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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks needs know introduction as the best selling author of many romantic novels that have been made into major movies. ‘The Longest Ride’ is his latest book.

“He believed that most people, when given the choice, would do what was right, even when it was hard, and he believed that good almost always triumphed over evil”

Ira Levinson is in trouble.  At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.   Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him:  his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago.  Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families.  Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local bull-riding event, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change.  Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, 

who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school.  Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life.  As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans —  a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

Ira and Ruth.  Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

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March 20, 2015 Posted by | Film tie in, Romance | | Leave a comment

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosy

Have you seen the movie? How about now reading the book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a very powerful coming-of-age story that takes the reader on a wild and poignant roller-coaster ride known as growing up.

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.



March 27, 2013 Posted by | Coming of Age, Film tie in, Relationships, Romance | Leave a comment

Books into Film

May 28, 2012 Posted by | Film tie in, Romance, Uncategorized, War | | Leave a comment

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

With the much awaited hype surrounding the premier of the

 movie The Hunger Games why not find out what all the fuss

is about and read the book first!

Do you love a book full of rip-roaring action, a book that will have you on the edge of your seat and one that you can not put down. Throw in great characters and a bit of romance and you have The Hunger Games.

Winnning will make you famous. Losing means certain death. Let the Hunger Games begin!

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Great series, Survival, Suspense | | Leave a comment

The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 6: The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet by Herge

Whether he’s trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world in The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, and Tintin in Tibet

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Dan‘s review

Aug 02, 11
5 of 5 stars
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can’t be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge’s work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.  Good Reads

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Film tie in, Graphic Novels | | Leave a comment

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962.

Were black maids raise white chidren, but are trusted not to steal the silver…..

The Help has been described as a story with heart and hope. A good old fashioned  novel (New York Daily News)
 “Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.”

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.”

(Above excerpt is from the www.kathrynstockett.com)

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March 1, 2012 Posted by | Film tie in, Past, people and places, Relationships | | Leave a comment

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen

LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the
circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto
a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a
second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making
one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost
earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It
is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act,
who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also
meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach
her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a
wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people
that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that
few can afford.   Review by Book Browse

Watch a trailer for the movie

September 19, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Past, people and places, Romance | , | Leave a comment

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

We were nine, three are dead, I am number four.

Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth … protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies are hunting him down.

The only way to keep off radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long. Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts – his legacies – stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community.

But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it’s only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there’s no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five …

Reminiscent of Smallville and Heroes, here finally is a thriller with awesome pace, mindblowing special effects and a breathtaking high concept. It demands to be read in one sitting.

‘Number Four is a hero for this generation.’ Michael Bay, director of Transformers and producer of I Am Number Four, out 2011. 

Penguin Books Australia.

Visit the official I Am Number Four book website

March 6, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Film tie in | | Leave a comment