As fans, we know these stars about as well as we know most of our social media friends (I mean, seriously, we probably like, reply to, and keep up with more of these stars’ posts than we do the people we’ve actually met and spoken with in real life). They’ve become like extended family to us. We were their faces on our couple shirts (I own all three because at times each couple is my favorite), we hang their calendars on our walls, and faithfully watch their show at least every week if not every day (or every hour). We even spend hours upon hours reading, writing, and thinking about theories for who might be A, who might be working for A, who might be a double agent, and who might truly be on the Liars’ side. I personally have spent more time and put more effort into theorizing than I’m even willing to admit to myself. *hides face behind hands* I’ve even become known as the girl obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. I kid you not anytime anything even potentially related to Pretty Little Liars or obsessions is mentioned at work, someone points their finger at me. I can’t blame them honestly, I am “Obsessive Girl” after all.
I’ve got to be honest though, when Pretty Little Liars first came out, I wasn’t in the least bit interested in watching it. Granted, I thought it was just a show about a bunch of girls with names starting with “A” (Aria, Alison, Ashley–I didn’t know who was who at the time) who had killed or done something to a friend who wasn’t really a friend and someone had found out so they were afraid. I distinctly remember watching a preview of the scene from the pilot when Aria and Emily were walking into the school and Emily said, “We all know she’s dead” and Aria stops before saying, “I hadn’t heard anyone say it yet.” Then the preview showed the girls getting a text message from “A” and that’s what made me think it was just a bunch of friends who killed/hurt someone. When I eventually learned what the show was really about I spent a week catching up on four seasons only to realize the season four finale was coming out that week. Yeah, so I rushed and spent 23 hours straight one day watching it because I wanted to catch up with the series only to learn I had to wait three months until the next episode came out. I wouldn’t have rushed so much if I knew I would have to wait.
Now, we’re half-way through the seventh and final season and I kind of feel like crying. This is the first show since Lizzie McGuire that I’ve consistently watched as it aired until the finale. I kid you not, every other show I’ve ever watched I’ve either binge-watched or didn’t finish until well after it was over. I was ten when Lizzie McGuire ended. That means, by the time Pretty Little Liar ends, it will have been thirteen years since I had to endure the series finale of a show that I sincerely loved. Actually, now that I think about it, I watched the series finale of Ned’s Declassified in 2007 too, so if I consider that, then it will have really only been ten years, but still! That’s a whole decade in which I haven’t had to say goodbye to a beloved show and even more beloved characters that I have lived alongside for many years. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve binge-watched many, many shows in the past few years that I endured the series finale for, but I that wasn’t the same kind of commitment. It still hurts, hurts real bad, to say goodbye to shows I’ve binge watched, but it’s like the goodbye of a summer fling, whereas the goodbye I will endure for PLL will be the goodbye of a truly committed relationship.
I’m not quite sure I’m ready to say goodbye yet, y’all! I mean, I’ve definitely had a few fights with PLL and been fed up with the secrets and lies, almost to the point that I was done with the show, but I haven’t given up! I’ve endured the heartache and stress that comes with committing to a show like PLL. This show has made me sad, angry, anxious, and happy on many different occasions, sometimes at the same time, and it really is about time we know who Uber A is so that the Liars and their SO’s can finally live in peace, but I just… I’m not ready to say goodbye! I am ready to see the stars in new projects though, especially if that means we get more Lucy Hale music and maybe another Keegan Allen book! That I am incredibly excited for, but I’m certainly not excited about saying goodbye! While I’m incredibly bummed that we have to wait until April for the rest of season 7 to premiere, I’m also kind of grateful, because that means we have a little bit more time before we have to say goodbye!
Anyway, I just needed to vent to some people who understand what I’m going through. I’m gonna go back to binge watching my new obsession (Chicago Fire, PD, and Med–seriously, they’re amazing!), then I’m going to binge watch Gilmore Girls again before Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out on Netflix next month and once I’m done watching Gilmore Girls, I’ll probably watch Pretty Little Liars again, because it’s been a while and I really want to figure out who A is before it’s finally revealed for real!
1. “Love Tonight” – Season 1: Meeting at the bar and ending the night in the bathroom
2. “You Sound Good to Me” – Season 1: Falling in love with Ezra Fitz, even though she’s her English teacher and she clearly should not be falling for him.
3. “Lie A Little Better.” Season 3 – Hiding her feelings for Jason.
4. “Just Another Song” – Season 1: Every time Ezra has (tried) to break things off with Aria for one reason or another, especially that time, right before she read his poem, when he broke up with her, so she gave into Noel’s advances and started dating him.
5. “Loved” – Season 2: “I just can’t stay away from you” even though your parents have threatened me in every way possible and now I’ve given up one job that I loved and been fired from another job that I love
6. “Red Dress” – Season 3/4: Maggie comes into the picture and Aria breaks up with Ezra because “it shouldn’t be this hard.”
7. “Goodbye Gone” – Season 4 – Aria has that one-week fling with that guy named, Riley, while she’s at the college week with her dad and trying to get over Ezra.
8. “Kiss Me” – Season 4: Aria “likes Jake, but loves Ezra.”
9. “That’s What I Call Crazy” – Season 4: Aria finds out about the book and destroys Ezra’s apartment.
10. “Lie A Little Better.” Season 5 – Resisting her attraction to Andrew
11. “Runaway Circus” – Season 5: Aria’s thoughts during the beginning of the season when all she wanted was to forget one of two things 1) her feelings for Ezra OR 2) the fact that he lied to her for a very long time.
12. “Those Three Words” – Season 5 – Aria’s thoughts when she was thinking of Ezra and not being able to trust him.
13. “Come On” – Every other previously unmentioned adorable/perfect/romantic moment between Aria and Ezra
Most people know Lucy Hale for her starring role as Aria Montgomery in the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” but many people don’t realize that music is Hale’s first love. When Hale was only twelve years old, she competed on the American Idol spinoff, American Juniors, and won. When she was fifteen years old, she moved from her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to Las Angeles, California to pursue her music career. When things didn’t fall into place right away for her music, she pursued an acting career, but never strayed far from music. In nearly every role she has ever played, even her role as Aria Montgomery, she has sung a song or two. Now, after a long time coming, the time has finally arrived for her to release her very first album, “Road Between.” “Road Between” is a country album written with a theme inspired by love—love from a girlfriend, love from family, and love from self.
I personally thought she did such a fantastic job singing the pop songs on her movie, “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song” that like many others, I was skeptical when I learned that Lucy Hale had come out with a country album. However, because I grew up on country music, I chose to listen to Hale’s album despite my doubts. Upon listening to her album, I was grateful that I did. With powerful vocals, catchy beats, and relatable lyrics, Hale’s album is sure to become an album that present and future fans will remember for many years to come.
With her songs “From the Backseat,” “Road Between,” and “Feels Like Home,” Hale shows the importance of remembering your roots. “From the Backseat” reminisces about family memories, first dates, and prom nights, while “Road Between” and “Feels Like Home” talk about how it’s important to remember home and the lessons you’ve learned through the years.
Her songs “Nervous Girls” and “My Little Black Wedding Dress” show that even though she’s a famous actress and singer, Lucy Hale struggles with insecurities every now again just like any other girl. “Nervous Girls” is very similar to the song “This One’s for the Girls” by Martina McBride and “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” by Kellie Pickler. It’s a song that depicts situations in which women face things like eating disorders and divorce. Toward the end of the song, Hale becomes as open and honest as anyone by singing “I’m that girl who’s just like you.” Later on in the album, Hale sings the song “My Little Black Wedding Dress” which is the anthem of any girl who feels like she’s “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” and “forever alone.” It’s my personal go to song when I’m feeling down and out while all my 20-something year old friends, friends who are my age, are off getting engaged, getting married, and having babies.
Now, what would a country album with strong female vocals be without depressing love songs and sassy break up songs? The answer would be, “Not a country album.” Considering the fact that Hale is a talented enough actress to make anyone cry, it should come as no surprise that she can make you cry with her lyrics as well. Therefore, should you ever feel like cuddling up in your bed with a bowl of ice cream and majorly depressing love songs, “Red Dress” with Joe Nichols and “Just Another Song” can and should be your go to songs from the album. Should you feel sassy and or angry about a guy who treated you wrong, then you should listen to “Goodbye Gone,” “That’s What I Call Crazy,” “Runaway Circus,” or “Those 3 Words.” Hale’s powerful vocals and fiery attitude in these songs could be compared to the same type of songs sung by artists like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift.
Finally, the album has incredibly sweet and totally relatable love songs like “You Sound Good to Me,” “Kiss Me,” “Lie a Little Better,” “Love Tonight,” and “Loved.” I personally recommend you listen to “Lie a Little Better,” which is a song about a girl who is crushing on a guy, and she doesn’t want him to know, but the words just slip out, so she feels idiotic and tries to take it all back. You should also listen to “Loved,” a very sweet and loving song about a girl telling her boyfriend that he doesn’t have to do anything special or fancy, as long as he loves her, tells her she’s beautiful, and reminds her that she means the world to him.
Ultimately, “Road Between” is a fantastic album, written with grace and talent for an artist who truly pours her heart and soul into every word she sings. It is an album that anyone could relate to in at least one way or another, and even when being as objective as possible, I cannot think of one reason as to why you should not go out and buy this album right this very moment.