Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home
is the first novel that I’ve ever read about gay relationships. I got caught up in the story and it glued me to the book. This story made me think about my own values and views.
Even though there is the same formula in the story as most of Picoult’s novels, I really like the way she narrates the story through different characters which helps readers to understand the every aspects of the story rather than knowing the story from one side. And her emotional writing made my eyes filled with tears.

One thing I really like about Picoult’s books is the characters which feel so real. In this Story Max, Zoe, Vanessa, Reid, Liddy, Pastor Clive, they all are real to me. I’ve met many of them in my real life. Picoult nicely built their personality throughout the story and sometimes I forgot that I am reading a fiction.

I really liked Zoe and Max. Also I liked the passages of Zoe’s music therapy sessions.  One character I really admire in this book is Zoe’s mother. She is a unique character and I loved her courage. Also Zoe’s lawyer, Angela, is a valiant woman. She made readers realize that you don’t have to be gay to understand them or to help them.

I really admire Picoult’s courage for writing such controversial issues as gay rights, parenthood, religious beliefs. And I watched her interview with Ellen DeGeneres in her show and Picoult said that her own son came out to her while she’s writing this book. I really respect her for being such an understanding and supportive mother.

I really enjoyed the book, though the story was little bit predictable. When I finished reading the book, I felt as I needed more things to know, about Max and Liddy, what happened to Reid, about Lucy. However this book is a page turner.


Some quotes from Sing You Home:

Beliefs are the roads we take to our dreams. Believe you can do something-or believe you can't-and you'll be right everytime.

One of the fantastic things about music is that it accesses both sides of the brain--the analytical left side and the emotional right side-- and forces a connection. This is how a stroke victim who can't speak a sentence might be able to sing a lyric; how a patient frozen by severe Parkinson's disease can use the sequence and inherent rhythm in music in order to move and dance again.

I eat king pao chicken like its going out of style, but I'm pretty sure I don't have an Asian cell in my body. I love Toni Morrison novels and Tyler Perry movies although I'm not black." Angela smiles. "I'm straight, Zoe, and happily married. The reason I work here is because I think you deserve that, too.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Horrible Bosses

Monday, October 17, 2011

Horrible Bosses

Are you stuck in a job you hate because of your horrible boss? We know that there are some bosses who take all the credit of hardworking of their subordinates, and some bosses who try to sexually abuse their subordinates. In this movie three buddies, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are victims of their evil superiors. And the movie goes on showing how they try to get rid of these horrible bosses.

Horrible Bosses is a dark comedy, but it wasn’t as “dark” as expected. I really enjoyed the movie. The three bosses, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell), and Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) are really horrible bosses. Three stars who portrait the characters are such talented and the performances are really… really… good. My favorite horrible boss is Dr. Julia :D

I always like to watch Jason Bateman’s movies and I really enjoyed his performance in this movie. I couldn’t stop myself laughing when I was watching the scene that Dale drops thousands of dollars worth of cocaine belongs to Bobby on his carpet, and getting high by accidently inhaling them. And also the tattooed murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) is hilarious.

Horrible bosses is a simple, hilarious film, though it is quite predictable. As a woman who likes to watch pure, simple, and entertaining movies, this movie is one of the best comedies I’ve watched in this year. If you need a good laugh, grab a popcorn basket, put your feet up and enjoy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When I went to an international book fair few weeks back, I found this interesting book. I was attracted to the book because of the cover. I picked the book and read the back cover and it seemed interesting to me. So I bought this book Tiger’s Curse and the second book of the series Tiger’s Quest. I am glad I bought it.
I found it is very hard to put the book back once I started reading. I really love the plot, which blends Indian mythology with romance and adventure.  Houck surely has done a lot of research into the mythology and it reads well and feels so real. I always love to read about myths and this story with the actions and romance…. oh I really love it.

First I didn’t much like the writing of the story. I thought it was very childish, but after reading few chapters and glued to the book, the writing style didn’t matter to me. But I felt like something missing, because Houck was telling the story rather than showing it.
The characters of the story seemed ok to me. Kelsey is believable as a teenage girl and romantic, but she also has her feet on the ground. I always felt like Mr. Kadam must be a bad guy, because he is too perfect. But still he is on the side of the noble. Ren was also a fabulous character. He is a passionate, stubborn and a ferocious character. Ren’s brother, Kishan, reminds me of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, sarcastic and a pushy guy.

It has been a long while since I’d read such a refreshing and original story like Tiger’s Curse. Colleen Houck has done a great piece as a new writer by creating this enchanting tale with magic, adventure, romance, and myth.

I am reading the second book in the series, Tiger’s Quest, and hope to post my thoughts ASAP once I finished it.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Source Code

Monday, October 10, 2011

I really like to watch mystery and Sci-Fi movies. So few weeks ago I watched this film Source Code and it was amazing. The whole concept is fresh, though sometimes it might sound far-fetched. You don’t have to understand the science to enjoy this movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance as Colter Stevens, who is harried, confused man who eventually finds out the purpose in what he's been tasked to do. Michelle Monaghan also has a fantastic role as Christina Warren, the pretty girl in the train who attracts Colter’s heart.
There were some repeating scenes since Cotler has to go several times to the past, to the same 8 minute duration, in order to identify the terrorist. Even though those are repeating scenes, Riplay and Jone have done a good job making each scene little bit differently and it wasn’t boring.
Someway, this tremendous movie reminded me of the quote from the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Without this emotion, we are only robots.

My Rating: 4 out of 5