Happy Wednesday guys!
This ‘honourable mentions’ post covers a few things I have read and watched lately that I didn’t feel quite warranted a post of their own, but wanted to highlight. Take a look!
Film: Big Business
This was a truly bonkers movie. It starred Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as two sets of mixed up twins in very different circumstances. They were all born in the same hospital and a dotty old nurse put the wrong twins together. They each end up being named Sadie and Rose (both Bette Midlers are Sadie and both Lily Tomlins are Rose) You following? Look, I don’t understand either, but this the plot of the movie, ok?
So, rich snooty Sadie and rich scatterbrain Rose live in New York. They own the factory for the town they were born in, but snooty Sadie wants to sell and scatty Rose is confused. In alternate twin world, dopey Sadie and feisty Rose are determined to stop the sale of their factory and head to New York to stop the owners from selling. Naturally, much farce, mixed up identity and double entendre follows. It is nonsensical and utterly ridiculous, but pretty good fun to watch. Plus, you get lots of Bette Midler hair tossing and eyebrow wiggling and plenty of Lily Tomlin arm flapping. AND they both play two utterly different parts each, in the same film, which is pretty awesome when you think about it.
Some books below the cut…
Book: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
First off, I’ve got to say it: that has to be the most obnoxious title ever, right? That aside, I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I thought I would. It took me a while to get into it (I was reading it a little sporadically* in fairness) and the jumping around in time was hard to follow sometimes, but I was totally hooked by the end. Isabella (Belly) spends every summer with her Mum, brother Stephen and Mum’s best friend Susannah and her boys, both of whom Belly seems to have tangled herself up with. She spends much of the summer telling everyone how she’s over her years-long crush on brooding older brother Conrad, who hardly notices her while obsessively documenting his every move. But has Conrad started to notice after all…?
This book made me think of summers as a kid and as a teen and is very evocative in its descriptions of summer and teenage crushes. A sweet, light read that left me wanting to read the next one!
Book: Meant to Be – Lauren Morrill
This was another sweet, light book. Julia is headed to England on a school trip from her native Boston (WHAT SCHOOL IS THIS?) She gets paired up with Jason, the most annoying boy in her year – the two of them having to ‘buddy up’ on all scheduled excursions. Naturally, sparks fly; it’s a classic Joey/Pacey, Cher/Josh, Kat/Patrick relationship, where there is constant teasing and banter masking secret romance-y type feelings. I found Julia to be very endearing and relatable. I was always the good one who obeyed the rules at school, so I feel her panic when going off-book!
There were the odd American idealised views of England (everyone they ran into had names like Cecil and Bertram, and Stratford is described as being like a toy-town – accurate, but also exactly what all English market towns look like) but overall I was very impressed with Morrill’s depiction of the UK. She got a lot of details right (she has clearly visited London or is AMAZING at online research) including mentioning Marmite – yay!
Book: That Summer – Sarah Dessen
Haven is 15, nearly six feet tall and struggling to hold herself together while her family changes all around her. Her sister Ashley is about to get married and the wedding is causing a hurricane of drama for everyone. Ashley’s ex-boyfriend Sumner comes back into town and Haven starts reminiscing about the past, while trying to deal with the present.
I LOVED The Truth About Forever, the last Sarah Dessen book I read. I wasn’t so keen on That Summer; I found it harder to get into and Haven harder to relate to. It is beautifully written, though – Dessen has a real poetry to her writing and knack for nailing emotions. It was nice to read a YA book about family and a relationship between sisters rather than romance and Dessen really explored the complexities of sibling relationships. It’s evocative, realistic and warm; a great summer read.
(Also, it was totally trippy to keep spotting bits from How to Deal – I don’t know why they combined two books, this would have worked on it’s own!)