**Caution: spoiler alert**
Genre: YA, Chick Lit
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was one of the rare times where I watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie! So of course, I went out and bought the book the next day!
Just like any book to film adaptation, changes were made to the fit the movie.
Film: Will didn’t have a relationship with her mom growing up. Her aunt Lucy took that role.
Book: Will and her mom are complete opposites and have different views, but have a relationship throughout the whole story. In fact, Rosie helps Will where she can.
He was a pretty important character in the book and helps Will through some of her struggles! I’m not sure why they cut his character from the movie.
Again, another character they took out in the movie but had a big role in the book.
Book: Bo struggles with his feelings for Will throughout the novel and has a hard time articulating how he feels for her at first. He wasn’t as likeable in the book in my opinion.
Film: It was clear without saying, how Bo felt for Willowdean. You could see it in his eyes and gestures.
Book: Not only was she tall and blond, but the loss of her virginity & friendship with Callie explain the true fallout between her and Will
Film: El has brown hair. The strain in her relationship with Will happens later on during the pageant and is very minor compared to the book.
Book: The hideaway took a bit of a back seat in the book.
Film: This was my favourite part in the movie and had a much larger role. I think they did an amazing job at highlighting Dolly Parton Night.
Book: There were times where Will really annoyed & pissed me off. I get that she has insecurities, but she’s afraid to tell the people she supposedly cares about how she’s feeling and is self sabotaging.
Film: Will’s character has a bit of a stronger personality. She’s not as afraid to speak her mind. I liked her more in the movie!
The ending kinda leaves you hanging, but overall, I really enjoyed the book! We get an indepth look into Will’s relationship with her mother and her insecurities about her weight. There were some major differences from the movie! So if you haven’t read the book, don’t write it off just yet. I’d still recommend it 😊
Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What did you think??