Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Jennifer Lawrence: Star of the Hunger Games by Katherine Krohn

Title: Jennifer Lawrence: Star of the Hunger Games
Author: Katherine Krohn
Genre: Biography
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Lerner Publications
Pages: 48
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Bookdepository
Read on February 22, 2012
My rating: 4 stars: I really like it
Summary: On March 17, 2011, social media channels buzzed with excitement. Fans of The Hunger Games had hotly debated which actors would bring their beloved characters to life in the upcoming movie. The movie's director, Gary Ross, had finally selected the lead character, Katniss. His pick: Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer started acting professionally in 2004 at age fourteen. But she quickly proved her major talent. For the 2008 movie The Burning Plain, she earned a best new young actress award at the Venice Film Festival. And for her performance in the 2010 movie Winter's Bone, Jennifer received nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The Hunger Games's author, Suzanne Collins, celebrated the selection of Katniss. "I never thought we'd find somebody this amazing for the role," she said. And Jennifer—who is a huge fan of the books—was thrilled to play such a complex character. Did she pull it off? Fans will be the judge!

I have never seen a film with Jennifer Lawrence as the main character before. In fact, I had heard of her only a few times until the casts of the Hunger Games were revealed. Initially I didn't believe she would be a great Katniss Everdeen, but after seeing some trailers of the film, I was completely convinced. She has that subtlety and sadness in her while playing Katniss, and also shows strength and determination. Now I'm looking forward to seeing her play this role on screen. I'm expecting great things from her! 

This book talks about Jennifer Lawrence's life in a nice chronological order, allowing readers to go along as years went by. Since her childhood, Jennifer Lawrence knew she wanted to be an actress, and she was determined to be a successful one. It mainly focuses on how she pursued her acting career, the roles she's played, the films she has starred in (ex. Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class, etc.), all building up to the point where she landed the role -- the biggest and most challenging one ever in her career -- of Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy originally written by Suzanne Collins. 

Readers will find this book easy to read and go along with. There are pictures supporting the content of the book such as pictures of Jennifer Lawrence in various awards celebrations, stills of her in her previous films, etc. This biography is brief, not too detailed, with pictures every few pages, and a list of important dates for her at the end.

Jennifer Lawrence is really an inspiration. She's determined, and when she sets her mind on something, she'll work hard, and she'll get it, as told in this little biography. Now we can sit back and wait until The Hunger Games film hits cinemas in this upcoming March 23, 2012, and see for ourselves Jennifer Lawrence's role of Katniss Everdeen.


This review is also posted on Goodreads.
I received a digital copy from NetGalley and the publisher for review.

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