Empties #9

Empties #9

Hello and happy Sunday. This edition of Empties will be dedicated to skin care stuff because apparently I ran out of it all at the same time. Let’s get started, shall we?

In the makeup removing realm, we have the cleansing wipes from Primark. If you go to Europe, make sure to stock up on these babies.

Now, for face cleansers, I have the Derma-E Anti Wrinkle Scrub, which lasted me a long time because you’re not supposed to use it every day, and the Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Face Wash from Good Things, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After showering, I moisturize, so I have my L’Occitane Moisture Prep Essence, and the white jar is an almond moisturizer that I hauled after my first trip to Baltimore. I also have a tinted SPF from COTZ, which I’d like to try more of because I think it can be a nice alternative for no-makeup days.

Finally, I’m saying goodbye to my L’Oreal Revitalift Youth Filler (?) Night Cream. I don’t know if that’s the actual name, but do your research and get it because this thing is amazing. You literally feel like you’re getting fillers overnight and you wake up with healthy, plump skin. It’s amazing.

As always, in the comments I’d like you to tell me whether you tried any of these products and what your thoughts were.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

What We Watched in Class

What We Watched in Class

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Hello and happy Saturday. Are you the kind of teacher who likes including movies when you’re planning a unit? If you’re not, then maybe reading this post will change your mind. Either way, these recommendations might be helpful for you at some point. What I’m going to do is list the movies and documentaries I watched with my high school students and tell you how I used them in class. All of them can be found on Netflix. Let’s get started, shall we?

Living On One Dollar

I think documentaries like this one are a great opportunity to start discussions in your classroom, so I did come up with a series of questions for my students to answer. I graded speaking through this activity. Obviously, if you have more time, or if you’re discussing social or economic issues, this is a great documentary.

The Lorax

With ninth grade we were working on social and environmental issues, and I wasn’t sure what they’d think or say about me playing The Lorax to them. Well, they loved it. I have always taught English as a Second Language, which means that my students are not all fluent in English and they still have a hard time when movies don’t have subtitles, so I feel that this was challenging enough for them, but they could still understand most of what was being said. I think that through this movie my students were able to apply the vocabulary we had already worked on while making comparisons with the real world. After watching the movie, they developed a guide that I adapted from different activities I saw on Pinterest. If your students are younger, I’m sure there’s a lot you can find that is ready to download.

Live and Let Live

I did sort of push my vegetarian agenda into my students and I’m not sorry. No, but honestly, I feel like the impact on the environment that comes from eating animals is rarely mentioned and I wanted to include it in our Social and Environmental Issues unit. For this activity they had to take notes throughout the documentary and then complete a chart with information of each of the people interviewed. I wanted them to write who the person was, what they did, why they’d become a vegan and what their thoughts on veganism were.

Health for Sale

For tenth grade our topics were Hobbies, Health, and Wellness or something like that. The documentary Health for Sale was actually suggested by another teacher who was in charge of planning for tenth grade. I watched the documentary beforehand and came up with some comprehension questions. Then, while my students watched I asked them to take notes and to pick five questions from the list of around thirty that I’d proposed and answer them. I have to check this product and see if it’s ready for TpT, and as soon as it is, I’ll let you know.

The Magic Pill 

This documentary was proposed by me for tenth grade, and more that talking about a specific kind of diet, I wanted my students to see how what you eat can affect your brain and your health so much, but also how some disorders like those from the autistic spectrum can be “treated” using natural methods. I wanted to work on listening skills because after the Health for Sale activity I realized that my students were lacking comprehension, so I wanted to take a step back. The idea with this was for my students to watch the documentary and answer a series of brief questions as they watched, so it was more like a guided note-taking activity. I will put this activity on TpT, but I don’t have a definitive date yet, so be patient on that one.

 

Which movies/documentaries would you play or have you played in class? Let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day

NetGalley Reads: Fall in One Day

 

Hello and happy Friday. If you read last week’s post, then you know that I have a pretty long TBR list to tackle, which means that there are many ARCs I have to read. Now, usually I can read a book in a week or less, but there are some that are such a pain that it takes me way more than that. An example of this is Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson. A digital copy was provided to me for reading and reviewing purposes, so I’d like to thank both NetGalley and the author for it.

I read this novel between May 12th and June 11th, 2019 and gave it two stars. There are several reasons that explain both the rating and the time it took me to read it. On one hand, I had a hard time figuring out the generalities of the story. I didn’t understand whether it would be all told in the past or if we were getting flashbacks and flash-forwards. The perspective thing was also tough; I didn’t know who the narrator was and what their role in the story was until I was already advanced in my reading.

Basically, this is the story of a teenager who gets kidnapped by his father, who hallucinates, whether it is because of drugs or schizophrenia, it is unclear. We get the perspective of his best friend, a teenager who is set to understand the mystery of the disappearance and find the missing kid. It was not an easy read, and it wasn’t a fast read either. I know these stories must have an appreciative audience, but I wasn’t it.

One of the reasons why I was so confused at the beginning of the story was the title. It might be that English is not my first language, but when I read “Fall in One Day,” I thought we were getting insta-love. There is nothing romance-related in this novel, so keep that in mind if you plan to read this book. Since the narrator, who is also the main character, is a teenager, he talks like one, but I don’t know if the grammar mistakes he makes are intentional or if the author really writes that way. All I know is that it was annoying. There are scenes about suicide attempts and suicide, so be mindful of that. There is also domestic violence, so if you are sensitive to those, I would not recommend this book.

Do you know of any mystery/ detective young adult novels that I might enjoy? Tell me about them in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

June 2019 Thankful Thursday

June 2019 Thankful Thursday

 

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Hello and happy Thursday. Do we all know what day is today? It’s Thankful Thursday, which means I’ll look back into my notebook of things that make me happy and randomly pick five memories from June to share with you. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

June 2nd, 2017

#800: Ditching all my to-do’s and reading instead

We have all been there, right? I mean, some of us read, some others watch all seasons of The Office in one sitting. Procrastinating makes us happy, especially if we are doing something we really love, like reading a good book.

June 7th, 2017

#824: Attempting a burpee and (almost) succeeding

2017 was my healthy year. I started going to a nutritionist and she suggested HIIT to me. HIIT stands for “high-intensity interval training, ” and burpees are a big part of the whole thing. Well, I avoided them because I couldn’t possibly even think of jumping and planking and all that in one move. I guess I tried, though, and was happy that I almost made it.

June 11th, 2017

#842: Fixing my marker collection

Hello, my name is Camila and I am not a hoarder, I’m a collector. Because of my teaching, I have managed to collect various supplies, including markers, pens, crayons, and basically, anything you can think of that serves the purpose of adding color to paper. I organize said collection every once in a while and it makes me so happy when I do it, I feel like I have brand new stuff all over again.

June 15th, 2017

#864: Making huge donations on behalf of my father

My dad is the best man on earth, and I’m not just saying it because he’s my dad. You can ask around, and everyone will agree with me. For father’s day 2017, he asked us to donate money to a charity on his behalf, and that would be his gift. Seriously, he’s a saint.

June 21st, 2017

#895: Rehearsals going well

Every school has a closing ceremony of sorts at the end of the year. It is a stressful time for children and teachers alike, so when rehearsals go well, the teachers can relax just a tiny bit, and even call it a happy moment.

What has made you happy this month? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Pick My Reads

How I Pick My Reads

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Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m going to show you my process to choose what book to read next, and how I manage my TBR lists. Let’s get started, shall we?

I start by drawing a title from my TBR Jar, although I will be honest and say that at times I end up taking different papers until I get a title that really catches my eye.

I then go through my TBR list and highlight the title of the book.

Then I do the same in digital TBR.

And that’s pretty much it. I would love to be one of those people who just look at their bookshelf and pick a title, but I have too many books to read, both physical and digital, so I prefer to have a system. This has also stopped me from going on full-on reading slump mode because as soon as I finish a book, I select the next one.

Do you have a system for selecting the books you’re going to read or do you just pick any title you want? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Berry Love

Berry Love

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Hello and happy Monday. Don’t you have days in which you plan a whole look and then as you start working on it you realize you did something completely different, but still end up loving the results? Well, today I was planning on doing a very pink look, with shimmery baby pink eyes and cute and flirty nude lips. I ended up doing a berry/plum look. To achieve this look I followed the steps below:

  1. Primer
  2. Foundation
  3. Concealer
  4. Eyebrows
  5. Powder
  6. Plum (outer corner)
  7. Dark purple (second third of the eye)
  8. Shimmery pink (inner corner)
  9. Blend pink and purple
  10. Plum and dark purple (lower lash line)
  11. Copper (waterline)
  12. Mascara
  13. Contour
  14. Red blush
  15. Matte lip crayon
  16. Baby pink lip gloss

Have you ever tried to go for a look and ended up something completely different that you loved? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Empties #8

Empties #8

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since I dug through my garbage and told you about the stuff I’d used, which means I have so many products that I will divide them into two separate posts. Today’s post is about the random items, so basically there isn’t one category in particular but rather several small ones. Let’s get started, shall we?

I have three eye makeup products, so I’ll begin with them. One is the Ciaté London Fierce Fleeks black liquid eyeliner. I really liked it, and I used it until it started drying out and getting difficult to work with. At the moment I don’t own any liquid eyeliner, and I won’t be buying one any time soon. I have another liquid eyeliner pen, but this has no brand. I believe it came in a package my aunt sent me a while ago and she probably bought it at Marshall’s or a store like that. This is less opaque and less black than the Ciaté one. Finally, in the eye makeup category, we have the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I loved how long and full it made my lashes look, and I wore it until it started to dry out.

Now for hair I used up two products. I had the Shea Moisture Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment, which I bought at Marshall’s and I absolutely adored and would buy again the next time I go to the states. and the Andalou Naturals Argan Oil and Shea Styling Cream, which smells like orange candy and is great for wavy or curly hair.

I used up all of my Rimmel London lip balm, which my dad bought for me at a Dollar Tree. It was good, and didn’t have any tint or strong fragrance to it. I’ll stock up on these next time I visit a Dollar Tree.

In the fragrance territory, we have the Pink Fresh & Clean body mist, which has been my love for a long time. I got two of these for $10, so I still have my fix. I also used my CyZone Love Bomb perfume, which I got because it was cheap and smelled nice for everyday use.

Finally, we have two empty jars of Sugar Bear Hair vitamins. You know how I feel about them. Even now, months after taking them again, I feel amazed at how much they helped my hair grow strong and healthy. I don’t feel like I need them right now, but I would definitely consider them in the future and I 100% recommend them.

That’s it for this edition of empties. Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

What I Bought For My Classes the First Month

What I Bought For My Classes the First Month

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Hello and happy Saturday. Teachers spend a lot of money throughout the year on stuff for their classes, sometimes without even realizing or meaning to. During my first month in this new job teaching high school I wanted to see how many things I would buy for my classes because there’s this notion that elementary and preschool teachers spend way more money on supplies than middle and high school teachers do.

It’s almost as if people picture high school teachers going into class with only a black Expo marker and a red pen to grade stuff, but reality couldn’t be any more different. I do think that sometimes I go over the top with what I plan for my lessons and what I think is necessary for me to function correctly as a teacher, but I also think that being like that is what makes me a good teacher. I’m going to make a list and tell you what I used each item for.

  • Popsicle sticks. These I used for my equity sticks technique, which you can read about in a previous post.
  • Cup. I bought one of those desktop metallic holders because I wanted something durable for the aforementioned equity sticks.
  • Flair pens. Before I left I gave them away, but I obviously needed them when I came back. As much as I still love them, I think this new year I’ll stick to super fine tip markers from Faber Castell.
  • HDMI cable. This, dear teacher friend, is a must for me. In the first school I worked at I was given one, but then in the new school I wasn’t and having to borrow one from the IT department was too much of a hassle so I decided to get my own.
  • Folder. I have a cute folder that actually closes like pocket and is the cutest thing ever, but I don’t know why I never took it to this new school. Instead, I bought a new folder, one of those cheap cardboard ones where I would keep the copies, the assignments I needed to grade or to return, that kind of stuff.
  • Cardboard. I never figured out how the materials system worked in my new school, like who were you supposed to ask for supplies. I wasn’t a homeroom teacher, nor I was teaching preschool or elementary where you have some supplies that the students bring in hand. That’s why I bought cardboard for my students to make nameplates. This was part of an activity I will soon explain in a future post.
  • Mini binder clips. Now, during that first month I had to grade final tests, which were made up of five grades. That means each of my 111 students had a little pack of at least five papers I needed to check, so I’d use the binder clips to assemble each pack while I dug through the pile of papers, and then I’d staple them to return them.
  • Highlighters. I used highlighters to draw happy faces and extra points. I’m going to talk more about why I find highlighters important in a future post, I promise.
  • Index cards. Again, I didn’t know who I could ask for them, so I bought them myself for a vocabulary activity in which the students wrote some key terms, defined them in their own words, included a sentence in which they used the terms, and made a drawing. These cards went in our word wall.
  • Colored paper. We made posters with it.
  • Masking tape. Needed to paste the aforementioned vocabulary cards and other cute things my students did while I was their teacher.

Which of these items do you think would be essential to you as a teacher and why? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

My NetGalley TBR List

My NetGalley TBR List

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Hello and happy Friday. I have probably already mentioned that my NetGalley ARC reviews will go on Fridays. Now, this isn’t going to happen every single Friday, but I wanted those reviews to have a day of their own.

We all know that I’m not a great blogger or reviewer, but in my defense, I’ve never claimed to be one. After I had started blogging, I discovered NetGalley and went crazy requesting books, which has led to a ridiculous TBR list I am in the process of tackling. This is probably going to take me years because I want to read other books and not just ARCs of books that have been published for years now. This list here is just a guide for you to know what’s to come and what you can expect from me in terms of ARC reviews. I’m not adding links because that would take me hours, but I assure you, all the titles are on Goodreads. Let’s get started, shall we?

Update: I will be crossing out the titles as I read them, to make things more fun. Okay, bye.

  • The Sweetest Thing by Lilian Darcy
  • Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie
  • Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
  • Andrea and the 5-Day Challenge by Cindy K. Green
  • School Monitor by Alex Dunn
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Chalk Houses by Tracy Clark
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
  • Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame
  • When Dreams Come True by Rebecca Emin
  • The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lili Velez
  • Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe
  • Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes
  • Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
  • Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling
  • Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn
  • The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
  • The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff
  • The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
  • All Things New by Lauren Miller
  • RJ by Tim Soeder
  • Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather T. Smith
  • The History of Hilary Hambrushina by Marnie Lamb
  • 180 Seconds by Jessica Park
  • My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson
  • One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton
  • Last Summer at Eden by Christina Hedgenrader
  • Once, In Lourdes by Sharon Solwitz
  • Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
  • Windy City Magic by Crystal Cestari
  • Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
  • Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
  • Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam
  • Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
  • Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis
  • Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
  • Unspoken Rules by Lora Inak
  • The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Pirate by Tim Collins
  • Maddie & Sayara by Sanjyot P. Dunung
  • The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue
  • Protected by Claire Zorn
  • The Crowns of Croswald by D.E Night
  • 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicky Grant
  • The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly
  •  The Way it Hurts by Patty Blount
  • The Long Ride Home by Tawni Waters
  • Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart
  • Welcome to the Slipstream by  Natalka Burian
  • The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne
  • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
  • Seven Days With You by Hugo Driscoll
  • Goth Girl by Melanie Mosher
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
  •  Project You by Aubre Andrus
  • Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • Hit the Ground Running by Alison Hughes
  • Follow Your Heart by Tasha Nathan
  • We Can’t Be Friends by Cyndy Etler
  • Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson
  • Spin the Golden Lightbulb by Jackie Yeager
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Superfail by Max Brunner
  • The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope
  • Hickville Redemption by Marie Karlik
  • Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
  • As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
  • Diary of a Teenage Jewel Thief by Rosie Somers
  • Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss
  • The Border by Steve Schafer
  • Little Gold by Allie Rogers
  • Sunshine is Forever by Kyle T. Cowan
  • Blood and Stars by Jaime Lee Mann
  • Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz by Anna Humphrey
  • All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNonieqa Ramos
  • Begin Again by Mona Kasten
  • Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing
  • The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
  • Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse
  • Flying With a Broken Wing by Laura Best
  • Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien
  • If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhöfel
  • 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon
  • Mischief by Stefania Shaffer
  • The Curious Chronicles of Jack Bokimble and His Peculiar Penumbra by James DeMonaco
  • Secrets of the A-List by Joss Wood
  • The Shakespeare Stories
  • The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
  • Honey Moon Dog Daze by Sofi Benitez
  • Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce
  • The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • 806 by Cynthia Weil
  • How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand
  • Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid
  • Kasey & Ivy by Alison Hughes
  • Go Bravely by Emily Wilson Hussem
  • Queen of Corona by Esterhazy
  • Boys Keep Swinging by Jake Shears
  • Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett
  • So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch
  • Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Leatherback Blues by Karen-Hood Caddy
  • The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe by William M Hayes
  • The Monster at Recess by Shira Potter
  • Talk of Shame by Alex Everwood
  • True Identity by John C. Majors
  • The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
  • Baking for Dave by Melissa Palmer
  • Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
  • My Anxiety Handbook by Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher, and Phoebe McEwen
  • In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais
  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • And We Call it Love by Amanda Vink
  • You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
  • Lovestruck by Kate Watson
  • In Harmony by Emma Scott
  • Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas by Andrea Pyros
  • Mastering Adulthood by Lara E. Fielding
  • The Boys Who Danced With the Moon by Mark Paul Oleksiw
  • The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett
  • Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron
  • Doing It by Hannah Witton
  • The Long-Lost Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
  • Things I’d Rather Do Than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso
  • The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl by Christina De Witte
  • The Bible Promise Book for Teens by Steve Russo
  • Rebel With a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
  • The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn

Those are all the books I have requested through NetGalley that I’ve yet to read. Which of these titles would you like to read? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Horrible Quotes from “Counting to D”

Horrible Quotes from “Counting to D”

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img_0077Hello and happy Wednesday. As promised, today I bring you another post related to Counting to D by Kate Scott. I usually link the book titles so that you can check them out on Goodreads, but since I gave this novel one star because of ableist jokes, I will not link it. I seriously wouldn’t want anybody reading this book, and I gave you a few reasons to explain this in my other post, but I think you need to see for yourselves. I collected some quotes from the first few chapters, which were either cringe-worthy or plain and simple horrible. Let’s get started, shall we?

“Arden knew me so well -way better than my stupid mother did.”

Arden is the main character’s best friend, who’s consoling her after the main character’s mom tells her she finally got a job after over a year of being unemployed, but it happens to be in a different city. Brat much?

“She spouted some garbage about how much she loves me and how we need to stick together as a family.”

This made me even angrier than the “stupid mother” comment. Girl, your mom pretty much raised you on her own and has had serious struggles because she’d been unemployed for a while, and now that she’s found a job so that you can continue to have the lifestyle you know and love, you’re being a horrible human being to her? No, sweetie, that’s not how life works. I am 25 years old, and if my mom decided to work in another city, I’d go with her, and I’d go happily.

“The other girls at our school are serious bitches. If they aren’t making fun of you for being lysdexic they’re teasing you about being an übernerd.”

These are the best friend’s encouraging words when the main character complains about moving because she won’t have any friends. If those girls actually made fun of someone for having a learning disability, then clearly they’re bad people, but calling them bitches doesn’t make you any better, either.

“I spent the period stressing about my lack of a social life instead.” 

This was her first day in a new school, and it was the first class she was taking if I’m not wrong. So it makes total sense that instead of listening to her teachers, she’s stressing about not having friends. I’m telling you, this book is a complete mess.

“These kids were smart. They’d want to be my friends, right?”

Seriously, kid, stop it. This is your first day of class and as important as it is to have friends, you should be focusing on your classes or something. Also, you can’t just assume that someone is going to want to be your friend because they look like they might be nerds.

“The problem was that my best friends were both in San Diego, and the only person I’d talked to in this town had blue hair and facial jewelry.”

The problem is that you’re a narrow-minded little brat, who is so superficial that won’t even appreciate the fact that someone wanted to approach you and talk to you. She was nice enough to start a conversation with you on your first day on class when no one else did, and you care more about how she looks? Wow, you really don’t deserve her as a friend.

“Had I just made a friend? Would survival at this school really be that easy?”

So now you’re not bothered by her looks because you consider her your friend. And I know that teenagers tend to overreact, but “surviving” a school sounds a bit too extreme, especially considering that you made a friend on your very first day. Also, give yourself some credit.

“Agradable encontrarte. Me llamo Nacho”

This is supposed to be the Spanish translation for “Nice to meet you. My name is Nacho.” Only what it really says is “Friendly to find you. My name is Nacho,” because the author most likely used Google translate. The correct way of saying it would be something like “Gusto en conocerte. Me llamo Nacho.” You might think it’s stupid, but Spanish is my first language and including it just for the sake of adding some filler to a bad plot doesn’t make any sense to me. At least make sure what is being said is accurate. Also, Nacho is not short for Nate, it’s short for Ignacio.

“I would have said he looked emo, but his jeans fit properly and his faded black hoodie could pass as baggy, so he may have just been sloppy.” 

Okay, number one, nobody really looks emo anymore, not since 2009. Number two, again with this judgemental girl. This is the second person who talks to you during the first day of school and all you are able to do is look at his clothes and make assumptions about him.

“It was my first day in this town, and I was already crushing on a snack food.”

Where do I start? Okay, yes, I know: PORTLAND IS NOT A TOWN. Now that we got that out of the way, it doesn’t bother me that she developed a crush on the guy who approached her in Spanish class because I was that girl who liked every guy who acted civilized towards me. But, was the “crushing on a snack food part” really necessary? It honestly feels like it’s there so that we’re reminded of what a big nerd the main character is.

Now I want you to help me with this last quote by sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

“I relaxed a little when I saw that the three guys sitting with her all had normal-colored hair.” 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila