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Sunset Boulevard (film): A Star is Ageless

Let’s take trip to sunset boulevard and the city of stars… I sang, pressing play, spending my evening with Joe Gillis, the narrator, a man who suspends his writing career to pen a script for a former star, a dying star, and ends up being less of writer and more of her pet along the way. But that’s okay, because if you ask Joe he’ll tell you at least his making a living, especially in the day and age when talent didn’t or wasn’t paying the bills...

The Silent Patient

Alicia Berenson killed her husband, they say. Brilliant artist Alicia Berenson shoots husband Gabriel five times and lives to not talk about it, so the story goes. She ends up in a psychiatry ward (the Grove) trudging on doses and prescriptions, breathing but silent, present but lost. So when new employee/ psychotherapist Theo Faber joins the Grove, he takes particular interest (or more of a desperate need) to get her to speak: “If you told me...

We Told Six Lies

Ever heard the song Held by Natalie Grant? My mind had it on replay as I went through We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott. By the way, if you call the twist before the end then you're a better CSI agent than I was, and I was pleasantly surprised. The story is told from two point of views, Molly, the missing protagonist, and Cobain, the boyfriend suspected of kidnapping her. They're both compelling character's, Cobain more so than Molly (in my...

An Anonymous Girl

“I pursued a married man. I even slept with him. Oh, and his wife hired me; she kind of knew about it. And by the way, I think one or both of them might be involved with this other girl’s suicide... But her love for (him) is as twisted as everything else about her: It’s all-consuming and toxic and dangerous.” In my own words I guess, Your protagonist Jessica. If any of you are familiar with the Lifetime/ Netflix series You, and you love it, then...

It's too late I'm dead

You'll never guess who killed me. M y name is Merritt Monaco, your corpse, and a woman of morals and vice— human (once). Maybe I deserved my ending. Maybe they, the stars of this story, deserved theirs too. Celeste, my best friend, was supposed to wed Benji Winbury, a man of style, wealth and "dignity" just like his father... Tag. Unfortunately I died the night before— Question, if your best friend slash maid of honour died the night before your...

Never Stop Loving Y.A

I've done three things so far, fallen in love with a Diabolic, hung out with a bunch of superheroes and got accepted to an academy where students end up dead or missing. And all thanks to... The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid Renegades by Marissa Meyer (and) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson I'll talk about one. It was hard to choose and so I based my choice on this quote: 'I'm one of those people who has the person she marries, the one she loves, and...

The Kiss Quotient (review)

“Plus, babies meant husbands. Husbands meant boyfriends. Boyfriends meant dating. Dating meant sex. She shuddered.” I can't decide if I really enjoyed this or I was really happy to get to the end, but if I'm contemplating it's probably the latter, right? The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is one of those romance novels where you know immediately that no matter what happens the protagonists will be together in the end. So if you don't like one of...

If Beale Street Could Talk (Quote me)

A movie trailer popped up in my YouTube notifications titled If Beale Street Could Talk. Interesting, I thought. I played the trailer, saw it was a book adaptation and the name James Baldwin appeared on screen. I'm not ashamed to admit I'd never heard of it-- the book not the man-- but I'm glad I got a hold of a copy and could possibly entice you to do the same with quotes that spoke volumes in what was a quick and easy read. “I’m tired, and I’m...

Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deception (quote me)

Read this at your own risk. "Magic tricks work because humans have a hardwired process of attention and awareness that is hackable. By understanding how magicians hack our brains, we can better understand how the same cognitive tricks are at work in advertising strategy, business negotiations, and all varieties of interpersonal relations. When we understand how magic is in the mind of the spectator, we will have unveiled the neural bases of...

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (quote me)

When words live off a page the last thing you do is paraphrase. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, quote me! '"Thing is," says Rosina, "people don't want to hear anything that'll make their lives more difficult, even if it's the truth. People hate having to change the way they see things. So instead of admitting the world is ugly, they shit on the messenger for telling them about it."' 'People know what boys with Asperger's look like, or at least...

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