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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Review: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - Book & Movie

There's Someone Inside Your House
by Stephanie Perkins

A big thanks to Penguin Teen & Dutton for this gifted book and being a part of the watch party for the Netflix adapted movie!

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 26, 2017
Paperback
320 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller

It's been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she's still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.

My Book & Movie Review:

Oh hello there.  Did you say young adult, horror and thriller? How could I EVER say no to this?  I'm not sure why I missed reading this when it first came out but am happy to have had the opportunity right before the Netflix movie watch with @PenguinTeen.  I literally finished the book 43 minutes before watch time! 🤣 And so... let me break it down for you...

The book was just ok for me.  It didn't feel like horror and more like a dark thriller with romance qualities.  Now, I get it's basically a slasher so I understand why it was put in the horror realm... it just doesn't ooze off the pages, if you know what I mean.  I felt it was less about the murders and more about Makani and Ollie - which I did enjoy their arc tbh.  And with this being centered, I also appreciated that their relationship wasn't instalove and didn't feel forced.  But going back to the murderous parts of the book... I enjoyed some of the scenes but once we got to the reveal and reasoning behind it... sorry but meh.  Did not work for me at all.

Now... the movie - this is a rare case where I felt the movie was much better than the book.  While a LOT of things deviated from the book (like A LOT), I enjoyed that it felt VERY YA but also was much creepier and definitely much more horror than the book allowed.  They could've at least given Ollie the pink hair he deserved though, y'all.  I mean, come on! But hell, what can I say... I love these kinds of movies so bravo, Netflix! 

What I enjoyed about both... the diversity.  Thank you for making a diverse cast and for it not being centered around the typical popular woe-is-me clique.  I actually wouldn't mind seeing Makani's background being made into a movie with what she went through.  I somehow was more interested than this than anything.. in the book anyways.

Honestly, take it for what it's worth.  If you want something light to read that defies logic at times, definitely take a stab at the book (see what I did there?) but if you want something a bit darker and a fun horror movie, grab some popcorn and turn it on.

Book: ★★☆
Movie: ★★★☆


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