Last summer I picked up my first Gemma Burgess novel–A Girl Like You–and read it in under a week. It became one of my favorite books I read in 2013 (and probably the past few years). Over the next couple of months, I read Burgess’s other two novels: The Dating Detox and Brooklyn Girls. Then in February, the sequel to Brooklyn Girls, Love and Chaos, was released. By a stroke of birthday luck, I won a copy of Love and Chaos from Burgess on Twitter. I quickly read the sequel and now, months later, I’m (still) eagerly anticipating the third installment of Burgess’s Brooklyn Girls series, The Wild One. However, I would settle for any novel written by Burgess. In less than a year, she became one of my favorite authors. So, in an effort to convert everyone over to the Burgess fan club, I’ve boiled down a list of reasons to read her novels to a few important points.
After waiting about a year for the sophomore season of My Mad Fat Diary, the show did not disappoint. Although naming My Mad Fat Diary as the best new show of 2013 raised my expectations for the show’s second season, it had no problem delivering. There was Rae’s (Sharon Rooney) difficult return to college, her rocky relationship with her best friend Chloe (Jodie Comer), and the unexpected surprise bestowed on their family by Rae’s mother, Linda (Claire Rushbrook). The second season was just as much of an emotional rollercoaster as the first season–and just as enjoyable.
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Many season one characters returned–while others did not–and viewers were even introduced to new characters such as Liam (Turlough Convery). Although I was disappointed that Rae’s primary tormentors (who turned a corner at the end of season one) did not return, they did make way for the mean girls of college: Stacy (Sacha Parkinson), Amy (Susie Potter), Vicky (Jodie Hamblet), & Lois (Kirsty Armstrong). The handsome Dr. Nick also did not return, but Kester (Ian Hart) seemed to be doing alright following his divorce and breakdown last season. These were the answers to some questions I had about season two before it began. Now that all of My Mad Fat Diary’s seven-episode second season has aired, let’s talk about the answers we got to the bigger questions. (Beware, there will be major spoilers.)