My experiences (or, ugh, lack thereof) made me good at being single. They made me sure of who I am and what I want (and don’t want) in other people. They made be braver … and they made me look for confidence elsewhere.
I finally finished reading Katie Heaney’s memoir, Never Have I Ever. I actually found it by accident while searching for Mindy Kaling’s second book, and I was hooked just by reading the prologue. It’s not very often that I find myself almost completely relating to a book that I’m reading, even more so a memoir. And while reading Katie’s stories (or should I say misadventures), I found myself saying “that is so me” or “I know exactly how that feels.” It is really comforting to know that there are women out there who have quite a similar life story as I do, and it is even more awesome when I find these women to be smart, strong, and funny, and put real value on their friendships.
I would definitely recommend this book to girls out there who feel lonely or have a fear of missing out on life, or just wanting to have a good read and some great laughs.
Because it is not.
I’ve been waiting for this film to come out since I’ve learned that Shailene Woodley would play Tris. And having enjoyed reading the books (except Allegiant because I have yet to re-read Insurgent), I was really rooting for this film to do well since day one.
I know it’s not a critical success, with some even saying that the subject matter is petty and dismissing it as just another YA film adaptation, but if they’ve invested some time reading the books, I think their opinion would somehow change. I don’t think it’s petty—adhering only to a single virtue all your life and the idealistic society that Jeanine desperately wants are fascinating ideas, and it was smart of Veronica Roth to explore that. As for branding it as a Hunger Games ripoff, well, all I can say is fighting to death on live television and trying to survive in an idealistic world because you don’t fit in psychologically are two different concepts. I’m just saying. =)
I really enjoyed watching this, and I think the cast did great. Shailene Woodley proves that she’s got an incredible acting range and Kate Winslet shows that she, too, can be an icy bitch. I’m really excited to hear about the next two films being developed, and I can’t wait to see this again when the DVD comes out.