Wednesday, February 22, 2017

*Book Movie Match-up* #BeatThe Backlist - Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Book Published: September 13, 2012
Pages: 300
Genre: YA Fiction

Movie Premiered: July 27, 2016
Length: 1 hour, 36 minutes
Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Emily Meade



Vee doesn't know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever's behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it's easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it's thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?


Big Brother meets The Hunger Games in Nerve by Jeanne Ryan.

I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This book completely sucked me in. Like I was legit supposed to be proofreading a book, but I put it off for a day just so I could plow through Nerve. And I needed that. Reading was starting to feel way too much like a chore and this book renewed me. 

The story was intense and exciting, which is strange because the dares weren't really that dangerous, at least not at first. Like they are absolutely the kinds of things that I would agree to do when drinking and playing truth or dare with my friends. But I was so deep in Vee's head that her emotions were my emotions. It helped some that Vee is an introverted wallflower type, much like me. Still, I was just as nervous as Vee was about dumping a cup of water over my head in the middle of a coffee shop (yeah, that was really one of the dares.)

When Vee reached the finals, things got more intense and felt more dangerous. The addition of five more players contributed to the intensity greatly. There was much more animosity from the new players than we'd been exposed to up to that point, and the situation started to feel legitimately dangerous.

I was also totally shipping Vee and Ian for most of the story, although that made me feel a bit sorry for Tommy, but only for a minute. There are a few reasons why I don't feel too sorry for Tommy. The least of which is that I'm working on not expecting women to date guys just because they're nice to them, even fictional women.

Overall I give Nerve 5 out of 5 stars. 

Alright, so the movie is basically nothing like the book, like at all. About the only thing that is the same is that Vee is playing a game where she gets rewards for completing dares that she receives through her phone. That's where the similarities end. I'm serious. 

But the changes were not a bad thing overall. I mean a girl having to dump a cup of water over her head in a coffee shop would not really make for good cinematography, and it would inspire a lot less nervous energy in the audience because in the movie we're not so much in her head. I even actually liked how the movie made it easier for other characters to take part in the game prior to the finals. It added a fun element to the story.

So the movie was exciting, but in a different way than the book. The book was much more cerebral excitement. The movie was more action packed excitement, so much more visually appealing, you know, like you expect from a movie. As an adaptation, the movie gets an F, but it gets an A- on it's own merit. I thoroughly enjoyed it in spite of all the differences between the book and movie. I can actually recommend watching the movie even after reading the book, and that doesn't happen often. - Katie

About the Author

I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.

These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.

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