Movie Review: Edge of Seventeen

From watching the film’s trailer, I’ve wanted so badly to see the movie. Aside from the fact that Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson were in it, the story line is very attractive because it tackles about ones character. Finally, I found the time to see it yesterday and I wasn’t disappointed. I know it was a teenage movie but it still teaches you a lot about people and why they act the way they do. 

Nadine has issues about herself that she needed to fully understand and acknowledge first before she was able to fix. She had her family and friends but she didn’t quite see those facts all because she’s blinded by her personal issues. I liked that the movie showed several factors that lead to how Nadine became as a kid and as a person; because that was the truth. People don’t just change because something happened; life is a series. Some things are connected in some ways, even in its downsides. 
I love movies that show a person’s growth, because we always want to grow. Even when we have already grown, especially when we’ve already grown. Don’t they say that when we’ve learned so much, that we crave for more? Which is the opposite of the more we think we know, the more we don’t in reality. I’m not trying to say I’ve learned so much about life already, I’m still so young. But, regardless of age, we all want to gain something that will feed our souls. Would you agree? 

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Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

I was so intrigued about this movie the moment I saw its trailer.  I thought it was really interesting because it defies something that is impossible to resist.  It isn’t just a romantic story that tackles about conquering anything for the sake of love and happiness.  There’s more to the story than Adaline and Ellis accepting each other despite the history behind everything.

I’m not going to spoil you with anything (although I think by now everyone must have seen the movie already) because I personally hate spoilers.  I’m just going to say what it says to me.

The Age of Adaline has brought up something what most of us need to learn.  The movie talks about living, not just for the future but for what transforms your todays to happy days.   That it’s not compromising to the safe circles of the society, but it’s about making a difference if that’s what it takes to feel alive.

It taught me that if you start thinking about what you want for yourself and not about what other people are going to say, you’ll be happier.  It showed me that if I stop running away from the possibilities, then will I only discover the chances I keep trashing away. Adaline stopped chasing the life she thought she was contented with, only to realize that’s the only way to see the beginning of something beautiful.  She showed me that when you stop looking at the familiar, you’ll see the bigger picture behind the walls.  We don’t have to settle for what’s certain just because that’s the safe thing to do.  Living starts when you stop trying to hold yourself back from what your heart wants.

I know this might have been said a lot of times now, but there is a reason why it’s still being said.


It’s not living if you’re stuck in the safe lane because that’s what’s going to keep you alive.  With that, you’re only surviving.

What has your favorite TV series taught you?

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A lot of teenagers’ time are invested in watching a TV series.  Whether it be a sitcom, fantasy, drama, or a musical, these series are going into our heads to the extent we want a live best friend whose personality is parallel to the fictional character we admire most.  But this isn’t only about the kind of cool they act with the attitude they were written to have.  It isn’t always about how unrealistic the settings are, or sarcastic for some instances.

There is a reason why every death of a fictional character tears us apart as much as we can imagine.  Every scene has another story that is happening in our minds.  There is more to the summary that wiki cannot tell you because only your feelings can express it.

A lot of us teenagers find time watching TV series because a lot of the stories tell the emotions we keep shelled.  Some stories express the feelings we can’t pen on our school essays.  But, that’s not what’s topping this all. It is the fact that at the end of each episode, they’ll make you see something that’s worth to think about.  Something to contemplate on.  Something to teach you about what you’re going through.  Those stories have a way of sending messages we can relate to.

The series I have seen so far have a lot to do with how I deal with things now, especially on society and friendship.  They have taught me the real value of relationships and trust.  Teen Wolf, on top of all the other I’ve seen, has made me feel the love and sense of brotherhood between friends.  Like how when you’re in trouble, you are never alone.  And that real friends would be willing to take the bullet for you.  Not that my friends haven’t made me feel that, but there was this barrier I have kept for long and Teen Wolf made me try to break that wall.  It made me see there could be that kind of security between friends.


At the end of each episode is a line that says everything is going to be all right as long as you are with friends, with family. 

Book challenge: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

I relate to the main character Ruby.  Not that I do drugs or wanted so bad to escape home at one point.  I relate to her in a way that I keep myself away from people.  I have friends and all but like her, I keep a certain line in between.  For no exact reason that I could figure now why, but it seems logical to me to do just that.  I guess I want to keep a part of me all to myself to that point that no one knows what I feel, or how I feel.

It’s the first time I found a book that speaks so close to what I feel, about opening up to friends.  So I’m really glad to have read this one.  It pushes me to see the real picture, how not showing efforts to opening up to people makes me and how other people suffer from trying and failing to get through my walls.

I have learned from this book that it is okay to show the brittle side of you to people you trust.  Showing them your frail moments both lightens your feelings knowing there are people to offer shoulders to lean on and makes them feel your trust.

Book Challenge: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I was totally curious about the book since I saw the movie trailer of The DUFF.  The trailers were so fun to watch like they activated the high school spirit in me.  It’s always fun to see the high school drama when you’re over that period because then you can see right through the picture and actually laugh about it.  Because they speak the truth in one way or another.

I see how some instances of high school in fiction stories aren’t like how they are in reality because writers try to inject all elements of young, wild, free and innocence altogether in a youth oriented show.  Which makes them relatable to some and exaggerated to others.

Here’s what I think about the book.  It points out a lot of issues teenagers face during the early stage of adolescence. The book talks about the differences on how youngsters view life and its mishaps. With those differences, they resort to different habits, good or bad, to divert their attentions from the real problems. One may be doing something completely odd or delusional to escape the world they’re living.   The DUFF tells a lot about how everyone is going through something which no one could ever know of unless you pay much attention.

It’s a cliche to see mean girls or judgmental jerks in high school dramas but it’s because that’s how it’s been lately.  There’s so much hating and despising that they forget everyone’s just like everyone else.  If we want other people to see what’s our fake smiles are trying to say, don’t lie when they ask you what’s wrong and roll your eyes when they believe you.

There’s more to this book than what I said it talks about.  There are a lot of issues confronted.  I’d like it very much if high school students read this book.  I wouldn’t doubt most of them telling me how it can’t happen to them like how it did in the book for Bianca.  Yes, separating reality from fiction couldn’t be hard, but putting two and two together couldn’t be all that difficult either.