Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Book Reviewed


'Eleanor and Park' book cover.
‘Eleanor and Park’ book cover.

Eleanor is a red headed outcast. Park is the boy at the back of the bus, always with his headphones on. In this story, set in the 80s, our two 16 year old protagonists go from avoiding each other like the plague to falling in love through an ever growing stack of mix tapes, comics and late night conversations.


‘Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something’.

Before I Go To Sleep: Movie Reviewed

Still from 'Before I Go To Sleep'.
Still from ‘Before I Go To Sleep’.

Film Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Directed By: Rowan Joffe

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama

Synopsis: Christine is an amnesiac. Every morning she wakes up, not knowing where she is, why she’s in her 40s and who the man lying next to her is. But, when she reads the journal she’s been writing for the last few weeks, her suspicions grow. Is her life really all that Ben, the man who tells her he’s her husband, says it is?


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Book Reviewed


'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn
‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne returns home to find his wife, Amy, missing, with signs of a struggle. When suspicions turn to Nick, and rumours about their unhappy marriage begin to circulate, will he be able to escape arrest, amidst all the ugly truths being revealed. And then there’s the big question. Where on earth is Amy?


“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold”.

The Giver by Lois Lowry: Book Reviewed


'The Giver' book cover.
‘The Giver’ book cover.

In a dystopian future too close to home, Jonas turns twelve and is assigned a job, a role in his seemingly perfect community. But there’s something different this year. Jonas is assigned to be the Receiver of Memory. He is warned of great pain and sorrow to come, feelings he’s never felt before, but he can’t even begin to imagine what will happen when he begins his training, when he meets the Giver.


‘The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past’.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Reviewed

'The Great Gatsby' book cover.
‘The Great Gatsby’ book cover.


Nick Carraway’s decadent but mysterious neighbour Jay Gatsby holds frequent elaborate party and seems to be a man of extensive wealth with not much too him. But something’s different about Gatsby. He seems strangely captivated by a green light across the river, and when he starts to open to Nick and ask for his help, it’s suddenly clear that his motives are much more simple, more pure, than anyone could have expected.


“The loneliest moment in someone life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all the can do is stare blankly.”

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson: Book Reviewed


'Before I Go To Sleep' book cover.
‘Before I Go To Sleep’ book cover.

Christine Lucas is an amnesiac. Every night she goes to sleep and all the memories she accumulated that day disappear without a trace, leaving her, yet again, not knowing where she is, or why she’s middle aged and wrinkled when just last night she thought she was 22. Ben tells her he’s her husband, and must explain this to her every day, but when she realises that he’s keeping things from her, doubt plays in her mind: Can she trust the man she must rely entirely upon, and can she afford not to?

The Hundred-Foot Journey: Movie Reviewed

Still from 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'.
Still from ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’.

Film Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis: An Indian family renowned for their cooking move to France, where they set up their restaurant opposite another with a Michelin star and owned by a fierce culinary expert determined to drive them away.


Any of you seen ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’? Well you should, it’s a great, heart-warming kind of movie thats funny and entertaining, with a dash of drama. The perfect movie for basically any time of day, for anyone. I found this film to be quite similar, trying to do the same sort of thing, the same sort of plot, the same sort of genre blend.