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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Computer issues

Just to keep you guys updated, my laptop is currently out of commission, so forgive my lack of posting at the moment. It will be better soon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Playing Hurt Blog Tour Date is SET!

It's official! The date is set for our stop on the Playing Hurt Blog Tour! Holly Schindler will be stopping by for some bloggy shenanigans on May 4th, so mark your calendars! I don't have all the info on what's in store, but you can bet it will be awesome! More info to come!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing HurtPlaying Hurt
Written by Holly Schindler
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Flux (Llewellyn Worldwide Ldt.)
Travelling ARC provided by author....THANK YOU!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary (Courtesy of Barnes and Noble):
Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.
That summer, Chelsea's dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and "boot camp" trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint's haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?

I really liked this book. The characters seemed so real and the relationships they had were so true to life. The sports terminology was even 100% accurate...score one for Holly! Full review after the jump. WARNING: SPOILERS!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Film Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny StoryIt's Kind of a Funny Story
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
Rated PG-13 (Focus Features)
Starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis and Zoe Kravitz
An Independent Review by Stephanie

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Summary (Courtesy of Moviefone):
What's a 16-year-old boy doing playing music and table tennis with adult psychiatric patients -- on a school day? It's kind of a funny story...'It's Kind of a Funny Story', adapted from Ned Vizzini's 2006 novel of the same name, is the new comedy-drama from acclaimed writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden.

It's 5:00 AM on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner (played by Keir Gilchrist of "United States of Tara") is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic; this bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents (Lauren Graham [of "Parenthood"] and Jim Gaffigan [of 'Away We Go']) and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital and is admitted by a psychiatrist. But the youth ward is temporarily closed -- so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of 'The Hangover'), soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protege. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle (Emma Roberts of the upcoming 'Scream 4'), who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush Nia (Zoe Kravitz of the upcoming 'Mad Max'). With a minimum five days' stay imposed on him by the adult ward's staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva (Academy Award nominee Viola Davis), Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Checking In...

Hey bloggy buddies! Just checking to let you know I'm still around! I'm going to start picking up on the Thursday's Picks again either this week or next week, and I'll be posting another review by this weekend. TLL is also going to be a stop on Holly Schindler's Playing Hurt Blog Tour in May, which is super exciting for me because I'm a HUGE fan of Holly's! So keep checking in and things are going to pick back up very soon! Love you guys and thanks for sticking around!
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