Thursday, November 20, 2014

My first, my last, my everything....

Sometimes I only get the chance to blog once a week. And since I can't always get up the motivation to think of a topic, it's nice to have other friends to blog with so we can take turns. I enjoy being challenged to write about stuff that might not normally come to mind and also reading everyone else's thoughts on the same topic. Blog Project 3.0 has been going on for about a year now, even though one of the group members changed after a few months. I love blogging with this group and I hope we can continue to inspire each other.

This week I chose the topic: Five Firsts and Five Lasts (you can choose whatever you want for each separately or do a comparison for each.)

First, read what everyone else had to share on this topic:
Darwin Shrugged
Froggie
Moma Rock

When I read People magazine, I love the last page where they ask celebrities what their last of something was, such as the last time they laughed, spent money, had a dream, etc. It's a cool way to get to know them on a different level. Also, a while back, my blog idols Liz and Lisa asked their visiting authors about firsts and lasts. I was reading their questions and having a hard time coming up with my answers to them. However, I thought it would be a fun, and yet somewhat challenging topic for this group. I decided to go the comparison route.

(As of November 19th at 10:20 pm)

First movie I saw in a theater: Mary Poppins when I was about three years old, even though I was apparently scared of the dark and didn't want to stay. (At least my parents were smart and took me out instead of letting me cry a lot and ruin other theatergoers' experiences.)

Last movie I saw in a theater: Big Hero 6, which was fantastic! My three-year-old sat so well the entire time, so it was the other patrons who couldn't keep their kids from attempting to ruin everyone else's experiences.

First time I flew on a plane: My second trip to Florida for Disney World when I was six years old. My (late) maternal grandma came with us too.

Last time I flew on a plane: Home from my most recent trip to Disney World in 2013. While I was with my parents and sister for most of the trip, I also shared the experience with my husband and kids.

First thing I posted on Facebook: A bunch of pics of my older son when he was a toddler back in summer 2007, when we lived in NJ.

Last thing I posted on Facebook: A timehop pic of my first trip to DC. After going on this trip, I decided I wanted to move out to this area. Less than a year later and we had a house and established our lives here pretty quickly after moving in.
Side note: I love that the monument reflects in the pool. On my most recent visit to the Lincoln Memorial, it was too cloudy to get any reflection. 


First job: Babysitting. If that doesn't count, then the Chinese restaurant job.

Last job: The job I will be celebrating five years at in December....working for a local Jewish non-profit. It's amazing how much has changed in five years between staff coming and going and a new office space.

First thing I did this year: Played board games with some close friends of ours. This lasted until about 1:00 a.m. after 2014 started.

Last thing I did this year (as of tonight): Aside from writing this blog post, I watched Jane the Virgin. I'm an episode behind at the moment, but will be caught up soon. Such a fun show!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Movies that "dare to be stupid"

When I found out about the Stupid Movie Tour that was going to take place this month, I just had to get on board! I've enjoyed reading about everyone's choices and coming up with my own. Originally, I just had one movie in mind, but then I thought about a few others and didn't want to neglect them. So I will share a little bit about each one, along with a fun video clip or trailer. Enjoy!

Teen Witch

Something came to mind recently that made me think of this movie and brought back a slew of fun memories. Teen Witch is about Louise (played by Blake Lively's half-sister, Robyn), a girl who is pretty, but shy and not fashionable, so she's practically invisible. Then she learns that she's a witch and she uses her powers to help herself fit in at her school, learning some important lessons along the way. Not only is Teen Witch a movie, but it's also a musical! Of course, the music is super cheesy as is expected with late 80s films. (My friend and I would randomly sing "I Like Boys" while getting ready for dance class.) There's a hilarious scene involving this teacher who is always mean to Louise. I don't even want to say any more as to not spoil the fun. I think the main reason I liked this movie is that it spoke to my fantasy of becoming popular. Oh, how I wished I had magical powers so that I could get the jacket of my favorite rock star, which would be used to make me the most popular girl (see video below). I just thought life would be so much easier that way. However, I like the lesson she learned after becoming popular and almost losing her best friend, who looked very similar to one of my closest friends. I think her friend forgave her since she gave her special rapping powers earlier in the movie. Oh yeah, and Zelda Rubinstein from Poltergeist has a special role.




Grandma's Boy

This was actually the first movie that came to mind when I heard about this blog tour. I knew I definitely wanted to write about it. My husband and I saw it for the first time in 2006 and we couldn't stop laughing. We've seen it again since then. Sometimes, we'll just randomly quote lines from it. I think this is the only time I've seen Allen Covert in a starring role. And I'm surprised he only plays bit parts or secondary roles in other movies (my favorite being "10 Second Tom" in 50 First Dates). He's really funny and adorable as Alex, the video game programmer who has to move in with his grandma. Playing an equally funny secondary role as Alex's best friend, Jeff, is Nick Swardson, whom my husband and I only like because he played Terry on Reno 911. Anyway, there are a lot of really funny moments and quirky characters. The villain of the story is socially inept and talks like a robot all the time. Linda Cardellini is cute as Alex's potential love interest. Doris Roberts, Shirley Jones, and Shirley Knight are the icing on the comedy cake though. I think Grandma's Boy even inspired my husband to design his own video game. Given that this is a Happy Madison production, you know you're in for a treat. Check out the trailer:




UHF

Before Michael Richards was Kramer and Fran Drescher was the nanny, they starred along with Long Duk Dong in a classic late-80s comedy that takes TV to a whole new level. And best of all, it stars the one...the only...WEIRD AL! (Hence my subject line.) I can watch this movie over and over and laugh each time, as well as quote most of the lines along with it. There are great lines and puns ("Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!"), as well as hilarious parodies, such as the Beverly Hillbillies version of "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits.

Really though, all the reason to watch this movie is right here:




Good Burger

"Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?" 

I first saw this movie when I was in college. The previews made it look pretty, um, cheesy. (My friend would even imitate Ed dancing around in the milkshake machine.) However, for a dollar at the second run theater, I figured it couldn't hurt to try it out. And you know what? I actually enjoyed it! It was funny with lots of slapstick moments, as well as an interesting plot. It's about this teen, Dexter, played by Kenan Thompson (who is now on SNL). He has to work at a burger joint to make money so he can pay back his neighbor, played by Sinbad. He's hoping to just do his job each day and get out of there. However, Ed, played by Kel Mitchell (who--kind of--disappeared after this movie), makes this more difficult by always getting underfoot and being his quirky and goofy self. (He's so convincing in his role that the New York Times thought he was a real fast food chain employee) Then he invents a sauce that gives them a huge boost in business, much to the chagrin of this more modern burger place across the street (along the lines of Fuddrucker's), run by the evil Kurt. Overall, it's a story about friendship and teamwork. Linda Cardellini (mentioned earlier for Grandma's Boy) even plays a small role in this movie before she became famous for Freaks and Geeks. I saw Good Burger again a few years ago and still found it just as funny and endearing as I did 16 years ago. I'm even excited to show it to my kids someday.

Check out this trailer and then "consider yourself tomatoed!"


What is your favorite stupid movie? Please share in the comments.

Visit Deb's blog on Friday for more stupid movie fun.
See the full tour schedule here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Disney's Heroic Effort Pays Off

This past week, I went to see Big Hero 6 with my kids. I wasn't all that interested to see it at first, since it's about science and robots and has a Marvel Comics element to it. However, one of my friends who has similar tastes in movies posted that she loved it, so I decided to check it out. I'm SO glad I did!

Big Hero 6 is about a boy genius, Hiro, who graduates high school at age 13 and creates robots to use for Bot Fighting tournaments, in an effort to make money. His brother, Tadashi, inspires him to get into San Fransokyo University, which is accomplished by creating a unique contribution to technology. Hiro's efforts are rewarded, but then disaster strikes and everything he created is gone. With the help of Tadashi's health-care robot, Baymax, Hiro finds out that his creation is still in existence, but taken over by an evil villain who is intent on using it for his own purposes. Hiro gathers his friends, along with Baymax, to overtake the villain and get back what is rightfully his.

I loved everything about this movie, from characters, to art design, to music (and not typical Disney show-stoppers, but the songs playing as the action is going on). The story is clever and emotionally driven. There are a lot of action scenes, as well as comedic moments. I was laughing as much as my six-year-old son, if not more. I even cried at times.

I totally loved Baymax as a sidekick. He's funny and not annoying at all. What's amazing is that even without a mouth, he can still convey emotion. He's mainly created as a revolutionary healthcare device. I wish he were around when my son was having ear problems. He could have resolved the issue in no time! I love that he won't go away until Hiro is satisfied with his care. How often do health care professionals even ask that of their patients? It's such a simple question too. There's so much more to Baymax than what he appears to be and the result is incredible. He's definitely the source of most of the humor too.

The main song, "Immortals," is really good and goes well with the action scenes. It's sung by Fall Out Boy, even though I thought it was Adam Lambert until I saw the credits. (Shows how much I mix up rock groups and singers these days.) The marriage of Tokyo and San Francisco was really cool in terms of what they were able to do with scenery. Most of the character voices were not well known, but Maya Rudolph played Hiro's aunt, which I thought was cool. Alan Tudyk, who was the voice of King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph and played Wash on Firefly, also did a voice in this movie. Another fun fact: Scott Adsit, the guy who did Baymax's voice, is from a town near where I grew up.

What worries me is that because this is not a movie about princesses with memorable songs, it will fade into the background. I felt like Wreck-It Ralph did that, and I loved that movie too. I highly encourage everyone to see Big Hero 6 and stay all the way through the end for a special celebrity cameo visit.

All I can tell you for now is that I'm glad I braved the theater experience to see this on the big screen and that my three-year-old princess-obsessed daughter sat better than most of the bigger kids in the theater. She told me she liked it a lot too.

Here's a trailer:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Grammar Police in the house

Sometimes I only get the chance to blog once a week. And since I can't always get up the motivation to think of a topic, it's nice to have other friends to blog with so we can take turns. I enjoy being challenged to write about stuff that might not normally come to mind and also reading everyone else's thoughts on the same topic. Blog Project 3.0 has been going on for about a year now, even though one of the group members changed after a few months. I love blogging with this group and I hope we can continue to inspire each other.

This week Moma Rock chose the topic: When you witness someone else making a mistake, what do you do? Do you believe it's a chance for lessons learned, or do you intervene?

First, read what everyone else had to share on this topic:
Darwin Shrugged
Froggie
Moma Rock

I will admit I had a hard time coming up with what to say on this topic. It was so broad that I felt the need to narrow it down. And even then, it still felt like it could go so many ways. I didn't feel comfortable talking about witnessing personal, life-changing mistakes because we all make them in one way or another at different times. Then my older son had me check over his homework tonight and I got all obsessive over the spelling errors. I also read what the assignment was asking and felt he didn't do that, so I made him correct his work. He's in third grade and I want him to be accountable. I know my younger son's first grade teacher is more concerned about his handwriting and understanding how sentences work. However, third grade is more complex. My son is smart and is doing well in school, according to the parent-teacher conference I attended. However, I feel the need to correct his homework before his teacher sees it. I don't make the corrections, but I ask him to do it. I'm not as hard on my first grader with his homework, but I will still point out little errors that drive me crazy if they don't go corrected.

I'm not only the Grammar (and Spelling) Police with my family (and believe me, I've corrected my husband on things too), but also with friends. I have this mini-proofreader living in my brain and they won't leave me alone until I make sure errors are fixed at once. Don't even get me started on punctuation either. If I see so much as a comma out of place, I have to intervene! I'm sure I've annoyed people when I've pointed out spelling or grammar mistakes, but other people have appreciated it. I've been known to stand over someone and correct what they're writing as they are going along. I'm like the back seat driver of the writing world. One thing that frustrates me is when a book goes to final print and comes out with errors all over the place. If I were an author and those errors weren't caught before my book went to final print, I'd be fuming! Maybe some authors feel they just have to let it go and hope the readers aren't as obsessive as yours truly.

I don't know why I'm so obsessive about little errors or why it's so important that something looks right. Shouldn't I allow my kids to be kids and let their teachers correct them, if necessary? Why is it so important that their work be turned in with proper spelling and grammar? I feel that I'm preparing them for the future, where a little mistake could cost them in the long run. (I recently witnessed a mistake that could have cost someone a large amount of money, but thankfully the responsible party realized what they did and was able to stop it in time.) Having my kids be accountable for their work and how they present everything is a step in the right direction. After all, I don't want them to be Rachel Green and send off their resumes with a glaring error.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

How qualified is OVERqualified?

Sometimes I only get the chance to blog once a week. And since I can't always get up the motivation to think of a topic, it's nice to have other friends to blog with so we can take turns. I enjoy being challenged to write about stuff that might not normally come to mind and also reading everyone else's thoughts on the same topic. Blog Project 3.0 has been going on for about a year now, even though one of the group members changed after a few months. I love blogging with this group and I hope we can continue to inspire each other.

This week Darwin Shrugged chose the topic: Can someone be overqualified for something?

First, read what everyone else had to share on this topic:
Darwin Shrugged
Froggie
Moma Rock

When I think of the word "overqualified," I think of applying to jobs. Then again, I was usually told I didn't have enough experience for the job I was angling to get. How does one get experience if no one will give it to them in the first place?!? I don't know that I've been overqualified for any of the jobs I applied for, per se. Most jobs I've had required a learning curve of some sort. My husband has the kind of career now where he could be overqualified for certain positions. He's made his way up the IT ladder since he started out in the field. So he now even feels overqualified for a job that he had five years ago.

Oddly enough, in timing with this week's topic, I saw this article about a bestselling author who tried to get a job at The Container Store. Do you think her past jobs have rendered her overqualified? When is a job just a job?

I was thinking about the field of performing arts and how someone who is an established actor would be overqualified to be put in a movie as an extra without a speaking role. I also thought about someone who has had a professional career going for an entry-level position in their field. However, if someone wants to start fresh in a field where they have no base of familiarity, I wouldn't say they are overqualified if they don't have the experience in that field to begin with.

There are some jobs or careers where one can never be overqualified. This is because I feel they should have as many qualifications as possible to be the utmost successful.

Doctor: I think you should have every qualification in the book and also pick up new skills if you're going to be responsible for someone else's health and well-being. Case in point...my younger son had terrible ear pain a few weeks ago. His ENT (that is "ear, nose and throat" specialist) couldn't figure out that the ear wax that he even saw was causing the problem. That caused his pain to last longer than it had to and added inconvenience for us both.

Dentist: Same thing...if the health of my teeth is in your hands, you better have every qualification imaginable. I'm still impressed with my dentist's ability to fix the tooth I cracked earlier this year. You can't even tell anything happened to it!

Teacher: If you have too many qualifications, you could always be a professor instead. Seriously, education is so important that someone should know what they're talking about first before passing along that knowledge. Especially with this new "Common Core" stuff our kids are being taught.

Any job involving possible danger to self or others. Like a pilot, construction worker, electrician, etc.

Chef: If the success of a restaurant is depending on your cooking skills, you should be as qualified as possible.

Any job involving handling money. Otherwise we're putting our trust in someone who could lead us into another Ponzi scheme.

President or any other major leadership role. Do I even have to explain this one?

What jobs do YOU think someone can't possibly be overqualified for?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

We've come a long way, ladies!

Sometimes I only get the chance to blog once a week. And since I can't always get up the motivation to think of a topic, it's nice to have other friends to blog with so we can take turns. I enjoy being challenged to write about stuff that might not normally come to mind and also reading everyone else's thoughts on the same topic. Blog Project 3.0 has been going on for about a year now, even though one of the group members changed after a few months. I love blogging with this group and I hope we can continue to inspire each other.

This week Froggie chose the topic: Feminism

First, read what everyone else had to share on this topic:
Darwin Shrugged
Froggie
Moma Rock

The word "feminism" has been around for a long time. Longer than I've been in existence. However, I have always just looked at it as a concept instead of something that had a definition to it. It seemed so broad and all-encompassing. And I don't want to make generalizations or stereotypical labels on what I think a feminist is. So I decided to go straight to the dictionary Internet to get the real meaning.

Merriam-Webster defines Feminism as...

*The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

*Organized activity in support of women's rights and interests

Wikipedia defines Feminism as...

A collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.

Having seen all this, it doesn't really put my feelings on feminism in one camp or the other. I can't say I define myself as a feminist, given these definitions, even though I'm obviously pro-women's rights. It sounds more like even if I do believe that women and men should be treated equally on the social, political, and cultural, and economic spectrums, I am not truly a feminist if I'm not marching in front of the White House holding a sign that says I believe these things to be important.

I do feel women have come a far way since the time our grandparents or even our parents were our age. Even though back in the day, some women were doing more than just being nurses or secretaries. Amelia Earhart flew a plane across the Atlantic Ocean! Still, women entrepreneurs and CEOs are more a thing of the present. There are women writing and directing films. Entertainment Weekly just put out an article about female producers who have become successful in Hollywood. I recently read another article about women under 30 who are taking the technology field by storm. So yeah, I'm impressed with how far women have come in terms of their career goals. However, until their paychecks show that they should be earning as much as men (if not more), women will constantly be fighting for such rights.

Since I am involved in the book industry, by way of being a blogger, I have noticed that female authors are taking a stand against not having their books reviewed because they are women. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner (two of my favorite authors) have spoken out about this in numerous articles. (See this one for example.) I've also seen women who still disguise their name in order to have their books noticed more.  J.K. Rowling didn't only go by her initials for the Harry Potter series, but she also wrote books for adults under a man's name. (Oddly enough, there are male writers who disguise their name so they can foray into women's fiction, so I guess it works in reverse too.) There are some great novels written by women and I am always proud to see them as bestsellers, movies, etc. It's not just about romance novels anymore.

I have to admit that when Froggie presented this topic, I felt overwhelmed. There really are a lot of directions I could take it in and I really don't have the time and motivation to write what could turn out to be a term paper by the time I was finished. All I can say is that women in my generation and in the next generations are forging paths for themselves and the women of the future who will need to pick up where we left off in order to show the world we mean business (and not just in the career sense).

These days, I'm just proud of my daughter who refuses to admit that she's pretty or cute, wants to do everything by herself, and holds her own when it comes to standing up to her brothers. If the future is in her hands (and the hands of girls like her), we have nothing to worry about!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: Leaving Time

For some reason, every time I think of the title of Jodi Picoult's latest novel, Leaving Time, I get the song "Closing Time" by Semisonic in my head. They have nothing to do with one another, but that's just what the title conjures up for me. (Then again, "you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" makes me think of how I feel now that I'm done with the book. I can keep it in my head all I want, but I really need to move on soon or it will consume me. I'm just not ready to stop pondering over it just yet...) What's inside the covers is a reading adventure that you won't forget anytime soon.

I have to start off by saying that I'll post a short review with just some thoughts about the book in general and will then post spoilers for those who have read it and wish to discuss it with me at some point.

First things first, the synopsis:

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish.
(Courtesy of Goodreads.)

Basic thoughts:

This is definitely a departure from Jodi's more recent novels. There are no courtrooms or ethical dilemmas to focus on. Instead, it's more of a mystery but with many different layers and voices. It reminds me a lot of one of my favorite books of hers, Second Glance. Both involve ghosts in some way, since in Leaving Time, Serenity Jones is a psychic who has connections with people who are deceased. Both talk about sacred areas of nature being taken over by humans. Both have a "cold case" aspect to them. And both are incredibly compelling stories.

I really liked the voices of the four main narrators of this novel. When I read the synopsis, I wasn't expecting Jenna to be a 13 year-old girl, but I've been more interested in reading perspectives of teens and pre-teens lately, given that some get snuck into the chick lit novels I've been enjoying. She's very mature for 13 anyway, which makes me forget that she's that young. With Alice, some of her chapters are just descriptive of elephants and their behavior, so it takes a while to get to know her for who she is, outside of what is going on with the elephants. That's when her part of the story really picks up. I would have liked to know more about Alice's relationship with her mother, as well as what her childhood was like. Based on the synopsis of her short story, Larger than Life, I may be able to get more information. (Here's what I was saying about not going home just yet...)  I was visualizing Jessica Chastain as Alice in the movie version. (Maybe because she was on the recent cover of Entertainment Weekly when I was reading this book.)

Serenity is just fascinating. I love learning about how she came into her psychic abilities and how they have affected her life. She's unforgettable in description with her cotton candy pink hair and her elaborate make-up. I definitely need to read the novella, Where There's Smoke, which focuses on her. I think it was written as a prequel. For some reason, I would picture her being played by Laverne Cox sometimes and Lisa Kudrow at other times. Finally there's Virgil. I wasn't expecting to like him at all, but it turns out that he has a soft side. I couldn't place his age and thought he was in his 50s, but apparently he was in his 30s. I kept picturing Jeremy Ratchford from Cold Case though. And even though Thomas wasn't a narrator, I was picturing Andrew Gillies (Orphan Black) as him when he's older. (Welcome to my mind...)

The only thing that weighed down the book a bit was all the scientific details about elephants. Some were fascinating, but it was more the emotional aspects. It would have been nice to have a glossary to explain some of the terms more in detail. I think I just had trouble keeping up with which elephant was which unless they had a prevalent role in the story, such as Maura. Some of the parts involving cruelty to the elephants were hard to read about. The elephant information reminded me of the wolf information in Lone Wolf. Both were very well researched though.

Overall, it was very hard to put this book down and even harder to stop thinking about it now that I finally have. If you've read it and want to hear the rest of my thoughts with SPOILERS included, keep reading. If you want to read the book and come back later to hear my thoughts in full detail, stop now and this post will be waiting when you get back. In the meantime, I'm going to share links for a few of Jodi's books and then those who want the spoilers can move down past this section.


My thoughts with SPOILERS included:

I first need to say that I saw the ending coming a long time before it did. When Jenna found her toddler-sized sneaker in the back of Virgil's car, that just spoke volumes to me. I immediately thought of a certain popular movie from 1999 and how that turned out. So I wasn't surprised when things unfolded the way they did. I will admit that the scene with Nevvie in the old rundown house threw me a bit. I was beginning to wonder if I was wrong.

I liked the Matrix-esque feel that came about when Jenna and Virgil started to realize they were both actually dead. And then you find out who else was actually dead...that just floored me. Knowing that Serenity was surrounded by spirits this entire time and she ended up talking to them out loud anyway because she thought that everyone she encountered was real? Well that was just priceless!

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the concepts of ghosts or spirits being able to have physical contact with the living world. It just doesn't work for me. Like where was all the evidence that Virgil was carrying around and having tested? Was that symbolically dead? How was he able to drive a car? Was it a virtual ghost car? Same with Jenna's bicycle crashing into Serenity's scrying bowl. And how Jenna was able to wear her mother's scarf and necklace. How were they eating all the food that Serenity ordered at the diner? Or was that make-believe ghost food? And how do they age if they're dead? Wouldn't they be frozen at the age in which they died? Or is it like Serenity said in relation to seeing her deceased mother, that ghosts can come back in a form that they want people to see them in. I recently read another story involving a ghost being able to connect physically with the living and their objects. So it's not just Jodi putting this stuff in her story.

Thomas' situation reminded me of A Beautiful Mind. In the end, I just felt bad for him. He really was a victim in some ways, both of his own head and of Alice cheating on him, which lead to the eventual death of his daughter.

I'm still reeling from the whole situation surrounding Jenna's death and disappearance. Being the mother of a three year-old, it freaks me out even more. It was so heartbreaking. And the way it happened was terrible, like a nightmare. I couldn't believe Nevvie would take an innocent life just to avenge her daughter's suicide. How spiteful can one get that they would resort to murder? I think I'm reeling from that the most. Just the way everything happened. I can't even imagine what Alice must have been feeling. Just horrifying.

I'd love to discuss this story with anyone who has read it so that they were able to make it to this point in the review without yelling at me for ruining the plot.