The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Title: The Edge of Seventeenedge_of_seventeen
Year: 2017
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Genre: Comedy/Coming of Age
Date Watched: January 21, 2017
Category: A teen movie

From the moment I saw the trailer for this movie I knew I had to see it. It might as well have been about my own experience as a teenager. For anyone who’s ever felt like the dorky outsider, or wondered why they can’t just be like everyone else and have a normal conversation, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for. So much of the movie was completely awkward and cringeworthy but I loved every moment of it anyway.

I don’t want to say too much about the movie except that in some ways it was certainly predictable and it was exactly what I expected from laughter to tears evoking a sense of nostalgia for my own awkward high school years.

Perhaps the most enviable part of the entire movie is that I did not get to spend my teenage years with such an expansive wardrobe of sneakers and hoodies.

Okay, joking aside, this movie is a beautiful exploration of siblings and how the grass always seems greener on the other side, friendship and ultimately finding one’s people.

Rating: 3.5/5

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thiefthe-book-thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical
Pages: 584
Category: 49. Read a book that has won a literary award
Format: Paper

Date Started: January 8th 2017
Date Finished: January 21st 2017

I’ll start with a little note today, there will be spoilers in this review. And a second note, I have not seen the movie The Book Thief so I am coming at this completely fresh knowing only that it was set during WWII.

Those two things said, this book has been sitting on my bookshelf mocking me since I was still in high school and found it in a second hand bookshop and brought it home. Every single time I’ve gone to my bookshelf looking for something to read it’s screamed at me ‘choose me, read me’ and every time I’ve ignored it, fearing that like many popular books with such heavy topics it would not be a book that would capture my attention. This year I decided it was time.

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