Movie: Man of Steel
As far as summer movies go, Man of Steel couldn’t be any better. It has action, a little bit of romance, violence and aliens. But, if you’re looking for a 1978-esque Superman movie, you’ve come to the wrong place. Man of Steel strays so far away from the comic books it could be its own title in the DC line with a completely different origin story from “Action Comics” or “Superman.” But someone who only knows Superman from the t-shirts and movies could love this movie. It will be interesting to see what the second movie will bring now that we don’t have to go back to Superman’s origin AGAIN, but this installment leaves much to be desired from a comic lover’s point of view.
Book: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen books are always perfect summer reads – lighthearted with just the right amount of emotion and, of course, a whirlwind romance. The Moon and More is no exception. It has the perfect setup: the damaged main character, this time by a distant father, the long-time boyfriend and the risky new boy in town. It takes place in the small beach town of Colby, which will be familiar to veteran Dessen readers, but this time the viewpoint is that of a local named Emaline. There’s no shocking divergence from Dessen’s typical formula, but regardless, Dessen’s 11th book is enjoyable and the perfect read for a relaxed day on the beach or to combat travel boredom.
Video Game: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
If you’re not an Animal Crossing fan, don’t knock it before you try it, but make sure you have plenty of daily time to devote to your 3DS. What better way to bash summer boredom than to move to a new town and start from scratch? Of course, the big twist in New Leaf is that this time, you start out as the mayor. Repeat players will relish the chance to add a bridge and upgrade their town, while new players will fit right in with the more manageable debt from good ol’ Nook and the added features of the island that bring even more possibilities to the game.