BBC: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’.

Hey there! I have been waking up before my alarm goes off almost every morning. Not because I’m getting amazing sleep and am rising well-rested, but because I’ve been so congested that I have to wakeup to blow my nose/sneeze 1,000 times. Lovely, I know.

If you were keeping up with me a few months ago, you may recall I was allergy-proofing my apartment. I got an air purifier that reaches half of my apartment, and I bought dust-mite-proof encasements for my box spring, mattress, and all of my pillowcases.

Slowly, I’ve been cleaning every crevice of my apartment, such as vacuuming the couch cushions and completely taking apart my vacuum to clean it, but downright tossing some things – curtains (I quickly bought new ones) and a cat bad for Blanche. I do think it’s helped – my eyes are no longer glued shut when I wakeup!

Anyway, let’s get into something much more fun: the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club! It was, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han.

Here is the book’s official description from Amazon:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

I first heard about this book because of it’s popularity on Netflix (which I haven’t watched yet), but then I saw Jenny Han on The Daily Show and I knew I had to add it to my reading list.

It took me awhile to get this book after I put it on my library reserve list (understandably so), but it was worth the wait.

Honestly, I thought the voice was a little too young for the main character being 16. I haven’t read as many YA novels as I’ve read other kinds of books, but I will never forget what it’s like to be 16.

Aside from that, though, it was really enjoyable to read. I found myself laughing out loud at many of the things said by the youngest sister in the bunch, Kitty, and it was a descriptive book, so I can see how it would make a good movie.

I do plan to watch it soon!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA novels, and anyone who had lots of crushes in high school (I know I could definitely relate to this part of the book)!

The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Places I Stopped on the Way Home” by Meg Fee. You can follow me on Instagram (@OrangeJulius7) to see real-time updates.

Before I sign off, I have to share the latest Apple commercial! You may have seen it already, but I saw it on TV over the weekend, and then immediately looked it up because I loved it so much. I cannot stop watching it!

It’s so inspiring! This is the kind of thing we’ve seen from Apple before and I just love it. I read an article that said even the song in the commercial was made by a teen using an Apple computer – how cool!

As a creative, it’s really tough to be vulnerable – it’s scary putting things out there. But after seeing this commercial, I’m reminded that it doesn’t have to be perfect or something expected – maybe it’s cooking for someone or sharing an idea you’ve been thinking of.

Share your gifts!

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