Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain – The Book vs. The Movie


Read This:

Mr. Malcolm’s List by Suzanne Allain

Watch This:

Mr. Malcom’s List on Prime Video

Why We Made this Selection and Background Knowledge

Julie: Seemed like both the book and the movie might have a Bridgerton vibe, so I was curious.

Claire: No knowledge other than seeing it popping up on social media a lot.

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Julie: Kindle

Claire: Audiobook

Overall Opinion of the Book

Julie: Easy read. Almost feels like a YA. Gives away a little too much and maybe a little predictable.

Claire: The book wasn’t bad. It wasn’t great either.

Overall Opinion of the Show

Julie: Cute. I like how they showed the items being checked off the list. I thought the whole movie would be lighter/more of a comedy. Reading the book I was imagining certain scenes to be a bit more over the top, physical comedy and it fell short a bit. I also don’t know if the chemistry between Malcolm and Selina was palpable.

Claire: The movie was okay. Probably not something I’d watch again.

Which was better, the Book or the Movie?

Julie: The Book

Claire: The Book


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? Julie – NoClaire – Yes
  5. Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? No

Overall rating: Claire – 4/5, Julie – 3/5

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