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Film Review: Always Be My Maybe

Childhood friends Marcus Kim (Randall Park) and Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) meet again after 16 years. They were once best friends, but after their fallout following their first sex, they pursued entirely different lives. Sasha is now a successful celebrity chef and Marcus is a stoner and a local band frontman working for his dad’s air conditioning business.

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Trinkets Netflix Series Review

Three teenage kleptomaniacs meet at a Shoplifter’s Anonymous meeting. They don’t have much in common, except that they all have their own troubles. Elodie just moved to Portland after her mother’s death. Tabitha, a beautiful girl with wealthy parents, seems to have a perfect life but has an abusive boyfriend. Moe has a dad in jail.

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Book Review: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I thoroughly enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive. I really identified with the protagonist TifAni. I too have love and hate relationship with my body image and my food. While it isn’t central to the plot, it plays a critical role in describing TifAni’s psyche. And I have attended prestigious private school as a non-wealthy outsider. Knoll was really spot on about people who come from old money and people who don’t and therefore have to fake it ’till they make it. The pressure of maintaining the facade of a perfect life is something I know all too well.

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Book Review: Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy

Crazy Rich Asians, both the book and the film, can be very empowering to Asians abroad; I know that. However, I grew up in Korea. I saw all-Asian cast film and read books all Asian characters all the time. So that factor doesn’t apply to me. I think that’s the reason the film flopped in most of Asia. I didn’t watch it yet myself. Nonetheless, Crazy Rich Asians and its sequels were entertaining reads. When I first read the first book, Crazy Rich Asians, I loved the characters, their juicy dark secrets and all. It more or less followed Rachel’s adventure in a world new to her and it was exciting. I ate it up. I read the second book, China Rich Girlfriend, quite some time after that, and maybe it’s me that changed, but I found it to be lackluster. I did like that the chapters took various formats like diaries, e-mails, and traditional novel style. But the first 25% or so of the book is just older ladies like Eleanor Young complaining. The new characters introduced weren’t as likable. Astrid, who used to be my favorite, became a complete pushover and her husband a borderline psychopathic jerk. And there…

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Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Warning: this post may contain massive spoiler. Pay close attention and you might solve this.On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.     Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.     Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?  Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.  Penguin Random House I quite enjoyed One of Us Is Lying. Things kept unfolding and unfolding. However, the ending was disappointing. I suspected a suicide stunt all along, but I didn’t want to be right because I expected it. When Jake’s involvement was revealed, I physically squealed because I didn’t…

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