A Simple Favour by Darcey Bell
Look, I’m a firm believer of reading books before watching their cinematic counterparts, but something tells me that I should’ve skipped this read by Darcey Bell and went right for something that was more visually appealing, in the forms of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
To say A Simple Favour was a bit of a dumpster fire is nearly an understatement. Not a single character was likeable; Stephanie was dumber than a bag of hammers, Emily is manipulative beyond comprehension, and Sean … well I couldn’t remember his name until I Googled it.
I wanted to hurl every time Stephanie mentioned her blog. (I’m well aware of the irony.) And I hope Emily will be able to afford the best therapist she can for Nicky in the future.
A Simple Favour is simply full of so many “What the F–?” moments that I don’t even know if I want to watch the movie anymore. I hope Kendrick and Lively were forced by some production company contract to make it, because I can’t imagine either of them voluntarily signing up for these rolls.
My rating: ★/5 stars
It’s Not You It’s Him by Sophie Ranald
Okie dokie. I read Sorry Not Sorry last summer and had made a mental note to read this one as it was a follow up/through with Tansy and Renzo.
Do I regret it? Not really, but the real question is, did I enjoy it?
It’s Not You It’s Him seems to have a LOT going on. Getting back with an ex, drama at work, drama at home … I had a hard time staying interested because not a lot of detail went into all of the drama going on, very similar to Sorry Not Sorry.
Dissimilar to Sorry Not Sorry, I actually ended up disliking Tansy’s character. She’s rather self-centred and only cares about getting her (apparent) douche-bag boyfriend back so she can be well-to-do. *eye roll* Really, it shouldn’t have taken the entire storyline to figure that one out.
My rating: ★½/5 stars
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
This book takes a strong heart to get through. Set in the early-to-mid-1800’s, The Invention of Wings tells the tale of Sarah Grimke (a real abolitionist) and her slave, Handful (a real slave with a fictitious storyline). Grab a copy with the author’s notes, because it’s worth reading!
Anyway, as I had mentioned, it is a tough read, but it is such an important lesson in history – when slavery was an acceptable practice, as was women not being allowed to speak freely. To loosely quote Handful, “My mind is free but my body isn’t, your body is free but your mind isn’t.” It is hard to believe where the world’s mindset was at 200 years ago, but you have to cheer for Sarah and her sister as they fought for the rights of the slaves.
I think it’s remarkable that Kidd, a white woman from the south, hit the nail on the head with this book, which wonderfully weaves fact and fiction together; I could feel Handful’s pain and Sarah’s desires equally and never felt that Kidd was biased towards one character over another.
As a Canadian, we don’t extensively learn about the history of slavery in the United States, so I was amazed when I discovered that Sarah Grimke and her crusades were real. The world was, and sadly still is, full of awful people who don’t see their fellow human as equals. The world still needs more people like Ms. Grimke.
My rating: ★★★★★/5 stars