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Chasing Life- Finding Chemo (1×10)

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Summer finale’s are quite difficult to nail. While I get completely lost in April Carvers world when watching Chasing Life, the season finale didn’t really leave me craving more. I mean, we’re left hanging on to the question of what happened to Leo Hendrie. His parents are at the hospital talking to a doctor. He’s left April a message saying he has to tell her something. Is he ok? Is he dead? Is he hurt? The answer seems pretty obvious. After meeting April, seeing the fire she has for living and fighting this thing, he’s motivated to also fight and he’s going to get the surgery to remove the brain tumor. It’s a complicated surgery, with a lot of potential risks, so I’m assuming the phone call is to let her know its going to happen. Right? I mean, he wouldn’t be calling to tell her he’s dying. So what else could it be?

But let’s rewind and start from the beginning. April checked into the hospital for her one month long stay to treat leukemia. She’s optimistic, but as soon as the chemo starts taking a toll, it gets hard. At first, she becomes really weak. Her mother stays with her the first night and brings something to help her sleep; her favorite bedtime story from childhood. It’s a genuinely beautiful moment between mother and daughter– considering all the fighting they’ve done in the beginning of the season.

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When she wakes up the next morning, Dom is sitting by her bed. The doctors said that the chemo could cause hallucinations and that’s what she thinks it is at first. But no. Dom is really back after reading her piece about having cancer. The way April handles certain situations really irritates me. She has this great guy who gave up touring with a band to come be by her side, yet she doesn’t want to tell him the truth of how long she’s had cancer. After he gives her a mixtape the length of 7 days, which is equivalent to how long the chemo takes, she comes clean explaining that she found out she was sick the day of their first date. She didn’t tell him because she didn’t want to ruin the moment, or send him for the hills. Plus, there were all those conversations about how Leo was sick and he didn’t want a girl with drama. Dom thinks she’s crazy for even thinking that and tells her he’s not sure how long he’s going to stay. Either way, April is glad he’s back.

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April continues getting weak but has visits from co-worker Danny, which is sweet and a sleepover with Brenna, who aside from dealing with her sisters sickness is also in a lot of trouble at school. Turns out her best friend Ford, is not such a good friend. After their “falling out” she went and told the principal that Brenna and Greer skipped the eco-club meeting in Florida and went off alone to get drunk. The two get called into the principals office and Brenna asks that she’s the one to tell her mother about what they did since her family is going through a lot. She finally fesses up to April, who offers to tell their mom for her but Brenna knows April’s got too much going on right now. The next morning, she tells Sara the truth. She freaks out, as any parent would but only because of the dangers the girls put themselves in. Anything could happen to two young girls sneaking out on a class trip. Brenna throws fuel to the fire by telling her mother that they actually went to see Natalie Ortiz. Sara is shocked that her daughter knows about her step-sister and Brenna admits she wanted to meet her and see if she’s a possible match for April, considering Brenna’s swab results came back negative.

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When they head over to school to talk to the principal, Greer and her parents are already leaving the meeting. Turns out that money can do just about everything, even erase your child’s mistakes from their record. Sara is thankfully to Greer’s parents and although she cannot afford half a of a field, she wants to pay them back somehow. Greer’s parents have only one condition– the girls need to stop seeing each other. “Is it because I’m a girl,” Brenna exclaims. Not at all. Her parents are proud that Greer knows who she is, they would just prefer that she date a girl who isn’t all this trouble. Basically someone who is just as rich as ambitious as Greer. Talk about being stuck up. Although, is this story all that shocking? Not really. I think the better story will be what happens next! Obviously Greer listens to everything her parents say so will she just avoid Brenna? Will Brenna go back to Kieran? Try to be friends with Ford again?

Not much more happens on the Natalie front this week and we’ll probably have to wait till season 2 to see if she even comes around after this. One thing is clear though- the Carver family has a lot of secrets. And that’s not the only secret Sara is keeping. There’s also the kiss between her and George, which the two explained only happened because they were scared and worried about April’s chemo. George comes to Sara’s workplace and we get a little back story on their relationship. Sara and George dated way before Sara fell for his brother. When they broke up and George left the country, his brother called asking for his blessing to take Sara out on a date. The rest is history. Now that George and Sara are once again talking and being active in each others lives, all of George’s feelings for her are coming back. The kiss wasn’t innocent at all. So what now? How do you tell your kids that your dating their uncle– their deceased father’s brother? Can you say #awkward!?

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April’s hallucinations are getting stronger with the chemo. First she has a dream where she sees her father in the hospital bed, with the family crying over him. The next hallucination is of her father explaining how hard it is to see her in this hospital, tied up to all these tubes. “I just don’t want you to die in here like I did,” he says, which really sends April off the edge. In a panic, she gets out of bed and tries to run away from the hospital. She finds shelter in the church chapel and calls Leo for comfort. He comes in (looking mad hot in his leather jacket) and listens to April talk about how she can’t handle the chemo. How she wants to live, but she knows she’s dying in her. She wants to go outside, she want’s to be normal. Obviously, Leo is the best person to talk to about this as he’s also sick and on this “live your life” kick. When she asks Leo to help her escape the hospital he tells her he won’t. April is the strongest girl he’s ever met. The first time he found out she was sick, she asked him to get her into her father’s debate because it would be good for one of her stories. Being sick didn’t stop April from thinking about her future ever mainly because she knew she was going to get better. Therefore, she needed to stick out this month of chemo and fight like hell. He than carried her out of the church back to her room in a scene that was really profound and convinced me that I will forever be #TEAMLEO!

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Before April returned, she admitted that she was scared that by the time she left the hospital, Leo would be dead. He admitted that it was a possibility, but that she was only scared because when she looked at him, it reminded her of her own mortality. April told him he wasn’t just a symbol to her, especially after they slept together in the funeral home. “I can never forget about what happened that night,” he said. “But trust me I am the wrong horse for you to bet on.” He went on to tell April that she should pursue Dominic because he’s the one that might be the guy for her. In another attempt at saying goodbye to each other, Leo said she was going to go back to her room and they wouldn’t make a big deal out of this moment, although if they had the strength, these two would jump each others bones. It was a very touching moment and it defined the Leo and April relationship. Their both broken; they both have a time limit, but it doesn’t matter because they make each other better; stronger. Of course, Dominic came to visit April right as this moment was happening and witnessed them looking intently into each others eyes, which put doubt in his mind.

Back in her room, Dominic tells April he was thinking of staying in town for good, but after seeing her with Leo, he’s not so sure. Why did she call Leo instead of him when she had a panic attack? He came back because he wanted to be her bf, he wanted to be the guy she calls when she’s scared or hurt. She told him that it was easier to talk to someone who was also sick and possibly dying. That made Dominic ask if the two were really just friends and without saying anything, he knew that they hooked up when April and Dom went on a break and he left town. Dom basically told April that she would be fine, but he had to take care of himself. He broke up with her and left. On her hospital bed…. I mean, I understand there is some logic to being mad that your “gf” slept with another guy, but come on, they were on a break. She didn’t know when he would be back–if he would be back. Plus, she’s kind of a ticking time bomb. We know she’s going to get through this and be ok, but when you find out you have cancer, you just kind of want to live. And that’s what she did. You can’t seriously be mad at someone because of choices they made when you weren’t with them. I liked Dom for April in the beginning, but seeing how irrationally he handled this definitely made me realize Team Leo was the best choice. Despite the conditions, the passion between April and Leo is still there. She’s never been afraid to be herself around Leo, to tell him the truth, or her fears, to cry, to laugh. With Dom, it’s been lies and shadiness since day one in order to pretend she’s this perfect girl. I’m sure come season 2, Dom will want to get back with April and I hope than she says no and sticks by Leo.

The next time we’ll see April and friends is during the Christmas special episode. Yes, that’s all the way in December! The horror. According to executive producers, we’ll definitely know which way Leo’s storyline is going come December! So aside from spending some holiday fun with the Carver family, we’ll get the answer all Team Leo viewers are dying to know. What are your thoughts on Chasing Life so far? I’m hoping it gets renewed for a season 2 as soon as possible!


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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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