Several times I saw that title in one bookstore in Soetta Airport along with other titles by the same author, Jodi Picoult. I was in between the eagerness to buy it or not because in fact, I still have several titles which I haven’t got the chance to read. So, I didn’t buy that book or any other book for the moment.
I have to admit that I’m always moved by story which describes struggles, stumbles, falls, ups and downs of people (and in this movie, it’s the struggle of a family and a teenage girl who is diagnosed with leukemia). I cannot imagine life with that kind of lethal disease frowning at me with its scary fangs. I never know (and NEVER have any intention of finding out) if I could be strong and hopeful in that kind of situation. So, I am thankful that I am healthy as a cow right now (although coughing and fever symptoms sometimes scratch on my days along the way). Anyway, I really do look up on people who fight their life even though they know that their life will never be the same when the doctor gives up the I-am-sorry-to-tell-you news.
The movie itself is carried away relatively well by the combination of strong casts such as Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin (the last one is a fresh talent who, if she’s not getting into any trouble, will shine quite as bright as Dakota Fanning, in my opinion). The flow was steady with some flashbacks in several scenes, although I thought this movie could hit me more (on my melancholic side). The dying girl, Kate, is played brilliantly enough by whoever that actress is. The sense of desperation and it’s-better-if-I-die-and-stop-causing-more-pain-to-myself-and-my-family is brought quite clear by that girl. The conflicts happening in that family also spice up the plot of the movie (if the movie is translated in accordance with the book, I guess I should read Jodi Picoult’s books) and show this movie isn’t only about the struggle of Kate alone. In conclusion, I have to say that it’s worth watching (if you like a movie which pictures the bitter truth about life and struck of disease that will bring you down to zero).
Well, I guess that’s all for now.