Review of “Little Fires Everywhere”

This week I focused on reading a modern classic. This book “Little Fires Everywhere” is the second novel written by Celeste Ng. Ng’s debut novel is titled, “Everything I Never Told You”, and is also considered a modern classic. What is a modern classic? A modern classic is a book written after World War II that has modern themes which tell a tale about the society we live in today, and usually has a statement the book is trying to make.

First Impressions

I bought “Everything I Never Told You” and “Little Fires Everywhere” at the same time. However, it’s been a while. I remember reading Ng’s debut novel a while ago, but I haven’t picked up “Little Fires Everywhere” until I found it with a bunch of books previously put in storage.

The subtlety in this cover is amazing to me for flirting with the idea that everything is not as it seems. It is a very soft, aerial view of a neighborhood with the shapes not having very defined lines. The houses are not defined with stark contrasts to the yards they sit on, however I would say the houses that have the lights on do contrast to the streets and the yards behind them. The houses are mid-west, classic American looking homes. The title is in white across the cover, but it is not written in all caps. Nobody is screaming for you to read this book. But I think that’s what makes this book all the more appealing.

During reading

This book started off as a slow burn which slowly ignites into a large flame. The characters are introduced, the setting is set up, and the background of the story is getting placed within the first hundred pages or so. But it’s not boring to be reading about these characters. Shaker is not a boring place to me, even though it has the potential to be boring.

The author breathes life into the characters and into the setting in a way that’s simplistic but also has a double meaning to it as well. What does that mean? There are always two sides to every story, and I really think Celeste Ng is able to deliver this beautifully.

“Little Fires Everywhere” also digs into controversial topics such as double standards, racism, cultural appropriation, and societal judgment (especially with mothers and women). This book does so in a thought-provoking light that also makes it page turning and easy to read.

Final Thoughts & Star Rating

I enjoyed this book. I enjoy Celeste Ng’s writing style, and I thought this book was well written. It’s not going to be a book that I’m planning on rereading soon, but I understand that this book could be that to someone.

Overall, I give this book a 5/5 stars and recommend for most people to try and read this at one point or another in their life.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Look At “Girl, Interrupted”

There’s a lot to unpackage when we’re talking about the movie adaptation of “Girl, Interrupted”. There’s a lot to love and a lot to hate for this movie, and that list has just grown as this movie has aged into the classic turn of the millennia movie that it is. So that’s what I’m going to say before I just go ahead and get into what “Girl, Interrupted” Did really well, and what it didn’t do nearly as well on.

lead female roles that were groundbreaking

“Girl, Interrupted” came out in 1999, a powerhouse year for female roles in Hollywood. Movies “The Virgin Suicides”, “Cruel Intentions” and “Jawbreaker” also came out that same year, so there was a lot of buzz in Hollywood for movies that featured leading female roles. This is a stark contrast to the movies that were debut in the decade earlier; in 1989 “Far From Home” and “When Harry Met Sally” came out, and one could call these roles following a more traditional, gender conforming roles as far as their leading ladies were concerned.

“Girl, Interrupted” had an amazing cast of women portraying roles that were unheard of for women up until that point, and the women played their roles phenomenally. These actresses include Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Brittany Murphy and Elizabeth Moss.

Angelina Jolie gives me chills in this movie from her incredible portrayal of Lisa, the sociopath that has the entire institution under her control.

Cinematography was well done

The plot isn’t linear, as Susanna isn’t a reliable narrator. Thus, there’s a lot of back and forth along a time-line. This movie does this well, cutting between the present day with a certain sound or visual hallucination that breaks from the present to the past that Susanna may be thinking about.

This is shown at times when a nurse knocks on the door and Susanna is transported back to a time, she’s with her boyfriend Toby.

DEPICTION OF MENTAL HEALTH COULD’VE BEEN BETTER…and here’s when it goes downhill

“You are a lazy, self indulgent little girl who is driving herself crazy.”

-Valerie Owens, RN (from Girl, Interrupted)

That is not how real psychology works. Susanna is diagnosed by her psychologist as having the condition of borderline personality. Borderline personality is a very real condition, and no licensed registered nurse would’ve told her she’s lazy and self-indulgent. This is the overarching theme to the entire movie- Susanna is just a spoiled brat that needs to just get over it. Once she is able to “get over it” she is cured.

Georgina Tuskin is supposed to be a pathological liar; however, viewers get a lot of their first insight on the other girls in the hospital from her during Susanna’s first night and most of what she says seems to be factual. For the most part, Georgina seems to be in control of herself at most times–so why is she at the facility? Is she still just soul searching for something more to “get over”?

Characterization leaned hard on mental illness

When the mental illness stopped working, characterization flaws were able to shine through. Some of these girls seemed to have no characterization or personality beyond “being crazy”. Janet’s entire character seemed to revolve around being anorexic and an asshole whenever the movie needed it. Cynthia Crowley is just a lesbian though she does proclaim to be a sociopath at one point. These people do exist; assholes exist in the world just as much as lesbians do. However, these characters should be more than just a quick caricature of what a character potentially could be thrown into the script.

This isn’t the case for every character as the main characters were great, and the casting crew was very picky with whom they were considering for the roles. I just really wished they had slowed down a bit and taken time on the supporting cast as well, because I’m sure a lot of these actresses had more talent than we were able to see on set.

Final Thoughts & Star rating

Girl, Interrupted” was great at the time it was released for many reasons. It has shown some flaws as it has aged, but not every movie needs to be a flawless, timeless work of art. “Girl, Interrupted” still is entertaining to watch in 2022, and with that I’m going to give this movie a 3/5 star rating.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Review of “Tender is the Flesh”

“Tender is the Flesh can be found on Kindle

This book was never intended to grace the premise that is my Kindle library. Not this on early in our relationship, anyways. Typically, it takes a while for me to warm up to a novel so quickly; especially when I’ve seen “Tender is the Flesh” by Agustina Bazterrica talked about across the internet. I’ve relied heavily on Book of the Month and the aisles of department stores in person and online for my self-assigned reading list. My shopping list is easy, it’s accessible, and my spending problem also includes never cancelling subscriptions once I buy into them. If I hear about a book online, it will typically hibernate on some wish list until one day I add it into a shopping cart. I read too slow for libraries and spending sprees at bookstores I keep for rare occasions and mental health days.

On social media my timelines would be swarmed with divided opinions of this book. Everyone was reviewing this book, and some claimed that it was too mature for human consumption. The boundaries this book was said to push was going too far…so of course I had to read it. How could I say no?

First Impressions

The cover of the copy I downloaded is visually split vertically with a sepia portrait on the lower half of the novel and a red outline of a bull on the top half of the book. The cover is black, and there is a quote alongside the novel’s title by an author proclaiming this to be her newest novel of the year. On the top half of the book behind the red bull is black, which is a stark contrast, and the sepia portrait on the bottom half is offset by pink. The pink could be contrasted against the sepia, but it is not as stark as the contrast between the red and the black up top.

It is a bit of an eerie front cover, but it looks like a horror paperback book that I’d find at a used bookstore. The title makes the book standout for me because readers wouldn’t know what sort of horror genre this is just based off the title. Let’s be real, “The Haunting of Hill House” is probably a great book, but we know what it’s about. “Tender is the Flesh” let’s the imagination wander until you read the back cover.

Once you read a back cover summary for this book it’s game on.

During Reading

This book is horrifying and repulsive. I would love to compare and contrast this book to another dystopian novel one day, perhaps George Orwell’s “1984” because there’s a lot to unpack here.

There are reasons why I cannot see how an entire society would resort to cannibalism if we were no longer allowed to eat pork/beef/poultry, but a horror novel doesn’t have to make sense to work. With that being said, this book still made my skin crawl.

This book may be too disturbing for some to finish. It’s a very visual book and the narrator gets lost within his own train of thought a lot. There were some points that I had to read slower than others to really process what in the actual eff was happening. Some of the content was very graphic and because there’s jargon being used that I’m not familiar with I had to slow down.

After Reading & Star rating

I read this book within a day. Yes, it was disturbing but it was a fantastic dystopian horror novel. The author had a message they needed to convey about society, and they did so masterfully. This book will make the reader think about the darker side of humanity and about the meat processing industry. It’s meant for the reader to feel uncomfortable about these topics.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My first 5/5-star rating in 2022 belongs to “Tender is the Flesh“. If you’re a reader with a vivid imagination you may have some trouble getting through this book because the material is very graphic at times. However, if you don’t mind the subject matter then I highly recommend this book.

Review of “A Quiet Place” I & II

Back in October I had originally penned a review about “A Quiet Place” but I didn’t want to post it until after I had watched “A Quiet Place Part II“. I had a lot of questions still after watching the first movie, and before I was going to pass judgement on another horror movie, I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt and watch the second half before I decided to rate it so poorly. Was I disappointed? Let’s get into it.

Before Watching

It’s been a year since the sequel had came out and three since “A Quiet Place” was released in theatres. It’s crazy now looking back on it, because this was one of the last movies I remember being hyped before the pandemic happened and the world fell into general chaos. I remember hearing mostly positive reviews when both of these movies had came out. I remember this being a breakthrough movie in the deaf community for having a deaf actress.

I was aware this movie was a dystopian, taking place after an apocalyptic event. I knew this was a thriller, with the main antagonists being a species of aliens that did not like noise. I wasn’t sure if they made noise that would kill people, or if the noises people would make would cause the creatures to eat them– I really wasn’t sure how the plot was going to be spun, but I knew that basis of it.

I knew John Krasinski and Emily Blunt played husband and wife in the movie. Which at least I had hopes that meant their onscreen chemistry would be believable, considering they’re married IRL. John Krasinski also directed this movie, which feels a bit like he just wanted to play in a movie with his wife. Which is…sweet, I guess.

Overall, my hopes were fairly high for the first movie.

During Watching “A Quiet Place”

I had so many questions. Had these creatures really taken over the Earth in a year, and everything had fallen into this state of ruin so quickly? When the family is in town we get a glimpse of a dilapidated grocery store, and overgrown train tracks as they’re walking home. I know nature will take over without the interference of human beings over a period of time, but that quickly?

Where was the government during all of this? Did the United States give their entire Armed Forces a day off and that day happened to be the day the creatures decided to take over? You cannot tell me we wouldn’t have at least made a dent in their numbers. Especially this family in the middle of bum-hell nowhere. Have you not ever seen the inside of a rednecks house? Terrifying. Those creatures would’ve been dead.

Great work I guess on the set crew, considering they did a bit too well at making this world look dystopic.

During Watching “A Quiet Place: Part II”

That baby would’ve been dead.

If anything else would’ve been certain in this universe, it would’ve been that baby would’ve been gobbled up by these ET wannabes. There’s only so many times you catch the baby before it cries out and something snatches it. Also, they’re keeping the baby in a renovated suitcase…what’s going to happen when the baby becomes a bratty toddler? How are you going to keep it quiet then? Have you seen a toddler have a tantrum? Have you HEARD a toddler have a tantrum?

I had more questions following Part II than I did even following Part I. I felt at this point the writers were just throwing characters away because to hell with it. Why not? Also, why didn’t they use their newfound weapon against the creatures every.single.time they saw one of those things coming for them? This would have for sure spared a few people.

Final Thoughts

I really don’t see what everyone saw in this movie. The movie had a lot of plot holes. The creatures were not believable, albeit fascinating to look at. For the cinematography, this movie did a pretty decent job. This movie did give a platform to the deaf community. But this movie had a lot of plot holes. I had a lot of questions, and at some points I was frustrated with the characters.

Overall, I’m going to give both of these movies a 3/5. They aren’t bad and they kept me entertained, but I do think the movie could’ve been better.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Review of “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires”

It’s that time of the year again.

It’s spooky season.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and this year it holds extra special sentimental value. This time a year ago, I was preparing to launch this blog. Even though it was a soft launch and even a softer year as I don’t post much, this blog has brought me back to reading. It has helped me carve out a space on the internet where I can write what I think to my little hearts content and that’s something to celebrate.

As a form of celebration, I finally sat down to share with you guys one of my favorite books from this year. It’s the perfect book for October, and I’ve been recommending this book nonstop online. “The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires” by Grady Hendrix is a contemporary masterpiece.

There, I said it.

Do not get me wrong, he has a few authors he holds the spotlight with this season. Sophia Moreno-Garcia is another exceptional horror writer I’m recommending this season and Ali Hazelwood knocked it out of the ballpark with her academic romance novel. But Grady Hendrix brought vampires back for me, just as “Midnight Sun” was prepared to crush my hopes and dreams.

First Impressions

I picked this book up when I was shopping at my local Barnes & Noble. What attracted to me first was of course the name. I love a chunky name if done right, and something about “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” had my curiosity peaked. The book cover was a close second.

The southern peaches with blood dripping from gaping bite wounds was a “hidden between the lines” temptation for me. This book was daring me to imagine what it was trying to say by just the cover. Was a handsome vampire going to swoop into a southern belle’s heart (and bed…) while the reader begs her to understand what he truly is? Was the book club a clan of hardened criminals living on the edge of society and slaughtering vampires while reading smutty fanfiction?

During Reading

This is the first book I’ve read by Grady Hendrix, although I’ve had “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” in my mental TBR reading pile for a couple of months. I’ve heard this book is pretty mild as far as his other works are concerned, but I cannot attest to that. I do enjoy the book clubs reading lists for the timespan taking place in the book, and I do enjoy the rudimentary maps that were included in my copy as well. I am a visual person, and I always love when authors include extra materials in their books to help the readers better disappear into their world.

This book follows a group of 90s housewives as they find out the mysteries surrounding their neighbor and fellow book club member, James Harris. What follows is some female badass-ery as these housewives navigate the dark waters of what happens behind the closed doors in a sleepy Southern town. I don’t want to get into too much detail because I know I’ll end up spoiling something, but this book is going to be great for someone who:

1.) Doesn’t mind dark themes including – child murder, rape, suicide, kidnapping, domestic abuse and violence.

2.) Graphic content being drawn out figuratively across the page

3.) Likes novels with contemporary historical themes (it takes place in the 90s)

4.) Dislikes complex plots; this book is pretty clean cut, and is not for someone who likes longer length narratives.

Honestly, to me this book was pretty mild as far as language goes and content, but I would say it does have some pretty mature content that wouldn’t be suitable for younger readers.

After Reading & Star Rating

I really liked this book. The author tackled pretty hard hitting topics such as classism and sexism, and overall Grady Hendrix did a great job. I never thought I needed a book where housewives take on a creature of the night, but lo and behold here it is.

My biggest gripe with this book would be that we aren’t introduced to some of the background characters as much as I would have liked to be. Most of the book clubs family members are just mentioned in passing, and much of the husbands characters can be summed up in a descriptive word or two. I think if he had made these characters more complex he could have expanded further on sexism. Where it stands, most of the husbands I could either cared less about or they were just so self-centric it was easy to hate them.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall I give this book a 4/5 stars and highly recommend you reading this book during the month of October.

Review of “The People We Keep”

I know I haven’t really been around recently on my blog, and I wish I had a better excuse behind my absence. No, I haven’t been working on an elaborate project lately. I haven’t gotten married or have given birth to any offspring. But I have been reading some pretty decent books that I wanted to share with you guys and talk about.

“The People We Keep” by Allison Larkin was my nominee for this year’s book in my Book of the Month app. Yes, I feel in love with it that hard and that deeply. Have I read most of the other nominated books on the list? Not yet, but I’m slowly getting there. Do I believe this book generally deserves the nomination and potentially winning the award? Yes.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. You follow the life of April Sawaki, a vagabond who moves up and down the East Coast following a series of unfortunate events that leaves this young woman believing she is not worthy of being loved. This book tackles deep topics such as family dysfunction and mental illness. It really goes in deep about the scars everyone carries based on the people we have loved and harmed in our lives, and those who have harmed us as well.

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As a really reflective person who didn’t grow up in the best of situations, I can relate to this character. I can relate to her on a deeper level and on an introspective level as I’ve watched a lot of people grow and come out of really crummy situations, thanks a lot in part both to the individual and the great support system they surround themselves with.

The story takes place in the 90s. Hello. The 90s. As a millennial I have an unnatural obsession for the decade I started grammar school in. The author leaves little nuggets of nostalgic joy into the story line. April has a Ren and Stimpy flashlight and a potential dislike for Pearl Jam. I enjoy whenever writers put time pieces into their stories, but I do know a lot of people believes it distracts from the overall plot or that it’ll just age the book that quicker. I read out a passage to my boyfriend and he literally cringed that they were hinting at a song on the radio mentioning to not call him daughter. He just thinks it’s unnecessary and the author is just trying to be cool.

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Whether you think it’s cute or cringe, that’s up to you.

If you ever sometimes feel like you are not loved, this is a great book to pick up and remember that you are deeply loved. It’s not always about the people we interact with every single day, but it’s about the people we keep and hold to us most in the darkest times of our lives.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5/5 Stars

Originally I thought about giving this book 4.5/5 stars because let’s face it, I can be a hard ass. It’s hard for me to find a story that I believe cannot be enhanced in any way, but this story deserves all the stars I have in my box. This book was thought provoking, it was easy to read and get through, and the characters were well thought out.

What did you guys think? Have you read this book yet? What would you consider the greatest book to come out in 2021?

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Gossip Girl 2.0

A Gossip Girl Reboot appeared on HBO Max this morning for those of us in the United States–

https://www.hbomax.com/

The trailer for the show premiered earlier this year, and looked to be the next generation has finally graced the halls of Constance Billard. I had grown up watching Gossip Girl when it had first premiered in 2007, so I was of course a bit more reserved about this next generation. However, I can appreciate that my Gossip Girl I grew up with was tailored towards a millennial audience whereas this new show will be more than likely fit for viewers of a Gen Z audience.

But there’s a few moments of the new Gossip Girl that had me going “What the hell?” and here they are…

For those of you who don’t want to find out what happens…SPOILER ALERT!

Gossip Girl is Not Unknown to Viewers – and It’s Creepy

Gossip Girl is not unknown to viewers in this new reboot. Which is fair, since Gossip Girl was exposed at the ending of the old series. However, the direction the writers decide to take with the new Gossip Girl is…questionable.

Why would they choose the teachers to be the new face behind Gossip Girl? Just why? Why are grown adults this involved in the inner workings of the student body? The fact that they’re doing it as a form of “teaching their students a lesson” is a little more than veiling the true malice beyond their actions.

We get it, teachers of Constance. They’re spoiled and self-entitled brats and you don’t want them to become “the next Brett Cavanaugh” as one of the faculty members put it. But I don’t think standing outside their homes taking candid photos of students really is going to send them the right message, thanks.

So the teachers are actively trying to protect their crummy, underpaid jobs as academics by giving those snotty, power-wielding shitheads a complex and turning them against one another. Okay, got it.

Missing the Soundtrack

Where is the music? From the starting sequence of Serena Van Der Woodson on the train back in ’07, Gossip Girl had a great soundtrack for the time. The first premiere episode was lacking in this category.

Remember when Serena crashed Blair’s party? Yeah, you wouldn’t remember that scene if “What Goes Around…Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake wasn’t playing in the background.

Fashion, Fashion, Fashion

The reboot had some great fashion choices again, and that’s what’s held true throughout both shows. This reboot was much bolder and more daring with the fashion choices in a very fashion forward and feminine and powerful way. Shaved heads, bright colored hair, bold neon dresses and stunning heels, this premiere really stepped up to take the fashion choices to the next level.

The fashion show during A and Z’s stand-off was eye-catching, and is probably the only post on Gossip Girl that would have really made sense on an Instagram timeline. The show-off was a powerful landing.

Diverse Characters – Let Me Love Them

Contrast to it’s 2007 original show, the new version of Gossip Girl would feature a much more diverse cast. It’s 2021 and it’s about time we’re starting to see representation of all communities and backgrounds in shows. There’s no reason why Gossip Girl would have reasoning to pick a cast type based off of any certain background, since the most important background of these characters are the same–Upper East Side (at least part time).

The cast of the new show are newcomers to Hollywood, and I would really like to see their acting potential. However this dialogue is about as dry as a bottle of champagne, with some moments making me cringe. I really hope the next episode does this group justice.

Random Sex

I know there was talk about this show being more risque than it’s original– but come on now at least make the sex scenes make sense. There is a total of at least four sex scenes, with one even in the middle of a very crowded party. Come on now, even Chuck Bass is jealous of the amount of time these teens have just to get it on. It would make much better sense if the sex was at least being used as a plot device, but so far it doesn’t seem to make much sense beyond trying to grab an audience and drag them in.

Gone are the days of Virgin Queen B.

So far, this just seems like it’s going to be a corny one season run-off of an otherwise great show if something doesn’t change. If you haven’t watched it yet, I’d suggest passing up on it to watch the original.

“Happy & You Know It” Book Review

Ah, yes. The book has been sitting on my shelf since I started my Book of the Month Club membership over a year ago. Why had I not ever picked this book up before? To be quite fair and honest, I had picked this book up multiple times over the past year, even going as far as to reading the first few chapters or so before putting it down and picking up another book. It seems almost a typical case of literary abandon where you pick out more books than you ever could possibly finding yourself reading and throwing them down to the back depths of your closet until you decide to pick it up again months after. 

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Why I Dislike Stephen King

Since I’ve been on a roll this month with controversial topics, I figured I’d go into a little more detail on my dislike primarily on the known King of Horror, and that’s Stephen King. Most people find this the most shocking about myself personally because I am such a horror buff, one would automatically assume that my love for the horror genre would just automatically translate to the book world. In most cases I’d say you’d be correct, however not in all cases, as I have a love/hate relationship with this author. 

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I cannot remember the first horror movie I ever watched, but I’m sure it was probably a movie based around a Stephen King book. I can say this with almost positive certainty because my parents VHS tape collection is vast, and one of the movies I remember them both jointly liking in my younger years was Stanley Kuberick’s “The Shining”.

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Believe it or not, this version of “The Shining” is extremely different from the book and highly saturated with content that was made up for your viewing pleasure. A lot of scenes from the book has been left out in the movie version or has changed to be more exciting for visual purposes. If you’re planning on watching a better adaption from book to movie then I’d recommend getting your hands on the 90s television version of “The Shining”. My parents had a bootleg copy of this version on VHS at one point, and it was so uniquely different from Kubrick’s version that I had to read the book after watching both screen adaptations.

So I started to read “The Shining” when I was probably around 12 (parents didn’t care what I read, yes they owned bootlegged VHS tapes, let’s continue) and the book most closely identifies with the TV series. I ended up not being a fan of either the book nor the movie, and both will eventually give us the dumpster fire that Doctor Sleep is many decades later, I’m sure.

Even though I didn’t like The Shining”, I decided to try and start reading other books by Stephen King because I had liked most of the movies I was watching. I have tried to read “Christine”, “It”, “Firestarter”, “Pet Semetary”, “Salem’s Lot”, “Doctor Sleep”, “Duma Key”, and “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon”. To this day I can say I successfully have finished one of his books and that was “On Writing”, which ironically is one of my favorite books. 

When I picked up Firestarter, it had me interested until about the last quarter of the book where the one guy droned on about his military knowledge for the next six pages. Sometimes I feel as if his writing gets sidetracked and he spends the next five pages talking about a tree, and that loses it’s charm easily. 

Most of Stephen King’s books to me are very bland and have been an outdated concept by the time I’ve begun to read them. Nothing in his books pull me in or decidedly give me chills, and I expect more from a horror novel than what Stephen King’s books deliver to me. Perhaps it’s because his books have been over done by everyone else in the horror genre by this point, but I’m pretty certain a tale such as Cujo isn’t just an original thought he came up with (Old Yeller) and don’t get me started on Salem’s Lot (vampire weirdos living in crawlspaces? Yeah okay). 

However, despite my harsh criticism thus far of his work, I hold a certain respect and admiration for Stephen King. Even though I have not been able to find much enjoyment in his books, I cannot deny someone who has talent when I see it. There is a reason everyone knows his name, and knows some plots as being associated with his name. All I have to say is “kids battle an evil clown. Name that title,” and arguably everyone who is reading this will automatically assume I’m talking about “It” by Stephen King. The fact that he has full plots that we associate only as being a Stephen King novel says something, especially when a rare few contemporary novelists have reached the same height in recent decades.

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There is no denying that Stephen King is truly a master when it comes to his craft, even if his craft is not necessarily my cup of tea. A few contemporary authors have created works of fiction that will withstand the test of time as his work surely will. However, it’s still going to take some time for me to get into reading another book of his.

The Bomb of Drugstore Beauty Balms

Hey guys! So I wanted to talk to you this week about a beauty product I had used many times in the past that seemed to work really well for me in taking care of split ends and fixing my hair after I had used boxed dyes on my hair. 

I have been in love with this balm since I had started using it back in 2012 when I started dying my hair black for the first time. This balm always helped me combat the dryness that comes with the out of the box amateur hair dyes we all seem to use at one point or another in our lives. This damage erasing balm is recommended for use in placement of your usual conditioner. You want to work this at the ends of your hair where most of the damage is going to be, and then spot treat any other dry spots you have in your hair. 

For women with curly hair, I have been told this product works best on top of your usual conditioner, although I would warn you to watch out for weighting down your hair or your hair drying out too much. 

This balm is going to be really easy to use, and as soon as you get it out of the container you can feel the luxurious, silky smoothness. I’m not a big fan of the color or the packaging, like so many other people have mentioned before in the past I do wish this product came with a pump as opposed to just staying loosely in the jar, but I’m not going to beat up a product over something as simple as that. The smell is so good, especially if you like the smell of most L’Oreal shampoos and conditioners.

 

I hope I supplied at least a little more information for you to make a decision today on whether or not this may be a good product option for you. I know that it’s an uphill battle sometimes when it comes to dry and damaged hair, especially if you live in a place with a dry climate.