La Luna Vita Blog Dreamland Sarah Dessen Book Review

It’s the second time I read this book. I remember the first time I read it I was 12 years old, just starting middle school. The cover caught my eye while roaming around the school library, of course it had a different cover back then. And yes, I tend to pick out books based on the cover.

For a long time, I considered Dreamland to be my favorite book. It was the first novel I read by Sarah Dessen. I soon started reading many others of the YA genre (by Dessen and other authors), but no other book could dethrone it’s number one spot. Back in 2009 I purchased it just to have a copy of my own, but I didn’t dare to read it. Weird, right? My “favorite” book from middle school, but I just couldn’t reread it. Well, let me tell you that copy rested in my bookshelf for many more years to come. Only recently, did I get the courage to read it again. And although I already knew how it all ends, it hit me hard. Once more.

For those of you who haven’t read it, the story is about sixteen year old Caitlin, who unexpectedly meets Rogerson Biscoe -- a different and mysterious guy, nothing like her high school peers. Green eyes, olive skin and the wild hair. The central topic is abusive relationships -- a topic that is still not discussed enough even today. He’s older, he smokes and sells pot, it was obvious he was trouble. But young and naive Caitlin didn’t see it coming, and when she realized in what situation she was in, she simply couldn’t get out.

La Luna Vita Blog Dreamland Sarah Dessen Book Review

It’s impossible not to love Rogerson at first. Of course if you’ve already read it, you’re just thinking he’s a total scumbag and part of you wants to warn Caitlin. But you certainly can’t because they’re just fictional characters. However, there are many girls who go through the same thing or worse. I recently saw 13 Reasons Why and I couldn’t help relating these two. Depression can have different manifestations. Even though Caitlin made certain choices but later receives help, other girls in her situation could have taken the same decision as Hannah (main character from 13 Reasons Why).

I’m actually a very emotional person and I usually do not vent about it, even less write about it publicly. But seeing 13 Reasons Why and rereading Dreamland, with a one week difference, was definitely not the best decision. It was a bit overwhelming. Aside from all the emotions, I did enjoy reading it again. And I can now openly state that Dreamland is no longer my favorite book, but it will always have a special place in my heart.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Reread: Dreamland

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I always find intrigue in blurry and poor quality photographs. (Circa 2012)

Holographic dreams 
The type you want to wake up from 
Hovering above the sea 
Swirls and whimsical bodies of water 
Fluorescence beneath your feet 

Blending in the darkness 
Spectrums surrounding 
Catch me 
Before I fall asleep

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Holographic dreams

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Hi there! Today I’ll be talking about vaseline and different ways of using it. To start off, what is vaseline? Also known as petroleum jelly, it derives from oil, which makes it unfriendly for the environment. According to this article I found in the Huffington Post, it can even be dangerous because some of its components can cause cancer if they aren’t adequately removed. Another interesting fact is that vaseline per se doesn’t actually hydrate the skin, rather it locks in moisture and consequently prevents dryness.

Regardless, I’ve recently started using it, and found that it does come in handy. Here are five ways it has worked for me, though in Pinterest you can find plenty more:

  1. Chapped lips: Yes, I know I just wrote that vaseline doesn’t really hydrate the skin. I still use my regular lip balm (Maybelline’s Baby Lips) but I apply a small amount of vaseline on my lips in the mornings while getting ready. I let it dry before applying lipstick. By doing this, I've noticed that my lips no longer get as chapped. 
  2. Cuticles: Before doing my nails, I apply a small amount on my cuticles, not for hydration, but to stop the nail polish from getting on my skin (since I tend to be slightly sloppy). It helps save time, since before I would have to clean my fingertips with nail polish remover and a cotton swab.
  3. Dry elbows and ankles: Moisturizing body cream wasn’t enough. This summer, for some reason, my left elbow got super dried and no matter if I applied body lotion everyday, I wouldn’t see any results. That is, until I applied vaseline. It took only a few days to notice the different.
  4. Brushing eyebrows: Sometimes my eyebrows get a bit rebellious and found that vaseline was a great alternative for gel. 
  5.  Wounds: A few weeks ago, while preparing a tortilla, I got a tiny oil burn on my index finger. Vaseline made the swelling go away after a couple of uses.

I'm pretty sure there are many more ways of using vaseline, I'll keep on experimenting! That's all for now :) 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 different uses of vaseline/petroleum jelly

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