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Down-to-Read with Daniela: 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life by Kristen McGuiness

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Age Group:

Non-Fiction, Memoir, Pyschology, Social Experiment, Relationships, American, Chick-lit, Self-Help

51 dates in 50 weeks. This is the goal that 30-year-old, very single LA transplant Kristen McGuiness sets for herself. Tired of waiting for ‘Mr. Right’ to find her, Kristen embarks on a complex journey to find out what she really wants and get back into the dating game. Troubled by a less than perfect relationship with her convict drug smuggler father- and haunted by memories of previous lovers-Kristen’s got some serious soul searching to do! Kristen lets readers into her mind and her soul, challenging traditional conceptions of love and relationships.

My Thoughts:
McGuiness is a fresh and entertaining writer who knows herself well. In her memoir, we see all sides of her: flirty Kristen, sensible Kristen, reckless Kristen and spiritual Kristen. The great part about this book is that she truly holds nothing back and is not afraid to put her reputation on the line.

Rather than a date-by-date exact replay, McGuiness offers a poignant and introspective look into modern dating, subtly urging us to clean out the dirty ghosts hiding in our metaphorical closets. Kristen is real, and though I could critique some major flaws in the book (such as the loose definition of a ‘date’), I could not help but be pulled in chapter-by-chapter, questioning my own single life and easily putting myself into Kristen’s confused, but determined shoes!

Borrow 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life from your local Vaughan Library today!

Movie Review: Catfish directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost

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In this completely fascinating docu-drama, viewers follow director Ariel’s brother Nev on a mysterious, thrilling and unsettling online journey. Nev, a 24-year-old professional photographer, lives in New York City and works in a studio with his brother Ariel and friend Henry. 

When Ariel and Henry begin filming in late 2007, Nev is at the beginning of a unique friendship with an eight-year-old girl named Abby. Abby painted a beautiful picture of one of Nev’s photographs of two dancers and mailed it to him. The two soon strike up a friendship and Nev begins talking to Abby’s mom Angela. Soon Nev adds Abby and her family members to Facebook, including Abby’s beautiful and multi-talented older sister Megan.

As Nev and Megan begin talking, their relationship soon intensifies and a nine-month long romance ensues. But everything is not quite as it seems. Nev, Ariel and Henry begin to uncover secret after secret. When Nev finally decides to confront Megan and her family, the three travel across the country to Angela’s house in Michigan. What they find there is truly shocking and utterly captivating.

A true product of our times, Catfish is a must see! Add yourself to the hold list today!