Book/Movie Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Before I begin let me say this: I'm no literary expert. I have no formal education in literature and such. I just love reading - all different types of genres: fiction, spiritual/faith-based, self-help, autobiography, mostly everything except horror! I love how you can escape to a new world through a book or movie. I love the inspiration I feel - that I can hope for such experiences of the characters or restore belief that I can do anything or become anyone I want to be. 

I’ve read hundreds of books and after reading the really good ones, I’d sometimes call a friend and go on and on about how great it was.. this next book and movie (so glad they made it into a movie!) were one of those so I thought I’d share it with you. However, I’m not into longggg reviews, so expect all of mine to be short (and hopefully great)!

So the book/movie I want to talk about today is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyI absolutely loved both the movie and the book. I found the movie first and fell I love with it, then I watched the movie again and after that I had some free time (no school!) so I read the book! The entire book was about letters that were exchanged among the characters, and from that the story was told! Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (the authors) did an amazing job! I found it informative, charming and inspiring.

Informative because I learned a bit of the German occupation on the island. Everyone knows about Hitler and the German war, and I have read a tiny bit about it but it was eye-opening to fall in love with characters amid their hardship of the war and how it affected them and their families well after it was over. 

Charming because I wish I could visit and smell the fresh air atop the mountains and see the bright green landscape (because I saw the movie  I have to admit that it helped with imagining the island of Guernsey, although the book did a good job). It seems cosy and secluded and peaceful. Somewhere to recuperate and refocus, to dream and inspire oneself. And best of all it's a British film! How I love the British accent! (My close friends know that I'm British inside.. LOL)

Inspiring because like the main character Juliet Ashton, I love writing. In the book/movie she was having somewhat of a hard time figuring out what she should write of next. She had trouble getting an idea for her next book. I identified with her because I love writing but these days I'm not sure what to write about. I completely believe that the right idea is everything, but it isn't coming at the moment. So just to read of that was encouraging because writers everywhere go through this at some point or the other (yea I just called myself a 'writer', why is it so hard?), thus rendering me completely normal.. I think. 

I greatly recommend this book and movie. I've seen the movie about 3 or 4 times already, and I'm certain it's one of those that I will continue to watch! It's one I get lost in..

Now for my ratings: I'd give it an 8/10!

If you read the book or watch the movie please let me know what you think! Do you have any recommendations for me? Please let me know!
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