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I recently made my first trip to San Francisco. I hit the usual spots: Dolores Park, Lombard Street and The Golden Gate Bridge. With Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo among my favorite films, I had a mission to see Fort Point, where Kim Novak threw herself into the water in one of the film’s most iconic scenes.
Every once in a while, we 20Somethings are able to find a few days and with the spare change deep in our jean pockets (and coat pockets, and purses, and the bottom of our laundry bags) take a little, very much-needed vacation --- a post-grad “Spring Break,” if you will. My “Spring Break” was planned almost a full year ago when I continually clicked the refresh button on Google Chrome, waiting to be next in line for Coachella 2013 tickets. With about two hours of waiting under my belt, good karma finally came my way, and I scored two tickets to the festival.
In Janet Gurtler's latest book, HOW I LOST YOU, nothing stands between Grace and Kya. Not boys, not secrets --- nothing. But during the summer before senior year, life throws challenges at them that tests their best friendship. In this blog post, Janet Gurtler lets us know about her hardest best friend break up and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.  
We finally made it to the home stretch of our wait for the Gatsby movie release! It was touch-and-go there for a few months when they kept pushing off the release date --- I lost count of how many times I desperately YouTubed the trailer somewhere around 40. You know what I’m talking about --- the way your heart beats wildly when Carey Mulligan, our fickle Daisy, says, “Gatsby?
From J.K. Rowling’s dedication of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: The dedication of this book is... to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.
I had only seen the very first episode of the "Game of Thrones" series when all of my friends insisted that I catch up so we could watch the Season 3 premiere together. Over the course of seven days, I immersed myself in the magical and mythical world of the seven kingdoms and every new episode got increasingly better as the separate stories began to intertwine. Midway through it all, I was experiencing the wildest, and incredibly violent dreams full of odd creatures.
Last week, Flavorwire posted two features that intrigued us twentysomethings. Because you may have missed them, I’m excited to share them with you now!
After a conversation at work about books with the same titles, like the two recently published LIFE AFTER LIFE’s (one by Jill McCorkle and one by Kate Atkinson), I started thinking about the way different forms of media intertwine. We already know that movies and TV shows often have the same names as books because they are based on one another, but what about music?
Watching the two-hour premiere of Mad Men last night I found myself thinking about Girls. I started to compare Peggy to Hannah.  While Peggy has her share of “issues,” she is so smart and grounded compared to Hannah. What are we saying about today’s 20Something women here? Are we headed backwards now?
When we first launched 20SomethingReads.com we were excited about a book called TO TIMBUKTU by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg.