It is spring and April always brings some lovely surprises as new artists, songs, films and books find their way into our lives, to please, to warm, to sadden or just to give us a great memory to remember in years to come.
Our top 10 of music for April are:
1. I got u, Duke Dumont (feat. Jax Jones)
2. My Love, Route 94 (feat. Jess Glynne)
3. All of Me, John Legend
4. Happy, Pharrell Williams
5. Tsunami (Jump), Dvbbs & Borgeous/Tinie Tempah
6. Rather be, Clean Bandit (featuring Jess Glynne)
7. Dark Horse, Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)
8. I’m a Freak, Enrique Iglesias (feat Pitbull)
9. Money on my Mind, Sam Smith
10. Selfie, Chainsmokers
The talk of the town is Divergent – in a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.
Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.
A predictable formula with good cast (see Kate Winslet), and well executed makes for good entertainment. Not quite as good of other recent films in this genre, like The Hunger Games, but a solid 7.5/10, in our view.
Good reads this month include Jenny Han’s To all the boys I’ve loved before, the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Happy listening and watching this month!
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