Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
This had lovely writing! Every page was simple and beautiful. The story it told was a little hard to follow, though, since there were so many characters introduced quickly. There were also chapters that jumped back in time, making it more confusing. Overall, I really liked reading about Jackie growing up and learning she loved writing.
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
It was a little slow to start, so I was skeptical at first, but I loved it! It was funny and made me cry at the end and I loved the characters, even grumpy old Ove. If you've seen "St. Vincent," it reminded me a lot of that, except I liked this book better.
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Imagine Pride & Prejudice except with Hamilton and the Schuyler sisters. It was fluffy and romantic and fun to read, but it was also really slow at times when there was no reason to be. There were plenty of chances for far more exciting chapters, but instead we got detailed descriptions about the gowns Angelica and Peggy wore. Clearly it was written at the perfect time to capitalize on the "Hamilton" craze, which I didn't mind, but that meant I was disappointed by Angelica's portrayal in particular. Everything I've read about her relationship with Hamilton, especially from the Ron Chernow biography, said that she and Hamilton shared an intense sibling-like bond due to their passionate natures and razor-sharp wit. In Alex & Eliza, though, Angelica comes off as rude, snotty, and mean. Hamilton and Eliza did come off exactly how I imagined they would, though, which made up for it.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
This is supposed to be a fictional book, but I'm pretty sure more than some of it could have been autobiographical. Franny reminded me tons of Lauren Graham, which meant I really liked her! There was never a dull moment, either, and though I didn't like a lot of the other characters, I was interested by them. The notes on the calendar that broke up some of the chapters were fun to look at, too, but the handwriting was almost illegible at times, which detracted from the cutesy aspect of it. I won't give anything away, but what was that ending. I love ambiguous endings, but this one felt less ambiguous and more unfinished. I had to take a minute to reread some of it because I was sure I missed something. I'm still a little confused, but I'd still recommend reading it for the rest of the story.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Despite the fact that I could barely keep up with the characters (there were so many animals omg), this was super clever. It was the perfect portrayal of a rebellion gone wrong that ultimately leads to a dictator rising to power. Some of it was slow or hard to follow, but I liked it more than I thought I would.
Movies I Watched
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"
Baby Groot did not disappoint. He totally stole the show with how adorable he was. And this movie was even funnier than the first! Even if some of it was predictable (wow, I had no idea that guy would be evil, gosh, what a plot twist . . .), I enjoyed it. It was full of humor and heart.
This followed the play pretty closely, which I liked, and Meryl Streep was the perfect choice for Sister Aloysius. Amy Adams played Sister James a little differently than I pictured her, but it wasn't bad. And I'm so glad they kept the ending the same, because I really liked how much it made you think and come to your own conclusions.
Picture of the Month
|My mom and I went to see "Waitress" on Broadway. Sara Bareilles was perfect and the show was so fun! Tons of the cast came out for autographs afterwards.|
|Selfies at the beach.|
|My friend Dana came over to goof off with me, hence the weird selfie in the upper left corner.|