As promised after my review of The Book Thief, I read The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings in no time at all AND watched the movie this weekend-so you get the treat of 2 reviews in 1! I’m really not the best at summarizing books and explaining why I liked or didn’t like them (maybe this is why English was always my least favorite of classes), but I do read a lot and want to share my thoughts on the books to the best of my ability.
First off I will say that I don’t think there has ever been a movie that I liked more than the book-Twilight, Marley and Me, Harry Potter, The Lincoln Lawyer, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo….its just impossible to translate all the details you get from the book into a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, but reading the books first and then watching the movies as a complement to the books is the way to go.
The Descendants was no different. However, they did a really, really good job on the movie and I thoroughly enjoyed both-George Clooney was just amazing, as usual! I think what I liked most about the story is that it just seemed so real (aside from the multi-million dollar piece of land they own in Hawaii). The characters, the events, I just kept expecting to look back at the cover and read “based on a true story”. You really felt the pain and struggles the characters were going through and in some way could relate those issues back to your own life. Teenage angst, friendship, loss of a loved one, following through on what you believe in….these are just little snippets of “themes” I found to be prominent throughout the story. Not the biggest pick-me-up of a story, but well worth the read and the watch-The Descendants gets a solid 4 out of 5 stars from me!