{Book Review} All the Bright Places


Written by Jennifer Niven and published on January 6, 2015, All the Bright Places is surely Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in Our Stars. This young-adult fiction novel has its own twist, though. It may seem a little goody good and light for its cover and title, but what do they say, “Never judge a book by its cover” and by its title, as I say.

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{TV Series Review} How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder started airing on September 25, 2014, created by Peter Nowalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is starring the award-winning Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charliie Weber, and Liza Weil. It is a story of five law students (Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Aja Naomi King, Karla Souza, and Matt McGorry) taking Criminal Law 100, a.k.a. How to Get Away with Murder, under Viola Davis when they unintentionally murdered her husband, Tom Verica.

Synopsis: “Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated,Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is a brilliant, charismatic and seductive professor of defense law, who teaches a class called How to Get Away With Murder. Annalise, also a criminal defense attorney, selects a group of students — the best and the brightest — to assist with cases at her firm alongside her employees, the trustworthy and discreet Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie Winterbottom (“Gilmore Girls” alum Liza Weil), an associate attorney. Mysteries arise that test everyone’s limits and reveal dark truths.” (Google)

It was the very first time I got interested in a crime and mystery kind of tv series, because I usually watch sit-coms. Htgawm caught my attention because I’m taking one of the best pre-law courses in our university, although, I have no plans of going to law school after undergrad. I gave it a shot, watched the pilot episode, and I was surprised that I was actually willing to wait for the next ones. It is very intriguing, from the title itself, but it is also as scary. It is the kind of scary that will make you watch it more. It may be a little complicated, but you will easily get the hang of the whole story. You will make assumptions, solutions & answers to what happened. You will feel like a lawyer, or a law student at least, every time. Every episode shows different cases that the Keating Five helps to solve and win. Each episode also shows clues as to how they will be able to get away with murder. The season finale, on the other hand, will have you confused in all the possible ways, you hope they air its second season already!

This show is highly recommended to pre-law and law students, crime and mystery fans, and anyone who’s in need to get away with murder. You will learn a lot from this, not only regarding the law, but also about relationships from the main characters.

8.3/10 · IMDb
8/10 · TV.com

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{Book Review} Eleanor & Park

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“Eleanor and Park” is a young-adult fiction novel written by Rainbow Rowell in 2013. Set in the late 80’s in Omaha, Nebraska.

Synopsis: “Eleanor & Park is the first young adult novel written by Rainbow Rowell, published in 2013. The story follows dual narratives, Eleanor and Park, two misfits living in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986.” (Wikipedia)

It tells about a story of Eleanor, the new red-head kid on the block, and Park, the laid-back Asian guy. They met on a school bus on Eleanor’s first day of school. They got along if not so well through comic books and mix tapes. This may be a kind of forbidden love story, just like Romeo and Juliet’s.

The novel discusses a lot of issues such as domestic and child abuse, bullying, and fat-shaming. (Wikipedia) I think this is one-of-a-kind story that tells how love isn’t always the answer, and you just gotta do what’s best for the both of you. There will always be obstacles that would try to ruin your relationship, but those problems do not break your love for each other. You may have ended your relationship, but your love for each other is yet to be broken. I truly love this novel, maybe because Park tried to fight for Eleanor; they helped each other for so many times and for so many reasons. It has a very serious touch, having said the themes and issues it has discussed, not like the other young-adult fiction novels that only cared about happy endings and all those mushy stuff. Oh, and did I mention that E&P didn’t have a happy ending? Yeah, it didn’t, which I liked, because I like the feeling of longingness it left me after I finished it. I’ve always wanted to read something tragic in the end, and Rainbow Rowell gave it to me. I loved how open-ended its ending was, but still tragic. It was sort of a cliff-hanger, but I felt relieved after. At least, Eleanor will no longer suffer from his step father’s abuse. But it definitely broke her relationship with Park. (spoiler alert)

I recommend Eleanor and Park to everyone, especially if you like tragic endings like I do, and if you’re a fan of comic books and mix tapes. Also, if you like Korean guys like I do.

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{TV Series Review} F.R.I.E.N.D.S.


FRIENDS is a situation-comedy that was created by the great David Crane and Marta Kauffman (I call them ‘the great’ because the TV show is so great). The main characters were Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. Its original release was on September 22, 1994 and ended on May 6, 2004.

Synopsis: “Three young men and three young women – of the BFF kind – live in the same apartment complex and face life and love in New York. They’re not above sticking their noses into one another’s businesses and swapping romantic partners, which always leads to the kind of hilarity average people will never experience – especially during breakups.” (Google)

I began watching FRIENDS December last year, managing to finish one season per day. Until the 5th season only, though. I got busy with family stuff since it was Christmas time, and then school came right after Winter break. We don’t have winter here, though, since I live in a tropical country. So anyway, I tried watching at least three episodes a day but I really had to study so I stopped watching for a month. It was painful, since I fell in love with the series ever since the first episode I have watched. It’s just the right amount of funny that will crack you up every episode. It also has some emotional episodes that never failed to tear me up. The characters portrayed each of their roles so effectively that you will remember these actors as their FRIENDS characters. Props to the casting director and also props to the actors themselves. They did a great job that made the viewers love the series more.

FRIENDS taught me a lot of lessons, of course regarding friendship. You don’t just meet new people, hang out with them every single day of your life just for nothing. They will eventually become your family, especially if you’re alone in the big city, trying to figure out life through dating and whatnot. Moreover, its theme song “I’ll Be There For You” is so spot on and perfect because, uh, duh, I’ll be there for you ’cause you’re there for me, too. I want to include some episode spoilers but I’d rather not because I’m sure most of you have seen it and this post will be too long.

I just wanted to say how much I love FRIENDS and how much I got attached to it for so many months. I started making FRIENDS references and luckily some of my friends get it because they’ve seen it as well. I honestly have grown while watching the series because knowing the fact that these actors also grew while filming, taping, and shooting, inspired me.

Maybe this isn’t much of a review, but everything mentioned above is true. FRIENDS is such a great show and I wouldn’t mind watching it over and over until I grow old.

9/10 · IMDb
9.2/10 · TV.com

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{Movie Review} Love, Rosie

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Love, Rosie was initially released on October 22, 2014, directed by Christian Ditter and written by Juliette Towhidi. The film was adapted from the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, who also wrote P.S. I Love You. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin played the main roles of Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart respectively.

Synopsis: “Rosie and Alex are best friends until Alex’s family moves to America. They gamble everything to keep their love and friendship alive over the years and miles.” (Google)

I have read the book right before I watched the movie and I must say, Lily and Sam gave justice to Rosie and Alex. They portrayed their roles so perfectly that I liked them better than my imaginary actors. I don’t have exactly the actors in mind but I am satisfied with their talent. The book was basically in a letter, chat, phone convo, text, and e-mail format. The movie showed a lot of usage of communication devices which is great for me since it was really kind of what I expected. The film may not followed the novel’s flow of story, like Kate’s father is really Brian the Whine and not Greg, Rosie met Greg later in the story. However, I still think it was okay, but I have this part of me which still wishes they followed the characters’ stories. Anyway, it was indeed a “kilig” movie, and I fell in love with Rosie and Sam’s story in the movie just as I did with the book. It teaches us about destiny and that love has its own timing, and it’s all right to fall in love with our best friends because they might feel the same way towards us, too.

26% · Rotten Tomatoes
2/4 · Roger Ebert
44% · Metacritic
7.2/10 · IMDb

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{Movie Review} He’s Just Not That Into You

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The movie was initially released on February 6, 2009 directed by Ken Kwapis, produced by Nancy Juvonen, and is actually based from the self-improvement book of the same title written by   Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo that was published in 2004. It has an all-star cast including Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Connolly, and Justin Long.

Synopsis: “The book is a new-aged, unique “self-help” guide aimed for single women. The premise of the book, as stated in the title, tells women readers that if a man in whom you are interested in is not making the effort to pursue you, he is simply “just not that into you.”” (Wikipedia)

Personally, He’s Just Not That Into You has been my most favorite ever since. I am really a fan of interconnecting stories of the characters in movies, plus Jennifer Aniston is, like, my spirit animal since FRIENDS. The story was exciting and very fun, it tackles the dilemma of most girls that is still applicable nowadays (since it’s been 6 years since the movie first came out) — “When a guy doesn’t wanna call you, he doesn’t wanna call you!” It also discusses the “signs” whether a guy actually likes you or not. I loved the movie because it brought out various problems of relationships and dating. It served as a wake-up call for the hopeless romantics, just like me. One more thing about this movie that really got me is it’s kind of funny. It has its own kind of humor that’ll get you cracking. Moreover, it will touch your heart and you will learn a lot of lessons from this movie, that’s why it’s my all-time favorite. It will never get old for me.

6.4/10 · IMDb
40% · Rotten Tomatoes
47% · Metacritic

Love and light,