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Chasing Life- Blood Cancer Sex Carrots (1×03)

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For those who gave Chasing Life crappy reviews the first episode, well eat your heart out. April got the best advice of her life this week: “You don’t ever really live, until you know your going to die.” Those words from carrot-man resonated with her and gave her a drive to take on each day with a new optimism.

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We started off the episode with April and Dominick getting hot and heavy. It was rudely interrupted by April’s bleeding gums, a sign of leukemia. Her body is clearly giving her warnings that it’s time to take her health as a priority.  Carrot-dude landed right in her lap as a person to guide her while she was lost. After her co-worker denied a story about a local man making carrot juice that could cure cancer, April made it her piece and by coincidence met the man that inspired and motivated her to face the cancer head on. She finally found someone other then Beth, that she could tell about her cancer and he was supportive because he knew exactly what she was dealing with. His coping advice left April with a better outlook on like. Cancer happens to some of the best people, at the worst time and no one can get through it without a really good support system. You have to take risks and most importantly, you have to forgive the risks.  But that also means that April has to tell her family, something she’s been dreading to do because she knows it’ll change things and finally make the cancer real.

While she takes risks and work, she doesn’t necessarily take them in her love life. After a weird encounter in the break room with another (slutty) employee who apparently had a romance with Dominick, April stalks his social media accounts and confirms the rumors. All the pictures with other women means that this dude is a playa, playa. Yeah, I did really just say that. Well never judge a book by it’s cover… or instagram. After putting on her hottest outfit to go play the game better and use Dominick for sex, she ruined the good that they had.  As it turns out, Dominic was the opposite and was looking for something real. A guy was actually disrespected by this behavior. Isn’t that refreshing for a change? 

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April took her sulking to the Diesel Cafe where Beth told her that Dominick didn’t seem like the player that she thought he was. Maybe this was, as always, April trying to poke a hole in something good so she doesn’t have to put herself out there and get hurt. Defensive, April pointed out that Beth too was playing it safe by staying at a dead-end job and sleeping with her ex. This drove Beth to quit her job (which was long overdue) and give April a reason to follow her bravery and do something out of her comfort zone.  

After finding out carrot dude passed away, April realized that while she had to live her life to the fullest, she also didn’t have time for bullshit and petty fights.She went to Dominick’s and cried on his shoulder about life not being fair. Her whole speech was basically her releasing the pent up feelings she’s had inside. His advice? Sometimes the best people are with us for the shortest amount of time. It was profound advice and in that moment, April realized Dominick was the real-deal and she sealed it with some passionate love making. (At least that’s what we’re suppose to believe.) The beginning of Dom and April is official! You think he should change his relationship status on FB???

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 I have to say that while this show is focused on April, I’m really enjoying the other character developments. These Carver women are really something! Brenna was quite the pest in the first episode, but after a party gone wrong, her attitude sort of washed away. That is until she walked in on her mom riding her new internet dating site boyfriend, Ben. That’s a site no daughter ever wants to see. To make the situation even worse, mom Sara decided it would be a really good idea to have Ben over for din-din with the whole family. Uh, since when was that EVER a good idea? Kieran, Brenna’s boss, offered to come as her plus one for some emotional support, which later turned into Brenna using him to be a bitch to her moms bf. Kieran left after dinner visibly upset with Brenna’s childish sabotaging behaviors. After she apologized the next day, she found out that Kieran was offended because he actually really liked Brenna. The two kissed and it was actually kind of cute. Maybe he’s the guy who will get Brenna on the right path?

The dinner was bound to be ruined anyways after Sara, who is a psychologist/counselor met a new patient– Ben’s ex-wife. The knowledge of Ben being this guy who went on numerous dates after he left her, stayed with Sara, and made her act especially clingy and forward during dinner, asking questions about future marriages. You know, things that would creep any guy out. When she attended the therapy session the next day, she was going to tell her that she couldn’t see her anymore because of conflicts in her schedule when she told her Ben slept over last night and it seemed like things were getting back on track. Last night as in right after the horribly awkward dinner at Sara’s. Yikes… the drama! I’m excited to see this story unfold. It’s not everyday that the adults on a teen drama actually have an interesting story line. 

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Meanwhile, hoping to find some sense of understanding and support that she hasn’t had because she hasn’t told anyone about her cancer, April took carrot-dude’s advice and went to a cancer support group. You know they always say life has a funny way of giving you what your really need? Well, that’s true cause you know who she found sitting at her support group? Leo Hendrie!!!! Yeah, the son of the famous politician has a cancer secret! And you know this will bond the two and most likely set up a love triangle. Ah, just as we thought that April and Dominick finally got it right. It’ll be good for April to have a friend in the same boat as her. I have to admit, I didn’t see that twist coming at all! But it sure does explain his reckless motorcycle driving behavior. He’s living it up right! 

 Every week I fall more in love with April Carver. Mostly I’m creeped out when I realize all female journalists are essentially the same person. Chasing Life brings a refreshing optimism to my Tuesday nights and I think I’m a better person after each episode. 

 


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Chasing Life Canceled After 2 Seasons!

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April Carver just received the worst prognosis of all- Chasing Life has been cancelled by ABC Family after just two seasons.

I, like so many Chasers am seriously upset by this news. What is ABC Family thinking? Why cancel a show that was so unapologetically real and has given viewers an insight into the ups and downs of what it’s like for a young person living with cancer, but shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians get renewed for 11 seasons? What kind of society do we live in?

I’ve read statements and comments that some just thought the show was too depressing but hey, that’s life. Not everything is about what kind of handbag you’re wearing. And most of the time, despite all the crap that was thrown at April, every episode left me with a positive feeling. No moment during the two seasons have been this upsetting- not even Leo’s untimely death. Chasing Life depicted cancer in a way no other drama has before. That has to count for something, right?

Anyways, the drama ended with only 486,000 viewers tuning it, which was a season low.

The showrunner, Patrick Sean Smith told THR  that there was still a lot to explore in season 3 like “April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”

But, I guess we’re just supposed to be content knowing that April was content with dying in Italy because she lived more life than any other 25-year-old. Maybe she spent the rest of her days with Dominic? Maybe when she died, Beth had her baby and named it April. Who knows… we definitely won’t.

THR reports that the decision to cancel the show comes with ABC Family’s focus to rebrand and its focus on becoming “becomers.” They are adding a Nicki Minaj comedy and a new show, ShadowHunters.

There are a couple of petitions to “renew Chasing Life” circulating online already. Who knows if that will do anything, but we can hope.

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Chasing Life- La Dolce Vita (2×13)

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Just when you think things are looking up for April, she gets hit with bombshell after bombshell until she finally surrenders. But this can’t be April’s “final chapter” can it? A lot of loose plot lines were tied up at the end of the hour, but of course, those raised new question… and brought a tear or two to the corner of my eye. Damn allergies.

Beth’s Baby- Beth spent most of her time freaking out about the pregnancy. She’s about 6 weeks in now, so thankfully, we can do the math and figure out Josh is the father! That doesn’t put her mind at ease however because now she actually has to tell him. She finally corners him in the bathroom after watering the fikus with about 5 beers. He’s definitely surprised, but tells her he will be by her side no matter what she decides. Gosh, he’s such a standup guy right? Beth eventually goes to Italy with April and makes her decision there- she’s going to keep the baby. It’s a nice juxtaposition; her best friend is dying but she’s bringing a new life into this world. Possibly a beautiful baby girl named April?

Dominic & April- Well, apparently these two are endgame but just because two people want something, doesn’t mean the timing is right. April is still not over Leo and that’s ok. She has every right to mourn her late husband. But she also has every right to move on. I’ll admit, the kiss didn’t do it for me and maybe because I felt April was doing it all out of fear of missing out. However, I’m perfectly content with them as just friends who love each other right now. We need Dominic to help April with whatever comes next.

Uncle George- He kind of put himself in a predicament by telling the Carver women the truth about their dad. He thought he could trust them and most of them he could… but not Olivia and Natalie. They were shopping around Thomas’s book to get “justice.” And if George wouldn’t give them the rights, Olivia threatened to expose him to the cops. Finally, Natalie made the sound choice and put her sisters before this petty family drama. We thought it was all over, until the cops showed up to question him. Did Olivia betray her daughter and screw George over anyways?

April’s cancer- Sad news, her clinical trial didn’t work. The doc tried to keep her positive by saying there were still plenty of options, but the truth is, April is dying. It sucks and it’s depressing, especially when you read an interview that says the original telenovela that CL is based on “Terminales,” has April’s character killed… albeit by bus after beating the cancer. Hopefully, we go a different route, but you have to be realistic- cancer kills people. And it won’t spare April.

April goes to Italy to complete her one last “wish” of traveling the world. That’s when she realizes, by 25, she’s done everything on her bucket list. When she gets the call that the only option left for her is to get the transplant and hope her death isn’t painful, she realizes this is the last chapter in her memoir. I mean, you only write a memoir if you know how it’s going to end, right? Beth begs Ape not to give up but she replies, “It’s not giving up because I’ve already won. I could die happy here.” With that, she looks out into the sunset, while Beth and Dom look at each other concerned. Would they really let April just die without putting up one last fight?

Brenna & Finn… and now Greer- Finn gets super sick because cancer is a bitch and ends up in the hospital. That’s when he breaks up with Brenna and breaks her heart. He has to be focused on getting healthy and she’s kind of doing the opposite. “Maybe it isn’t meant to be,” he wonders, but alas, I think it is. And so does Brenna when she puts two and two together and finds out that she’s Finn’s donor! What are the odds? That kind of puts Greer’s return on the back burner, although Bren was really excited to see her ex, who surprise, is moving back to town! Can’t wait to see that traingle.

Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a 3rd season, but I’m seriously hoping this wasn’t actually April’s last chapter. I need to know what happens- the good or the bad. Does George get arrested? Do the Carver’s disown Natalie? Will April fight another day? Will she live out her end in Italy after publishing her memoir? How will Beth’s fashion line go? Will she embrace the pregnancy? Will April & Dominic get together again? Will Brenna and Greer? Will Finn be healthy? Will he find out Brenna is his donor. Listen to me ABC Family- renew this show right now!


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Chasing Life- Ready Or Not (2×12)

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Cancer, marriage, babies, high school hook ups- it’s all part of chasing life and it’s quite a beautiful thing. No matter what happens, you can expect this journey of ours never to be boring. I know April can vouch for that.

Since we met April, she’s gone through some drastic transformations. That presented itself this week when she met up with her friend Ellie, who I immediately knew was going to be trouble. Really? Skin cancer scare? Give me a break… I know people are desperate but to stoop THAT low and actually steal someones heart-wrenching diseases. Gross. Of course, instead of getting mad and even, April let nature take its course… well sort of.

April seems to have this stupid luck- when she realizes her book agent, who is really just starting out, hasn’t gotten her a secured deal with BookSmart, she takes matters into her own hands and fakes a seizure to get into a party to meet with the publisher. There she just so happens to run into Raquel, who just so happens to be buddy-buddy with the manager of the whole company. Cha-Ching! When April chats her up, turns out she’s really been invested in Ellie’s book and how she compared “cancer” to “herpes.”

Soon after, April’s chapter of the book leaks to The Post and she’s convinced that Raquel did it to sabotage her. But- she’s wrong! The positive comments on the chapter actually convinced the editor to publish April’s book! Rejoice everyone; April is now a published author! We did it!

And in other April news, she’s finally realizing that she still has feelings for Dominic. I can’t be mad about this though I hoped the writers weren’t going to throw her back into this relationship. Realistically, these two were together and broke up while they still had feelings. Those feelings were never resolved, she just fell deeply in love with Leo. But now that he’s gone, how long can April really mourn? How long can she be single? Be Leo’s widow? Maybe moving on is really the healthiest thing she can do. She isn’t forgetting, but she’s living. She’s chasing life.

Brenna finally succumbed to the cheesiness of milestone moments and asked Finn to go on a date to junior prom. Honestly, how adorable are these two together? After the dance, things get a little awkward when they end up in a room together. Kissing without a mask is dangerous because of Finn’s cancer, but he just wants to feel normal for a night. He wants to feel the high without the lows and who could blame him? So… he goes for it with Brenna. I believe the outcome will be dangerous, but watching them together was magical. Also, we’re getting closer to them finding out that Brenna is actually his donor! Both of them think cilantro tastes like soap. Absurd! Will that bring them closer together?

As for Beth, she’s been sick and emotional… and pregnant! I definitely didn’t see this storyline coming, but I am so excited. There have been little storylines aside from April’s cancer, but none as big as a pregnant best friend. They always say as one life begins, another ends. That’s really true in this case. Unfortunately, as fun as babies are, not knowing who the dad is becomes quite a problem. Especially cause it’s either her ex Grahm who she had a one night stand with or Josh, the dude she’s really falling in love with. I’m secretly hoping it’s Josh’s.

Everyone is chasing life in their own way, even Olivia Ortiz- Natalie’s mom and Thomas’s secret baby momma. Last week, she revealed that she had both parts of her ex’s spy novel and now the agent told April that she was shopping around his father’s book. Does Natalie know? I would think probably not, but her mother is spiteful and she’s definitely going after the money Thomas didn’t leave her, which is really unfortunate for the kids. And also- this is potentially scary for Uncle George, who revealed he pretty much assisted Thomas with his own death. You know, I really liked Natalie and this is pretty upsetting. But can you blame her? She’s the black sheep of the family, was never loved by her dad and her sister stole her BF…. not fun.

Next week is the fall finale. What do you think will be the most explosive part? Are you ready for a Dom and April relationship to heat back up? Will Finn get sick after hooking up with Brenna? Will Greer return?


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