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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Five Feet Apart

Hey guys! Long time no see! College has kept me really busy for the past couple of months. I'm taking a lot of dance classes and so I'm always exhausted. I also started a new job at Build-A-Bear, which is so much fun and yes I refer to myself as a bear doctor now, but I've had hardly any time to read. And the time I do have is spent on Fanfiction. It's a slippery slope you guys. Once you read your first one there is no going back. But now that I've gotten the hang of my busy schedule I have finished my first book in months. And what a better book to start on then Five Feet Apart!

Guys it's such a heartwarming story and so vitally important. Before I continue however you probably should know what the books about.

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      This story written by Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott, and Tobias Iaconis follows two Cystic Fibrosis patients, Stella and Will. Stella is dead set on doing everything right to extend her life span to it's fullest potential. She takes her medication and treatments and is biding her time until her name makes it to the top of the lung transplant list. Will however has given up. He's waiting for his eighteenth birthday so he can defy his moms wishes and go out and see the world and live whatever life he has left to the fullest.

     Not only can being around him crumble her mindset it can also kill them both. For people suffering CF the rules are simple. Six feet apart at all times and this rule is especially important when it comes to Will. Not only does he suffer CF but Burkholderia Cepacia (b. cepacia) as well. Not only did it take him off the lung transplant list but it's also extremely contagious for others with CF. Stella cannot risk contracting it or everything she's work for will go down the drain. The more she gets to know Will the harder it becomes to stay true to her rules and those placed by others. 
      I cannot stress how important this book is for people to read. Illnesses with no or very few treatments have a tendency to get overlooked, especially those we aren't familiar with. This book brings light not only to CF and b. cepacia but all other terminal illnesses that people seem to forget about. 
     A girl I knew had an older sister with a rare type of cancer, ASPS, named Nathalie Traller. Stella reminds me a lot of Nathalie because they both use their illness to touch other people. Stella has a YouTube channel where she shares things about her treatment and even her day to day life. They help other people who are going through the same thing and even inspire others who have no clue what it's like living with a terminal illness.
    Not only is the story important but it's also very well written. I did some research on CF and b. cepacia after I read this book and all the information is extremely accurate. Sure there was things the book didn't mention and I had some questions about it afterwords but I think that is what makes it even more special. It gets people curious enough to go do their own research and learn more on their own. A good author doesn't leave any holes but a great one gives us what we need to go find the rest of the answers ourselves, especially when it comes to a topic such as this.
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     Finally (even though I want to talk more) lets talk about characters. OMG such great development. Even the secondary characters were well thought out. But Stella and Will... all I have to say is bravo. They have to be two of my favorite characters ever. They balance each other out really well. Stella convinces Will to try and save his life however probable and Will convinces her to loosen up a bit. It's the ultimate opposites attract story. 

Of course a great book like this has been turned into a movie, one I have not yet seen but am so looking forward to. It has Cole Sprouse as Will eeeeekkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!

I challenge you to read this book in the next year. Yes it's sad and heartbreaking (and totally gives off Fault in Our Stars vibes which almost warded off this girl who isn't a fan of John Green books) but it's also funny and sweet and altogether amazing and oh so important.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Did I Mention I Love/Need/Miss You?

Can I just say that it's been forever! If I'm being totally honest I never thought I'd be on here again. Senior year pushed me so far down. I ddin't have time for anything I loved and I was constantly stressed out. I took a major break from reading that I seriously regret but I'm back now and I just finished an ABSOLUTLY STUNNING BOOK. I can't think of a better book to break my reading slump then Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame. This book was a Wattpad sensation that got published by Black and White Publishing. I couldn't believe it when I found out but she was only 16 when she wrote this incredible book! So much talent!

As for this blog... well I'm trying and that will include expanding my horizons. I love going and seeing professionaly done shows on tour and I want to share my love of Broadway because theater is something that has taken over my life so be on the look out for show reviews and maybe a few movies as well. I definitely have thoughts on Descendants 3 that I can't wait to share ;)

But now for my thoughts on the Did I Mention series...

Did I Mention I Love/Need/Miss You?
by Estelle Maskame
Rating: 5/5

Ok seriously, if you are a teenage girl with a romantic side how have you not read this book yet?!?! It is such a relief to see a romance book that's not cliche or predictable. There is nothing I love to read more then romance... seriously I go CRAZY. I squeal and jump and read dialog out loud. But it can be hard. Don't get me wrong I love cliche romance books just like the hopeless romantic I am, but lets be honest reading the same plot line told a million different ways can get tiring. So while I love book with Jane Austen plot lines books like this series are a breath of fresh air. I don't think a book has made me react this strongly for a long time. My dog was questioning my sanity.
First off, I've never heard of a book with this kind of plot line. If you've never heard of this book then here's a quick summery in my own words of course. Eden hasn't talked to her dad in years and suddenly he invites her to spend the summer in California. She ends up going because hello! A summer in Cali vs a summer in Portland, Oregon. There's no contest! Plus she has her own reasons from getting away from home for awhile. So she goes out there and meets her step mom Ella and her two step brothers Jamie (14) and Chase (11). She hits it off with her two youngest stepbrothers pretty fast but wait... there's a third brother named Tyler whose 17 and has a bit of a bad streak. And by bit I mean this kid seems like he should be in Juvie. Things are awkward with her dad and on top of that she has to deal with this jerk (she uses much stronger words) who lives in the room next to her. But she's also kind of intrigued by him and the more she digs the more she feels toward him. She just has one question. How should she handle falling for her Stepbrother?
YOU GUYS! Have you ever heard of a book like that? I mean the spending the summer with your dad and step family plot is something I've seen before. But the relationship between this father and daughter in this one... lets just say that it goes beyond awkward and more into absolute loathing. I've never quite seen this father daughter dynamic in any book I've read before. And the relationship choice... stepsiblings... I have never even heard of another book like it. It's very original and creative.
Not only is the plot line captivating but so are the charaters. I don't think I've seen this kind of character development and character arch in most books I've read. It was incredibly thorough throughout the entirety of the series and while we miss a year or two in between each book when the next book starts it doesn't feel like they are out of character. The one thing I normally struggle with in reading when there are huge time gaps between books is character development because people change over time so sometimes with the ways they've changed it doesn't feel like the same character because we missed their whole arch. With this series however it was totally different. Even Tyler, the character who changes the most in between each book, still seems like Tyler, even though the changes in him are drastic. The author knows her characters and is able to keep them recognizable even with personality and mood adjustments.
Another thing I love is the tension that is built up through the book. In all three books there's tension between the two love interests, Eden and Tyler. I often when reading find myself skipping to the end of the book or the middle to read the parts where they kiss or finally admit their feeings! I know I know, slap my wrist, it's an awful thing to do but sometimes I just can't wait. Being the romantic freak I am I need my fix. I NEED to see them together. But I didn't do that once while reading this book series. And that's all because of all the tension. It was almost better then when they actually get together! ALMOST. It's not only cute and agonizing (but in a good way I swear!) but it's also hilarious. The quips and humor that a lot of the characters posses is incredibly entertaining.
Not only did the book have a great plot, amazing characters, and incredible tension, but it was also just genuinely written well. It was descriptive but not too long. It was about 400 pages each book but flows incredibly fast. There's never a dull moment, so while it's not an action adventure novel it still doesn't disappoint and it kind of incorporates it's own kind of action. It was definitely written at a high school level and very well I might add. It didn't dumb down anything but it didn't use too complex words or phrasing and fits perfectly for the intended age group.
I don't think I have any more words to describe how amazing this book is. You need to read it. I'm not going to even beat around the bush on this one. This is definite
ly a MUST READ. And after reading this book I will read just about anything theat Estelle Maskame writes, I just can't get enough.

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