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It is hard to beat coming-of-age movies like Lady Bird, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Booksmart but there is one set for release this year that could be one of the best.

Netflix just announced that All The Bright Places will be released on the streaming service in February and you are going to adore it.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by the phenomenal Jennifer Niven and it’s a story that will both break and mend your heart.


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It will forever be one of the most touching books I have ever read so my hopes are high for the movie. Elle Fanning and Justin Smith take on the lead roles as Violent and Finch and Brett Haley will direct the moving tale.

The ever so talented Jennifer Niven worked with Liz Hannah on the script so we’re in safe hands.

All The Bright Places follows the lives of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Theodore aka Finch is completely fascinated with death. Suicide is always on his mind, but little things always stop him from killing himself.


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Violet Markey is struggling with the untimely death of her sister. She spends her days daydreaming about the future and aches to escape her hometown so she can start her life all over again.

Violet and Finch meet on top of the ledge of the school’s bell tower. They quickly develop a friendship that finally lets them breathe for the first time and be who they’ve always wanted to be.

The pair decide to team up for a school project to discover the natural wonders’ of Indiana, but their wanderings teach them more about one another than their hometown.

Violet learns how to live in the moment through her friendship with Finch, but can her friendship keep him alive?


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All The Bright Places is a story that will make you think and feel in ways you never expected before. It is a story about love, mental health, friendship and despair.

It will undoubtedly capture hearts all across the world when it is released on Netflix on February 28.


Christmas gift shopping has put quite the dint in my bank account so the chances of heading out for midweek pints are awfully slim.

Luckily, one of the best coming-of-age movies is on TV tonight so we will all be pleasantly entertained.

The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson is on BBC Two tonight and you need to tune into the feel-good film.

Harrelson and Steinfeld make the most charming on-screen duo.

The movie follows Nadine as she struggles with high-school life. The teen has enough to deal with as she tackles unrequited love, dull classes and family heartache, but her world turns upside down when her best friend starts dating her older brother.

Nadine suddenly finds herself feeling more alone than ever before, especially after losing her dear father.

The teen forms an unexpected friendship with her teacher Erwin (Harrelson) who helps her realise life isn’t half as bad as she thinks.

This heartwarming and emotional teen movie is one of the best of our time, plus the soundtrack is an absolute dream. 80s pop, The 1975 and Birdy- what more could you ask for?

The Edge of Seventeen stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson and Hayden Szeto.

You can watch it on BBC 2 at 11.15pm tonight.


Anyone who has read (or more realistically – devoured) Caitlin Moran’s How To Build A Girl knows that this coming-of-age book is going to be a stellar movie.

However, translating books to the screen is always a tricky business, mainly due to the casting.

If you get it right, everything slots into place, but if you get it wrong? Boy, the whole plot can just come crashing down. 

But we are pleasantly surprised with the choice of Beanie Feldstein as the protagonist, Wolverhampton native Johanna Morrigan. 

You might recognise Beanie as Saoirse Ronan's BFF in Ladybird but she is all ready to step into a leading role. 

Caitlin is clearly on board with this casting, replying to Beanie's tweet with, ''my timeline has just been FULL OF LOVE for you today – the womansphere has been alerted to your incoming EXPLOSION of glory and I am so, so, so thrilled to be doing this with you. OH MY GOD IT'S REAL!!!!!!'' 

Reactions to the news were overwhelmingly positive to the 25-year-old as the choice to play Johanna. 

One wrote about the LA-native's announcement, ''I love Beanie Feldstein. She's perfect for this. But can she do an English accent?'' 

The film will follow the book's plot: it's 1990 and 14-year-old Johnna has created an alter ego, Dolly Wilde, after embarrassing herself on on local TV. 

Part autobiographical, it follows Johanna as Dolly who, by 16, is smoking,drinking, writing for a music paper and exploring her burgeoning sexuality. 

The cast also includes Paddy Considine as Johnna's dad and Sarah Soleman as her mum.

On top of that, Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen will play John Kite, an older rock star whom Johanna falls madly in love with.

We are REALLY looking forward to this one!! 


I have been on the hunt for an empowering and honest collection of poetry ever since I read Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey.

Female poets are paving the way in the poetry world and I am beyond thrilled about it. There once was a time when female writers used male pen names, especially during the 19th century, because men dominated the publishing industry.

However, female writers like Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace and K.Y Robinson have crafted such beautiful work that has earned them the respect in the industry that they truly deserve.

I’ve got great news for those of you who adore powerful and honest poetry. Charly Cox has released her first collection, and it is bound to leave you covered in goosebumps.

She Must Be Mad is a moving, raw and brutally honest collection about the trial and tribulations of life as a young woman in this modern world.

This collection of poetry is “for every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.”


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The sense of comfort and support Charly offers through this collection will reassure the women who are battling through this crazy world.

The coming-of-age collection features topics that will tug on the heart strings of women across the globe, like the pressure to look perfect and the little insecurities that float around in your mind every day.


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Charly’s wit will leave you smirking as you read, but her words will also hit you right in the pit of your stomach with the realisation that you’re not alone in this crazy world.

There’s an army of women out there fighting against the dull realities of this silly little thing called life and Charly perfectly captures what life is really like for the modern woman.

She Must Be Mad is published by Harper Collins and is available to buy here.


Lady Bird is one of the most talked about films of the year. The coming-of-age tale touched the hearts of millions across the world.

I couldn’t hold back the tears when I first went to see Lady Bird at the cinema. The tears just wouldn’t stop rolling and it wasn’t because it’s an upsetting movie, it’s because Lady Bird is real.

It’s the coming-of-age movie that we’ve wanted to see for years. It’s brutally honest and has real heart, so it’ll come as no surprise to hear that star of the film Saoirse Ronan is honoured to be part of such a life-changing film.

She gushed about playing the rebellious and relatable Lady Bird in an interview with RTÉ Entertainment.

“It really has sort of become a film for the generation, which is so cool, and so cool to be involved in something like that."

Coming-of-age movies like The Breakfast Club and The Perks of Being a Wallflower hold a special place in the hearts of youths all across the globe.

“I loved things like Rebel Without a Cause and Dirty Dancing. Lots of films that, I suppose, were about a young person figuring out who they were in the world. That seemed to be what I was really drawn to,” Saoirse expressed.

She continued: “Things like Clueless – I think that was such an important film for so many young people when that came out. More than anything, it was about three girls being themselves, and they all had such distinctive characters."

The Oscar-nominated Lady Bird raked in $76.9 million at the box office, Saoirse won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film and writer-director Greta Gerwig has inspired millions of women to get their work out there, but more importantly, Lady Bird became the movie that our generation has needed for years.