To All the Boys: P.S. It’s a Sequel

As most of you may know, the sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” came out on Netflix. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020. In this movie, we find out what happens to Lara Jean and Peter after all of her love letters are out and they are officially together.

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020.

Overall, I thought that the movie was really good but also very cheesy. The things that happened in their relationship are almost 100% never going to happen. They are a cute couple and were good together. However, they were a  little cringy at times. I personally think that the first movie was better. Natalie Cates says, “I think the first one was better because it wasn’t so predictable.” The movie indeed followed a very original storyline while the first one was something new and fun that a lot of people haven’t seen before. So, if you do not like cheesy romantic movies, this is probably not the movie for you. However, if you do, I would definitely recommend watching it. 

In my opinion, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is a good movie. I would suggest watching it if you like love stories. But, if not, Netflix has many other Netflix Originals to choose from.

Milk And Honey Book Review

By Destiny Powell

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. Kaur does not subscribe to the belief that poetry must be difficult to be meaningful, championing a direct and inclusive register that unites her personal experiences with the reader. Combining a first-person perspective with the repeated second person pronoun ‘you’, Kaur further bridges the gap between her poetry and her audience. She forges a link that causes the reader to imagine themselves not only as an author but as a muse. Pointing beyond the page at ‘you’, Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences, memories, and subjects with her audience.

The book is split into four parts: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking” and “the healing.” Each chapter focuses on an individual theme, dealing with a type of pain and growing from that experience.

The first chapter, “the hurting,” portrays events of sexual assault and rape. In these poems, a narrative begins to emerge: The speaker, like so many women before her, has been abused by her father, her uncle and various men in her life. “The hurting” primarily focuses on the speaker’s experiences of abuse, offering insights and confessions as she reflects on the repercussions. The speaker recognizes that many other women in her family have been subjected to similar experiences and are taught to be subservient to men.

The second chapter, “the loving,” is a shift in the novel which focuses on the speaker’s adult relationships with men. The opinion she has of herself and her body is irrevocably shaped by her father’s actions and words.
This new loving relationship has a profound effect on the speaker. She associates it with safety, taking comfort in the sound of his voice and the touch of his hands on her skin.

Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences,

“The breaking” is the third and longest chapter of the collection. It recounts the breakup with her boyfriend, who was mentioned in the previous chapter. Following this, Kaur focuses on the generality of relationships with men.

The collection ends on a more positive note, as the final chapter is titled “the healing.” A majority of the poems in this section consist of aphorisms statements of general truths. The aphorisms help the speaker to heal from the grief and trauma that was inflicted on her. The speaker realizes that healing is a process and can only be achieved when she looks within herself for the answers.

Kaur’s poetry is written with such truth and emotion. The book teaches you that life is filled with terrible and heartbreaking moments, but within those moments you can find great things. There is so much meaning and emotion behind every word.

As Kaur stated: “‘Milk and Honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

Lara Jean: She Still Loves Them?

By Ashlynne Dowlen

If you’re interested in movies with Teen Drama, and Romance you should consider watching, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Susan Johnson. This is a good movie to watch with your friends, it’s very romantic and sweet. In this movie, a girl named Lara Jean wrote five love letters to her crushes: the crushes are Peter the most popular guy in her school, Kenny from camp,

Lara Jean with one of the many boys she loved before.

Lucas from homecoming, John Ambrose who is from Model UN, and Josh her sister’s boyfriend. Lara Jean kept her letters in a box hidden in her closet and she never sent them out. One day when they somehow got out it changed her life and she was embarrassed about it. After her letters got out Peter was going to tell her that it was never going to happen, at first she was confused and didn’t realize what he was talking about. She kissed Peter to avoid someone else who received a letter.  Lara Jean is lying to everyone in her life but she seems like she is really happy. If you like this movie then you should watch “ To All The Boys PS: I Still Love You” by Micheal Fimognari. It released on February 12th, 2020. Some other good movies that are similar to this one are the perfect date, the kissing booth, and the last summer. 

Retro Movie Review: Back To The Future

By: Zy Amos

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“Back to the Future” is perfect for Movie Night.

There is a movie called Back To The Future. It’s a great movie with even better actors. It has lots of adventure, comedy, and sci-fi. It’s the perfect movie to watch when you’re bored, or when you just want something good to watch on Movie Night.

Back To The Future is about a 17-year-old high school student, Marty McFly, that went back in time in the machine invented by his best friend, Doc Brown. Marty travels back in time and encounters the young version of his parents. He does everything in his will to make sure that they stay together and fall in love. If he doesn’t, he’d never exist. 

The best part of the movie is how adventurous and comical it is. The movie isn’t very serious and it’s mostly just to watch just for fun. Another good part of the movie is the time machine. The ‘time machine’ is just a modified car and isn’t what you would typically think of when hearing a time machine. The ending was touching and sweet, unlike the wild adventures of the movie. So, if you ever have the time, Back To The Future is the movie you should watch.

“You” Season 2

By: Destiny Powell

Season 2 of Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble’s hit Netflix show ¨You¨ released December 26, 2019

The Netflix original “You” is about a dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man that goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by. Season 1 was released in early September of 2018. The 2nd season was finally released on Netflix on December 26, 2019.

As “You” Season 2 begins, Joe has moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to get away from his ex-girlfriend, Candace (Ambyr Childers). So now Joe Goldberg, going by the name “Will Bettelheim” in his attempt to lay low, has to navigate being in an unusual or unfamiliar situation.

At the center of this season and its new focus is a young woman named Love (Victoria Pedretti), a chef who catches Joe’s eye at a time when he claims to want to do anything but fall into the same patterns as his life in New York. With the blueprint for Joe set in Season 1, the audience comes into Season 2 knowing that they have to now worry about Love and everyone in her orbit.

The key for the season is to subvert those established expectations, even if Joe doesn’t subvert them on his end, without betraying what made the show work in the first place. Since we’ve seen Joe’s greatest hits in the first season, the second season has to be able to play around and poke fun at them even more than they originally did. Season 2 succeeds here largely because of Love’s characterization.

While both Season 1 and 2 love interest Beck and Love are prototypes for Joe to latch on to, the difference is that Beck was written in an intentionally blank way. Love is such a fully-developed and straightforward character that there’s no mistaking who she is and what she wants. Unlike Beck, Love isn’t searching for and questioning what she wants. Love is upfront about her baggage, and despite Joe’s instincts, she doesn’t “need” to be “saved” by anyone. As observant as Joe is, he’s often genuinely surprised by Love because she isn’t so easy to predict. The same goes for her circle of friends, too. This new dynamic throws Joe’s confidence into crisis mode and allows Season 2 to dismantle Joe in ways Season 1 did not.

The direction “You” goes with Love and her relationship with Joe proves that director, Sera Gamble knows exactly what she’s doing. The more the audience likes Joe, and likes Joe with Love, the more “You” makes sure to tip the scales with all of the terrible things he does, whether it’s kidnapping, murdering, or gaslighting. That last one is especially highlighted when it comes to the Joe-Candace situation as he continues to cling to the falsehood that he’s not the bad guy here and she is. The Candance storyline is where “You” makes it clear just how terrifying Joe is.

Outside of its two romantic leads, “You” Season 2 also succeeds with its supporting characters, Ellie (Jenna Ortega) and Love’s filmmaker/addict brother Forty (James Scully). Both of these characters are able to grow and reveal an unexpected depth. “You” presents a complex and difficult teenage character in Ellie, one that’s self-aware without being an unrealistic portrayal, and the show offers an interesting dynamic in Love and Forty’s co-dependent relationship.

“You” Season 2 proves Season 1 wasn’t a difficult or challenging feat, though it’s questionable if Sera Gamble should attempt to press luck with a Season 3. It will come down to how the audience reacts to the way this season ends. Based on season 1, Season 2’s conclusion makes sense and could even bring the series to a whole other level, should it continue?

Reese’s Review: Riverdale Season 4

By Reese Croslin

Riverdale season 4 is now available on Netflix and season 5 is currently airing on the CW.

Looking for something to watch after final week? Riverdale’s fourth season has not gone by fast enough  and the suspense is killing everyone. If you are familiar with the teens of Riverdale High you know how difficult it is to watch one episode at a time. Season3 is now available to stream on Netflix so you can catch up or go back and rewatch all of the drama in preparation for season 4 which is currently airing on the CW.

If you watch Riverdale you know the main characters including Jughead Jones, Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge. Many people (especially teenagers) are so drawn to the shows mystery, drama, romance, and a little bit of horror.

Let’s start at the beginning of Riverdale when a girl named Veronica Lodge moved to town and her dad Hiram Lodge is taking over the town. One thing he took down was the South Side Serpents which was ran by FP Jones. Now Hiram owns his own jail and he is in it!

In season 2 there is a unexpected character known as the Black Hood. He is a serial-killer, who kills the four main characters friends. The drama never ends on Riverdale and it only gets more insane when the Black Hood turns out to be the dad of one of the show’s main characters. The end of season 3 left the audience with a cliffhanger that leads into  season 4.

In the final moments of season 3, the shows jumps ahead and foreshadows a dark future for the Riverdale gang.  The final scene shows three of the main characters promising not to say a word while Archie holding Jughead’s beanie. They were all covered in blood! You might be wondering about what they did. Nobody knows yet. In the current season we recently saw the town sheriff  F.P. Jones walking into Riverdale High to arrest Betty, Veronica, and Archie for the murder of Jughead Jones. There faces don’t seem to be surprised in my opinion.

I highly recommend watching Riverdale for all of the crazy twists and turns. You can keep up with all of the madness if you stream on The “CW” Channel or app every Wednesday past 7 p.m. several episodes are up now and you can binge watch Riverdale over the Christmas break!

Netflix’s “The A List” Will Keep You Guessing

By Destiny Powell

The new Netflix show is a supernatural teen drama everyone would enjoy.

Evoking ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘The Society’, ‘The A List’ is about a group of teenagers who find themselves on an island with no connection to the outside world. As the power struggle between the two popular girls heats up, it becomes clear that there is more to the island than meets the eye.

The A list is a new teen British supernatural thriller series on Netflix. While the narrator creates a bizarre edge, it does come with a lot of teen drama. The A List aired in October of 2018 but just came out on Netflix on August 30th of 2019. It may drive you a bit crazy at first, but in the end everything starts to come together. Season 1 has 13 episodes that are all around 25 to 30 minutes long. Since they are all around 25 to 30 minutes long, it’s a quick binge. The plot consists of a girl named Mia arriving at and idyllic summer camp expecting to be queen bee, but the “holiday of a lifetime” turns into a twisted nightmare with The arrival of the mysterious Amber. By the end of episode 2 you should make you want to watch more.

The Netflix series begins with a lot of teens arriving at a camp on Peregrine Island. As previously mentioned the narrator is very good with setting the tone which makes the Netflix show way better. However, one thing that is very strange is how in episode 3 a new person has shown up and claimed that she had been there all along. You will simply have questions and wonder what is going on.

Since The A List is a teen series, there is a focus on diversity in this teen thriller. The diversity and inclusion feels very natural. The diversity varies in terms of race, gender, and sexuality is just a small part of the overall story. The key plot device is most definitely the supernatural bits which became more and more intense as the series goes on. You will definitely understand how things work by episode 3.

The supernatural vibe of the show really works well in many ways. It creates a quite creepy vibe that will more than likely draw in more of a teen audience and not so many adult viewers. The creators of The A List, Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier previously worked together on the online mystery drama Dixi which was mainly created by Dan Berlinka. It’s certainly no surprise that both Dan Berlinka and Nina Metivier are successful in writing teen drama.

while it currently unconfirmed whether there will be a season, the season finale does end on a cliffhanger. The Teen thriller did recently come out on Netflix and is getting more views everyday. After the season finale, people might have many questions that are unanswered, more than likely there will be a season 2.

Melanie Martinez Addresses Hot Topics on New Album

Melanie Martinez hits on controversial topics in her new album K-12

By Erica Sells

Melanie Martinez’s new album speaks volumes about society and very harsh standards. The album, K-12, features 13 new songs. These songs cover many controversial topics such as bullying, school shootings, bulimia, self-harm, and depression. Many of these songs have children’s laughter playing the background, seeming to paint a picture of innocence, but the songs themselves include many curse words and mature themes.

If I had to pick a favorite, I would choose “The Principal”, a song about a school shooter. It paints a picture of a greedy bully who loves the attention they get from being so violent. But it could also be implying that the bully is the true murderer, because they traumatized the actual shooter, driving them to hurt others. I believe it to be the latter.

Another very memorable song is “Wheels on the Bus”. This song seems to say that society fails to prevent teenagers’ bad deeds, consciously choosing to ignore their wrongdoings. The song talks about the bus driver seeing two students doing an inappropriate thing and he turns away, uncaring.

“Drama Club” is about a person who has to fit a certain image to be accepted. They have to “live by a script”. They have to wear the mask, but throughout the song, this person is refusing to do the things others say they must. They are breaking free from the mold. 

The entire album is about accepting everyone as who they are and be aware of what’s going on around us. Melanie seems to want to communicate that we should accept ourselves as well. It’s a beautiful message and the songs are magnificently crafted. The melodies of each song fit well with the lyrics. I loved the entirety of the album and can’t wait to listen to it again.

Review: The Hate You Give

By: Tiffany Dotson

The author of the book The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and experienced drug dealings and gun crime. She had previously written a book, but it didn’t catch the attention of any agents so she wrote another book. The Hate U Give was a book the middle school 8th grade book club read and analyzed this year. There were only a few students that joined book club because Mrs. Osborne, the book club adviser, said the book was about racism, which it was, but the book made it seem more interesting and it stood out compared to any other regular book about racism. Thomas used real life situations that made the book feels relatable to a wide audience. The 8th grade book club is going on a field trip to get a copy of the book signed and to meet the author. We will get to ask her questions as to why she wrote the book and why she had the amount of conflict that was included. The book was also inspiring and for the I have a feeling that anyone who reads the book would be surprised by its ending. The protagonist, Starr Carter, was the witness of a tragedy and struggles to decide what to do about it. I recommend you go to the library and check the book out because I feel that it’s a book everyone should read.

Apex Legends: The New Contender in Battle Royale Gaming

By Tristin Erby

On February 4, 2019, Respawn Entertainment, the creators of Titanfall 1 and 2, dropped a huge new title into the battle royale gaming scene. The game, titled Apex Legends, is a class-based first-person shooter that relies more on teamwork and skill than it does on lucky finds.

The game has a cast of 8 characters, but the developers would like to release another character every two months. Each character has 3 abilities, one being passive, another active, and the last being ultimate. When starting a game, players are first put into a screen with two other players that are choosing their characters alongside you. 8 characters and one player are chosen at random to be Jumpmaster, getting to choose where the location your squad drops to the map.

Once on the ground, it’s a rush for any equipment that you can get your hands on, just like any other battle royale. However, you only have limited space to carry things such as guns, equipment, and ammo, and players have a chance to increase it after getting better backpacks. When engaging in a team fight, it is up to your teamwork and coordination that will decide the fight. If an enemy gets the advantage and a teammate dies, they still have a chance to be brought back by grabbing the person’s banner and placing it at a respawn beacon.

The game is, however, not without flaws. Characters are very diverse and vary in sizes, which means some will have an easier chance of being hit when in a fight. This makes bigger characters less effective in most team fights. These characters are more situational, making fewer players want to choose them.

Apex is a new innovative game with a lot of unique qualities that was new to the battle royal genera. It runs smoothly and is high quality for being a free game, but it does have its problems, and it has variety for people with different play styles. While the game does have its flaws, the quality of the game balances those flaws out to create an overall highly enjoyable gaming experience.