Welcome to Book-to-Screen where I recap any book adaptions I watched during the month and give you a little preview of what is to come in the next few months.
I hope you find something that catches your eye to read, then enjoy watching it come to life on the big screen!
What I watched…
This month my daughter and I did a girls night out and saw Love, Simon. The original book title is Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. We had heard good things about the movie, so we thought it would be a fun one to see together. Neither of us had read the book, so we were going in completely blind. We were in a nearly empty theater so we could whisper from time to time as to who we thought Blue was. We had to laugh because we kept changing our minds and really had no idea who he was until the end. We actually wondered if the mystery as to Blue’s identity was a bit more obvious in the book.
We both rated the movie a 7/10.
Did you read this book and/or see the movie? What are your thoughts on it?
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Starz Series – Starts May 6th (6 episodes)
Goodreads Synopsis (Goodreads Rating – 3.28)
Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job as a “backwaiter” at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. What follows is the story of her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. As her appetites awaken–for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging–Tess finds herself helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle. In Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler deftly conjures with heart-stopping accuracy the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the restaurant industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young in New York.
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Theater Release Date – May 18th
Goodreads Synopsis (Goodreads Rating – 3.55)
It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.
Dietland by Sarai Walker
AMC Series – Starts June 4th (10 episodes)
Goodreads Synopsis (Goodreads Rating – 3.48)
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.
Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot by John Callahan
Theater Release Date – July 13th
Goodreads Synopsis (Goodreads Rating – 4.06)
Is it possible to find humor — corrosive, taboo-shattering, laugh-till-you-cry humor — in the story of a 38-year-old- cartoonist who’s both a quadriplegic and a recovering alcoholic? The answer is yes, if the cartoonist is John Callahan — whose infamous work has graced the pages of Omni, Penthouse, and The New Yorker — and if he’s telling it in his own words and pictures. But Callahan’s uncensored account of his troubled — and sometimes impossible — life is also genuinely inspiring. Without self-pity or self-righteousness, this liberating book tells us how a quadriplegic with a healthy libido has sex, what it’s like to live in the exitless maze of the welfare system, where a cartoonist finds his comedy, and how a man with no reason to believe in anything discovers his own brand of faith.
Will you be seeing any of these movies? Or reading any of these books?
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