In this installment of Are You the One, a lot happened and nothing happened at the same time. Yes, it's confusing for me, too. I don't really know what to make of the direction this season is going in. My big question is... I was assuming Episode 10 was going to be the last episode, but is it not? Are they not telling us whether it is or not because they don't want to spoil us? I need to know what is happening. Everything is so topsy turvy. We got a Match-Up Ceremony halfway through the episode, and then we ended up with a challenge with only 10 minutes left. So that means we got, like... a weird ending where they're about to go have a boat party but not yet. This is the cliffhanger? Next episode's boat party? I want to throw up my hands and quit, but I can't because this show obviously has my heart and my soul, for better or for worse.
So here we are. I guess let's break down what happened and stuff.
What do you get when you combine pixie sticks, teenage groping, multiple The Godfather references, a police raid, a gang meeting by candlelight, toxic masculinity, and a pair of really cute overalls? Answer: A STREET RACE!
Yeah, guys, we just... we don't even fucking know anymore.
This week, Mary and Kelli are back to sum up yet another episode of everyone's favorite teenage trashfire: RIVERDALE. We have decided that we're kind of digging the split-episode format, so for this episode, Mary takes on the first half and Kelli brings it on home.
Thanksgiving can be a hard time. Stuck with family and friends and forced to be social, many of us retreat to the comforts of literature. This Thanksgiving, pair your favorite foods with 8 captivating young adult books to get you through the holidays!
List after the cut.
For #BookSquadGoals' Featured Bookstore of the Month of November, I'm proud to be representing my hometown of Athens, Georgia. I first discovered Avid Bookshop when I was in town for my grandmother's birthday, and my brother Adam (who you might remember from our Girl with All the Gifts podcast), my cousins, and I were on our way to Condor Chocolates in Five Points to get our Maw Maw a little bday gift. Little did we know we'd happen upon this colorful bookshop right next door. I come from a family of book people, so of course, we had to go inside and check it out.
What I discovered inside was my new favorite bookstore. My family and I scoured the aisles of books, which are displayed in a fashion that makes it perhaps a little too easy to browse and discover new titles, because, man, I left with a lot of merchandise after my first visit to the Five Points shop. In addition to an impressive selection of books, Avid stocks lots of fun gifts and goodies, such as coffee mugs, buttons, and t-shirts. Now every time I go back to Athens to see the fam, a trip to Avid at either the Five Points or Prince Avenue location is a must for me. Avid Bookshop has seriously become a part of my homecoming tradition.
Whether you're local to the area, or an online shopper, Avid Bookshop has something for you. Let me tell you more about what else Avid has to offer after the cut in 5,4,3,2,1...
When a Stranger Calls, the fifth episode in Riverdale’s second season, might just be the most batshit crazy episode of this show to date — and that’s saying something. Seriously. This ep boasts some truly iconic moments, from a certain bad-ass Pussycat sequence to the most fabulous outfit this show has ever seen, so grab the knife from that rattlesnake cage and settle in for this week’s recap (once again split into two parts, the first from Kelli and the second from Mary).
What is up, Are You the One fans? My people. I'm so excited to talk about this episode with you, and I hope by my conclusion (as much as recaps can have conclusions) you'll understand why. Not gonna even lie. Towards the end of this episode, I got so hyped up that I had trouble even taking intelligible notes, but I will try to see what I can do here. Especially because the format got all messed up again. Why, MTV, why can we not just have a Truth Booth and a Match-Up Ceremony in one episode? Is the Alexis/Keith/Alivia/Kareem drama SO IMPORTANT that we can't make room for a damn Match-Up Ceremony? Why?
But here I go. I'm going to do my best. Come along with me on a journey through this mess.
It’s November, which means it’s almost December. Which means it’s almost time for Tyra Banks to return to America’s Next Top Model for Cycle 24. I’ll be recapping the return season week by week, but until Tyra is back in all her glory, here’s a look back at all of the most underrated models from my favorite Tyra-hosted cycles.
Elyse Sewell (Cycle 1)
That snake photo. This is all that needs to be said about Elyse. Look at it. Though she placed third in the competition, she went on to have a very successful modeling career, mostly in Asia.
Mary here! This week, Kelli can’t be here to recap our favorite hot mess of a show, Riverdale, but don’t worry—I've got you covered.
This week, I’m talking about Episode 2:4, “The Town that Dreaded Sundown.” Let’s start with the title, which takes its name from a 1976 slasher movie that none of these kids has probably ever seen. The film features a serial killer terrorizing a small Texas town with an incompetent police officer trying to track him down. HMMMMM. Some similarities here.
I’m going to try something different this week and tackle the episode plot by plot. The show itself is comprised of many, many short scenes, often interlaced to show all the different plot threads going on.
Spoilers to follow the cut.
Did you think we were done with the Nurys/Malcom/DiDi love triangle just because Nurys and Malcolm were confirmed a no-match and then Nurys let some dude lick chocolate off her nipple? Think again, my friends. The trio we all wanted to forget is back and shit's about to get real.
But let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.
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