Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Naive Book


Do you ever read a book, find it to be fantastic, find out it's been made into a movie, and then have tons of doubts about it being as good as the book? Yeah, well this is the exact opposite of that. One night while on Netflix I came across the movie How I Live Now, after watching it I found out there was a book floating around with the same title . . . at that moment I felt very upset. I like to read books prior to watching their film version. It's just the golden rule for bookworms. So, quickly I went to purchase this book. The second I had finished the first chapter, I knew. I knew what my preferred version was going to be when it came down to deciding between film or novel. And let me tell you . . . you know how people tell you to build a bridge and get over it. I couldn't build that bridge as much as I tried! 

Before I really get into this little book review I have to insert some sort of disclaimer here. I have never in my life came across a movie that was better than the book. Sure I've came across movies that lived up to novel but never better. So for me to be thrown this sort of curve ball, it was hard for it all to sink in I guess you could say. Oh, this also has no spoilers, well I hope it doesn't. 

By now I think you figured out what my preferred version is. (So much for the cliffhanger at the end of the post.) Don't get me wrong the book itself was a great book! Many aspects of it I really liked. The novel is basically the journey of Daisy and her cousins surviving while being right smack in the middle of a war. Of course there are tiny little details that would probably be the deciding factors of reading it or not. For example, Daisy is an American and was sent off to England by her father. She finds love where you literally don't expect it, or shouldn't expect it, and not only is she lost within herself at the beginning of the book, throughout the mayhem and terror . . . I think she finds herself. And you as the reader get to experience that with her, the book is written in her point of view, so literally front row seats to it all. I must say Daisy's tone of voice . . . she's a little firecracker I tell ya. The only things that just didn't float my boat per say were that sometimes I felt I was reading run on sentences. But now I'm thinking maybe it was written that way in order for you to feel the pace of the journey? Also, the personalities of two of the main characters were swapped when it came to the film. I'm still trying to decide which personality I like best with what character . . . Lastly, the fate of one character is extremely different in each version. To me it's little things like that, that can make or break the movie for me. Judging by what I think of it now, it definitely made it for me. 

As for the movie . . . my gosh. Let me tell you, Kevin Macdonald (the director) did an amazing job! Literally his visual appeal was outstanding. The way he portrayed Daisy's point of view was, how do you say this, on point. I feel that not only him, the director, but the writers, figured out what the book was missing, or what it needed/didn't need. They made it surreal and because of that I cried. But let me tell you, I cry easily when it comes to sad or mushy parts or any verse that just hits the spot. I will be rating books on a 1 to 5 tears basis. Just kidding, but really, If it makes me cry it's golden! 

My suggestion . . . reading the book is not necessary. The movie is totally worth it! But . . . if you want to read and watch the movie to see yourself what I'm talking about when it comes to comparing them, then please do so! Remember the book wasn't bad, in a way it felt like home. I'll let you figure out what I'm trying to mean by that. (So there is a cliffhanger after all.) Now I leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes, both by Daisy herself.
I was coming around to the belief that whether you liked it or not, Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much just have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop.
I don't get nearly enough credit in life for the things I manage not to say.

Well my sweet reader, if you read or watch How I Live Now, let me know what you think. Also, if you've stumbled upon any movies that did better than their novel companions, let me know, I'm dying to find more of these rare little instances.

 See you later. 


  1. Now I want to see the movie! This Book Review is fantastic and it had my attention immediately! :)

    1. Thank you! Let me know what you think of it! :)

  2. Really enjoyed reading this review. Sounds like a good book and film! x


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