There were a lot of cool new shows this month. Some shows were old, with new seasons, some movies were new or at least new to me. The best part of watching something fun, is sharing it with friends and co-workers. I loved going in to the office and holding conferences just to talk about the events from last night’s episode. So today I’m sharing the 5 Things I Watched and Loved this month!
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
As someone who read the book years ago, to open up Netflix one day and see this, I literally screamed! Very quickly here’s what it’s about: When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. ... Until the day her secret love letters go public -- and one of her crushes makes her an offer she can't resist. Sure the lead isn’t actually Korean (neither is Janel Parrish) but everything flowed so smoothly! I can’t wait for the sequel! This is a must watch because they really stuck to the book for the most part (Kitty is way too old in the Netflix version).
Atypical Season 2
It’s a dramedy about Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager with autism, and the effect that his autism has on the rest of his family. The autism is what drew me in and made me want to watch. After getting certified in AutPlay Therapy in March, I try to learn as much as I can about the disorder.
I loved Season 1 and I loved the turn Season 2 took. As a therapist, I understand how easy it is to focus on the identified patient (Sam) but you have to pay attention to the family as well because the caretakers deal with so much more! To deny that their lives are equally as important is detrimental to the family function and leads to situations like what the family finds themselves in this season. It’s a must watch, but don’t watch it on your way to work like I did - I was in tears in the season finale from sheer feels!!!! Caution: This show will have you in your feelings!
13 Reasons Why Season 2
The first installment of the YA saga centered around Clay (Dylan Minnette), a Liberty High School student who received seven cassettes detailing the reasons his crush, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), committed suicide. Each episode unspooled as a side of one of the tapes, one by one connecting Clay's peers, popular and otherwise, to Hannah. After teasing that Hannah wasn’t the only one (duh - Jessica) Season 2 sent Clay and Tony on an unlikely mission to uncover something of a school-wide conspiracy.
I actually ended up arguing with bae about the logistics of rape because of this show. I’ll admit, there were parts I didn’t enjoy, like Clay’s bratty attitude towards his parents who really are doing their best with him. I so hate Marcus and Bryce, but I won’t offer any spoilers. As someone who struggles with both depression and anxiety, I sometimes had to take breaks in between episodes in season one, because I found myself getting a little depressed. I’ve recommended this show to teachers to help them learn how to recognise signs within their students so that we can intervene early.
I love watching TV, but after so many of my favourite TV shows have ended there hasn’t been anything to fill the void, other than reality TV. So when I found out about Manifest (literally just found out on Sunday during a Law and Order marathon) I was beyond excited! The idea that 191 people presumed dead just randomly show up 5 years later, with no knowledge of any of this, was astounding (although not completely original).
A Million Little Things
Maybe September is the month of heartwarming stories (but not necessarily diverse characters). I saw the commercial for this a few times and decided to check it out. It premieres tonight so look out for my live tweeting to get my reaction. Until then, here’s the official synopsis: It has been said that friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it's just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.