Why I Still Love My Fair Godmother

Day 25) Y is for Young: Choose a junior or Young adult book

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My Fair Godmother (My Fair Godmother #1) by Janette Rallison

I first came upon Janette Rallison when I stumbled upon her book, All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School (Pullman High #2). I thought the story was hilarious, fun, the characters were fun; i.e. I just LOVED it!

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I then went on to stalk her work and reading anything published that I could get my hands on: Just One Wish; My Double Life; It’s a Mall World After All; My Unfair Godmother; How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend; Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To-Do List; Revenge of the Cheerleaders; Playing the Field; and Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws. 

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But out of all of these, my favorite was and still is My Fair Godmother.

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Now you all know I like fairy tales,

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I mean I have already reviewed I think four retellings. And this book is the ultimate: you get a combo of two fairy tales, magical creatures, princes, funny situations, and just all around a fantastic book.

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Yes, even though I’m heading into adulthood more than “young adult”; I still read this book like every three months. I just can’t get enough.

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Chrysanthemum “Chrissy” Everstar wants to attend Godmother University and go from “fair” to full. For extra credit she was sent to the Delano family in Herndon, Virginia the 21st century. There she is to figure out which Delano sister is in need of her services and assist them.

She starts with no-nonsense, older sister Jane. Jane is logical, intelligent, and doesn’t care about clothes, looks, or boys.

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She is interested in one boy, Hunter, and he approaches her one day, but it turns out that he is dating her younger sister, Savannah.

What?!

What?!

Jane is upset but then begins to believe that Hunter does like her and rationalize that everything he does means he really loves her.

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But when that moment is shattered she begins an attack on him for hurting him. She gets a makeover, flirts, and does all she can to get other boy’s attentions.

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She succeeds in getting his attention and the two date, even though he hasn’t broken up with Savannah.

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What jerks

I mean seriously, you are her sister!!! You should know better.

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Anyways, after that heartbreak, Chrissy turned her attentions towards Savannah using her magic to give both sister a happily ever after full of handsome princes, beautiful gowns, and a renewed bond.

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Yes, in the words of my algerbra II math teacher: “You are not passing this class unless you show you work. Even of the answer is correct I need to see how you came to the answer or you will fail.”

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Professor Goldengill, admissions, is not taking that for the full answer. Before they let Chrissy in, they want the whole story, not part of it. They ask the leprechaun who was assigned to assist her, Clover T. Bloomsbottle, but he isn’t helpful in his information either. Only one thing left to do, call in the memory elves.

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They go in and get the real story.

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Savannah Delano

After Savannah Delano blew her money on the perfect prom dress and spent all that time bringing out Jane’s beauty; her boyfriend dumps her.

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And not just dump her, but dump her for her older sister!

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Understandably, Savannah is upset and doesn’t make the best decisions. She starts with the normal post-boyfriend phases. Eating sugar:

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Getting back and her sister by hiding her stuff

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And by buying a bikini (something her parents have forbidden her to wear) to wear to the big pool party. She hopes to capture the interest of someone else and maybe get Hunter back in the process.

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To rub the salt in the wound, Hunter and Jane are trying to fix her up with Hunter’s friend Tristan.

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Tristan is nice, but having your ex who dumped you for your sister and then try to fix you up is just too painful and embarrassing.

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At the pool party, Savannah removes her contacts for fear of losing them or ruining them with chlorine getting in her eyes. She goes swimming and has the most mortifying night; losing her top, going in the men’s room on accident, etc. After that she is done with life and everything.

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Enter Chrissy, Savannah’s fair godmother, here to grant her three wishes. Chrissy a gum chewing, bubble headed, heel wearing godmother. Not your usual grade.

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Not good

Savannah is given a contract to sign and told that until her wishes are fulfilled she will be cursed with having to tell the truth or else snakes and toads and such will come sliding out of her mouth.

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Savannah agrees and tries to figure out what to wish for, this popping out of her mouth:

“I just wish that somehow my life could be like a fairy tale. You know, with a handsome prince waiting for me at the ball, and that somehow when I meet him, everything will work out happily ever after.”

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Wish #1: Cinderella

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Savannah finds herself sent back to a medieval time and as Cinderella. There she has to serve two evil stepsisters and a stepmother.

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Forced to do backbreaking labor for months that she has no skills or knowledge of doing before. Everyday she calls for Chrissy, but gets no answer.

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Then Prince Edmond, Prince Hugh, and their sister stop by the house when passing through and in need of lodging for the night. There Savannah sees the handsome prince destined for her, is actually nothing but a big jerk.

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She continues to call and call with Chrissy finally answering. Chrissy has sent Savannah long before the ball to learn her lesson. Savannah, however, doesn’t want this and makes a new wish.

“I just…um…I want to feel beautiful and loved, and although I like the idea of having a prince, he has to be more than just handsome and rich. He has to be nice and kind…”

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Wish #2: Snow White

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Savannah now finds herself as Snow White living with seven dwarves. Apparently Snow White isn’t the brightest bulb of the bunch as the dwarves treat her like an imbecile.

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And Savannah can’t do anything to show she is intelligent as she doesn’t know their names, doesn’t know how to make bread, doesn’t know how to make soup, and doesn’t know the people in the town.

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After a truly embarrassing scene where she tries to outwit the tale of her poisoning to only confusing a harmless widow with the witch’s change of appearance:

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She then tries to convince the group she is from another time as Chrissy won’t return her calling her and she doesn’t know what else to do. They don’t believe her and plan to do some bloodletting to remove the crazy.

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Chrissy finally comes and Savannah makes her third wish.

“I don’t want to be in some medieval fairy tale. I want to live back home with my family. When I said I wanted a prince, I didn’t mean somebody from history or the pages of a storybook. I meant that I wanted that type of guy, but I wanted him from my own day and age. I want a boyfriend who is nice, kind-and handsome too, but that’s not the most important thing. As I’ve thought about Jane and Hunter during my time here, I realized that the problem was that he never liked me, he just liked what I looked like. He always wanted someone who was more like Jane and when they met, well, it was just bound to turn out that way. So I want someone who is loyal and has integrity-but most important I want a guy who likes my personality…And okay, I admit that in the past I haven’t applied myself in school like I should have, but I’m turning over a new leaf, so I want a guy who is smart too. And I want this guy to go to prom with me.”

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Back Home

Savannah is thrilled to be home again, to her it has been months (one week there equals one hour in our time) but the family thinks she has just been in her room for hours; Chrissy’s magic not perfect as it should be as if no time has passed like in Narnia. And after being forced to eat medieval food, she pigs out and enjoys modern living.

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But then Savannah goes to school and hears Tristan is missing.

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Not good

She starts to suspect what might have happened, with Chrissy confirming it. Chrissy has sent him back to the medieval time that Savannah was in. He has to become a prince or else he can’t come home again. Savannah tries to wish him out, but can’t as she has used up all her wishes already.

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She tries to get help from Clover, setting up a leprechaun trap, but he will only help is she promises to send him and his gold back to Ireland.

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Ugh! My life!

She agrees, and Clover points out that in the contract she can oversee her wishes. Therefore Chrissy can send her back to that time so she can aid Tristan. Savannah returns her prom dress and uses the money to buy a costume dress to wear, along with paying the postage to send Clover back. But before leaving she uses all her knowledge of the times to pack items that she can use to barter and will help them: aspirin, spices, costume jewelry of glass, silverware, etc.

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She also makes Jane promise to mail the package for her as she has no time to waste.Eventually Chrissy answers her and Savannah finds herself back in time.

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Wish #3: Turn Tristan into a Prince

When Tristan meets her he is less than happy, having spent about five months in medieval times due to her wish. Savannah explains she didn’t mean it, and she had just gotten cheated on and dumped for her older sister. This softens Tristan.

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Aw, man.

She shows Tristan the items she brought and he explains what must be done in order for him to become a prince. He needs to kill a cyclops, a dragon, and defeat a mysterious black knight.

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The next day he goes to get fitted for armor, while Savannah runs into a wizard. There she trades some items to get a potion switching elixir. If she kisses anyone or is kissed (or licked by an enchanted animal) she will find herself trading enchantments with that person (or animal). This becomes increasingly hard as she finds herself falling for Tristan, but unable to share about her curse or show her feelings as she can’t get the enchantment to become a prince. She’ll never be able to go home!

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Savannah calls for the black knight, and ends up getting him to kiss her, swapping his invincibility for her only being able to tell the truth. She then tries to help Tristan fight the cyclops, making a mess and having to be rescued.

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Not in this case.

However things get even more complicated when Jane and Hunter arrive (having opened the box and striking a deal with Clover), the Princess wants to get rid of Savannah, both Princes appear to be fighting over her, and it turns out that she is still living out her Cinderella and Snow White wishes. This means not only does she have to go to the ball, where Edmond will fall for her, but Snow White’s stepmom is still trying to kill her.

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Will Savannah be able to save Tristan and get back home? Or will she be doomed to spend the rest of her days in Medieval Times?

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I love this book so much and think it is the penultimate for any fairy tale fan. I also just love Tristan, he is beyond the perfect guy.

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If only he were real:Dateficchar

So yes, go to your local library or bookstore and pick up your copy today!

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To start the 30 Day Challenge from the beginning, go to It Was a Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451

For the previous post, go to Xactly Why I Think Beastly is An Xcellent Story

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For more fairy tales, go to At Midnight, Your Coach Will Become a Pumpkin Again, and the Animals Will Regain Their Original Shape Until Your Next Ball: Ella Enchanted

For more on Cinderella, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

For more on Snow White, go to Snow White of A Day

For more sisterly rivalry, go to Fantastic Fantasies

For more Audrey Hepburn, go to The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen
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And once again:

Merry Christmas

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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)

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Xactly Why I Think Beastly is An Xcellent Story

Day 24) X is for X: Choose a book whose author has an X in their name

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An X?

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I couldn’t think of anything, of any name that had an X in it. I decided that I would just shelve it for now and come back to it later.

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But then the days passed and we grew closer and closer to the 24th and I had no idea what to pick.

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But then my friend returned my book Beastly, by AleFlinn, that I had let her borrow. I looked at it and I knew!

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This was the book I was going to use for my X.

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Beastly (Kendra Chronicles #1) by Alex Flinn

So I don’t know exactly how I stumbled onto this book. But I read it, loved it, and then went on to read everything else Flinn wrote.

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Flinn is a master teller at taking fairy tales and rewriting them in modern times with youth audiences and characters.

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Now I read this years ago, a few years after it was published and just absolutely loved it. Then I heard the movie was coming out based on it, and tracked that film; so excited to see it on the screen and dragging two of my friends with me. But then I saw it:

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It was horrible. I did not like it one bit. They just cut the heart and soul of the book leaving a shadow of what it was. The book was much better.

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Now when I first read the book I had only previously seen Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and read the tale it was based on. Since then, I have seen a few other things and I have noticed that Flinn pulls from both La Belle et la Bête

And the Beauty and the Beast TV show from the ’80s.

In fact one of the characters is called Lindy in the book and Linda Hamilton played “Belle” in the TV show. Coincidence? I think not. Plus the way he looks, the way he protect Lindy, havoc on the subway, etc.

Well that’s enough of that, let’s check out the book.

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So we start in a way I have never seen a retelling of a fairy tale start before. With IMing between a bunch of different fairy tale characters. We have the little mermaid from The Little Mermaid, the Bear from Snow White and Rose Red, the frog prince from The Frog Prince, and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast,  And who is the chat room run by? Mr. Anderson.

No, not that Mr. Anderson. Anderson as in Hans Christian Andersen.

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So then we flashback to how our Beast, became a beast.

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Part 1: A Prince and a Witch

Kyle Kingsbury is a freshman at a private school, Tuttle, and the son of the very wealthy news anchor, Rob Kingsbury. Kyle is a perfect dreamboat, utter perfection in height, looks, etc.

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But while the outside is a treat, how he acts is the exact opposite.

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All he cares about is his looks and popularity, hurting and being cruel to others around him. This year they are getting ready for homecoming and have their election for freshman Prince, of which Kyle is nominated. As they start voting, one person speaks out.

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Kendra Hilferty is not what most would call beautiful. She has a strange green hair, is rather plain, and dresses in black “gothish” type clothing. She is upset about how this contest is all about looks instead of who they are, telling Kyle he is ugly where it really counts.

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Kyle is angry over what Kendra said so he decides to play a trick on her. He invites her to the Homecoming dance, all the while planning on going with his real girlfriend, Sloane, and roasting Kendra.

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She’ll get what’s coming to her.

When Sloane hears that Kyle will be going with Kendra, she is livid, but Kyle calms her down when he tells her about his “joke”. Kyle doesn’t really like Sloane, she’s really annoying and bratty, but she is the hottest girl and after tonight is going to let him come to her house while her parents are out…well as long as he brings an orchid.

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Kyle goes home and tries to talk to his dad, but he doesn’t care. Kyle doesn’t have a mom as she left years ago and has never tried to contact him. His dad is super shallow and only cares about himself and his needs, never thinking of his child or the example he is setting.

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That night Kyle is ready to go to the ball, dance I mean (I’m reading too many fairy tales), when it turns out his maid Madga didn’t buy the orchid but bought a single, white rose. Sloane is furious about there being no orchid and refuses to have the rose. However, there is a scholarship student taking the tickets who exclaims over its beauty. Kyle gives it to her, the only genuine, nice thing he has ever done.

How sweet!

How sweet!

When Kendra arrives and discovers what he has done she tells him he will pay for what he has done and will be as ugly on the outside as he truly is on the inside.

She'll get what's coming to her.

She’ll get what’s coming to her.

Kyle is upset, and scared, but continues to do what is expected as Prince of Homecoming. But at twelve o’clock that night Kendra appears to him and reveals she is a witch, and Kyle is turned into a beast.

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NOOOOOOO!

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Part 2: The Beast

When Kyle’s father discovers the transformation, he carts him all over the United States to see what they can do. But nothing can change him.

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He cuts his hair, it grows back. He slices his skin, it instantly heals. Kendra gives him a magic mirror that allows him to see anyone he wants, and she uses it to “call” him throughout the book. Nothing can destroy him, and nothing can change him back except if he could find someone to love him in this bestial form. And he has two years, because of his gift of the rose, to find it or be stuck as a beast forever!

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And this is what I don’t like about the film. They just give him a bunch of tattoos, but that isn’t as hard to love as something that doesn’t even look human. Plus they cut out how long he has to be a beast, removing his first year of angst, anxiety, and depression and being pushed apart from the rest of the world.

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Part 3: The Castle

Yes, Kyle’s father can’t stand the sight of him and ships him off to an old brownstone in Brooklyn which has old windows that can’t open and no one can come in and see him. He sends Magda to take care of him and things to amuse him.

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Kyle decides that he is no longer Kyle. After careful consideration, he chooses Adrian as it speaks of his new nature. He tries to find love online, but Kendra warns him that won’t work.

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After deciding he will spend the rest of his life alone, he blackmails his father into providing him a tutor. The father complies, but selects a blind tutor, that way no one will hear of what his son is.

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Will, the tutor, comes into Adrian’s life and he and Magda become his only friend, besides those who also have been transformed that he IMs. This is really interesting as they follow what occurs in those stories too.

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Adrian discovers that Will used to have sight, but lost it as he aged. Magda had a family, but they weren’t allowed into the country so she is alone now. Adrian calls Kendra and works a deal that if he finds his love to break the spell, Kendra will grant the wishes of the others.

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Adrian begins to read and study as he has nothing else in his life.

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Something else he does with his time is watch people from his former life and school. One day he looks up the girl he gave the rose to, Lindy. Lindy is from a poor neighborhood and is a scholarship student. Her father is a drug addict and pusher, and she tries as hard as she can to take care of him. She spends as much time as she can reading, the library being her refuge.

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Part 4: The Intruder in the Garden

One night everything changes. Adrian hears a crash and discovers that someone is trying to break into the house.

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He goes to protect it and threatens the man with police. The man, in fear for his life, offers to trade his daughter for his life. He shows Adrian a picture and it is Lindy.

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Adrian is horrified that he would do such a thing, but accepts as he wants to protect her and has hope that maybe she is the one to break the spell.

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Lindy moves in, and things do not go according to Adrian’s plan. Lindy is furious and wants to leave. Will at first feels the same way, but after meeting her father agrees with Adrian’s solution.

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After giving him a lot of time, Lindy starts to come around as she is just as lonely. At first she is weirded out by Adrian’s appearance, but as their friendship grows she begins to enjoy being around him.

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Part 5: Time Lapses, Autumn and Winter

Adrian begins to care more about Lindy’s feelings than his own desires to have the curse broken and gets his dad to rent them a place in the country where they are freer to roam and hangout. He also decides to release Lindy from her commitment to stay with him, and she decides to remain there.

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How sweet!

However, one night Lindy says how she is worried about her father and Adrian shows her the mirror. When she looks into it, she sees her father, sick and shaking. She leaves to go take care of him and promises to return.

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Months pass and no Lindy.

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Adrian starts to become depressed and decides that he will be a beast forever.

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They move back to the brownstone and still no Lindy.

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Adrian watches her in the mirror but she never comes to him. All have given up hope except Magda, who keeps encouraging Adrian. It comes down to the final day and still no Lindy.

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Then at night Adrian hears Lindy scream and looks her up in the mirror. She is being held up for money owed by her dad. Adrian takes off in the subway, not caring who sees him, but going to her aid.

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When he arrives, the other pusher is so freaked at his appearance he shoots Adrian, who continues to run at him tossing the gun aside and saving Lindy. As Adrian starts bleeding, Lindy says the words he has always desperately wanted to hear:

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Instantly, he is transformed into Kyle again.

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Part 6: Happily Ever After

The police come and after they deal with that mess they return to the brownstone. When they get there it is revealed that Magda is really Kendra.

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She too had to serve a sentence and Kyle’s breaking of his spell has allowed her to return home to her family. Will’s eyes are healed and three pick up their lives; Will teaching at Tuttle and Lindy and Kyle attending. They continue to live at the brownstone, a happy family, with Kyle being a better person.

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In the end we hear from the chat group how each has completed their own journey, some with happy endings and others with ones that were not quite what they expected.

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It was a great book and I just LOVE it.

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I highly recommend it for any fairy tale fan.

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To start the 30 Day Challenge from the beginning, go to It Was a Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451

For the previos post, go to There’s a Cyclone Coming: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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For more Alex Flinn, go to Someone is Killing By Copying Old Murders!: Real Murders

For more on Beauty and the Beast, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

For more fairy tales, go to I Found this Blank Book of Stitched Together Pages…I’ll Record the Details of Our Confinement: Book of a Thousand Days

For more Audrey Hepburn quotes, go to At Midnight, Your Coach Will Become a Pumpkin Again, and the Animals Will Regain Their Original Shape Until Your Next Ball: Ella Enchanted

For more on Hans Christian Anderson, go to I Will Not Bend, I Will Not Break

For more G. K. Chesterton, go to A Book Only a Reader Could Write

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Let me just start with this, George you will be missed.

So as this book is about true and false love, I decided to go with the song that has been on the radio nonstop, Last Christmas by Wham!

I love Wham! I’ve been obsessed with them for a looong time. This isn’t my favorite by them, for the longest time I didn’t even like this song; but after hearing it on the radio constantly I grew to really love it.

It was written by the late, great George Michael and tells the tale of someone giving their heart to someone, only to have it broken as they were unfaithful.

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But luckily they find someone to give their heart to that will protect it.

It has been extremely popular and been constantly redone by other artists. Wham! is my favorite, not just because I love the band, but because it is nice to hear the broken heart from a guy’s point of view instead of always a woman.

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For more ’80s music, go to No Mere Mortal Can Resist the Evil of the Thriller: Thriller (1983)

For more Christmas Carols, go to It Looks…as Though We are Being Kidnapped: Five Were Missing

At Midnight, Your Coach Will Become a Pumpkin Again, and the Animals Will Regain Their Original Shape Until Your Next Ball: Ella Enchanted

Day 8) H is for Happily Ever After: Choose a novel that is a retelling of a Fairy Tale

So you all know how I feel about fairy tales:

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And besides fairy tales, I like to read retellings of them. So out of all the ones I read and have ever read I had to think, which is the best one. So I thought and thought and thought…

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And then it came to me…

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

When I was younger I loved going to the library (still do).

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I used to go and look through the stacks for the next books I wanted to check out. I would go down the rows and pick whatever stood out to me, along with the book I would read all the time, The Phantom of the Opera. I was obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera and would check it out, return it, then check it out again in an endless cycle.Fangirlfinishedreadingwhattodonow

 My mom didn’t like my obsession with The Phantom of the Opera as she is not a horror fan.

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So she also roamed the stacks and tried to find something, anything else, for me to read that wasn’t dark. I don’t know where or how she found it, but after I picked out as many books as I could take:

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I ran into her. She wanted me to leave The Phantom of the Opera behind as I had just read it, and wanted me to try out this book, Ella Enchanted. She had read it while waiting for me and thought I would like it. I didn’t want it as I wanted what I had picked out.

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We argued for a while and then reached a compromise, I would check out The Phantom of the Opera but had to check out and read Ella Enchanted. I agreed, but secretly thought I wouldn’t like it, even if it was based on a fairy tale; and I loved fairy tales (still do).

Oh well.

Oh well.

But then I read it!

And I had this reaction…

I love it

I thought it was absolutely amazing! I loved it so much I went on to read her other books: The Princesses of BamarreThe Fairy’s Mistake, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, The Princess Test, Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep, For Biddle’s Sake, The Fairy’s Return, and Fairest. Levine is amazing in how she rewrites fairy tales and breathes new life into them.

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This story is a retelling of Cinderella but not one of those average ones that film companies throw out year after year; this one has curses, ogres, elves, quests, fairies, obstacles, etc. It is amazing!

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Wow

And then they made the film of it…

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They ruined it! All the amazing things and hard work, and all the challenges she has to work through tossed out for a silly comedy?!!

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The book had heartbreak, real emotion, pain, suffering, while having comedy, and fun; and the film was a stupid facsimile.

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I mean they only had two things in common: Ella’s curse and the name of all the characters. Everything else was completely wrong. I was so mad I started yelling in the movie theater. That film is crap and deserves to be destroyed.

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But this book is AMAZING! And I think everyone should read it!

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If you recall from the original tale of Sleeping Beauty, or the film, fairies were invited to births and would bestow gifts on the new babies.

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Ella is visited by the fairy Lucinda and given the “gift” of obedience. Lucinda called it a gift, but it is really a curse as Ella must always find herself at the will of others, forced to do whatever she is told.

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Her mother and their cook, Mandy, tried to intercede for her but nothing could change Lucinda’s mind. Ella was stuck.

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Ella’s mother was a lady who married Sir Peter, a merchant. At first, to win her heart, he came off as kind but he really only cares about money and having his way. Luckily, at Ella’s birth he was not there but off trading, or else he would have seized upon the gift and used it to have his way always.

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When Ella was a young girl she told her friend about the curse when they were playing games. Her friend immediately seized upon it and commanded all kinds of things, only stopping when punched in the nose.

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After that, Ella was commanded to never tell anyone about it, but that command didn’t matter. She knew not to trust anyone so easily again.

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How the curse works is that if Ella is given any command she must follow it. Failure to comply makes her very ill, in pain, nauseous, and feeling as if she will shatter into pieces. As soon as she begins following the orders, she is okay again.

The problem with the curse is not only that she must follow any order given, such as kill yourself, is that the curse does not recognize sarcasm or jokes, and she must follow every letter of the command. Very dangerous indeed.

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But Ella is no one’s willing puppet.

Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way unnaturally.”

When given commands, even harmless ones that were just for her own good, Ella would do her best to fight back. Asked to bring something, she would only take part of it. Asked to do something, would only do half or find some loophole to work around it. Did all she could to fight back against it.

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When Ella was fifteen, she and her mother became extremely sick. Mandy gave the two unicorn soup, but instead of drinking it with the unicorn hairs in it, Ella’s mother removed them. Because of this Ella became well, but her mother died.

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The funeral comes and Ella is heartbroken. She makes a mess of herself and is told to go off until she can be calm. After crying her soul out, she notices that one person remains. The Prince.

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Prince Charmont introduces himself as Char and tells Ella how he enjoyed meeting her mother in the past. He tells her the stories his cook has heard from Mandy about Ella, and walks her back to her father.

Back at the house Ella meets Dame Olga and her two daughters; Hattie and Olive. Dame Olga is after her Sir Peter as he is extremely wealthy and she wants to increase her wealth and power. Hattie and Olive are annoying, boring, and just want to eat and talk about money.

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Men?

Later that night, an upset Ella questions Mandy about her fairy godmother. Her mother was going to tell her when she was older, and Ella wants to see her to get her help. Mandy reveals she is the fairy godmother. She only does small magic, and her soup should have cured her mother but she removed the unicorn hair. After that, there was nothing else she could do. She can’t take her curse away either, but one day Ella will be able to break it herself.

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Ella’s family line are the friends of the fairies. They all have a drop of fairy blood in them, which doesn’t give them anything different except for unusually small feet.

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Sir Peter is not the fatherly type, as anything that doesn’t have a monetary ching doesn’t interest him. He wants to send Ella away somewhere, but she wants to stay. But nothing she can say will stop him.

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Not good

Mandy has nothing she can do and promises that Ella will have fun meeting different school girls and making new friends. She gives her a fairy tale book that is magic! And a Gnomish necklace that belonged to Ella’s mother.

Before Ella leaves, she heads off to the zoo to visit all her favorite exotic animals: the dragons, birds, centaurs, etc. She runs into Char and the two spend a fun afternoon together. As they walk further toward the ogres, they come upon a baby gnome.

Ella tries to help the gnome, using the gnomish she imitates from the exotic birds. Char looks around for his parents, but the real danger lies in the ogres. Just by looking at you they know your secrets. As Ella holds the baby, the ogre commands her to come to him and give him the child.

Not good

Not good

Luckily Char commands her to stop and they find the gnome parents. Gnomes can see into the future, and one gives Ella a glimpse:

Gnomes do not see detail. What you wear tomorrow, what you will say, are mysteries. I see outlines only…Danger, a quest, three figures. They are close to you, but they are not your friends…Beware of them.”

Not good

Not good

They next day she is off to finishing school, going with Hattie and Olive. After being together for a few minuets, Hattie discovers that Ella must follow every order given. She doesn’t know why, but that doesn’t stop her from lording over Ella.

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What jerks

Hattie takes everything from Ella; her money, jewelry, and food. And when they get to school it gets no better. No matter how hard Ella tries, Hattie always has the power.

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The teachers make it no better as they are as bad as Miss Michin in A Little PrincessElla does all she can to fight back their commands, constantly trying to keep herself from becoming a puppet.

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Ella has only two bright spots in her day. One is the magic fairy book that not only presents a new tale every time you open it, but also gives letters from her friends and those she cares about. One night she reads a letter from Mandy that Char caught her a centaur and is training it for her. He is extremely upset that she was sent away as he thought Ella was perfect the way she was.

How sweet!

How sweet!

The other thing that goes better for her is that she befriends an Ayorthaian girl, Areida. None of the other girls like her because she is poor, but she and Ella become the best of friends. One night,  Hattie decides she doesn’t like this glimpse of happiness. She commands Ella to stop being her friend.

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Ella looks in her book as she contemplates what to do. In it is a note from Dame Olga to her daughters, one from Char about his ogre hunting, and then a letter from her father that he will be visiting a giant’s wedding in the hopes of seeing a fairy, and getting a fairy gift to trade. Ella sees this as the perfect opportunity and decides that she will run away from school and go to the wedding to try and get Lucinda to get rid of her curse. Before she goes she steals Hattie’s wig.

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Ella heads out to the giants, trading her wig with a baker for bread. She is told that the giants aren’t too far off, but as she travels the journey is longer and longer. She then comes upon elves with spears.

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Not good

She tells them who she is, Sir Peter’s daughter, and they invite her to dinner. She shares her book with them and afterwards they show her their elfin products. Elfin made objects look as if they are alive, and are extremely valuable. They end up giving Ella one, as they like to give their gifts to those who love them.

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The net day she sets off with an Elfin pony and is told it is only four days to the giants. Unfortunately, her luck turns.

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Ella is captured by Ogres. They have eaten her pony and want to eat her next, but luckily she vomits, making her too “sour” to eat. She hopes to leave, maybe if they bind her she can go, but the ogres know her story. They just command her and she is stuck.

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But Ella has one other option. She has been studying languages at school and learned how to speak ogreese. She tricks them into falling asleep, a small win but what to do next?

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As she contemplates, she sees a vision of knights coming. But they aren’t a vision, they are real! It is Char. They try and capture the ogres, but are only able to when Ella charms them again and puts them back to sleep.

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After a wonderful reunion, Char sends her on her way with one of her knights. He promises that he won’t be gone long and hopes to see her again soon.

How sweet!

How sweet!

They get there just in time for the wedding. The knight heads back to the ogres, and Ella sits watching for the fairies. They arrive, but before Ella can talk to Lucinda, she grants a horrible gift to the Giants and disappears.

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She is upset, but at least there is food.

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As she is eating she goes to talk to the other two normal fairies, but then Lucinda reappears. Ella tries to talk to her about the fairy gift, but Lucinda just commands her to to be happy, and Ella runs off looking for Sir Peter to get more orders.

Sir Peter has sold land that didn’t belong to him and will have to pay for this with all his money and then some. He tries to marry Ella off to Edmond, Earl of Warwick. To make sure things flow right, he feeds her special mushrooms to make her extra attentive.

What jerks

What a jerk

It works as she fawns over him and he is interested in her hand in marriage.

That guy!

That guy!

The next day, Ella has a horrible hangover and feels stupid about what happened. But luckily, the Earl has lost a lot of his lands and is too poor for Sir Peter; no marriage. But what’s worse, Sir Peter is to marry Dame Olga.

Blackmail!

Uhhhhh!

Hattie and Olive will be her step sisters.

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The wedding happens in the old castle and Ella tries to hide from her family and the fairy Lucinda. Luckily it is a masquerade and she has a mask to hide her identity. She sits through the ceremony and takes off as soon as she can.

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She runs upstairs into a room, when she is come upon by Prince Char.

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They skip the ball and search the castle for secret passageways and rooms, having a reunion. They stop at a garden shed where they open a bench and find glass slippers. Char puts them on her.

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Then Char asks her to dance.

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So romantic!

So romantic!

Afterwards, they decide to slide down the bannister. The second time the two run right into Ella’s confused parents.

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Afterwards, things go bad. Dame Olga finds out that Sir Peter is poor. She decides that Ella will be a servant in their house as soon as Sir Peter leaves.

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Hattie is upset that the prince likes Ella and punishes her.

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Char is going away to the neighboring country and wiill be gone for a while. He stops to see Ella before he goes, but Hattie imprisons her in her room.

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After that Ella lives out every day a servant, doing the worst and most horrible tasks. She writes to Char, and the two develop a beautiful relationship. Char is a dream come true, although he does have his faults. When his opinion is lost it is lost forever.

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But we all have our faults, if the person was a perfect person with nothing wrong with him, then he’d be as bland as a saltine.

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As they write Ella falls in love with Char, and her dream comes true when Char asks her to marry him.

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Ella wants to say yes, but she can’t because of the curse. It would be too dangerous, so she writes as Hattie and refuses the prince; her heart breaking at every moment.

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There’s real love there. She cares more about Char’s happiness rather  than her own and would never risk his life.

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She tells Mandy, and Mandy decides that Lucinda really needs to be stopped. She calls her in and they make an agreement: Lucinda will be a squirrel for three months and then an obedient child for another three months.

She'll get what's coming to her.

She’ll get what’s coming to her.

Ella holds on to the hope that in six months Lucinda will take the curse away and she can marry Char.

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The night before Lucinda is to com,e Hattie tells Ella that the Prince is coming back and is holding a masked ball. The ball will last for three nights and the Prince is rumored to pick his wife there.

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Ella is ecstatic. She has hope again to win Char back! Lucinda comes that night and says that she regrets everything and would love to take everything back. But Lucinda won’t, as she is done with “big” magic.

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Ella is heartbroken, but she is planning to go to the balls. She won’t talk to him, she will just sit and watch.

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They take the dresses saved from her mother, refashion them, and all is ready except is rains, a pouring rain.

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Saddened at this, she wishes that Mandy would do magic, but Mandy refuses. She calls on Lucinda who gives her a pumpkin carriage, mice turned into footmen ands she is off to the ball.

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She sees Char and stays as far away as she can. But she ends up being unable to hold out and talks to him. She tells him she is Lela and they spend a lot of time together, so much that they fall all over again for each other.

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But Hattie, not to be undone, removes the mask she wears

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And it is Ella.

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She hurries home as fast as she can, and they try to leave, but the Prince and entourage arrive. Char asks Ella to marry him.

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Dame Olga says yes, as that will give her power and money; Olive says yes as that will give her money; Hattie says no as she wants him for herself. Char tells her to say yes. Ella wars within herself, what should she do!

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She knows that saying yes would be death of them, she practically splits apart in two; but then she refuses! She refuses!

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After she let’s it all out, after she has finally broken the curse: she tells Char yes.

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They get married and live happily ever after; with Ella finally being able to make choices: good and bad, she finally is in charge of her own life.

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To start the 30 Day Challenge from the beginning, go to It Was a Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451

For the previous post, go to You Will Be Haunted By Three Spirits: A Christmas Carol

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For more on Cinderella, go to Waiter, There’s Some Disney in My Jane Austen

For more books based on fairy tales, go to I Found this Blank Book of Stitched Together Pages…I’ll Record the Details of Our Confinement: Book of a Thousand Days

For more Audrey Hepburn quotes, go to The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen

For more J. Cole, go to A Cautionary Tale

For more John Green, go to The Fans and the Furious

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Since this is a fairy tale, I thought I should pick a fairy tale Christmas Carol. I settled on the Miniature Overture from The Nutcracker Suite.

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The Nutcracker is based on the fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The ballet was written by Ilyich Tchaikovsky and premiered in 1892.

I like this song a lot and it is my favorite in the entire suite.

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For more Christmas carols, go to Austenland

The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen

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The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen by Beth Pattillo

So when I saw that this was by Beth Pattillo, I was like…

Her again!

Her again!

For those of you who don’t know, my review of Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart did not go well…

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I did not like that book at all. I thought it was absolutely horrible, a complete waste of my time. (If you want to read it, follow this link). So needless to say, I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be reading another one of her books.

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But did I hate this book? Keep reading to find out!

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*Contains Spoilers*

Ellen (Elinor) and Mimi (Marianne) Douglas (Dashwood) have never been close or gotten along with each other. Ellen is the no-nonsense, sensible, wears comfortable clothes sister:

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Mimi on the other hand is the dreamer, outgoing, friendly, doesn’t always think things through, and a fashionista.

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The book is split between the two as narrators and I have to say that I really enjoyed seeing into both sisters heads.

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So the sisters are going on a walking tour of Hampshire, England to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen.

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I know awesome sounding right? Well not for these two as not only do they not get along, they also don’t really like Jane Austen.

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Their mother recently died from cancer and her will stated that they had to go on the tour together and release her ashes in “the most appropriate place” or else they get nothing.

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The girls agree for sentiment and inheritance.

So of course Ellen the “sensible one” brought the right clothing and shoes for their hike, making sure she packed simply and lightly. Mimi on the other hand is a regular clotheshorse and not only has too much to carry but didn’t bring the right things for the hike, looking good but not dressing appropriately.

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They arrive at the hotel they will be staying at and meet the tall, good-looking, fifty-something, retired air force pilot, Tom Braddock (Colonel Brandon).

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After he retired from the air force, he moved to England and does Austen tours as a sideline business.

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Mimi really came on the tour for money more than sentiment. She knows that Ellen and her have a very slim chance of bonding and she really needs the money to achieve her dream; having a boutique in New York. Tom seems very nice, returning her left behind bag, but too old and serious. Besides Mimi can’t be focusing on guys, she needs to keep her eyes on the prize.

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So as Ellen unpacks, she pulls out a package that was sent to her by her mother. The lawyer told her that she had to bring it on the trip and she and Mimi have the task of “deciding what to do with it” after arriving in England.

Ellen decides to get some fresh air when she runs into the person she least expects, her old crush from college, Daniel. Nothing ever happened as he had a fiancé and Ellen wasn’t the type of girl to try and break something like that up. Now however, Daniel is a antique dealer, and a single one at that.

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Ellen tells Daniel why she is in “Jane Austen land”, even though she is not a fan of the books. Daniel reveals that her mom actually arranged for him to come too. Ellen decides to open the package and discovers a book. And not just any book:

Private Property of Miss Cassandra Austen.

Do Not Read.

This Means You, Jane.

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Wow

So Mimi arrives early to the meet and greet the other walkers, and finds out who she will be spending the next days with. There is a couple from Nashville, a couple from Nebraska, a television producer from New York, Karen; a retired lawyer from L.A., Charlotte; a few others but most importantly the gorgeous and richly dressed, British, Ethan Blackmore (Willoughby).

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Mimi is excited and hoping to bag the guy, her own Austen-esque hero.

Daniel wants to take a closer look at the diary, but Ellen stops him. She wants to wait and of course talk to Mimi about it.

She hurriedly gets ready and runs down, looking for Mimi who tells her about Ethan. Before Ellen can meet him, they are interrupted by Mrs. Parrot, the lecturer on the tour. She asks them a lot of questions, and the already paranoid Ellen starts wondering of she knows about the diary they own.

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Mimi tries to throw Daniel and Ellen together, but Ellen doesn’t want to think on that, thwarting her plans.

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After dinner, Ellen tells Mimi about the book and her fears that Mrs. Parrot knows about it all.

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I’m scared!

The two start reading the diary:

The first part of the diary is Cassandra warning Jane about showing her feelings. Cassandra is very much like Elinor/Ellen and Jane sounds like Marianne/Mimi. Cassandra hopes to marry Tom Fowle and worries over Jane’s crush on Jack (who he is I don’t know.)

The next day is the beginning of the hike, and after Ellen hides the book she joins the others. Ellen is thrilled yet uneasy seeing Daniel after all these years. It turns out that her old feelings are resurfacing.

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They spend the hike talking about their lives, death of relationships, and Daniel’s two kids.

Mimi in the other hand is trying as hard as she can to keep up with Ethan. It doesn’t help that she is wearing the wrong shoes and her feet are killing her.

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They talk with Mimi sharing, but Ethan revealing very little about him. *Warning Sign!*

Back away Mimi, far away!

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Getting out of here

As the reach the church on their hike, Mimi stops to rest and demeans herself. Why didn’t she take the time to break in her boots. Why didn’t she take the time to see her mom? Because she was afraid.

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Tom comes to see her and check on her and the two have a lovely conversation.

Stay Mimi, stay!

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She also discovers from Tom that their is a huge market for Jane Austen memorabilia (no duh) and LOTS of money can be made.

Mimi thinks this is great as selling the diary will help her achieve her dreams.

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As Mimi continues walking with Ethan he points out his house. House to him, but “mansion” to us in the states. Mimi is floored by it. Ethan invites her over for a “private tour” and Mimi accepts.

No Mimi, no!

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That night when they stop at a pub to eat, Tom comes over to Ellen to talk to her about Mimi. He is worried about her feet, as she is going to have some serious problems with them. Tom also warns Ellen that Ethan is no good, she better watch her sister.

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They spend the time talking with Ellen telling Tom about why they are on the tour and her mother’s attempt at matchmaking from the grave.  Tom encourages her to not be afraid and try with Daniel if she still has feelings for him.

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Afterwards the sisters have a real heart to heart. Ellen shares her frustrations at having to care for mom on her own, while Mimi shares her fears to come and see her. Then they talk about Daniel and Ethan.

“Maybe we are more alike than we think,” Mimi said.

“What do you mean?”

“You’re afraid to show your feelings to the man you love, and I’m afraid of what will happen if I can’t hide mine.”

Ellen talks to Mrs. Parrot at their next stop and asks questions about the Austen sisters. She also finds out that there are rumors of Cassandra’s and Jane’s diaries, but no truth in whether they actually exist. It is something that many people have been after to discover.

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Later, Ellen goes to get a drink sand overhears Mrs. Parrot talking to someone about her. Creepy!

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Before she can hear any more, Mimi comes up and announces her presence.

After a dinner of flirting by Ethan (gag) Mimi joins him to visit his house. He mentions his Austen heirlooms, and Mimi shares that she has Cassandra’s diary.

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No Mimi Why! Why! Why would you do that? You don’t know anything about this guy! How can you trust him with such a secret?

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Ethan isn’t that “interested” in the diary, yeah right, and they continue looking at the house. They spend the rest of the night “kissing”…

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Ellen meanwhile spends a restless night worried about Mimi, Daniel, and Mrs. Parrot. She decides to read more:

Cassandra talks more about how she wishes Jane would listen and know that Jack Smith is no good. She has tried to get her father to send Jane away, but he won’t. She decides that she will have to do something. Also the words along, the, narrow, way, it, goes are all underlined.

Interesting

Interesting

The next morning, Mimi does not come down for breakfast. Ethan does and talks to Ellen sharing that Mimi has told him everything, including her dreams for a store. Ellen has no idea that Mimi shared the information with Ethan, and lets him know that their mother in no heiress and Mimi will receive only a small pittance.

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Later when Mimi is hiking with Ethan he acts cool toward her, confusing her. Later Ellen gives her a talking to and the two fight over whether it is all Mimi or a consensual interest.

Afterwards, Ellen spends some more time with Daniel.

Mimi is fed up with Ellen’s moods and the way Ethan switches frim hot to cold. So she ends up spending her time with Tom.

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They have a fun chat with Tom telling her all kinds of stories about his military life. And Tom kisses her!

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But Mimi tells him she just wants to be friends.

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Really?

That night Ellen has plans to picnic with Daniel. In truely awesome sister mode, Mimi gives Ellen a slight makeover, enhancing her beauty.

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They spend the whole time talking, sharing feelings, and kissing.

That night Mimi and Ellen meet up. Mimi wants to talk about Ellen’s date, but Ellen reads more of the diary.

Cassandra goes on how Jack and Tom Lefroy are both a bad idea but Jane won’t listen to her. Then she talks about the new fashion of fruit on the bonnets, and the death of her fiancé. The words underlined in this passage are couples, crowded, to dance, in time, a flower, thus, may, last, for, years, a, wine, must, age, to be, sublime, but, first, the, grapes, must, run, quite, and clear.

They stop and look at the underlined words, thinking that they might be a code. When they write them all out it comes the following:

Along the narrow way it goes

From house to house and back again

A carpet for a traveler’s woes

That always brings one home again.

Hmm...

Hmm…

What happened to grapes? And wine?

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Ellen hides the journal, and when Mimi sees this she stars to feel bad about telling Ethan. She was about to say something, but chickens out and goes to her room instead.

The next morning after breakfast, they read more of the journal to see if there is more secret code.

Hogg, I mean Higg- I mean Harries Bigg-Wither wants to marry Jane but she is not interested. Jane is also rewriting Sense & Sensiblity, as her recent times with Mr. Bigg-Wither has given her ideas (? not sure what). They find more underlining and this is what it makes.

A gentlemen learns from an early age

To play his part upon the stage

His lines are crisp, his speech is clear

He studies most from year to year.

Couples crowd to dance in time

A flower thus may last for years

A wine must age to be sublime

But first the grapes must run quite clear

Tailor, draper, seamstress all

Needles, thread and trimmings

Fashion, fir or rough or small

With trunks and boxes brimming

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 The girls decide to take a break from their detective work as they have the hike to go on. They hide the diary and head out.

Ethan approaches Mimi about seeing the diary. Mimi doesn’t want to, but figures that if she doesn’t Ethan is saying see ya.

No Mimi, no! You need someone to value you not what you have.

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Tom also approaches Mimi and tells her that she can trust him. When he leaves she is approached by Ethan who manipulates her into thinking the can have a relationship if only he gets to see the book.

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The next day Ethan leaves, and Mimi is devastated, She feels guilty about telling him about the journal and her feet are in excruciating pain. Tom tries to help her but Mimi has decided she wants to do it all on her own, show everyone.

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That day when Ellen goes into her room the diary is gone!

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She confronts Mrs. Parrot but doesn’t get a straight answer if she is involved.

Interesting

Suspicious

Mimi on the other hand has spent even more time with Tom and is starting to fall for him.

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Mimi and Ellen try to figure out the code but start sharing other things. Mimi says she is sorry that she made a fool of herself over Ethan. Ellen admits to the diary being stolen. When Mim is about to fully confess about Ethan they are interrupted by Mrs. Parrot.

Tom tells Mimi that Ethan is a womanizer and looking for a rich wife to take care of him and his house. Mimi is mad that Tom didn’t say anything earlier but acquiesce that she probably wouldn’t have believed him.

They meet with Mrs. Parrot and find out that she and their mother were part of a secret Austen group, the Formidables. Their mother took the diary when she left the country. They also learn that the diary is part if a set.

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Ellen thinks Daniel stole the diary and confronts him, but Mimi isn’t so sure.

I don't think so.

I don’t think so.

At the last dinner it turns out that Mimi and Ellen’s mother planned the entire trip. Tom also tells Mimi how much he cares for her and Mimi thinks of moving to England.

How romantic

How romantic

Mimi finally ponys up about Ethan and Ellen is furious. But she forgives her and the two agree to a new start.

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They approach Mrs. Parrot and tell her about the clues. They figure out that the diary is in a cabinet, one that Mimi saw in Ethan’s house.

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They trick him with Daniel distracting, while the girls find the Jane diary, blackmailing the Cassandra one out of him as well.

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Don’t mess with me!

They release their mother’s ashes and Mrs Parrot reveals that she is actually their aunt.

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They give the diaries to Mrs. Parrot and then Ellen returns home to start anew with Daniel, while Mimi decides to stay in England.

See you soon!

See you soon!

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So what do I think of this book?

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Well, I actually really enjoyed it.

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I know, I was surprised too. I thought that Patillo presented the story of the Dashwoods well, along with the sister relationship; staying out of the cliché pitfalls that most novelist fall into.

And this was a great one.

And this was a great one.

The only problem I had with this was that I thought it was a bit odd that Mimi and Tom fall in love in a week but other than that I loved every part of it.

Five Stars! 🙂

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For more of Beth Patillo’s works, go to Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

For more books based on Jane Austen’s work, go to Death Comes to Pemberley

For more on Sense and Sensibility, go to I Don’t Want You Far From Me: Sense and Sensibility (1995)

For more Sense and Sensibility variations, go to The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries

For more on Cecelia Gray, go to An Awesome Author

The Strange Case of a Fangirl and Her Fandoms

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Fandoms…they just start out as one thing to read, watch, listen to. But before you know it they have sucked you in and you are on a lifelong journey of loving them and spending time with them and trying to get others to join in.

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Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

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So yesterday’s post on December, 1933 (Oh What A Night), made me realize something. I had totally skipped over this band in my earlier fan posts. How could I forget the wonderful Frankie Valli?

What can I say about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons? Their music is amazing! I absolutely love it and could listen to it again and again.

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I think my love for the group started when I heard Big Girls Don’t Cry in Dirty Dancing. From there my favorite songs grew to Candy Girl, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Grease, Let’s Hang On (To What We Got), Sherry and Working My Way Back to You.

I just love Frankie’s voice. It is not perfectly melodic, but so musically interesting and beautiful that I love it.

For more on Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, go to Oh What A Night

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Sarah Dessen

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I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan. I started reading her books when I bought a copy of Someone Like You from the library bookstore. From there, that was it. I was in the Dessen fanclub and owner of practically every book she has written. They became a huge part of me.

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Something that Sarah Dessen does that is unique to her writing, is that she likes to connect all her work together. Make small little briges through all the novels. One summer I went through, reading with a fine tooth comb and finding every possible connection.

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That Summer- This is one of my least favorites in her collection. It isn’t a horrible book or anything, but not as strong as the other novels, in my opinion. That Summer is the story of 15 year old Haven living in a world that is rapidly changing. Her father has divorced her mother and is remarrying the weather girl. Her fun-loving, always out there sister is marrying a boring guy and going to set out on a boring, bland life. Haven’s best friend has just returned from camp boy-crazier than ever and with a long distance boyfriend. And Haven can’t stop growing, being almost six-feet tall. All she wants is to go back.

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Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s comes back into the picture; maybe he can take things back to how they used to be?

These are the things I’ve found so far that refer back to That Summer

Someone Like You:
One of Ashley’s old boyfriends dies in a motorcycle accident just like Scarlett’s boyfriend Michael does.
Sumner works at a market with Kiwis just like Michael Sherwood does.
Also set in Lakeview

Keeping the Moon:
Haven’s family spent a whole summer at a beach in the past, which is just what Colie does.
Ashley dated a guy named Frank and Isabelle dates one in Keeping the Moon.

Dreamland:
Ashley was a cheerleader just like Caitlin becomes.
Also set in Lakeview
Corrina drives a VW bug. In That Summer Sumner drives one too.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Haven’s family spent a whole summer at the beach in the past.
In Caitlan’s dream she goes to the Lakeview Mall. Lakeview Mall is where Haven had her first job at.

This Lullaby:
Set in Lakeview
Casey sends Haven letters on pink stationary with silver ink. Lissa’s soon-to-be roommate writes to her on pink stationary with silver ink.

The Truth About Forever:
Lorna MacPhail, Haven’s stepmother, is the weather woman who had no idea that the freak storm would occur. This freak storm disturbs Macy’s mom’s plans to have a big house selling party outside forcing her to have a nervous breakdown.
Set in Lakeview

Just Listen:
Also set in Lakeview.
Gwendolyn was one of the orginal Lakeview models, something Annabelle becomes later.
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Haven’s family used to spend summers at the beach.

Lock and Key:
Ruby gets a job at a mall kiosk. The mall is where Haven had her first job.
Set in Lakeview

Along for the Ride:
Haven’s family spent a whole summer at a beach in the past, which is just what Auden does.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
McLean goes on beach trips with her mom, much like Haven’s family used to do.
McLean’s mom cheats on her dad, and gets remarried. She gets pregnant too soon. Haven’s dad cheats on her mom and he remarries. His new wife gets pregnant too soon too
The Moon and More:
Haven’s family spent a whole summer at a beach in the past, Emmaline lives in a beachtown.

Someone Like You- Ever since Scarlett moved across the street from Halley the two have been best friends. The summer before their junior year, Scarlett starts dating Michael Sherwood, the most popular guy in school. When he dies in a motorcycle accident, the two stand through it together.

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But when Scarlett discovers that she is pregnant and decides to keep the baby, will the two be able to handle all of life’s changes?

Halley also has been having issues with her mother. It seems that she wants to control her more and more, making her the perfect example for one of her psychology books. Things become even more strained when Halley starts dating Macon, Michael’s best friend and one of the popular kids. But things are not always what they seem, and the things we want may not always be the things we truly desire.

This is one of my favorites as it was my gateway into Dessen’s work. I just love the characters and the story and still read it once a year.

These are the things I’ve found refer back to Someone Like You.

That Summer:
One of Ashley’s old boyfriends dies in a motorcycle accident just like Scarlett’s boyfriend Michael does.
Sumner works at a market with Kiwis just like Michael Sherwood does.
It is set in Lakeview

Keeping the Moon:
Haley buys Macon a pair of Ray Bans. In Keeping the Moon, Norman has a pair of Ray Bans in his sunglasses collection.

Dreamland:
Set in Lakeview and Caitlin goes to Jackson High like Haley and Scarlett do.
Rogerson lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Grandma Haley goes to the Evergreen Care Center, the same place Cailtin is sent to Dreamland.
Caitlan goes to Topper Lake, just like Haley does in Someone Like You
Ginny’s family lives near the golf course. Rogerson’s family does too in Dreamland.
Scarlett and Haley frequent the Quick Zip. Dave works there for a while in Dreamland.
Macon is always buying Halley cokes and candy. In Dreamland, Rogerson does this after he hits Caitlan.

This Lullaby:
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Remy works in the Mayors Village Shopping Complex; the place where Milton Market is. Milton’s Market is where Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
In Someone Like You, Scarlett and Haley go to Zip Marts all the time. Remy and her friends frequent the Zip Marts too.
Scarlett Thomas used to date Remy’s brother Chris. Remy’s boyfriend Dexter’s friend John has a crush on Scarlett. Scarlett is the manager at the place he works at.
Set in Lakeview

The Truth About Forever:
Set in Lakeview
Macy goes to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley do.
Outside the Mayors Village Shopping Complex, Wes sells his sculptures. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being were Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You. Macy and her sister also go inside Milton’s to buy greens for a salad.
Wes girlfriend, later ex, is at Evergreen being treated for a drug problem. It is the same place Grandma Haley is sent to in Someone Like You.
Macy also goes to the Quick Zip like Scarlett and Haley.

Just Listen:
Set in Lakeview.
Annabelle goes to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley did
Mooska, the modeling place, is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being were Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
Annabelle and Owen have a radio show like Haley’s dad Brian.
Annabelle lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.

Lock and Key:
Also set in Lakeview
Before Ruby attends Perkins Day, she used to go to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Ruby goes to Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being were Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
In Someone Like You, Scarlett and Haley go to Zip Marts all the time. Ruby also frequent the Zip Mart.

Along for the Ride
Scarlett and Haley went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while before transferring.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
McLean goes to Jackson High like Haley and Scarlett do.
Also set in Lakeview

The Moon and More:
Emmaline’s mom gets pregnant in high school, just like Scarlett.

Keeping the Moon– Colie has always been overweight like her mother. She liked the extra bundles as it made her feel as if she had a shield against the attacks of the world. She and her mom, Kiki, drove from place to place, job to job; always moving where they wanted to. That all changed when her mom hit a car in a gym parking lot and and had to work off the debt. She joins in the workouts, loses tons of weight, becomes an instructor, and from there a millionaire with Kiki Sparks videos and products going across the country. Colie is now stuck in a town she doesn’t like, in which the girls pick on her everyday; even though she no longer is overweight. This summer her mother is going on an international tour to spread the Kiki Spark’s gospel, and Colie will be spending it with her aunt she hasn’t seen in years. At first Colie hates living with her fatty food loving aunt, in a house where everything is broken down as they only need some TLC, and where a strange artist/handyman, Norman resides. But as Colie starts working with Norman and two other girls, Morgan and Isabelle, at the Last Chance Cafe; she may just discover more about herself and what beauty and confidence really mean.

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This is another one that I absolutely love. The character, story, and just everything about it is really great. I read this one at least once a year as well.

These are the things I’ve found refer back to Keeping the Moon. This one is a bit harder as it takes place away from Lakeview, and some might be a bit of a stretch, but they do connect.

That Summer:
Isabelle dates a Frank, Ashley dated a Frank in That Summer. Haven’s family spends a whole summer at a beach just like Colie does

Someone Like You: Haley buys Macon a pair of Ray Bans. In Keeping the Moon, Norman has a pair of Ray Bans in his sunglasses collection.

Dreamland:
Boo wears her hair up in chopsticks just like Mira does in Keeping the Moon.
Colie’s family lives near the golf course. Rogerson’s family does too in Dreamland.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Colie does too.
Norman has an older brother who is living up to his father’s expectations. Norman is the black sheep in the family and picked on by his father. In Dreamland, Rogerson has an older brother who is living up to his parents expectations, the black sheep of the family, and abused by his father.
Norman has a huge dissertation on sunglasses; one may hide behind them, accessorize with them, etc. In Dreamland, Caitlan uses them to hide behind and Rina to accessorize.

This Lullaby:
Colie lives in VA with her mom. Truth Squad announces that they have just come from VA.

The Truth About Forever:
Macy’s family has a beach house in Colby. The waitresses at Last Chance restaurant know him by name.
Macy also celebrates the 4th of July.
Norman walks with a slow loping gait. So does Wes in The Truth About Forever.

Just Listen:
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Colie is sent to the beach for a summer.

Lock and Key:
Ruby’s friend Olivia’s cousin Laney takes place in a 5K. She was inspired to after she watched a Kiki Sparks infomercial. Kiki Sparks is Colie’s mom.
Nate is a runner like Colie.

Along for the Ride:
Auden goes to visit her Dad and Stepmom in Colby. Colby is where Colie visited for the entire summer in Keeping the Moon.
Auden eats at Last Chance where Colie worked at in Keeping the Moon.
The cashier that takes Auden’s order at Last Chance is a dark haired girl with a lip ring. Colie is dark-haired with a lip ring.
Heidi, Auden’s stepmom, two best friends are Morgan and Isabelle. Morgan and Isabelle are Colie’s next door neighbors in Keeping the Moon.
Auden passes a women with long hair in an orange jumpsuit on a bicycle. This is Mira, Colie’s aunt.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Colie spends the summer with her Aunt Mira.
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Norman.
Like Colie, McLean becomes a waitress.
Heather’s dad loves moon pies. Norman loves moon pies too.

The Moon and More:
Both stories take place in Colby.
Eats at Last Chance a few times, also where Luke broke up with her. Colie is her waitress.
Norman walks with a slow loping gait. So does Morris.

Dreamland-Caitlan has always lived in her older sister Cass’s shadow. Cass has done it all and excelled at everything. This year Cass is off to Yale and Caitlan believes she can finally have something that is her own. It is her birthday, but instead if celebrating Caitlan it is once again all about Cass. Cass has run away with her boyfriend and not going to Yale at all. Caitlan sets out to start her next year, in an even bigger shadow; Cass’s missing one. Caitlan then joins cheerleading and dates Rogerson Biscoe, all very different from anything Cass would ever do. Being with Rogerson makes everything better as she finally has something that is hers and focused on her. But what happens when Rogerson becomes the problem instead of the answer.

This is one of Dessen’s best. I have never read anything that so clearly described why women become attracted to men who abuse them, and why they stay when they know they should leave. It is amazingly poignant and a real page turner.

These are the things I’ve found refer back to Dreamland.

That Summer:
Ashley was a cheerleader just like Caitlin becomes in Dreamland.
Set in Lakeview too.
Corrina drives a VW bug. In That Summer Sumner drives one too.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Haven’s family spent a whole summer at the beach in the past.
In Caitlan’s dream she goes to the Lakeview Mall. Lakeview Mall is where Haven had her first job at.

Someone Like You:
Scarlett and Haley went to Jackson High. Caitlan goes there in Dreamland.
Set in Lakeview too.
Rogerson lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Grandma Haley goes to the Evergreen Care Center, the same place Cailtin is sent to Dreamland.
Caitlan goes to Topper Lake, just like Haley does in Someone Like You.
Ginny’s family lives near the golf course. Rogerson’s family does too in Dreamland.
Scarlett and Haley frequent the Quick Zip. Dave works there for a while in Dreamland.
Macon is always buying Halley cokes and candy. In Dreamland, Rogerson does this after he hits Caitlan.

Keeping the Moon:
Mira wears her hair up in chopsticks just like Boo does in Dreamland.
Colie’s family lives near the golf course. Rogerson’s family does too in Dreamland.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Colie does too.
Norman has an older brother who is living up to his father’s expectations. Norman is the black sheep in the family and picked on by his father. In Dreamland, Rogerson has an older brother who is living up to his parents expectations, the black sheep of the family, and abused by his father.
Norman has a huge dissertation on sunglasses; one may hide behind them, accessorize with them, etc. In Dreamland, Caitlan uses them to hide behind and Rina to accessorize.

This Lullaby:
Corinna and Dave rent a little yellow house. In This Lullaby, Truth Squad rents it.
Dave works at the Quick Zip Mart with friends. In This Lullaby, Remy and her friends are always at the zip mart.
Set in Lakeview
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. U is where Lissa is going to college.
Rogerson was a pot dealer, Chris used to sell pot in This Lullaby.
Rina moved to Lakeview from Boca Raton. Lissa’s to be roommate Delia is from there.
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; Caitlan does in Dreamland too.
Caitlan plays quarters, Remy does too.

The Truth About Forever:
Macy went to Jackson High. Caitlan goes there in Dreamland.
Wes girlfriend, later ex, is at Evergreen being treated for a drug problem. It is the same place Caitlan goes in Dreamland.
Caitlan goes with Rogerson to deliver some pot. They go out far in the country on a rode full of potholes. Same road Macy travels on her way to Delia’s house.
Set in Lakeview.
Caitlan and her friends play quarters. Macy plays quarters in The Truth About Forever.
Stewart and Boo teach at U and Caitlan’s dad is the dean of students. Caroline went to U.
Macy also goes to the Quick Zip, Dave used to work there.
Just Listen:
Annabelle went to Jackson High. Caitlan goes there in Dreamland
Set in Lakeview too.
Will Cash, Sophie’s boyfriend, the guy who rapes Annabelle goes to Perkins Day. Perkins Day is where Rogerson Biscoe goes in Dreamland.
In Caitlan’s dream she goes to the Lakeview Mall. Annabelle is a Lakeview Model and spends a lot of time at the mall.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Boo and Stewart teach at U. Caitlan’s dad is also the Dean of students.
Annabelle lives in the Arbors, Rogerson lives there as well.
Rogerson loves classic rock, so does Annabelle’s sister Kristen

Lock and Key:
Ruby went to Jackson High for a while. Caitlain goes there in Dreamland.
Ruby transfers to Perkins Day. Perkins Day is where Rogerson Biscoe goes in Dreamland.
Set in Lakeview.
Ruby is physically abused by her mom, and Rogerson’s dad is physically abusive to him.
In Caitlan’s dream she goes to the Lakeview Mall. Ruby works at a jewelry kiosk in the mall.
Ruby used to buy pot from Rogerson
Ruby’s somewhat boyfriend Marshall’s roommate is Rogerson.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the Arbors is where Rogerson used to live.
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U

Along for the Ride:
Boo and Stewart teach at U. That is where Auden mom teaches as well.
Cass starts reading about Buddhism. In Along for the Ride, Auden is reading about it too.
Caitlin went to Jackson High. Auden goes to Jackson High for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Rogerson Biscoe goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Auden does too.
Caitlan’s Dad is Dean of students at the U. Auden’s mom is a professor at the U.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
Caitlan’s dad is a huge fan of college sports. McLean’s stepdad is a college basketball coach.
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Boo and Stewart teach at U. Caitlin’s dad is also the Dean of students
McLean goes to Jackson High like Caitlan.

The Moon and More:
Rachel Gertman, friend of Emmaline’s sis Amber, was in a bike accident had to go to rehab. Caitlain had to go to rehab for her drug and emotional/physical abuse from her boyfriend.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Emmaline lives in a beachtown.
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. U is where Emaline is going to college.

This Lullaby- Remy’s mom is a romance writer, and Remy leaves all that mushy stuff to her.

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Remy is strictly a numbers girl and has been counting down the time in which she will be able to leave her home and journey to CA for college; using money from the guy that set up all others to surely fail, her father. She has a checklist for how the rest of the summer should go until she’s in the golden state; but that all changes when Dexter literally crashes into her life. Nephew of her mother’s sixth husband and in the band playing for their wedding; he propels into her life and changes everything; showing her an unscheduled, unplanned path. But will Remy be able to handle something off the page?

These are the things I’ve found that refer back to This Lullaby.

That Summer:
Also set in Lakeview
Casey sends Haven letters on pink stationary with silver ink. Lissa’s soon-to-be roommate writes to her on pink stationary with silver ink.

Someone Like You:
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Remy works in the Mayors Village Shopping Complex; the place where Milton Market is. Milton’s Market is where Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
In Someone Like You, Scarlett and Haley go to Zip Marts all the time. Remy and her friends frequent the Zip Marts too.
Scarlett Thomas used to date Remy’s brother Chris. Remy’s boyfriend Dexter’s friend John has a crush on Scarlett. Scarlett is the manager at the place he works at.
Also set in Lakeview

Keeping the Moon:
Colie lives in VA with her mom. Truth Squad announces that it has just come from VA

Dreamland:
Corinna and Dave rent a little yellow house. In This Lullaby, Truth Squad rents it.
Dave works at the Quick Zip Mart. In This Lullaby, Remy and her friends are always at the zip mart
Also set in Lakeview.
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. U is where Lissa is going to college
Rogerson was a pot dealer, Chris used to sell pot in This Lullaby.
Rina moved to Lakeview from Boca Raton. Lissa’s to be roommate Delia is from there.
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; Caitlan does in Dreamland too.
Caitlan plays quarters, Remy does too.

The Truth About Forever:
Stella reads the romance novel, The Choice. This is the one Remy’s mom, Barbara Starr, is writing in This Lullaby.
Also set in Lakeview
Macy plays quarters, Remy does too.
Sherman from Shreveport is supposed to be Macy’s date, but a drunk loser. A drunk loser named Sherman hits on Remy.
Jason’s parents are professors just like Lissa’s parents.
Jason and his dad talk about the recent elections in Europe. In This Lullaby, Jennifer Anne tries to talk to Remy and Chris about them.
Lissa’s going to U, Caroline went there too.
Macy goes to the Quick Zip like Remy and Co.

Just Listen:
Annabelle goes to the club Bendo with Owen. Truth Squad is playing, and Remy happens to be there too.
Clark and Rory wear Truth Squad shirts.
One of the CDs Owen gives to Annabelle has the Truth Squad’s songs on it.
Also set in Lakeview
Annabelle is raped, Remy was too.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Lissa is going to attend U.
Mooska, the modeling company is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. This is where Remy’s work is also located.
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; the fancy area where Annabelle lives.

Lock and Key:
Remy and her friends are always at the Zip Mart. In Lock and Key, Ruby goes there as well.
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. Jump Java is where John Miller worked at.
Cora helped Barbara Starr with her last divorce.
Also set in Lakeview
Reggie sells vitamins in the mall. In This Lullaby an old boyfriend of Remy, Anton, sold vitamins in the mall.
Truth Squad rents a little yellow house. In Lock and Key, Ruby and her mom are living there.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the Arbors is where Remy and Co go to a party
Lissa is is going to U. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U
Nate has a “No Eating in the Car” rule like Remy.

Along for the Ride:
Auden’s parents are both PhDs. In This Lullaby, Lissa’s parents are PhDs. as well.
Auden’s mom teaches at the U. U is where Lissa is going to college.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Lissa is going to U.
Dave takes classes at the U. Lissa attends U.
McLean gets a coupon for Jump Java. Jump Java is right across from Remy’s work and where Scarlett and John Miller worked.
McLean’s mom reads romance novels. Remy’s mom writes them.

The Moon and More:
When Emmaline was feeling stressed out over Theo, she goes to Jump Java to clear her mind. Scarlett and John Miller worked at Jump Java in This Lullaby.
This Lullaby takes place the summer before Remy goes to college, just like Emmaline.
Lissa’s going to U, Emmaline will be going there in the fall as well.

The Truth About Forever-Macy Queen is not looking forward to having a good summer. She saw her father die a year before, and drew away from the rest of the world. She started dating the braniac Jason, who never likes PDA or any affections. This summer he’ll be gone and she’ll be bored out of her mind, although at least she has Jason’s job at the library. But when she throws out some affection in her email and doesn’t fulfill Jason’s expectations at the library, she finds herself single again. After a chance encounter, she finds herself working for a catering group full of characters she never would have thought would become her friends. From Delia, the owner who believes imperfections are needed in life; Wes the former juvenile delinquent turned artist; Bert the serious Armageddon fan; Monica the one that never talks, and Kristy,  scarred but survivor of a fatal accident and always out to live life.

I love this book. Macy is someone you just connect to, the friends are people I wish were my pals; and oh, Wes. If only you were real.

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These are the things I’ve found refer back to The Truth About Forever.

That Summer:
Lorna MacPhail, Haven’s stepmother, is the weather woman who had no idea that the freak storm would occur. This freak storm disturbs Macy’s mom’s plans to have a big house selling party outside forcing her to have a nervous breakdown.
Also set in Lakeview.

Someone Like You:
Set in Lakeview
Macy goes to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley do.
Outside the Mayors Village Shopping Complex, Wes sells his sculptures. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being where Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You. Macy and her sister also go inside Milton’s to buy greens for a salad.
Wes’ girlfriend, later ex, is at Evergreen being treated for a drug problem. It is the same place Grandma Halley is sent to in Someone Like You.
Macy also goes to the Quick Zip like Scarlett and Haley.

Keeping the Moon
Macy’s family has a beach house in Colby. The waitresses at Last Chance restaurant know him by name.
Norman walks with a slow loping gait. So does Wes in the Truth About Forever.

Dreamland:
Macy went to Jackson High. Caitlan goes there in Dreamland.
Wes girlfriend, later ex, is at Evergreen being treated for a drug problem. It is the same place Caitlan goes in Dreamland.
Caitlan goes with Rogerson to deliver some pot. They go out far in the country on a rode full of potholes. Same road Macy travels on her way to Delia’s house.
Caitlan and her friends play quarters. Macy plays quarters in The Truth About Forever.
Also set in Lakeview.
Stewart and Boo teach at U and Caitlan’s dad is the dean of students. Caroline went to U.
Macy also goes to the Quick Zip, Dave used to work there.

This Lullaby:
Stella reads the romance novel, The Choice. This is the one Remy’s mom, Barbara Starr is writing in This Lullaby.
Also set in Lakeview.
Macy plays quarters, Remy does too.
Sherman from Shreveport is supposed to be Macy’s date, but a drunk loser. A drunk loser named Sherman hits on Remy.
Jason and his dad talk about the recent elections in Europe. In This Lullaby, Jennifer Anne tries to talk to Remy and Chris about them.
Lissa’s going to U, Caroline went there too.
Macy goes to the Quick Zip like Remy and Co.

Just Listen:
Annabelle, Rory, and Owen go to World of Waffles. While they are there they see Macy and Wes at a nearby table
Also set in Lakeview.
Macy goes to Jackson High like Annabelle.
Mooska modeling company is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. This is where Wes sells his artwork.
Annabelle’s dad designed the house they live in. Macy’s mom did the same thing with theirs.

Lock and Key:
Ruby, Cora, and Jamie live in Wildflower Ridge. The very place Macy’s mom designed in the Truth About Forever.
One of Nate’s clients is Macy’s mom. He creates gift baskets for her with little chocolates in the shape of houses.
Kristi is at the mall helping Bert find a gift for his girlfriend. She like Ruby’s necklace, which inspires Harriet to create a bunch to sell at her kiosk.
Macy and Wes run the 5K. Ruby’s friend Olivia’s cousin Laney tries to run the 5K.
Also set in Lakeview.
Macy goes to Jackson High like Ruby did for a bit.
Macy goes to the Quick Zip like Ruby does.
Nate is a runner like Wes.
Caroline went to U. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U
Gervais is a tutor like Bert.

Along for the Ride:
Macy went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Macy’s ex-boyfriend Jason Talbot goes to Kiffeny-Brown. Auden goes there in Along for the Ride.
Jason Talbot was supposed to be Auden’s date for the prom, but he cancels last minute. He is also her date in the prom boardwalk party Heidi throws, but cancels last minute once again.
Macy and Wes are always going to World of Waffles. In Along for the Ride, when Maggie, Leah, and Esther go there, Esther’s car breaks down.
Auden’s mom is a professor at U. Caroline went to U.
Auden is a tutor in Along for the Ride. Bert also tutors.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Macy’s sister Caroline went to U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Macy does.
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Wes.
Dave takes classes at the U. Macy’s sister Caroline went to U.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Macy and her family have a beach house.
Jason is the chef at Luna Blue. Jason is Macy’s ex.
Dave, like Wes, also has a tattoo that is in remembrance of someone he loved that died.
The Moon and More:
The caterer Robin says “everyone loves meatballs” just like Delia always said in The Truth About Forever.
Underage Morris is a bartender for the event, such as Wes.
Story takes place in Colby, Macy’s family has a beach house there.
Emmaline has the same Us and Them mentality; its her and Clyde against Ivy and Theo. Macy expresses the same idea in The Truth About Forever regarding the caterers against the eaters.
Luke, Emmaline’s ex, is Wes and Bert’s cousin.
Emmaline and Luke play Gotcha! They were taught by Wes and Bert.
Like Macy, Emmaline always wears an elastic on her wrist.
The waitresses at Last Chance restaurant know Macy’s father by name. Emmaline goes to Last Chance all the time.
Wes walks with a slow, loping gait; just like Morris.
In the beginning of The Truth About Forever Macy helps out with the catering because a server moves so slow and not doing well. Emmaline helps out with a catering when Morris is moving too slow and not doing anything.
Caroline went to U, and it is where Emmaline is attending in the fall.

Just Listen- Last year Anabelle was the “girl who had everything”, or at least she played her in the Kopf’s Department Store commercial. And last year she did have everything; two best friends; dates; healthy sisters; etc. But this year she is friendless, her mother is controlling her every move, her older sister has an eating disorder, etc. Life is glum. Then she meets Owen, musical enthusist.

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His brash and truthful ways; may just be the help she needs to face what happened a year ago, the even that changed everything.

This is a truly great book. I remember my friend Bela had borrowed it from the library, and I borrowed it from her. I had one school day to read it and completed it in a few hours because I just loved it.

These are the things I’ve found so far that refer back to Just Listen.

That Summer:
Set in Lakeview.
Gwendolyn was one of the orginal Lakeview models, something Annabelle becomes later.
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Haven’s family used to spend summers at the beach.

Someone Like You:
Set in Lakeview.
Annabelle goes to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley did
Annabelle lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Mooska, the modeling company, is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being were Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
Annabelle and Owen have a radio show like Haley’s dad Brian.

Keeping the Moon:
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Colie is sent to the beach for a summer.

Dreamland:
Annabelle went to Jackson High. Caitlan goes there in Dreamland
Set in Lakeview too.
Will Cash, Sophie’s boyfriend, the guy who rapes Annabelle goes to Perkins Day. Perkins Day is where Rogerson Biscoe goes in Dreamland.
Boo Connell, the neighbors in Dreamland, is leading a talk on menstruation, which Mallory and Owen’s mom are attending.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Boo and Stewart teach at U. Caitlan’s dad is also the Dean of students.
Annabelle lives in the Arbors, Rogerson lives there as well.
Rogerson loves classic rock, so does Annabelle’s sister Kristen

This Lullaby:
Annabelle goes to the club Bendo with Owen. Truth Squad is playing, and Remy happens to be there too.
Clark and Rolly wear Truth Squad shirts.
One of the CDs Owen gives to Annabelle has the Truth Squad’s songs on it.
Annabelle is raped, Remy was too.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Lissa is going to attend U.
Mooska, the modeling company, is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. This is where Remy’s work is also located.
Remy goes to a party in the Arbors; the fancy area where Annabelle lives.

The Truth About Forever:
Annabelle, Rory, and Owen go to World of Waffles. While they are there they see Macy and Wes at a nearby table
Annabelle is a Lakeview mall model. Macy can see it from her window.
Annabelle goes to Jackson High like Macy.
Mooska, modeling company, is in the Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. This is where Wes sells his artwork.
Annabelle’s dad designed the house they live in. Macy’s mom did the same thing with theirs.

Lock and Key:
Annabelle goes to Jackson High, that is where Ruby goes for a little while.
Ruby listens to Annabelle’s radio show one day on the way to school.
Owen’s sister Mallory and her friends come to Harriet’s kiosk to look at the key necklaces.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Ruby, Gervais, and Nate attend U; Cora and Jamie went there too.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Annabelle lives.
Ruby, like Owen likes Led Zepplin
Owen helps Jamie find Cora’s favorite songs.

Along for the Ride:
Annabelle went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Will Cash, Sophie’s boyfriend, the guy who rapes Annabelle goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Annabelle, Rolly, and Owen go to World of Waffles. In Along for the Ride, when Maggie, Leah, and Esther go there, Esther’s car breaks down.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Auden spends a summer at the beach.
A girl named Esther emcees the poetry and other readings at the coffee shop, Jump Java. Whitney goes there to read her memoir. In Along for the Ride, Auden’s friend Esther, loves to go to coffee shops to hear readings.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
McLean was on the soccer team at one point. Annabelle’s friend Clarke played soccer.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Annabelle does.
McLean is told to transfer to the Fountain School. Rolly attends the Fountain School.
McLean sees Annabelle and Owen arguing about music during her first lunch at Jackson High.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. McLean is going to attend U too.
The Moon and More:
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Emmaline lives in a beachtown.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U, Emmaline will be attending there in the fall.
A girl named Esther emcees the poetry and other readings at the coffee shop, Jump Java. Whitney goes there to read her memoir. In Along for the Ride, Auden’s friend Esther, loves to go to coffee shops to hear readings. Esther films the art show for Emmaline and Ivy.
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. Jump Java is where Emmaline goes to clear her head when Theo distresses her.

Lock & Key- Ruby has been living on her own for a few weeks after her mom just took off one day. When the water is turned off, the jig is up. Ruby is taken into CPS as they track down Ruby’s older sister, the sister she hasn’t seen since she walked out on them as she decided to start a new life at college. Ruby finds herself in a strange, new world as Cora not only is someone she hardly recognizes; but she is married to Jamie, the most down-to-earth and boyish millionaire she’s ever met. But as Ruby is trying to find herself in this new family and fancy home; she discovers that not everything is as it seems. Even this side of town can have its ugly secrets; sometimes as close as the neighbor’s.

These are the things I’ve found refer back to Lock and Key.

That Summer:
Ruby gets a job at a mall kiosk. The mall is were Haven had her first job.

Someone Like You:
Also set in Lakeview
Before Ruby attends Perkins Day, she used to go to Jackson High like Scarlett and Haley.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the fancy area where Ginny Talbot lives in Someone Like You.
Ruby goes to Mayor’s Village Shopping Complex. Milton’s Market is in the Mayor Village; the market being were Scarlett and Haley worked in Someone Like You.
In Someone Like You, Scarlett and Haley go to Zip Marts all the time. Ruby also frequent the Zip Mart.

Keeping the Moon:
Ruby’s friend Olivia’s cousin Laney takes place in a 5K. She was inspired to after she watched a Kiki Sparks infomercial. Kiki Sparks is Colie’s mom.
Nate is a runner like Colie.

Dreamland:
Ruby went to Jackson High for a while. Caitlain goes there in Dreamland.
Ruby transfers to Perkins Day. Perkins Day is where Rogerson Biscoe goes in Dreamland.
Corinna and Dave rent a little yellow house. In Lock and Key, Ruby and her mom are living there.
Ruby is physically abused by her mom, and Nate’s dad is physically abusive to him. In Dreamland, Rogerson’s father is physically abusive to him.
In Caitlan’s dream she goes to the Lakeview Mall. Ruby works at a jewelry kiosk in the mall.
Ruby used to buy pot from Rogerson
Ruby’s somewhat boyfriend Marshall is roommates with Rogerson.
Ruby has a friend that lives in the Arbors, the Arbors is where Rogerson used to live.
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U .

This Lullaby:
Remy and her friends are always at the Zip Mart. In Lock and Key, Ruby goes there as well.
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. Jump Java is where John Miller worked at.
Cora helped Barbara Starr with her last divorce.
Reggie sells vitamins in the mall. In This Lullaby an old boyfriend of Remy, Anton, sold vitamins in the mall.
Truth Squad rents a little yellow house. In Lock and Key, Ruby and her mom are living there.
Lissa is is going to U. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais and Nate are going to U
Nate has a “No Eating in the Car” rule like Remy.

The Truth About Forever:
Ruby, Cora, and Jamie live in Wildflower Ridge. The very place Macy’s mom designed in the Truth About Forever.
One of Nate’s clients is Macy’s mom. He creates gift baskets for her with little chocolates in the shape of houses.
Kristi is at the mall helping Bert find a gift for his girlfriend. She like Ruby’s necklace, which inspires Harriet to create a bunch to sell at her kiosk.
Macy and Wes run the 5K. Ruby’s friend Olivia’s cousin Laney tries to run the 5K.
Macy goes to the Quick Zip like Ruby.
Nate is a runner like Wes.
Caroline went to U. Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U
Ruby lives on Wildflower Ridge like Macy.
Gervais is a tutor like Bert.

Just Listen:
Annabelle goes to Jackson High, that is where Ruby goes for a little while.
Ruby listens to Annabelle’s radio show one day on the way to school.
Owen’s sister Mallory and her friends come to Harriet’s kiosk to look at the key necklaces.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Ruby, Gervais and Nate attend U; Cora and Jamie went there too.
Ruby goes to the Arbors at one point, the fancy area where Annabelle lives
Ruby, like Owen likes Led Zepplin
Owen helps Jamie find Cora’s favorite songs.

Along for the Ride:
Ruby dates Nate Cross. Auden talks about awkwardly flirting with him in Along for the Ride.
Ruby’s brother-in-law created the website Ume.com. In Along for the Ride, Auden goes on it.
Ruby went to Jackson High for a while. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Ruby goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Ruby wears a necklace with a key on it. Harriet makes a ton of these to sell at her kiosk in the mall. In Along for the Ride, Heidi sells these at Clementine’s.
Ruby, Gervais, and Nate attend U. Cora and Jamie used to go to U. Auden’s mom is a professor at U.
Gervais is a tutor like Auden.
Ruby applies for Defriese but doesn’t get in. Auden and Maggie attend Defriese.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
McLean is named after a Defriese University coach, she used to live in Tyler, the town Defriese University is located, and her stepdad is the Defriese University basketball coach. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University. Ruby applies to Defriese University
Dave is friends with Gervais
McLean has multiple UME.com pages
Guy next door to McLean goes to U like Ruby and Nate do. McLean herself attends U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Ruby did before she transferred.
Dave takes classes at the U. Ruby, Gervais, and Nate attend U.
McLean gets a Jackson High Spirit Sticker from Deb. Ruby has one on her notebook
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. McLean gets a coupon to Jump Java from Deb.
Dave makes Smoothies. In Lock and Key, Harriet tries to quit drinking coffee by switching to Smoothies.
McLean, her dad, and mom love Led Zepplin. Ruby does too.
Moon and More:
Benji and Emmaline’s grandma are putting the realty on UME so people can like the page. Emmaline and others have UME pages. Ruby’s brother-in-law created UME.
Emmaline’s mom gets pregnant in high school, just like Ruby’s mom.
Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U. Emmaline is going to U in the fall.

Along for the Ride- Auden has never been a child. The daughter of two professors, who are children enough, Auden was always expected to be an adult. She’s studied hard and is going to go off to university. However, when she decides to head out and stay with her father for the summer, and his wife and new baby; she is off to a summer that will be different in every way imaginable. She starts working for her stepmom, she is introduced to girls and their world, a place she has never been before. One day when she is out with them; she meets Eli, a guy who has been so wounded he hasn’t been able to be around anyone. But as the two are insomniacs, Auden and Eli team up to be the most unlikely pairs; as Eli teaches Auden how to be a kid, and Auden sets out to ride her first bike.

I just love this book. It surprised me because at first I didn’t think I would, but I absolutely fell in love with it and its message. A major winner. Plus Eli is perfection, if only he existed in real life.

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These are the things I’ve found refer back to Along for the Ride.

That Summer:
Haven’s family spends a whole summer at a beach just like Auden does

Someone Like You:
Scarlett and Haley went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.

Keeping the Moon
Auden goes to visit her Dad and Stepmom in Colby. Colby is where Colie visited for the entire summer in Keeping the Moon.
Auden eats at Last Chance where Colie worked at in Keeping the Moon.
The cashier that takes Auden’s order at Last Chance is a dark haired girl with a lip ring. Colie is dark-haired with a lip ring.
Heidi, Auden’s stepmom, two best friends are Morgan and Isabelle. Morgan and Isabelle are Colie’s next door neighbors in Keeping the Moon.
Auden passes a women with long hair in an orange jumpsuit on a bicycle. This is Mira, Colie’s aunt.

Dreamland:
Caitlin went to Jackson High. Auden goes to Jackson High for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Rogerson Biscoe goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Boo and Stewart teach at U. That is where Auden mom teaches at as well.
Cass starts reading about Buddhism. In Along for the Ride, Auden is reading about it too.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Auden does too.
Caitlan’s Dad is Dean of students at the U. Auden’s mom is a professor at the U.

This Lullaby:
Auden’s parents are both PhDs. In This Lullaby, Lissa’s parents are PhDs. as well.
Auden’s mom teaches at the U. U is where Lissa is going to college.

The Truth About Forever:
Macy went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Macy’s ex-boyfriend Jason Talbot goes to Kiffeny-Brown. Auden goes there in Along for the Ride.
Jason Talbot was supposed to be Auden’s date for the prom, but he cancels last minute. He is also her date in the prom boardwalk party Heidi throws, but cancels last minute once again.
Macy and Wes are always going to World of Waffles. In Along for the Ride, when Maggie, Leah, and Esther go there, Esther’s car breaks down.
Jason’s parents are professors just like Auden’s parents.
Auden’s mom is a professor at U. Caroline went to U.
Auden is a tutor in Along for the Ride. Bert also tutors.

Just Listen:
Annabelle went to Jackson High. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Will Cash, Sophie’s boyfriend, the guy who rapes Annabelle goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Annabelle, Rory, and Owen go to World of Waffles. In Along for the Ride, when Maggie, Leah, and Esther go there, Esther’s car breaks down.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Auden spends a summer at the beach.
A girl named Esther emcees the poetry and other readings at the coffee shop, Jump Java. Whitney goes her to read her memoir. In Along for the Ride, Auden’s friend Esther, loves to go to coffee shops to hear readings.

Lock and Key:
Ruby dates Nate Cross. Auden talks about awkwardly flirting with him in Along for the Ride.
Ruby’s brother-in-law created the website Ume.com. In Along for the Ride, Auden goes on it.
Ruby went to Jackson High for a while. Auden went there for a while in Along for the Ride.
Ruby goes to Perkins Day. Auden goes to Perkins Day for a bit in Along for the Ride.
Ruby wears a necklace with a key on it. Harriet makes a ton of these to sell at her kiosk in the mall. In Along for the Ride, Heidi sells these at Clementine’s.
Ruby, Gervais, and Nate attend U. Cora and Jamie used to go to U. Auden’s mom is a professor at U.
Gervais is a tutor like Auden.
Ruby applies for Defriese but doesn’t get in. Auden and Maggie attend Defriese.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
McLean is named after a Defriese University coach, she used to live in Tyler, the town Defriese University is located, and her stepdad is the Defriese University basketball coach. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University.. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University.
Auden and Eli shop at Park Mart. So does Mclean
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Auden did before she transferred.
Dave used to go to Kiffeny-Brown before transferring to Jackson High
Dave takes classes at the U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Auden spends the summer with her dad and stepmom.
Jason is the chef at Luna Blue. Jason is the guy who stood Auden up twice.
Heidi is friends with McLean’s mom. She comes by with Thisbe and a bathing suit from Clementine’s.

The Moon and More:
Auden’s friend Esther film’s Clyde, Ivy, & Emmaline’s party.
Emmaline goes to parties at the Tip. The Tip was were Auden had her embarrassing first night.
Clyde hangs out with Emmaline. Clyde met Auden when she was on her “quest”. He made pie for her too in his laundromat.
Both stories take place in Colby.
Knows Wallace, who is friends with Auden.
Emmaline is a Gas/Gro fiend, just like Auden & friends.
Emmaline goes to Abe’s Bike, named for Eli’s friend and owned by Clyde.
They talk about Weymor college, where Auden’s dad teaches at.
Emmaline gets an ad for Tallyho, Luke cheats on her there, and they have the art show after party there. Tallyho was were Maggie, Esther, and Leah would go and promised never again to go.
Knows Maggie and Auden.
Emmaline’s friend Daisy works for Heidi, Auden’s stepmother, at her shop, Clemetines.
Auden goes to visit her Dad and Stepmom in Colby. Emmaline lives in Colby.
Auden eats at Last Chance so does Emmaline.
Auden mom teaches at U. Emmaline will be attending in the fall.
Along for the Ride takes place the summer before Auden attends college. So does The Moon and More.
Daisy & Emmaline win best dressed at the Beach Bash. Heidi throws the Beach Bash every year.
Heidi is friends with Emmaline’s mom, Emily.
Auden and Eli shop at Park Mart. So does Emmaline.
Adam and Wallace live down in the beach shacks. Wallace used to live in GULL’S CRY which is where Theo lives after he gets kicked out.

Whatever Happened to Goodbye-  Ever since McClean’s mother cheated on her father and went off with the guy; McClean has followed her father as he closed his restaurant and taken a job moving from place to place and fixing up restaurants that his boss is planning to take over. With every move, McClean reinvents herself. But in this new place that feels as if it could be home, who should she be? Who is she really?

I didn’t like this as much as the other books, but thought it was still pretty good and fresh.

These are the things I’ve found refer back to What Happened to Goodbye.

That Summer:
Also set in Lakeview
McLean goes on beach trips with her mom, much like Haven’s family used to do.
McLean’s mom cheats on her dad, and gets remarried. She gets pregnant too soon. Haven’s dad cheats on her mom and he remarries. His new wife gets pregnant too soon too.

Someone Like You:
Also set in Lakeview
McLean goes to Jackson High like Haley and Scarlett do.
Dave counted the exact amount of distance between the shed and McLean’s house. Scarlett and Haley used to do stuff like this.

Keeping the Moon:
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Norman.
Like Colie, McLean becomes a waitress.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Colie spends the summer with her Aunt Mira.
Heather’s dad loves moon pies. Norman loves moon pies too.

Dreamland:
Caitlan’s dad is a huge fan of college sports. McLean’s stepdad is a college basketball coach.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Caitlan.
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Boo and Stewart teach at U. Caitlin’s dad is also the Dean of students
Also set in Lakeview

This Lullaby:
Also set in Lakeview
Dave takes classes at the U. Lissa attends U.
McLean like Lissa goes to U.
McLean gets a coupon for Jump Java. Jump Java is right across from Remy’s work and where Scarlett and John Miller worked.
McLean’s mom reads romance novels. Remy’s mom writes them.

The Truth About Forever:
Also set in Lakeview
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Macy’s sister Caroline went to U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Macy does.
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Wes.
Dave takes classes at the U. Macy’s sister Caroline went to U.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Macy and her family have a beach house.
Jason is the chef at Luna Blue. Jason is Macy’s ex.
Dave, like Wes, also has a tattoo that is in remembrance of someone he loved that died.

Just Listen:
Also set in Lakeview
McLean was on the soccer team at one point. Annabelle’s friend Clarke played soccer.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Annabelle does.
McLean is told to transfer to the Fountain School. Rolly attends the Fountain School.
McLean sees Annabelle and Owen arguing about music during her first lunch at Jackson High.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U. McLean is going to attend U too.
McLean, her dad, and mom love Led Zepplin. Owen does too.

Lock and Key:
Also set in Lakeview
McLean is named after a Defriese University coach, she used to live in Tyler, the town Defriese University is located, and her stepdad is the Defriese University basketball coach. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University. Ruby applies to Defriese University
Mclean has multiple UME.com pages
Guy next door to McLean goes to U like Ruby and Nate do. McLean herself attends U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Ruby did before she transferred.
Dave takes classes at the U. Ruby, Gervais and Nate attend U.
McLean gets a Jackson High Spirit Sticker from Deb. Ruby has one on her notebook.
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. McLean gets a coupon to Jump Java from Deb.
Dave makes Smoothies. In Lock and Key, Harriet tries to quit drinking coffee by switching to Smoothies.
McLean, her dad, and mom love Led Zepplin. Ruby does too.
Dave is friends with Gervais

Along for the Ride:
McLean is named after a Defriese University coach, she used to live in Tyler, the town Defriese University is located, and her stepdad is the Defriese University basketball coach. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University. Auden and Maggie go to Defriese University.
Auden and Eli shop at Park Mart. So does Mclean
Guy next door to McLean goes to U; McLean herself attends U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Auden did before she transferred.
Dave used to go to Kiffeny-Brown before transferring to Jackson High
Dave takes classes at the U. Auden’s mother is a professor at U.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Auden spends the summer with her dad and stepmom.
Jason is the chef at Luna Blue. Jason is the guy who stood Auden up twice.
Heidi is friends with McLean’s mom. She comes by with Thisbe and a bathing suit from Clementine’s.
The Moon and More:
Knows Rachel Gertman who makes the Gert bracelets. McClean and her mom have a ton, they were a tradition when they went to Colby beach. Dave bought one too.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Emmaline lives.
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Morris.
Guy next door to McLean goes to U, McLean and Dave also attend U. Emmaline will be attending U in the fall.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Caitlan.
McLean gets a coupon to Jump Java from Deb, Emmaline goes to Jump Jave to clear her head about Theo.
McLean and Emmaline shop at Park Mart.
Heidi is friends with McLean’s mom. Heidi and Emmaline’s mom are friends.

The Moon and More:
Auden’s friend Esther film’s Clyde, Ivy, & Emmaline’s party.
Emmaline goes to parties at the Tip. The Tip was were Auden had her embarrassing first night.
Clyde hangs out with Emmaline. Clyde met Auden when she was on her “quest”. He made pie for her too in his laundromat.
Both stories take place in Colby.
Knows Wallace, who is friends with Auden.
Emmaline is a Gas/Gro fiend, just like Auden & friends.
Emmaline goes to Abe’s Bike, named for Eli’s friend and owned by Clyde.
They talk about Weymor college, where Auden’s dad teaches at.
Emmaline gets an ad for Tallyho, Luke cheats on her there, and they have the art show after party there. Tallyho was were Maggie, Esther, and Leah would go and promised never again to go.
Knows Maggie and Auden.
Emmaline’s friend Daisy works for Heidi, Auden’s stepmother, at her shop, Clemetines.
Auden goes to visit her Dad and Stepmom in Colby. Emmaline lives in Colby.
Auden eats at Last Chance so does Emmaline.
Auden mom teaches at U. Emmaline will be attending in the fall.
Along for the Ride takes place the summer before Auden attends college. So does The Moon and More.
Daisy & Emmaline win best dressed at the Beach Bash. Heidi throws the Beach Bash every year.
Heidi is friends with Emmaline’s mom, Emily.
Auden and Eli shop at Park Mart. So does Emmaline.
Adam and Wallace live down in the beach shacks. Wallace used to live in GULL’S CRY which is where Theo lives after he gets kicked out.

The Moon and More- Emaline and Luke have grown up together in Colby and joke around about how they will be getting married. However, Luke has different plans and breaks up with Emaline. Shortly after, she finds her life occupied by a film crew renting some of her parent’s beach houses. They are trying to make a documentary about the town’s reclusive artist. Theo, the film student and assistant, is from New York and seems sophisticated and exciting, and believes that Emaline is too good for her little town. With Emaline being pulled in all directions by her stepdad, father, mother, Theo, and friends…what choice will she make? Which of these is her moon?

This is my least favorite in the series. I felt like the characters weren’t as unique and developed. I also didn’t like how the girl broke up with her boyfriend of four years and was like an hour later I’m fine and over him. Seriously? It wasn’t horrible, but just not the caliber I expected.

These are the things I found that relate to The Moon and More. 

That Summer:
One of Ashley’s old boyfriends dies in a motorcycle accident. Rachel Gertman, friend of Emmaline’s sis Amber, was in a bike accident but just had to go to rehab. Doesn’t specify what type of bike for Rachel though.
Haven’s family spent a whole summer at a beach in the past, Emmaline leaves in a beachtown.
Someone Like You:
Rachel Gertman, friend of Emmaline’s sis Amber, was in a bike accident just like Michael, although michael died and Rachel just had to go to rehab. Doesn’t specify what type of bike for Rachel though.
Emmaline’s mom gets pregnant in high school, just like Scarlett.
Keeping the Moon:
Both stories take place in Colby.
Eats at Last Chance a few times, also where Luke broke up with her. Colie is her waitress.
Norman walks with a slow loping gait. So does Morris.

Dreamland:
Rachel Gertman, friend of Emmaline’s sis Amber, was in a bike accident had to go to rehab. Caitlain had to go to rehab for her drug and emotional/physical abuse from her boyfriend.
Cass spends a whole summer at the beach. Emmaline lives in a beachtown.
Boo and Stewart teach at the U, while Caitlan’s Dad is dean of students. U is where Emaline is going to college.

This Lullaby:
When Emmaline was feeling stressed out over Theo, she goes to Jump Java to clear her mind. Scarlett and John Miller worked at Jump Java in TL.
TL takes place the summer before Remy goes to college, just like Emmaline.
Lissa’s going to U, Emmaline will be going there in the fall as well.
The Truth About Forever:
The caterer Robin says “everyone loves meatballs” just like Delia always said in TAF.
Underage Morris is a bartender for the event, such as Wes.
Story takes place in Colby, Macy’s family has a beach house there.
Emmaline has the same Us and Them mentality. its her and Clyde against Ivy and Theo. Macy expresses the same idea in TAF regarding the caterers against the eaters.
Luke, Emmaline’s ex, is Wes and Bert’s cousin.
Emmaline and Luke play Gotcha! They were taught by Wes and Bert.
Like Macy, Emmaline always wears an elastic on her wrist.
The waitresses at Last Chance restaurant know Macy’s father by name. Emmaline goes to Last Chance all the time.
Wes walks with a slow, loping gait; just like Morris.
In the beginning of TAF Macy helps out with the catering because a server moves so slow and not doing well. Emmaline helps out with a catering when Morris is moving too slow and not doing anything.
Caroline went to U, and it is where Emmaline is attending in the fall.

Just Listen:
Annabelle and family would go to the beach a lot for summer. Emmaline leaves in a beachtown.
Male model who gives Annabelle his number goes to U, Emmaline will be attending there in the fall.
A girl named Esther emcees the poetry and other readings at the coffee shop, Jump Java. Whitney goes there to read her memoir. In Along for the Ride, Auden’s friend Esther, loves to go to coffee shops to hear readings. Esther films the art show for Emmaline and Ivy.
Heather Wainwright has a Jump Java coffee. Jump Java is where Emmaline goes to clear her head when Theo distresses her.
Lock and Key:
Benji and Emmaline’s grandma are putting the realty on UME so people can like the page. Emmaline and others have UME pages. Ruby’s brother-in-law created UME.
Emmaline’s mom gets pregnant in high school, just like Ruby’s mom.
Cora and Jamie went to U; Ruby, Gervais, and Nate are going to U. Emmaline is going to U in the fall.
Along for the Ride:
Auden’s friend Esther film’s Clyde, Ivy, & Emmaline’s party.
Emmaline goes to parties at the Tip. The Tip was were Auden had her embarrassing first night.
Clyde hangs out with Emmaline. Clyde met Auden when she was on her “quest”. He made pie for her too in his laundromat.
Both stories take place in Colby.
Knows Wallace, who is friends with Auden.
Emmaline is a Gas/Gro fiend, just like Auden & friends.
Emmaline goes to Abe’s Bike, named for Eli’s friend and owned by Clyde.
They talk about Weymor college, where Auden’s dad teaches at.
Emmaline gets an ad for Tallyho, Luke cheats on her there, and they have the art show after party there. Tallyho was were Maggie, Esther, and Leah would go and promised never again to go.
Knows Maggie and Auden.
Emmaline’s friend Daisy works for Heidi, Auden’s stepmother, at her shop, Clemetines.
Auden goes to visit her Dad and Stepmom in Colby. Emmaline lives in Colby.
Auden eats at Last Chance so does Emmaline.
Auden mom teaches at U. Emmaline will be attending in the fall.
AFTR takes place the summer before Auden attends college. So does M&M.
Daisy & Emmaline win best dressed at the Beach Bash. Heidi throws the Beach Bash every year.
Heidi is friends with Emmaline’s mom, Emily.
Auden and Eli shop at Park Mart. So does Emmaline.
Whatever Happened to Goodbye:
Knows Rachel Gertman who makes the Gert bracelets. McClean and her mom have a ton, they were a tradition when they went to Colby beach. Dave bought one too.
Peter bought McLean’s mom a house in Colby. Colby is where Emmaline lives.
McLean’s dad walks in a slow gait like Morris.
Guy next door to McLean goes to U, McLean and Dave also attend U. Emmaline will be attending U in the fall.
McLean goes to Jackson High like Caitlan.
McLean gets a coupon to Jump Java from Deb, Emmaline goes to Jump Jave to clear her head about Theo.
McLean and Emmaline shop at Park Mart.
Heidi is friends with McLean’s mom. Heidi and Emmaline’s mom are friends.

Now as for Saint Anything? I have yet to read the book, but when I do I will update this and let you know what I think.

For more on Sarah Dessen, go to It’s Not Old…It’s Vintage

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So I typically talk about 4-6 things, but after that Sarah Dessen review I’m a bit tapped out. So I will continue as normal next week.

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For the previous post, go to A Study in Fandoms

And Stay tuned for part 21

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For more Audrey Hepburn, go to I’m Putting You First: How to Steal a Million (1966)

For more book-filled posts, go to You’re My Best Friend

I’m Putting You First: How to Steal a Million (1966)

Most Romantic Moment #10

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So I’ve mentioned before how this film was one I had been searching for, for a long, loong time. When I was young I watched a movie about stealing art that took place in France, but couldn’t remember the title, just the one scene. I was pointed toward To Catch a Thief, but it wasn’t how I remembered the film.

Really?

I figured I just had faulty memory and was done with it.

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Over ten years later, I decided to watch this movie as I love Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. As I started watching it, I had this sense of deja vu, but I was certain I’d never seen it before. It wasn’t until they played the one scene that I realized this was the movie I had been thinking of the whole time.

Finally something GOOD!

Finally!

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This is an absolutely hysterical heist film. Audrey plays Nicole Bonnet, daughter of a forger and leading citizen of Paris. She has been trying to get him to stop to no avail.

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One night, she catches a bungling burglar, Simon Dermott (Peter O’Toole), who is more than what he seems. He likes her and tries to date her; but she wants nothing to do with him.

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Meanwhile, her father has allowed the museum to take the famed Cellini‘s Aphrodite (a forgery done by Nicole’s grandfather) for an exhibition. After he has signed off the museum paperwork, he discovers that the museum will be testing the statue in order to insure it.

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Both Nicole and her father know that such tests will show that it is a fake and bring ruin to both Bonnets. In order to stop it, Nicole hires Simon to steal it for her, using one  incredibly crazy scheme.

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Most Romantic Moment: I’ll Protect You and Your Family

*Spoilers*

So the most romantic moment comes at the end of the film. Simon and Nicole have successfully stolen the sculpture and Simon is hiding it.

Simon Dermott: [about the Cellini Venus] Oh! She’s fine. She’s wrapped up in one of my old shirts, just as snug as could be. I rocked her to sleep in my arms last night.

He takes Nicole out to dinner, and reveals that he isn’t an art thief. He is actually a private detective who specializes in art forgery; finding the criminals and gathering evidence that will send them to prison.

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Yeah not good for Nicole or her father. But because he loves Nicole he decides to not prosecute her father, (as long as he promises to not make or sell any more forgeries).

How romantic

How romantic

This is HUGE! It is his job! If word got out he would be in big trouble, and probably end up in prison for obstruction or accessory charges.

But for a man who has never settled and was only focused on work; he decided to put the girl he loved and her happiness first.

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To start Romance is in the Air: Part IV from the beginning, go to I Can’t Pretend, I Have to Be: Casual Sex? (1988)

For the previous post, go to You’re Sad So I’m Making This Day Extra Special: The Bikini in the Soup, Bones (2011)

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For more Audrey Hepburn, go to Heart and Soul

For more Peter OToole, go to What is This Thing: Phantoms (1998)

For more heist films, go to I’m Here for You: The Italian Job (2003)

For more private detectives, go to I Don’t Care What You Think, She’s My Girl: A Trip to the Dentist, Veronica Mars (2005)

Heart and Soul

What is beauty? What is it truly?

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After all:

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Yep, even the best makeup can’t hide an ugly heart.

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I think Audrey said it best:

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The heart is where it’s at.

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And that is what we should care about. So go out there and be your kind of beauty.

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For more on true beauty, go to Perfectly Imperfect

For more Audrey Hepburn, go to I’m So FANcy!

For more quotes I love, go to Fall For You 

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So I’m sure you all think I will be talking about this:

NOPE!

Instead it’ll be on this:

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Yep, here we are with another fan-filled posts all on the things I hardcore fangirl over. Read, watch, and enjoy!

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Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn is my favorite actress in the whole wide world. I think she is just so amazing in everything she has been in and absolutely beautiful. Plus she has the best fashion sense! Everything I see her in I want, every hairstyle I need; but I would never look as breathtakingly beautiful as her. Not only was Audrey an amazing actress, but she was a true patriot (working against the Nazis on her bike delivering messages in WWII) and a philanthropic woman, creating and giving to many charities. There is no better woman to look up to.

Now my favorite movies of hers is Sabrina.

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Words cannot express how much I love this movie, although I did try in my Valentine’s countdown. To read my review, go to Now That I’ve Met You, I Can’t Imagine Life Without You: Sabrina (1954) Another great favorite of mine is her first film Roman Holiday (1953).

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In which she plays a princess playing hooky, in order to have a real holiday. I reviewed that for 2014’s Valentine’s countdown and you can read the review at: Your Secret is Safe With Me: Roman Holiday (1953)I also love Funny Face (1957)

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Now how can you think that? You’re Audrey Hepburn and utter perfection.

in which she plays Jo Stockton, philosopher and book store employee. On a photo shoot she gets noticed by a famous photographer (played by Fred Astaire) who quickly gets this beatnik caught up in the world of fashion and takes her to Paris as his model. She tries to stay true to her beliefs, do well in the shoots and on the runway; all the while falling for the man behind the camera. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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I’m sure you all have heard of it, if not seen it. It is about Holly Golightly, New Yorker and sometimes model, trying to find a millionare to take care of her all her life. She meets Paul Varjak, a one hit writer, who has traded his typewriter to be a kept man to an older, rich, society woman. The two become friends, and Paul becomes fascinated with the mysterious Holly, eventually falling in love with her. Now Paris When it Sizzles (1964)

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is not for everyone. Any one I show this film to has one of these two reaction: 1) they love it and think it is a hilarious comedy, or 2) think it is the stupidest thing they have ever seen in their life. I’m in the #1 category, of course. Anyways, this film is a parody of filmmaking: criticizing the way writers, directors, and producers act; cliches like the bad boy/girl with the heart of gold; the use of fade-out for time passing or characters getting closer than the MPAA would like them too; etc. In this film we have the pairing of William Holden and Audrey Hepburn once again. William Holden plays an alcoholic, procrastinating, Hollywood scriptwriter, living in Paris. As he has waited until the last minute to write the script for his film, The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower, he has hired typist Gaby, played by Audrey Hepburn, to help him finish the piece by his deadline, three days from now. As Holden writes, he and Hepburn act out the characters in the story creating one comedic masterpiece. As an extra treat, there is a hilarious bit part done by Tony Curtis. Moving on to something that is both funny, serious, and musical…we have My Fair Lady (1964)

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A retelling of Pygmlion with music. In this Audrey plays the flower girl, Eliza Dolittle, that Professor Henry Higgins bets he can turn into a true lady by altering the way she talks. A truly great musical and film. Now the story of me and How to Steal A Million (1966)

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Is tale of trying to find each other. When I was young I watched this movie about stealing art that took place in France, but couldn’t remember the title, just one scene. I remember asking my mother about it and quoting the scene, but she couldn’t figure out what film I was talking about. The only film she could think of that had a burglar, that isn’t really burglarizing, the man being the thief, a woman partner, and taking place in France was To Catch a Thief. I eagerly watched the film, and loved it, but it wasn’t how I remembered the film. I figured I just had faulty memory and was done with it. Over ten years later, I decided to watch this movie as I love Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. As I started watching it, I had this sense of deja vu, but I was certain I’d never seen it before. It wasn’t until they played the one scene that I realized this was the movie I had been thinking of. This is an absolutely hysterical heist film. Audrey plays Nicole Bonnet, daughter of a forger and leading citizen of Paris. She has been trying to get him to stop to no avail. One night, she catches a bungling burglar, Peter O’Toole, who is more than what he seems. He likes her and tries to date her; but she wants nothing to do with him. Meanwhile, her father has allowed the museum to take the famed Cellini‘s Aphrodite, a forgery done by Nicole’s grandfather. After he has signed off the museum paperwork, he discovers that the museum will be testing the statue in order to insure it. Both Nicole and her father know that such tests will show that it is a fake and bring ruin to both Bonnets. In order to stop it, Nicole hires O’Toole to steal it for her, using one crazy scheme.

Now these are just a few of her great works, and I urge you to watch her films and see for yourself how truly amazing she is.

For more on Audrey Hepburn, go to I Can See Your Beauty

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Everyday Sunday

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I was in my early teens when I became obsessed with the band. My parents had heard of this free concert that had Ever Stays Red and Everyday Sunday. Ever Stays Red performed first, and I thought they were okay. When Everyday Sunday performed…oh I was hooked. I bought their CD immediately. Of course I thought the guys in the group were hot, but even more I enjoyed their songs. The Wake Up! Wake Up! album was my favorite and I bought it as soon as it came out. I listened to the song Let’s Go Back on my CD player a gazillion times. I was obsessed with them.

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And of course there is my story of getting all their autographs. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but for those of you who missed it, this is what happened:

So I went to this huge outdoor concert, (three days and a bunch of bands), to see them. I was first in line to get their autographs, and was fully prepared as having borrowed my mom’s sharpie with the promise to return it to her. So I was waiting in line and I had recieved Trey ❤ (squee!) and another band member’s autographs, but I still needed the other two. I was standing around waiting, when one of the guards/manager/whatever people told me I had to go because I was blocking the way. I was so heartbroken to have to leave, but started making my way out:

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As I was walking out I ran into another member and got his autograph.

Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

So I was still sad that I didn’t have the last signature, but then as I was walking out I ran into the last guy!  And got his autograph. But then I realized I had left my mom’s sharpie! And I had specifically been told to make sure I brought it back. So I ran all the way down to the autograph table, told them what happened and was given the sharpie back. It wasn’t until I got back to our tent that I realized I had my  mom’s sharpie had been in my pocket all along! Now I had an awesome souvenir!!!

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Unfortunately, I lost that pen sometime when we moved. 😦

The band has changed a lot since then, so I don’t follow them as much as I used to. They still remain a big part of me, as I constantly listen to that Wake Up! Wake Up! album.

Here are some of my favorite songs: Apathy for Apologies, Bring It On, Find Me Tonight, From Me to You, I’ll Get Over It (Mis Elaineous), I Won’t Give Up, Let’s Go Back, Now You’re Gone, Star of the Show, Take Me Out, Tell Me You’ll Be There, Untitled Anonymous, Wake Up! Wake Up!, and What We’re Here For.

For more Everyday Sunday, go to Now You’re Gone

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Indiana Jones

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I am a huge fan of Indiana Jones. I used to dream about meeting him (or Harrison Ford). And how could you not love the incredible hunky hero? For those of you who have been living under a rock and are unaware of this awesome man; Indiana Jones is an archeologist and Professor of History, living in the 1930s; who balances his time with his classwork and going on grand adventures. The first film is Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant from the bible, before Hitler does. He sets out trekking the globe, bringing along old flame Marian and friend Sully. The sequel to this movie wasn’t as good, and for years I would watch only the beginning and end as one scene scared the crap out of me. Eventually I overcame this, but it was’t until last year that I actually sat down and watched the film from beginning to end. In this, Temple of Doom, the adventure starts out in China, with a deal gone wrong causing Indy to flee the country with his sidekick Short Round plus a singer and the MOST ANNOYING PERSON IN THE WORLD, WillieThe group ends up crash-landing in India and set out to save a tribe’s lost children and sacred stones, both of which were stolen from them. The series picks up again with the third film, The Last Crusade, in which Indy and his father (played by Sean Connery) set out to save the Holy Grail from being stolen by Nazis. They made a fourth film which was a real disappointment so I won’t even speak about it. The first and third films are absolutely amazing, with the second definitely having its cool moments.

Now after the three films came out, we had Indiana Jones mania and lots of other things were made to increase money. I have to say I jumped on a lot of those trains. There was The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. This TV series had Indiana Jones meeting famous people throughout history (educational) and going on adventures. In the second season he is an adult and it follows his adventures with Pancho Villa, the IRA, and involvement in WWI, later returning to school and joining a jazz group. This show was a lot of fun, and you learned a lot as well. Piggybacking off of this series was two book series involving the adventures of young Indiana Jones. One was a regular story format about his adventures as a boy, while the other covered his time as an teenager and were Choose Your Own Adventure themed. I have to admit that I read both of them. Big time fan.

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And that’s not all. I read the book series Indiana Jones: Prequels of which detail his life from college to right before the first film. Now quite a few books in the series were bad fanfiction, but there were actually quite a number that were written well. Most of the good ones were written by Rob MacGregor who actually assisted with the screenplays, so he had the truest to form character of Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils, Genesis Deluge, Unicorn’s Legacy, Philosopher’s Stone, Dinosaur Eggs, and Secret of the Sphinx were good. The rest were okay or downright awful. I even went as far as starting the series that took place during WWII and covered events mentioned in the last Indiana Jones film, but those weren’t as good.

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And that doesn’t end my fangirlness. I also started a Indiana Jones fanclub. All us girls in it chose state names before our last names, in honor of Indy. We had Alaska Adams, Ohio Hirano, Virgina Mabel, Georgia Hattie, Illinois Villers, and Nevada Sinclair (Me). We even created our own pictograph language to pass notes.fandomvsReallife Yep, I was obsessed and still am. In fact, my most recent purse was chosen because it resembled Indian Jones satchel.

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And of course I am a huge fan of the ride, which you can read more about at And Away We Go.

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For more on Indiana Jones, go to Heaven on Earth

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My Chemical Romance

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Now I got into this fandom after the group had broken up. It all started with just one song, Welcome to the Black Parade and that was it. I was hooked and had joined the fandom.

First of all we have the amazing Gerard Way who looks good no matter what he does.

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The songs are amazing and the music videos are AWESOME!!! Like Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na). 

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Now I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’ll be saving that for my individual posts on the songs. Here are some of my favorites: Welcome to the Black Parade, I Don’t Love You, House of Wolves, Cancer, Mama, Teenagers, Na-Na-Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na), Bulletproof Heart, The Only Hope for Me is You, Save Yourself I’ll Hold Them Back, Summertimeand The Kids from Yesterday.

For more on My Chemical Romance go to Na-Na-Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)

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Nancy Drew

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Now I never wanted to be a fan of Nancy Drew. My older sister Jessica loved her, and that was her thing. But, Nancy would not be deterred from my life. Oh no.

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It started one day when I was in sixth grade. My middle school library was amazing and I spent many happy days there. They had a great collection of all types of books. I loved the series Sweet Valley High (more on that later) and would check out tons of the series’ books. One day I grabbed Strange Memories as I was in a hurry, and when I got home realized it wasn’t a Sweet Valley High, but a Nancy Drew: Case Files.

After that, I was hooked. I started reading the series and became a huge fan. I still try to collect the whole series, every time I spot one in a thrift store, snapping it up to add to my collection. These books came out in the late ’80s and continued until the early 2000s. These books involved pretty, redhead, 18 year old Nancy Drew who was one amazing crime-solving sleuth. She was often assisted by George Fayne, her tall athletic, dark-haired friend; and Bess Marvin, George’s cousin, blonde, curvy, and also utterly gorgeous and boy-crazy. She is always trying to lose 5-10 pounds, but looks good all the same. Ned Nickerson is Nancy’s boyfriend, who attends college and is always having an internship in a various things (making me wonder what his major is) which always involve Nancy coming around to solve a mystery. The two fight over Nancy not always paying attention to Ned and his needs, and even break up momentarily. Of course this couple can’t be far apart for long, and resume dating.

Now I absolutely loved this series, but not everyone did. As Nancy Drew is revamped every ten years or so, people who liked the series before don’t care for this version, and those who become a fan later, can’t get into it either. The other thing I loved about this series was that they did Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys crossovers. I love Nancy and Ned together, but I have to admit…a big part of me always wanted her and Frank Hardy to get together.

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I’m conflicted.

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Some of the books were absolutely wonderful, while others were just okay. But hey, that always happens in a series. My favorites are: Secrets Can Kill (#1), in which Nancy goes undercover in a preppy high school to figure out who a blackmailer is; Deadly Intent (#2), in which a concert to see Barton Novak turns out to an abduction case; White Water Terror (#6)Nancy wins a river rafting trip for four and takes along Bess, George, and Ned. But what should be fun in the sun, turns into a series of sabotage and murder. In Stay Tuned for Danger (#17), Nancy goes on TV to figure out who is threatening a famous soap opera star. When Bess falls for the star, Nancy finds herself racing against time to save both of them. Sisters in Crime (#19) sends Nancy to San Diego State in order to investigate an accidental drowning and a sorority. She discovers that college life isn’t glitz, fun, and studying; as murder walks the campus. Recipe for Murder (#21) finds Nancy back in school, cooking school that is. She and the full gang are getting lessons in French cooking, pastry, and Chinese food. While there Nancy discovers some unsavoriness; sabotage, blackmail, slander, murder, and espionage. In Something to Hide (#41), Ned is doing a testing project on acne creme for his marketing class. When Nancy steps by to say hi, Bess becomes ill. And she’s not the only one! Suddenly an epidemic is spreading through the town, all of which tie back to the Acne creme. Now Nancy is one the case to discover who could be poisoning teens, and why? A Model Crime (#51) in this book, Bess is chosen to be a finalist for Face of the Year, a modeling contest (think America’s Next Top Model), but as Nancy travels to Chicago she sees that there is more to this “Face” than meets the eye as someone is trying to sabotage it. Don’t Look Twice (#55), is one of my absolute favorites. In this Nancy goes to visit Ned at an away game, finding a cheerleader who looks a lot like her, wanting to put Nancy out of the picture. This cheerleader, Denise, invites the group out to pizza, where Nancy gets kidnapped! She is let go as the kidnappers got the “wrong girl”, leaving Nancy to figure out who will be abducted and when. Tall, Dark, and Deadly (#66) when a young girl is kidnapped, Nancy and Bess go undercover to figure out where she is. The two find themselves trying to find the girl’s last date and hopefully abductor. Designs in Crime (#89), Nancy once again sees that the fashion world has a dark side when she investigates the thefts of a designer’s famous designs. This case of corporate espionage turns deadly, when an assistant is found murdered. Betrayed by Love (#118)Nancy and Ned are invited to an old friend, Angela’s, wedding. There they find what should be a happy occasion is anything but: with the mother of the bride wasting away to a disease unknown, the groom’s ex-girlfriend insisting that they are still together, a serious case of sabotage, threats against the bride; and one dead body. And of course, Strange Memories (#122)in which Nancy and George are vacationing in San Francisco, only to find a girl with amnesia.

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Then there are the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Super Mysteries which always involved two cases that ended up connecting at some point in the book. I loved these as I loved the pairing of the two sleuths and as before-mentioned, Nancy and Frank. Sorry Ned. Of these books I loved: Double Crossing (#1), Nancy goes on a cruise to visit George, the activities director. When she gets there she discovers that Frank and Joe are undercover trying to discover who is robbing the guests. The three detectives also come upon a double dealer, selling American secrets. Will the three find the thief and save America’s security? A Crime for Christmas (#2)Nancy and Bess are visiting New York City, doing a little Christmas shopping; when they run into Frank and Joe. The Hardy Boys are once again on a case, trying to catch a Cat Burglar team. The four also meet a guest staying there, who turns out to be a crown prince and find themselves caught in the middle of a coup. Dangerous Games (#4), Ned calls in Nancy, George, Bess, Frank, and Joe to help protect a sister and brother from Scandinavia competing in the Games tournament. All go undercover and try to find out who could be sabotaging the two. When one of their supervisors starts investigating an old unsolved murder involving the athletes gathered, he is almost killed, leaving the detectives to solve that case as well. Hits and Misses (#16), Bess is competing in a talent TV show with Nancy tagging along. The two discover an amnesic girl and try to find out who she is, a situation that won’t be easy as many are trying to kill her.  Frank and Joe are visiting an old friend and trying to figure out who would steal the masters of the singer Angelique. The two cross paths and discover that their cases as more closely related than they would have thought.

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From 2004-2012, they came out with a new series of Nancy Drew that I was also a fan of. I liked the series, but nowhere as much as I loved the ’80s one. In this Nancy became an environmentalist, scatter-brained, forgetting everything, detective. She also worked with and against the Chief of police more. George was updated to not only being athletic but super tech-savy. Bess was no longer curvy on a diet, but perfectly formed interested in makeup, clothes, and super handy at fixing things. I didn’t care for this series as much as most of the mysteries were really lowkey. For instance in one Ned wants to fly, but then keeps avoiding it; as it turns out he is afraid of heights. In another one George keeps avoiding a certain spa, when it turns out the reason is that she applied for a job there and was turned down. In one they are reenacting the Civil War, and a website like Ancestry.com is ripping people off telling them they are all descendants of Union generals who did amazing things during the war. Boring.

Then they had the graphic novels and I LOVED these! I highly recommend the whole series if you have yet to read them. These involved the same updates from before, but switched from lowkey crimes to high, scary, and at time supernatural ones. I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND THEM!

I’ve read a few of the original books, but can’t get really into them as they are so easily solved. Oh well.

Then there are the films. I reallu liked Nancy Drew: Detective and Nancy Drew…Girl Reporter which came out in the 1930s. In these Nancy is fast talking, crime solving girl who is eager to prove her mettle and will not let chauvinistic comments bring her down. In this Ned and Nancy aren’t dating, and he tends to be her unwilling assistant. These films are funny and adorable and can be viewed on Youtube if you wish.

There also was a film in 2002, Nancy Drew, starring Maggie Lawson. In this Nancy is going to college to be a journalist, but I didn’t like the film at all. I thought they made Nancy sorta brainless and mean to Ned, completely ignoring him.

And then there were the Nancy Drew video games. I never bought these but borrowed them from the library, played them, and sent them back. Secrets Can Kill didn’t work as it had a scratch, but the beginning was great as it really puts you in the mystery. Stay Tuned for Danger I knew as I had read the book. The Final Scene was great, as I had never read the book. In this Bess is kidnapped, and you have to solve the mystery before the theater is demolished with Bess inside! And the last game I played was Danger by Design, in which Nancy goes undercover to infiltrate a Parisian designer, Minette. It was thrilling and hard.

And now finally:

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Now I absolutely loved this show!

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I came upon this series when I bought a VHS at a library sale. Afterwards, I discovered the series online (youtube) and watched the whole thing. I love the mysteries of Nancy and the Hardy Boys; with the crossover episodes being the best. Unfortunately, both actresses who played Nancy Drew left the show, leaving it just The Hardy Boys. I highly recommend this show as well as I think it was absolutely fantastic and wish there were way more episodes of them. Not to mention I love Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy.

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This also has one of the best intros. It starts off with the book covers of both series appearing in time to creepy music. It then switches to clips from the show in combo with book covers. It’s fantastic.

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For the previous post, go to Please Excuse My Dear Fan Lady

Stay tuned for part 11

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I Can See Your Beauty: The Breakfast Club (1985)

Romantic Moment #1

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

So one of my all time favorite movies is The Breakfast Club. I just love the story of how you have all these different people crossing social circles and befriending each other. It is something that could not be done today.

***Spoiler Alert***

So the movie begins one Saturday morning:

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It turns out that five very different students have been sentenced with detention. We have Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy), “the basket case” who just came for fun; Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), “the athlete”, who recieved detention for bullying a kid; John Bender (Judd Nelson), “the criminal”, sent there because of his acting up;  Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald), “the princess”, caught skipping school to go shopping; and Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), “the brain”, who brought a flare gun to school. 

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In the beginning everyone abides by their cliques, Claire and Andrew sit together as they are on the highest level of the totem pole, while the rest sit amongst themselves. At first they keep their distance and Bender riles everyone, but through the course of the day they all bond together sharing their most personal secrets and working out their dysfunctions.

Allison feels ignored and therefore is a compulsive liar and a klepto, seeking out attention. Andrew hates his overbearing father who is always pressuring him. That is one of the reasons why he was bullying another kid, his father said he wasn’t being manly enough. Bender is abused by his father and ignored the rest of the time. Claire feels confined by the role she is in, as everyone sees her a certain way when in reality she has hardly ever dated and is a virgin. Brian feels so pressured by his family to be perfect and get into a good college, that he contemplated suicide over getting a bad grade in woodshop. Through these discussions, everyone feels much better and is much happier. But at the same time they feel sad and scared that once they are back in school Monday they will no longer be friends and things will continue as they have before.

Before the day ends, they hook up the sound system and have a big dance. Claire and Bender hook up and so do Allison and Andrew. Poor Brian gets stuck writing their detention assignment.

In the end Claire gives Bender one of her diamond earrings so they’ll never forget that moment. Allison steals Andrew’s Captain letter and the two kiss, while Brian gets nothing (poor nerdy guy). And the film ends with Bender’s triumphant arm thrust and Simple Mind’s Don’t You Forget About Me playing in the background.

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Most Romantic Moment

Now what I consider  the most romantic moment happens at the end. Emilio Estevez, and let’s face it, if you know me at all you knew that the scene was going to include something about him. I mean look at this gorgeous man!

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So at the end of the film, after their crazy dance party (of which I love watching Emilio dance); Claire notices that Andrew has been looking at Allison and she is feeling kinda bored and decides to give Allison a makeover.

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Claire pushes Allison’s hair back and does her makeup, but nothing too showy, mostly natural and she comes out. When she goes over to Andrew he is shocked at what he sees and says one of the most romantic things ever.

Andrew: [after Claire has given Allison a makeover] What happened to you?

Allison Reynolds: Why? Claire did it… What’s wrong?

Andrew: Nothing’s wrong… it’s just so different, you know? I can see your face.

Allison Reynolds: Is that good or bad?

Andrew: It’s good.

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So romantic!

So romantic!

I mean I just absolutely love how he says “I can see your face.” He doesn’t say that that “you look hot” or “you look so much better than before”. What he says is that “I can see you even clearer than before.” And it’s not like this some new-flung thing. He was interested in her when they went to get the sodas, trying to get to know her better.  Later when she is sharing things about herself, he pays deep attention and defends her when the other people call her bizarre.

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But the best thing of all is just the fact that when he tells her that she is beautiful, he’s not saying she is beautiful because she changed herself, but that she was always beautiful and know he can see it even better than before.

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For more on The Breakfast Club, go to Heaven on Earth

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For more on the ’80s, go to In Love With the ’80s (Pink Tux to the Prom)

For more on Audrey Hepburn, go to O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree