Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher ( 2007 )

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Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel written by Jay Asher and published in 2007.

The story begins as a teenage boy named Clay Jensen comes back home after school and finds a package, in this box are 7 cassette tapes and 13 stories recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate but also someone close to Clay, who recently committed suicide. Hannah was bullied at school because various people would start rumours about her and they would end up being known by everyone, all these various people are on the tapes. Each cassette contains a recording of Hannah’s voice exposing one of the person who made her end her life. On the first tape, Hannah tells her listeners that she holds each of them responsible for her death, and that the tapes will explain why. After listening, each person must give the tapes to the next person on the list, that next person was now Clay.

This book it truly amazing and I think that nowadays it’s really important to raise awareness about the people who are bullied because, even though this book is fictional, some teenagers did commit suicide because they were bullied in real life.

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

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La La Land is an American musical comedy written and directed by Damien Chazelle ( a French American director and screen writter ). It’s the story of a young woman called Mia ( played by Emma Stone ),  a waitress, who, in between her shifts, auditions for small roles in movies because becoming an actress in her dream. On the other hand, we follow a jazz fan, Sebastian ( played by Ryan Gosling ) who plays in small bars to make a living out of his passion for piano. Destiny will bring these two dreamers together but will their love for each other make it through the hard life of Hollywood ?

The jazz music is a big part of this movie and all the songs were written and composed by Justin Hurwirtz, he also worked with Damien Chazelle on Whiplash and Guy and Medeline on a Park Bench. 

I loved this movie because I love music and even though jazz is not my favorite type of music, I still enjoyed all the singing and dancing parts of this film.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed ( an american author ) published in 2012.

This memoir describes Cheryl’s 1 000 miles hike of the Pacific Crest Trail ( it begins in the Mojave Desert, goes through California and Oregon and ends in the state of Washington ). When she was 22 years old her mother passed away after battling a lung cancer, after this her siblings remained distant and, later, she divorced her husband. When she was 27 she thought that she had nothing else to lose so she decided to go on a 1000 miles hike with no previous experience, alone and untrained. She captured, in her book, her thoughts during the whole journey, her physical and mental pains, her challenges and realizations.

After a friend mentionned it to me and said it was a great book, I wanted to see if it was as good as it seemed. And it is really an amazing book that you should read.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S Lewis ( 1950 )

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book from the Narnia series, it’s a fantasy novel written by C.S Lewis and published in 1950.

The story takes place in 1940 during World War II, to escape for what’s happening in London at that time, 4 siblings ( Edmund, Lucy, Peter and Susan Pevensie ) are sent by their parents to live with Professor Kirke in the countryside. One day when all the kids were playing hide and seek, Lucy found an old wardrobe and hides in it, while hiding she found out that this wardrobe is a magic portal which leads to a forest in a land called Narnia. All the siblings will, then, go to Narnia and their adventure will begin there.

I absolutly love all kinds of magical / dystopian novels and the Narnia series is a part of my collection.  These novels are a classic and if you haven’t read it yet, you probably already saw one of the 3 extremely long movie adaptations, talking about this, the The Silver Chair is apparently going to come out in 2017…

Stranger Things – The Duffer brothers

For this article I decided to talk about a new american TV show that was released on Netlfix in July 2016 called Stranger Things. This science fiction / horror series was created and directed by the Duffer brothers ( Matt and Ross Duffer ) and produced by Shawn Levy.

Plot : In November 1983, in Indiana in the town of Hawkins, a 12 years old boy named Will Byers ( played by Noah Schnapp ) vanishes mysteriously. His mom, Joyce ( played by Winona Ryder ), his brother,his friends and the police chief of the town all start to look for him. One night when Dustin ( Gaten Matarazzo ), Lucas ( Caleb Mc Laughlin ) and Mike ( Finn Wolfhard ) were looking for Will in the woods, they found a girl ( Millie Bobby Brown ), with a shaved head and the number 011 tattooed on her arm. This girl, then, claims to know where Will is, and the boys soon discover that she also has super powers. While people are looking for Will, weird supernatural things are happening probably linked to the Energy Laboratory of Hawkins which also seems linked to Will Byers.

This show is so amazing, and quite scary, but the fact that the main characters are kids makes it 10 times better. It also reminds me of  E.T. ( directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1982 ) because this girl has super powers, we don’t know where she’s from and Will’s friends are protecting her just like Elliot with E.T.

Unfortunatly there are only 8 episodes available at the moment but the cast is working on season 2 already ! If you get a chance to watch it, do it, but don’t watch it alone ????

The Host – Stephanie Meyer

For my first article this year I decided to write about a book that I read again this summer for the fifth time probably, it’s called The Host and was written by Stephenie Meyer ( who’s also the author of the Twilight saga ) it was published in 2008.

This story, as well as all the book I read, is a post apocalyptic story. The Earth is invaded by aliens called « souls » , they implant themselves into human bodies and take over the human’s conciousness because, for them, humans don’t deserve the planet because they’re too violent. When a soul gets in a body, it erases every memory and knowledge the person had before.

A soul has been placed into Melanie Stryder’s body, called Wanderer. But Melanie’s conciousness is still alive and starts to communicate with Wanderer, Melanie tries to guide her to find her uncle, brother and boyfriend who’re hiding from the aliens somewhere in the desert, when they got to their hiding spot, they found out that about 30 people are also hiding there and everyone’s scared of Wandere except Melanie’s family, her boyfriend and Ian, a guy who fell in love with Wanderer. During her time there she finds out that they’re trying to find a way to cut souls out of their host but each attempt end up with the death of the host… Will they be able to cut out Wanderer of Melanie ? Will Wanderer find a new host ?

To find out you’ll have to read the 830 pages of the book ! I know it sounds like a lot of pages but the story is so captivating that when you finish the book it doesn’t feel like you’ve read that many pages.

Girl Online On Tour, Zoe Sugg

Girl Online On tour is the second novel Zoe Sugg wrote. She’s a very famous youtuber from the UK who does beauty and life style videos on her channel called Zoella.

This novel is the continuation of the book Girl Online published in 2014.

In this story a 16 years old birtish blogger, Penny, is the narrator.

Penny starts blogging about her problems, school drama, friends, family, and boys and she became pretty famous. But during a family trip in New York she met a musician called Noah and fell in love with him, as as a result her blog became very popular. In this book we will follow her and her rock-star boyfriend ( Noah ) on his European tour during the summer . But being a super star’s girlfriend is hard, Penny will be threatened by some jaelous fans, she’ll also not be very welcomed by Noah’s band members and it’ll be hard for her to follow her boyfriend because of his shedule… So Penny will start wondering whether she’ll stay on tour with Noah or not. She misses her family, her best friend Elliot, and her blog, “Girl Online »…

I already read the first book « Girl Online » and Santa brought me Zoe Sugg’s second book, I almost finished it and I love it !

Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard

You probably all already know the TV series Pretty Little Liars but I decided to talk about the series of novels that inspired the show.

The Pretty Little Liars series were written by Sara Shepard, a young american writter, the first novel was published in 2006, the series follows the lifes of 4 girls, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery, and Emily Fields. 1 year after their group « leader » Alison DiLaurentis‘ disappearance the girls started to reveive threatening messages from an anonymous person called -A. The books follows the progression of the heroins throught the process of figuring out who this A is, and how they face many dangerous obstacles.

I’ve chosen this book series because I love the TV show and I finally figured out who A is !

I read the 1st book of the series and loved it ! I plan to read the others.

Divergent, Veronica Roth

Divergent is the first novel of the Divergent dystopian novel trilogy written Veronica Roth, published in 2011.

Veronica Roth ( born in 1988 ) is an american novelist. She wrote the 1st divergent novel at this age of 22. She’s best known for her trilogy of novels : Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant.

The story of the first book of the serie tells the story of Tris ( Beatrice Prior ), she lives in a post-apocalyptic world where the society is devided in 3 factions ( Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor). Every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote for the rest of their lives after taking a test that will show you which faction you should be in. You can choose to devote yourself to your faction chosen by the test, or you could choose which faction you want to be in. But Beatrice’s test reaveled that she’s divergent ( the divergents are real rare, they don’t belong to any factions and are tracked by the government because they think they’re dangerous ).  she decides to hide her secret and join the dauntless faction. She’ll, then , have a romance with one of her instructors in the faction,named Four

Paper Town , John Green

Paper towns is a novel written by John Green, an american author who mainly writes books for young adults and teenagers.This book was published in 2008 by Dutton Books.

This story takes place in Orlando, where the narrator, Quentin « Q » Jacobsen and her neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman grew up apart. But that one night, Margo breaks into Quentin’s room by the window and ask him if she can borrow his car because she has things to do… Margo then, convince him to come with her to take revenge from people who hurt her. After a wild night they came back to their house at 6 A.M. At school Quentin wanted to ask Margo if he could now be in her group of friend, but Margo didn’t go to school that day, and the next day either… After 3 days of being missing, Margo’s parents decided to tell the police, Quentin with the help of his friends went looking for her thanks to clues that Margo left here and there.

 » Margo loved mysteries so much that she became one « 

I love this story because it talks about people of my age and about things that actually happens in real life. I also liked it because at some points it’s quite funny and i think that if a book is funny it’ll be more entertaining than other books.