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You go Glen Coco!!

A staple of the teen movie phenomenon has always been the fish out of water. Some girl or boy who doesn’t fit in where they are, whether because of social standing, intelligence or the fact that they’ve just transferred in from some backwoods hole. Don’t believe me? I’ve got proof!

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

I could go on. Trust me. But I think I’ve proved my point. Don’t you? πŸ˜‰

And that is exactly what this week’s book is about. A fish (in this case a girl) way, way, way out of water. So now that you know the basic plot… and have been dazzled by my endless cinematic references ;), let’s get to it shall we? πŸ™‚

Book cover of Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Summary:

16 year old Brooke Berlin has everything. Famous parents, an incredible home, designer everything, a first class private school education and popularity out the wazoo. Does she need a heretofore unknown sister showing up from out of nowhere and taking the spotlight off her? Clearly NOT!

Molly Dix, also 16, has just watched her mother die of cancer, and along the way found out that her father was a) not dead and b) not who she thought he was at all. Now she’s headed to LA (from Indiana) to live with movie star Brick Berlin, and she has no idea what is in store for her.

Is it possible for these two girls to get along? For things to go smoothly for either Molly or Brooke? Of course not!! The only question is, how bad will it actually get?

Review:

I was super pumped when I heard about this book. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a pop-culture junkie. And the authors of this book feed the fashion portion of my pop-culture needs. πŸ™‚ Their blog, Go Fug Yourself, satiates the fashion-crazed part of me that was created by watching far too much Fashion Television during the 80’s & 90’s. The fact that it’s filled with epic amounts of snark only tickles my fancy more.

I went into this book thinking that it would be fun, but likely on the brainless end of the Braincandy Scale of Book Evaluation. (This is the scale that I use to make snap judgements about whether or not I want to read something. Let me give you an example. When faced with the following two book covers, I would rate them based solely on appearance.

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The first book I would give a ‘YES, I’M READING THAT SUCKER’. And the second book would get a ‘Next‘.

They are both well written books. In fact, from a literary award standpoint, book two kicks book one’s ass. But the Braincandy Scale of Book Evaluation is about the finding immediately enjoyable, funny/fluffy/cuddly/awesome reads, not literature. Because that’s how I roll folks. πŸ˜‰ )

So here I am thinking this book is going to be fluff, and possibly not even well written fluff. Well boy was I wrong. This sucker lived up to theΒ aesthetics of it’s fabulously glam cover. Do you think maybe someone’s trying to tell me something? Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, perhaps? πŸ˜‰

Anyhoo, down to brass tacks. Firstly, you have to love a good fish out of water story. Especially when the fish, or, in this case, the girl, gets to move into a huge Hollywood mansion with a famous movie star. Who happens to be awesomely clueless. This dude is so into his own hype, that he really has no clue about what his daughters are up to, going through, or even where they might be at any given time on a typical day. But despite all of that, Heather and Jessica (yes, I’m going to call the authors by their first names… no judging) have created a genuinely likeable character in Brick Berlin. Yes, he’s dopey as the day is long, but his heart really seems to be in the right spot. And let’s be honest, if he managed to get Molly’s mom (who by all reports was a pretty awesome lady) to fall in love with him, he can’t be all bad right? At least he tries! And really, isn’t that what every kid wants? A parent who tries? And genuinely cares? I think so.

What else did I like about this book? The bad behaviour. You have to love it when your characters are awful to each other! πŸ˜‰ The plotting, the scheming, the absolute Dynasty-ness of it all was brilliant. (I suppose I should use tv references from the last ten years eh? Um how about The Hills? There was lots of drama on that show, right?) The best thing, to me anyway, was that both Brooke and Molly acted like mean girls at different times. Neither of them were cast as the total innocent in the situation. And really, isn’t that much more true to life? It’s hard being nice to people sometimes, espeically when you’re in high school and people are mean to you much of the time. It definitely doesn’t make it right… but we all remember that from Kindergarten don’t we? πŸ˜‰ Or was that Mean Girls…

So if you’re looking for a good read that doesn’t hammer home a message, but isn’t completely without morals… and is set in this world, not a post-apocalypse one, you should try Spoiled. And if you’re a pop-culture fan like me? Well this is practically required reading. Grab a latte, put on your Uggs and snuggle up with this book, it’s well worth it I swear! (Just so we’re clear, I neither drink lattes nor wear Uggs. Just want to make that clear. πŸ™‚ )

Rating: 4 out of 5 star rating

While I would say that Beauty Queens is by far the more original of the two, ‘Spoiled’ definitely rates highly on my radar for being a very good read. While I was drawn to both because of splashy packaging, I am definitely getting the message… don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover! The universe is definitely trying to teach me a lesson. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you’re much smarter than I, and will be quick to snap up Spoiled because it sounds like a good read, not because it’s pretty. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy to have such smart and discerning followers for my blog!

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And to wrap this post up in a nice, tidy package… here are two clips from the best movie about mean girls ever… ENJOY!

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I really don’t think that there are many movies made from books that can hold a candle to the book that inspired them. Most of the time when I have read a book and enjoyed it I am very reluctant to see the movie version. There are many movies from books that I remember being TERRIBLY disappointing on so many levels, but usually I just don’t understand why they have to change something from the book to put it in the movie. It’s like they think that the movie-going public doesn’t read or is really stupid or something. But the bigwigs in Hollywood should know better by know, shouldn’t they? I mean, hello??, Harry Potter??? Like everyone who saw those movies hadn’t read the books? In this day of Avatar-esque technology is there anything that is written in a book that can’t be put in a movie? I mean, come on!

Because of past disappointments like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, My Sister’s Keeper, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Jane Austen Book Club, Memoirs of a Geisha, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, P.S. I Love You,… really the list just goes on and on…. I generally try to stay away from movie versions of books I have loved. I will, however, gladly go and see movies that have been made from books that I have not yet read, or do not plan on reading. The Help would be an excellent recent example. Despite our library having 3 copies of this book, there has been a list of holds on it as long as my arm since about May this year. I suppose I could have put my name on the list and waited my turn… but I wanted to see the movie! So I did. And it was awesome. πŸ™‚ And now, when I finally get to read the book, I can be pleasantly surprised and happy about how much better it is than the movie. πŸ˜‰

So why, you ask, am I ranting about movies today? Well because the books I am going to be featuring in this post have already been made into a movie. One that I, thankfully, saw before I ever read the books. So now I can like them both for their own special reasons. πŸ™‚ I think that I’m going to make this my goal from now on: Never watch movies of books you have read if you can possibly avoid it because you know it will make you angry. πŸ™‚ Probably a good rule of thumb right? πŸ˜‰

Here they are, the books I’ve chosen for this week. Maybe you should go and find the movie first though … just saying. πŸ˜‰

Book covers for all 6 Scott Pilgrim books

The Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Summary:

Scott Pilgrim is 23. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is in a band. And he is dating a highschooler. Needless to say, drama will ensue. However, it won’t come from his high school aged girlfriend but rather from the girl he falls for next. Ramona Flowers. The girl with 7 evil exes who must be defeated to win her love. Good luck, Scott.

Review:

So first let me say, I did not discover this book on my own. There was a class at library school that was totally about graphic novels. I didn’t take it, but not because I was not interested. More because it was on a Friday at 9am in the summer semester. And I’m sorry because maybe this makes me a bad person, but I was not about to take a class on a Friday in the summer. It was hard enough going to school in the summer as it was. (Sunshine seems to be detrimental to my ability to learn.) However, this class took a field trip to see the movie based on these graphic novels and opened it up to those of us not cool enough to have taken the class. Which was pretty decent of them if you ask me. πŸ˜‰ Now this was great, I like any reason to go and see movies, but what made it even better was the personal connection those of us on that trip had to this series/movie. You see, the character in the books and the movie named ‘Other Scott’ is based on a man who went to library school with us last year. Not shockingly, his name is also Scott. So it was very cool to see our Scott immortalized in film. πŸ™‚

Since this movie came out I have been wanting to get my hands on these books. And let me just say that they did not disappoint. The movie was, in my opinion amazing… which is why I have forced friends to watch it with me on several occasions and I know that at least one of them has gone on to do the same to her other friends :D… and like I said above, when a movie is based on a book and is actually not bad, you know the book is going to blow your mind.

Bryan Lee O’Malley is a great writer. He also happens to be a great graphic novelist. His characters are so well fleshed out that you really feel that you are experiencing things alongside them, rather than just sitting back and watching a show. Also, he has managed to capture portraits of people that you already know. Everyone knows a guy like Scott who tries too hard and just really couldn’t get his life together if he tried. They know the girls that he used to date, like Kim, who are bitter but still hang out with him… which creates a crazy dynamic. And we all know people like Stacey (Scott’s sister) and Wallace (Scott’s roommate) who love Scott, but are not at all blind to his failings and don’t hesitate to call him on his stuff. Especially when it allows them to lord over him. As it invariably does, because, let’s face it, Scott kinda fails at life a lot of the time. πŸ™‚

This is also an epic underdog story. Scott is not super talented, not super handsome, not super smart, and definitely not super smooth with the ladies. And this is why you root for him. You want him to succeed because you know what at least some of that feels like.

Finally, these books are super fast reads. There’s love and action (Hello, Scott does have to defeat Ramona’s 7 evil exes… did you figure he did that in a dance sequence?? Hells to the No! There are Chuck Norris style kick butt fight scenes :D) and drama… not to mention awesome pop-culture shout-outs and Bryan Lee O’Malley’s fabulous artwork. Plus the series is done. While I did read an interview with Byran that said that he might consider more Scott Pilgrim in the future, for the present time, he’s not going to be doing any additions to the series. So this means that you can grab all 6 books and get the full Pilgrim saga, no waiting. Instant gratification… ain’t it lovely? πŸ˜‰ Now, I ask you, what are you waiting for? Go, get them!! πŸ˜€

Rating: 5 of 5 star rating

This book is Canadian and it doesn’t suck. (Yes W.O. Mitchell… I’m pointing at you. Again.) Please don’t think that I’m saying every Canadian book sucks. This is not true. But this book is Canadian. And it doesn’t suck. πŸ˜‰ Also, Michael Cera’s in the movie.

See… there’s just so much to give 5 stars!! And there’s so much more awesomeness in the book!! I didn’t think it was possible, but it REALLY WAS! Ok… I might need to lie down. I’m a little overwrought. πŸ˜‰ Just go read the books and you’ll know what I mean. Do it for me, ok? πŸ˜‰

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*Librarian note* Just a tip: Graphic novels live in a slightly different spot than other YA novels @ our library. We have chosen to shelve them as non-fiction, usually under the call number: 741. They are not, however, shelved with the other non-fiction titles. (Confused already?) Instead, they live on the top of the bookcase that houses video games, magazines and audiobooks/playaways. If you need help finding them, just head to the librarian at the desk upstairs. They’ll/I’ll be more than happy to show you exactly where they are. πŸ™‚