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The Center of Everything

My second Goodreads free book giveaway! We were able to get to the beach this week and are lucky to have family who lives on a beautiful, noncrowded beach within driving distance. One day we were literally the only people on the beach. But I had plenty of time to fly through this book on the beach and on the drive back.

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison is definitely a slower pace, which was different since I am used to reading thriller/suspense and historical fiction that have a lot of action. So although it’s good to switch it up something, it still felt slow and boring at times. Polly, the main character, had a recent head trauma in an accident and has a big week. It’s a holiday week in July during which she is also hosting a huge family party. Her head injury makes it difficult to focus but also brings about memories from childhood in much more vivid detail than usual. And those memories bring about a lot of questions leading up to the family party and seeing so many family members. There is also a bit of a mystery as a secondary story since in the same week, a local girl, who babysits for Polly, goes missing on the river.

Overall the story was fine, but definitely not my usual read. It rambled on at times and jumped from one thought to another, which was maybe on purpose to reflect the main character’s current state of mind. I think my giveaway copy was an early release, so check it out when it’s released! Also not sure how the title fits in – she mentions ‘the center of everything’ once in the book but I can’t remember what it was in reference to…maybe her mother? Her family? If I don’t know after reading the whole book, perhaps a different title would have been better.

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I am positive this is the MOST intense movie I have ever watched. At least in Titanic there were happy and light parts. I don’t remember hearing about The Impossible when it came out in 2012. And I have no idea how it ended up on my Netflix queue. But here it arrived in my mail!

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor portray a family with 3 sons who are vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the massive tsunami hit. Do not watch this movie if you have a weak stomach or while you are eating (as I mistakingly did). It was at least 30 minutes of spiked blood pressure and tears. ¬†Also don’t watch if you don’t like crying. And it is not a good date movie.

BUT it was really good. This is a real family who was caught in the tsunami. It’s always harder to watch these movies, knowing that it was an actual event. And although we will never completely understand what these people experienced, this movie is a very dramatic and I’m guessing a somewhat accurate portrayal. It all did seems to happen very quickly – which I’m guessing was maybe not the case during a major disaster – then again, maybe it did all happen quickly! I’ll have to research the true story. I cannot describe the emotions I experienced throughout this movie. I don’t want to give anything away – but I highly recommend this movie if you think you can handle it.