Showing posts from April, 2013

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 Life Before her Eyes by Laura Kasischke (♦♦♦♦)

Teenagers Diana and Maureen are in the girls-room--at Briar Hill High School—combing their hairs, looking in the mirror and sharing secrets, when Michael Patrick, a classmate, enters the room and points a weapon at them. In an instant he makes them chose which one of them he should kill.
Fast forward twenty years and Diana has everything she could have hoped for: a loving family, the perfect house and a part-time job teaching art at the local community college. Everything is perfect, or is it? Suddenly small events begin to disrupt Diana’s apparent happiness and in the end she faces a situation that puts her again in a life or death path.
I really liked this book. It is easy to read, the story flows despite the topic. It is beautifully written and even routine day to day events seem transcendent due to the lyricism of the prose. The event that opens the book is shocking enough as it is without having to imagine it. By now, unfortunately, it has become a common occurrence in schools all …