The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

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Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.


This book review is LONG overdue. The first R.S. Grey novel I read was Chasing Spring, and even to this day, I still gush about it. SO, I have been following the author on her social media, and I am a huge fan of her covers for adult books. Now, I was in the mood to read a R.S. Grey book, especially her adult books…now how bad could it possibly be?? Those were my initial thoughts, but, boy did I cringed throughout my reading experience!

Maybe I am not the best person to turn to when recommending Adult books…I felt this book was uncomfortable for me. I wanted to go back to my YA books, and not touch a New Adult book.

So, what had happen was that this book included a very questionable relationship between Beau and Lauren. In the first part of the book, Lauren is a teenager that actively lusts for Beau. I had no problems with it. I have to admit that the author wrote Lauren as convincingly human as she could be. Lauren was realistic, and she developed a crush on a much older guy…now my main issue was the behavior of Beau towards Lauren in the first part…He was aware of the very QUESTIONABLE relationship they could have gotten into in the first portion of the book. YET, he felt the same for her…I felt gross…

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Lauren was the worst protagonist as well. She would get mad at Beau for not trying to flirt with her, or be her boyfriend. She wanted a relationship with him, though he kept repeating to her that she was UNDERAGE! This book has no need for the REVENGE element. The protagonist was so stupid…I can’t even. Lauren was so infuriating…and out of all the least liked characters on my list, she is now officially NUMBER ONE.


Other than that, this was supposed to be a romantic comedy, and yet I found myself neither laughing nor amused. Maybe this wasn’t the book for me. I wasn’t satisfied with either character. Lauren as an adult acted as if she had never gotten away from her cringing teen phase. I wanted Lauren to be a changed person, especially when Beau reappeared into her life. I wanted Lauren to be strong…but I guess I had too many expectations going into this book. May I consider another Adult book from R.S. Grey…maybe….I guess I can try for next year or in the next five years. I was in the mood for something romantic…and yet I found myself hating every bit of this book. I’m disappointed, but this was not marketed for my demographic.

Final Rating: ⭐ (1.5)

Toradora: Anime Review

We all live under the same sky. If each of us learns to shine, it won’t matter how far apart we are. We’ll be able to see each other.

MyAnimeList: Despite Ryuuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent. Class rearrangements on his second high school year put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. Along with these two comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka. Her delicate appearance contrasts with her brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuuji with his love interest as long as he helps her get closer to hers.

Aired: Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009

Commentary: Toradora was amazing! Many of my friends have recommended the anime to me and I finally watched it after all these years! I really didn’t know what to expect, but I really loved it. I love how both Taiga and Ryuuji don’t instantly fall in love with each other. They don’t like each other in the beginning. I loved how they team up together in order to get their crushes attention. I did enjoy the pacing of the show. There were many funny moments in the show, but there were many serious moments as well.

I did like Taiga, but I found Minori and Ami far more interesting. I really thought that Ami was the best girl. I did feel that she was a bit underdeveloped compared to the other girls. I would have wished for more Ami in the anime. She was one of my favorite characters from the series. My second favorite girl was Minori. She was hilarious and I loved her friendship with Ami. I felt really sad for her during the last couple of episodes, and what makes things sadder was how Minori felt guilty for liking Ryuugi. Minori wanted Taiga’s happiness even if it meant losing Ryuugi. Episode 24 made me tear up. taiga.gif

One of my favorite quotes is from Minori:

My happiness can only be… can only be made with my own hands! My happiness doesn’t depend on anyone but me!

I like Taiga, but initially I did not like her. She grew on me as the episodes progressed. It was by the second half of the series where Taiga became far more likable. Taiga was such an amazing friend. She kept hiding her feelings for Ryuugi thinking that he would be better off with Minori. The Christmas episodes were one my favorites from the series. All the characters were amazing and unique. Ryuugi was hilarious! I loved how much he was obsessed with cleaning. I really loved the chemistry between Ryuugi and Taiga, they are one of my favorite pairings! I really loved how comfortable Taiga became around Ryuugi. It was cute seeing how they gradually fell for each other. This is a series that I would rewatch.

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The OST was amazing, and my favorite opening was Silky Heart By Yui. I loved, loved, loved Lost My Pieces, it was one of the most beautiful songs from the series. I wished Toradora had another season. The animation was great. I did have some minor issues with the series, but other than that I truly enjoyed each episode and I highly recommend watching this show! Lastly, the ending was really cute!!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

Must Date The Playboy (2015): Movie Review

Synopsis: Nerdy friend is forced to date a guy beyond her league because her best friend begged her to. (๑ˊ▵ॢˋ̥๑)

Commentary: Must Date The Playboy is a Filipino Wattpad story by notjustarandomgirl and the movie adaptation came out not too long ago. I heard that the movie and book are completely different. I haven’t read the book, but it is very popular. Anyways, the story starts off with Tori (Kim Chiu), an aspiring baker who falls in love with a guy on a chatroom, by the way, she does not know how he looks like. He asks her out on a date, and suddenly Tori’s computer breaks down. Since the chatroom was anonymous, she never found out his name or the city he lives in. The mysterious guy becomes her EMPOY which stands for eighteen, male, Philippines, only, you. It sounds quite cheesy, trust me, it is. Anyways, her friend Nathan sketches EMPOY, keep in mind that Tori does not know how her EMPOY looks like. How does Nathan know how he looks like? He hasn’t met EMPOY either! Then the movie jumps eight years into the future and Tori is still thinking about EMPOY after all this time. She could have moved on, but there was something special about him that made her wait. If I were her, I would have moved on with my life. Her best friend Chloe is a model and she is dating the notorious playboy Zach (Xian Lim). Chloe likes her relationship with Zach and believes he will change is playboy ways. Chloe has hope in her relationship that is until she catches Zach dancing with another girl. Chloe becomes furious at Zach and breaks up with him. Tori immediately hates him for hurting her friend. Then there’s another times skip. Chloe has returned from America with her new boyfriend Greg. Chloe, Greg, Nathan, and Tori go to a club and guess who happens to be there? That’s right, Zach is there. Zach tries to explain himself to Chloe, but Chloe and gang ignore his attempts. Chloe feels bothered by Zach and decides to make Tori date Zach in order to avoid him. And so, Tori begins to date the playboy.

The movie is very cheesy!! But, I did find it very cute. I liked how both Tori and Zach had the same mindset going into the relationship. Zach only agreed to date Tori in order to get closer to Tori while Tori wanted to do help Chloe. I found it really cute how Tori made Zach court her instead of immediately dating. The two of them seemed like complete polar opposites at first, but they aren’t so different. Zach falls for Tori, and he does change his ways! Zach and Tori do experience some troubles in their relationship, but they overcome it in the end! I really didn’t like Chloe. I thought she was a bad friend because she only thought about her interests and forced Tori into a relationship even though Tori was really hesitant and unsure about it. She was a bit villainous during one part, but she does redeem herself. The ending did end on a happy note and it was predictable! Though the movie was extremely cheesy, I did find it fun to watch! (✿˘艸˘✿)

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What If (2013): Movie Review

I remember the night Allan and Nicole met. And that instant conection. If you’re lucky it happens once in a lifetime and if you’re unlucky, then you have to come to weddings and listen to people like me talking about it. And asume we’re all hopeless romantics… It’s very easy to be cynical about love, but this, tonight, this is hard. – Wallace

What If also known as the F Word, was amazing. It exceeded my expectations. it’s a romantic comedy about two friends Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) who share many of the same interests and same likes. Wallace is immediately attracted to her, but there is one big problem which is Chantry has a boyfriend. Wallace tries being her friend, but as time goes on, it becomes harder to hide their feelings for each other. I really enjoyed the movie and it was lots of fun watching it with my siblings. I related a lot with Wallace because he is such a hopeless romantic. I loved how both Wallace and Chantry end up watching The Princess Bride alone in a theater and they notice each other once the movie is over. I loved how awkward they were and how most of the dialogue was realistic. Most of the time I was rooting for Wallace to be with her. I loved that he wanted to be with Chantry because of her personality, and wanting to get to know her rather than wanting to have sex with her.


It’s very quirky and I felt that the characters were very relatable and I couldn’t hate any character, not even Chantry’s boyfriend. I had no idea how the two protagonists were going to get together despite their circumstances, but I like how the movie dealt with it. When Chantry’s boyfriend Ben, moved to Dublin for a job opportunity, she found it hard to maintain her relationship with him. I really felt that Chantry tried to make her relationship work, even though Ben kept putting his career first rather than her. Overall, I loved how both Wallace and Chantry fell in love. The scene where they both give each other Fool’s Gold Loaf was the cutest scene. What If is a movie about taking chances when it’s presented in the right moment. I highly recommend this movie!!! I enjoyed the movie so much and I couldn’t stop gushing when the protagonists got married in the end.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Talk Back and You’re Dead (2014): Movie Review

Commentary: I spent two hours watching Talk Back and You’re Dead, a Filipino movie based on a Wattpad story. I was excited since one of my friends recommended it to me. Well, I can’t take back two hours of my life. The movie was supposed to be a romantic comedy, but I found it to be more over the top than a Spanish telenovela. The typical good girl, Miracle Samantha Perez/Sammy (Nadine Lustre) falls in love with the bad boy TOP/Timothy Odelle Pendleton (James Reid), and both of them have to overcome challenges in order to be with each other. Well, it turns out that both protagonists are childhood friends, but due to Miracle losing her memories due to an accident, she forgets all about Timothy. On the other hand, Timothy vows to only love Sammy and searches for her all over the world, a couple years prior to the present. Most of the time, I ended up laughing and having to pause the movie because everything felt exaggerated for me. I couldn’t feel the chemistry between the two protagonists at all. James Reid’s character was monotone for most of the time, while Nadine Lustre did excellent for her role. I didn’t find the story cute whatsoever. I didn’t find their relationship cute at all. Timothy was constantly calling Miracle “retarded and stupid”, but did she do anything about it? Not really…Anyways, the main reason why Miracle and Timothy couldn’t be together was because Miracle’s parents arranged her marriage to Jared/Red (Joseph Marco), who happened to be Timothy’s friend. I did have a feeling that Red had a mini crush on Miracle, but was not expecting the arranged marriage storyline at all. If you’re asking if Miracle was going to find a way to stop the marriage, she tried eloping with Timothy, but she left Timothy because she wanted to protect him from her family destroying his family’s company. Before leaving the Philippines to go to France with Jared, she promises Timothy that she’ll come back for him. Two years later, she returns with Jared and is shocked to learn that Timothy got into an accident. She searches for him, regains her memories in the process, and learns that he is blind because of his accident. In the end, both protagonists embrace each other and that’s it. I really felt that the movie left unanswered questions such as how did Miracle get into an accident, how did she manage to persuade her parents from getting out from the arranged marriage, and what happened to Timothy? I didn’t enjoy this movie at all. I couldn’t connect with the protagonists at all and I found their love story to be cheesy. Now, I’m wondering if the book is just as cheesy as the movie. I hope not. Would I recommend it? Absolutely not.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The Duff (2015): Movie Review

I’ve finally watched The Duff today! I already knew that it was going to be different from the book, so I was excited to see how the changes from book to movie. When I first saw the trailer, I assumed that Bianca was going become popular and end her duff status. That did not happen in the movie, instead Bianca tried to become dateable by asking her next door neighbor, Wesley Rush. The movie was fun to watch, but it felt like something I would watch at home when I’m bored. The character Madison (Bella Thorne) was extremely annoying and over the top. Her scenes were a bit annoying, and honestly, I was glad that she wasn’t the main focus of the movie. Now, I thought that they should have casted a chubbier girl for the role of Bianca. Instead, Bianca is “average looking”, that was one of my main problems with the movie. I did feel that Bianca did overreacted a bit when Wesley told her that she was the duff of her group. Instead of trying to talk to her friends about her insecurities, she automatically stopped talking to them because Bianca felt that her friends were using her so they could look more attractive. Talk about miscommunication. Like the book, her friends did care deeply for Bianca. I really enjoyed seeing Wesley teach Bianca to be attractive. The whole mall scene was hilarious, especially when Bianca tried talking to guys and it wasn’t working out for her. I loved that Bianca was awkward, I thought it was really cute seeing her try to change. I really liked the casting for Wesley, I thought Robbie Amell was a perfect choice. Like his book counterpart, he constantly teased Bianca, but I felt he wasn’t as big of a player like in the book. I felt that the romance was rushed a bit too fast for me, but it was cute how Bianca and Wesley got together in the end. I thought that Toby was going to be the nice guy, that is until he reveals to Bianca that he is interested in her best friends. In addition, I loved how Bianca realized that she had to be herself and not change herself. She accepted that she and everyone else were duffs, there was no denying it. I did feel that Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell had lots of chemistry. I would like to see them work together again. Overall the movie was good.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinderella (2015): Movie Review

Have courage and be kind.

Commentary: I was beyond excited when I first found out about the new Cinderella movie. The movie was beautifully done, I loved the casting, and it was fun for everyone to watch. The movie was absolutely fantastic. For a life action, I thought it was done superbly. I loved the animated Disney classic and I love this movie just the same. I like how the story begins with Cinderella’s childhood. Now most Cinderella adaptations mostly start with Cinderella already living with her cruel step-family, but it was refreshing to see into Cinderella’s past. I liked how the movie demonstrated Cinderella’s close relationship to both of her parents before she became an orphan. I did cry when her mother died and then when her father died as well, even though I knew what was going to happen. I thought that Amanda Seyfried would have been the best choice to play Cinderella, but after seeing Lily James’ performance, I take back my words. Lily James was perfect for the role and though she got minimal singing scenes, I loved the way she sang. Cate Blanchett was amazing as Lady Tremaine, and I was not expecting the Duke to be the second antagonist in the movie. Didn’t see that one coming. Helena Bonham Carter was perfect as the Cinderella’s fairy godmother, the scene when she starts transforming the pumpkin into a carriage was hilarious. In addition, I liked how the prince and Cinderella met prior to the ball. As much as I love the animated version, I have to say that they fell in love to quickly, while the live action was trying to build up the romance. I found it cute that the prince did not reveal his true identity until the night of the ball.The ball scene was beautifully done, and by the time the prince and Cinderella had their first dance, I was expecting “So This Is Love” playing as they danced. One of my favorite scenes had to be when Cinderella forgives Lady Tremaine as she goes with her prince to live happily ever after. Lastly, the movie was fun to watch, and I would definitely rewatch it.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This song is one of my favorites from the Cinderella soundtrack ☺️

The Duff by Kody Keplinger: Book Review

Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Commentary: This book was a guilty pleasure. I really thought this was going to be a stereotypical book, but it wasn’t. Bianca is such a relatable character, and it is quite refreshing to know that she is snarky, moody, and sassy. Bianca had her faults, and she wasn’t afraid of being herself. She had a lot of chemistry with Wesley, since their first meeting. I was not expecting her to kiss Wesley, nor have sex with him. I was not bothered by the sex, and I loved how it was not described in an explicit way. In a way I did relate to Bianca though I did not distract myself like she did. Bianca needed a way to distract herself from her problems. Now, the problems that Bianca faced were really sad. Her family was breaking apart and she did not know what to do. She tried to keep the balance in her family, but it was too much for her. I did find it sad how she tried to keep her father’s drinking problems to herself. She was breaking apart and Wesley was the only form of stimulation that could take her away from her conflict. Secondly, I just found it so hilarious how she kept denying that she had no feelings for Wesley. She tried telling everyone how much she despised him, when in fact she was starting to develop feelings for him. As much as I loved Bianca, I just have to say that she was a terrible friend. Her friends, especially Casey, were constantly worrying about her, but she found it easier to hid and avoid reality without telling them. Casey was constantly reaching out towards Bianca, and she did have her reasons to be angry at her. Luckily, their friendship was saved once Bianca confessed to her what was really happening. I really liked the overall message that everyone is a duff, and I was glad that the name was embraced by the end of the book.  In addition, I liked how Bianca was a regular average girl instead of being gorgeous like her friends. When Bianca finally got with Toby, how both of them used each other in order to move on from their ex partners. I knew that Toby wasn’t over his ex-girlfriend, and I was glad that he and Bianca ended their short relationship in happy terms cause I did like Toby. I also liked how there wasn’t really a love triangle. Lastly, Wesley was a lovable jerk that was changed his ways because of Bianca. I loved how they didn’t have to impress each other just to be happy. I enjoyed their love-hate relationship and the letter that Wesley wrote to her was very sweet and authentic. I was so happy I picked up this book. It was funny, and the characters were relatable. I am excited to watch the movie adaptation. I heard that the book and the movie are nothing alike, but nonetheless, I heard really good reviews! I hope to see it soon and maybe I’ll do a review.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

She’s Dating the Gangster (2014):Movie Review

I’ve watched my first Filipino movie today with my boyfriend. Currently, I’m trying to learn Tagalog since my boyfriend is Filipino, and at the same time he is trying to learn Spanish from me. I thought it would be an excellent idea to start watching more programs in Tagalog in order to learn.

Anyways, I had no idea that Wattpad was huge in the Philippines! I’ve started my account this year, so I’m still surprised to know that books can get adapted into movies! How did I stumble onto this particular movie you may ask, well it was my good friend that kept raving about it. I looked on Google and the synopsis seemed interesting!

Main Cast: 

  • Kathryn Bernardo as young Athena Dizon / Kelay Dizon
  • Daniel Padilla as young Kenji Delos Reyes / Kenneth Delos Reyes

Synopis: The story takes place both in the past and the present. The past is supposed to take place in the early 1990s. Kenji Delos Reyes is a “gangster” and is feared among his classmates, while Athena Dizon is the typical nice, studious girl. Kenji is heartbroken because his girlfriend Athena Abigail Tizon (Abi) has broken up with him for reasons unknown. Kenji desperately wants to get back with his old girlfriend, but accidently pages the other Athena’s beeper. Kenji realizes that his messages are being sent to the wrong person. He kisses Athena and asks her to become his girlfriend in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous.

In the present, Kenji’s son, Kenneth, is bitter about his father for not loving him and his mother enough. Kenneth blames the other Athena for being the root of the problem. Kenji takes a business trip and his plane has an accident. Kenneth finds out the news and hurries to know the fate of his father. In the airport, he meets Kelay, who pretends to be his sister in order to find out information about Kenji. When Kelay reveals her true identity, he is surprised to know that she is the other Athena’s relative.

Commentary: The movie had many cheesy moments, but I really liked the story. I loved Kenji and Athena more than Kenneth and Kelay. The past was the main focus of the movie, and I thought the relationship was cute. I did have a feeling that one of the main characters was going to have a disease. I’ve watched a couple Asian movies where the protagonist has a disease, and so I was not surprised when Athena had a heart condition. I was right, but I was surprised to know that Athena Abigail also had a disease. She had her reason for breaking up with Kenji because she was dying and I thought it was really sad. This whole time, I expected Athena Abigail to be the typical popular girl, but in fact, she was sacrificial and caring person. I couldn’t dislike her character. I was indeed happy that this story had no unlikable characters. I loved Kenji, he was a very sweet and loving boyfriend. The only problem that I had with the “gangster” part was that he was not so much of a gangster. Kenji was more like a bully, but he was popular. I expected him to be more of a bad boy, oh well. One part that I did not like was that they used the same actors from the past to play the present characters. They could have used other actors that looked similar. I really liked Daniel Padilla, he is a very good looking actor. I want to see more of his other works! I did like that all the characters were connected to each other! The ending ended at a happy note, though not everyone had their happily ever after. I would definitely recommend this movie. The movie is mainly geared towards teenagers. It may not be the greatest, but it’s enjoyable to watch and just about anyone could watch it. It seem like a PG-13 movie!

Final Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

The Holiday (2006):Movie Review

I’ve just watched an incredible movie. It’s called The Holiday (2006), a light-hearted, Christmas themed, romantic comedy about two women who have bad luck with relationships, but they learn to love. There are two protagonists, Iris Simpkins (Kate Winselt) a woman who has been in love with her ex-boyfriend Jasper Bloom for the longest time, and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) a woman who discovered that her boyfriend has cheated on her with his secretary. Both women experience heartbreak and decide that they need to take a holiday to get away from their problems and find peace. Amanda lives in Los Angeles and decides to take a vacation to the United Kingdom. On a website, she finds Iris’ home on display and contacts her immediately. Iris decides to have a home swap for the holidays with Amanda, and each woman begins her journey to a foreign land. The movie alternates between both women and their experience in their vacation. Iris enjoys the life of luxury while staying at Amanda’s home. She befriends Amanda’s next-door neighbor, Arthur Abbot, and her love interest Miles (Jack Black). Amanda finds Iris’ home to be lonely until she meets Graham (Jude Law), who happens to be Iris’ brother. This movie had me quite entertained. I loved both perspectives and seeing how much each women was learning to love again and changing the lives of others around them. I really loved Iris, she was so cute and helpful, and such a blessing to Arthur and Miles. Graham was very adorable too! At first, I thought that he was a playboy when he kept receiving phone calls from Sophia and Olivia, until it is revealed that he is a widower and those girls are his daughters. My favorite part had to be when Iris finally got over Jasper and realized that she could finally move on and be happy herself. Iris was very inspiring and very relatable. My favorite quote of the movie was when she told Miles, “And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It’s called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded.”Another part I enjoyed was seeing Amanda cry for the first time and her realizing that she loved Graham. I am so glad that I watched this film. It was festive, funny, enjoyable, and sad at some parts. I would really recommend this movie for the holidays! Go watch it with your friends or your family, or yourself. It will make you feel happy and better about yourself. I have to say that it’s one of my favorites so far, and I am beyond satisfied. It was exactly what I needed. I loved the characters, the plot was great, and the soundtrack is amazing!

Final Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟