When I think of ‘‘Better than the Movies,’’ the movie Clueless comes to mind pretty much immediately. Throughout the story, the main character Liz Buxbaum discusses plenty of romantic comedies and tropes and I simply cannot help but associate this book’s ‘‘vibe’’ to that of Clueless’. The two may have few elements in common and Liz may be rather different from Cher, and yet.
Liz is not a top girl (popular and cool) and yet she kind of needs to be to attract the attention of Michael, a childhood friend who has moved back home and who Liz believes belongs with her. She’s also not particularly shallow, and yet when it comes to love, she idealizes, overthinks, deceives and avoids. Loves does make us crazy, but to Liz it seems to make her crazy and immature and delusional and a really bad friend.
So why did I actually like her? I have to say that I’m not lining up to sign up as her new best friend anytime soon, based on how she is treating hers throughout the story basically, but the part of me that enjoys rom-coms and wants to believe that romantic love is an ethereal kind of special that deserves being consumed and being let to consume us could not help but slightly encourage Liz in her questionable endeavours.
That does not mean that I fell head over heels for the miscommunication, best-friend and step-mother mistreatment or the unrealistic scenes. I guess, just like visual romantic comedies, there is content worth smiling at, swooning over, questioning and rolling our eyes at. Is it better than an actual rom-com movie? Well, no. There is more ideation than heartfelt emotion for me to really have felt the love. But I did feel the character and relationship developments, which does matter. So what I’m saying is that if you’re looking for a written rom-com, you are welcome to take a shot at this one, just try to go along with Liz’s idealistic romantic expectations as much as possible. That will certainly improve your reading experience.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending a copy of the advance book. On sale May 4th, 2021!
Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: HBG Canada Published: 2017 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Recommended Age: 8+ Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Humor, Sisterhood, Acting, Friendship
I was excited to see Jacky again. I don’t feel this way about every main character. Sometimes I’m excited to see a world-building again, or feel an atmosphere again, or read an author’s beautiful writing again. And sometimes… I don’t. So it’s different every time. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Published: 2014 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
I read this book in a rush.
(See what I did there?)
Not because I didn’t enjoy it and wanted to get done with it. On the contrary, I found it pretty unstoppable. I remember going to bed at 3 am last night because I simply needed to read the first ten chapters at least. (Though I did start reading it late, oops.) Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Published: 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
I’ve had one hell of a two months.
I quit my job as a library clerk in August and immediately started a new job as a librarian’s assistant the week after in a hospital. There were many issues with that position, and I wasn’t feeling too good about it during this period of COVID and online classes, so I resigned in September. Also in August I was ghosted by someone I was dating, which had never happened to me before. In September, I started my master’s in Information Studies and began dating someone new. Turns out a master’s is not a bachelor’s, and I feel like I should have known this but really, it’s very different and there are many group assignments in my program which I didn’t really have before being an Art History major.Continue reading →
I am very excited today because I am writing a blog post that I have never written before. First of all, I’m not sure I have ever reviewed a film on my blog before, and I doubt I have ever compared a book to its movie adaptation before, although I should have in the six years I have been managing Hit or Miss Books.
Second of all, you need to know that both the book and movie versions of The Disaster Artist are about a film. A really bad film. A film that I have watched snippets of and, it’s true what they say, it really is badly made and somewhat nonsensical, although not as bad I had expected from the book and movie.
THE BOOK THE DISASTER ARTIST
I bought this book from Book Outlet for about 4$ because I have seen very good reviews of it on Goodreads but I only read it a few weeks ago, so a year or two after purchasing it. I read non-fiction, but mainly memoirs and business books. Books about films are not exactly my thing.
But I gave this one a shot on a dare with myself to read a book that I wouldn’t normally read, even if it was on my bookshelves. From the moment I started it, I was engrossed. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: January 27th, 2015 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Contemporary, Friendship, Food
There’s something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.
Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.
That’s the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship. Continue reading →
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Scholastic Canada Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016 Publisher: Point Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Celebrity
Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
We were not planning on what happened next.
From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.” Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: September 1st, 2016 Publisher: Constable Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: New Adult, Historical Mystery, Victorian
Ramshackle and crumbling, trapped in the past and resisting the future, St Saviour’s Infirmary awaits demolition. Within its stinking wards and cramped corridors the doctors bicker and fight. Ambition, jealousy and hatred seethe beneath the veneer of professional courtesy. Always an outsider, and with a secret of her own to hide, apothecary Jem Flockhart observes everything, but says nothing.
And then six tiny coffins are uncovered, inside each a handful of dried flowers and a bundle of mouldering rags. When Jem comes across these strange relics hidden inside the infirmary’s old chapel, her quest to understand their meaning prises open a long-forgotten past – with fatal consequences.
In a trail that leads from the bloody world of the operating theatre and the dissecting table to the notorious squalor of Newgate and the gallows, Jem’s adversary proves to be both powerful and ruthless. As St Saviour’s destruction draws near, the dead are unearthed from their graves whilst the living are forced to make impossible choices. And murder is the price to be paid for the secrets to be kept. Continue reading →
My rating: 1 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 20th 2016 Publisher: Random House BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves? Continue reading →