I Finished It – The Hunger Games!

SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT – SPOILER ALERT

Bailey here –

Wow, I’ve never read a book quite like The Hunger Games before. Now I have to read Chasing Fire and Mockingjay. I was addicted to Hunger Games even while I was appalled at the way human beings were treated. The hunger, pain and desolation most of the people lived with day in and day out was staggering. It made me very thankful for my family, my home and my life. It also made me realize I have no real problems.

I loved Katniss from the beginning, but fell all the more in love with her as she showed her courage, cleverness and will to survive – in addition to the compassion she showed to Peeta and Rue. Rue has a special place in my heart, and I loved how Katniss stayed with her, sang to her, and decorated her with flowers.

I absolutely loved Cinna and I want to know his story. Why did he pick District 12, why is he so different from everyone else in the Capital, and how did he develop such compassion?

The most horrific part of the story for me was the mutations. Not only did these Tributes have to die again, but their families and friends had to watch them die again, too. How utterly disgusting and wicked of the Capital.

But now The Hunger Games is going to be made into a movie! Jennifer Lawrence has been chosen to play Katniss. I think she looks like a good Katniss in the picture above. Lenny Kravitz has been chosen to play Cinna, and I can’t wait to see what he does with the part.

Liam Hemsworth is going to play Gale – WOW. Josh Hutcherson is going to play Peeta – NICE. And oh my gosh, Woody Harrelson is going to play Haymitch – did not picture him this way. But he’ll be good. Alexander Ludwig will play Cato – WAY too cute to play Cato. I don’t want to see him go the way he did. Ugh.

Check out the rest of the cast, as it stands, at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!!!

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The Hunger Games – Amazing Book

SPOILER ALERT – MAY GIVE AWAY THE HUNGER GAMES STORYLINES

Bailey here again –

I’m reading this amazing book and just had to write about it. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is the first book in The Hunger Games dystopian trilogy. Catching Fire is book #2 and Mockingjay is book #3.

  • Dystopian fiction  –  a futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state. Has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we are, this will be the consequence. A dystopian society is often characterized by widespread poverty and brutal political controls such as a large military-like police.

I just started The Hunger Games, but I already love Katniss – the main character. She’s strong, resourceful and courageous. And her story is heartbreaking. I pride myself on being a strong teenage girl, but Katniss blows me out of the water.

Katniss lost her beloved dad when she was eleven years old. Then her mom went into a severe, debilitating depression. It fell to Katniss to feed and take care of her younger sister, Prim, as well as herself and her mother. Not an easy task in a town where almost everyone is starving and desperate for food.

The grief of losing her father still slams Katniss in her quiet moments. And her anger at her mother for abandoning Prim and herself when they needed her the most seethes just below the surface.

But Katniss loves Prim more than anything in the world. More than herself. She absolutely adores Prim and will do anything to protect, feed and clothe her. Even if it’s illegal in the unforgiving, dictatorship society in which she lives. Even if it means putting her life in immediate and brutal danger.

What I don’t understand is how Katniss AND Peeta are going to make it out of the Hunger Games alive. If there’s a Team Peeta and a Team Gale, then Peeta must survive, right?

My heart aches for Katniss.

Read more about The Hunger Games Trilogy on Suzanne Collins’ website: http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com

60’s Series Ford Mustangs – My Favorites!

Bailey here –

My favorite car in the whole world is the Ford Mustang. And the older the better. The 1960’s series Mustangs are the coolest, with their beautiful lines and throaty voices. There’s flat out no other car that looks – or sounds – that good. Yes, I’m a girl, but my heart thumps when I see one of these beauties driving down the road.

Ford released the first Mustang at the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. That first Mustang is lovingly known as the 1964 1/2. What followed was the most successful car launch in history – 22,000 Mustangs sold in the first week, and over a million Mustangs sold in the first two years. As far as I’m concerned, the best-looking Mustangs were made from 1964 through 1969. They come in a coupe, convertible, or a fastback. I can’t make up my mind which I love most.

The first car I ever drove was a gorgeous ’67 coupe with a custom maroon paint job. It had dual black racing stripes that ran down the hood, around and along the doors, and up and over the trunk. Oh, it was something. I wish I had a picture to share, but I don’t. I don’t even know where that car is now, but I hope she has a good home.

I don’t own a Mustang – YET. So I go around taking pictures of them whenever I see them. It’s a sickness, I know, but it’s fun and doesn’t cost anything. The pictures I share with you here were all taken by me. Now tell me they aren’t gorgeous!

The new Mustangs are cool, too, but I want an old one. My dad says I can’t have an old one because they need lots of maintenance. And they didn’t come with air conditioners, power steering, or air bags – some didn’t even have seat belts. What’s a young girl to do? What I’d really like is for Ford to make a new Mustang that is *really retro.* Then I could buy one in a few years.

I mean, Dodge did it with the Challenger. Look at those cool retro lines. Gorgeous. Come on, Ford! Step up to the plate and give us a new *retro* Mustang. They would sell. Oh, yes, they would sell!