The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Review

Day 10: 6/21/2016

Hours worked: 8

Total hours: 68

            Over the past couple weeks, while on the metro I have been reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I know it sounds strange, but I was horrified by how well the book was written. Hosseini’s vivid descriptions, alluring details, and deep lessons scared me. I was nauseous from how realistic the story was. Knowing that someone quite possibly may have actually experienced the events taking place made me sick. Hosseini writes in way that makes me realize the troubling realities of the social issues of our era. My body yearned to go back to the comfort of fantasy books like Harry Potter where I could delve into the story without a care in the world because in the back of mind, I understood that Hogwarts doesn’t really exist (unfortunately) and Harry will always save the day with the help of his friends. All this was going through my mind while tears spilled down my cheeks as Amir told his sad, sad story. Nonetheless, I could not put down the book. I read and read on the metro all the way to the Library of Congress and all the way back. Since I’m fasting, I even spent my lunch hour in a corner of the Great Hall reading even more of the book. Another thing that struck me on the metro was how real the character Amir is. He isn’t a superhero that saves the day, he isn’t perfect, and he faces the same internal struggles of an ordinary person. He didn’t always do the right thing or even think the right things, and yet he still recognized his problems. Over the course of the book/his life, he grew from a selfish child to selfless adult.

 

-mariam

Movie Review: About Time

I HAVE OFFICIALLY DECIDED THAT THE LION KING IS MY FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE AND ABOUT TIME IS MY FAVORITE NON-ANIMATED MOVIE EVER. THE FIRST TIME I WATCHED IT WAS APRIL 27, 2014, WHICH IS MY GRANDMAS BIRTHDAY BY THE WAY. I DRAFTED THIS POST THEN BUT I NEVER GOT AROUND TO POSTING IT. I JUST WATCHED ABOUT TIME AGAIN AND IT WAS SO INCREDIBLY FUNNY, EMOTIONAL, AMAZING, AND JUST DOWNRIGHT THE BEST MOVIE EVER. THIS POST IS IN CAPS BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SHOW ALL MY EMOTIONS BOUNCING AROUND. I SWEAR YOU COME OUT OF THIS MOVIE A CHANGED PERSON. THIS MOVIE CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO BE HAPPY.

Basically, a time traveler…….. that should be enough for it to be a good movie right? Haha but seriously…

So a time traveller that can only travel back in time named Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) decides to use his ability to find true love. SO SWEET. HE’S LITERALLY THE SWEETEST. So Tim goes on a date where he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), and becomes convinced she’s the one. Through some difficulty, he had to travel back in time, and because of this Mary doesn’t know who he is anymore. He also has life struggles with his sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson), Mom (Lindsay Duncan), and Dad (Bill Nighy).

I feel bad because I’m not accurately describing how amazing this story is. JUST PLEASE WATCH IT PLEASE.

I love every single character in the story, which is surprising because I usually hate all the characters. The acting is perfect as well.

Because I cannot accurately describe the movie, I will give you this quote: Tim says at the end of the movie, “And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day, I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life.”

Tim also says, “We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.”

Mary says, “I’m not taking my panties off for Scotland!”

Please, please, do yourself a favor, and please watch About Time. I beg you.

 

-mariam

p.s. I’m sorry if I hyped you so much for this movie, and in the end you don’t even like it. :/

 

 

Movie Review: My Sister’s Keeper

I am crying. I have been. For 3 hours. The movie “My Sister’s Keeper” is definitely in my top five favorite movies. The movie is so emotional and touching that I was legit bawling my eyes out for the entire movie. I know the movie is a few years old but someone told me it wasn’t interesting so I hadn’t watched it until now. So mad at that person right now. This movie is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen.

My Sister’s Keeper is about a girl, Anna who was born to be a donor for her sister with cancer. Her sister, Kate, would die without Anna’s blood, bone marrow, and etc. Kate has leukemia. Anna, fed up, sues her parents for the rights to own body. In a twisted turn of emotional events you will soon realize that is not the case. It is much, much worse than that. If you haven’t seen My Sister’s Keeper, you are missing out. Big time.

-mariam

 

p.s. I’m editing this 3 months later because I just saw on tumblr that when you’re crying you don’t say “balling”. It’s called “bawling”. Oops so embarrassed. Thanks tumblr!

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Book Review: Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick

It’s 2:48 am and I have just finished reading Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick. Yep, it was that good. Quick’s amazing writing skills and techniques were well used and story line was put together properly. Beautifully written.

Aside from that, the story itself was great! A mentally unstable person (Pat Peoples) has just come out of rehab “bad place” and his main focus is ending “apart time” with his wife, Nikki. Throughout the story, Pat tries to become a better person by doing things that Nikki would have liked him to do. He loses weight and exercises frequently to try to impress her. Also, he practices “being kind, not right”. The thing is, Pat does not remember the last 4 years of his life and why he was sent to the bad place in the first place.

Along the way, he meets Tiffany, who became mentally unstable after her husbands death. Pat and Tiffany have an usual friendship. They run together everyday, but not together. What I mean is that they don’t talk to each other much. They have a silent friendship. In truth, Tiffany is scouting Pat for a duet dance competition in exchange for her being a liaison between Pat and Nikki. What happens next twists the story into a million pieces. In conclusion I’d rate this book 4 out of 5 stars for Quick’s exceptional writing skills and story plot.

Profane, but nothing really happens. There is a lot of mature content, so I’d say it’s appropriate for age 14 and up.

 

This is my first book review for a leisure read; please, please give me feedback!

-mariam