Review of Thirteen Reasons Why (Season 1)

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Trigger warning: Suicide, rape, sexual harassment, self harm, self harm scars, bullying, abuse, vomiting, blood

Everyone has been talking about Netflix’s new original series. The story about 17 year old Hannah Baker who committed suicide.Clay Jensen receives a box of thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah. Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. It’s so well done. Every episode is a new tape.

I started watching the show on Friday, the second I started it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop watching it. I watched the first 4 episodes and then went to bed. Saturday I watched up until episode 11. So yesterday I finished the season after my exam. And I freaking cried for over an hour after it was finished. My heart is broken for Hannah, Clay,Jeff, Jessica and Alex.

The thing that’s so amazing about 13 Reasons Why is that it’s so real. It’s not just here for entertainment. It’s a show about how someone can affect another person.The show doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics.

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The actors were amazing. Katherine Langford as Hannah is brilliant. She is so beautiful! Katherine prayed Hannah perfectly. Hannah went through so much and felt like she had no one to talk to.I hate everything that happened to her.

Jessica, I loved her, then I hated her, and then I felt really bad for her.I feel like Justin Foley actually is redeemable, he acts like a dick because that’s how the other boys expect him to act. It killed me when his mom chose her boyfriend other her own son. Alex, for baby, he was a jerk for doing what he did but he was the first one who wanted to come forward.

I highly recommend you watch it. Once you watch the pilot you’ll be hooked and need to continue.

Love and You by Gretchen Gomez

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Author: Gretchen Gomez
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 142, paperback
Rating: 5 Stars

This is Gretchen’s debut poetry collection and she didn’t disappoint. Gretchen is one of the first people I started talking to when I began blogging and she is such a sweet girl ! I am so HAPPY for her!

I ordered a paperback copy but I was to impatient that I also purchased an ebook copy so I could read it right away. I finished the book in one sitting. I expected to love it before I read it but I didn’t expect to feel so deeply connected to what Gretchen was saying. I’m at a loss for words. Her words are so powerful and beautifully written. I was able to relate to almost every poem and they left me in tears. Every girl should pick up a copy and read this collection. Girls need to know that self love is important and it’s okay to let go.I can’t even begin to pick a favorite poem I loved so many of them. I can’t wait to read more of Gretchen’s work in the future.

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

About the Author

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Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.

You can find her here:
blog: chicnerdreads.wordpress.com
twitter: chicnerdreads
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Please support her by picking up a copy of love, and you here: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1542662958/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Life Update

Today was my official last day of class, this week was really stressful with exams. I got two of my marks back and there both above 80% ! I need to wait till next week to get the other two back. It was hard saying good-bye to everyone knowing they have another year ahead of them that I won’t be a part of. I will be going back in 2019 but it will be with a different group of people. I’ve met so many great girls this year and I don’t regret going into the program.I got hired at a nursing home down the street from my home, that I will be starting at on Monday ! 🙂

So, I have 3 book reviews that I’m currently working on and mini review of all the poetry collections I’ve read this year. Also have a Thirteen Reasons Why series review I’m working on.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Review

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Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Diversity
Pages: 464

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Review

I loved The Hate U Give!! I gave it 5 stars. I have a good feeling it’ll end up on my end-of-year list.Very powerful read!  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement,it doesn’t shy away from the hard topics. This is exactly the book I needed. From the first page I was hooked.I read almost the whole book in one sitting today and I’m not sure if I can express my thoughts properly.

I have to admit I teared up multiple times but also this book had me smiling and laughing the next moment.The incident happens early on in the book, which I believe was a good call because we learn about Khalil as the story progresses. I loved all the characters and they were all essential to the story arc.

The main character, a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr, is so loveable and her family dynamics are heartwarming. Starr’s voice is so powerful. Everything she went through, I felt it al with her.The decisions she had to make were not easy ones to make. Her emotions were so raw, I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug.

Her father Maverick is my favorite, he breaks so many stereotypes, he cries at his son’s graduation showing that even tough men cry. He also reenforces some stereotypes too. Real people are complex and have conflicting feelings.

The relationship with her family is beautiful and touching. Both of Staar’s parents are supportive of her which is refreshing in a YA novel. The siblings were realistic they teased each other but they also stood up for each other throughout the book.

It also showed the emotions of the people who do not understand the situation. I could go on and on and on so I’ll just say I highly recommended! It’s an important book.

Quotes

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe

 

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Poem -Anxiety-

For World Poetry day I decided to share a poem I have been working on for the last couple of days with you. I have been nervous about sharing it because I’ve been out of practice with writing and scared that it wasn’t very good. Also my poetry is personal so it feels as if I’m sharing a piece of myself with you all. I posted a picture on Instagram and I have gotten some support from people, which is incredible, thank you !

 

It whispers in my ear,
I shouldn’t listen to it
Telling me
all the things
that could go wrong
I struggle to breathe
As hands
wrap around my lungs
People just look
Judging me
I can’t fight off
this monster
they don’t see
nobody does
my heart throbs
my muscles contracting
mychest burning
the monster
tightening it’s grip
I feel sick
Its too hot
I wish I could tell
But when asked how I am
I smile
and say
Im fine

-Anxiety — Stephanie Gillespie

 

Please leave me feedback and let me know what you think ! 🙂

 

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

19486412Book: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 460
Rating: 4.5

I seen this book floating around for a few years now and never have the desire to pick it up. I watched the first two episode’s of the show and I was dying to know what happened. So I rushed out get myself a copy of the book. I took off half a star because I found the beginning to be slow-paced.

The character development in this book is crazy, they were all flawed yet smart and funny.I have to admit my favorite was Madeline. Oh man, she is funny. She stands up for her friends and goes after what she believes in. Her relationships felt real and not forced. Strong female friendships! Madeline and Celeste, then enters Jane and they embrace her. Jane is a single mother entering a community of rich beautiful women, instead of letting her be left out Madeline tugs her into her life.

The book on the surface seems to be about a group of kindergarten mom’s and there children. It’s so much more. It’s told from different perspectives, which I love. I love knowing what everyone is thinking and how an event can been seen in so many different ways. The book keeps the identity of the victim and the murderer hidden right until the end.

Quotes

“Everyone wanted to be rich and beautiful, but the truly rich and beautiful had to pretend they were just the same as everyone else.”

“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

 

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What I’ve been doing while not Blogging

Hey everyone! I’m so sorry I have been gone for so long! Nursing school is kicking my butt.  I was unsuccessful in one of my classes, and its a prerequisite to continue. SoI won’t be returning to school until winter of 2019 when the class is offered again.It’s been a really tough time for me. Trying to figure out what I’m going to do. My anxiety has been really bad these past few months, and the class I failed were video taped while doing demo’s. I made such stupid mistakes because of my anxiety. There have been day’s I felt like giving up, I am finishing the term which in done in April, then its job hunting time.

So coming up in the next few few week’s I will be returning !! I have read 12 book’s so far this year. I am so excited to be coming back. Reading and blogging help my anxiety but with school I had zero time. I have missed you all and reading your reviews.

Tv has saved me since I have no time to read. Some new shows I’m currently watching: Supergirl ❤ !! ,This is Us,Riverdale. That’s not to mention the shows that are staples in my life.Also I have been trying to get back into writing poetry. I used to write all the time then, life happened and I got busy with work then school. Gretchen @chicnerdreads  has inspired me with her poetry book “Love , and you “coming out April 4 🙂 Im so excited for her !! She’s such an awesome person and so nice. Please support her ❤

What has everyone been reading? Leave me some comments 🙂 I’m counting the days till April 10 !

 

Christmas Break TBR !! 🎄

Officially done with my first semester of nursing school!!! As much as I didn’t think I would make it through this semester, I did!It was the toughest semester by far, but next semester will be even harder. Now it’s time to relax over the break and prepare my mind for its next beating.

I don’t usually make TBR’s but I haven’t read a novel since September and I have a stack of book’s I really want to get too. These are my top 3 I want to read and if i have time to read more then thats a bonus 🙂

1.Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I’ve been dying to read this and it will be the first thing I pick up to read.

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2.Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: This is another one Ive had since it’s release date and haven’t had the time to get too.

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3.Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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It’s Christmas Eve Eve! 😂🎄 I hope you all have a wonderful christmas! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely day anyway 😄

Horimiya Volume 5 by Hero

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Author: Hero

Genre: Manga,Romance,Contemporary

Pages: 171

Rating: 5 Stars

Even though I gave this a 5 star it wasn’t my favourite volume in the series, I was so excited for the relationship and in this volume it fell a little flat. Miyamura is my favorite character, I love all his interaction with the characters. Hori and Miyamura ,their lives are so normal and still much more fun to read. Sawada character caught me off guard I thought she was added to the story for a certain storyline and boy was i wrong ahaha she is so much fun. But why aren’t there a lot of Hori/Miyamura scenes?

Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by Rh Sin

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Author: Rh Sin

Genre:Poetry

Pages:176

Rating: 4 Stars

I came upon this book while I was browsing for new poetry books on Tumblr.I love poetry so much, and I love finding new poets. I had not previously read the first collection, but I really enjoyed this second collection. I had a few favourites, some of the poems seemed repetitive. It took me a few weeks to finish reading the book because I didn’t want to rush through it. I would read a few poems a day.I did find some of the poems to be negative, but his writing was really well done.It was dark and powerful and I would definitely suggest it!