bite size reviews

Where Am I Now?

Where Am I Now?

 Mara Wilson

2016, Penguin Books

255 pages (paperback)

Mara Wilson is best known as the child actress who starred in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. As she got older, she appeared in fewer movies before she seemed to disappear from the public eye altogether. Eventually she had a second bout of very minor fame as a blogger with a fun Twitter feed, which led to this book. 

This celebrity memoir is told in a series of essays about growing up both in and out of the public eye. Mara lived her entire young life never quite feeling like she fit in, being a people-pleaser, and hiding her mental illness. She grew up to be delightful and introspective and genuinely funny. The essays on her mental illness and losing her mother at a young age are particularly beautiful. 

Where Am I Now? feels absolutely authentic. Even those of us who didn’t grow up as a famous child actor can relate to a painful adolescence. Thank goodness there’s a gifted storyteller like Mara Wilson here to help remind us of it. 

A Bite Size Review: Adventure Time’s “The Music Hole”

This past episode was a good combination of playfulness and maturity, which seems to be the trend for season seven. Furthermore, this episode was very meaty for Finn’s character. 

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To start, we see Finn finally dealing with the loss of his “Finn Sword”. Unlike last season, this time his friends come together to help him instead of letting him wallow. Furthermore, we see Finn has built up some resilience, as he feels marginally better by the end of the episode. In comparison to season six, where it took Finn half the season to overcome his issues and learn to healthily deal with them. His character shows that maturity doesn’t mean you don’t still get upset or sad about a problem, but you are able to bounce back quicker.   

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The episode also displayed a relaxed tone between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, showing that the two of them are more comfortable with each other now. It’ll be interesting to see if we get to find out what specifically caused a divide between them before. It was also enjoyable to see these two characters not be so serious after the intensity of the “Stakes” episodes. 

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I couldn’t not mention Ice King’s song and how it’s so ridiculous but so catchy. Don’t even lie, you know it was stuck in your head after watching this episode. The penguins were troublemakers as usual, and Gunter looked so fly in that jacket. 

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The last few minutes of the episode was beautifully introspective, and reminded me of season six episodes like “The Diary” and “The Comet”. Adventure Time  demonstrates that a cartoon can mature with its audience, while still appealing to young newcomers to the show. The scene with the music hole also seems to hint The Lich storyline will be coming back. 

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Marceline’s song, and Finn and The Music Hole’s song were my favourite from this episode. Flame Princess and Neptr’s rap was quite entertaining as well though. Also, where did Flame Princess get those flame retardant clothes? Perhaps, from a certain hero she’s started hanging out with again?! Does this mean Finn wouldn’t have to wear tinfoil anymore to hug Flame Princess?! The fan girl in me is dying to know what’s going on between them!

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Steven Floats: A Bite Size Review

This week’s episode brings us back to the root of the show: emotions. More importantly, how Steven is growing up and learning to deal with more complex emotions. 

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In many ways I found this episode reflected the emotions of the audience, we’ve all been waiting for Steven to get back home and get back to what’s been happening in Beach City. The episode also reflects how Steven is maturing and learning to manage his desires in life, and that satisfaction can’t always be instant. His frustration with his new power getting in the way of him getting a doughnut, shows that Steven must learn to prioritize what’s important in life. 

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The episode wonderfully portrays how adolescents learn to have patience. At first Steven is only focused on his desire for the doughnut, a primal desire that distracts him from everything else going on. His scenario of what will happen if he doesn’t get the first doughnut of the day, is hilarious. The montage is so true to how children feel like it’s the end of the world if something doesn’t go as planned. Once Steven realizes he can’t change his situation, he is forced to get his emotions under control. 

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This episode also shows how Steven is gaining more powers similar to his mother’s, but that doesn’t mean he’s becoming more like her. Steven is his own person and wants to know more about his mom, but he doesn’t want to become her. Furthermore, he is starting to develop his own thoughts about his mother’s actions and he’s not totally comfortable with them. This episode shows that Steven is maturing and not just seeing things as black and white. 

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The crystal gems are also learning how to let Steven grow up. They recognize they can’t solve his problems for him forever. Likewise, Steven doesn’t expect the gems to fix everything, but he knows they’ll always be there to support him. The gems and Steven are starting to let go of stopping life from changing.  

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Finally, it was just really nice to see Beach City again after being at the barn for so long! I really missed the aesthetic of the main part of town. As well, it was enjoyable seeing the characters behave in their usual way when not under stress. Amethyst being oblivious and hungry, Pearl freaking out and being hyper maternal, and Garnet staying incredibly chill through the whole problem. What was your favourite part of this episode?

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