I reviewed the book a great while back and recently had the privilege of watching the movie. And then decided this little story was definitely worth chatting about! :)
The book is fabulous, but the movie.....oh wow! Talk about excellent casting. Bryce and Juli were wonderful, just as I'd imagined.
Watching these two grow up and figure life (and each other) out (the hard way sometimes) is such fun! The tree incident which beautifully comes around again, the supper at Juli's house, Juli's eggs, Bryce's grandpa, Juli's uncle.....seriously, there was not one bad scene or one bad actor in this movie! They all seem to really enjoy their characters and truly understand their motivations and who they are. I quite realize that I'm gushing, but you just need to watch it for yourself and then you'll see!
Plot Summary: Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things: the sanctity of trees (especially her beloved sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and that someday she will kiss Bryce Loski. Ever since she saw Bryce's baby blues back in second grade, Juli has been smitten. Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same. Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little weird--after all, what kind of freak raises chickens and sits in trees for fun? Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Bryce begins to see that Juli's unusual interests and pride in her family are, well, kind of cool. And Juli starts to think that maybe Bryce's brilliant blue eyes are as empty as the rest of Bryce seems to be. After all, what kind of jerk doesn't care about other people's feelings about chickens and trees?
The really fun part? Is that you get the story told from both Bryce's perspective and Juli's perspective. We see how very differently each of them viewed certain situations. And how vastly they misunderstand one another.
But the journey of them finding and understanding each other is fun to watch! I was quite impressed with these young actors and their characters are ones I won't be forgetting anytime soon. Have you seen it? What did you think? :)