Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand (♦♦♦♦)

Birdie Cousins--Chess and Tate’s mother-- takes on the preparations of Chess’s wedding, which is supposed to happen in the fall. Around Labor Day, Chess calls Birdie in the middle of the night to let her know that her engagement is off. Chess doesn’t want to talk about it, except to say that she has realized she doesn’t love Michael Morgan, her former fiancé. Days later, Chess receives a phone call with horrible news. That’s how the summer starts.

Birdie plans a summer getaway with both of her daughters and India, her sister, to Tuckernuck Island, a privately owned land off the coast of Nantucket. In Tuckernuck there are no modern day amenities such as electricity, except the one provided by a generator, no phones, and no grocery store. The four women go to Tuckernuck Island with the intention of providing support for Chess, but soon after they arrive it becomes obvious that each one of them is harboring resentment and pain from past relationships. What seems like the perfect opportunity to help Chess heal becomes the ideal setting where long held secrets are disclosed, ex-lovers reunite, and new love sparks fly. After a month in Tuckernuck, all four women emerge wiser and with a better understanding of themselves and of each other.

I liked this book a lot. It is a chick book, but that’s OK. The story is engaging and well narrated. The book is divided in chapters titled after each one of the four women. Each one tells in her own voice, about the events that occurred before she decided to go to Tuckernuck Island. Good summer read, though I just finished it.

I want to read more books by this author.


  1. I read another Hildebrand book and really liked it, though the name is escaping me at the moment! Her stories seem perfect for summer and lazy days by the pool (if I could ever enjoy such a thing!). I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for this one!

    1. The Island is one of my favorites, and yes, as you say Hilderbrand's books are perfect for lazy summer days. I have read four books by this author and only didn't like one: The Bistro.
      Enjoy this one, I highly recommended.

  2. I love Elin Hilderbrand's books...thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition I am in that list as #15.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth. This one is great, lots of juicy stuff.
      I'll visit your post in a sec.


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