Friday, March 9, 2012

Read This, Watch That: Duckie Edition

This is a special edition of Read This, Watch That because both Katie and Nico read the same book and came to the immediate conclusion that this book needed a movie pairing STAT. So look out, cause you're getting one over-stuffed (like the best ravioli) blog post!


The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
There are a few classic story lines that never really get old. A personal favorite of mine is when the (seemingly) invisible girl gets the golden boy.

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare is just such a story. It is a book about the South Philly girl and scholarship student, Ella Marino, and Society Hill boy, Alex Bainbridge, in what is a swoony and adorable romance. But it’s also the story of a girl coming to terms with her own imperfections and the imperfections of the world and relationships around her.

Ella has a lot of things going for her--a supportive family, amazing friends, incredible artistic ability, and a fantastic thesis project that is certain to get her into NYU. Luckily, though, there is one thing she can’t do well--French homework. And I say luckily, because in steps Alex Bainbridge, French tutor extraordinaire. But as Ella quickly discovers, it’s hard to expect someone--no matter how cute, sweet, and funny--to love you when you still haven’t really learned to love yourself. Thankfully, she has the support of a marvelous cast of family and friends--Frankie, whose wit is so sharp it nearly cuts the page, Sadie who is exactly the sort of girlfriend every girl needs, and Edward Willing who is part real, part imaginary, and entirely wonderful--to squeeze the truth out of her and dare her to stretch her horizons.

It can be hard to make this classic storyline feel fresh and new, but Melissa Jensen does just that. Although, you may want to beware: Ella’s family owns an Italian restaurant, so prepare to finish this book wanting your own great big Italian family and a huge plate of lasagna.

Why hello there Duckie Dale (image from here)
 If you've never entered the world of 1980s teen movies that was created by Jon Hughes, you're in for a treat. And this one is the perfect entryway.

Like Ella, Andie is a teen who comes from the poor side of town and is lucky enough to attend a good school where most of the kids are "richies"- they've got a lot of money. Their jabs about her clothes and her friends have always rolled right off her back. That is, until she catches the eye of Blaine McDonough , the crown-prince of one of the wealthiest families in the area. Suddenly Andie's lack of money seems to matter in a way that it never did before. Especially when it comes to the all-important-issue of prom.

This is a sweet romance with memorable dialogue and excellent 80s tunes. Of course, the main reason to watch Pretty in Pink is Andie's best friend, Phillip "Duckie" Dale. He is a) hilarious b) the snappiest dresser c) a loyal friend who you would be very lucky to have. He is always ready to admire Andie and he's one of our favorite characters in any teen romance. Also, he does a mean Otis Redding impression:

If you like your romance with a bit of a Romeo/Juliet class conscious vibe, you can't go wrong with this awesome pairing of book and movie. On top of that you'll come out knowing both Frankie and Duckie, two best friends to our main characters that your life will be WAY better off after meeting!

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