If you know me, you know I love buzz. When I was living with my grandparents last year, I came home one day to find my aunt and cousins hanging out in the kitchen (not uncommon). My cousin had a book with her; she said they were reading it in school. “They’re making you read that in school? Isn’t it sad?” said my aunt. So naturally, I picked it up and skimmed the jacket as I do with most books I find in people’s possession. It definitely sounded sad. But when she was done with it, my cousin said it was amazing, so I vowed to give it a shot eventually. Months passed. Then I started seeing news floating around that it was going to be a movie, which instantly moved it to the top of my list. I rarely ever see a movie based on a book without reading the book first. Then it went head-to-head with Harry Potter in EW’s Best YA Novel of All Time bracket in November. It lost, obviously, but second place meant it must be pretty damn good. It even beat the girl on fire!
So when I was packing for my trip to Seattle a couple weeks ago, I wandered into Barnes & Noble with a gift card I had gotten for Christmas and picked it up. It’s been sitting on my dresser, patiently waiting to be read (Mockingjay kept me company on my 5-hour flight instead—I was still on a Hunger Games kick, following the amaaaazing film adaptation of Catching Fire). Then I saw the poster. Then I saw the trailer, which started making the rounds on Facebook today. And now that book is first thing on my to-do list for this weekend.
You can view the trailer below.
Let me know what you think and for those of you who have read it, tell me:
Did it deserve the silver medal as second-best YA novel of all time?
P.S. The kid who plays Gus looked unbelievably familiar, then I realized he’s the kid who took Carrie to prom!