Yes, that blog post title sucks, but I just couldn’t bring myself to title it Winning! like I really wanted to.
I’m happy to announce the winner of the e-book of the Zellie Wells trilogy is Brenda Demko! Yay, Brenda!
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So, I went to see Young Adult yesterday. (Pardon the segway, I was up very late last night with my wheezing daughter…and I had a hard time putting down the book I’m reading . Bad combo!) I wanted to see this movie the second I discovered it existed because it’s written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman- the Juno team. I totally loved Juno and could care less if it’s not cool to like Juno anymore.
Besides that, I had a few other reasons for wanting to see it. I really dig Patton Oswalt – he’s so funny and truthful – I just think he needs to be in all movies. He did not disappoint in Young Adult. I also, obviously, wanted to see it because it’s about a YA author. Lastly, I’ll admit there was a bit of a nostalgia thing going for me – the characters are my age and I wanted to see if they knew what they were doing yet. Like going to a high school reunion at someone else’s school.
In a nutshell, Young Adult is about Mavis Gary, an author who ghost writes a Sweet Valley High-type series. Mavis’ life is in the crapper and she goes home to Mercury, Minnesota after being gone for a long time to win back her high school sweetheart, Buddy – who happens to be married and has a new daughter.
We’re supposed to hate Mavis, she’s in Charlize Theron’s body after all. She’s also an alcoholic and her emotions are in arrested development. She’s that popular girl who said hi to you once in the girls bathroom and asked for a stick of gum. You’ll always remember it and she forgot it while it was happening. Mavis disses her hometown, disses her parents and generally doesn’t care how her actions affect anyone around her.
Like I said, we’re supposed to hate her. We’re supposed to think, “Ha ha popular chick, welcome to the real world.”
But I didn’t. I actually had a lot of empathy for her. I got that juxtaposition between having high school be your glory days and having those glory days take place in a town you couldn’t wait to get out of. I understood why she would dwell on the past. For me, as a young adult writer, your head is in that space more than most people. You can’t help but have a hard time adjusting to adulthood because you spend a lot of time “pretending” you’re still seventeen.
You’re also used to rewriting your history a little bit in your books, so I found it believable that Mavis thought she could go back home and rewrite the ending to her teenage love affair.
Anyway, I don’t have much more to say about it. It’s a good movie and I recommend you all see it, but it’s not sunshine and rainbows. It depressed me in a weird, self-reflective way that I’m sure is not a normal reaction.
The strangest thing, after I went to see Young Adult, I picked my kids up at my parents house and they’d gotten into a box of my stuff in their garage. My son handed me a scrap of cloth, which turned out to be the front of this guy’s skateboarding t-shirt I’d had up on my bulletin board since the 8th grade.
I don’t know what to do with it. I can’t throw it away.
For a real review of Young Adult go here.