a trip to my homecountry: high school sucks worldwide

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

First of all, I really want to say thank you for all the love this feature got on my first post. I’m happy that you all are willing to support it, because I was very hesitant on sharing these posts, as I didn’t know if they’d perform well compared to my other ones. But you guys seemed to really like the idea of me sharing more about life in Brazil, so I’m excited to carry on with it.

For today’s post, I’ll be sharing a little bit about my high school experience – how schools work in Brazil, the college entrance process, etc. Please, share in the comments down below any particular memories from your personal high school experience, as I’d love to know!

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how we all thought high school was going to look like

FIRST. Public schools vs. private schools

My country definitely has a lot of issues, politically-wise. I’m sure you’ve heard that our country just elected a guy worse than Trump and all of our many corruption scandals. The reason why I’m mentioning this is because poor administration is reflected a lot on public schools.

Most public schools in my country have very bad infra-structure. The teachers aren’t well paid and, sometimes, are required to teach subjects they’re not even specialists on. The books are outdated, kids don’t have meals and it’s pretty bad conditions overall.

So private schools are, in fact, very, very common. I was privileged enough to only study in private schools throughout my whole life. The infrastructure is definitely a lot better, we have updated materials and some of the best teachers we could have. The better the school is, obviously, the more expensive it is.

This is just a general overview. There are a few public schools who are outstanding in their methods and have very good results in national exams. These are exceptions, though, and you have go through an admission process in order to get into them.

SECOND. Public universities vs. private universities

Now, if you got the idea that: “private schools are better than public schools“, you actually have the opposite when it comes to universities.

Public universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Obviously, the admission process is a lot harder too. A few private universities also hold the same prestige – though they’re hella expensive -, but most don’t offer as good of an education.

(Just to clarify: public and private here mean exactly what they’re supposed to mean. I know that for universities in the US, you have to pay expensive tuitions no matter what, but in Brazil, public institutions mean you don’t have to pay a single thing).

It’s a huge paradox, if you really think about it.

People who can afford private schools end up being much ahead of the ones who can’t, obviously. They have better infrasctruture, teachers and curriculums. So for public college entrance exams, these people tend to get the best grades, and get in. Which means that people who can not afford private schools also can not afford private universities and it becomes a much more complex problem than I can describe. But just to show that education is a huge issue in my country’s reality.

THIRD. College entrance exams

In Brazil, college entrance exams are called “vestibular“. It’s an exam covering all subjects, from Sociology to Physics, and it pretty much defines whether or not you’ll get into college. You can only take them once a year.

I know some countries take into consideration your entire high school performance, such as awards and GPA, but not around here, sadly. It’s all up to that one test.

Each institution has their own exam, so it’s not like a general SATs. The only exam that is accepted by several universities is called ‘ENEM‘ and you can enter to both private and public colleges with this one.

FOURTH. What high school truly looks like

Now, this is the part of the post in which I share my personal experiences. In any way, this is an example of the life of every Brazilian student. My experience was pretty out of the ordinary, but I wanted to briefly share anyway.

For my last year of high school, I had tests every Satruday morning. Waking up on a weekend and going to school is just as awful as it sounds. Every week, I had to study for a different subject. In my country, you can’t really take electives and “choose” what you’re going to study. Every subject is mandatory for your graduation.

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My favorite subjects were History and Maths. I absolutely loathed Chemistry, Philosophy and Literature.

On top of that, some Sundays, I had to be in school again, taking tests that we call “simulados“. It’s basically a prep for our college entrance exams: looks exactly the same, has similar questions, takes the same time. It’s the best way to prepare for the *actual* day, since you can only take a college entrance exam once a year. (I think these exist in other countries, but I forgot what they’re called? Help).

I didn’t have any extracurriculars in my senior year – we simply didn’t have time. Classes ran from 7 a.m till 2 p.m, with two twenty-minute breaks in between. P.E is required in my country, but most of us ditched it to study and the teachers didn’t care at all.

The only thing I remember truly enjoying during my high school time was an event called ‘Festa Junina‘. I’ll explain more about it in future posts, but it’s my favorite holiday in all year, and one of the few school festivities I’ve always taken part in, every year.

Soooo… That’s it! I apologize for the long post, but I hope it was informative in any way. I’m really curious about what high school looks like in your country, as well as the college admission process. I feel like I’m familiar with the one in the US, because that’s what most books and movies cover, but not at all in the rest of the world! Let me know in the comments! 💛

 

 

 

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monthly wrap up: march, ’19

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

March is over, and I’m kind of very excited about it. Mostly because fall is approaching and finally the weather will get better around here. I feel like I’ve been dying due to the heat for the past four months, so I really can not wait for it to get cooler.

Despise that, March wasn’t exactly an eventful month for me and I’m kinda glad that I had enough time to complete all the books I wanted to read!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Jonas Brothers are back! This is the best thing that has happened to me in the past three years. No joke there. I was a huge JoBros fan growing up – they were the first concert I’ve ever attended! – and seeing them back together just gave me so many feelings. I probably cried watching their Carpool Karaoke and all the interviews they’ve done in the James Corden show are absolutely hilarious! Sucker, their new single, is also phenomenal and has been on repeat for weeks now.
  • I’ve had a lot of movie marathons. If there’s one thing that happens when I’m feeling uninspired and *meh* (like I was at the beginning of the month), is I end up marathoning tons of movies. I did an Ashton Kutcher marathon, where I watched all of his iconic rom-coms (What Happens in Vegas remains my favorite), a Maze Runner re-watch (that literally made me cry my eyeballs off, once again) and I’m currently watching all of the Marvel movies in chronological order to prepare for Avengers: Endgame.
  • I got back in my writing game – and I’m handwriting this time! I know some of you are cringing at the thought of it. The mere thought of writing an entire book by hand gave me a headache – and cramps -, but I realized that writing on a screen was stressing me out. It felt like I was trying to be an author, constantly comparing myself and getting distracted by social media and the internet in general. When I sit down with a notebook, though, it feels like I have no one else to please but myself and it has grounded me back to what really made me fall in love with this idea in the first place. I’ve only tried it for a week now, so I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to keep up with it, but I’m letting all my ideas out and it’s been refreshing.

WHAT I READ

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★★★★★

Where She Went was actually a re-read for me. I talked about this book on the blog before and I was eager to revisit this story. Where She Went takes place three years after the events of If I Stay and it focuses on Adam, as he’s now a famous rockstar, lead of the rising punk band, Shooting Star. In fact, Adam is a super angsty and anxious character, and his perspective was absolutely marvelous to read from. Even though this book has its problems – like all the numerous sexist remarks -, I still love it so much? Honestly, just give me all the books with angsty musicians and I’ll devour and love them forever.

 

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★★☆☆☆

When I was planning my reads for March, I was most excited to read The Foxhole Court. I was 100% sure I was going to love this book. It’s the first installment in the All for the Game series and it follows the team of the Foxes, for this fictional sport called Exy. It centers around a lot of male characters, including our protagonist, Neil Josten, who has a big secret about his past. My main problem with this book was: THERE’S NO PLOT. The characters are not moving to any specific goal. The writing is so all over the place. You’re being introduced to these characters over and over again, and I still feel like I don’t know them at all. Also: they are ALL bad-boys. Like, I am broken and damagedTM, so I can act like an asshole. It was excrutiating to get through the 8-hour-long audiobook. I am still going to carry on with the series, though, because I refuse to believe that this is what the hype was about.

 

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★★★★☆

Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson was a ride. I took about two weeks to finish this book, much due to the fact I completely overestimated my English skills and I had to focus A LOT to fully understand it. So, it was 100% my fault that it took me so long to get into it. But, once I did, it was brilliant! The mystery was engaging and so was the setting – boarding school with lots of mysteries? Count me in. The characters were also adorable, and even if I didn’t love Stevie, I certainly liked David and Nate a lot. I am literally dying to pick up the second installment in the series – hopefully, I’ll be able to do it until the end of the year?!

 

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★★☆☆☆

I feel like March was a polarizing month, with some amazing reads and other very disappointing ones. Every Heart a Doorway falls on the latter category. I realized that Rick Riordan is probably the only author who I trust to mix fantasy/mythology and our contemporary world. This book had a lot to do with portal fantasies and boarding schools, and I couldn’t care at all. The murder mystery was also incredibly predictable (and this is coming from someone who can never figure out mysteries) and the way it was handled was beyond unrealistic. Like, a girl is found dead in the morning and then they move on to class as if nothing had happened? Uh, sure. I did appreciate the diversity, though! We had an asexual protagonist and a trans side character, but still it wasn’t enough for me to rate it any higher.

 

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I also finally finished Crooked Kingdom! It’s been a year since I last read Six of Crows, but I can safely say I’m free to check the Tumblr tag without being spoiled now! This installment was not as good as the first one, sadly, but it definitely changed my opinion on a lot of things! I’ve officially solidified Matthias as my favorite character, along with Nina. They’re my absolute sweethearts and I cried so much with them throughout this book. I’ve also started to like Kaz & Inej more,which was surprising. The ending was truly what knocked down the book for me, as I was sure it’d be a 5 stars. It was underwhelming and disappointing for such a strong start. Nonetheless, I still love Leigh Bardugo’s writing style and I do consider these books worth the hype.

 

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Far From The Tree was my last read for March. This book showed up kinda randomly in my life, as I saw it in a bookstore once and have been dying to finish reading ever since. I ended up listening to it in audiobook, which I’m not sure yet if I recommend. I think I’d have liked it better if we had different narrators for each perspective – kinda like the Odd One Out audiobook. Nonetheless, the story really captivated me. Maya was definitely an annoying character, but she was written to be unlikeable, so I guess that’s okay. Her relationship with her sister felt a bit unrealistic, but my love for Grace and Joaquin (especially Joaquin) made the book so worth it for me. I cried multiple times – sometimes in public – with this book, so I can’t recommend any more than that.

ON THE BLOG

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

 

This is the first time I’m writing about music here, but I really liked the idea of sharing my monthly playlists here as well.

Music is a huge part of my life, and I’m constantly listening to something. For the year of 2019, I wanted to do something different, and so I started creating monthly playlists, in which I pretty much incorporate all songs that match my mood for the month.

I warn you in advance: these playlists are suuuuuper random. You can be listening to Billie Eilish in one second and Jackson 5 in the other. It’s just how my musical taste works sometimes.

LOOKING FORWARD

Hopefully, in April, I’ll be able to read just as much as I did in March! I do have a lot of books I want to complete in the upcoming month, with some much anticipated reads, so I hope to find time to read them all!

Let me know in the comments what you’ve accomplished recently and what are some of your goals for April! 🌟

a trip to my home country: stereotypes

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m here to introduce a new feature in my blog, called ‘A Trip to my Home Country‘. Through these posts, I’m looking forward to sharing more about my country and life in this hemisphere.

I don’t know a lot of other South American bloggers, so I think there’s a lack of representation in the community. I hope that, through this feature, people will get to know more about how we live around here.

For today’s post, specifically, I was inspired by this post, written by Prags @ The Inked In Book Blog for a feature in Fadwa‘s blog @ Word Wonders. (By the way, her feature is amazing and I’m so glad that people from all over the world can have a place in this community to share about where they come from!). In the post, she busts some stereotypes and myths involving Indian culture, so I thought it would be nice to do something similar for Brazil as well.

ONE. BRAZILIANS SPEAK SPANISH OR BRAZILIAN

We don’t, actually! Even though the rest of South America was colonized by Spain, and therefore, speak Spanish, Brazil was actually colonized by Portugal. So, our language is Portuguese!

Portuguese and Spanish are similar languages, but are definitely not the same, thanks.

And as for the ‘Brazilian’ language… That’s just dumb, sorry.

TWO. PEOPLE VISIT THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ON A DAILY BASIS

I’ve lived in Brazil for 18 years and I’ve never been to the Amazon rainforest. It’s located in the North of the country, so it’s pretty far for most people who live in the bigger cities – like moi.

Foreign tourists are most of the people that actually visit the Amazon rainforest. It’s not a popular traveling location amongst Brazilians.

THREE. EVERYONE PLAYS FOOTBALL.

Uh, this is almost true.

Football – or soccer, however you call it, even though I consider kinda dumb to call it soccer because the US is literally the only country to think of any other meaning for football – is very popular in Brazil. Even if you don’t play it, you probably have a team you cheer for or at least a FIFA videogame.

I know a lot of people who play football, especially kids and teenagers. But not everyone is obsessed with football, just like not everyone in the US cares for NFL or everyone in Canada skates and plays hockey.

It’s popular, but don’t *generalize*.

FOUR. BRAZIL’S CAPITAL IS RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of the country, so that’s true! Back in the 1800s, when the Portuguese Royal Family first came to Brazil – they were actually running away from Napoleon, so there goes some history lessons here! -, they established that the capital of the country should be Rio.

Albeit the most popular city worldwide, it hasn’t been the capital for almost 60 years. I think Brazil suffers from the same disease as Australia – everyone thinks the capital for the country is Sydney, but it’s actually Canberra. (And now some geography lessons too, wow, this post is going everywhere).

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FIVE. EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO DANCE SAMBA

That’s *so* innacurate.

I don’t know anyone who can actually samba. Honestly. I’ve never learned it myself!

Samba is definitely a popular genre, but not all over the country; just in some cities. It’s not the type of music genre we listen on a daily basis either, and it’s typically more popular around Carnaval time.

So, yeah, most people don’t actually know how to dance samba here, lol.

SIX. MOST PEOPLE LIVE IN FAVELAS

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A lot of people do live in favelas. Brazil is a third world country, so there are a lot of homeless people or others living in poor conditions, such as favelas. There’s a major and historical living problem in my country, and that’s why many people end up in such situations.

However, there are also a lot of people living in regular houses and apartments. As any other country, Brazil does have a lot of layers, and albeit the more poor ones are the ones to get the attention by the international media, there are several others in better conditions.

SEVEN. “WOW, YOU’RE BRAZILIAN? BUT YOU’RE SO WHITE!”

Brazil is, racially, a very diverse country. There are literally people from all over the world living here!

Black people, white people, people from Native-American backgrounds, Asians, etc. Seven out of thirty students in my classroom were from a Japanese ethnicy. I know a lot of people who are all over the spectrum – myself included!

EIGHT. BRAZILIANS ARE WARM & WELCOMING

That’s true! Brazilians are welcoming towards foreigners and very likely to be overprotective at “gringos” – how we call foreigners here.

However, in my experiences in the United States, I actually find that Americans are much more likely to initiate small talk, and offer you a good day, and all of that. In Brazil, people don’t do this as much. Wishing each other good morning and good night is the basics, but going up to a counter and starting small talk to a costumer is not exactly a trait for Brazilians.

Nonetheless, we try to be very welcoming and make sure foreigners feel at home here as well.

That’s it! Those are all the stereotypes I have for today. Do you have any other perception towards Brazil and would like to know whether it is a myth or a fact? Let me know in the comments! And please feel free to bust other stereotypes about your home country here too!

monthly wrap up: february, ’19

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

February has already come to an end. Even though it is the shortest month of the year, I feel like so much has happened since my last wrap-up. Mostly: school happened. And I’m still trying to get used to all the future changes I’ll have to go through *shrugs*.

Anyway, onto this wrap up:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I got a SCRIBD subscription! I’m so excited about it already! I’ve been wanting to read more audiobooks – this was actually one of my 2019 goals – and SCRIBD was the one with the best deal for me. So far, it has been great! I really like the fact that I can be reading even when I’m doing other things (playing Gardenscapes like crazy) and I hope it will help me achieve my Goodreads goal even when school gets chaotic.
  • School has officially started. So far, our first week has been pretty chill; we are mostly getting to know classmates, teachers, the buildings and all. I’m going to a big university, so it is a bit overwhelming walking through the campus sometimes. I’m looking forward to finding my group of people. I feel like everyone I’ve met so far is in college to party & drink – and I’m not interested in either. Nonetheless, I’m excited to be studying something I’m very passionate about and I’m looking forward to the projects for next months.
  • I watched Billy Elliot and I haven’t gotten over it yet. Honestly, I’m not the type of person to care for highly-acclaimed films. Obviously, since my favorite movie is 27 Dresses. But I find that my problem with Academy Award nominees is that, even if I can recognize they’re well-crafted, they just bore the living hell out of me. But Billy Elliot wasn’t like that at all. It was a movie with A+ acting, fantastic writing AND that also made me feel everything. I’m so in love with it!

WHAT I READ:

For the month of February, I commited myself to read only books by black authors in honor of Black History month. This is what I ended up reading:

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★★★★☆

Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann was a super interesting read. I’d been wanting to read this one for a long time now, mainly because it features an asexual protagonist. The book was adorable indeed, and so were the characters. I was not expecting the friendship element to the story and it was my favorite – obviously, because when am I not crying over fictional friendships? Takumi, the love interest, was sweet & all, but he felt way too perfect at times. Nonetheless, it was a solid contemporary and I just want all asexual characters having happy endings.

 

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★★★★☆

All American Boys was the best book I read this month, and I’ve already done an entire review on it (a huge one, btw), so I won’t talk much about it here. To put it simply: if you liked Dear Martin or The Hate U Give, you need to read All American Boys. It’s just as moving, powerful and incredibly important. The writing was, at first, hard to get through, but it gets better! I promise!

 

 

 

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★★☆☆☆

The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory was my first 2.5 stars of the year and I don’t know why I’m so happy about it. Basically, 2019 has so far been the best reading year and I’ve only read 4~5 stars books, except for this one. I was basically begging for an opportunity to rant. Now, The Wedding Date wasn’t even that bad. But I went into it thinking it was going to be a lot of fake-dating trope, and it becomes more of a friends-with-benefits trope – which I like, but just wasn’t what I expected. There was way too much miscommunication and I feel like the book dragged more than I would’ve liked, so even though it was entertaining, fast-paced and did the job, it wasn’t anything too special.

 

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★★★★★

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone was a re-read, as I want to re-read at least one book a month. I was very excited to revisit this story as it is one of my favorite books of all times. I took the chance to highlight some of my favorite quotes and tab all of them, since the first time I read it was during a roadtrip and it just wasn’t convenient to do so. This book has so many important moments & messages, and I want absolutely everyone to read it. Also: Manny is a baby and I’ll love him forever.

 

 

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★★★☆☆

Then, because I just hadn’t had enough of Nic Stone, I also picked up Odd One Out! I was excited because it was my first audiobook experience. I loved the narrator for Cooper’s character; he really was the best. Overall, I feel like the experience was bittersweet, and I still don’t know exactly where I stand with this book. Nic Stone’s writing style was for sure exceptional in this one as well, but I feel like the story lacked on showcasing healthy ways of dealing with your confusion. Figuring out your sexuality is definitely a tricky process, but I don’t believe in messing with other’s feelings in the way.

 

WHAT I POSTED:

LOOKING FORWARD

March is an exciting month because for the first week, it’s Carnaval! Basically, Carnaval is this massive holiday in my country, where people go to the strees, party and dance a lot of samba, lol. I am not exactly a fan of the genre, and as an 18 year old grandma, I also don’t party a lot. But we don’t have school for almost a whole week, and it’s glorious! I have a lot of exciting books to read in March, and I really can not wait.

How was your February? And what are your looking forward to do in March? And also: do you feel the same way about highly-acclaimed films or you love them all? Let’s talk in the comments!

 

monthly wrap up: january ’19

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m bringing my first monthly wrap-up. These are some of my favorite posts to read, and I’m sure there are more than a few popping up in your guys’ feeds today, but I still wanted to share one myself.

January has been BURNING HOT in my country. It’s currently summer here, and I haven’t been able to remember what is it like to live off of ice-cream and air fans. Can we get winter here, already?

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. I got into my dream university! I took my last college entrance exam earlier in the month, and the results finally came in last week. And I did get in my dream university, studying the one course I was most excited to! It’s a huge achievement for me, because it’s one of the most prestigious institutions in the country. On one hand, it’s been amazing, but on the other, I’m still trying to get used to the amount of people paying attention to me, lol.
  2. img_0297I’m back into journaling. I finally figured out how I want to documment my new year, and I decided that I’ll be journaling about some of the books/movies/shows I watch in 2019. It was one of my goals for the year to journal more, and I’m excited about it.
  3. I watched Black Mirror – Bandersnatch and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I feel like this is a common trend with most Black Mirror episodes: they’re extremely thought-provoking. But I have never watched the show before, and was only interested in the movie because it was said to be interactive. And now though my first experience was a bit frustrating (I kept choosing the ‘dead end’ choices and I had to constantly go back and make them again), I still felt the need to rewatch it multiple times just to see how many different endings I could get.

WHAT I READ:

January was such an amazing reading month. I read only phenomenal books and couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the year!

WHAT I POSTED:

LOOKING FORWARD

My classes in university start only at late February, so I’m hoping to take the month to just enjoy my free-time. I plan on reading and blogging a lot, as well as journaling more and dedicating myself to my WIP. I finished the outline in January, but I’ve been procrastinating the *actual* writing process.

How was your January? What are you mostly looking forward to next month? And if you have watched Bandersnatch, which ending did you get the first time around?

the best teenage movies i watched this 2018

Hello, fellow bloggers!

We are approaching the end of the year, and bests & worsts lists are already popping up in our feeds. As 2018 was a super slow reading year for me, I wouldn’t have many books to mention here anyway. But I still decided to make my own list, regardless: my favorite teenage movies I watched this year.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to relate with some of these, since most are book to movie adaptations for very popular YA contemporaries.

5. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

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I don’t even feel the need to explain what this movie is about, since everyone and their mothers have watched this Netflix release this year. I do want to point out though why To All The Boys stood out for me, despise the hype. Firstly, the diversity: to have an entire Asian-American cast in a teenage movie is already impressive, and yet Lara Jean was so incredibly relatable. Her quirks, thoughts and interests were very accurate to teenage girls, and though a little older, I still felt so close to her.

This was such a refreshing love story, even if clichè, because it was able to stay away from all the tropes that make teenage rom-coms typically unbearable: cat-fight, toxic masculinity. As someone who has re-watched this movie way too many times, I can safely say this is one of the best rom-coms ever: and not only because of Peter Kavinsky.

4. LOVE SIMON

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Speaking of another book-to-movie adaptation that took the world by storm earlier this year, I have Love Simon. Following such a great cast, Love Simon talks about sexuality in one of the best & most underrated ways I’ve ever seen.

Simon is a normal guy, with a huge ass secret – he’s gay. Except for that, the entire movie feels like your typical romance: best friend drama, football game sequences and a mysterious love interest. However, for many people who grew up without ever being able to relate to a rom-com, Love Simon is groundbreaking.

In addition, it was able to talk about sexuality without talking about sex, which is something I feel like media still struggles with. I don’t think I’m able to name a single queer movie I’ve watched that doesn’t have a sex (or sex-oriented) scene, but Love Simon discusses it while still being PG-13. It makes it so much more comfortable, as it is a movie you can introduce to kids and elders, without having to worry about sounding too obscene. I really hope Love Simon was just the first one to make queerness just a part of your typical rom-com business.

3. EVERY DAY

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Yet again, ANOTHER book to movie adaptation. Similarly to Love Simon, though, I’d rather stick with the adaptation. Every Day’s original source was written by David Levithan, famous for his queer books. This one, specifically, came out as pretty offensive to me, as it was quite fat-phobic. The movie, on the other hand, did a much better job on including body diversity as well.

Every Day follows our main character, A, who wakes up on a different body everyday – always the same age, never the same person twice. One day, though, they meet Rhiannon and decide they will do whatever it takes to see her again, no matter which body they’re in. Despise how fantastical this may sound, the core of the movie is so real. As Rhiannon gets to know A, it doesn’t matter what they look like: a boy, a girl, tall, blonde, black, or whatever. She begins to fall in love with their thoughts, their mind, their feelings. In an age of appearance and having the best Instagram selfies, a movie like this feels refreshing and soothing. Most of us struggle with our reflections on the mirror everyday, and stories like that prove that when you find the right person, it doesn’t really matter what you look like.

2. EIGHTH GRADE

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Even though I love teenage movies, I don’t think I would’ve glanced twice at Eighth Grade if my sister hadn’t told me about the director for this one. Bo Burnham is an American comedian, but to be honest I only knew him for his vines. As you watch the movie, it becomes pretty noticeable that it was written by a millennial – the jokes, sense of humor and the overall presence of social media in this one makes it very accurate.

Eighth Grade follows our main character Kayla, who’s in her last week of (shocker) 8th grade, and not feeling her best. Kayla is pretty much friendless, as she is incredibly shy. She makes these two-views-and-one-of-them-is-her-father videos about how to make friends and put yourself out there, but she herself never follows any of these advices.

This movie was so deep and so relatable, while still being incredibly light. The talk on social media and having an internet persona that is different from who you really are is very interesting. But the part that got me the most was Kayla’s self-esteem issues. It’s kinda heartbreaking to think that at such a young age, barely 14, she already had such negative thoughts about herself. On the other hand, when I look back at my own pre-teen years, I was thinking the same thing. I feel like girls are pretty much born knowing how to hate themselves; it’s fascinating how he pick up bad things so quickly. If you can relate to bullying or loneliness during your school years, I’d recommend bringing a tissue. My eyes were so swollen the next day I could barely open them – it was just a very emotional ride.

1. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

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Out of all the titles mentioned, this one is the only which was not released in 2018 – but I only watched it in 2018, so it counts. (My list, my rules).

Well, how can I even begin to explain how much this movie means to me? The Edge of Seventeen follows Nadine, who has a very complicated relationship with most people in her life: she’s lost her father, the only person in the family who really understood her; and now has her forever best friend dating her much-hated brother. Though the premise sounds almost comical, and the movie really is funny, I also found myself tear-eyed through most of it.

Nadine is clearly depressed and there’s so much in her behaviour that I could relate with. Obviously, she’s much more extra, but you can see just how much she’s struggling on her own skin.

However, the most important part of it is how The Edge of Seventeen finds the perfect middle between teenage movies. I find that teenage movies are either in two sides of the spectrum: teenagers who only drink, party, get laid and are constantly making dumb decisions; or perks-of-being-a-wallflower teenagers, who enjoy poetry and think they’re so much better because they’d never attend a football game. I think both of these are not only unaccurate representations of most teenagers, but also shame people for “being too losers” or “being too assholes”. The Edge of Seventeen just proves that EVERYONE – the jock and the brain – both have problems. And no problem is better than the other. In high school, everyone is facing something that maybe only they can see and there’s something incredibly soothing in realizing that. This movie is eye-opening, hilarious, emotional and so, so important.

 

For some honorable mentions I have: The Hate U Give, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Candy Jar – not a book to movie adaptation, but still one of the sweetest movies I’ve ever watched.

What are some of your favorite teenage movies you watched this year? Have you watched any of the ones I mentioned? What did you think of them? Let’s discuss! ✨

a first post (how awkward is that)?

Hello, fellow book bloggers!

I’m excited to announce that I’m back to book blogging. My old blog, harumansaebooks was officialy deleted and I’m finally restarting in a new place. Moving to WordPress has been quite a change, since I’ve always been so comfortable with Tumblr. It’s hard to know that there’s not much I can customize in a theme, as my blog aesthetic has always been so important to me. But I’ve been trying to play it cool and remember that this is not permanent and I can always change things if I’m still not feeling great about it.

I decided to start from scratch, hence why this blog is now called ‘The Bookish Skies’. I kinda tried putting two of my favorite things together: books & watching the sky. I’ve been feeling inspired as it’s summer in my country right now, and we’re getting a lot of pretty sunsets.

The awkward thing about making a first post, though, is that I don’t know whether to update or introduce you to my blog. So, let’s try both:

  • I’ve graduated! I’m no longer a high-school student anymore and I’m so happy to say that I could cry. I know that graduating can sound sad for a few people, as you’re saying goodbye to so many of your childhood memories, but to be honest, I feel as free as I’ve ever been. There’s a part of me who will never recover from high school: I’ll always check my hair twice in the mirror, apply makeup before going literally anywhere. High school took away some good nights of sleep, as well as my own self-confidence. I couldn’t be happier to say it’s over.
  • Because I’ve now graduated, I need to worry about an even bigger thing: COLLEGE. I’ve already taken hree college entrance exams, and I’m patiently waiting for the results. I’ve applied for quite different courses all around, but my biggest goal is to pursue something related to education. It’s kinda funny to say that out loud, since, if you had asked me in January, I would have no idea about my answer. But I finally found the one thing I’m incredibly passionate about and I’m super happy about it.
  • I also visited New York & Orlando this past month and it was amazing! This is officially my third time in the US – which brings us to the “introducing myself” part of this post: I’m actually from Brazil. This means my first language is not English – hence why you’ve probably noticed several Grammar mistakes throughout this post. I’m much more comfortable in expressing myself in English though, and I’ve been reading in English a lot more too.

 I am so glad I got the chance to explore NYC & Orlando again! I went with only my sister this time, who’s three years older, and we had a lot of fun and took way too many pictures. This trip reignited my passion for traveling and I can not wait to visit somewhere new!

 

  • I haven’t read much for 2018. This year was stressful, exhaustive and not my best year mental-health wise. I don’t feel comfortable labeling how I felt, as it sounds like an arrogant self-diagnosis, but I didn’t have the motivation to do a thing. As I had predicted earlier this year, I was on auto-pilot for most of 2018: doing the bare minimum to graduate, never leaving my house and spending way too much time on Netflix as it was the only thing I felt like doing. Though I only completed 14 books for the whole year, I watched 145+ movies, which was truly a huge achievement! I also found out I’m obsessed with rom-coms, and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Though my year couldn’t have been worse, I really want to focus on the positive things only. That’s actually one of my goals for 2019: to be more positive. I think a lot of 2018 was disappointing because I allowed myself to have bad thoughts only, creating my own bubble of negativity.

Some habits that I hope to change on the new year are: to stop reading bad comments online (does anyone else read hate comments about other people and feel as if they were for you?) & spend less time on social media. Hopefully, I’ll be able to improve my mental-health as well.

Anyway, I rambled enough! Tell me about your year, your hopes for 2019, and how you feel! I’ve missed blog-hopping, leaving long-ass coments and interacting with other bloggers as well. I hope WordPress helps to make our interaction easier!

Hope you have a great end of the yearrrr! 💛