Gena’s Thought

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The Hottest Summer Ever

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True to the Game, Part I

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Have You Ever?

Have you ever read a book and you disliked a character to his or her core? For me, that character is in this book. You will find out why I dislike this particular so much in the upcoming book review. I would love to hear which character(s) that you do not like.

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Waking with Enemies

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Favorite Book Quote

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The Hottest Summer Ever, Elijah R. Freeman

Always Forever Reading’s Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Hottest Summer Ever is truly about the hottest summer ever, but it has nothing to do with the weather. Set in College Park, Georgia,  Freeman introduces his readers to Richelle Kemoni Love aka Kush. Richelle is a daddy’s girl, who never has to worry about a thing. However, the life to which she is accustomed, changes after Richelle’s father is murdered. Living with only her mother, Richelle experiences another event, one that is repulsive, which causes her journey to begin.

When his audience begins reading this novel, they will not want to put it down. As I was reading this novel, I experienced many emotions. In fact, it will be hard not to have feelings, especially with the ups and downs and twists and turns that take place. Furthermore, you will be playing the guessing game of Who Did It? I also love the use of onomatopoeia; using this literary device really makes the action in the novel come to life.

If you are looking for an urban novel that will appeal to your five senses, keep you turning pages, and most of all, will not be disappointing, then, I recommend reading The Hottest Summer Ever.

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Sleeping with Strangers

Purchased at Alkebu-Lan Images Bookstore

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Read the Book or Watch the Movie

Lately, I have heard a lot of conversation about whether to watch a movie that is based on a book or to read the book. I have heard both pros and cons regarding this debate. After listening to these conversations, I thought that this blog would be the perfect platform to discuss this debate. To read the book or to watch the movie, that is the question. 

The answer to this question is subjective because it is based on a person’s personal preference. Some people may prefer watching a movie based on a book while others may prefer to read the book. In the article, “Why Books are Better Than Movies,” Ivette Gonzalez identifies why she thinks books are better than movies. She states,  

  • “You can imagine the setting/events happening in the story;
  • books are more detailed;
  • we can visualize the characters a certain way;
  • books have a plot twist that may not occur in the movie.”

These arguments are valid because there is truth to them.

When reading a book, I imagine the events that happen in the story. For me, this helps to bring the book to life. It also allows me to feel as if I know the characters on a personal level. For example, I felt this way when I read Eric Jerome Dickey’s novel, Naughtier than Nice. From the first page to the last page, the McBroom sisters became my friends and just like with friends, you are there for them through the good and the bad times.

In novels, the author describes the characters for his or her audience. If the descriptions are clear, then they can help readers to understand the characters from a physical, mental, and sometimes, a spiritual point of view. Based on the descriptions, I close my eyes to visualize the characters in my mind. For example, I read the novel and watched the movie, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. In both mediums, four friends deal with the highs and lows of the men in their lives. When reading the book, I visualized what these men looked like. When I watched the movie, the images were already created due to the actors playing the role of the characters. Needless to say, I preferred my images as opposed to Hollywood’s version.

Most recently, I watched the movies, True to the Game 1 and True to the Game 2, which is based on Teri Woods’ book series. I did not know that this movie was based on a book, but I absolutely loved the movies. After watching both movies, I decided to buy the Kindle version of the first two books. I immediately began to notice the differences between the books and the movies. Now, even though I loved the movies, I loved the books even more; there were many more details, the action was greater, and there were noticeable differences with some of the characters in both books and in both movies. Finally, because I watched movies first, I did not get to visualize the characters in my mind. While I was reading the books, I kept picturing Columbus Short. He played the role of Quadir Richards in both movies. Although he delivered outstanding performances and is extremely handsome, I still would have preferred to create my own image of Quadir Richards.

To my readers, which do prefer? Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts.

https://highschool.latimes.com/university-prep-value-high-school/why-books-are-better-than-movies/ (for the HS Insider Los Angeles Times. 

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