The Book vs the Movie: How to Deal



Book written by Sarah Dessen, 2003
Movie directed by Clare Kilner, 2003

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Rule #1: There are no rules

Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out for yourself, things get turned upside down. Families change. Lives end. New lives begin. And love sneaks up on you when you least expect it. The trick is finding that one person you can always count on, that one person who will throw out the rules and help you figure out how to deal with it all.

Here, from acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, are two books about girls who stick together and manage to get it right — the two books that served as inspiration for the film How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Read them, and you’ll see where Halley and Scarlett’s story began. The two books are “Someone Like You” and  “That Summer.”


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Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More character depth, liked the characters better, more plot. Though I admit that I did like Someone Like You better than That Summer.

Things the Movie Did Better: Liked it, but not as well as the book. I did love the cast, romantic lead, and Scarlett. But as much as I adore Mandy Moore, I didn’t like her character in the movie as much as I did in the book.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: The book just did a better job with mostly everything.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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