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Author: Francesca Zappia Number of Pages: 428 Some minute spoilers ahead “Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Made You Up Premise “Made You Up” is a young adult novel that deals with mental illness, specifically schizophrenia. The main character, Alex, is a high school senior who was kicked out of her old school for an incident she was involved in due to her illness. Now at a new school, Alex is determined to start fresh, but thats easier said than done. Alex not only deals with her mental illness on a daily basis, but she also struggles to keep it a secret from her classmates. What I Liked About The Novel What I liked about this novel the most was the characters and the character development. Alex is a character you can’t help but root for. Miles, the love interest, is also a well-developed character that has his own issues and his own mental illness. He’s a genius and the kids at school are afraid of him. I loved that Alex and Miles’ relationship wasn’t instalove like so many other young adult novels I’ve read. These two characters hated each other in […]

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“Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to.” Author: Stephen King Number of Pages: 395 Stephen King is famous for writing novels and stories that scare the crap out of those that read them. But Dolores Claiborne is a different kind of story.  In this novel, the title character is the primary suspect in her boss’s (Vera Donovan) murder. The novel starts with Dolores telling a really dark, twisted story about an experience that she and her family faced decades before Vera’s death. Vera’s death is not the only crime Dolores is suspected of however, and in her confession to police, she tells the entire story. First Impressions: One of the first things I noticed about this novel is that there are no chapter breaks. King writes as though Dolores is reciting a huge monologue. She’s in police custody throughout the entire novel, speaking to male cops and a female stenographer, all of whom have no voices. We don’t hear them ask any questions, we only get Dolores’ answers to them. In the beginning, the lack of chapter breaks nearly drove me crazy, but because the writing and the story is so good, I was […]

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The Body, by Stephen King is such a timeless story.

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I’m not going to lie. Making the decision to become a medical assistant had me excited beyond words. But the school that I attended – I won’t name it, although it’s very popular – had many deficiencies, and a lot of questions that were left unanswered. I was nineteen when I was talked into making a deal with the devil by a recruiter working for the school. He was nice, and welcoming, and very persuasive as he talked about all the reasons why becoming a medical assistant would lead me to a better life. At nineteen I ate it all up like a naïve little puppy. According to him, if I wanted to make more money – if I wanted to be able to support myself – then medical assisting was the answer to my prayers. About two weeks later, after I was registered, that same recruiter would pass me in the hallway and look at me like he didn’t even know who I was when I waved to him. There is an art to having a job like his. You have to pretend like you believe what you’re spitting out to people when you don’t. The warm, friendly facade […]

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It’s true. Being a bitch is necessary. Not all the time, but sometimes. Especially times when people think that they can walk all over you and expect you not to say anything about it. There are tons of people out there who have spent so much of their lives being people pleasers – always too afraid to say no; always too afraid to upset the balance of things. For so long, I’ve been the type of person that’s hated inconveniencing someone else’s life by saying no to something that they asked of me. I didn’t want to be seen as a bitch. THIS HAS RUINED MY LIFE. It’s caused me to come off as someone who is a pushover; someone who will do whatever someone asks of me, even when I don’t want to. It’s caused me to find myself in situations that I didn’t want to be in, and it’s caused me to miss out on worthwhile opportunities. I’ve realized rather recently, that I’d rather be a bitch than a pushover. I’ve always been under the assumption that being a bitch is bad, and that being a female who is a bitch is even worse. But the truth is, […]

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Barnes & Noble is a huge, well-known bookstore. I spend a lot of my time in Barnes & Noble, browsing the bookshelves for hours, grabbing coffee from the Starbucks inside, gravitating toward the sketchbooks, and cute journals. I’m a Barnes & Noble member, and they get a lot of my money. I’m also a member of my local bookstore, and although I wish that they had a fancy member reward card, they don’t. Not really anyway. But the thing is, when I go in there, they remember who I am, and the fact that Stephen King is my favorite author. The indie bookstore where I live is perfect. It’s cozy, and inviting – it’s the focal point of my town. It epitomizes what an indie bookstore should look like. The floors are shiny hardwood, and lots of windows let a gorgeous amount of light in. The owners are friendly. And whenever I step inside, there’s a little bell above the door that goes off. It makes me smile because it’s an actual bell, and not one of those technologically advanced, electronic alarms. My bookstore has a great selection of books too. It’s by no means large, but there are some […]

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Camera Newbie So recently I purchased a new DSLR camera – a Canon EOS Rebel SL2. It’s black with the word REBEL scribbled in red on the side. The functions are pretty straightforward and easy to understand for those – like myself – who have never picked up a DSLR camera before…except when I’ve walked …

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As I stood outside, waiting for the bus, I couldn’t help but notice him. He wore an old, ill-fitting gray suite, and his hair was matted down around his dirt covered face. It was as if he’d been alive for over fifty years, and had only washed it once. The weather was unusually cold for …

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Everything is going 100 miles per hour When my life gets really busy, and it feels like things are going 100 miles per hour, it’s hard to properly take care of myself – mentally and physically. It’s like watching a movie on fast forward. Everything is sped up, and it wont stop unless someone pushes …

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I grew up never really knowing the sound of my own voice. That probably sounds really weird, but whenever I did say something, it was barely ever above a whisper; I was always too afraid to speak up. My life has been filled with repetitive statements – people constantly asking me if I could say …

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