The DUFF: Screening Event Recap and Spoiler Free Movie Review!

HELLO EVERYONE!

I’m so excited to bring you today’s post. Just yesterday, prescription I attended an early pre-screening of the movie adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s YA novel, viagra 40mg The DUFF. I read the book a few years ago, dosage and was excited to see the movie, especially since it has Robbie Amell (!!) and one of my favorite actresses, Mae Whitman. Thanks to a dear friend of mine, Chaysen (check out her blog at here), I was able to not only see the movie early, but I was also able to meet a few members of the cast!

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Being a total goofball with the cutout of Robbie Amell before the screening.

It was the EASIEST screening I’ve ever been to. I waited in line for a mere two hours, headed into the theater, and found my seat.

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I had heard rumors and such that members of the cast were going to show up, and I was SO excited when Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman and Bianca A Santos showed up to introduce the movie.

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They were all really excited, telling us that they hoped we liked the movie and to share it with everyone (hmmm, I think that’s what I’m doing now haha), and to hang out after the movie, because they’d be around to take pictures and such. To say I was excited would be a total understatement.

The movie played and was fantastic, and the review for that is below! We left the theater, and got in line to meet Bianca, Nick and Robbie!

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They were all SO nice, which was good because I was kind of beyond fangirling at that point. Robbie is a huge celebrity crush of mine, especially since I loved loved loved The Tomorrow People. We took some pictures and I was so glad to finally meet Robbie, get a hug (come on, I’m human haha) and told him how much I loved The Tomorrow People.

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Somehow I managed to ask him for a selfie too. Pretty proud of myself on that one!

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I also was able to meet Robbie’s fiance, Italia Ricci, who is an actress and is on the totally awesome show, Chasing Life, on ABC Family. I felt SO bad interrupting her conversation but she was super sweet about it.

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I was about halfway out of the theater when I realized that I didn’t even ASK for Robbie’s (or Bianca’s or Nick’s) autograph and I felt like kind of a goofball again. Luckily, I was checking my instagram as I walked out and noticed that my dear friend, Mandy from The Romance Bookie, had commented on a photo. We had never technically, officially met in real life, so I headed back in theater, hung out with her and her mom for a bit and was able to get one more picture with the cast AND my autographs!

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I know, I know. All I had was an index card. Hey, its better than nothing! I couldn’t find the book anywhere (the new, movie tie-in edition hits bookstores this coming Tuesday!).

Now for the fun part: The REVIEW!

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Rated: 

PG-13

Directed By:

Ari Sandel

Starring: 

Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A Santos, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Skyler Samuels. See full list here.

IMDB Synopsis:

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

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I read this book awhile ago, so while I had a good grasp of the plot, I wanted to reread it before the movie. I read about half the night before the screening and the other half right after, just to refresh my memory. The movie was INCREDIBLY different from the book, but in a way, it made a lot of sense.

The movie does change a lot about the book. If you’re a purist, you’ll probably have a problem with that. I’m not a huge purist, and I always think the essence of the story is more important than anything else. In the movie, Bianca is told she’s a DUFF, and it becomes an obsession with her. She pushes away her friends, and enlists the help of sexy, popular football captain to help her drop that DUFF moniker. Hilarity ensues, there’s lots of kissing, and it all wraps up for a seriously fun movie. The movie tones it down on some of the things that occur in the book but it makes sense.

And the movie is SERIOUSLY funny. I laughed out loud several times. It was refreshing and fun to see a romance build between characters in a really hilarious way. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell have incredible chemistry on screen and they work together to create a very believable and VERY funny romance, which just creates an incredibly amusing movie. I also like that they keep the sort of dirty jokes and swearing that is so prevalent in the books, since you’re in Bianca’s mind. It fits in the movie and it keeps true to the characters that Kody created.

In the end, what is really important about this movie, what really made me like it so much was that it kept the essence of the story that Kody created: its not about the labels that we create, especially the DUFF. Bianca spends the entire story obsessed with being the DUFF, and trying to break out of the mold just to figure out that its okay to be the DUFF, because we all are. There is always going to be someone prettier and smarter and more talented than us. We’re always going to find someone better than us, but we have to find that confidence in ourselves and that’s what makes us special. They took that from the book and made it a huge part of the movie and I was really happy about that.

There was a line in the movie, I can’t remember exactly, I’ll have to make note of it when I see it in theaters, but Bianca’s mom says something along the lines of “You’re a weirdo but its okay” and that really stood out to me. Its okay to be a weirdo because someone out there is going to LOVE the weirdo in you or me or anyone!

Rating: 

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Bottom Line: 

The bottom line is this: the movie is SUPER funny, incredibly sweet and definitely one that I’ll see once it hits theaters and one that I definitely want on my shelves when it hits the stores many months from now. I encourage you all to go see it, not just because its a great movie but every YA movie needs as much support as possible. Remember guys, if we don’t get to the theaters and support those YA adaptations, they’re going to stop making them and we won’t see them anymore. So head out to the theaters on February 20th and enjoy this super fun movie :)

Ontario Teen Book Fest 2015 Authors Revealed!

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My favorite event is JUST around the corner and I am bursting with excitement to finally release the list of authors that will attending.

The Ontario Teen Book Fest will be taking place Saturday, viagra March 21st from 9:30 am to 5 pm at Colony High School. More details of events, information pills and all of that will come in February as I host the Ontario TBF blog tour! Yay!

Check out their official website here.

For now, viagra its time to announce all the AMAZING authors that will be in attendance this year. Brace yourselves!

Make sure to click their names to head to their website, to find out more about the authors and their books!

Jessica Brody

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Anna Carey

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Cecil Castellucci 

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Debra Driza

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Katie Finn (Morgan Matson)

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Maurene Goo

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Claudia Gray 

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Aaron Hartzler 

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Jessica Khoury

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Melissa Landers

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Shannon Messenger

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Lauren Miller

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Elizabeth Ross

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Sherri Smith 

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Mary Elizabeth Summer

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Kasie West

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Also included in this WONDERFUL list of attending authors are the three moderator/authors that will be in attendance as well:

Gretchen McNeil

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Catherine Linka

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Brad Gottfred 

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I’m SO excited about this year’s list of authors and I canNOT wait for this event. I hope you all can join me in March! Stay tuned for more as the blog tour, and giveaways and all sorts of fun stuff comes in the future!

Author Spotlight and Interview: Bethany Hagen

Today I’m spotlighting an author that I’m VERY excited to be spotlighting. Bethany Hagen is a debut author, for sale whose novel, visit this  Landry Park, information pills  is hitting bookshelves all over the place and is definitely getting talked about. I saw the book on shelves at Barnes and Noble and Mysterious Galaxy and I kept noticing it. It’s dark cover, and interesting title kept jumping out at me. And guys, I have a book buying problem. So it ended up in a pile of books that I bought on one trip and I went home to read it.

And I loved it. While I’ve been mostly avoiding dystopian and the like because of my own hard work at writing my sci-fi novel right now, this book was beautiful and the characters incredibly compelling and I was definitely one satisfied reader at the end of the novel.

I knew I had to get Bethany on What A Nerd Girl Says. So I did! She’s incredibly sweet and answered a few questions for me, so let’s take the time now to get to know her!

About Bethany Hagen: 

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Bethany Hagen is the debut author of the dystopian novel, Landry Park. She loves to drink coffee and do karate with her husband, but she’s quick to assure us, not at the same time. According to her website, “I’ve been a model for a painter, stung by a sting-ray, stuck in a coma, and I used to dress up as a 1904 schoolmarm, but I got paid for it, so it’s not weird”. She also has a day job as a librarian, which makes this pizza delivery driver quite jealous. She’s also QUITE good at utilizing GIFs to their best ability on her blog.

You can Find her at:

Twitter / Good Reads / Website / Blog

About Her Books: 

Landry Park

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In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

To read my review of Landry Park, click this link.

Interview with Bethany

 

Nerd Girl: What was the inspiration for Landry Park? Why was it important to you to tell this story? 

Bethany: The inspiration actually came from the city I live in and grew up in, Kansas City, Missouri. Working at a local history museum, I got to see exhibits and artifacts from the Gilded Age and the Edwardian Era–gowns and operas and garden parties. I also got to see fun Cold War era gadgets and pictures, relics from an age when people are both thrilled and terrified by the potential of nuclear technology. All of this added in with Kansas City’s historic (and very much still present) problem with poverty jostling next to unimaginable wealth, the story sort of came together on its own.

Nerd Girl: In Landry Park, Madeline struggles between the doubts she has about the way her world is run and the comfort she feels in her privileged lifestyle. How was this important to Madeline as a character and where she inevitably ends up in the end of the book?

Bethany: With Landry Park, I wanted to make sure that nothing was too easy for Madeline. Changing your entire worldview is hard. Like intensely hard work. Much harder than choosing between two rakish boys with dimpled cheeks and tousled hair. And in many dystopian novels, I think it’s fairly straightforward for heroines to accept that the world they once viewed as perfect is actually run by diabolical Goldfinger-types who want to blow up the moon. I didn’t want that for Madeline. I wanted her to struggle, to make mistakes, to feel weighted with guilt and uncertainty.

Nerd Girl: your novel has a lot of themes that are familiar to a young adult: romance, responsibility, family loyalty, commitment, rebellion and more. What is something you hope your readers get out of your novel once they’ve read it? 

Bethany: I hope readers feel like it’s okay not to be perfect. I hope that Madeline shows that it’s okay to falter and fumble and still find your way through at the end.

Nerd Girl: What are some of your own favorite books to read? Were they inspiration for your own writing career?

Bethany: Jane Eyre and Lord of the Rings were my perennial favorites, along with the works of Jane Austen and Gone with the Wind. They are absolutely inspirations for me — Austen, Bronte and Mitchell have this way of playing settings and characters off one another in a manner that I can only dream of doing (…but I try anyway). And I think my life’s goal is to write something as epic as LOTR. Or at least something that requires multiple appendices.

Nerd Girl: What can you tell us about what you are working on for the future? 

Bethany: I’m currently working on editing the sequel for Landry Park (working title Landry Park II: Landry Parkier.) I’ve also been working on a YA Sci-Fi, a YA horror and a NA gothic during my free time. I would love to eventually write in every genre. (Except self-help. My self-help book would be like Step One: Drink More. Step Two: Sweatpants. Step Three: Internet until the pain goes away.)

Nerd Girl: What sort of advice/insight do you think an aspiring author should know that doesn’t get said enough?

Bethany: Step One: Drink More. Step Two: Sweatpants. Step Three: Internet until the pain goes away.

Just kidding! (mostly)

Nerd Girl: This is kind of a fun question that I ask everyone I interview: who is your fictional crush and why? 

Bethany: Oh, the usual suspects: Edward Rochester, Darcy, Aragorn. My most recent fictional crush has been Gansey from The Raven Boys. Or maybe Stephen from Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London books. I have a soft spot for cops and British accents, so Stephen really nails the center of that Venn diagram for me.

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Thank you SO much to Bethany for answering these questions and having AWESOME answers, and for being part of this What A Nerd Girl Says spotlight.

For the rest of you, make sure to click the links above to learn more about Bethany and get your butt out to a bookstore to pick up Landry Park!

Happy Reading!