Sunday, June 8, 2014

6 Summer Reads...Before Hollywood Gets to Them

Hollywood has always found brilliance in good books, excavating their pages for imaginative characters, witty dialogue, and  real plots. But Hollywood doesn’t always get it right so this summer read these books before they hit theaters…but hurry they are coming soon!

These books are so good make sure you don’t get a sunburn!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green—5 stars
On most peoples book club list. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. In theaters June 6th staring Shailene Woodley (also the star of Divergent) will sure to make you laugh and cry see the trailer at

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- 5 stars
Marriage can be a real killer. It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  With Ben Affleck playing the suspected Husband should be interesting in theaters October 3rd.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- 4 stars
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben and find the twisted truth. In theaters September 1.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner- 5 stars
A NY Times best seller and a first in a trilogy great for Hunger Game fans. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. In theaters September 26th with a with a young new cast see the trailer here at

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - 5 stars
From the author of Seabicuit, Laura Hillenbrand, a heart breaking edge of your seat, true story, page turner you won’t want to put down. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and one man stuck in a raft.
Ahead lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. Directed by Angelina Jolie so we can expect the best. In theaters December 25 I only hope the movie can live up to the book. Sure to keep you on the edge of your seat watch the trailer at

Serena by Ron Rash- 4 stars
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence this is bound to be a great movie. In theaters in 2014.

Of course there is always the great possibility that Hollywood will botch the movie so at least you read the book. Share your thoughts and review at