ALL SUMMER LONG, a graphic novel by Hope Larson (illustrator of the Wrinkle In Time graphic novel) was a fun, quick read. 📚Austin and Bina have been friends their entire lives and spend every summer together. The summer before eighth grade, though, Austin goes away to soccer camp while Bina stays home and learns how to play guitar and indie bands. A really sweet sort of friendship and growing apart while staying friends and growing into who you are.
Despite my Spring Break being a little cray with my family being in town, having a family emergency, and then hosting my ENTIRE Hispanic family at my home, I still found some time to myself to read and enjoy myself a bit. I read three books and watched two book movies, so overall it wasn't too bad.
I started my break by being a hallway proctor for my schools' SAT and had enough time to finish TWO graphic novels: Speak the Graphic Novel and Gene Luen Yang's Secret Coders. Y'all. Speak the Graphic Novel was UH-MAZING! I didn't think it would be better than the actual novel, but I can confidently say that it holds up just as well as the original. Oh man, the graphics are freaking beautiful and do a perfect job of displaying Melinda's mood throughout the story. It really shows how she sees people and how her world feels like it is imploding. Honestly, I expect many awards for this book next year.
Secret Coders though, was a bit lame. The story felt cheesy and kind of lame, but the coding lesson that is taught within it was so much fun! It was easy for me to understand and I have very limited coding knowledge. I would definitely use this in an upper elementary or middle school library for my kids who are wanting to learn about coding or who enjoy a quick mystery. I hope to see more from this series.
Then my mom and I watched A Wrinkle In Time at the Alamo Drafthouse and I can again say that it did not dissapoint. I can't lie-I cried almost the entire time. Meg and her brother's world is even more beautiful in film, and the three Mrs. brought a new life to the book. My only complaints are that the twins were not in the film, nor was Aunt Beast. Although I read an article ahead of time preparing me for Aunt Beast's absence, I still missed her. I'm not an Oprah fan, but she did do a great job as Mrs. Which and being able to move Meg along.
Tuesday was Obsidio's book birthday and it was very warmly welcomed into my home! I woke up early, changed my name (FINALLY) and went to pick up my copy from BookPeople. OMG I could not put this book down. I'm nursing a book hangover even now because that ending was something amazing and wonderful. I'm truly grateful for Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for creating such a great world for us to live in for a trilogy. If you haven't read the rest of the Illuminae Files, get on it. I'll have a vlog on this one up soon, promise.
And finally, I ended my week by taking myself on a matinee brunch date to watch Nick Robertson portray my favorite male protagonist, Simon Spier. The movie was PERFECT! The Spier family was just as quirky as I expected and while there were a few changes (*AHEM* Leah's crush* AHEM*) the film was great. It wasn't overdone and was a perfect portrayal of a teen coming to terms with his sexuality and navigating coming out.
How was your Spring Break? What did you read?
This adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME is absolutely beautiful! While the illustrations are simple with blue, whites, greys, and black as the only colors, they don't distract from the beauty of the book. If anything, they make it better. I had not read A WRINKLE IN TIME in more than a decade, so reading the graphic novel was a great way to touch up on what I didn't remember. I would not replace reading the novel with the graphic novel, though, because the text, while adapted as closely as can be, is not the same as reading the true novel.
If you haven't read the original novel, you MUST DO IT NOW! It is a beautiful story of hope and being strong when we are afraid. Meg Murry's father has been "gone" (reminds me of the father in Bruja Born and Labyrinth Lost) for a few years while working for the government trying to learn about time and space travel. Meg lives with her mother (a scientist), her twin brothers, and her strange younger brother, Charles Wallace. Charles Wallace is incredibly smart but pretends to be dumb as to not confuse or insult their neighbors. Meg and Charles meet Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit who explain to them what they must fight to save their universe as well as their father. Along the way, they learn about tesseracts and other planets. Overall, it is a great novel!