What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #29

It’s time to talk about all the things I watch again. Although I usually try and keep that list in check to not make it too long, I think I overdid it just a little bit. But, hope you enjoy the post nonetheless!

Gentefied

Please watch this show? I know we are all still mad that Netflix cancelled One Day at a Time and then did another show centered around a latinx family (but with more male characters), but it doesn’t change that the show is really great. America Ferrera executive produced Gentefied and even though they got a lot of offers from networks, they went with Netflix. It has to mean something.

Anyway, about the content of the show: I went into it expecting a bubbly and lively exploration of family life in LA, but I got so much more. I cannot even express how heartbreaking some episodes were and how they still remain at the back of my mind. Gentrification is a real issue, but sometimes not giving in isn’t really an option for the people involved. I adored how balanced the show was. How it didn’t shy away from showing consequences, but also the struggle people have to face on the daily from so many different angles. It’s absolutely a high recommendation from me!

For fans of: latinx content, family issues, gentrification in America

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Usually, I talk about shows that I have watched in their entirety (or at least the season), but Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist only has 3 episodes out so far. Still, I felt really compelled to talk about it, because rarely have I been hit with a pilot the way I have with this show.

Zoey doesn’t enjoy music (apparently people like that exist?), but after an earthquake, it suddenly follows her everywhere she goes. Zoey could now hear people’s innermost thoughts in the shape of songs, so, if you aren’t into random bursts of musical numbers, this show is not for you! What seems like a trivial plot point that will cause more hilarity than anything else, I was really surprised by how emotional I got. There is so much depth balanced with the humour of the show and it’s so enjoyable to watch. I just hope they go easy on possible cheating plotlines, but other than that, I am really all for it for now.

For fans of: music in shows, humour balanced with deeper issues

I Am Not Okay With This

I have a love-hate-relationship with Netflix making more and more shows that are about 6-8 episodes of just 20-minute-content. On the one hand, I enjoy the fast pace that the short format brings, but on the other hand, the lack of episodes makes it feel like a prequel or like we always have to stop when things just get started. It’s different to Ragnarok (which also only had 8 episodes), because at least their episodes were 45 minutes long, but it has the same vibe of origin story that is only just beginning. It doesn’t help that we have had our fair share of white girls with telekinetic abilities in recent years either …

While I feel a bit lukewarm about the show as a whole, there are some aspects I would like to praise about it. For one, I am glad to see a show let young girls be angry. Obviously there is some underlying reason behind the high-boiling emotions, but I am still happy that it was part of the plot. I also liked how the coming of age and sexual exploration side of it was handled. I think a lot of people guessed it from the trailer, so I am not going to go into more detail. Lastly, Stanley Barber is a treasure and I want him protected at all costs.

For fans of: the kids from IT, ambiguous styles that won’t let you guess the decade of the setting, Stranger Things but more now?

Living With Yourself

I like Paul Rudd. Is there really anyone out there who doesn’t? I also like Aisling Bea, because I am obsessed with British panel shows. So, in my mind, this show was really made for me, but somehow we didn’t click?

It’s hard for me to put the finger on what exactly didn’t work for me. It always hinges between comedy and drama, but fits neither category very well. Everyone believes the whole clone-thing far too easily (I am not talking about the actual clones, but more like his wife and such?) and I would maybe try to befriend my clone rather than make them my enemy? I think I was just waiting for Miles to have this moment of enlightenment where he would finally see where he went wrong and what made him so unhappy, but he remains miserable all throughout. Maybe that’s what bugged me so much?

For fans of: short clone stories, Paul Rudd

Peaky Blinders (Season 5)

I love this show, I really do with all my heart. The broken man that is Thomas Shelby is one of my all time favourite characters in all of TV history and he will likely never leave that list. I can’t say that season 5 was my favourite season, but it had a great new villain in Sam Claflin (who made it easy to love to hate him) and a particularly beautiful episode involving the ballet Swan Lake.

Watching Tommy’s state of mind deteriorate is painful. The flashbacks to Grace were unexpected and painful, because I apparently really overestimated how much he had dealt with her death at this point in time. The end of the season was practically torture and I hope they are already working on the next season as you read this. We deserve more, but it will also be the most brutal with an inevitable Shelby civil war at hand.

For fans of: the Peaky fucking Blinders!!!

Jumanji: The Next Level

I liked the reboot of Jumanji. I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to the original, but it was fun to watch and that’s basically all I need/want from a movie like this. It took itself a whole lot less seriously and was all the better for it. Now, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous about a sequel to the reboot. Could they really recreate that funny magic with the switched bodies? The answer is yes and no. 

There were still plenty of laughs in Jumanji: The Next Level, but far less so than the last time. I would even go so far to say that it dragged on in certain parts. I still enjoyed the displacement they all felt with their new bodies, but the running gag with the grandpas got old pretty quick. Still enjoyable, but definitely not necessary to drag this on forever.

For fans of: the cast involved, easy and effortless humour

Isi & Ossi

The trailer looks so dumb and so low, but after watching the movie, my Twitter account briefly seemed like an Isi & Ossi stan account and I have no regrets. Do you enjoy the rich girl meets working class boy trope? Do you like fake dating stories? What about two worlds colliding? I like all of these things in my romances and so much so that I can even overlook super crass and borderline humour. The fact that this movie starred Dark’s Lisa Vicari and Traumfabrik’s Dennis Mojen was just a huge plus in my book. I will always and forever support German Netflix content that isn’t crime related. ALWAYS!

For fans of: German Netflix content, Dennis Mojen and Lisa Vicari


That’s it for this time. Have you watched some of these shows or movies? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review)

Publisher: Gollancz
Page Count
: 458

**CW: rape, sexual assault, abuse, self-harm, murder, violence, vomiting, gore**

I like Leigh Bardugo as an author. I have not, in fact, read everything she has written, but just like about every human on earth, I have really enjoyed the Six of Crows duology and could easily have seen her become one of my household favourite authors. When it was announced that she had written her first adult book in a sort of dark academia setting, I was fully on board. And it’s not that this book didn’t deliver on what it advertised, it just turned out that I wasn’t really the right reader for it.

First of all, you get thrown into a world you understand very little of. Bardugo is great at creating a whole universe with magic, and rules that apply to it, that feels real and accessible, but I was just lost. I’ve never been to the Yale campus and even with a map, there were so many details I had a hard time connecting with. Aside from Gilmore Girl’s Rory, I really have no connection to it if I think about it some more. But then there are also the actual magical societies. I thought we would gradually get eased into the matter, but instead you start into the midst of it all, and believe me when I say it is a mess.

Aside from the confusing societies, it takes a while to get to know the characters and therefore really get into the story. To me, connecting with the people on the page and their journey is so important, but there were so many blanks that eventually got filled in, but it took me a good 100 pages to really get into it.
Alex Stern, the main character of the series and who’s real name is actually Galaxy, is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Her past is hard to swallow and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I understand her anger and her way of keeping people at bay, but at the same time, I felt like I was kept at bay sometimes. That’s maybe why I found golden boy Darlington (who I need back desperately and who will be the main reason I will pick up the sequel) and quiet but caring Dawes more accessible. Also, Turner was a big upside of the book for me, because he felt like the lawful good person the story needed. But I enjoyed the dynamic among all characters and the way we still got to explore how some of these relationships were formed. Where a lot of things felt like pre-established fixtures, at least this was something that felt like it was still in the making.

“I let you die. To save myself, I let you die. That is the danger in keeping company with survivors.”

So, there were some aspects I really enjoyed (especially the emancipation and handling of different female characters) and others I did not understand or connect to as much as I had hoped. The fact that a lot of it was presented in the shape of a paranormal crime story maybe didn’t help me personally. I understood that murder and mayhem would be involved in Ninth House, but I wasn’t quite expecting it to be so much like a detective story. Those of you who know me, know that I get a little bored with the investigation-type plots. However, I can see how a lot of readers would be the opposite of me and enjoy those the most!

In conclusion, I would say that this book is A LOT. There is blood and gore and death around every corner. I understand if it is too much to stomach for some people, especially those who are more used to YA content. If you aren’t sure, I would just take a look at what different people who’s opinion you trust are saying about it and then make up your own mind. Or go in completely blind!

“Take courage; no one is immortal”

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Maybe this just wasn’t for me as much as other readers, but I would still continue with the series!

Have you read Ninth House? Have you read other books by Leigh Bardugo? What do you think about her first take on adult fiction?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 17-23)

I don’t even know what I did this week, but post it was not. I do have a couple ideas for upcoming stuff though, so, fingers crossed I’ll get to them next week. For now, let’s stick to trailers though!

Movies

Endings, Beginnings

This movie is largely improvised and I cannot wait to finally watch it!! I saw the interviews and stuff at TIFF last year and have been yearning for at least a trailer since then.

Big Time Adolescence

This is just Pete and MGK being themselves, but I am so glad they FINALLY released the trailer.

Run

Hello Domhnall Gleeson, I don’t know what’s happening, but I want to see it.

The Secret Garden

I am quite excited, even if it is nothing like the old movie … or the book? Because there was no actual magic?? But I think I’ve said all that before.

Dream Horse

I thought I already featured this another week, but it was another horse movie. Who would have thought that 2020 was still the year of horse racing movies?

Bad Education

I thought this was something to do with Jack Whitehall, but alas … it’s a Hugh Jackman thing instead.

The Postcard Killings

Not my genre at all, but I saw Jeffrey Dean Morgan and couldn’t resist.

Human Capital

I saw Robin from Stranger Things and just clicked again.

TV Shows

Amazing Stories

Teen Wolf’s Stiles and YOU’s Love – count me in!

I Am Not Okay With This

ooookay, so I thought this was just awkward teen stuff and not another telekinetic Carrie-esque thing the Stranger Things folks came up, just with the cast of IT, but … I am still going to watch it?

Feel Good

This is actually the comedian’s real story, so that’s neat that she gets to tell it.

Little Fires Everywhere

It looks so good.

Freud

I am not a Freud enthusiast, but this is German/Austrian Netflix content, so I feel a weird loyalty towards it.

Elite (Season 3)

I am so ready for this and SO happy that the wait isn’t that long!

On My Block (Season 3)

This trailer came out of nowhere and the fact that the date is only a couple weeks away is even more surprising, but you won’t see me complaining.

Westworld (Season 3)

I can’t watch this, because I haven’t watched the last season yet. But enjoy!

Did you see something you’d like to watch? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 10-16)

It’s Sunday and we all know what that stands for on the blog – new trailers! Since I have been posting quite a bit lately, I don’t think we need a catch up on things, let’s just dive right in!

Movies

The Batman

This is a camera test more than anything else, but I wouldn’t even be mad if that’s all they released. No trailers about the storyline or so, just camera tests with different characters. I’d be so into that.

The Green Knight

I AM 100% HERE FOR THIS! 100%!!

The French Dispatch

I am Wes Anderson trash and I will watch this very Anderson-esque tale inspired by The New Yorker!

Hooking Up

I like the male/female role reversal we have going on here and the serious subtext!

After We Collide (After 2)

It looks steamier than the first one? I am basing this all on the trailer, I have to admit that I did not watch that stuff. Also … was that Dylan Sprouse? And I know Candice King is in it too …

The Secret Dare to Dream

Okay … so, not to bash anyone who believes in the book, but … this is a work of fiction and I’d like to consider it as such and ignore the book part? Cause it looks cute, but in a “everyday magic”-kind of way. I believe that it’s productive to go into situations with a positive mindset, but in no way can the power of thinking save your house from a natural disaster. Sorry, but no.

The Iron Mask

Look, I know this story, I just never expected to see it with Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan?

Tuscaloosa

Not your typical romance movie.

10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

Not your typical romance movie, the second.

Run This Town

I just love Ben Platt.

Military Wives

This feels like a bit of a niche audience movie, but I can see some people really enjoying this.

Standing Up Falling Down

I wasn’t sure if I had included that already, so here we go again, just to make sure. (Cause in this house we support Ben Schwartz in all his endeavors)

The Stranger

I have a hard time taking Dane DeHaan seriously, through no fault of his own, but he just has such a young face.

Cut Throat City

Not my thing.

TV Shows

Noughts & Crosses

FINALLY!!! I am not even joking, but I waited over A YEAR for this promo alone. The BBC had it in their 2019 line up and then never released the show. You can’t deny me access to Josh Dylan content for that long.

Survive

Sophie going dark again!

The Letter to the King

I mean, why not? It doesn’t look like it would be off brand for me to watch.

Altered Carbon (Season 2)

Honestly, I didn’t even watch the full trailer, because I was quite happy with the mysterious teaser last week and it’s releasing soon anyway, so I am here for it.

Killing Eve (Season 3 Date Announcement)

Do I really have to say anything?

Sex Education (Season 3 Announcement)

Castlevania (Season 3)

I think I watched the first season of it, but it wasn’t exactly my thing.

The Protector (Season 3)

I know a couple people who will be happy about more of this!

Stranger Things (Season 4)

Who all knew that a certain someone wasn’t dead?

What do you think? Is there something you’d like to watch? Let’s chat!

Kiss, Marry, Kill: TV Edition 2020

As in our usual Valentine’s Day tradition, I have prepared a game of Kiss, Marry, Kill for you! I stuck to TV shows again, just because it’s the easiest because I consume so much of it. As a little fresh up, here’s what it’s all about: with KMK you are pitting three people against each other and have to decide who, in this specific scenario, you would rather kiss, marry or kill. (Just to clarify, I never want to kill anyone, but I am going to try my best to justify the answers anyway.)

**All characters were chosen randomly from a much bigger pool than the end result could include**

ROUND 1

Kiss: TK Strand (9-1-1: Lone Star) – Look, I KNOW I am not his type, but it would only be a kiss. Let me have this!

Marry: Sally Malik (Being Human) – Sally was my favourite character on the US version of Being Human and a life with her would never get boring. Also, my girl is funny af!

Kill: Justin Davis (Spinning Out) – Justin is a bit of a player and I don’t know what to do with that. He is handsome as well, but TK is more so?

ROUND 2

Kiss: Yennefer von Vengerberg (The Witcher) – Yennefer is oozing sexual chemistry with basically everyone on screen. So, what’s one kiss?

Marry: Don West (Lost in Space) – What’s the best thing about the Robinsons? Their choice in mechanic! Terrible joke, but Don West really is the best and deserves all the appreciation. I see him as a family person, which I’d like in a partner.

Kill: Beth Cassidy (Dar Me) – Look, I just don’t like Beth? I get her complicated feelings and all, she sure doesn’t have it easy, but she scares me … in a not good way.

ROUND 3

Kiss: Josie Saltzman (Legacies) – Josie is just so cute!!

Marry: Duffy (Four Weddings and a Funeral) – I have the biggest crush on this dork. He is sweet and kind and nerdy and geeky and lovely. I was so sad on his behalf when his feelings didn’t get returned by [redacted], but he deserved better anyway.

Kill: Jane Sloan (The Bold Type) – Jane is alright, but out of the main trio, she IS actually my least favourite?

ROUND 4

Kiss: Grizz (The Society) – Grizz must be protected at all costs. I don’t think he’d fancy me, but someone has to be kissed …

Marry: Patrick Brewer (Schitt’s Creek) – When he serenaded Patrick, he captured my heart forevermore. Who wouldn’t want a partner like that??

Kill: Klaus (The Umbrella Academy) – WHYYYY? I did not want to do this. I would have married all of them if I could have. But with Klaus … maybe his abilities will make dying different and … maybe non-permanent?

ROUND 5

Kiss: Lenny Bruce (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) – My crush on Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce intensifies with every season and while I highly doubt our lifestyles would be anything other than incompatible, I would go in for that kiss and then allow that man to disappear, no questions asked.

Marry: William (Another Life) – Soooo, I guess I am marrying an AI without a body? This is the future folks, everything is possible!

Kill: Leigh Shaw (Sorry for Your Loss) – Now, if this was about Elizabeth Olsen, I’d marry her in a heartbeat. But … it’s not? And Leigh is not an easy person. She lashes out at everyone all the time and she is selfish in her grief. Which she is allowed to be! Everyone grieves in their own way, but woman, you need to allow others to do the same then.

ROUND 6

Kiss: Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer) – a kiss with the devil? Maybe a little tango to go with it? Why not?

Marry: Dennis Cooper (Good Trouble) – out of the three, he is the most normal and as much as I like watching all sorts of crazy stuff, I think non-supernatural/paranormal drama is already drama enough. And it’s not like Dennis doesn’t have some baggage of his own.

Kill: Viv Allen (October Faction) – Poor Viv! I really have no reason to put her in this category whatsoever. It’s just that I have spent much less time with her (as in number of episodes) and just don’t feel that close to her.

ROUND 7

Kiss: Fjor Jutul (Ragnarok) – I mean, can you blame me? Basically every girl in Edda is lusting after him.

Marry: Gestalt (The Rook) – I’d get a spouse with four different bodies, I feel like that’s such an advantage. They can do whatever independently, but at least one of them is likely to have time for me, right? And it doesn’t even matter who I tell something, the others would know automatically as well.

Kill: Matty (Reprisal) – The River Phoenixes, which Matty is a part of, were my absolute faves on Reprisal. But boy has issues. I mean, he’s part of a gang and CONSTANTLY on the road and would I have had to join the gang as well if I wanted to be with him? That’s just too much to handle.

ROUND 8

Kiss: Forty Quinn (YOU) – I love Forty, even if I don’t think I could actually handle him for a longer amount of time in real life.

Marry: Maggie Vera (Charmed) – Maggie is a badass and lovely person. She’s so in tune with her feelings and picks up on other people’s as well. Also, being with a witch would just be very on brand for me (despite what I have said a couple rounds earlier).

Kill: Payton Hobart (The Politician) – Payton is ruthless in his ambition and I just don’t have it in me. Also, who would want to be with a politician, briefly or long-term, anyway?

ROUND 9

Kiss: Caliban, Prince of Hell (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) – I mean, I already kissed the devil, so I might as well.

Marry: Jack Sheridan (Virgin River) – Jack seems like a genuinely good guy.

Kill: Tyler Locke (Locke & Key) – Tyler has just been an idiot one too many times to tolerate. (I am exaggerating, but boy made some mistakes for sure)

ROUND 10

Kiss: Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars) – She has been my idol ever since I was 12 or something, so yes, please!

Marry: Robin Buckley (Stranger Things) – Robin was one of the best additions of the new season and I love her snark and team up with Steve. I did not buy her uniform as a Halloween costume for nothing, folks!

Kill: Guzmán Nunier Osuna (Elite) – I actually like Guzman, out of all the people here though, I like him the least. *shrugs*


What did you think of my choices? In case none of your favourites, characters or shows, were mentioned, check out last year’s post and try your luck there!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #28

For the first time since I have started this feature, I believe we have more movies than TV shows to talk about. I did a real binge the other day and just wanted to share all of that with you. Let’s see!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

I have said it before and I will say it again, but I am not actually a fan of this show. I never will be! There are certain characters that I appreciate a whole lot *cough* Prudence and Ambrose *cough* and some characters I used to love before they were treated badly *cough* Nicholas Scratch *cough* and I make the dire mistake of always falling for the bad boy that gets tossed away in the end *cough* Caliban, Prince of Hell *cough*. Wow, I should really take some cough drops or something …

My issue with this show is that Sabrina is the biggest hypocrite out there, yet she never goes full on dark. I actually wouldn’t mind that, I was even looking forward to a dark Sabrina at the end of the first part, but she always remains so self-righteous. She criticizes everyone, yet has no honor or quarrels of betraying anyone or acting selfishly or plain not sharing vital information herself.

In short: I think Nick was done dirty (I blame the writers), I can’t believe they introduced freaking time travel (but we had cannibalism before, so is it really surprising?), I have no patience for anyone at this point, just let Hilda and Dr. Cee be happy

For fans of: Sabrina the teenage witch in her new form

Locke & Key

I can’t say this all too often, but I actually have read the first volume of the graphic novel and therefore I did get to compare the two – I liked the show better! I feel like I am among a very small group of people who felt that way, but … the comics were violent. Like really, really gory. And I in no way missed that on the show. I was happy they went for a softer approach, while, in my humble opinion, still staying very much true to the story.

Sure, some extremely dumb choices were made along the way, but we are talking about kids and teens who discover magic is real and get way too much liberty/responsibility as a result from that. (There’s a reason the adults aren’t really helpful either) And I, for one, enjoyed the villain a lot. The acting was smart and once you get over the initial resemblance to Yennefer from The Witcher, she really becomes a beast of her own. Some revelations weren’t revelations at all for me because of the hints that were dropped and the smart acting, so I was totally cool with that. 

All in all, I found it very enjoyable and hope they get to continue, since it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger-y note. There’s definitely still loads to explore!

For fans of: the comic book (?), Netflix’ other comic book adaptations, creepy but not too scary stuff

Charlie’s Angels

I honestly don’t know why people had a problem with this film. I had a lot of fun watching it and liked the characters quite a bit. They explain why the agency is so much bigger now and don’t even shy away from tying it in with previous movies. To me, that all made sense, the fight scenes seemed realistic, but I also watched a ton of interviews with Elizabeth Banks beforehand where she detailed how they came up with the fight choreography.

I know this bombed hard at the box office, so I am not likely to actually get more installments, but I honestly wouldn’t mind. A lot of the film was shot in Hamburg and Berlin, so I just went around recognising actors and places at all times, which is just always a blast. They really expanded on that “universe” if you can call it that and I think it’s a shame they likely won’t get to do more.

For fans of: badass spy women, female directors, the cast involved, a more European take on it all

Giant Little Ones

I have wanted to watch this movie for the longest time! Sometimes, I see a trailer and I just know that, despite the movie probably being in the festival circuit a bit and getting some indie recognition, it’s going to be tough to get an international release. Still, I wait and wait and wait and maybe it won’t be in theaters, but at some point, I’ll get to watch it and there’s nothing more satisfying than the movie holding up to your expectations.

Giant Little Ones is messy. It does not gloss over how cruel life can be and how unexpected some connections might turn out. I enjoyed how open it was in all regards. It’s not that it has no clear path, but it doesn’t give you an answer exactly, because sometimes that’s just not possible and that’s not what your life would give you either. It’s a process and a lot of it has to do with accepting who you are. Big thumbs up from me!

For fans of: LGBT+ content, young talent, complex relationships, coming-of-age stories

Miss Americana

I wouldn’t call myself a Taylor Swift fan, I think. I really have NOTHING against her, I just, at the same time, also don’t massively care for her either. I like some songs, but definitely not the majority of them. You see, it’s a very … neutral area for me. Having said that, I thought this was a really decent documentary about her. I felt it was personal, without going too much into her private life. It didn’t feel anyone was exploiting her lifestyle and choices, but just wanted to show a bit of what got her to where she is now.

It’s not a movie about her career or her love life or her family, it’s really just about Taylor as a person. What drives her? What are her desires? What is she willing to stand up for? And I really liked seeing that! It made her so much more of a real person, rather than this far away image you might have of her persona as a singer.

For fans of: Taylor Swift, celeb documentaries

To All the Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You

We’ve all been waiting for this one for such a long time, but does it hold up to the hype/the first movie? In my opinion: no.

I am not trying to say that it wasn’t fun to watch or that I didn’t have a good time with it, but it was nonetheless a bit lackluster in some departments. I get that they changed a lot and I am okay with this. I was among the people who thought it was odd to cast Jordan Fisher, even though they had previously shown John Ambrose and he looked nothing like him, but he did great in the role! That’s not it … but they really didn’t make it any easier for themselves by already including the whirlpool storyline in the first movie and having it only as an afterthought here.

In general, the “fights” between Peter K and Lara Jean didn’t build up as much over time and didn’t seem as complex and stemming from some deeper wounds as much as they did in the book. So, you are just watching the story trickle along without much conflict for pretty much an hour and then everything obviously has to escalate quickly, but it doesn’t feel natural to progress that way and the resolution comes far too quick also. Overall, the end felt a bit abrupt. 

I wish they had included the assassin game from the book in the movie, just because it added so much to the feeling of trust being broken and just how frail some relationships were. I know that they already filmed Always and Forever Lara Jean, the last movie, but I have no clue where exactly they’ll continue with the story. I am obviously still going to watch it and don’t want to bash the franchise at all, but it wasn’t as great of a movie as I had hoped. Yay for the addition of Ross Butler though!

For fans of: Jenny Han, any and all of the actors, the first movie?


Have you watched some of these shows and movies? Do you want to? Let’s chat!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (Book Review)

Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count
: 368

I can’t believe I read this brand new 2020 release, but it was one of the easiest tasks ever to convince me to pick it up! Twitter wars, teen banter, copious amounts of Gossip Girl and Mean Girls references, grilled cheese and all the sweet goods one could imagine as well as the enemies-to-lovers trope – this book basically consisted of all the things I love and adore.

When you go into Tweet Cute, I feel like you very much know what to expect and that’s not a bad thing at all, because the execution is what matters. I went into it having quite a lot of the story elements that would be used in mind already, but I was still surprised when some of them were used. Sometimes a certain plot point would arrive much sooner and I’d be surprised by how much of the story was still left. Nonetheless, I never felt like the story was dragging on or stretching out parts of it too much, everything flowed nicely and made sense in the grand scheme of things.

This won’t be a very long review in total, just because there is very little to say other than my utter adoration for Tweet Cute. The characters were fun, the setting was cool (I like some preppy uptown New York academy), the banter was hilarious, but what I loved the most was the complex family dynamic. The pressure you sometimes get from wanting to please your parents, the rivalry that can ensue with a sibling because of different treatment and the fierce loyalty one might still feel, even when things are not at their best at the moment. All those things make a story feel real and relatable.

Now, can someone please make me a grilled cheese?? I am hungry!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Such good fun! (Caution: Do not read while hungry or craving food!)

Have you read this book also? Have you seen it swarm around the blogosphere as much as I have? Let’s chat!