“Riverdale”Talk: Episode 7: “In a Lonely Place”

Episode Synopsis: After Polly escapes from Quiet Mercy, the tension between the Blossoms and the Coopers increases even more as each family hunts down Polly. Meanwhile, Archie convinces Fred to give Jughead’s dad, FP, his job back at the construction company. Jughead encourages FP to take the job and clean up his act so their family can get back together. Keeping up with the Lodges, Veronica is still angry at Hermione for her relationship with Fred and forging her name on the drive-in contract for Fred’s company.

My Thoughts: This episode put a really big emphasis on Jughead and his strained relationship with his dad. My heart shattered when we learned that Jughead was living in a stairwell closet in Riverdale High. I wish Archie had taken him in sooner, you know, before Jughead is forced to go to the police station! While I definitely don’t believe that Jughead was Jason’s murderer, I’m not entirely convinced that he wasn’t involved at all in the murder. Thanks to Archie’s wait, whatttt facial expressions, Fred wasn’t too convincing when he tells Sheriff Keller that Jughead was doing work for him the week of the murder. My suspicion grew more when the camera pans to Jason’s varsity jacket in FP’s closet at the end of the episode. I had my own wait, whatttt moment this episode when it’s revealed that FP is the Serpent doing business with Hermione. Since FP is part of this “wrong-side of the tracks” gang, it makes me wonder if he was doing some sort of business with Jason and got Jughead involved.

I was a bit annoyed by Betty’s willingness to share information about Polly with the Blossoms.Betty, here’s a tip: if you’re going to talk about your sister who’s being hunted down by half the town and who’s pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s baby and said boyfriend is related to your family’s biggest enemy, please don’t discuss the matter in the student lounge. It’s obvious by the Blossoms’ demeanor throughout the episode that they just want the baby and will do anything to put Polly out of the equation. I was really intrigued by Cheryl’s change of heart about Polly and the baby. I think that Cheryl is motivated by the fact that this is Jason’s baby and she doesn’t want her parents’ untrustworthy hands in the matter. I’m happy that Polly is safe staying with the Veronica and Hermione, but how long is that going to last without the Coopers finding out? In regard to the Lodges, I really wasn’t a fan of Veronica’s brat attack in this episode. I think there’s a better way to resolve issues with your mother without having an online shopping spree and going clubbing with your gay best friend. Also, why does the label ‘gay best friend’ even exist in this show??? I’m really hoping that we get more character development about Kevin (show that he’s more than the gay best friend) in the second half of the season.

My Rating: 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed that the plot focused more on Jughead in this episode because we got to see more of his character and background. However, being a fan of the comic book series, I’m still unsure of his emerging relationship with Betty. While I love them as best friends, I don’t know how well I could see them as a couple. We could also tell that Archie may or may not be cool with this relationship and I’m sure we’ll see his feelings play out more when ‘Riverdale’ returns on March 30.

What do you think about Jughead’s possible role in Jason’s death? Share your ‘Riverdale’ comments below!

Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Summary: You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. Your favorite jeans and sweater. The jacket with the faux-fur lining to keep you warm. Your phone and your music and your favorite books…Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother

From the day she abruptly left San Francisco, Marin hasn’t talked to anyone from her old life. No one knows why Marin really left, even her best friend, Mabel. Now a college freshman in New York, Marin is forced to confront the tragedy and grief she left behind when Mabel comes to visit over winter break.

Star Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover Lust?: ABSOLUTELY

My Thoughts: We Are Okay is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2017 so far. Based on the publisher’s description of the novel, I thought the book would just focus on Mabel responding to her mother’s death. But it didn’t. It dealt with family and love and grief and all the things that require you to have a box of Kleenex by your side. I absolutely adored the emphasis on family relationships. The relationship between Marin and her grandfather was both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The devastation Marin suffers from the deterioration of her family was enough for tears to splash onto the page. On a happier note, I loved how Mabel and her parents thought of Marin as family first, not just as Mabel’s best friend.

I really enjoyed how Nina LaCour incorporated diverse elements into the story, such as LGBTQ relationships and mental illness, but they didn’t make up the entirety of the novel. She implements them in a manner that makes the novel feel like real life. It’s also a cozy winter read–snow, Christmas lights, and diner food, anyone?

As much as I love an action-packed fantasy, this book reminded me of why I’m a contemporary girl at heart. I really want to read another one of Nina LaCour’s books soon, preferably right now (okay, I’ll wait to get my hands on Everything Leads to You until spring break)!

‘Riverdale’ Talk: Episode 6: Faster, Pussycats!Kill!Kill!

Episode Synopsis: As Riverdale prepares for its annual Variety Show, tension rises between Josie and Val over the Pussycats’ performance. After getting Archie a spot in the show, Veronica gets angry when Archie tells her that he doesn’t need anymore help with his performance. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead find more information about Polly’s whereabouts. Adult-wise, Fred looks into getting the drive-in lot job for his construction company, unaware of Hermione’s involvement in the project.

My Thoughts: Overall, I cared a lot more about Betty and Jughead’s plotline than anything else. We’re only six episodes in and I’m getting tired of the ‘Archie and his dream of being a musician’ plot line. I realize that the show is not going to entirely focused on Jason’ murder, but there’s a pretty stark contrast with Veronica and Archie are fighting over a talent show and Betty and Jughead investigating a murder.

I enjoyed getting some more interaction with Josie and the Pussycats this episode. I really like Val as a character and I hope she just simply doesn’t become a love interest for Archie. I didn’t enjoy how Veronica suddenly took her place as a Pussycat, even though I knew Val would be back in by the end of the episode. I have a feeling Veronica will simply forget that she was even part of the band come next week. I feel bad for Josie with all the pressure from her parents, with her dad being a musician and her mom being the commander she is. Between Josie’s mom and Betty’s parents, I’d love to know why some of the parents on the show come off as so demanding. No wonder Josie almost has a breakdown on stage and Betty takes Adderall.

Getting back to Betty and Jughead’s plotline, I was so intrigued by Betty’s interaction with Polly. I really thought Polly would be so unstable (and is she?) that she wouldn’t be able to talk to Betty. While I was surprised by her pregnancy news, I wasn’t so shocked to find out that she didn’t know about Jason’s death. Another win for the Coopers, I suppose. The ONE thing that bothered me about Betty and Jughead’s plotline this episode was THAT KISS. WHY CAN’T WE JUST HAVE ONE COMPLETELY ‘JUST FRIENDS’ RELATIONSHIP ON THIS SHOW? At least for this episode, nothing came out of it except for Betty remembering something Polly had told her about Jason.

Rating: 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed learning more about Polly and how she fits into Jason’s story, but I didn’t really care too much about what the other characters were up to. This was definitely the least intriguing episode so far. Based on the promo for next week’s episode, I’m excited to get more into Jughead’s background and what he’s been really up to.

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What I Read in February 2017

February was my first full month back at school. While it was a struggle to find time to read in between classes and papers and life, I was able to read 4 books this month:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4.5/5 stars) Adam Silvera has once again written a novel that had me totally captivated from the start. I was obsessed with his first novel, More Than Happy Not, last year so I was excited to get my hands on History Is All You Left Me. Griffin’s heartbreak over Theo’s death is devastating enough, not to mention the fact the Griffin has to deal with Jackson, the guy Theo was seeing before he died. There were sad moments, cute moments, and some moments that made my jaw drop. What prevented me from giving HIAYLM a full five stars is that Griffin definitely makes some irrational decisions throughout the book. I understand that he is grieving, but there were moments where I wanted to pull him out of the story and give him a talking to.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (2/5 stars)There’s a reason why I never picked up this book before having to read it in my American Literature class. While I appreciated the book’s transcendentalist moments (what I’m focusing on in class), the only tears I shed came from my boredom of the writing style. It dragged on and on and that was only The Custom House. Leave this book about a woman and a minister having a child out of wedlock and her crazy stalker husband in the classroom kids.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (4/5 stars): I was never really a Twilight fan, so I was excited to give another Stephenie Meyer’s book a go. While I wasn’t overly impressed with the writing style, it was fun jumping back into a classic dystopian with a love-triangle read.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (5/5 Stars)I loved We Are Okay. The book follows Marin, a college freshman who abruptly left her life in San Francisco and is now forced to face the tragedy she left behind when her best friend comes to visit. Going in, I totally wasn’t expecting how emotional I would get attached to this story and its characters. LaCour switches between the past and present (I think that’s becoming a theme I really enjoy in books) and focuses on family relationships, which is a subject that doesn’t get enough focus in YA.  Since it’s on the short side, I was able to finish it in one weekend, which made this reader and her TBR pile very happy.

Favorite Book: We Are Okay– From the cover to the characters to LaCour’s writing style, everything about this book is beautiful. AND IT HAS FOOD. Get a box of tissues and go read it now!

What was your favorite read in February? Share in the comments below!