Once Upon a Bookshelf – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy Review

A New Hope - The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (Star Wars: Episode IV)A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Star Wars is everywhere these days. Movies, clothes, TV shows, cereal, and of course, books.

“The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy” is the original Star Wars story, but told a different way. Not only do you follow the adventures we all know and love, but you get to see it from three different perspectives. If you couldn’t guess by the title, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker tell this tale.

I obviously won’t bore you with the details of the story (we should all know if by now), but there are a few things in this book that I absolutely loved.

First of all, the reader gets to see inside the minds of the main characters. I love the way that Leia talks to herself about being more than a princess. She wants to make a difference for the lives of her people. She also speaks about her mother, father, and aunts, all of whom she is trying to live up to.

Han, surprisingly, has a soft side (mostly for his best bud, Chewy). Did you know Chewy was married? Neither did I, but apparently he’s working hard with Han to support his family. I would love to have a movie where we learn more about the beginnings of the most famous Wookie in the world!

Luke is just a kid from a farm trying to be taken seriously. Sure, he’s flown his own speeder on his home planet of Tatooine, but a rebel ship? Not so much. Something else we learn, thanks to this book, is that Luke’s ability behind the wheel was tested officially before he was just thrown into space with the rest of the crew. Actually, he aced the test thanks to his training from none other than Ben Kenobi. WE also get to see his relationship with Biggs (you know, that friend he bumps into right before takeoff).

Not only was the storytelling great, but also I loved that they used quotes directly from the movie. I seriously couldn’t help but smile at moments like that. I mean, I would have been really disappointed if they didn’t mention, “Don’t tell me the odds!”

The pictures in the book were also amazing! They look pencil drawn, almost as if the book were parts of the characters journals or something.

The biggest thing that I noticed that was missing from the book was Darth Vader. Well, he wasn’t missing, but he definitely wasn’t the center of the book. In fact, I’m pretty sure he was only seen in one chapter.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with kids (or without) that want a deeper understanding of the Star Wars world. It helped me a lot with the names I always have trouble remembering or understanding (let’s be honest, some of the names and places are confusing).

I gave this book 5/5.

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Resolutions for 2017

My sister and I are all about reaching goals. Every Sunday, we text each other what our goals for the week are. Usually it involves how many times we want to work out and making sure we wait until Friday to get fancy coffee from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme before work. I am usually one to write down my yearly resolutions, but this year I want to make it public so people can call me on it.

Here are my resolutions for 2017:

  1. I’m going to read at least 25 books.
  2. I’m going to work out at least 3 times per week.
  3. I’m going to get back to the weight that I was when Bud and I started dating.
  4. I will not buy things impulsively and I’ll save all the money I can.
  5. I will not eat out unless I’m with friends for special occasions.
  6. I will write in my blog at least twice a week.
  7. I will finish editing “Henry Halpert vs. Darkness” and “Jake and the Search for a Hero”
  8. I’m going to pass my PLT and also my Praxis II in English.
  9. I’m going to read or finish the following book series:
    • The Chronicles of Narnia
    • Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
    • The Lord of the Rings
  10. I will create a habit of happiness.

What are your resolutions?

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