The DUFF: Coming to cinemas near you

Another young adult book is adapted for the big screen. ‘The Duff’ is based on a book titled ‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody Keplinger’. Here is how the story goes:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody Koplinger

The movie stars Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell and is expected to be released in US cinemas on 20th of February 2015. It will be released in Malaysia tentatively on 9th of April 2015. For a sneak peak, watch the trailer below.

For more news, visit the official link of the movie.

The Paperback Book Club: December 2014 Meetup

The Paperback Book Club is a Kuala Lumpur-based book group that meets every month. Since its first meetup in October 2011, the book club has discussed 40 books including ‘The Book Thief’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

The book chosen for December is…

Book: ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger (Goodreads reviews)
Date:  20th of December 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: Nook Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Who is invited? Any readers aged 18 years and older
What will be discussed? Themes, characters, plot, style, takeaway points from the book, etc.

One of the most popular covers for this book

RSVP at the website or Facebook event page if you are keen to join the discussion. If you have not finished reading the book or are feeling rather shy, you are still welcome to take part in the meetup.

For latest news on the meetups, check out their official website and Facebook page.

‘How to Build a Girl’: A book-to-movie adaptation is in the works

Monumental Pictures has bought the film rights to Caitlin Moran’s novel ‘How to Build a Girl’. Ms. Moran and John Niven will be writing the screenplay. The movie is set to be released in 2017.

The novel has received raving reviews and sold more than half a million copies in more than 16 countries. For those who are not familiar with ‘How to Build a Girl’, here is a brief synopsis of the book:

What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself.

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës—but without the dying-young bit.

By sixteen, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper. She’s writing pornographic letters to rock stars, having all the kinds of sex with all the kinds of men, and eviscerating bands in reviews of 600 words or less.

But what happens when Johanna realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw? Is a box full of records, a wall full of posters, and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?

‘How to Build a Girl’ by Caitlin Moran

Ms Moran described the novel as a semi-autobiography. Now I am intrigued to read it because I don’t read enough autobiography. I wonder if the novel is meatier enough for a book club discussion. What do you think?

If you are a fan of the book or are simply excited for the movie, like this post! 🙂

The Paperback Book Club: November 2014 meetup

The Paperback Book Club is a Kuala Lumpur-based book group that meets every month. Since its first meetup in October 2011, the book club has discussed 40 books including ‘The Book Thief’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

The meetup in November is scheduled as follows:

Book: ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads reviews)
Date:  29th of November 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: Nook Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Who is invited? Any readers aged 18 years and older
What will be discussed? Themes, characters, plot, style, takeaway points from the book, etc.

One of the many ‘Coraline’ book covers

RSVP at the website if you are keen to join the discussion. If you have not finished reading the book or are feeling rather shy, you are still welcome to take part in the meetup.

For latest news on the meetups, check out their official website and Facebook page.

American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club: November 2014 meetup

Members of American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club meet again end of November. This time around, the club has chosen ‘Bento Box in the Heartland‘ by Linda Furiya. Here is a synopsis of the book:

While growing up in Versailles, an Indiana farm community, Linda Furiya tried to balance the outside world of Midwestern America with the Japanese traditions of her home life. As the only Asian family in a tiny township, Furiya’s life revolved around Japanese food and the extraordinary lengths her parents went to in order to gather the ingredients needed to prepare it.
As immigrants, her parents approached the challenges of living in America, and maintaining their Japanese diets, with optimism and gusto. Furiva, meanwhile, was acutely aware of how food set her apart from her peers: She spent her first day of school hiding in the girls’ restroom, examining her rice balls and chopsticks, and longing for a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

The cover of ‘Bento Box in the Heartland’ by Linda Furiyia

Here are details of the book discussion:

Date: 21st of October 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ambiance Coffee Café
Ambiance Ampang, 379A 4 Jalan Ampang,
First Floor (near Ampang Grocers)
Kuala Lumpur
Cost of drinks/food: Individual
RSVP: kindly appreciated but not necessary.

Please be informed that non-members are welcomed to join the event as a guest for the first two visits only. They will have to be a member of AAM if they would like to participate after the complimentary visits have been used.

To get the latest information on the book club, visit their weblink or email to them.

‘Eleanor & Park’: book-to-movie adaptation is in the works

There is another YA fiction that will be adapted for the big screen: ‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell. Dreamworks has bought film rights to the novel and plans to start shooting the movie next year. Guess what? Ms Rowell will write the screenplay.

For those who are not familiar with ‘Eleanor & Park’, here is a brief synopsis of the book:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell

My favourite online educator (pssst I love CrashCourse!) is also excited about this movie!

I must admit that I haven’t read any of Ms Rowell’s work. Now I am more intrigued about the book after reading the news and finding out that the lead characters are not your typical American teenagers in the 80s (guy is half-Korean while girl is a plus-size). I am going to ask Mr Sam (SS Readers Corner owner) to stock the store with Rainbow Rowell’s books.

What are your favourites? In addition to ‘Eleanor & Parks’, what other titles should we buy for the store?

Join #simonteenchat with Ellen Hopkins & Stephen Chbosky on 15th October

Are you a fan of these bestselling Young Adult fiction authors, Ellen Hopkins and Stephen Chbosky? Join them in a Twitter chat organised by Simon & Schuster teen books:

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky; 'Rumble' by Ellen Hopkins

‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky; ‘Rumble’ by Ellen Hopkins

Date: 15th of October 2014
Time: 5:30 pm USA Eastern Time
What’s in store? Writing, reading & all things on YA literature

To join the chat, follow @simonteen and send your tweet(s) using the hashtag #simonteenchat.

If you don’t have Twitter, you could still submit your question. Complete this form here and come back during the chat to see if your question gets answered!