Friday, February 7, 2014

[Book Review] You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle

You Look Different in Real LifeYou Look Different In Real Life
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For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.

Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what's personal and what's public aren't always clear.



“Everyone has a story. It's simply a question of finding it."
You Look DIfferent In Real Life was a complete let down. And it's not even a let down that I want to rant about, it just makes me feel dead inside - no emotions. I don't know if I ever was a fan of TV Shows stories but I do like watching TV Shows and thought this was going to pretty interesting. But all the characters, the setting, the conversations were boring and useless. 

Story is mostly about five classmates that have been participating in documentary about their lives. "Five At Six", "Five At Eleven", and now - "Five At Sixteen". Previous two films always had some sort of events going on whether it was parents leaving their children, physical illness, or anything that would keep the crowd interesting. 

But I was bored. And I would like to blame it all on Justine. I don't even know why they kept her as the main character in all of the films and thoughout the book. It was tiring to be in her head, listening to her monotone thoughts. Just stop. The only person that kept me going throughout this whole book was Kiera. & yes I am imagining her as Katherine Pierce:

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She was a brat and might have always been kind of rude but I loved it. The only reason why I'm going to keep going with this author is because the next book is "Playing Kiera" which will only be based on her character from this story. Other than that - I give up :'( 

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that this wasn't a good book! :(

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    1. Oh it's okay, it's just one of those things hehe

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  2. Hummm... you know, there is a real life situation like this. I am pretty sure 56 and Up (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/movies/56-up-adds-to-michael-apteds-documentary-series.html?_r=0) is the one I am thinking about. It is fascinating to me. I think all the kids go to the same schools at first and then life takes them to wherever they are destined to go.

    I don't really see though how this type of story could translate well into a book. So it's too bad you didn't like it... but you should check out the documentary if you are interested in this topic.

    Angie

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    1. This actually sounds like it would be pretty good. Thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out

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