Hello people of the internet!!! On today`s `Monday Memos` we have another book review of a young adult novel you might want to add to your TBR (to be read) pile. Today`s book is ‘In The Hope of Memories` by Olivia Rivers, which was provided for review by Red Sparrow Press. As always this will be a spoiler-free review, but I will add some trigger warnings that you should be aware of before reading this book. If the following topics will trigger you then please proceed with caution: anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, school violence, death, and domestic terrorism. So now let`s get to the review! Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
`In The Hope of Memories` is about a high school senior named Hope who has recently died from a heart complication. Before Hope died she set up a scavenger hunt around New York City for her friends Erik, Kali, Aiden, & Sam, in order for them to meet each other. Each character has their own history with Hope, as well as their own individual issues they are facing. Throughout the book we get to see them face their personal demons, learn about each other, & maybe even start to see themselves the way Hope saw them.
I`m going to start by saying this is definitely a 5 smiley face book. It had an intriguing plot, interesting characters, & twists that will definitely keep you interested. Another thing that I really loved about this book was the various ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity that we see throughout this book. I enjoyed the fact that this book had a large amount of diversity, but it was weaved into the novel in an organic way that really added to the characters. Lastly, I absolutely loved how by the end of the book, you feel as if you know Hope even though she is already dead at the start of the book. The author does an incredible job of using the various characters` relationship with Hope, as well as her scavenger hunt to make us completely fall in love with the character. If your looking for a beautifully written, incredibly touching book to read this fall, then ‘In The Hope of Memories’ should top your list!
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about one of our favorite events of the year…Halloween! And what makes Halloween so amazing you ask? Well besides the costumes, cool movies on TV, and haunted houses. The main thing that makes Halloween so much fun can be summed up in two words HALLOWEEN CANDY. Now even though you can have candy any time, for some reason Halloween candy always tastes just a little better (you know it does…don’t pretend you don’t steal, I mean “save” a few bags of candy that suddenly are “misplaced” the next day. So since candy is an awesome and very important part of our childhood (and possibly even longer if you happen to be that teen or 20 something year old who plans to go in your Olaf costume, #nojudgement), I thought that we could rank our Top 5 favorite Halloween candy. Please let me know if I miss any of YOUR favs. So, let the sugar rush begin!
5) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
You have to love a candy that combines chocolate and peanut butter. Never since jelly has peanut butter found such a perfect companion in an edible form. Another great thing about this candy is they’re small so you can easily take them with you on the go, and snack on them during your 2nd and 3rd nap during math class (remember you gotta keep your strength up between naps).
Now we move on to a candy that has produced some of our fav commercials. I mean who doesn’t love those cute little talking M&M’s! You have the grumpy red one, the sweet yellow one, and the sassy green one. You gotta love a candy that has personality! Also again this candy also has the benefit of being portable so you will never be hangry again (sometimes coffee just isn’t enough). Anddd M&M’s are educational, for example: if you have 3 bags of M&M’s and you eat 2 then you now have 1 bag of M&M’s…see you do use math in real life, now reward yourself with a bag of M&M’s, internet high five!
3) Halloween Peeps:
This is the first year I’ve ever seen Peeps the shape of ghosts and other Halloween characters, and all I have to say about this is…IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!! I mean you get the deliciousness of peeps, with the fun of Halloween. Ok let’s think about this for a second. This candy is a marshmallow covered in sugar…sounds like a recipe for happiness to me. And the bonus is in a few months Easter is back, which means…MORE PEEPS! You gotta love your peeps.
2) Candy Corn
Now y’all knew that we had to include this one on our list because honestly Halloween without candy corn is like Thanksgiving without the Turkey, Christmas without Santa, Friday without Rebecca Black (yes I know that joke was corny but you loved it). And again this candy has the word ‘corn’ in it, so that must mean that it’s part vegetable and thus healthy for you, so you would actually be hurting yourself by not eating it. Yup, that argument might just work.
Yes we have to crown this candy as our #slayqueen of the candy. I mean you have a beautiful marriage of chocolate, caramel, and you can argue that the peanuts in it make it healthy so that means you can have double the serving right? Right! Another great thing about this candy is it is the perfect companion for when you sit alone in the corner scared out of your mind because you watched a Pretty Little Liars marathon at 2:00 in the morning with the lights turned off. You gotta love that comfort food.
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about the young adult fiction novel turned film ‘If I Stay’. The book was written by Gayle Forman (who also served as an executive producer, and extra in the film), and the film stars Chloё Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, and many other talented actors. Personally I am a HUGE fan of the book, so I recently saw the film to see how the story was translated onto the big screen. I know that a lot of people, who become fans of certain books, may often be nervous and/or hesitant about seeing a film adaption of that book. Because of this, I decided to see the film, and let y’all know what I thought of the movie in comparison to the book. Please read on to see what I thought, and whether or not I think that you should see the movie, if you are a fan of the book (or even if you’ve never heard of the book). Ready? Ok, let’s get started!
If I stay is about a teenager named Mia, who is extremely musical gifted. The story begins with Mia’s family taking a trip to visit family and friends because of a snow day that shuts down the local schools for the day (Mia’s father is a high school teacher, and her mother calls work and says that she’s sick). As they are traveling, the family is involved in a car accident, and Mia wakes up in the snowy ground. She tries to find her family, but then hears ambulances approaching. She jumps in one, and soon arrives at the hospital. The whole movie transitions between Mia in the hospital (where she has an out of body experience with her comatose body), and flashbacks about what lead her to this point. I’m going to write the rest of the story in chronological order so y’all don’t get confused, but I promise I won’t say how it ends, or spoil the really important stuff. Ok, at a young age, Mia began to play the cello, despite the fact that her father was a hometown rock star. Mia is very close to her laid-back parents (who tend to treat her more as a friend than a child), and her spunky, outgoing brother Teddy. Because of her love for classic music, and quiet, shy personality, Mia often feels out of place in her family. She also tends to try to not talk too many of her classmates, and instead focuses all of her energy on her cello. Mia does have one best friend named Kim, who she is really close to, and is able to be herself around. Mia’s world is turned upside down when Adam (a popular guy and local rock star) asks her out. Although Mia is very hesitant to become close to Adam, he pursues a relationship with her. Her parents are very supportive of her and Adam’s relationship, because Adam and his friends remind her parents of themselves when they were young. At first Mia is very uncomfortable with Adam’s world, however eventually she finally allows herself to fall in love with him. One day Mia’s family tells her that she should think about applying to Juilliard to pursue her music. Although it takes a lot of convincing, Mia sends in a demo of her playing (even though she is very insecure if her ability to play). Mia then relieves an audition, but when she tells Adam, he is very angry. They make up before Mia’s audition, and she leaves the audition feeling very hopeful. When Mia ends up in the hospital after the accident, a nurse informs her that it is up to her whether she lives or dies. So now, Mia is left with the choice of what she is willing to give up, and what she can’t be without. With her immediate family, Kim, Adam, her friends/other family members, and her dreams on the line, Mia has to make the ultimate choice. Ok, that’s where I’m going to leave y’all, because you really don’t want me to ruin it for you.
So as y’all can see, this movie is AMAZING. I definitely give this film 5 smiley faces (because smiley faces are more fun than stars). This film honestly has something for everyone; it has suspense for everyone, characters that are able to evoke deep emotion, friendship, and romance. I also really find Mia’s predicament to be interesting, because who can really say what they would chose when either way they will win and lose. Lastly, I personally love that the film is not only about Mia and Adam’s romance, but also about Mia’s journey towards independence, self-reliance, and the ability to make important decisions on her own (whatever the consequences of these choices might be). I highly suggest that y’all see the movie and read the book, because you will definitely love them both. As I mentioned earlier, I was a HUGE fan of this book before I saw the movie, and I can honestly say that I did not leave the theater disappointed.
Hello people of the internet!!! Today, we will talk about the heart shaped elephant in the room…Valentine’s Day (cue suspenseful music). Maybe you’re single this Valentine’s Day and are bitter about it…or maybe you’re single and don’t care, either way this is the blog for you! So grab some popcorn, turn up those Taylor Swift songs, and chill out with the ‘Top ten reasons why it’s better if you DON’T have a Valentine this year!!!’
10) You can sit around in your PJs all day and watch romantic comedies/ Nicholas Sparks movies…who wouldn’t want Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum as their honorary boyfriend?
9) You can make your mom or dad your Valentine and then casually suggest visiting your favorite store or mall (hello presents!!!)
8) Being single on Valentine’s Day is like the first day of a New Year, calories don’t count so you can eat whatever you want without repercussions (that is the rule right!?!)
7) You can get some of your BFFs together and talk about how much guys suck while you listen to Taylor Swift songs (sing it with me…”we. are never ever getting back together…”).
6) If you’re feeling more positive, you and your BFFs can have a dance party in your room while listening to your favorite boy band (or man and for our Backstreet Boys fans).
5) You can blog/vlog!!! (C’mon all the cool kids are doing it!)
4) You can walk around the mall in a onesie( oh you know you’ve ways wanted too…o.k, guess that’s just me then…awkward…)
3) You can use your detective skills and figure out who ‘A’ is on ‘Pretty Little liars’ (c’mon you know that this is seriously the biggest mystery of our time, just don’t watch the show in the dark…trust me on that one).
2) You can paint a bullseye with a picture of a jerky person in the middle. Yes throwing darts at the face of a person may seem a little aggressive, but painting is relaxing so it evens out right?
1) You can have a Harry Potter movie marathon…now if he can survive fighting a creepy faced guy for 8 movies, you can survive flying solo on the “day of love”.
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Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss what happened on the ‘Golden Globes’ this past Sunday (January 12, 2014). This show kicks off award season, and honors excellence in TV, mini-series, and TV movies. So are y’all ready!?! Well then let’s begin!
Opening Monologue: The hilarious comedy duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again hosted the show this year, and the two definitely made the show fun to watch. The two started their monologue by making fun of their own hosting skills with their comment that “in Hollywood, if something kind of works, then they keep doing it until you get sick of it”. They then began making fun of a lot of the celebrities that were in attendance such as: Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon (who they also made fun of later, when actress Melissa McCarthy presented an award, but supposedly got amnesia backstage, and now believed that she was Matt Damon), and numerous others. Amy and Tina also had a running joke with veteran actress Julia Louise-Dreyfus (who at first pretended to be “too good” to sit in the TV section of the auditorium due to Julia’s first Golden Globe film nomination, and then she later sat in the TV section, and Tina and Amy made fun of her). Finally, Tina and Amy made fun of George Clooney by saying that he “would rather float away in space, then spend time with a woman his age” (in reference to the hit film ‘Gravity’ that George did with Sandra Bullock).
Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge)
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama):
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best TV Series (Drama):
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture:
Alex Ebert (All is Lost)
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture:
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama):
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Screenplay:
Spike Jones (Her)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy, or Musical):
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Michael Douglass (Behind the Candelabra)
Best Animated Feature Film:
Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy):
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Cecil B. DeMillie Award: (The Golden Globe’s Lifetime Achievement Award)
Best Director in a Motion Picture:
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Best TV Series (Comedy):
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama):
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama:
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Drama:
12 years a slave
All in all, I believe that the Golden Globes were in a huge success in terms of who won, and which projects came out on top. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made an unstoppable comedic duo, and I can certainly see them continuing this for many years to come. The show truly displayed those who’s talent, dedication, and hard work soared this year, and it left me excited for next year. I believe that this was an excellent and fun start to the award season!