Recensie: This is kind of an epic love story

36203673Auteur: Kheryn Callender
Titel: This is kind of an epic love story
Genre: YA, contemporary
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9780062820242
Aantal pagina’s: 304
Gelezen: Februari 2019

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?
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Filmrecensie: Instant Family

Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Gustavo Quiroz, Isabela Moner, and Julianna Gamiz in Instant Family (2018)Director: Sean Anders
 Instant family
Drama, comedy
1h 58 min
Release datum: 
31 januari 2019
Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabella Moner
15 februari 2019

Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner, feeling a void in the marriage, visit a foster care center. Two social workers, Karen and Sharon, guide the hopeful parents on the steps to getting into becoming adoptive parents. The couples are brought to a fair where they have the chance to go up to kids that they are interested in adopting. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers, although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, but one of the teens, Lizzie, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens. Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking in Lizzie. The social workers inform the couple that Lizzie’s mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail, and she set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. It also turns out that Lizzie has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Although this seems like more of a challenge for Pete and Ellie, they agree to meet the siblings. Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie’s family, where they all make comments about never having confidence in the Wagners adopting kids. Ellie has enough and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents…
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Recensie: It only happens in the movies

34564400Auteur: Holly Bourne
Titel: It only happens in the movies
Genre: YA contemporary, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9781474921329
Aantal pagina’s: 410
Gelezen: februari 2019

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.  Lees verder

Recensie: Undercover princess

34042261Auteur: Connie Glynn
Titel: Undercover Princess
Serie: Rosewood Chronicles #1
Genre: YA, fantasy, schoolverhaal, chicklit, fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9780062847805
Aantal pagina’s: 448
Gelezen: Februari 2019

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.
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Recensie: Batman: Nightwalker


Auteur: Marie Lu
Titel: Batman: Nightwalker
Serie: DC Icons #2 (maar ieder deel is een andere superheld, dus standalone)
Genre: YA, superhelden
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9780399549786
Aantal pagina’s: 
Gelezen: Mei 2018

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
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Recensie: Hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren

32054220Auteur: Simone Atangana Bekono
Titel: Hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren
Genre: Poëzie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9789079571543
Aantal pagina’s: 42
Gelezen: december 2018

Simone Atangana Bekono studeerde in 2016 af aan Creative Writing ArtEZ met de bundel hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren. In samenwerking met Lebowksi Publishers geeft Wintertuin Uitgeverij deze bundeling van gedichten en brieven opnieuw uit. De bundel onderzoekt op beschouwende wijze het effect van sociale stempels rondom ras, gender en geslacht op de belevingswereld van individuen. In hoe de eerste vonken zichtbaar waren nodigt Simone de lezer uit te reflecteren op haar inlevingsvermogen, en maakt ze de noodzaak je te verbinden persoonlijker en aanweziger dan ooit.
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Recensie: Neem de titel serieus

41761211Auteur: Rodaan al Galidi
Titel: Neem de titel serieus
Genre: Poëzie
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9789491921490
Aantal pagina’s: 76
Gelezen: december 2018

‘Neem de titel serieus’ is een ode aan psychisch zieken en een troost voor losers. In deze dichtbundel laat Rodaan Al Galidi zien dat we allemáál psychisch ziek zijn, in een psychisch zieke wereld – en dat we allemaal doen alsof we het niet zijn. Ook dat ‘doen alsof’ is een psychische ziekte. Rodaan Al Galidi gaat daarmee in ‘Neem de titel serieus’ steeds verder, tot hij zelfs een adelaar als psychisch ziek bestempelt, en laat zien dat onze manier van denken reden genoeg tot een gedwongen opname is geworden.

Naast thema’s als liefde en eenzaamheid, die Rodaan Al Galidi vaak terug laat komen in zijn gedichten, gaat deze bundel vooral over relaties. De relatie van de ene mens tot de andere, van de mens tot zijn ouder, tot zijn familie, tot de maatschappij, tot de wereld. Van de mens tot zichzelf, van het hoofd tot het hart, van de droom tot de nachtmerrie. En dat alles ook vooral andersom.
‘Neem de titel serieus’ geeft een poëtische dimensie aan iets wat helemaal niet poëtisch is: het dagelijks leven.
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