Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. 

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

This book was interesting. First, it's a bit of an odd plot to get used to. A is not really a person, A is something that takes over the body for one day. A has no gender and is not in the same place each day. That was really hard for me to wrap my brain around, and in all honesty I think even since finishing it I don't really understand it. My biggest thing is that A get's attached to Rhiannon, and it makes no sense to me. Don't get me wrong, the book itself was written well and it was interesting to read even though the plot confused me a bit.

I do have a few issues with this book, even with thinking it was ok. First, why is it that A only goes into bodies in the Maryland area. I would think that A would find bodies all over the continental US or even further away. For some reason A could only inhibit bodies in Maryland, and I thought that was kind of odd. A talks about seeing the world, but I really don't think seeing the world happens in just one state.

Also, they seem to get a little preachy about the issue of gay marriage. I have my own personal opinion on the issue, and there is no reason for me to get into my own opinion because that honestly would do no good for anyone. I just have a difficult time reading something that gets preachy about an issue that I have my own personal opinion on, especially when it goes against what I believe in. They also poked a bit of fun at demonic possession  saying that it's ridiculous and could never happen. I personally believe that it can happen, and that it is a bit more serious than they let on. Even with that, I thought that it was written in an interesting way, and for some reason I continued to read it and didn't completely hate it.

This book is definitely something that I can see people either loving or hating. It's an odd concept to wrap your brain around, but it also tells a story of love and it is honestly quite the love story. Though having those two things work together was kind of different, because sometimes A would be in a body that was 4+ hours away from Rhiannon, and sometimes A seemed to take the body that it was in for granted and take it far away from what it knows to be with this girl that it never knew. This sometimes causes problems, obviously,which leads to the interesting end of the book.

This book was ok. I can't say it would be one of my top recommendations for someone, but it was worth the read I think. Now, to choose what to read next...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I Have a Confession To Make...

It pains me to say this. I kind of hate myself for this. I can't believe it has come to this. I have not liked this singer for so long, but it was bound to happen that there is one song that is so catchy, so ridiculous, and so cheesy. And the music video just makes it so much better. Ok, here it goes....

I....like....a song...by...........Justin Bieber.

Ugh, I know right? I have referred to him as a female so many times, and I still consider him to be a female. Before I tell you the song you still must know something important. I DO NOT like Justin Bieber, I just happen to enjoy a song of his. I still think he's obnoxious. I still think he looks and sounds like a girl. I still think he is awkward and should never say the word "swag" (I thought I was too white to use the word "swag" so how does a Canadian get away with it?).

Ok, here's the song:

Oh goodness. I can almost feel the eyes rolls. Please don't judge me. I feel like the only reason I enjoy it is this video. There's that cheesy dancing in the wading part of the pool. I'm not going to lie, through that entire part I watch the dancers behind him and not him. I think that the dance itself is cool, but then there's him. The part that he's singing underwater with the girls around him is creepy, and how does he come up out of the water with perfectly styled hair? I worked at a pool, and I know for a fact that it does not happen like that. The awkward synchronized swimmers part is also a favorite of mine (did I mention early that I really love things that are super cheesy?). But my all time favorite part is when Nicki Minaj comes in. Notice how she is super creepy with Justin Bieber. The word "wiener" is in the song, and it is definitely meant as something sexual and not like a hot dog at a ballpark. And the fact that you can rhyme his ex-girlfriend's name with the word "wiener" is too funny for me. Then there's the awkward body roll together where she's almost grinding on him. AH, this video is filled with awkward, but it's exactly why I like it. I love the awkward, and I love how catchy it is.

Congratulations Bieber, you successfully did something I enjoy. I hate you for this (remember, I love the song and cannot stand the singer. It IS possible).

Friends, please please PLEASE send me to the mental institution if I start liking something from One Direction *shudder*. That would literally be the end of the world.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cheesy Pop Music, My Musical Obsession Since Childhood

Yes, I have been internet-less for almost a week. Today is the first day that I have been connected to the world wide web and I never realized how weird it was to not have it. So while unpacking and getting things situated in my new house I have been listening to a lot of music, which brought me back. Back to the days of good old B-Spears, BSB, NSYNC, Xtina, etc. And since I had a great time while going down memory lane I thought I would share a little. So, here's the music of my childhood (in no particular order):

I loved this video. I literally thought it was the coolest thing, ever! And, I knew the dance. Anyone remember Darin's Dance Grooves? Yea, I worked it. And I learned this one. Can I do it now, nope. I am sure it was a valuable life skill at that time and I am thinking of taking some time to relearn the dance. But yes, old school Britney was the best. This song was just one of my many faves. 

Oh, here. In case you want to learn the dance:

NSYNC was my boy band of choice. I still love Justin (just not so much Jessica Biel) and this was my absolute favorite song. Why not have their shirts blowing in the absolutely necessary breeze? Seriously, in love. I am having flashbacks of this all right now. My dad, he was not the biggest fan. I remember my sister had to ask for permission to buy me one of their cds for Christmas. Lucky me he said yes, and then they said "damn" in one of their songs. I kept that one a secret for awhile. Ha, ohhh NSYNC. Come back please.

Ah yes, classic Xtina. Not the super raunchy stuff that she has now. Well, I suppose this could be taken fairly dirty, but it's not like some of her songs now. Ok, I guess my dad didn't like when I was singing it. Oops. But I thought she was the coolest. In all honesty she is pretty talented, but when she opens her mouth to talk about anything my head hurts. And she seems to show off too much of her body (obviously someone rubbed her the right way). I loved this though. Still do.

BSB was my number 2 boy band. I didn't like them AS much as NSYNC, but I did think they were pretty awesome. I mean you have to be awesome if you sing a song about being back. This video legitimately creeped me out too (wow, I was super lame wasn't I?) but I watched it like every single time it was on The Disney Channel. Oh man. My favorite.

I'm almost done I promise. But, admit it, you love this.

Oh man, I still love this song. I hear it on KROC every so often. I thought this video was the coolest concept known to man. Like, oh my goodness, they switch rooms until the all red room isn't all red and the blue room isn't all blue. I always was super pumped when this came on. I also thought that their clothes were pretty sweet too. I mean I obviously was not one to show of my stomach but I was like dang, they have cool skirts or pants. And their shoes, so awesome. I definitely regret liking those combinations. But this song is super entertaining.

This is probably the only song I can fully say I remember from these guys. I mean I know I loved those Lachey boy, but for the most part I didn't think their songs were too incredibly memorable. This one, on the other hand, was awesome. I loved it. I still jam to it (on my guilty pleasure playlist on Spotify). Did you hear they are reuniting? It's not the boy band reunion that I really want (seriously NSYNC, get with the program), but it's cool.

Ohh LFO, another group my dad hated. This song was like the best song ever, and I honestly still love listening to it (I loved playing it at the pool this summer. The kids looked at me like I was crazy as I was jamming to this. I basically labeled myself as the old fart guard but whatever, I enjoyed myself). As I listen to this now though I realize that they kind of talk about really random stuff from the 90's. Here's a lyric sample:
Hip Hop Marmalade spic And span,
Met you one summer and it all began
You're the best girl that I ever did see,
The great Larry Bird Jersey 33
When you take a sip you buzz like a hornet
Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole bunch of sonnets

Yea, this was a guilty pleasure. I still jam to it. So random. So funny. This kid was so cool, but then he started dealing dope or something. 

This is not everything by far. Though these were my go to listens. I thought I was so cool jamming to these sweet tunes. I danced to them and everything. My sister and I would actually play "dance recital" and some of these tunes were featured in our recitals. We were awesome, so please don't act like you aren't jealous. My dad definitely did not approve of a lot of these artists, but there was on that he did approve of. Some of you may have never heard of them, but when I got their cd it was all I listened to. They were my favorite, and I was obsessed. Well, there were two groups that I loved. So I'll end with those two videos. There is no explanation needed for them. They are cheesy, which seems to be a common theme with my musical tastes (is it any wonder that I have a soft spot for bad pop music?)


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