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Day: July 28, 2019

Let Me Gush About Brooklyn 9-9

In “Let Me Gush About”, I talk about TV shows or movies that have changed my life one way or the other and that I would like to share with you ! DON’T GET THIS ARTICLE WRONG !!! THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. ITS JUST ME GUSHING ABOUT SOMETHING I LOVE PASSIONATELY. 

Today, I’ll be discussing Brooklyn 9-9 and my never ending love for Andy Samberg. 

What is this show about ?

Brooklyn 9-9 follows the life of the detectives of Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct. Watching Brooklyn 9-9 has been a game-changer in my life. It reminded me of things I tend to forget : to be hopeful, ambitious and brave. I think that too often, people (the ones who don’t know what it’s like to be overly invested in the lives of fictional characters and absorb their personalities) look down on TV shows, or literature, as just this “thing” that helps them pass the time. But TV shows and books alike have had a huge impact on my life. And Brooklyn 9-9 keeps on doing that. The way this show excels at balancing comedic timing with heavy topics is simply brilliant.

Brooklyn 9-9 is a show that educates without ever being condescending or belittling. It’s a show that, in my opinion, is deeply rooted in love and it shows. It reminded me to be unapologetically myself but also to not shy away from caring. It taught me about trauma and that not dealing with it is NOT EASIER. 

The Characters 

Jake Peralta, a goofy, caring, frat-boy type of character that’s actually Really Not what you think he is gonna be. basically the only man i stan. 

Amy Santiago, an ambitious, organized Queen (she’s also latina) who’s not afraid to go after what she wants but is also Soft AF. 

Rosa Diaz, a fierce, badass, bisexual latina (her arc, yall, her ARC)

GINA LINETTI. God, does she need an introduction ??? Simply put, a Goddess. 

damn right.

Raymond Holt , the captain of the 99th precinct (he is also black and gay and an Icon

Charles Boyle, a smol bean who loves to talk about cuisine and be Soft but is the most dedicated friend you could ask for. 

Terry Jeffords (a black lieutenant, father of two kids, he loves yogurt)

Scully and Hitchcock because yes, they’re a pair. you can’t have one without the other. facts : they’re a whole mess but then again, so am i. 

I’m glad this show exists because it’s inclusive and diverse and real. It’s okay to be yourself, whoever you are. It’s okay to want things from life, to want more. It’s okay to care and to love and to give and it’s okay to receive. 

Do you watch Brooklyn 9-9 ? Tell me what you think ! 

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rating : ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

Dear Ijeawele educates but never belittles. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is eloquent without ever being condescending. Her manifesto is smart, simple and brilliant.

“Everybody will have an opinion about what you should do, but what matters is what you want for yourself, and not what others want you to want.”

I especially loved the way she talks about marriage, likeability and sexuality. I have been very interested about how we internalize certain  ideas and concepts (such as marriage, virginity etc.). 

Women, each to a different degree have been forced to fit in these molds or else, they would be deemed inadequate. There’s always been the matter of what a woman should and should not be, how she should and shouldn’t dress, how she should want this but not that etc. and it was heart-warming to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put these thoughts into words.

“Female goodness is as normal as female evil.”

The way she addresses double standards and gender roles is brilliantly put. Navigating life is hard and debunking these social constructs doesn’t always come naturally which is why I think that this manifesto is necessary

Have you read Dear Ijeawele ? What do you think ? 

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

Rating : ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 
Hello Girls comes out on August 6th ! 

TW : physical abuse and manipulation

“Why did people lie ? With their words, with their voices, with their bodies, with their beautiful houses and beautiful clothes and sometimes even their faces ? Why couldn’t everyone just be what they were ? Monsters should look like monsters.”

Between the ages of 12 and 15, I dreamt of running away in a Thelma and Louise way (not because my life was horrible, but because of my imagination and vicariously living through movies and books). Now that I think of it, if I had had to actually think a plan through… I would’ve been found dead somewhere (and not even in a ditch, probably just because I choked on a piece of broccoli. That didn’t make any sense, I don’t even like broccoli but it’s out there now).

The story follows Lucille and Winona, two seniors in high school, as they run away from their hometown.

☞ The characters 

Winona and Lucille do have very distinct backgrounds but are united by their profound friendship and their love for each other. Friendship Can Save Your Life and in that way, this book celebrates this type of friendship (which I love to read about) which is a pure-hearted, complete love for each other (and reminded me although the stories have nothing in common, about the way Blue describes her friendship with the Raven Boys).

While I enjoyed the premise of the story a lot, I thought that the two main characters weren’t distinguishable enough in the narrative. I liked the writing style despite that fact. Some parts I thought were predictable. This book talks about the male gaze and how crushing it is which I thought was very well put. The ending was okay but left me unsatisfied.

☞ Here’s what I disliked

The story felt like it was building towards a climactic point…  except there was none. The girls go through a lot of dark stuff (A LOT) but it felt like the stakes were completely overlooked ? They did all these things but there were no consequences ? And so all of this happens and then… nothing, it’s the end. Which left me disappointed. Obviously I didn’t want them to end up in prison nor die a very tragic Thelma and Louise’ death but I wanted at least, something to happen. 

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