We get to see through rose tinted glasses and travel to a time in which small town America was in the midst of a utopia, prices were lower, the roads smoother, soda sweeter, lawns greener and the sun shone brighter, America in its splendour.
And the way he used brush strokes of words to perfectly build upon foundations of how we view the world, resulting in this marvellous canvas, an eruption of colour on each page. The way he used the nature of his surroundings, transporting us directly into the hazy mornings of San Francisco, or the boiling hot nights under the stars in Mexico City.
Some of my favourite writers are black, yet I discovered them because I did extra reading and research, the curriculum is missing some ground-breaking historical works by black authors e.g. Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker and in more recent years, Malorie Blackman. And incorporating works that were actually used alongside music and public protests to create social change in the 60’s is never not going to be important, inspiring and informative, so why don’t we include more of them?
By Mollie Campbell. Movie: The Sun Is Also a Star Genre: Teen Drama, Romantic-Comedy Director: Ry Russo-Young Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo Rating: 6/10 The Sun Is Also a Star, (adapted from the book written by Nicola Yoon), is the latest teen rom-com to land on Netflix. Initially, it screams cliché,Continue reading “The Sun Is Also a Star – Movie Review.”
By Mollie Campbell Throughout this surreal period of self-isolation and social distancing, I have been re-reading some of my favourite poetry books/authors. Despite this pandemic, I don’t want to take this time for granted, so instead of going on social media/using technology every 10 minutes, I am going back to basics. We may not beContinue reading “After we make it to the other side of this pandemic, let us never take the beauty of life for granted again.”
By Mollie Campbell. It is ironic that Nine Perfect Strangers is about cleansing the body and reaching enlightenment, because at the end of this book I felt such a strong sense of clarity it was as if I had been on this transformative retreat, only without the psychotic twist and borderline torture…! Despite some faults,Continue reading “Quotes from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ that really stood out and impacted me.”
By Mollie Campbell. Contains Spoilers Book: Nine Perfect Strangers Author: Liane Moriarty Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller Rating: 9 ½ out of 10. Nine Perfect Strangers, where do I begin? As a fan of Liane Moriarty’s ‘Big Little Lies’, I was immediately attracted to this book. Whilst the blurb was short and concise, I wasContinue reading “‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ – Book Review.”
Author: Barney Norris Genre: Contemporary fiction, family, loss Rating: 7/10 “Things rise up and claim you, and mark you for greatness or mark you for tragedy, and the route of your life is mapped by forces entirely beyond you”. Turning for Home is written in the format of two different perspectives, with each chapter belongingContinue reading “‘Turning for Home’ – Book Review.”
By Mollie Campbell Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Genre: Music, Drama Originality: 4/10 Overall rating: 8/10 Before I even begin my review, I should probably give you a little bit history about myself. My favourite band is Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are two of my biggest influences, both as a duo, withinContinue reading “Daisy Jones & The Six – Book Review.”