[BOOK] The Girl On The Train.

I’ve had this book for quite some time now and I’ve always wanted to read it ever since I got it. The premise looked interesting and I was simply curious so I decided to read it.

Here’s the description from the iTunes store:

girl-train-movie-detailsRachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

It is a psychological suspense thriller that would keep you guessing “Who did it?” until the end. Not only do the readers not know what happened to the missing person, the readers and also the main character (Rachel) do not know whether the she had anything to do with it. This is due to Rachel’s alcoholism which renders her completely unaware of what happens during her bouts of drunkenness.

I see a lot of comments around the web saying it is like “Gone Girl” and I disagree. Sure, some girl ends up “missing,” the characters are not to be trusted, but other than those, I don’t find any more similarities. They seem familiar but completely different. In my opinion, both stories are good because of the surprise elements. So if you want to be surprised, stop reading reviews about these 2 books and just go read. NOW!

I have not watched the movie adaptation of this book but I am excited how it would translate on screen. It stars Emily Blunt as the main character, Rachel. From the trailer, I thought Jess/Megan would be Jennifer Lawrence but apparently it’s Haley Bennet. They look very similar from the trailer. The trailer can be seen below but I suggest watching it only once you’ve read it. In my opinion, that’s the best way to read a book. It’s so much more satisfying.

NinthMelody rating: 8.5/10

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[MOVIE][BOOK] The Little Prince.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It’s 2017 and there are so many things to be excited about. I don’t know about you, but I sure am excited for the future.

Let me start off my first post by sharing my thoughts on my favorite animated movie that I watched last year (even though it was apparently released in 2015), THE LITTLE PRINCE.


little_princeFirst of all, this movie is too cute!! All the characters are lovable and most of all, the story has moral lessons all over. The animation is just top notch and simply mesmerizing. The first time I watched the trailer, I was dead set on watching out for it.

Prior to watching the movie, I must admit, I hadn’t read the book beforehand. In a way, it was great because everything was a surprise. I was a stranger to the whole storyline so I was in full attention while watching it. The Little Prince was so lovable and I wanted to actually meet such an innocent, kind-hearted soul.

The movie starts out with a little girl whose life is strictly planned out to the point that every hour of her summer is scheduled into a time table. Clearly, no child should be submitted to this kind of rigidity that they would lose the freedom to be just kids. The little girl, one day, meets her neighbor, an old man, who seems to have been an aviator in the past. He was clearly a man of adventure back in the old days and it could also be seen through his quirky house, the lone house in the whole neighborhood which had a distinct personality. The Aviator tells the Little Girl of the story about his encounter with the Little Prince in the Sahara desert back in the old days. From this point on, we hear the story of the Little Prince as written in the book (this I found out, after reading the book of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

I was never really introduced the story of The Little Prince when I was younger so imagine my surprise when I found out that this was such a classic story, normally given as a mandatory reading in schools. Obviously I thought it was a childish story but it definitely is not. It is a story both children and adults would surely appreciate and love. The philosophy behind it is advanced yet the storytelling is extremely basic to be understood even by children.

“The Little Prince” also touches on the concept of death which might sound a bit too dark for children but it is actually a good introduction for them. It was dealt with in such a way that might help children accept the fact that death is a natural concept and in the event that it occurs, the best way is to let go and move on. Sadness will always be a part of death but there is also the hope of peace and acceptance associated with it.

Here’s the trailer:

All in all, both the book and the movie were enjoyable in my opinion and it is something that should not be missed. It’s truly a classic that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults.

NinthMelody rating: BOOK – 9/10  | MOVIE  – 9/10