Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers: Suitors and Sabotage

So this is something I started a while back. Sometimes you want more Austen books after you have read all her books. There are variations on her stories, but sometimes you don’t want to read the same story. You want Austen-like works, but what to read or watch?

Hmmm…

That’s why I started this series. I will review books that have the things we love about the Austen novels, but in something fresher than a retelling.

Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

So we added this book to the library last July and I was very interested in reading it, but had too many books on my to-read list. I decided to read it at a later time, you know what I’m talking about.

I first became interested in the book because of the cover, I know-we aren’t supposed to, but it is so beautiful.

Then I looked at the back and saw:

“…Jane Austen spiced with action, suspense, and humor.”

“Jane Austen fans in need of a good book look no further.”

“It’s Jane Austen meets Jane Foster…”

After that I HAD to read it, if it is recommended for Austen fans-here we go.

Gracebridge Manor in Fotheringham, Kent -1817

Miss Imogene Chively has returned from her London season a success, or so her family believes. Imogene did not enjoy the parties, being on display, etc.

Hopefully, she will not have to go back as she has a suitor- a Mr. Ernest Steeple. He’s very, very interested in her and about to visit and stay a few weeks.

Imogene is a very shy and not looking forward to him coming, but at least she will be home.

I don’t want to do this

She an her friend Miss Emily Beeswanger (what a name!) are relaxing outside the ruins of the nearby castle, when Imogene’s dog puts himself in danger. They try to get him back, but he won’t listen!

Oh no!

But in the end they are assisted by a handsome young man.

After he saves their dog, the man introduces himself as Benjamin “Ben” Steeple, the younger brother of Ernest. He has accompanied him, and the two arrived early. Mr. Chively, Imogene’s father, is monopolizing Ernest, so Ben decided to check out the castle ruins. Ben is studying to be an architect and could not pass up the opportunity.

Sorry, I have it in my media library and had to use it.

Benjamin joins the ladies for a picnic and Emily sets her cap for the charming, flirtatious, dashing man. Emily went with Imogene for the London season, but did not have anyone interested in her. She’s feeling like a failure and this handsome man seems to be the answer to her wish to be married.

Emma Woodhouse from Emma (1996) AKA the Kate Beckinsale version

Imogene’s dog, Jasper, takes off into the old ruins, again, and Ben helps save him for Imogene. They end up bringing part of the castle down and destroying their clothes in the process (not like they are naked bit that those clothes can never be fixed to be in their previous condition ever again).

Ben goes to change before dinner and encourage his brother. Ernest is over the moon about Imogene but feels disheartened as he is trying to spend time with her, but has only been spending time with the dad. He’s worried he won’t have anything to converse with her, so Ben tells him to talk about Joseph Turner.

Uh, excuse me…his name is Joseph Mallard William Turner. Sorry if my art history is showing, but he did make beautiful paintings. They were large “romantic” pieces of art. We studied Slave Ship, Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On, in my class but they wouldn’t have seen that painting as it wasn’t done until 1840.

Anyways…

Anyways…sorry for that derail.

So the brothers are some of the best parts of the book as it is fun to read their interactions as they mess with each other. For instance Ben tells Mr. Chively that Ernest likes economics and Mr. Chively spends the whole night talking his ear off about banking and interest.

I’m so bored….BEN! THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!

Ben, however, spends the night talking to Imogene and Emily and enjoys conversing with both women. He’s a major flirt and loves charming the ladies.

Ugh!!

Imogene finds herself feeling uncertain as she is in a place she has never been before. She knows that Ernest likes her…but all this attention-could Ben have feelings for her too? Are two brothers fighting over her?

But then Emily points out all the attention Ben has been giving her and the way he has been treating her. Could this be worse than she thought, could he like both Imogene and Emily?

After the two talk, Imogene becomes convinced that Ben is just flirting and charming both of them (very Frank Churchill). Imogene is a little saddened at that, but Emily will not give up. She wants Ben and practices her best flirtations in order to win his heart.

The next morning, Ernest is taken off by Imogene’s father to go fishing, while Ben gets to spend the morning with her. He is doing his best to extol his brother’s virtues, but finds himself holding her hands longer than necessary and thinking more about her than his brother.

Wow, Ben, really? Your brother’s girl! You know he’s into her. And he’s your BROTHER!!!!!

Forget you!

They spend time together, but then Imogene goes to give Emily’s sister, Harriet, her drawing lessons.

Afterwards, she finds Emily decked out in her most flattering gown, ready for Ben’s return-you know pulling a Sandy.

Besides the Beeswanger family, and the Steeples, the Tabards are also staying with the Chivelys. Mrs. Chively, Mrs. Beeswanger, and Mrs. Tabard were very close friends, and relatives. Mrs. Tabard passed away and since then Mr. Tabard has been a ghost of the man he once was. His son Jake has become an incorrigible prankster-pairing up with Imogene’s older brother Percy.

Ben has a horrible secret and admits it to Imogene. He wants to be an architect more than anything in the world, but he cannot draw! He begs her for lessons and to keep his secret. It makes Imogene feel special as her family doesn’t care about art and she begins lessons with him.

OKaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Red flag number 2!!! Liar, secret keeping, your only role is to make HIM better. Imogene, walk away-walk away!!!

That evening Ernest and Imogene finally have a chance to spend time together. Ernest tries to talk about Turner, but can’t. He admits he knows little of painting and that he is a…reader. Not of poems or essays…but…literature.

A handsome, kind, caring, rich man who loves to read?

I’m with Mrs. Bennet!

He’s PERFECT!!! He’s the mythical unicorn!!!!!

Imogene begins to enjoy Ernest’s company just as much as Ben’s and finds herself in a real quandary. She likes Ernest and Ben, but she can’t have both so which brother will she choose?

But before Imogene’s heart can tell her the path to take-some strange things start happening. Her jewelry is found in Ben’s room, then a burr is under his saddle and almost kills him, the castle starts falling down as well, and more. Someone is after Ben, but who?

A MYSTERY!!! You know what that means…

Mystery, you say? I’m on the case

To further complicate this midsummer nights comedy of errors; Ernest and Ben both like Imogene, Emily likes Ben, Jake seems to be interested in Emily, and Imogene doesn’t know which man she wants.

Uhhhh…

And who is doing all these mysterious things? Could it be Percy or Jake, taking their “jokes” too far? Could it be Emily, who is after Ben-maybe trying to dissuade him from Imogene? Or could it be Ernest who wants to take Ben out of the running for Imogene’s heart?

Thoughts After Reading:

This book was pretty enjoyable for the most part. I thought the beginning and middle were really good. The parts that kind of turned me off was when the story began to drag on with the constant back and forth of Imogene trying to decide on a guy.

Which one, which one…

It really bothered me too how both men laughed off Imogene’s fear. I mean come on guys, there is too much happening for it be an “accident”. Seriously dudes.

Come on guys!

There is also a weird part when Imogene accuses Ernest of doing all these things to Ben and Ben becomes furious. She is in shock about how “unreasonable” he is and hopes to never see that “unreasonable” side again. Ugh, girl please-you just accused his brother of trying to kill him. If someone said that to me about my sister I would have flipped a table at them. How dare you!!!

That’s my sibling!

But really, whether you will love or hate this book will boil down to one thing-which guy you like better. It is a tale as old as Fritz and Ernst (The Swiss Family Robinsons) or modern day-Dean and Sam (Supernatural). You have two guys who are amazing guys-both nice, brave, good people. One is more of an introvert, one more of an extrovert; one slightly more brawny, one slightly more brainy; etc. And you can only choose one!

Who would I pick? I really liked Ernest. I thought he was kind, caring, sweet-loved that he was a reader and found him to be like Mr. Tilney-comfortable, a novel reader, and just fun.

Ben, on the other hand, I could not stand. He made me think of Frank Churchill, a charmer-all fluff, and no substance. I really felt that Ben picked up on how Imogene feels ignored and not valued for her art and really  played on that manipulating her into being with him so he can use her artistic ability to further his career. I hate charming flirts-they are such jerks so I didn’t want her with him, I wanted Ernest!!! But hey that’s just me-you might feel differently.

Plus, 100000000000000000000000000000000x points: Ernest has read all the Jane Austen  novels.

What?

For more non-Austen reads for Austen readers, Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers: A Love for Keeps

For mysteries, go to Suspense & Sensibility (Or First Impressions Revisited)

For more Young Adult books, go to Prom & Prejudice

 

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.

LifeasaFangirl

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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 Want to Be Your Ideal Man: Grease (1978)

Most Romantic Moment #4

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I Love this musical. My best friend Carson and I were obsessed with it when we were eight years old. We used to watch it over and over, knew every song by heart, and could do the hand jive in our sleep. Grease was definitely the word.

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So the movie is set in the 1950s, you know one of my favorite decades.

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Sandy is from Australia and visiting the American beach for summer vacation (winter in Australia). She meets Danny is also away at the beach and the two meet and fall head over heels for each other. But Sandy has to back home, with both thinking they would never see each other again.

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School’s back in session, and we see Danny is the hottest and coolest guy in school.

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He and his gang are ready to finish their senior year when he gets the biggest surprise of his life, Sandy is in school. Can this designated bad boy and good girl make a relationship work?

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Throw in a car racing challenge, dance contest, Frankie Avalon, and amazing songs.

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Most Romantic Moment: I Will Do What I Can to Get You Back

So throughout the whole film we see that Danny is all about “his reputation”.

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Sleeping around with girls, not caring about what happens to them but just using and losing…

See ya!

See ya!

However when he meets Sandy that changes. At first he tries to keep to his “tomcattin” ways, but realizes that’s not what he wants; he wants Sandy. But how to win her back?

Hmm...

Hmm…

As Sandy is a cheerleader, he decides to go out for a team sport going from greaser to jock. (Which was a big deal then. Remember Daryl in The Outsiders and how he was able to cross over into Soc territory if he wanted to because of football? Ponyboy too was offered that as well but he wouldn’t give up his cigarettes for track). But Danny doesn’t really mean it, he’s just doing it to try and win Sandy back at this moment. But because he doesn’t put his whole heart into it, he messes up again and again; ditching her for another girl to win the dance contest and giving her his “ring of commitment” in order to make out.

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Men

But none of these work, Sandy is a high quality girl and she won’t have some pretender, she needs something real.

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So Danny realizes that if he loves her, he needs to stop the pretending and kidding around. He is going to have to do something really drastic to show Sandy he truly cares about her.

So he decides to quit the T-Birds

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Now contrary to what some bloggers say, he is not just putting a “cardigan on”. The sweater is a symbol that he is completely changing his life. By changing the T-Bird leather jacket to the cardigan with his “letter for track” on it, he’s not only saying that he is giving up the “fast” lifestyle, the parting with all these other women, the reputation of never settling down; but that he is going to be something more stable and trustworthy. Something that she can rely on and that will be there for her.

Grease

As he tells the other boys, he grown out of that, and is instead looking forward to a future with Sandy, not just a “playdate”.

Danny Zuko: Oh c’mon you guys…You know you mean a lot to me…it’s just that Sandy does too. And I’m going to do anything I can to get her 

After all, what’s comfortable, can be worn anywhere, and something that makes you feel relaxed, supported, and warm…a leather jacket or a cardigan?

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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 Business is Business, But Your Happiness is More Important: Borrowed Hearts (1997)

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For more on Grease, go to Why Were You Driven Away?

For more musicals, go to Marry Me: Gigi (1958)

For more period films, go to I Choose You: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Why Were You Driven Away?

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19) Something That You Miss

I really, really, really miss the drive-in.

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As you can guess, in my home town the drive-in closed.

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

Noooooooooo!!!!!!!

Sadly, the man who owned the drive-in, didn’t actually own the property. Every year the landlord would raise the rent, until the guy said forget it. It’s not worth it anymore.

Noo!

Noo!

It then became a swamp meet, but eventually closed down and is nothing but a former shell.

In fact, not only did my town’s drive-in close down, but all the ones in the area. You have to drive an hour and a half away to get to one. And it’s not just us, drive-ins everywhere are closing down and I don’t know why, they are awesome.

I love the drive-in, bringing a bunch of people in a car and watching the film under the stars. Having a ginormpus screen! Oh, it’s just the coolest. We need to bring those back. We need to make this happen everyone.

We can do it

Until then, let me leave you with this very memorable drive-in moment. 🙂

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To start the 30 Day challenge from the beginning, go to Musical Madness

For the previous post, go to By Boat, By Train, By Foot, By Plane

It’s Coming From Inside the House: When A Stranger Calls (2006)

when-a-stranger-calls-2006-posterWe traced the call! It’s coming from inside the house! Do you hear me? It’s coming from inside the house! You need to get out!

So I love this movie so much! It came out during the period of remakes of 1970s horror films, you had Dracula 2000, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), The Wicker Man (2006), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Carrie (2002), The Omen (2006), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Halloween (2007), and Invasion (2007). 

I thought it was a great remake, although I’ve never seen the original. And as the trailer revels the climatic ending I don’t feel bad about doing so either.

So the film starts off a police cleanup as a baby-sitter and the kids she had been watching were ripped to shreds.

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 Then we cut to out protagonist Jill who is practicing track. She is suffering from a supremo of bad days. Her times are all off and she needs to improve her speed. Part of the reason she is sucking so much is that she is distracted by her broken heart.

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It turns out that her boyfriend and best friend hooked up! What jerks!

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And she is grounded because she went over the mins on her phone. Remember, back in the day when every cellphone plan had min limits, and everyone was going over them all the time?

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Oops!

She really wants to go to the bonfire party, but the only place she is allowed to go is to babysit.

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Yep, the money from the job is supposed to be enough to cover the cost of the phone bill. They must be paying her an awful lot of money.

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To further her punishment, she can’t have her own car but has to be dropped off by her dad and then dropped off by the couple when they return from their night. Now this is a pretty sweet baby-sitting job. It is for a rich family, who lets you eat anything in the house, watch things on their massive TV, getting paid lots of money, and you don’t even have to look after the kiddos as they’re sick.

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Only one problem, she is in the freakin’ middle of nowhere. But it is a beautiful house!

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It has a so many glass windows and such, it also has an inside garden/aviary thing.

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Now my home has a whole wall of windows, so when I first watched this with my friends we were all freaked out during the…well I’ll save that for later.

So Jill doesn’t have much to do as the kids are sick and knocked out upstairs. The maid is there, but will be leaving shortly after she finishes her rounds. The couple have an older son who attends college and he may or may not be coming back to visit, but if he does he’ll crash in the guest house in their backyard.

Seems easy enough

Seems easy enough

So Jill gets ready for a night o’ fun. She eats popsicles and tries on jewelry and clothes.

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Everything is fun and games until Jill begins to receive anonymous and annoying phone calls.

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Jill Johnson: [phone rings] Hello? [no answer] [sighs] Mandrakis Residence.

Voice of the Stranger: Have you checked the children?

Jill Johnson: What

[Stranger hangs up. Jill runs and checks on the children. Comes back downstairs]

Jill Johnson: [phone rings] Hello?

Voice of the Stranger: [pauses] How were the children?

At this point in the film if you look hard enough you can actually see him watching her through the window while she is walking around and talking to her on the phone.

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In between she gets some creepy calls from her ex’s friends. She gets even more calls, but then one turns out to be her ex-friend Tiffany. Tiff the big, bad, boyfriend stealer.

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Tiff comes and tries to fix things between them, with Jill feeling lukewarm about the whole thing. She kicks Tiff out, who tries to leave but can’t as a tree blocks her path. A tree that wasn’t there earlier. That means only one thing, bye-bye Tiff.

Goodbye now!

Goodbye now!

 

The calls continue getting even creepier.

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Jill Johnson: Tiffany, I know it’s you. I can see your name on Caller ID, genius.

Voice of the Stranger: This isn’t Tiffany.

Jill Johnson: Who is this?

Voice of the Stranger: [pause] Who is this?

Jill Johnson: Cody?

Voice of the Stranger: Who’s Cody?

Jill Johnson: You better cut this out!

[stranger hangs up]

Now for the most part Jill is pretty smart girl. She calls the police and tries to get them to trace the call and get rid of her stalker. She keeps the security system on at all times. When she sees a light go on in the guest house, she thinks it might be the son and tries to get him to come back with her to help.

She turns the security system off and runs down to the guest house to get the son. When she gets in there, she discovers that there is no one there.

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Jill concludes that it must have been the maid, going over here to clean and then left after she completed the job. She runs back to the house, causing the security system to go off. She gets a call from the company, but tells them that it is only her. She must have only thought she turned the system off.

She continues to get more calls from “the Stranger”, telling her that he can see her.

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Oh Crap!

Jill Johnson: He can see me!

Officer Burroughs: Sorry?

Jill Johnson: It’s Jill, the girl who called before about the man who keeps on calling.

Officer Burroughs: What’s going on?

Jill Johnson: He called me again.

Officer Burroughs: What did he say?

Jill Johnson: He’s out there, he’s outside, he’s watching me through the windows.

Officer Burroughs: Did you see him?

Jill Johnson: No, but I know he can see me, because I went upstairs…

Officer Burroughs: Okay, take a deep breath, where’s the house keeper?

Jill Johnson: I don’t know, I saw her purse and the keys but I can’t find her.

Officer Burroughs: The house locked up?

Jill Johnson: Yes.

Officer Burroughs: Alarm system?

Jill Johnson: It’s on.

Officer Burroughs: Okay, you’re safe inside that house. If he wanted to break in, he wouldn’t be calling.

Jill Johnson: But he must want something!

Officer Burroughs: Listen to me, Miss, it’s just some a****** trying to hassle you.

So when my friends and I were watching this film, we were in the living room which has a whole wall made entirely out of windows, similar to the house in the film. There is also a window behind the TV. As we were watching this part, something hit our window.

AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our cat had jumped up on the fence outside and hit the window with her tail. We were just so into the film that we were creeped out.

So back to the film. So Jill keeps trying to talk to “the Stranger” so the police can trace the calls. It is so creepy, it was like when that crazy girl kept calling/texting me last spring.

Jill Johnson: [On phone] You really scared me, if that’s what you wanted. Is that what you wanted?

Voice of the Stranger: No.

Jill Johnson: What do you want?

Voice of the Stranger: Your blood all over me.

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As gross and creepy and Nightmare in Elm Street’s Freddy Kreugar.

EW!

EW!

That’s when everything starts to fall apart.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Besides Tiff, Jill also finds the body of the housemaid. She tries to help save the children, but end up getting in a deadly fight with “the Stranger”.

Save the Children!!!!

Save the Children!!!!

Jill is awesome how she takes down the stranger, totally kicking butt.

Kudos for carrying the crowbar

Kudos for carrying the crowbar

The cops come and capture the killer and cart him off, taking Jill with them to be looked at.

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The ending is great, with its nod to Friday the 13th. Check it out, it is an amazing film!

The creepiest thing about this film is how the guy watches her and how he gets in the house and does the whole cat and mouse game. It is such a creeptastic film.

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To start Horrorfest III from the beginning, go to Even a Man Pure of Heart

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For more on When a Stranger Calls, go to Do You Know Where Alex Is?

For more on psychopathic killers, go to Everyone’s Entitled to One Good Scare

For more great remakes, go to Redone Done Right

Opening With…

Reminds me of Degas

 

So the other day I was reading the beginning of Northanger Abbey and I realized that Jane Austen is the queen of opening lines

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Yep in all her novels she has some of the best opening lines that just pull you into her work and make you want to read on and find out what’s coming next. Check it out!

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1) Sense and Sensibility

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“The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance.”

Right away you pick up on a few key words, had and was.

The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex. Their estate was large, and their residence was at Norland Park, in the centre of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance.”

Immediately we know something dramatically changed this family’s fortune and it probably wasn’t a good thing. Now you’re sucked in and you have to find out what happens next? Why can’t they live there anymore? Who are the Dashwoods?

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2) Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

So I actually did a longer post on this, It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged…. But when you read these words, admit you are ready for the adventure of the book.  In fact this hook is one that has continued to be entertaining for ages. I mean that saying never gets old, but constantly draws you in no matter how many times you have read it.

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3) Mansfield Park

“About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.”

Oooh who is this Maria Ward now Maria Bertram? Is she an upstanding lady and we should be happy at her fortune? Or she is a harlot and we hate that she used her charms to win Sir Bertram?

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Either way you are intrigued and want to know more about her and her family.

 

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4) Emma

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.”

So Emma seems like she is a blessed woman and everything is fine in her life. Or is it?

Sound suspicious

Sound suspicious

It sounds to me like there is a big ol’ but coming this way and that something going to happen to change her pristine life. What? I don’t know, but now I need to know.

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5) Northanger Abbey

“No one who had ever seen Catherine Moreland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her.”

So here we have a girl that has nothing to make her life seem interesting. Pretty bland…but just those words no one “would have supposed her” means that she is going to beat all the odds and have a fantastic story! After all:

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And we can’t wait to read about it!

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6)Persuasion

Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who for his own amusement never took up any book but the Baronetage: there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs, changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed. This was the page at which the favorite volume always opened: — “ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH HALL. “Walter Elliot, born March 1, 1760, married, July 15, 1784, Elizabeth, daughter of James Stevenson, Esq. of South Park, in the county of Gloucester; by which lady (who died 1800) he has issue, Elizabeth, born June 1, 1785; Anne, born August 9, 1787; a still-born son, November 5, 1789; Mary, born November 20, 1791.”

Yes that paragraph is only two sentences.

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I know, but the rest of the book isn’t like that. So I’m sure you’re first reaction was what an egotistical man.

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But this pretty interesting opening. It’s the only Jane Austen book that doesn’t open about a woman or a family, but instead focuses on a man. Very different.  And we see that he has three daughters, Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary. So that begs the question which girl is this book going to focus on? Or will it be about all three?

Hmm

Hmm

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You’ll just have to read them to find out the end

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After all:

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For more on Sense and Sensibility, go to A Bit Pottery About Jane Austen

For more on Pride and Prejudice, go to First Impressions

For more on Mansfield Park, go to Part IX: Adventures in Movie Lines

For more on Emma, go to It’s All Jane Austen’s Fault

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Part VIII: The Little Movie Line List

For more on Persuasion, go to Part VI: It Was Said One Night

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For more on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, go to You Can’t Have Just One

For more on Downton Abbey, go to That’s What You Get

For more on Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, go to Friday Night Fun

For more of my favorite quotes, go to A Little Bit of Love

For more book loving posts, go to You’re Doing It Wrong

I Want Friend Like Me: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

“You, make man… like me? No. Woman… friend for you.  Woman… Friend… Wife.”

So this is the sequel to Frankenstein  and I think a much better film.

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Yes Mickey you were right

I know I say I don’t like sequels as much as the original, but there are always a few that I think are better.

So this movie almost wasn’t created as director James Whale originally did not want to do a sequel to Frankenstein. Universal considered producing a sequel without Whale’s involvement, but after 4 years of constant badgering, Whale agreed to do the film. And I’m so happy he did, or else we would be without this wonderful masterpiece.

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To be honest, this isn’t a true “sequel.” It actually is the second half of the the book Frankenstein, instead of an individual and separate story.

The reason I like this better than the first one is that Frankenstein is creepier, as he is demanding and using his strength and stature to frighten others.

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You also have a creepier Henry, as he is fighting with himself on whether or not to create more monsters. We see that he doesn’t wish to populate the world with these creatures-but at the same time he is lured by the thrill of creating more, and showing off his genius.

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Henry Frankenstein: Crazy, am I? We’ll see whether I’m crazy or not.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So the film starts off  a little different from the other one. Here we have Elsa Lanchester portraying Mary Shelley and telling the next chapter of the story at a party.

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Let me tell you a story

The next chapter picks up exactly where the other film ended.

Grab your torches and sharpen your pitchforks!

The villagers had driven the monster to the windmill and believed they killed him. They take Henry back home where he is nursed to health by his fiancé Elizabeth.

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However, we see that the creature has not been killed. He escaped the fire by getting into the water under the mill. He kills some people as he escapes into the wilderness.

Meanwhile, Henry’s old mentor,  Doctor Septimus Pretorius, comes to visit him. He brings along his creations to show Henry. Dr. Pretorius had created miniature people: a miniature queen, king, archbishop, devil, ballerina and mermaid. While Henry had vowed to never create another monster again, seeing these creatures spikes his interest.

Meanwhile, the monster has run off into the woods and has tried to find a place to belong. He attempts to befriend a shepherdess and a group of gypsies, but both reject him.

He finally runs into a hermit and has a tender scene with the two becoming “fast friends”.

I love this scene and sometimes say things like “Friend good, such and such bad”, etc in my daily life! 😀 It’s a pretty touching scene. After all:

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But even this does not last forever as searchers looking for the monster, come upon the two and chase the creature away. He eventually comes upon Dr. Pretorius who promises him “friendship” and that he will create a mate for him.

“The Monster: You, make man… like me?
Dr. Pretorius: No. Woman… friend for you
The Monster: Woman… Friend… Wife…”

Dr. Pretorius approaches the newly married Frankensteins and tries to get Henry to help him create a mate for the monster. Henry, having once again realized the horror of his past creation, in no way will ever create another creature. That’s all fine and good, but Dr. Pretorius doesn’t agree. He wants a mate and is determined to force Henry to create one. He gets the creature to kidnap Elizabeth, her being the exact leverage to force Henry to create another monster.

The Monster: I *love* dead… hate living.

Henry seeing that he has no alternative, prepares to create a women from the dead. We see as Henry struggles with his morals, creating a better tension than in the first film. As I stated earlier, he doesn’t want to create another creature as he knows the horrors the other committed along with the fact that the two might mate and reproduce, populating the world with living dead.

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But Henry is excited at the same time. Once again he can use his theories and science to create. He will be able to say he “created” life, not once but twice! This is hard for him to turn away from.

Of course nothing goes perfectly according to plan. Henry creates the woman, but can he control it?

Elsa Lanchaster is amazing! I love the way she turns about, almost birdlike. She actually based her performance on swans; saying that, “they’re really very nasty creatures”. She was only 5’4″ but for the role they placed her on stilts so she was  7′ tall. The bandages were placed so tightly on her that she was unable to move and had to be carried about the studio, much like Olivia Newton-John in Grease. Her hair and outfit are amazing, and now such a classic figure in horror film history, just like her predecessor the Monster. Her amazing ‘do was held in place by a wired horsehair cage.

They introduce her to her “mate”, but when has any woman liked it when people pick out their mates?

The monster is furious at this rejection and destroys the lab killing all who are in it. The only people who escape are Elizabeth and Henry. Frankenstein realized what they had and allowed them to leave unharmed.

“The Monster: [Speaking to Frankenstein and Elizabeth] Go you live… [turning to Dr.Pretorius] You stay we belong dead.”

It’s a great movie. I highly recommend it to anyone into the classic horror films.

That’s todays fearsome post! More to come! Only 7 days left ’till Halloween! Who’s excited?

Here’s poster I made for my cover page on facebook in honor of Halloween. Hope ya love it.

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To start Horrorfest from the beginning, go to I Don’t Belong in the World

For the previous post, go to Someone Very Special

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For more on the Bride of Frankenstein, go to A Monster Race

For more on Frankenstein, go to It’s Alive, It’s ALIVE!

For more classic horror films, go to I Bid You Welcome

For more monster movies, go to Grimwood Ghouls’ Gym Teacher

For more films based on books, go to Quite a Horror Story

For more sequels, go to Just Follow the Screams

For more on Frank Peretti, go to Part IX: Adventures in Movie Lines

For more of my fav quotes, go to I’m No Warrior, I’m an Assistant Pig-Keeper