movie thoughts: No Country for Old Men

Note to self: never attempt to watch a movie like this before bedtime.  It is just too tense!  The music was used sparingly, making for moments so silent, you could hear the actors breathing. 

I’m not sure where to begin.  No Country for Old Men is everything they said it would be.  Violent.  Graphic (well, I think, I had my eyes covered, but it sounded squishy).  Thought-provoking.  I’m happy to have seen it, but I don’t know if I could take the stress of watching it again. 

I’m afraid to say any more for fear of ruining this film.  Watch it.  The Coen brothers have come a long way from Raising Arizona. 

And now I want to read the book…

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book thoughts: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson


Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year long coma and she doesn’t remember anything.  Not her family, not her friends, not even the accident that put her in the coma; her entire life is a mystery.  Her mother and father seem to act strange around her, and the grandmother she once adored hardly gives her a second glance. 

As Jenna begins to watch the home movies, lovingly recorded by her family covering every year of her existence, she begins to remember her pass but she also discovers things about her future.

The tag line:  How far would you go to save someone you love?

This book is a really quick read, I finished it on the plane to Florida last week so 2.5 hours.  It was a lot of fun trying to figure out the puzzle of Jenna’s story and even though I pretty much knew her secret after the first few chapters, I still wasn’t sure where it was going to end up.

A perfect beach read and even better for a book discussion group, especially a parent & tween/teen discussion…(yes, I’m already plotting a program). 

3.5 outta 5 stars. 

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book thoughts: Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins


A. M. Jenkins

Hey, I didn’t know it won the Printz award!  Cool.

Repossessed is a young adult novel about a demon that takes over a teenage boys body in his(?) quest to find out what human life is all about.  After spending eternity guarding tortured souls in Hell, he wants to see what it is all about.  He wants to understand how bad sins really are and what it feels like to…well feel. 

Actually, it sounds sorta lame when I write it out.  It is actually quite a clever little book. Kiriel (the demon/spirit thing) snags the body of Shaun right before he steps off the curb and gets hit by a bus – so technically Shaun would be dead anyway, he had no more life to live.  Kiriel takes the life that Shaun has been taking for granted and attempts to just have experiences.  But he soon finds out that to truly experience being human, he has to make connections and the more connections he makes the more he wants to experience…

I did enjoy this book, though at times I wondered if teens reading it would feel as though the author was being too preachy about certain situations.  Other parts are just flat out hilarious when Kiriel first gets Shaun’s body and starts to do all the things he’s seen Shaun do that look like fun (yeah, you get to guess what Shaun, a teenage BOY does for fun…).  Jenkins does a good job of avoiding any religious controversy, avoiding terms like “God” and “Satan”.  And the idea of the Hell that Kiriel comes from is just different enough to make you think.  The book leaves you wanting more, but I think Jenkins ended it at just the right spot.

I’d give it a 3.5. outta 5.  Original and funny.

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