Author: Stephen James

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Review: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

In March of this year, Becky Albertalli’s debut novel Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda got the big screen adaptation treatment, complete with a shortened name in the form of Love, Simon. The movie received widespread praise from critics and fans of the book alike. After finishing the book, as a reader I’m left pondering whether I love Simon and his story too, or was this just an okay read. I did enjoy aspects of the story, and I love to see more stories like this one being told, which is so, so important. But I think I’m falling more towards the latter here, because something about this book just didn’t grab me in the way I thought it would!

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Review: The Hate U Give

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

As quotes go, it’s a hard one. Coming from a 16-year-old girl, it’s heartbreaking! And it is 16-year-old Starr Carter who is the heart of Angie Thomas’ debut novel, a book that should be required reading in every school today.

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Review: Outlaw King

Okay people…let’s just get it out of the way early. It must have been the most talked about penis in the world over the last couple of weeks, but if you are only watching Outlaw King for a glimpse at Chris Pine’s member, then you are probably going to be sorely disappointed. What does it say about the human race that we are losing our shit over a literal blink and you’ll miss it cock shot in a movie? Especially when we live in the internet age, where there is virtually endless amount of peen at your finger tips with just a few taps on a keyboard.

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6 Places to satisfy your Hanger in Brooklyn Heights

If you’ve been following along here, then you no doubt know that I’m always on the lookout for new foodie places to try. Living in New York, you’d be crazy not to! I thought I’d share some of my favourites in Brooklyn Heights, a neighbourhood I’ve called home this past year. Brooklyn Heights is a beautiful little section of the city, boasting the the famous promenade along the East River with stunning views of the Manhattan Skyline, close proximity to the Instagramable Brooklyn Bridge, and lots of quaint little streets with a lot of history to them. And of course, it has a many a great eatery, perfect for everything from a fancy dinner to a casual brunch. Read on for some places to check out if you ever find yourself in the area…

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House (Book)

About a quarter into reading The Haunting of Hill House – the oft-lauded “classic” by Shirley Jackson, a regular feature on lists of top horror books, and most recently the inspiration for a hit Netflix series – I encountered a name that instantly sounded familiar to me: Hugh Crain. Having never read this book before and only recently having been reminded of its existence due to how hugely popular the series is at the moment, I was surprised as to why this stood out to me.

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Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Being a 90’s baby, pressing play on the first episode of the new Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina came with a hefty dose of nostalgia. If you’re of a similar age, I feel it’s hard not to be transported back to your youth by this updated take on the Archie Comics series. Sabrina the Teenage Witch ran from 1996 to 2000, and whether you were a big fan or not, you knew about her because she was everywhere, and Melissa Joan Hart forever became synonymous with the character. If you are a diehard fan of the original and were expecting more of the same here, I’m sorry to tell you, they are like chalk and cheese in terms of tone. But that’s not a bad thing by any stretch! While 90’s Sabrina took the light-hearted and quirky route, this reboot (which sees Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka taking over as the titular Sabrina) is a much darker affair from the outset.