Scandal (First Impressions…sort of)

I’m obsessed.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is the creative mind behind this ABC drama. Olivia Pope, a former media consultant to the president, is ready to move on with her life and opens her own crisis-management firm, but she can’t seem to shake ties with her past. Olivia’s staff includes Quinn Perkins, who has a complicated history, and hacker extraordinaire Huck. As she moves forward it becomes clear that, while her staffers may specialize in cleaning up the lives of other people, they can’t seem to do the same for themselves.

You see, I’m already halfway through Season 3 on Netflix. Maybe I would have stopped to do a first impressions post, if I had been able to stop at all. Once I started this show, I fell down the deep dark rabbit hole. This show is incredibly addictive, and each episode ends on a cliff hanger. I love the show so much. Olivia Pope is beautiful, fierce, fashionable, and all-around perfect. I love that in each episode you get to see flashbacks of the various back stories of the characters. The show is always taking crazy twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. If you’re looking for a new show on Netflix, I highly recommend this one.

Gilmore Girls (I Finished)

ohmygodilovetheshowsomuch!!!!!

So if you don’t know, Gilmore Girls is about a mother and daughter who live in the small town of Stars Hollow in New Hampshire. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a super fascinating show, but don’t judge it yet. The show stars Lauren Graham as the mother, Lorelei and Alexis Bledel as the daughter, Rory. the dialogue is fast and witty. You fall in love with the characters. The show begins when Rory is in high school and finishes when she graduates college.

Wayyy back in December 2014, I wrote a post about my first impressions of the show. Here it is, if you want to check it out! Yeah, it took me way to long to finish this series. The thing is, I finished the first six seasons by about January. It took me until June to finish the seventh season. The seventh season kind of lost me, and it was a struggle to finish it. But I couldn’t get as far as season 6 and drop the show, so I powered through. I think part of the reason the show wasn’t as engaging to watch the last season was because there was a different writer for that season. Another part of the reason why it took me so long to get through it is because I actually had a life last semester. Whattt?? Haha!

If you are not reading any further because of spoilers and you haven’t seen the show, I 100% recommend it. You will not regret it. It’s on Netflix! All seven seasons! Go! Now!

SPOILERS AHEAD***

I absolutely love the show. I love Lorelei and Rory. They are amazing. I love how the show was able to transition and continue on once Rory started college because so many shows end when the character finishes high school. I am 100% Team Jess. I loved him from the start, and I loved him whenever he made small reappearances. I just wish he hadn’t totally blown it with Rory. Up and leaving without saying a word… It took me a very long time to accept that Rory was dating Logan. I didn’t like him from the beginning. And by the time I had come to terms with their relationship, he went and messed it up again. And Dean isn’t even in the running. I mean, the car gesture was nice and everything, but that’s about where it ends. I’m not really sure what went on with the whole Lane getting married and becoming pregnant with twins thing. I wasn’t exactly a fan of that. Lorelei and Chris. Arrrrrghhh! That never should have happened. What a mess! Luke and Lorelei forever! Everyone is so lovable, and it is such an amazing show. I’m sad to see it end. I wish I had loved the last season as much as the others.

I love this so much that I sat and watched the entire reunion video that recently happened. If you’re interested in watching this, you can find it here. It’s wonderful!

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, and Amanda Pressner

Travel inspiration!

Three friends, each on the brink of a quarter-life crisis, make a pact to quit their high pressure New York City media jobs and leave behind their friends, boyfriends, and everything familiar to embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world in The Lost Girls.

I really want to travel a bunch, so I’ve been trying to read travel memoirs. This is the first one that I’ve tried and read all of the way through. (I tried Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There and A Year in the World by Frances Mayes, but I wasn’t wild about either of them.) I really liked the personalities of the three girls. Each chapter switches between the three different perspectives of the girls. When I think of traveling, my first continent on the list is always Europe. This book completely avoided Europe, and I found it to be fascinating and inspiring. It opened me up to a wide variety of places that I would not have thought to travel to. I liked the book because it felt like a story. I’ll admit that some parts become a bit dull, but they eventually pick up again. I really liked the first half of the book especially. I would recommend this book if you want travel inspiration as well as a good story.

Copenhagen

I found this movie on Netflix, and I ended up liking it.

While trying to track down his grandfather in Denmark, a surly Canadian (Gethin Anthony) strikes up a friendship with a teenage waitress (Frederikke Dahl Hansen) who agrees to serve as his translator and guide.

I wasn’t quite sure about this movie because of the age gap between the characters–a possible romance movie between a 28 year old and a 14 year old…? But, I decided to give it a try, and it was worth it! I really enjoyed the way the movie was shot. Everything felt very realistic, and it felt like I was there in Copenhagen. Frederikke Dahl Hansen also did a fantastic job playing Effy. While William is completely intolerable in the beginning, his friendship/relationship/whatever-it-is with Effy helps him to see the world a little differently. Also, the scenery of Copenhagen is beautiful! It’s like a mini tour of the city.

The DUFF

Really good and enjoyable.

Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.

Sometimes Hollywood has trouble accurately portraying high school, and it’s painful to watch. But I thought that this movie represented high school relatively accurately. It pointed out that the stereotypical groups and cliques of high school have more blurred boundaries in reality. The students actually carried backpacks and wore normal clothes. The dialogue was realistic. I also love Mae Whitman. She’s amazing, and she was cast really well for this role. Also, Robbie Amell is hot. And while the movie is relatively predictable, it was still quite enjoyable.

Blended

A good and funny movie!

Recently divorced mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widowed dad Jim (Adam Sandler) let their friends push them into a blind date, which goes disastrously wrong. Unsurprisingly, neither wants to see the other ever again. However, fate intervenes when both Jim and Lauren, unbeknown to each other, purchase one-half of the same vacation package at a South African resort; they and their children are forced to share the same suite and participate in a slew of family activities together.

In general, I’m never quite sure if Adam Sandler movies will turn out well. This one was really funny. It had some definite laugh out loud moments. Some parts of the movie are ridiculous, but they’re so ridiculous that they end up being funny. The music effects make it hysterical, and it’s a sweet romantic comedy. I think Drew Barrymore played the part well, and the little girl is adorable! If you’re looking for a light-hearted comedy, I’d suggest this one!

A Summer of Books

While I’m not making any pinky promises, I am going to try to read a book a week this summer. This goal may become a bit more difficult once I start working, but I’ve felt pretty guilty for not having read much recently. Honestly, I haven’t had the time and/or made the time to read personal books since starting college. I have always loved reading and I want to make it a priority and a part of my life again. Sometimes it’s difficult when I read too many books in a row that don’t really capture my interest, but I must stay strong! I plan on utilizing the library and reading fun books! 

So, to a summer of reading!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Another wonderful Sarah Dessen book!

Sydney has always felt invisible. She’s grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world. Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last. 


This was a really good book and a fast read. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters, and I enjoyed the storyline. I thought that the main character Sydney was quite relatable, and the supporting characters were well rounded and unique. 

To be honest, I haven’t especially enjoyed Sarah Dessen’s recent novels, but this one kept me reading. I wouldn’t say that it’s hands-down amazing, but it is a good book. My favorites will always be The Truth About Forever and Along for the Ride (with Just Listen making the top three). 

I love that Dessen creates well-rounded characters with girls who face real life problems. I also like that there are strong and original supporting characters and the whole entire story doesn’t revolve around a boy. 

1989 – Taylor Swift

This is not an album review because I have not bought the whole album. This is just a my-opinions-on-Taylor-Swift’s-new-direction post.

Okay, I love Taylor Swift’s first album, her self-titled one. I like the little bit of country charm she possesses in that album. I also like her second album. I wouldn’t even consider Fearless to be country, but it’s not Top 40 pop either. Taylor sort of created her own genre; she was doing her own thing.

When I hear Red for the first time I was even a bit sad because it was clear she was moving in a pop direction. I wasn’t a fan of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” I’m sorry…

So, I wasn’t too terribly surprised to hear that 1989 was pure pop. At least she stopped branding it as country. When I heard “Shake It Off,” I was sad. I can’t really say disappointed because who am I to tell her what direction to go in? It’s her career; she can choose!

Now, I’ll admit “Shake It Off” is pretty catchy, until you get to the “rapping” part. It’s so sickly pop that it’s so irresistibly catch. So, I’m not going to sit here and completely hate on it because sometimes I like to listen to it. Honestly, if it was another artist, I’m not sure I’d have any problem loving it. My only sadness is that I feel like she’s loosing some of the originality that she brought to her earlier albums. She’s beginning to sound more generic…

But, that’s working for her. She seems to be more popular now than ever. She’s reached the mainstream, and she’s at the top of the charts.

I’ll admit also that I have a soft spot for “Blank Space” and “Style” but especially “Blank Space.” They’re catchy. Music is music. If it makes me happy and I enjoy listening to it, I should listen to it!

To sum it up, I like the music, I just wish it wasn’t Taylor who was making it…

 

Gilmore Girls: First Impressions (sort of)

I love this show so much!!!!!!!!!

This is a tv series (that’s on Netflix) about a mother (Lauren Graham) and daughter (Alexis Bledel) with a close relationship who live in the small town of Stars Hollow in Connecticut. It’s a bit difficult to sum up, since it’s pretty much just them living their lives in the small town.

This show is absolutely amazing. It doesn’t sound like much, but it so is. The writing is absolutely wonderful! It’s so quick and witty! Once you get to know the characters, you fall in love with them and their lives. Melissa McCarthy is on the show. This is where she got her start! (I think…at least it was before she was big)

Currently I have just started season 5, so I’m not quite at the first impressions stage…

Let me just say this, watch the show. Please give it a chance. It’s wonderful.

 

WARNING, I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’M GOING TO SAY BELOW AND IT MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS:

Okay, first of all Jess… I love him. Even though he’s messed up so much, I love him. I wish he could just do it right and be with Rory… He had to go and mess everything up by being uncommunicative! Grr! So frustrating.

Also, don’t shoot me or anything, but I’m not that big of a fan of Dean. I feel like he’s a really flat character. He’s just the boy next door, the perfect boyfriend. He doesn’t seem to really have any interests or anything interesting to say. Nor does he seem to share common interests with Rory! He’s fine. He’s not a bad guy, but he’s just meh. And that is not good enough for Rory!

Luke and Lorelei!!! Ah! Finally. It’s so cute! They’re perfect together!! I hope it doesn’t get messed up as it always seems to on tv shows.

I’m just tearing through episodes, which scares me. I don’t want it to end, but I want to find out what happens!