Alex, Approximately Review

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Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Number of Pages: 388

Summary: The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. Continue reading

Poetry Corner

Hello friends! Once you see this post I’ll be on a plane and on vacation where I will not be able to post regularly. I will try to find a way. This poem is about summer. How fitting 🙂

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”– F. Scott Fitzgerald Continue reading

Poetry Corner

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Here’s another little piece that I wrote. Vaguely inspired when I visited the Georgia O’Keffe exhibit the other day. The colours and vibrancy and the watercolour style from using oil on canvas was breathtaking.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” -Georgia O’Keffe Continue reading

I Believe in a Thing Called Love Review

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Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maurene Goo

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Number of Pages: 336

Summary: Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

Continue to hear the ramblings of a wordy teenager with a love of random books by getting the app on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_teamingbooks1.layout&hl=en Continue reading

The Return: Satellite Maps Song Review

Hello guys,

It’s been so long, and I hate saying that I’m busy because that’s never an excuse. There’s just so much to do at school this year, and the motivation for posting has gone unfortunately. But lately, it’s been coming back. I miss this safe space to write my reviews. There are amazing opportunities I want to take advantage of. That’s the quick update as to what’s been going on with me. To kick things back up slowly, here’s a quick music review I wrote a long time ago. Around a year ago exactly. It’s interesting to see how not just how my musical tastes have changed over a year, but how my horizons have opened to more genres, and inspirations. So here’s what Phyllis from a year ago was obsessed with. I still love Satellite Maps, but now when I listen to it, it’s less emotional, and more a quick tune. A 5/10 from a year ago, but now I think I’d give it a 7? The aspect with how the song is captivating with such an easy beat, never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy!

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Artist: Montgomery

Song: Satellite Maps

Album: New Clear War EP

Genre: Indie/Alternative

Release Date: Oct. 24, 2014

Rating: 5.0 Continue reading