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Hannah Both Ways by Rosie Greenway
A devastating Twitter prank yanks Hannah out of the popular crowd and turns her into the high school’s best bad joke. Determined to finish the year and graduate, Hannah must keep the humiliating details from her impulsive mother—who just might pack up their belongings and move. Again.
Hannah hovers below the radar by submersing herself in a new routine. Post-it notes, Dewey Decimal numbers and carefully planned trips to the library are her refuge. That is, until a persistent new student invades her space. Lucas has complete disregard for Hannah’s cynicism and snark, and he seems to know the bullies who targeted her. Can Hannah trust him, or is he part of another ploy to torment her?
My top ten favourite movies!
10. The Sixth Sense
This film stands out for me simply because of that “no way…” moment at the end. It holds up to second and third viewings, and I’m a fan of the way M. Knight Shyamalan pays homage to his predecessors like Alfred Hitchcock in his use of camera angles and shots to achieve certain effects.
9. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
When I need a Jane Austen fix and don’t have time to read, I always turn to Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. I’ve re-watched this film so many times, I think I’ve committed Emma Thompson’s brilliant screenplay to memory. And really, with Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise along for the ride, you can’t go wrong! (The score is beautiful, too…)
8. The Usual Suspects
This is a film I need to re-watch soon. I’ve almost forgotten the twist at the end, so now would be a good time. J I remember being utterly blown away by Kevin Spacey’s masterful acting.
7. The Graduate
A classic film with an amazing soundtrack. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft are simply brilliant and the cinematography is stellar.
6. Life is Beautiful
I watched Schindler’s List when it first came out, and like many other people, I loved it and thought everyone ought to watch it at least once. I don’t think I could sit through it twice, though, whereas Life is Beautiful treats the Holocaust in an uplifting and inspiring way. I’ve watched it on repeat occasions and it always leaves me feeling hopeful instead of desolate.
I’m a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock. This film was one of the first movies I watched where I actually had an “aha moment” analyzing the set construction and props. Hitchcock truly was a master.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favourite book, and this film is the best book adaptation ever made, in my opinion. The cast of characters and the set design bring the book to life perfectly.
3. The Green Mile
What an inspiring adaptation of Steven King’s book! Tom Hanks’ performance is incredible, but the entire cast really delivers here. I get shivers and tears every time.
2. Edward Scissorhands
Of all of Tim Burton’s films, this is my favourite. Burton very cleverly explores themes of isolation, discrimination and belonging using what basically amounts to a fable. Johnny Depp’s performance—how he manages to communicate so much with so few words is remarkable. Danny Elfman’s score is spot on, too.
1. Shawshank Redemption
I’m not even sure I can articulate my love for this film. It’s profoundly moving and deeply satisfying—a film I never tire of watching.
About the Author
Rosie Greenway grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, and continues to live and work in the GTA with her husband and family. After spending her formative years public-school hopping, Rosie attended the University of Toronto, specializing in English literature. A former English teacher, Rosie now finds herself putting into practice the many lessons she used to impart to the students in her class room. While she has often turned to writing as a way to relax and unwind, Hannah Both Ways is her first foray into the world of Young Adult publishing.
When she isn’t writing, Rosie is an avid traveler, armchair film critic, enthusiastic foodie and voracious reader. She is a passionate literacy advocate and one of her greatest achievements is instilling in her daughter the joy of reading.
You can connect with Rosie on Twitter @Rosie_Greenway.
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