Friday, April 5, 2013

Read This/Watch That: Living Every Day Pair

TATAL's favorite book from 2013, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green dealt with a teen who must face the fact that she may never get to enjoy (or even really enter) adulthood. Although we hope this is a situation that none of our readers have to deal with personally, we're guessing that you may have taken a moment to think about what sort of life you'd live if you suddenly found your days to be numbered. That's one of the great things about BOTH fiction and film, a chance to try on someone else's shoes and look around. Which leads us to our Read This/Watch That pairing:

Watch This:

 Now is Good
When Tessa decides to stop the treatment for Leukemia, she starts work on a list of things that she intends to get done while she still has time. She's more than a little angry at the cards life has dealt her and determined to fill up her days the way that she wants to.

But, when she meets Adam from next door, she's suddenly reminded of all the things that she won't be able to check off her list...

This is kind of a cheat because this movie has a built in read this/watch that pairing. It's based on the book, Before I Die by Jenny Downham. BUT we know you all are going to want to check that book out after watching the movie, so we're recommending a different pairing that you might not already know.


The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
(from Kady's review)

Campbell is 17 years old and dying, which has all the trappings of a premise that will have you in tears starting on page one. But instead Cam makes you laugh again and again. She has a sharp mind (the sort that has been accepted to Harvard) and an even sharper wit. The one thing she doesn’t have though is time.

Surrounded by amazing people--her mom the Disney performer, her sister who believes in unicorns, Asher who has his own mythology, Cam is loved, but struggles to show love in return. Instead of devolving into cliche, though, Cam's unique voice keeps the story fresh and her perspective authentic.


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