I have fond memories of this book. I read it while I was in advanced training in the Army. I even remember a Drill Sergeant seeing it in my locker and asking me what in the world I was doing in the military when I read things like that. (That’s not to say that today’s military doesn’t read, just that this particular kind of book falls out of the norm for someone you’d see in training.)
When the movie came out last year I was so excited to see it … but didn’t. You know, money, work, school, raising a child … oh, and writing … and I just couldn’t get out there to see it. But I found it in the store yesterday and snatched it up.
Needless to say my four-year-old wasn’t all that into it, but I figured I’d suffered through a gazillion hours of Cars 2 and Monster’s Inc. to deserve this little reprieve.
And I loved it.
I understand that they can’t fit everything in the book into a neatly packaged 2 hour film, but they did a really good job of putting the core elements of the story up there. I’m not going to give any spoilers or anything like that, but I am going to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a “big girl” story, showing us the restraint needed to respect ourselves and the hope of something better for when we do.