“your face makes my eyes burn.”

English: Ryan Gosling at the 2010 Toronto Inte...

meet your BFF’s new man

Dear, friend. I have much to tell you.

LOL JK. I was trying to pull a Perks of Being A Wallflower here, but I can’t do it.

No but seriously, if you’re a teenage girl, woman, female, not a dude, or whatever, you’ve met him.

You know, him.

Your best friend’s new boyfriend.

Okay-so-like. You know how when she (your best friend) is all like, “I got myself a man!” and you’re like, “Since when?” and she’s all, “Since 2 weeks ago. We’re in love.” And you’re like, “But you’ve been dating for 2 weeks.” And she’s all, “Yeah, but we’ve been hanging out everyday, and we even had a web-cam date, and I’m pretty sure we’re getting married, and do you want me to name one of our future kids after you?”

Okay, fine. So it’s not that crazy, but it’s pretty close, and next thing you know, she says, “You have to meet him!” and you’re on the other line, thinking, “This has better be good.”

So you meet this dude, expecting he’s Ryan Gosling or something, and when you do, you might like him…or don’t.

What happens when you don’t like him?

This love story usually goes two ways:

a) You’re a judgmental freak, and you need to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, ’cause he’s really cool. Sure, he’s not your idea of prince charming. I mean, he laughs at his own jokes and forgets the FLUSH the freaking toilet, but he loves her, and she loves him, and there ain’t anything you can do about it, guuurlfriend.

b) You just know something’s up with him. The way he smiles, says her name, or how he eats a taco. You can’t help it, but his face makes your eyes burn more than dirty contact lenses do. But she’s so in love, and you decide to ignore it….until you see it. The way he looks at other girls, or the way he’s always texting a “friend”, or the way he eats a taco (with a fork!).

We always hope it’s the first way, but when it’s the second…that’s when discernment comes in.

Should I tell her how I feel about this? Does she notice what I’m noticing?  Is now REALLY a good time to tell her that I saw him flirting with her cousin?

This story, too, goes two ways:

a) You don’t tell her. You just wait it out, and then…BOOM. One night, she calls you on the phone, crying but sounding more like she’s choking, saying, “I CAUGHT HIM CHEATING WITH MY COUSIN!”

You knew you could have prevented this if only you just would have told her.

b) You do tell her, and she’s pissed. She thinks you’re being pessimistic, or worse, judgmental (NO DANG IT, I’M BEING DISCERNING, MEANWHILE WHILE YOU’RE OFF LIVING IN LALA LAND), and oh, yeah, you’re just jealous.

So what do you do?

Well, I’m not really sure. Because on one hand, you tell her, and she thinks you just don’t understand. But then you don’t, and she’s pissed you didn’t tell her and spare her.

You guys, it’s exhausting being a best friend.

But if there’s one thing I do know, is that being a friend is the important thing here, and part of being a friend is being her shoulder to cry on. Yeah, you (and everyone else) saw it from a mile away, but she didn’t, okay? Sometimes life gets like that. We all make stupid mistakes, and when we do, all we want then is someone to listen and eat ice cream with us. We don’t want to hear “I told you so”. All we want is to know we’ve got friends who’ve got our backs and are ready to comfort us…and kick our ex’s ass.

Thoughts: Have you ever been guilty of judging your best friend’s boyfriend a little too harshly, or is it just me? Do you think it’s ever a good idea to bud into your best friend’s relationship? Has your best friend’s boyfriend ever cheated on her with her cousin, or ate a taco with a fork?

the no-nonsense oddball,

Jennifer

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YA Reads: Worlds I Would Never Want To Live In

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

-Goodreads Description

Confession time: I didn’t like Matched at first. Mostly because of the characters. I didn’t connect with Cassia all that much, and I really wanted to punch Xander in the face at times for being so…perfect. (I DON’T LIKE PERFECT CHARACTERS WHO MAKE ME FEEL INSECURE ABOUT MY LACK OF PERFECTION OKAY.)

I didn’t really care about most of the characters, except for one: Ky. I was really intrigued by his story, and I can honestly say that he’s the reason I continued reading this series. In a world where everything is supposed to be so perfect and organized, he was someone who wasn’t, and I loved that. He was like the Jack Dawson of the society or something. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say he makes the Matched series worth a read.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Disney has bought the film rights to the Matched trilogy. I think Matched would make a great movie, especially for those who are fans of love stories and movies that take place in the future.

 

 

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

-Goodreads Description

MY FEELINGS.

HOLY CRAP MY FEELINGS.

Can I even review this?! Seriously. I think this is the first time I’ve been unable to properly review a book! I’m amazed by how deep this is. It’s pretty short, so I was expecting a quick and simple read.

Hahaha—no.

It was—it had me—at first, I was like—

Okay look, if you like science fiction and crying, just read it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? YES!!! I heard Jeff Bridges is going to adapt and star in the Giver movie, and I don’t know any other actor who would make a better Giver. I’m not sure who would play Jonas, though. Hmmm….

 

 

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

-Goodreads Description

Now THIS is my type of story! I’ve been reading a bunch of YA dystopian, but none of them have been able to satisfy in the way I expected them to. Not because they’re not good; it’s because I was wanting some adventure and action, and I finally got a whole lot of adventure and action with Divergent!

I loved everything about Divergent. The characters, the atmosphere…THE PLOT TWISTS.

If you’re looking something similar to the Hunger Games (*COUGH* or even better *COUGH*), you’ve found your series everybody.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Gah, totally. Divergent has a very cinematic feel to it. Plus, it screams “the next Hunger Games”, but at the same time, it is its own book, too.  Summit has acquired the film rights and hired screenwriter Evan Daugherty to write the screenplay. According to IMDb, the Divergent film is set to release in 2015. (pleasemakeitsoonerthoughmoviepeoplekthanksbye).

 

Anyone else read these fabulous YA reads? Share your opinions about them below!

Why Do We Wait?

I’ve been thinking  about the Aurora shooting lately, and it’s SO amazing how something so tragic can bring so many people together. To be honest, it’s amazing how any death, whether it’s twelve people or one person, can bring the whole world together. Whether it’s 9/11 or a celebrity, death has a way of making us human beings appreciate life and people way more than we usually do.

But my question is, why?

Why do we wait for these things to happen before we start appreciating something as simple as being alive? Why is it we tell people we love them after they’ve left us?

The one thing that the Aurora shooting has taught me—and loads of other folks—is that we really don’t know when we’re going to have to say goodbye forever. We don’t know if our plane is going to land safely, or if the phone call we share with a loved one is going to be the last time we hear their voice. We don’t know if we’re going to get home tonight.

We don’t know if we’re going to come out of a movie theater alive.

What we do know, however, is that we still have time. There’s still a moment to enjoy the sunset; there’s still a few seconds to let another person know how loved they are. Because, even though I’m seventeen and have “all the time in the world” to enjoy this life, I don’t want to wait until tomorrow before I start appreciating what I’ve got. I might not get tomorrow…or the next thirty seconds. I don’t want to wait until my loved one is in a coffin before I tell them how much they mean to me, because the only thing worse than not enjoying your life is not loving the people who are part of it.

I want to enjoy life now while I’m still here to enjoy it. I want to love people while they’re still here to feel it.

Truth is, these tragedies are not going to go away, but they are not going to make me live in fear. If anything, they’ve encouraged me to live in love.

 

I hope you do the same.

3 Reasons Why Taylor Swift Could Write YA

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Lately, it seems like every celebrity is writing YA nowadays. From Tyra Banks’ Modelland to Hilary Duff’s Elixir series, YA is becoming a popular genre. Heck, even Lauren Conrad and Snooki are becoming apart of the YA world, and even though I’m not a huge fan of all her music, there is one girl who I think could write a few YA novels of her own.

I bet you can guess who she is.

1. Most of her fans are teens.

Sure, I’ve met a few 2nd graders who LOVE T-Swift, and moms who like her more than the average teenager, but at the end of the day, Tay Tay’s fans are usually around the ages of 12-17.

There’s a reason for that.

It’s simple: teens relate to her songs. How many high school girls do you know of who put Taylor Swift lyrics as their Facebook/Twitter status and are always first in line to buy her newest album?

If the answer isn’t “more than I can freaking count”, you probably don’t know a lot of teenage girls.

The girl knows how to connect with the female youth, yo. Maybe not all of us, but enough of us.

2. She’s a good story-teller.

Okay, so homegirl’s no Bob Dylan or William Shakespeare, but she’s got some pretty good stories to tell. No, seriously. Doesn’t You Belong With Me sound like the perfect story for a contemporary YA novel? Or how about Fifteen?

I believe that, with the right team, T’s got it in her to whip out a good YA novel or two.

3. She’s Taylor-freaking-Swift.

…Do I gotta say more?

Which celebrity would you like to see write YA and why?

You Belong with Me

You Belong with Me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

90s music is seriously the best.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’ve heard how good The Perks of Being A Wallflower is and all, but nobody told me how AWESOME it is. For someone who reads too much for their own good, it’s a rare thing to find a book that you’ll never forget, and this is one of them. I loved Charlie’s voice and how hilariously honest he is about everything. He over-thinks everything way too much, to the point where you want to smack him, but sometimes those can make the best characters, and in this novel, it worked. There’s a lot to be learned while reading Perks (besides the great music and books Charlie is into). What I like most about this novel is that it makes you think (in a good way), whether it be about love, family, friends…or just life in general. Without giving too much away, you see things differently after reading Perks. It’s worth a spot in your bookshelf, if you like books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

And, okay, I don’t know why, but for some odd reason, Charlie sort of reminds me of a teenage Forrest Gump. Is that weird? Probably.

Could it be adapted to film/television? It’s already been made into a film! According to IMDb, its US release date is September 21, 2012. So, be sure to check it out. Emma Watson’s in it, so you know it’s going to be a good film. 😉

Have you read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What did you think of it?

The Beatles freaking lied to us.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

– Goodreads Description

I know, I know. The Beatles said, “all you need is love”. But, apparently, those dudes were wrong. Either that, or they lied to us. So break up with your boyfriend, and stop seeing that girl you met at Starbucks. Love is a DISEASE, people!

Alright, back to reality.

In Lena’s world, love is the ultimate enemy. It makes the worst type of disease look like a picnic at Disneyland. So, in order to live a happy, healthy life in this society, you got to get “cured” at the age of 18. Kind of like you gotta get those nasty flu shots during flu season, expect it’s all year-long.

So, in other words, she lives in a really screwed up world that I wouldn’t even make my worst enemy live in. No, really. It’s that bad.

I really liked Delirium. It’s beautifully written and has a really good premise. My favorite thing about Delirium is the relationships, especially Lena and Hana’s friendship. They’re complete opposites, but have a chemistry that just pops out of the page. I was actually more interested in their friendship than I was with Lena and Alex’s romance (BEST FRIENDS 5EVER, BOIFRIENDS 5NEVER). My other favorite thing was the documents, poetry, history, and new religion Lauren Oliver created and included before each chapter. It’s pretty freaking sweet and a great way to help the readers understand the society better, without distracting from the story.

Even though Delirium is a dystopian, the story read more like a contemporary to me. Almost like something Sarah Dessen could write. Maybe that’s because there’s no flying cars, talking computers, or crazy robots running around and shooting at each other like what I usually imagine when I think of dystopian. Minus the whole “love is a disease” thing, Lena lives in a world similar to ours…which is probably what makes it so scary.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Yes. In fact, Fox 2000 has picked up the film rights! According to IMDb, Delirium is set for a 2013 release date. I have a feeling this’ll be like a Nicholas Sparks type of movie, only set in the future. Like, The Last Song meets The Hunger Games or something.

What are your thoughts?

Casper the Friendly Ghost’s Evil Sister.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

The Story:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

-Goodreads Description

I know, I know. It’s got a creepy premise, but this is such a GOOD read.

Loyal and lovable side-kicks? Check.

Kick-ass love story? Check.

Lots of horror and gore? Check.

Anna Dressed In Blood is one of the coolest YA reads I’ve come across in a long time. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and loads of (creepy) fun. I loved that this was told in a male POV, considering there’s not a whole lot of YA novels with male protagonists. Cas’s cocky and sardonic personality makes him a unique voice in YA fiction. He’s a no BS type of guy, which is surprisingly one of the many things that makes him likable and relatable…and that says a lot, since I don’t know many high school kids who hunt down and kill ghosts like it’s an after-school babysitting job.

Oh, and instead of going with the traditional black text, this book uses blood-red text. As if all the blood on the cover didn’t make you pee your pants the first time. (I mean, c’mon, it is a horror story, after all. Everyone knows you gotta squeal like a five-year old girl at some point. Duh.)

Grab a bag of Cheetos and a flashlight, because this one will keep you up all night, and you won’t regret it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? This would make a really fun summer flick. I’d love to see this get turned into a movie.

Anyone else read this? What are your thoughts?