Before Melissa headed back to college (for her last semester!) we finally went to see Mockingjay, the first part of the third installment of the Hunger Games series. I had heard so much about this movie before seeing it, mostly negative, that I wasn't really that excited. I had heard that without any hunger games involved, it wasn't that exciting and that the ending was strange. I have to admit, while I agree with both those reviews, I still liked the movie a lot and thought it was a very good representation of the book, which is much darker. And, the ending could have been so much better, just by stopping five minutes earlier, but it still made me want to go and see part two. Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss, is great as always.
The book, Everything I Never Told You, was recommended by Katie at Preppy Empty Nester and I was excited to read it, since our taste in books is similar. It was a marvelous first novel by the author and reminded me very much of The Lovely Bones. As a family tries to make sense of the death of their daughter and are torn apart by grief, you will be haunted by the secrets this young girl kept and the pressure she was under from both her parents. It is a cautionary tale of parents living their life through a child.