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Saw Easy A with the twin. Already have a second showing with an expanded group of friends lined up for Thursday. AWESOME movie. Basic premise is that the main character, Olive (Emma Stone - Zombieland, Superbad, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), tells her best friend that she was on a date with a college guy to get out of going camping with bff and her uber hippy parents. The lie grows when bff thinks Olive lost her virginity and Olive goes along with it. Unfortunately the lie is heard by Christian-freak Marianne (Amanda Bynes - All That, She's the Man, Sydney White) who spreads it across school, making Olive the social outcast as everyone thinks she's a slut. Lies grow. Drama happens. Ends off with cute romantic schmoop. Movie also stars Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Malcolm McDowell (do I even need to list things?), Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Thomas Haden Church (many things). Olive's parents were hilarious, Olive is hilarious. There's so much good comedy in this movie. Just one long string of awesome and funny.

Recently finished reading Mercedes Lackey's Legacies which was a good read. Looking forward to picking up the sequel Conspiracies once it's out. (Which I have word from a knowing source is as awesome as the first book. ^_~) My only complaint about the book is that I occasionally wanted to push the main character in a well so she would stop whining but the plot moved it along well. (Also, there maaay be a gay character hiding in the series. Right there. Oh, yes. ^_^)

I've now moved on to Paranormalcy which is so far awesome. I'd read an excerpt ahead of time and stalk follow the author on Twitter so it's cool to finally have the much hyped book in my hands. Hype = totally justified. So far, quite a good read, but really how can you say no to a book where the main character wields a pink sparkly taser? (With rhinestones.) Oh, and there's fairies. And sulking vampires. And security guard werewolves. And lots of fun humor.

After that, I'm on to Hunger Games, finally, and then comes the real question... Which of the three books after that should I read first?

Option 1 - Speak - I'd picked this up out of curiosity since there's a bit of a kerfluffle about it being banned recently because of sexual content. Except there's no sex in the book, from what I've heard. The book's about a high school girl who's raped but doesn't want to admit that it happened. Been around for ten years, so I'm surprise I hadn't heard about it, but then I haven't really been paying too much attention to books of late.

Option 2 - The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Another book that's been hyped a lot. Zombie apocalypse. Village surrounded by fence. Sisterhood running village based on outdated religious values. Technology forgotten. Question of whether the zombies are even out there anymore.

Option 3 - Boy Meets Boy - Short high school coming of age gay love story.

So those are the three options, though I'll also be sprinkling bits of the Quran and other religious texts in there as I've been wanting to refresh my religious diversity/knowledge. I attempted the "read the first paragraph" test on all three, but the problem with buying off of recs from others is that they're all really well written so they've each got a strong hook, just pulling in three different genres. (Though technically all Young Adult which is really more of a meta-genre...)

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