The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen and must see. Every week, I pick my musts based on a certain theme, which is expressed by one word that’s used within the post. The theme for last week’s picks was beginning.
I’ll be straight-up and say that if last week’s theme was beginning as in fresh starts, this week’s theme is ending as in soul-crushing despair. (That’s a bit dramatic, but you see my point). 2016 hasn’t been the best year in books, or music, or media in general for me. HOWEVER, all of the things I’m now mourning the loss of or the sadness of had great runs, and that’s true for When You Reach Me as Well.
No spoilers about the plot, but the ending is bittersweet. At some point in my middle-grade blogging adventures on Tweens Read Too, I mentioned that the best middle-grade books don’t just have middle-grade meaning, and one of the books I had in mind was this one. I think When You Reach Me was one of the first middle-grade novels that was genuinely thought-provoking in a way that would propel me toward YA and adult literature. It ended in the only way that it could have. The journey was amazing but the end was inevitable, if you will, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Literature is here to teach us how to overcome, to inspire us how to live fuller, more meaningful lives, and WYRM did that for me.
I’ll be honest–the finishing three tracks of the BigBang MADE album were pretty mediocre all around. Girlfriend and FXXK It really pushed the limits of how much I’m willing to abide by “bad” music for YG, and the only reason why it’s okay is because Last Dance could very well be my favorite BigBang song ever. The lyrics are everything, and the music and MV (though it does have some weird camera angles) fit well. Give it a listen.
I’ll save the eulogy, but here’s the gist of it: Running Man was my show. The disbandment of 2NE1 was different because I wasn’t actually a kpop fan when they were actively releasing music as a group, but Running Man was a show that I dependably watched every Monday when it came out in the US. I love each and every one of the cast members (even Ji Suk-Jin), and I hope that long after this show has ended, they remain close. The cast’s bonds are amazing, and all I can say is thank you to them for the amazing show that they put on, and I wish the best for all of them. You can find out more about what happened here.
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