Everything, Everything: By Nicola Yoon

I have always loved movies and books that have a captivating, on-the-edge-of-my-seat storyline from beginning to end. Everything, Everything is one of those books.

A girl, Maddy, sick since she was young, has been cooped up in her house for 18 years to keep safe under her mothers watch. Maddy, now an observant teenager, has never left the glass doors shielding her from the world beyond. She has always adored the backdrop of the ocean and nature itself, but she has never thought to leave her home…until now.

On her 18th birthday, she continues her traditions as the years grow, playing Scrabble, watching movies and enjoying a sugary vanilla cake topped with intricate daisies.

Soon after she turns 18, a boy moves in next door. She has rarely experienced company, or visitors, and one night the boy (Ollie) delivers a bundt cake. Ok, sure, that may seem like a minor detail, but really that is what got this book started. This small gesture wills her mind to think. What does a bundt cake taste like? Why does Ollie wear only one color of clothes?

After that day, her life changed for the better. She learned how to be confident of her decisions, and experience a new feeling for the boy next door.

Ollie and Maddy form a relationship. Will Maddy’s sickness keep her from following her heart? You will just have to wait and read the book!

Good vs. Bad Endings: La La Land

When I relax on a weekend, I am drawn to lay on the couch, make some popcorn sprinkled with candy or chocolate and put on a good movie.  I admire lots of different genres but when I put on La La Land I instantly fall in love with where I am.

One question though, why does the ending have to end so sadly? Not to spoil the ending but when their is not a happy ending, I kind of go crazy! Watching Mia and Sebastian makes me feel as though I have become them. I definitely suggest this movie but be prepared for the ending because I sure wasn’t.

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A scene from the movie was shot at the Colorado Street Bridge (shown above)!