Books and Movies

I’m not going to lie; my life has been quite hectic recently, so I haven’t had the chance to pick up any good books. However, I do have a list of reads that have been transformed into movies, which I believe you will really enjoy. My personal favorite is Little Women because I found myself relating to Jo throughout the book as well as film, but I also loved Five Feet Apart (it had me bawling on my couch; little did I know that the book would soon become a reality for everyone).

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: This novel tells the tale of the four ambitious March sisters who attempt to discover their purpose in life through trials and tribulations during the tumultuous time of the Civil War. Jo, the writer of the family, recounts their lives as she struggles to find her place in the world, but with the help of her sisters, (Meg, Beth, and Amy) she learns what it means to be herself and love others. Plus, once you’re finished this homely, family-oriented book, go check out the movie, which has been rated 95% on Rotten Tomatoes! I saw it in theaters around Christmastime last year and I absolutely loved it.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Tobias Iaconis, and Mikki Daughtry: Detailing the lives of two, star-crossed lovers, this tragic story takes place within hospital walls between Stella Grant, the girl with a need to control her environment and awaiting a new set of lungs, and Will Newman, the boy down the hall who also suffers from cystic fibrosis but seemingly cares about nothing. A single breath could kill either of them, emphasized by the rule that they must be at least 6 feet apart from each other (sound familiar?), and yet, an unexpected relationship blossoms. If you’re in search of a tear-jerker, both the book and the movie are excellent options. 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares: In this heartwarming story about a group of four best friends, Lena, Tibby, Carmen, and Bridget, a pair of jeans fit all of their body types magically. Deciding to use this article of clothing as a symbol of their friendship, they mail the pants to each other over the summer and include letters about their travels, since they’ll all be separated; because together, the girls are invincible. But on their own? That will take some survival. Then, after finishing the book, feel free to track down the movie and its sequel on Netflix. Both were cute and relatively accurate to the book!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I read these books before the Netflix movies arrived and was already in love with them. Paired with seeing this romance play out on screen? I was fan-girling big time.

Imagine writing five different letters to the various crushes you’ve had in your life; imagine how personal they would be, especially when you don’t plan to give them to anybody. The letters are only for you; to write your feelings down, as they evolve and deepen, but you never intend to utter our wishes aloud, especially because one of boys is to your sister’s boyfriend (or, rather, ex-boyfriend). Now, envision someone getting their hands on these bits of your soul and sending them out to those five crushes. This is the plot of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, featuring the main character named Lara Jean. Suddenly, all her thoughts are out in the open, and it’s a catastrophe… or is it?

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