13 Reasons Why

Image result for 13 reasons why13 Reasons Why season one was released on March 31, 2017, as a Netflix original series. I wanted to write specifically about this series because of how strongly I believe in it and the message behind it. I binged watched this 13-episode series in about 3 days right after it was released on Netflix. I can honestly say this was the best series I have ever watched.

The plot summary of this series, from IMDb:

Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers.

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Overcoming hardships in your life

Throughout your life, there is a pretty good chance that you will have to endure/overcome a hardship. Now this hardship might be something as simple as doing badly on a test to something that’s life changing such as, a death of a loved one.

A hardship in one’s life may not seem as big of a deal in another perosn’s life. In no way does this make your hardship any less of a hardship. I say to heck with what others think and if someone has to judge you for what you are going through in life they shouldn’t get the honor to have a special place in your life.

Something that may seem so insignificant in their own life may be the reason someone else is dealing with a hardship. Life can be cruel sometimes but I give the big props to the people that overcome. Someone that in the face of something hard that knocks them down they get right back up and face it head on. These are the people that deserve the real props. It’s not easy to face adversity head on but when you overcome it the reward will be that much greater.

As I come to a close on my little spiel I just want you to know that someone in your life cares. Friends, family, peers, teammates, coaches, co-workers, teachers, there is someone out there that cares. There is always someone that is willing to listen and that you can talk to. And if you think your hardship(s) are insignificant you are wrong because there is a reason you feel the way you do. I am here to tell you that what you are feeling is very real and just because your problem may be small in the grand scheme of things does not make it any less of a problem.








Book Review – Unlit Star

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By: Lindy Zart 


We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

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Book Review – Chasing Spring

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By: R.S. Grey



I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

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Book Review – See Through Heart

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By: Amie Knight31373762



Ainsley came into my life in a flurry of vibrant colors, lighting my world up when all seemed lost.

It wasn’t our quiet nights by the creek or stolen kisses surrounded by a sea of cotton that saved me.

It was her.

She was my comfort when life threw one ugly tragedy after another at me.

Until she dealt me the greatest blow.

Now, abandonment, betrayal, and death darken every corner of my life.  Anger and hurt burn bright where love and trust once lived.

But, now, she’s back.  Sure, she’s changed, but I see through it—straight to her heart.

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Book Review – The Silent Waters

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Stand Alone Novel

By: Brittainy C. Cherry 

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Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

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