Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Descendents

I read many more books that are made into movies than I actually see the movies.  But I definitely want to see this movie...mainly because Shailene Woodley, who plays the part of the main character's recovering-addict daughter, is an amazing actress.  She's the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a TV series I'm going through on Netflix.

I was also attracted to this novel because it's set in Hawaii and we spent a winter there about twenty years ago.  Just reading those Hawaiian names made me smile.

Matt King is a direct descendent of Hawaiian royalty and he has to make the painful decision of who to sell his inherited land to. 

He also has another heart-breaking decision to make.  His wife was in a boating accident and is lying in a coma.  He has to decide when to pull the plug.  In the mean time, he has to learn how to be a dad.  His wife had always done most of the parenting and, now, he must be a role model for his two daughters: Alex, learning how to live without drugs, and Scottie, his impressionable ten-year-old.

Great characters.  Great location.  Great plot.  I guess you can tell I loved this book!


Darlene said...

This is one book I want to read and I want to see the movie too. I'd rather read the book first but sometimes I don't get that far. I saw The Help and haven't read the book yet. Lol

Anya said...

I like your idea about read first and watch later. This book's story looks amazing. I will try to read it urgently.

Literary Feline said...

I don't know why I didn't know this was a book. I am glad you liked it, Linda! I haven't seen the movie yet but think I will try and find the book first. The movie is supposed to be really good.