Book-to-Movie Law states that once you have read the book, you are bound by the media to go see the movie based on said book, and therefor compare to two.
This is going to be an easy review. The book, which is called An Invisible Sign of My Own, is by Aimee Bender, an author I really like a lot. The first time I read this book, I was in college, and I instantly liked her easy style of romance mixed with quirky characters. Her two books of short stories are equally intriguing, and her newest, called The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, was one of my favorite books this year. The movie, on the other hand, was slow and tedious and boring. I blame this mostly on Jessica Alba's uninspired acting. I thought she would be good, since she was in Dark Angel, but in this, she was so frustrating to watch that I found myself yelling at the TV a few times. Not at all how I pictured her character while reading the book. And while Chris Messina was certainly easy on the eyes, his acting didn't add much either. All around, the movie was tedious and a bit of a failure.
Bottom Line: The book was WAY better.