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Fans Adore P.S. I Still Love You

By Scarlett Hatton

The 2018 Netflix hit To All of the Boys I’ve Loved Before left fans hungry for more. Its charming display of teen romance and relatable characters made the perfect rom-com for its huge audience. The movie was a film adaption of the first book of Jenny Han’s best-selling novels. Because there were more books in the series, fans of the story anticipated a sequel. To All of the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You was just that. 

The film did a great job of staying true to its first movie. Rather than feeling like a sequel, it felt like a direct continuation of the love story of Laura Jean Covey [played by Lana Condor] and Peter Kavinsky [played by Noah Centineo] in the first film. 

Covey continued to have her quirky, relatable personality that viewers loved so much. While her innocent nature continued throughout the sequel, she experienced character development similar to what is portrayed in the book. Covey was terrified to drive in the first movie; however, in the second, she eagerly offers to drive. While this is just a small example of her personal growth, it felt necessary to show that time had passed and she had matured.

The writers made a risky choice in pretending the end of the previous movie did not exist. At the end of the first movie, John Ambrose McClaren [played by Jordan Burtchett] met Covey at her door in the final seconds of the film. This seemed like it was supposed to foretell the beginning of the next movie. However, To All of the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You put it on as if that encounter never happened. Instead, Covey met McClaren [now played by Jordan Fisher] later in the movie because they both volunteered at Belleview retirement home. Not only did they rewrite the original plot but they also changed the actor. While some viewers were upset by this, ultimately, it was a good decision and did a better job of reflecting the book. 

Fisher did a wonderful job playing his role as McClaren. He was one of the most likable characters throughout the film. McClaren was seen as shy and sensitive in the book, and Fisher portrayed that well. It is unlikely that anyone could have done better playing that role. 

The movie took a lot of time setting up the plot. The film had unnecessary events such as Covey and Kavinsky’s first date that were simply time-fillers. The movie was definitely less eventful than the first, but that is common in most sequels.

The biggest issue with the movie was the absence of a crucial part of the book in which the group plays the game “Assassins.” Anyone who has read the series associates P.S. I Still Love You with this pivotal plot point. In the book, the “Assassins” game started in the treehouse. Players secretly drew the name of someone they had to tag out and the winner got a wish granted. The game led to alliances and conflict between the characters. Not only did the film leave this out, but the ending felt rushed and incomplete without it.

  Ultimately, the movie did not do the book complete justice. However, on its own, the film is definitely enjoyable and worth watching. With production for the third movie already taking place, it is safe to say that To All of the Boys I’ve Loved Before fans have more than enough to feast on.


Acting: B

Writing/dialogue: A-

Plot: B

Visual: A

Overall: B+


Melanie Martinez ends music hiatus with K-12

Art and story by: Scarlett Hatton

For years, many loyal fans have long-awaited Melanie Martinez’s return to the music industry. However, on Sept. 3, 2019, Martinez surprised her supporters with a 90-minute film that she directed and a studio album that she produced, ending their wait. K-12, the film, includes 13 of Martinez’s highly anticipated tracks from her newest album with dialogue in between. With aid from her unique style and artistic lyrics, the album landed number three on the U.S. Billboard 200, and the film has gained over 31 million views on YouTube. Despite this, her followers still wonder if K-12 was truly worth the wait.


The film takes a twisted take on a normal musical. It follows a headstrong, clever little girl named Crybaby [played by Martinez] and her supportive best friend, Angelita [played by Elita Harkov], as they are sent off to a foreboding sleepaway school with dictatorial leaders. The movie has an innocent, light aesthetic that adds to the creepy situation the characters are being put in. These contrasting manners of purity and brutality can be observed in many of Martinez’s older songs such as “Dollhouse.” The lyrics to this 2015 single include, “Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces. Everyone thinks that we’re perfect; please don’t let them look through the curtains.” 

Years later, Martinez carries forward this message of hiding pain behind beauty and innocence. K-12 continues this tone throughout the entire film as Crybaby quite literally tears her evil principal apart while wearing her bright, pink dress. While this might be too dark for some viewers, others appreciate this artful approach to portray insanity and to illustrate the inhumanity of modern school systems.


Nearly every Melanie Martinez song confronts a problem in society. While her lyrics do an excellent job of portraying these issues, the film was so important to help tackle them head-on and show real-life examples that her audience can relate to. This album alone exhibits the effects of a negative body image, eating disorders, bullying, gender roles, fake friends, and many other serious topics. The song “Orange Juice” is about a girl with bulimia learning to accept herself. A lyric says, “Your body is imperfectly perfect. Everyone wants what the other one’s working.” This message is absolutely necessary for young people to hear given the growing mental health issues faced in society.


Martinez is also completely vulnerable in the song “Show and Tell.” While it is unclear if the song was written about her personal life, specifically, it can be assumed the message of the song is very close to her. The lyrics say, “Buy and sell, like I’m a product to society.” In the film, Crybaby was trapped inside of the school. She felt like she was being controlled by power-hungry villains. The principal made her feel worthless with his unjust rules and she would do whatever it took to get herself out. She said, “Pretending everything’s alright is detention.” Martinez made K-12 to share this message to her audience. Aside from the magic, singing, and dancing, the film was very realistic to modern society in some form or another. Martinez’s ability to connect with these real-life situations through art is definitely one of her biggest strengths.


After taking a three-year hiatus, high expectations were set for Martinez’s album. It is hard to deny the visual appeal of the film and the beautiful message that it portrayed. However, there were some problems with the film that needs to be addressed. There were so many different subplots that each felt incomplete and lacked a true value to the overall theme. This made the main plot harder to follow and understand. At times it seemed as if it has been just 13 music videos strung together without any order. Furthermore, the dialogue between songs felt weak and messy at times. Instead of connecting the songs together, the remarks just seemed to be there to fill up time. It is a shame that the plot could not live up to the beautiful costumes and amazing albums that Martinez is known for.


K-12 continues to expand Martinez’s audience and break music records. It is clear that so much well-spent time, money, and production went into making the film possible. Ultimately, Martinez made the film available on many different platforms for free which was such an admirable thing to do, especially if she was trying to spread awareness and positivity. As Crybaby said in the film, “Everyone is worthy of love.”



Wheels on the Bus

Class Fight

The Principal

Show & Tell

Nurse’s Office

Drama Club

Strawberry Shortcake 

Lunchbox Friends

Orange Juice 


Teacher’s Pet

High School Sweethearts 



Visuals: A+

Plot: B-

Acting: A-

Production: A+

Vocals: A+

Songwriting: A

Overall: A-


K-12 the film: https://youtu.be/2HtaIvb61Uk


Artistic interpretations of students everyday heroes

By Sky Blessing

What does your modern day hero look like to you?

“Really muscular and defined. The kind of person that would save a cat from a tree,” said senior Josh Poynter.


“A guy who embraces himself for the benefit of his business,” said sophomore Bethany Gobbel.


“My mom; she makes sure everything is simply put and gets me from place to place,” said freshman Hannah Bubnar.


“My hero is a strong feminist woman like Frida Kahlo,” said sophomore Rebeca Flores.