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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenplay by: Jesse Andrews 
Release Date: June 12, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★★★★ (8/10)

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High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.



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Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author:  Jesse Andrews
Release Date: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Source: Bought  
Rating: ★★★
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Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.


Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.


Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.



And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.


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Book Review: Everything, Everything

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Title: Everything, Everything 

Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1st 2015 
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Sent by publisher 
Rating: ★★★★★
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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.


But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.


Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 



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Week XVI Deborah Lippmann Like Dreamers Do

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Deborah Lippmann is a nail polish brand I've had my eye on for a while, and finally had a change to try it out. Like Dreamers Do is part of Deborah Lippmann's Spring 2015 Whisper Collection.



Skin Care Review: Lush Herbalism Cleanser

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As I stated in my last Lush product review, I've been a fan of Lush products for a long time now, and today I'm going to do a review on Lush's Herbalism face and body cleanser.



Book Review: Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

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Title: Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite
Author:  Suki Kim 
Release Date:  October 14th 2014 
Publisher: Crown
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★
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A haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign


Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has accepted a job teaching English. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime. 


Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.



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How To Survive Book Expo America! (+ Tips and Tricks)

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Last week, I attended BEA a.k.a. Book Expo America, the largest publishing event in the nation. BEA is a publishing industry event for bloggers, publishers, librarians, authors and retailers. 


It's where you get to see which books are going to be the big titles for the fall and the next year and the opportunity to read these titles months before they go to print. 


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