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Books to read before you see the film: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. Like every other year, 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and 50 Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Jesse Andrews

Following the success of the adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood executives have noted that there is a huge enthusiasm for intelligent and witty heartbreaking stories about teenage life and its tender mortality. The adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has already won plaudits galore at the likes of the Sundance Film Festival and many fans of the book are eagerly awaiting seeing the story of Greg Gaines on the big screen.

Feeling like an invisible nobody, Greg is happy to slip into the background and make low-budget movies with his best and only friend Earl. But when his mother insists that he rekindles his childhood friendship with leukemia sufferer Rachel, he has no choice but to do as any good boy should and listen to her. When Rachel stops her treatment, Greg and Earl decide to make a film especially for her – and it turns out to be the Worst Film Ever Made. But it’s also a film that becomes a huge moment in all three of the friends’ lives…


Book People Book Club – August Pick: Paper Towns by John Green

With excitement building around the release of the Paper Towns movie, we thought it would be a wonderful time to choose this superb novel, one of our favourite John Green books, as our Book Club selection for August. By now you may have seen the Paper Towns trailer and you’re probably chomping at the bit to see the film – particularly if you enjoyed the last John Green book adaptation, last year’s The Fault in Our Stars – but with 10% off the price of the book at theBookPeople.co.uk with code PAPER10*, there has never been a better time to read this absorbing, exhilarating and sensitive story.

John Green Paper Towns

 

The tale begins with childhood neighbours Quentin (or ‘Q’) and Margot finding the body of local man Robert Joyner, who has committed suicide in the local park. The book then fast-forwards to the present day, where Q and Margot are now just distant acquaintances in high school… That is, until Margot enters Q’s room late one night and summons him for a one-night campaign of ingenious revenge. The next day, Margot is missing. And Q is the last person to have seen her alive. But he soon finds clues that she has left for him – clues that reveal who Margot really is…

Passionate, funny, bold and thoroughly engrossing, we cannot think of a better book to enjoy this summer. The writing is flawless and Q and Margot’s mystery tale is as timeless as it is current – and it’s as sure to entertain adults as it is teen and young adult readers. Join the discussion about Paper Towns as we mull it over in our free online Book Club on our Facebook page…

For those who want to see the film as well as read the book, Paper Towns’ release date is 17 August in the UK.

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Books for Sadness from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

With the release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out now upon us, children all around the world – and some adults too – are getting excited to meet the characters of the film: Disgust, Anger, Joy, Sadness and Fear. This made us think… which books would the characters from the Inside Out film love, being the personification of such raw emotions? Well, we’ve hunted through the cellar and attic at Book People Manor to find just the right books for the Inside Out characters.

Sadness-books

Books for Sadness from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

Wonder
August is a 10-year-old boy with a severe facial disfigurement. Having been home-schooled his whole life, his life changes when he starts at middle school and has to deal with cruel bullies. Poignant, funny and never less than compelling, Wonder is an ultimately uplifting tale of hope and bravery but there are plenty of tears along the way.

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book
Based on the author’s own experiences after losing his son, this is a guide to bereavement that can strike a chord with anybody of any age. With sombre illustrations by Quentin Blake, the book takes a look at the feeling of sadness and other complex emotions and reassures readers that it is OK to cry.

Teardrop
Eureka can’t cry and has never been able to. Even when her mother unexpectedly died. Eureka was in the car when it all happened and wonders why and how she survived, but when she meets Anders and uncovers an ancient myth about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea, she begins to piece together who she really is… A sad romantic novel.

The Fault in Our Stars
You know the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters by now but it’s no less heartbreaking the more you read it… We’re sure Sadness would put this book top of her list for when she wants to have a good cry. Hazel’s cynical nature makes way for optimism and enjoyment as she falls for Gus and they even enjoy a romantic trip to Amsterdam – but tragedy is never far away.


Books to read before you see the film: Paper Towns by John Green

We adore the cinema here at the Book People. The big screen, the smell of popcorn, the shushing of talkers… We have a lot of love for film, especially when the movies are adaptations of bestselling books. 2015 has been a huge year for literary adaptations already with the likes of Far from the Madding Crowd, Child 44 and Fifty Shades of Grey all proving enormous hits.

Although not all films capture the spirits of the book entirely, we’re always willing to watch adaptations to see the direction in which the film heads. With plenty of adaptations to come before the end of the year, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some of the films coming up. And the books you should read up on before going to see them!

John Green’s Paper Towns
In cinemas 17 August

Paper Towns Cara Delevingne

John Green is one of the most popular authors writing for young adults at the moment and after the all-conquering success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars (have you stopped crying yet, because we certainly haven’t…), it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to tackle some of his other bestselling novels. Paper Towns, starring the popular model and actress Cara Delevingne and TFIOS actor Nat Wolff, is sure to be on every teenager’s must-watch list.
A road trip with a difference, the story follows Quentin and his unrequited crush Margo Spiegelman as they head off on a revenge journey. But the morning after the best night of Quentin’s life, Margo has gone missing – and seems to have left clues just for him to discover her whereabouts!
A coming-of-age story that manages to recall the atmosphere of Catcher in the Rye but with the added element of a Scooby Doo-esque mystery, we cannot recommend you read this book before seeing the film enough!


Best holiday reads 2015: our top 10 summer reads for children

Summer holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to excite the little ones on their well-deserved downtime than kicking back with one of this year’s best holiday reads for children! Our pick of the 10 best summer reads for kids has all their holiday books covered. From the thrilling and hilarious Paper Towns by John Green – which has a film adaptation hitting cinemas soon – to classic children’s books from the likes of Dick King-Smith and Enid Blyton, our list of top summer reads for children has something for every young reader, whether they’re staying at home or travelling on holiday.

Summer books for children


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