It's happened! I read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (book 1) of James Patterson's NYT Best-selling series back in 2005. 11 years ago! Even though I know that the prose isn't amazing, it's engaging (same as the Twilight saga, whether you like it or not), and Max was one of my first literary role models in addition to Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) and Lyra Belaqua (The Golden Compass).
And when I first joined MoviePilot as a staff writer 4 years ago (before it became an open-source platform), Maximum Ride was listed as "in development." And then, there was radio silence. And more silence. So much so, that I gave up hope it would ever happen.
But then... a poster popped up in my instagram and Facebook feeds.
A few days ago, I finished The Advanced Course in The Landmark Forum. And as much as I hate clichés, my life has "changed for (what I believe to be) the better." If you didn't catch the Wicked reference, you clearly haven't heard the song "For Good" enough times.
Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that I was skeptical going into The Forum (the first program), even though my mom, and lots of family and friends have done it (or its predecessor, EST) with great success. My mom had told me about this a few years ago, and I said I didn't need it because I was happy at the time. I think that if I had gone then, my life might have been better, but there is no such thing as "too late" here. My Forum had people as old as their mid-80's attending, and besides possible health reasons, there's no excuse for someone even older to not come to the Forum.
The reason I agreed to finally go to the Forum this summer, at the beginning of July, was because my freshman year of college was a hard one (you can read more about my experience here). And at that point, I figured that it couldn't hurt to try this, and worst case scenario: my life wouldn't change. My skepticism lasted the first two days of The Forum, partly because I wasn't learning anything new (that's what you get when you're raised by people who have already done it—it's naturally integrated into their parenting style). But the third day opened something up for me that made me glad I had stuck through it up until then.
What an end to a rollercoaster story! I was saying trilogy up until now, but it turns out that Olivia and Noah's story is just the beginning of the Imperfect Love series, which now has at least 2 new additional books centering around Noah and Olivia's best friends, Sterling and Camryn, called The Fix Up and The Shake Up.
Where the second book got a bit predictable, this one had me guessing at most of the turns. What did get annoyed me about this one, is how long Olivia goes before she forgives Noah. Up until now, she had separated herself from other romance heroines who get so hung up about one thing and then miss the big picture in the process, but here she fell back into the crowd and did that for a bit too long.
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