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

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

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Bette Davis Eyes Song (Music Week #6)

Sorry guys I was on vacation where I couldn’t keep posting! Here goes!

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Artist: Kim Carnes

Album: Gypsy Honeymoon, Bette Davis Eyes

Genre: Rock

Release Date: July 12, 1993

Record Label: Captiol Records

Rating: 7.0

Kim Carnes is a name that you bring up, and everybody nods in approval or recognition. Her reputation has been built up after her success from “Bette Davis Eyes”. There is no denying the boost the song gave to her brand name, after winning the Grammys for Record of the year and Song of the Year. Kim is also known for her rock, country experience and blue eye soul background. She has a distinct raspy voice and throughout this compiled album, it is heard well. Bette Davis Eyes is perhaps the best song on Gypsy Honeymoon. Written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and receiving praise from the Bette Davis herself, this already gave a good impression to listeners. When listening to it, we are introduced to the famous tune and it carried an odd feeling that makes you want to move around and dance. Continue reading

Emmylou Song (Music Week #2)

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Artist: Vance Joy

Song: Emmylou

Album: God Loves You When You’re Dancing

Genre: Alternative Folk

Record Label: Atlantic Records

Release Date: March 22, 2013

Rating: 10.0

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1989 Album (Music Week #1)

Here goes the first review on the fantastic album from 2 years ago! All ratings are out of 10 and below are some bits of polaroid pictures from the album.

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Artist: Taylor Swift

Album: 1989

Genre: Pop

Type: Deluxe

Release Date: October 27, 2014

Record Label: Big Machine

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The Last Leaves Falling

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Title: The Last Leaves Falling

Author: Sarah Benwell

Release Date: May 5th 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 368

Summary: And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . .

Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.

As always, all images are not mine, and credit goes to all the artists on Tumblr or the sources the images were taken from. Also, everybody go and download the mobile app for Teaming with Books now on Android!

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