Breath In. Breathe Out. Hilary Duff has a New Album!

OMGosh! Am I dreaming? Hilary Duff has a new album! Excuse me a moment while a fan girl for a few minutes! I just, can’t believe she has a new album! She’s basically the reason I’ve dubbed myself Obsessive Girl! When I was as young as seven years old, Hilary Duff was basically my reason to watch anything! I literally cried at night when Lizzie McGuire came on, and I couldn’t watch it, because I was so young that it was my bed time! Gah! I’m so excited right now that I might cry just from the excitement! Okay, okay. *breathe in, breathe out* I’m good, I’m good. Now, let’s talk about Hilary Duff, because THIS is what dreams are made of!

Hilary Duff. Any household with anyone born in the 90’s or sooner recognizes this name as a common household name. She was adored by just about every nineties born girl in the United States for her quirkiness and ability to play relatable characters, such as “Lizzie McGuire,” Sam Montgomery in “A Cinderella Story,” Kelly in “Cadet Kelly,” and so many other characters. In addition to her many acting roles, she also released four albums entitled “Metamorphosis,” “Most Wanted,” “Dignity,” and “Hilary Duff.” She is one of the few Disney stars that few parents could ever question in regards to whether they wanted their children looking up to her, because she was clean and wholesome, and to this day has always had a strong head on her shoulders. While many of the other stars from her time have squandered their careers away to drugs and alcohol, Hilary Duff has grown up, gotten married, and raised an adorable little boy named Luca. Today, she is making a huge come back by starring in a television series called “Younger” and releasing her brand new album, “Breath In. Breathe Out.”

Sparks – The lyrics to this song are as cliché as pop lyrics come. It’s all about how nothing else in this world matters as long as we’re together, because when I’m with you all I know is sparks, so baby come closer and don’t let go. Honestly though, it almost doesn’t even matter what the lyrics are saying because the upbeat tempo makes it virtually impossible not to dance to the beat.

My Kind – A song about a guy who seems way to good to be true. How is he real? He stands out in a crowd, makes me want to let down my walls, and just be here in the moment with him. However, I need to make sure this is real, because I don’t want to waste my time.

One in A Million – Upon hearing the title one would assume this is a cliché pop song. Really, it’s not as cliché as one would expect though. Typically, a song with a title like this would be about a girl who finds this guy or relationship to be a one in a million chance and like a dream. This song isn’t really like that though. He seems to want to take a break from the relationship, while she’s supposed to wait on the sidelines, waiting for him to make up his mind. It should be easier to deal with this, because he hasn’t actually done anything wrong, but that actually makes it worse, because she knows she’s worth it and shouldn’t have to wait for him to make up his mind.

Confetti – The sound of this song is a little more like a traditional Hilary Duff song than the others. The lyrics are cute and simple. It’s about a girl who falls to pieces because of him, but in a good way, because he’s so irresistible and as surreal as a daydream. It’s a cute new twist on what it feels like to fall in love.

Breathe In. Breathe Out. – The title track. It’s about remembering everything about the relationship. It’s a girl trying to let go of the relationship that wasn’t what she thought it was. She has to pretend to be over him, so she’s thinking only about breathing in and breathing out. Basically, it’s the song written the moment after the break up when you realize it’s all over and nothing will ever be the same so you have to fake a smile and just keep going in life.

Lies – Just upon hearing the title, you assume it’s about a lying jerk who doesn’t know what he’s got and that’s exactly what it’s about. This girl is strong, independent, and so done with the lies that she’s moving on. It’s a power anthem for every girl (or a guy) who has ever reached the point in a relationship where she realizes he’s not the prince charming she thought he was, but a deceiving serpent with captivating and hypnotizing eyes.

Arms Around a Memory – It’s over now and all they have left are memories. She desperately wants to wrap her arms around the memory of him, because she misses him and wants what they had back, but she can’t and that’s upsetting. Because she can’t put her arms around the memory, and because as she wants him here, she also wants him to disappear, so she begs him to remember to forget her.

Stay in Love – As the title implies, this is a song about a relationship that is falling apart. It’s not what it used to be. There’s no passion or emotion. It’s as cliché as it sounds, but like the first track of this album, it almost doesn’t matter what the song is about, because the upbeat tempo leave you wanting nothing more than to forget your own worries and just dance.

Brave Heart – This relationship is like a game or a carnival ride going round and round in circles. She doesn’t want to let go of the relationship, but she knows she needs to for the sake of her own sanity. She’s scared to death to let go, but she knows she can, because she has a brave heart. She would never change anything about their relationship and she will forever keep every letter he’s ever written to her, but that doesn’t mean she won’t let go and move on.

Tattoo – This is the song that has stuck out to me the most from this album. Maybe it’s because I knew Ed Sheeran co-wrote it with Miss Duff, or maybe it’s because it’s a truly phenomenal song, I’m not quite sure, but it is a fabulous song! It’s a slightly more artistic take on the typical song about how love leaves marks that will never go away—like a scar or tattoo, that not only affects how you appear, but also how you feel on the inside. It’s a beautiful reminder of how scars and tattoos are the beautiful remains of pain felt and love lost.

Picture This – It’s about how a relationship is never exactly what you expected it to be. In this case, it’s better than she expected. Some things are regretted, but most of it has been beautiful and wonderful. She wants to remember all of the good things that were a part of their relationship.

Night Like This (featuring Kendall Schmidt) – This is another song that stuck out to me. It’s two potential lovers who feel electrified and mystified just by being near each other. The lyrics aren’t exactly my favorite, but it’s fun to listen to. It’s also interesting to experience on personal level, or as a third party, the power of new and exciting potential love.

Needless to say, despite the fact that I’m not as into pop these days as I used to be, I do love this album. Sure, there are certain points when I think, “yeah, this is why I don’t really listen to pop anymore,” but for the most part it is a good album. The lyrics are catchy and fun, the music is upbeat and dance worthy, and the general feel of the album is nostalgia mixed with themes perfect for anyone who has grown up as fan of Hilary Duff, because the themes of this album have matured with Hilary Duff and her fans. Maybe I’m being biased, as I’m the kind of girl who is “once a fan, always a fan,” but regardless of how I feel about the album, I suggest you listen to it for yourself and form your own opinions!

Radley Sanitarium and Rosewood Secrets

What is Radley Sanitarium? Radley is a mysterious psychiatric hospital that has more secrets than Rosewood has as a whole city. Radley Sanitarium’s biggest secret is that it is at the heart of all of Rosewood’s secrets. Radley is more than a Sanitarium though. Radley is a home. It was a home to two of our Liars, a home to one of our Liar’s boyfriend’s mother, it was home to one Rosewood’s biggest secrets,—Bethany Young—and it was even once home to “A” himself.

In the very last scene of tonight’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, Alison, and Jason confronted their father and demanded that he tell them who Charles DiLaurentis is. Mr. DiLaurentis slowly sat down, looked up at them desperately, and answered their question. We did not hear the answer though, because the camera screen zoomed away from them, showing us a hooded character watching them from outside the house. In the preview following though, we heard Alison telling the Liars that her father said Charles is dead. I truly believe that Mr. D believes Charles is dead. The look on his face when he sat down to tell them seemed to prove this fact. However, I also believe that Mrs. D did NOT believe Charles was dead. I think Charles was in Radley for some reason and that something happened to him while he was there to lead Mr. D to believe he was dead, whereas Mrs. D knew the truth was that Charles ran away or something. I think that is why Mrs. D was so intensely involved with Radley while she was alive.

I also believe the theory that Spencer was in Radley as a child is also true. I believe that Spencer was in Radley for some reason as a child, maybe she knew that Jason was her brother, but was lead to believe she was crazy for believing that or maybe it was worse than that, who knows? Nonetheless, I believe Spencer was in Radley and that she met Charles there in Radley, or maybe that she knew Bethany Young and Bethany talked about Charles, because she knew him. Think about it. Why and how could Spencer seem so comfortable in Radley if she had not at some point in her life spent time in that awful place before? This would explain why Peter Hastings felt the need to be so involved in Toby’s search of Radley, because he did not want Toby to know Spencer had been in Radley once before been in Radley. Should this theory not prove correct, then I suppose maybe Spencer knew both Jason and Charles as a child, but was led to believe, the same way Jason was, that Charles did not exist. On the other hand, maybe, just maybe, since she and Alison are the same age, she just simply does not fully remember him, because she was too young to remember him. But wait! Didn’t Peter Hastings claim that the DeLaurentis’ did not live Rosewood for a while? Yes, but, he has lied on more than one occasion before, so who is to say he wasn’t lying this time as well? Or, still, maybe they didn’t live there at first, but maybe after Alison and Spencer were born, they did live in Rosewood, just long enough for Spencer to know Charles before whatever happened to him happened?

Fast-forward in Radley’s future for a few years and we can see that Toby’s mom was once a resident, possibly at the same time as Bethany Young. The public records say that Toby’s mom jumped out of a window at Radley and died. Suppose this is not true though. Suppose that she was pushed. Why would she have been pushed? Well, she was a blonde and so was Mrs. DiLaurentis who was allegedly working at Radley while she was a resident. It seems extremely obvious that Bethany loathed Mrs. DiLaurentis, so suppose Bethany plotted to push Mrs. DiLaurentis out the window, but got confused by the blonde hair and pushed Mrs. Cavanaugh out the window instead.

Fast-forward a few more years and we see that Bethany Young does have some major connections to the DiLaurentis family, because she was at their house the night Alison disappeared. So far, what we know is that Byron Montgomery, CeCe Drake, Ezra Fitz, Jenna Marshall, Melissa Hastings, Spencer Hastings, and Toby Cavanaugh were all there that night and that they all had something to be angry with Alison about. Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, and Hanna Marin were each there that night too. For whatever reason, Bethany escaped Radley to be there that night. Because we know that Alison, Bethany, and CeCe were all wearing the same outfit that night, we can assume that any one of the previously mentioned characters could have had their own reasons to do something horrible to Bethany, thinking she was Alison. While we are on that note, what if Sara Harvey does not actually have anything to do with that night or any of the Liars on a personal level at all? What if the next morning, as Alison and Sara were both running away, they ran into each other and Alison somehow managed to convince Sara to trade clothes with her. Maybe “A” wasn’t as clever then as he is now and simply captured Sara instead of Alison? If Sara does have more to do with the Liars than briefly meeting Alison and being mistaken as her by “A,” then I think it is because she was also in Radley at some point as a child. Suppose, maybe she is the real person whose father had an affair with Mrs. DiLaurentis. That could explain a lot as well, including the fact that she said she was tired of pretending her father would come back and be different.

A year and a half later, Mona is put in Radley for confessing to being “A.” While there, she makes herself at home. At first, she presents herself as mentally unstable and incoherent to everyone except for “A,” or “Redcoat,” who is seen talking with her in the very last scene of season two. This is the first scene to lead us to believe that while Mona may have be “Original A” she is not “Big A.” I believe that Mona might have started the “A Game,” while someone much darker and more psychotic was also plotting against Alison and the other girls. I suspect that maybe Charles wasn’t “Big A” until he found out that it might be easier for him to succeed in his plans if he took over the “A Game.” Maybe Mona was happy to allow him to join the game or maybe he threatened to reveal her identity if she didn’t let him take over. Who knows? One thing is for sure though, there is a woman working with “Big A,” maybe as a minion or maybe as “Uber A.” Regardless, I think it’s either Sara (who would be doing it, because she basically has no choice, or because she wants to get back at Alison for being the reason she was captured by Charles in the first place) or CeCe (who I have always been a fan of, but the more I think about it, the more it seems like CeCe may not be as much on Team Alison as I have hoped. After a while, Mona gets out of Radley, but then she goes in again for a little for some extra investigating.

Not long after Mona got out of Radley, one of our four beloved Liars lands herself in Radley as “Jane Doe.” I feel like we never did get a satisfying answer as to why Spencer was so willing to be in Radley, and to claim to be someone else for a few days, but I think in the next few episodes we will see why Spencer was content to be in Radley for a while. I think it could come down to the fact that Spencer somehow felt like Radley was a familiar place. Perhaps because she was in Radley for a little while as child?

Let’s not forget that Aria, though not as a patient, was also in Radley for a while, volunteering with some of the patients in order to try to figure out the secret about Bethany, Mrs. DiLaurentis, and about Radley in general. She and Hanna both also snuck into Radley one night to speak with Mona about who might still be threatening them. Because she knew others were listening, Mona spoke in a code that only Hanna could understand though. One strange thing that she said, and maybe the message itself was relevant, was, “Miss Aria You’re A Killer, Not Ezra’s Wife.” We know that based on Mona and Hanna’s code, she was saying, “Maya Knew.” What we do not know is what Maya Knew. What we also don’t know is whether or not the words Mona chose to use were significant or not. Based on the preview for next week, in which Spencer asks, “What if we really did hurt somebody,” and the fact that Marlene once said in an interview that each Liar still has a big secret to be revealed, I think that at some point we’re going to find out that the Liars have more to do with “that night” then they remember.

Finally, because someone in a black hoodie was seen watching the DiLaurentis’ as Mr. DiLaurentis told Ali and Jason about Charles, I no longer think Jason knowingly has anything to do with “A” (unless the hooded figure was simply a minion trying to fake us out) I thoroughly believe that Wren Kingston is both Charles and “A.” Since the very first time I watched Pretty Little Liars (in August 2014 just before 5A ended) I have had this gut feeling that either Jason or Wren is “A.” To this day I have not been able to pinpoint why exactly I believe Wren is “A,” because it would mean he has to have something personal against each of the Liars, which I can’t figure out just from looking at Wren, but my gut instinct has never been wrong before, so I’m just gonna go with it. Wren has been around way too much, and at way too intense of times, to simply be a love interest. The facts are that Dr. Kingston is pretty much the only character in Rosewood who could easily obtain medical supplies and we know that “A” has had quite the supply medical supplies. “A” has also shown a preference to Vodka, which Wren has also done. Furthermore, it just does not make sense that Wren has always been around (prior to season 5) for most of the extremely intense situations. And, for the record, of all the characters still alive, Jason and Wren are really the only two characters old enough to have their own endless supply of money. Sure, Ezra is old enough as well, but he is not rich. He has been a teacher, and now the owner of The Brew. Neither job pays well enough to pull off all of “A’s” elaborate schemes AND to build such an intense dollhouse for the Liars, besides, he is pretty much always with Aria or Caleb and Toby. It was revealed in season one that Jason received a large sum of inheritance money from his grandmother and Wren Kingston is a freaking doctor, which means he very likely has a large sum of money lying around as well.

“Kisses,”

O.G.

P.S. I also think Eddie Lamb is in the barrel! It could potentially be Paige, because “A” never lets someone leave Rosewood that easily, but to me it makes more sense that it’s Eddie Lamb or randomly disappeared without a trace.