The Choice
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published Date: September 2007 (my copy is 2015 with movie poster as cover)
Price: RM 36.90
Pages: 306 pages
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I will not recommend this book if you are a newbie to Sparks. He has far better books than this one. I’m not a fan of him, but let’s agree that The Notebook is gold. To be honest, I bought this due to the upcoming book-to-film adaptation. Sort of naturally, it crossed my mind that if this turns into a movie, it must be a good one, I shouldn’t miss it. So my review will be link with my thoughts on the film.

The book is about Travis and her newly next door neighbour, Gabby. Travis is a Vet describes as charming, all perfect ladies’ man and physically perfect…… unfortunately didn’t seem so in the movie. Probably my Asian eyes disapproved Benjamin Walker as a hottie. There’s not much exploration of Gabby’s character aside from Travis monologue and details of how she was in the family. 

SPOILER ALERT.  The story centred on their growing love story and the choices made when things get tough. Their love story was a speedy fascination and the whole situation kinda romanticise cheating (That explained the rants in goodread and movie trailer). Long story short... Gabby went into comatose and Travis forced to deal with keeping things usual with their children. The interlacing of devastation and responsibility was beautiful. That brings us to the author’s centre question of how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? 

The movie was just plain awful. There were major changes from the original storyline. I’m talking about way too many extra and changed dialogues. At a point there was completely new rising action plot…. such a treachery to the original.

Rating: 2.9999/5 (not the type that pull my heart strings)

“Maybe my intuition has been warning me about something I don’t quite understand but shouldn’t be underestimated.…”

“That staring at the stars was like staring backward in time, since some stars are so far away that their light takes millions of years just to reach us. That we see stars not as they look now, but as they were when dinosaurs roamed the earth.”

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