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Bonnie & Clyde On Stage in Visalia

IN THE August 13 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



Everyone knows the story of Bonnie & Clyde and how they died. But add music and the story becomes even more compelling and meaningful. Frank Wildhorn, who wrote the music of another great musical called Jekyll & Hyde, also wrote Bonnie & Clyde, so of course the music is wonderful.

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The Fault In Our Stars: Movie Review

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



The Fault In Our Stars has been my favorite book for a couple years now so I had high expectations for the movie. I knew that John Green had been telling his fans for about a year now how great the movie is, but I still did not have complete faith it would be amazing as the book.

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by Jessica Runnels



All of John Green’s books are wonderful but this one is one of the best. It’s unique in that it is not really a love story and is more about a young boy’s journey to “seek a great perhaps” or a great life. “Looking For Alaska” is John’s first novel and has won numerous awards. Many list it as their favorite for its unique chapter styling and intelligent protagonist.

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by Jessica Runnels



Cry, laugh, smile; that is what you will do when you read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author of all time. He writes the greatest young adult books I have ever read. He makes you feel like he understands you. Some adults treat teenagers or “young adults” like they are not equal and that everything they feel is silly. But John Green does not treat teenagers that way. His writing shows you that he sees all humans equally and that everyone’s feelings are valid. His writing and stories are so wonderful that adults will enjoy them as well.

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Divergent: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
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andMovies
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by Jessica Runnels



The Dystopian genre is very popular nowadays. A new way of running the world, a hero who fights against the new system, who wouldn’t love that? If you do love those things then Divergent is the right movie for you. It has action, romance, and a brave heroine, everything you could want in a movie.

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Once Upon A Time Review: TV Review

IN THE March 1 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels



Fairy tales are something everyone loves. They bring you hope and make you believe in true love. Fairy tale themed television has become very popular lately and I think Once Upon A Time does it the best. It mixes fairy tales with the real world.

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Hipsterhood: Web Series Review

IN THE November 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
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by Jessica Runnels



I love web series. They are a great way to create something short but wonderful. Web series are my favorite way of entertainment these days, and I have a lot of favorites but one of them on the top of my list is Hipsterhood.

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by Jessica Runnels



I was very very excited for this movie to come out. I was more excited than I have been for an animated movie in a long time. I loved the first movie and I couldn’t wait for them to make another one. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be as great as the first, because the sequels never are. But this did not disappoint.

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by Jessica Runnels



Web series have been my growing obsession for the last year. The episodes are shorter than a normal TV show and easier to catch up on seeing as they are on YouTube. Of all of the web series I have watched, Job Hunters is definitely the best. It is a dystopian style story, like The Hunger Games, but instead of competing to be free from their gloomy lifestyle, the characters of Job Hunters are competing for jobs.

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Monsters University: Movie Review

IN THE July 1 ISSUE

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by Jessica Ham



Everyone loves the story of the two brave monsters who befriended a little human named Boo in Monsters Inc. So of course everyone was dieing to see the prequel, Monsters University. I looked forward to this movie for years and had high expectations. And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. The characters stayed true to themselves and made me laugh, cry, and cheer as they conquered the craziness of college.

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The Great Gatsby: Movie Review

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
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andMovies
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by Jessica Ham




The Great Gatsby
has been my favorite book for years. It is beautiful and tragic and inspires you to experience life on a bigger scale. This book means the world to me so I was very nervous about seeing Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of it. I was worried it would be too flashy or the meaning of the book would get lost somehow. But, I was pleasantly surprised.

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by Jessica Ham




The Great Gatsby is a book that almost every high school student has had to read. Most of the time students hate the books they are forced to read in school, but I can guarantee you that The Great Gatsby is not one of them. I read it my junior year of high school and although I knew nothing about it, the description sounded intriguing. I got a couple pages in and I was hooked.

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