By Haroula Barbounis

One of the most popular and influential books this year and last year has been Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, which has recently turned into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg. It touches on many significant issues we have today, such as racism and police brutality. A best-seller, it talks about a girl named Starr Carter who copes with many hardships in her life, such as fitting in at her rich white prep school and balancing that with her life at home in her low-income black neighborhood. This alone is relatable in everyday life, when trying to balance two completely different lives. She witnesses her best friend from childhood get shot by a police officer, even though her friend was unarmed. As Starr deals with the emotional trauma, she must decide if she will speak out about her friend’s undeserved death.

By Haroula Barbounis

If you are in love with romantic comedies, then you will love To All the Boys I Loved Before. The main character Lara Jean Covey, played by actress Lana Condor, writes five love letters, one for every boy she’s ever loved, which includes the most popular boy in her grade and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. That alone just tells us how messy this situation could get if these were ever read. Now, Lara Jean has no intention of sending her letters and keeps them in a hatbox in her closet. However, one day, the letters somehow get sent, and they turn Lara Jean’s life upside down.

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By Kyle Strubeck

Apple began as a startup in the garage of Steve Jobs. Steve Wozniak would go on to create the Apple 1, a computer whose primary objective was to optimize space. Ever since then, advancements in technology allowed engineers to shrink their products. From the Apple 1 to the Macintosh, to the first iPhone and iPods, it seemed like smaller was the future. However, after the invention of the iPhone, luxury took the place of convenience, and they began to grow in size again. The first iPhone measured at 4.5×2.4 inches. Today, Apple’s newest product, the iPhone Xs, measures at 6.2×3.1 inches. Along with the increase in size, there are a few more additions to the new version of the familiar product.