In Defense Of Girls On Ellipticals

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To the girls on the elliptical, I salute you. Do you! Wear your lululemon leggings and oversized college sports team super-fan shirts! Elliptical to the dulcet tones of Miley Cyrus while reading Betches Love This on your phone. There is nothing wrong with being basic and there is nothing wrong with the elliptical!

I will proudly proclaim it from the top balcony of the gym: I am sometimes the girl on the elliptical! I bring my iPad and watch The League while working up a sweat doing 60 minutes of the “Glute Sculpt Plus” pre-programmed workout. And this is nothing to be ashamed of. There is no right way to workout and to shame girls on ellipticals is to force an ideal of fitness that is not universal on others.

The elliptical, contrary to popular belief, can actually be a good workout. I would know. I spent 3 months building…

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16 Signs You’re Perpetually Stuck In Your Awkward Stage

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Ahhh, the not so good ole days of middle school, where you had not a clue how to interact with others or even how to begin to do so. Ever feel like that never went away? We’ve all been there at some point or another…or all of the time. 

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1. You see an acquaintance coincidentally walking in your direction. What else is there to do but turn in another direction to avoid the painful awkwardness of making eye contact and saying hi?

2. You still have no idea how some girls can get their hair to look voluminous, yet not frizzy, or straight yet not flat.

3. Or how some guys manage to achieve the whole I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-not-really tousled yet tamed look.

4. You get super excited when you have a mildly positive interaction with someone and recap it in your head (if not to others) for at least ten…

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Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

American Author, Rainbow Rowell, released her second young adult novel “Fangirl” on September 10 2013.
Rowell also wrote the New York Times Bestselling novel “Eleanor and Park”.

I could not have related any better with a main character from a book than I did with Cather Avery. As a college freshman myself, every time Cath worried about something, I would cringe at the remembrance of when I worried about the exact same thing just a few months ago.

I absolutely love the character development of not only Cath but also her twin sister Wren, who likes to play it off like she is the cooler one who is over Simon Snow and the entire fandom, when in all reality she is just as much a geek as Cath.

Levi was like a breath of fresh air. Often in books I find that the main character’s love interest seems to be portrayed as some dark mysterious, secretive boy, but Levi basically lays it all on the table the second he meets Cath, it’s just a matter of her realizing it.

Reagan’s character was so real as well. Sometimes the hard, “I don’t give a Sh**” girl turns out to be some soft marshmallowy person at the end of the book, but Reagan’s stayed stone cold throughout the whole story, while still remaining one of Cath’s best friends.

My favorite part had to be towards the end when Wren and Cath are fangirling over the new Simon Snow book and Cath’s roommate just finds them odd, because that’s exactly how my roommate looks at me when I fangirl over Harry Potter.

If you loved Eleanor and Park I hundred percent recommend this book

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

American author Cassandra Clare is releasing the last book to her series “The Mortal Instruments” on May 27 2014.

Now I know that this cover has been out for a while but I just felt the need to talk about it today. Can we discuss how Clary is wearing white? I know that Cassie said that their will be multiple main character deaths, and we know that a boyfriend will die, but let me just say, if Jace dies in this books, I will seriously have to refrain from burning my entire collection of TMI books.

Do not get me wrong, I will be upset if Alec, Magnus, or Simon dies, but Jace? There is no way after reading “The Infernal Devices” and having Will taken away from me, that I could handle losing another Herondale. Honestly, I hope it’s Jordan that dies. I’m sorry if you’re a huge Mia and Jordan fan, but let’s be real, their relationship is just nothing compared to Clace, Sizzy, or Malec.

I am so extremely excited to see Jem in this book. I cannot wait to see if Jem is going to divulge any information to Jace about Will and Tessa, or if Tessa will make a more apparent appearance.

From the small snippets that have been released it seems to have a pretty steamy undertone, but if one of the boyfriends is going to die, let’s be real here, we don’t want Jace and Clary to pull a Tris and Four and never actually consummate the relationship right? (It just wouldn’t be right….right?)

I want to believe that Cassie wouldn’t kill off Jace, but after finishing “Allegiant”, and reading “The Fault in Our Stars” I no longer trust authors.

My heart breaks thinking that this series is going to be over in just a few weeks, but the fact that Cassie is going to be writing more makes me excited for the future.

Book to Movie Adaptation: Divergent

Book to Movie Adaptation: Divergent

“Divergent”, the first book in a three book series by Veronica Roth, was adapted into a movie by Summit Entertainment.

I am always a bit skeptical when it comes to movie adaptions of books, and the first installment of any movie series is always nerve wracking to watch. Are the characters going to fit? Is the cinematography going to do the plot justice? Is the director going to have the same vision that I did when I was reading the books?

Now obviously not everyone is going to be happy with every single part of a movie adaption, but I can honestly say, that Neil Burger, the director of “Divergent”, did a fantastic job. This movie was just a little over two hours but it felt like two minutes.

The pacing was fantastic, every key point was hit, and minus Uriah (which I’m still a little bitter about) everything important was kept in.

Truethfully I was worried about Shailene Woodley being able to portray Tris well enough because I have watched The Secret Life of an American Teenager, but she is so much more than that show. Her mother’s death scene had me shaking in tears, and I’m not even ashamed.

Theo James was a flawless Four but let’s be honest who didn’t think he would be? Ansel Elgort, who I will love him as Augustus Waters, played a perfect and devious Caleb and Miles Teller made me hate Peter even more.

I think there is something great about a movie that can keep you on the edge of your seat even though you already know what’s going to happen. And of course I was a mess all the way through because I know the inevitable end to the entire series, but thankfully Tris will live on in these movies for a few more years.

I am being completely honest when I say that I have no complaints about this film.

If you have read the books definitely go and watch it, and if you haven’t (woops I spoiled it didn’t I?) go watch it anyway!

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant is the third and final book in American author, Veronica Roth’s trilogy, “Divergent”, and was released October 22 2013.

I should probably start off by saying that this book tore me apart in ways that not many books can. When I think back to how I was feeling at the end, I still get choked up and upset about it.
I’m not sure I have been this devastated over a book ending since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, but let me start off on a lighter note.

I loved seeing Tobias’ point of view in this book.
We finally get to see how he thinks, and how he isn’t just some macho, tough guy who isn’t afraid to face his fears. Roth showed us, as readers, that on the inside Tobias is just a little boy looking for some way to cope with the fear he still holds inside for his father.
Although I must admit, his whining about not being divergent was a bit much. I mean, he still has the same kind of “power” that any divergent person has, so doesn’t that make him even more special?

The interaction between Tobias and Tris is absolutely adorable. I will always ship FOURTRIS they will forever be my OTP regardless of how this book ended!

Although the moment that Tris punches Caleb is one of my favorites in this book, I also loved that she forgave him in the end because she remembered the good in him, despite the fact that he basically brought her to her execution.

There is so much character development with Tris that it’s hard to believe that these books are not set that far apart from each other. Honestly I think that she may be one of the best heroine characters that I have read about in a long while. She sacrifices herself for the greater good, and for her brother who, in my mind at least, deserved to be sent into that vault instead of Tris. She may have been selfish but it she was the most selfless, selfish person I have ever read about, if that even makes sense or seems possible.

(And can I just say they NEED to put the zip line scene in the movie because it is so vital for the series now that we’ve seen how the third book ends. And if Uriah isn’t in the movies I will be so angry!)

The ending of this book may have devastated millions of fans, but it is such a raw, and real ending to a series, and that is all any fan could really ask for.
We all wanted that happy ending. We wanted Tobias and Tris to be together and have a happily ever after ending because honestly that’s what they deserved, but real life isn’t like that, and Veronica Roth did not hold back on showing us how life doesn’t always play out in our favor.

I went through so much denial, that even in the Epilogue I was telling myself that Tris was going to pop up and be alive, even when I knew Tobias had her ashes! (Some people would call this a state of delusion)

While, I did love this book and I do love this series, I felt a little more than just sadness when I was finished. There was a hint of disappointment scratching at my mind as well, and I when I say a hint, I literally mean just a small speck.

The pace of Roth’s books seemed to get slower and slower as her series progressed, and there were times when I was reading and thinking to myself “did that scene really need to be in there?”

Regardless, there will always be things people do and do not like in book series, no one will ever agree on what the perfect ending is, but I do believe that Veronica Roth surprised millions of her fans in such a way that I don’t think we get to see much in books now-a-days, and that is what keeps me excited to read.


“…and it’s laughter, not light, that casts out the darkness building within me, that reminds me I am still alive” – TRIS PRIOR

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

American Author, Rainbow Rowell, released her first young adult novel “Eleanor & Park” in February 2013. The book won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature and reached the New York Times bestsellers top 10 list in 2013.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted everyone to read it but at the same time you wanted to hold it against your chest and protect it from everybody because it was so special to you that you wanted it to be all yours? This is one of those books for me.

“Eleanor & Park” is a story of first love between two misfits who attend highschool in 1986.

Eleanor Douglas is big girl with bright red hair (the kids on her bus and at school refer to her as “Big Red”), who comes from a not-so-stable background. After being sent to live with family friends for a year she returns to her home in Omaha with her mother, alcoholic step-dad, Richie, and her younger siblings with whom she is forced to share a bedroom.

Park is half-Korean and just passable as a popular kid. He gets through school by keeping his, music and comic book loving head down and blending in. When Eleanor sits down next to him on the first day of school he dreads every second of it. That is, however, until he catches her reading his comic books over his shoulder as they ride to school and back home.

The gradual shift from allowing Eleanor to read over his shoulder, to lending her his comic books, and their eventual bonding over music leads to an intense sequence of hand holding.

Yes, as strange as it sounds, the hand holding in this book was some of the most descriptive well-written hand holding I’ve ever read in a young adult novel.

“Holding hands with Eleanor was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat.”

But like every young romance, there are obstacles that just seem to get in the way, like Park’s ex-girlfriend, Eleanor’s skeezy stepdad, and of course the biggest obstacle of them all seems to be fate.

This is the type of book that makes you press the pages to your face and squeal because it’s so cute, or because it makes you feel so gut wrenchingly embarrassed for the character.

My heart hurt by the end of it, and I have to admit I was a soggy mess by the time I got to the last page, but that is the kind of book that I love to read. This book made me feel things. It got a rise out of me in a positive and negative way, and those are the kinds of books worth remembering.
Eleanor and Park are just two teenagers trying to figure out what love is and how to hold onto it, and I am so happy that I got to go on this journey with them.