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2015 in Books.

37 books in a year. Probably a personal best. Thanks, Brunch

  1. Elanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  2. It’s a YA novel about two misfits, who like any YA protagonists, find love. It’s a brilliant book that deals with many issues. I’d rate it 8/10.
    What worked- The plot, the characters, the way conflict has been handled.
    What didn’t work- The narrative (I’m not a fan of changing POVs)
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  3. The Psychology of Terrorism, John Horgan
  4. I read it around the time of the attacks in Peshawar and the Je Suis Charlie movement, and the happenings made a lot more sense to me. I’d rate it 8/10.
    What worked- The compelling theories, the scope.
    What didn’t work- The structure of the book
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  5. The Long Silence, Shashi Deshpande
  6. It’s a beautiful book about what it means to be a woman in a man’s city- about resilience and humanity. I’d rate it 7/10
    What worked- The raw honesty, and the characters.
    What didn’t work- The negativity.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  7. The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism, Rex Hudson
  8. Again, this was read around the aforementioned attacks. I’d rate it 8.5/10
    What worked- The case studies, the non-discriminantly explained theories.
    What didn’t work- The narrative, the technique.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  9. A Study in Scarlett, Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The first story introducing Sherlock Holmes. Rating: 9/10
    What worked: The suspense, the mystery, and the unveiling of the crime.
    What didn’t work- The narrative, the fact that I’ve already read it- the original as well as versions of it.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  11. The Lucifer Effect, Philip Zimbardo
  12. This book details The Stanford Prison Experiment and uses the findings to explain what was seen at the Abu Gharib Prison, where the author was an expert witness. Rating: 9/10
    What worked: The details, the writing style, the techniques.
    What didn’t work: the negativity.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ™ (It was awesome and overwhelming)

  13. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  14. A set of short stories surrounding diasporic themes. Rating: 8/10.
    What worked: The narratives, how I could identify with most of the conflicts, the variety.
    What didn’t work: The pace of some of the stories.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  15. The Parrot who Wouldn’t talk and other stories, Ruskin Bond
  16. Another set of short stories, which I found lying about my store cupboard.
    Rating: 6/10
    What worked: The writing style
    What didn’t work: It was a children’s book, so although I shouldn’t say it, it was too childish.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
  18. Well. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  19. The Palace of Illusions, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
  20. It’s a retelling of The Mahabharata (an Indian mythological epic ) through the eyes of Panchali. Rating: 9/10
    What worked: The POV, the writing style, the characters.
    What didn’t work- At some parts, it got too preachy.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  21. The Duff, Kody Keplinger
  22. Another YA tale about two seemingly misfit teens. This book is so much better than the movie, though!
    Rating: 7/10
    What worked- I could identify, the plot
    What didn’t work- The conflicts, the characters.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜–

  23. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  24. A 17 year old ‘heroine in training’ who loves Gothic novels and loves the idea of drama.
    Rating: 7/10
    What worked: Typically Austen.
    What didn’t work: Typically Austen.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  25. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  26. Scarlett O’Hara and her struggle to survive and the will to live is what stood out for me.
    Rating: 8/10
    What I loved: The storyline, the way I could feel what the author wanted me to feel
    What I didn’t like: Scarlett is so annoying. Rhett is so frustrating. “I will think about it tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day”
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  27. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  28. So much more than a World War I love story.
    Rating: 7/10
    What worked: It had the effect it was intended to have.
    What didn’t work: I’m not a fan of the cold way Hemingway writes.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  29. All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
  30. It’s a story about a popular girl questioning her life and a not-so-popular boy struggling for it.
    Rating: 9/10
    What worked: I loved the character development, and how the protagonists interacted with each other
    What didn’t work: Sometimes, it felt like the characters were caricatures of themselves/what they’re supposed to represent.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  31. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
  32. It’s a brilliant! I read it mainly because it is one of my favourite blogs on the Internet.
    Rating: 10/10
    What worked: Everything!
    What didn’t work: It got over.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜•

  33. Is Everyone Hanging out without me?, Mindy Kaling
  34. It’s a hilarious collection of essays by the amazing Mindy Kaling.
    Rating: 9/10
    What worked: Her sense of humor, the stories she shared
    What didn’t work: Had to follow Hyperbole and a half.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  35. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su.
  36. Adapted by the creators of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, this is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in San Francisco.
    Rating: 8/10
    What worked: The form, the plot, the adaptation, the minor changes new to the book.
    What didn’t work: The chemistry wasn’t as sparkling as the web series.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  37. Mr Darcy’s Diary, Amanda Grange.
  38. A fanfiction-esque diary of Darcy.
    Rating: 9/10
    What worked: Enough Darcy to last for a while.
    What didn’t work: It felt like an adaptation- a bit too forced.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  39. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
  40. In my defence, I’m updated on the TV series (because it’s less time consuming, okay?)
    Rating: 7/10
    What worked: The writing style stood out for me
    What didn’t work: Because I already knew what was going to happen, it was frustrating to see the characters make those mistakes that lead up to their death.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  41. Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11), Meg Cabot
  42. The 11th book in the Princess Diaries series follows Mia aged 28.
    Rating: 8/10
    What worked: Pop culture references, and the usual thing that works for Princess Diaries. “Leia and Luke.”
    What didn’t work: Not enough Michael Moscovitz. It wasn’t as good as the previous books, maybe because Mia has more adult issues
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  43. I am Malala, Malala Yousufzai
  44. This book changed my perspective on what’s important in life, and how blinded I was to the world outside.
    Rating: 10/10
    What worked: Everything
    What didn’t work: It was a pretty difficult read, emotionally. But so worth it
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  45. A Clash of Kings, George R R Martin
  46. Book #2, A Song of Ice and Fire.
    Rating: 7/10
    What worked and didn’t work: The same as that for GoT.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  47. Girl Online, Zoe Sugg
  48. An anonymous blogger (goes by the name Girl Online) who meets a mystery boy when her family takes a workation to NYC.
    Rating: 7/10
    What works: Full of Pop Culture references, “Wiki”, Penny’s brother is a cutie, Brooklyn Boy.
    What doesn’t: The plot is kind of predictable.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

  49. A Night to Remember, Walter Lord (Audio)
  50. I heard this is the audio book format
    Rating: 8/10.
    What worked: The speed, the technique, the picturesque writing
    What didn’t work: I’m not the biggest fan of audio books, as I learnt.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  51. Seriously… I’m Kidding, Ellen Degeneres
  52. It’s by Ellen, okay?
    Rating: 10/10
    What worked: It’s beyond hilarious!
    What didn’t work: My parents woke up because I was laughing too hard.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  53. Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg
  54. I’d been wanting to read it for a couple of years now. And I don’t think there was a better time to read it than at night, when everyone around me was asleep
    Rating: 8/10
    What worked: The rawness of Ginsberg’s voice, the hard hitting roughness
    What didn’t work: Didn’t understand some of the references.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  55. Princess in Love, Meg Cabot
  56. The third installment of Princess Diaries, read because I needed more Michael Moscovitz.
    Rating: 8/10
    What worked: What usually works for Princess Diaries. Also, Michael!
    What didn’t work: He loves you, Mia! Good lord, young lady.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  57. Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding
  58. Another reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice.
    Rating: 6/10
    What worked; The familiarity of the story, the format
    What didn’t work: The style of writing.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  59. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  60. Again, well. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Rating: 9/10
    What worked: The POV, the plotline, the character growth.
    What didn’t work: A little less hedonistic pleasure while reading
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜•

  61. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K.Rowling
  62. WHY DID RON AND HARRY COMPLAIN ABOUT HOMEWORK???
    Rating: 10/10
    What I liked: The hilarious notes
    What I didn’t: The wait for the movie!
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜Ÿ (cuz I’m not a witch)

  63. Ravan and Eddie, Kiran Nagarkar
  64. This is about two young boys living in a chawl in Bombay, whose fates are intertwined in ways we cannot even imagine.
    Rating: 7/10
    What I liked: The novelty. The raw truth. The writing style.
    What I didn’t like: The plot kept stretching for a bit.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

  65. The Color of Our Sky, Amita Trasi
  66. Two girls who are as different as you can be, are each other’s strength and reason to live years after tragedy hits them.
    Rating: 9/10
    What I like: The narration, the plot line, the character development
    What I didn’t like: Some of the characters annoyed me at some point. But they were supposed to. Like you’re supposed to hate Umbrige.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜ข

  67. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  68. Been meaning to read this for years! It’s about being on the road, d’uh. But it’s SO MUCH MORE.
    Rating: 8/10
    What I liked: Kerouac spoke to my caged bird soul
    What I didn’t like: I want breaks in books, okay? Also, I thought it would be my new favourite book. But it wasn’t.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  69. Girl On Tour, Zoe Sugg
  70. It’s a sequel. Had to read, obs.
    Rating: 6/10
    What I liked: YA! *spoiler* Wiki being happy, finally. *end of spoiler*
    What I didn’t like: Less Brooklyn Boy. Too predictable.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜

  71. A Work in Progress, Connor Franta
  72. It’s fantastic, it’s a memoir, and I got all the feels. Connor, I really wish I were a guy, and then Troye, you, and I could be gay together.
    Rating: 10/10
    What I liked: He was so honest, and open, and just awesome! The book was aesthetically pleasing, and looked like his Instagram account. Is there anything this boy can’t do?
    What I didn’t like: It got over. Also, within 2 weeks of me finishing the book, he announced the hardcover version. I’m broke, OK?
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜ข (Because I’m SO PROUD)

  73. Love and Misadventures, Lang Laev
  74. Lang Laev is BRILLIANT. I have to thank my friends for this one. They gifted this for my birthday!
    Rating: 10/10
    What I liked: Everything. Every poem. Aaaa.
    What I didn’t like: Nothing. Seriously. She deserves much more recognition than she already does.
    Crying:๐Ÿ˜ฅ (Because so beautiful)

  75. Oedipus the King, Sophocles.
  76. Oedipus. As a Psych and a Literature student, I HAD to read it.
    Rating: 6/10
    What I liked: Well, the plot was quite nice. And a little creepy, but nice.
    What I didn’t like: Not my cup of tea.
    Crying: ๐Ÿ˜

Obviously, my PERSONAL ideas. Nothing more. Not even reviews. Just what I thought about the books.
Crying scale (from least to most): ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ
I’ve obviously been writing this since end of December.๐Ÿ˜‚
Also, now I have a poetry blog on Tumblr. You may want to check it out? Here. Please do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Twitter: @WallflowerBlack

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Fangirl.

 

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.



There was buzz all over the internet about this one. Tumblr had chosen it as the first read for its book club. As somebody who practically lives on the internet, you can’t ignore something like that. So obviously I had to read it. And I thank each one of you cray internet peeps for this.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell is just another coming of age novel. But it’s different, because it’s hilarious and light hearted. And it’s about each one of us, because it’s about growing up and realizing our uniqueness. More than anything, it’s about trusting each of our abilities and trusting ourselves.

Fangirl is a story about Cather Avery (reasons why her name is Cather is explained heartbreakingly in the novel), who is, predictably enough, a fangirl. She writes Simon Snow fanfiction, (which is basically like Harry Potter in this canon) which has hundreds of thousands of hits and reviews. Her fans have accepted her headcanon- her fic Carry On, Simon, as the fanfiction, some claiming they love it more than the original books.

Fanfiction. We've all been there, haven't we?

Fanfiction. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

She goes to college in Nebraska, as her twin, Wren, chooses. But to her shock, Wren decides for them that they wouldn’t stay in the same dorm room, in a desperate seeking of individual identity. This is a story of Cath trying to find herself- earlier a half of a pair of twins, into her own whole.

Cath is your average socially anxious teenager who has tens of thousands of online acquaintances. She is so anxious that she lives off peanut butter and protein bars for months, because she finds it anxiety-provoking to ask for directionsย  before her roommate intervenes and takes her to the dining room.

โ€œIn new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)โ€ย 

Her only ray of hope in the whole ordeal that is college, is a Fiction-Writing class she enrolled in, and Nick, her writing friend with whom she writes twice a week. The novel’s best parts are where Cath explains the process of writing, why she writes, and how she fights this fear of writing fiction, that is non-fanfiction. You can’t help but empathize with her as she battles self-esteem issues, issues of identity, and finding herself.

On Writing. Best. :)

On Writing. Best. ๐Ÿ™‚

However, the book won’t appeal to someone who doesn’t get online fandoms, fangirling, and people who are social

If you’re wondering if you should read this-
Read it if you love writing.
Read it if you’ve been a part of a fandom before
Read it if you have read fanfiction before.
Read it if you’ve written fanfiction.
Read if you’ve spent forever on the internet.
Read it if you’ve ignored what you were supposed to do because you were on the internet.
Read it if you are socially anxious.
Read it if you are a little too scared you might have some psychological disorder because you have tried, but remain socially awkward.
Read it if you are trying to find yourself.
Read it if you’re currently doubting yourself.

When in doubt...

When in doubt…

It is an amazing feeling to be gotten, isn’t it? This book is for all of us who sometimes feel invisible because nobody gets it.

Note: Not a review, just an opinion.
Sorry for ignoring. Exams, college, assignments and all that jazz. ๐Ÿ˜›

Rate, Comment and Subscribe. Reach out. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Twitter: @WallflowerBlack


100 Reasons why we love FRIENDS.

So, like everybody in the world and their grandmothers are obsessing over the ten year FRIENDS endiversary, I thought I should too. It took me hours to compile and a lot of rewatching so that I don’t break into tears. So, yeah. 100 reasons why FRIENDS was the best thing on TV.

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1. Chandler Bing.

From his uncle Bada to his one-liners to his photography-awkwardness to his silent laughter, I love everything about him. His ‘Humour as a defense mechanism’ to his love for Monica is just swoon-worthy.

2.ย Ross Geller’s Nerdiness.

No character on TV is the perfect blend of Nerdy and uh, hot and sweet and funny and stuff a lobster is made of.

3.ย Phoebe Buffay.

‘Nuff said.

4.ย Joey Tribbianni.

He’s adorably loveable and yet, kind of dumb, with a way with opening lines. You know. How you doin’? is the stuff of T-Shirts, which is a pretty big thing for a show that ended 10 years ago!

5.ย Monica Geller’s OCD

I haven’t come across anybody so OCD for cleanliness- apart from Danny Tanner- on TV, and you kind of love her for that.

6.ย Rachel Greene.

Bro, her closet is something I’m envious of. And I hate shopping. So get that. From Mom Jeans to Overalls to Ralph Lauren to EVERY SINGLE THING she owns.

7.ย The Rachel.

Every girl in the 90s and their moms wanted The Rachel Hairdo, even though Jennifer Aniston admits to hating it. But who cares. I would still do it if I had manageable hair.

8.ย Monica and Ross- Best Siblings ever!

From The Routine to playing Pyramids to everything else.

9.ย Joey’s French.

“Je te flouppe Fli”. ย Oh, mon Dieu!

10.ย Brad Pitt as a guest star.

Wasn’t he oh-so-hot in it! Win for the universe!

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11.ย Julia Roberts as a guest star.

Who know revenge was Chandler being naked but for pantyhose in a restaurant washroom stall? *hides face*

12.ย Bruce Willis as a guest star.

He’s a neat guy, alright!

13.ย Jill Goodacre as a guest star.

Yes, gum would be perfection!

14.ย Alen Baldwin as a guest star.

Let me just take a mental picture. *Click*

15.ย Christina Applegate as a guest star.

Rachel’s sisters are just hilarious.

16.ย Dermont Mulroney as a guest star.

D’uh. Look at him.

17.ย Cole Sprouse as a guest star.

When did Cody become so young?

18.ย Dakota Fanning as a guest star.

Who said pretty and smart don’t go together?

19.ย Denise Richards as a guest star.

This is so inappropriate. (But you could have a crush on a person collectively in a mix-gender group. Not at all non-normal. Hmph.)

20.ย Ellen Pompeo as a guest star.ย 

Heh. I love cross-fandom interactions. And this is canon, yo!

21.ย Gary Oldman as a guest star.

(Not because of Sirius Black. I swear.)

22.ย George Clooney as a guest star.ย 

D’uh.

23.ย John Stamos as a guest star.

How does he get hotter as time passes? (Inappropriate for Uncle Jesse, okay?) Have Mercy!

24.ย Paul Rudd.

He’s perfect for soccer-mom Phoebe!

25.ย Phil Lewis as a guest star.

As if we needed more Zack and Cody. But his “Monica warned me you’d do that” reestablished my faith in humanity.

26.ย Reese Witherspoon as a guest star.

I’d want her for a friend. I deserve a boat too!

27.ย Thomas Lennon’s hand as a guest star.

“My hand is your hand. Your hand is my hand.”

28.ย Tom Selleck as a guest star.

I honestly have a crush on Richard too. *swoon*

29.ย The Routine.

The routine for the win. ๐Ÿ˜€

30.ย Arquette.

Everybody’s surname changing to Arquette in the title of ‘The One with Vegas’ is just amazing.

31.ย “I’ll be there for you.”

Nothing makes my day like listening to this song. Especially before exams. And results. And when I’m pissed. And in life.

32.ย Baby’s Got Back.

That was just downright hilarious!

33.ย “I am Bea. I drink tea. Won’t you dance around with me?”

‘Nuff said.

34.ย Smelly Cat.

Best. Song. Ever.

35.ย Phoebe’s Christmas song.

No, don’t sing alone.

36. Freud! The Musical.

Best ish ever!

37. Ross’ Keyboard.

Thank Heavens it got over.

38. Ross’ Bagpipe.

My ears ring. Sometimes.

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39. And Phoebe singing to whatever horrid song he was playing.

Eeee-eeee-eeeeee.

40.ย Way/No Way.

Chandler and Ross’ college erm band.

41. Viva La Gaygas.

Chandler’s dad’s all male burlesque revue. Remember their rendition ofย It’s raining men?

42.ย Big Fat Goalie.

EPIC.

43.ย Red Ross.

44.ย “He bruises like a peach”

45. “My EYES! My EYES!”

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46.ย London.

Even with Emily, London was just amazing.

47.ย Las Vegas.

Everything was perfect. Kinda.

48.ย The beach.

So much drama!

49.ย The Jellyfish Sting.

*keeps mum*

50.ย Seven! Seven! Seven!

You know..

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52.ย The Pilot episode!

Just the perfect pilot ever!

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53.ย The One with the Embryos.

I must have watched it, literally, 50 times.

54.ย The One with the Rumour.

Apart from a swoonworthy Brad Pitt, the rumour and Ross’ affair with the 50 year old librarian was downright hilarious.

55.ย The One with the Prom Video.

And they get back together. It was just adorable!’

56.ย The Last One- Part Two.

Don’t kill me, but She got off the plane, yeah?

57.ย The one with the proposal- Part Two.

I wanted to cry happy tears.

58.ย The One with Phoebe’s Wedding.

I’ll be my something blue.

59.ย The one with Barry and Mindy’s wedding.

When Richard and Mon broke up, but for an honest reason. That’s when Monica was a grown-up.And you know, Rach, we don’t have your sheep.

60.ย The One that could have been. Both Parts.

It was one of my favourite episodes the first time I watched it. And still is.

61. “I am stuck in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre.”

Chandler.

62.ย “Could Iย beย wearing any clothes?”

Joey.

63. “We were on a break!”

I’m on Ross’ side.

64. “He’s her lobster!”

I wanted to melt.

65.ย Oh… My… God!”

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66.ย “15 Yemen Road, Yemen.”

So much win.

67. “When were you… Under me?”

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68. “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”

Yes Ross, thanks.

69.ย The Duck and the Chick. Just. Okay?

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70. “‘Here come the meat sweats.”

71. “You must meet my uncle Bada!

You, Chandler, you!

72.ย “It’s a moo point.”

73. “Choose, you Jack-ass”

74. And, “Bamboozled.”

75. “Where was it.. The Sun?”

Chandler on Ross’: ” I went to the tanning place you suggested.”

76. “Joey! I love Joey! He lives with a duck.

77.ย “Ross- The Divorce Force!”

78. “Yes.. In Prison.”

That’s how they measure pants. Ross Says. Still Laughing.

79. “Unagi.”

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80. And “Salmon Skin Roll.”

81. “Joey doesn’t share food.”

82. “It’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy, and it is a big deal.”

83. “My price, my soulmate, my friend.”

84. “Neeever gonna happen.”

Joey on Ross, remember? And the word friend zoned was coined.

85. “How you doin’?”

Will work on all of us.

86.ย Holiday Armadillo.

Ross being his geeky and yet, caring self.

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87.ย All the thanksgiving episodes.

Especially.. Oh, truly, all of them.

88.ย All the weddings.

I mean the main cast and Carol and Susan.

89.ย Emma.ย 

90.ย Gunther.

91.ย Ursula.

Kinda.

92.ย Monica and Chandler.ย 

93.ย Ross and Rachel.

94.ย Princess Consuela and Crap Bag.ย 

95.ย Jack and Erica.

The babies. Monica’s dream becomes Chandler’s dream too.

96.ย All the flashbacks.

97.ย Rumours of reunion.

Oh come on!

98.ย #FindYourLobsterToday

99.ย That Marta Kauffman and David Crane show us that they are going to be okay, in the end.

100.ย That they love each other.

As much as we love them. Truly. And it’s a rarity.

 

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I could truly go on, for now I must bid you adieu and watch friends videos on YouTube.

 

Twitter: @WallflowerBlack.ย Tell me who you are and I shall follow.ย