One of 2016’s most underrated gems is now streaming on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen is a pitch perfect teen comedy about a girl whose life spirals after her best and only friend starts dating her older brother. It’s tempting to compare a movie as smart, insightful, and heartwarming as this to classic 80s teen movies, but The Edge of Seventeen is a refreshing new take on a familiar story that needs no comparison. Kelly Fremon Craig, the writer and director of The Edge of Seventeen recently signed on to adapt Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
If you’re not watching One Day at a Time what are you doing with your life? Season 3 of the Netflix series led by Justina Machado and the legendary Rita Moreno, the third season of the series lives up to the hype of the previous two with episodes that will put you through the emotional ringer. Told through the lens of the Alverez family in a sitcom format the stories tackle everything from long standing family feuds, addiction, anxiety, activism, racism, and first, last, and forever loves. At its core ODAAT is one of the best examinations of what it means to be human.
Joanna Hathaway’s YA fantasy debut, Dark of the West, is full of espionage and forbidden romance, along with a mix of court and military intrigue. It has a WWII feel with its usage of planes and war tactics and I couldn’t help be sucked into this action-packed novel. I read it within 24 hours, unable to put it down as the plot unraveled. Full of tension for the star-crossed lovers, I held my breath for most of the final quarter of the book. A brilliant first installment of a series, Dark of the West is a must read for anyone who loves historical fantasy with a hefty helping of military adventure and a side of hidden identity.
Grande’s latest album— released not six months since her last— finds the singer dishing up another dose of her irresistible brand of pop. This time, however, it’s accompanied by a healthy side of soul-baring honesty that’s refreshingly intimate. Sweetener may have been designed to satisfy our collective sweet tooth, but thank u, next feels much like it exists to feed our souls. And if that’s the case, consider us thoroughly satisfied.