Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Drama
Review by: Rana Deraz
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together until all living humans read the book. And then there are books… which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”—Hazel, from The Fault in Our Stars.
If you take all the painful notions of terminally ill cancer patients, dip them in sarcasm, and marinate them in impeccable writing by John Green, you get the beautifully crafted work of art that is The Fault in Our Stars.
Even though the star crossed lovers around which the plot revolves are cancer patients, this is not your regular cancer book. None of them have wisdom beyond their years, nor do they stoically accept the fact that they will die. They do not fight heroically, and most importantly, they are not defined by their cancer. It consumes their lives, but there is a life to be found outside of it; a beautiful story to be told.
That is all I plan on revealing about the plot, but as for the characters, suffice it to say that never did I read a book where the characters felt so real. By the end of it, I felt that spending the afternoon with them philosophizing about the universe in a quiet café somewhere would be a very normal thing to do.
Despite the witty humor throughout the book, it was still heart-wrenching, for Green has bluntly given a harrowing description of the medical realities of cancer. It was real; there were no rainbows and sunshine. And the fact that this story is inspired by his experience during his work in a children’s cancer hospital, makes it even more personal.
Green’s prose is nothing short of sensational. His narration is just the right amount of wit, humor and quiet moments that only serve to deepen your appreciation of the book. He’s great at building suspense when needed, and also at hitting you in the gut with a healthy dose of raw emotions. It’s the kind of writing you want to re-read, analyze and discuss.
The book’s pros far exceed its cons, but if I have to find a fault in it, it would be the characters’ precocious vocabulary. I’d love to live in a world where 17 year olds give eloquent speeches mid-conversation, but unfortunately in our world, that is far from realistic. Other than that, this book completely blew me away.
I simply have never been touched by a book so deeply. It is stunningly overwhelming, insightful, irreverent, raw and devastating.. And to quote Markus Zusak, it’s the kind of story where “you laugh, you cry and then you come back for more.”
Type: Feature Film
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Review by: Louaa Zahar
After spending 8 month in a health institute, Pat is trying to pick up what is left of his broken marriage, after discovering his wife’s affair, and his bipolar disease diagnosis. Despite all the mess in his life, Pat kept trying to fulfill his goal of excelsior, which is taking out all the negativity and trying to make a silver lining out of even the toughest situations.
And while he is trying to fit the pieces of his puzzled life all together, hoping to convince his wife Nikki to get back to him once more, he meets Tiffany, a troubled women who’s also recovering from the death of her husband. Thinking at first that she is his only way to get back to Nikki, she turns out to be the only way that got him back to himself once again.
Pat did have a lot to deal with, a lot to learn and a lot to change in himself, and eventually he was able to conquer the prison he made himself go into, the aspiration to go back to his old life, eventually realizing that his new life is what suits him the most.
“There is always light at the end of the tunnel” is the perfect saying to summarize the essence of the movie, for when everything seems to be on the wrong path, a bright side can always be found somewhere, if only you search hard enough.. Silver Linings Playbook manages to illustrate this point quite clearly throughout the story, which is definitely what makes this one stand out from the pack of traditional Rom-Coms. The movie’s well thought two-part name, summarizes the whole experience you go through watching the whole 122 minutes.
Besides the heart-warming story, comes the outstanding performance of Bradley Copper, who netted the lines of the character all together quite well.. His co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, succeeded in playing her role with flying colors as well, earning her an academy award for best actress. Cooper’s amazing acting, along with Lawrence’s charming performance, made this film a truly entertaining one to watch.
And remember that…You can always find the silver lining!
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