By Rocio, age 17, California

On December 5th, 2007, our lives were changed as we knew them. Director Jason Reitman and producers Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane and Daniel Dubiecki proudly released Juno into theaters, featuring with a cast starring Ellen Page (Juno MacGuff), Michael Cara (Bleeker), Olivia Thirlby (Leah), Jennifer Garner (Vanessa), Jason Bateman (Mark), Allison Janney (Bren, Juno's mom), and J.K. Simmons (Juno's dad).

The film presents audiences with the story of a 16 year old girl named Juno MacGuff (portrayed by Ellen Page), who becomes pregnant after experimenting with her best friend Bleeker. She then undergoes the pressure of telling her parents that she has become pregnant. She decides that the best decision is to give her baby up for adoption to a family who will nurture and give the baby the care it deserves. The film gives audiences a chance to step into the shoes of a teen experiencing pregnancy, and moreover, the relationship that she inadvertently builds with the baby in her womb. Overall the story is pretty relatable and "cutesy". Matt Pais from the Chicago Tribune says, "Oh, baby! A pregnancy comedy this likable is no accident."

Well, obviously there has been much controversy with this film. Some ask if the film is advocating the acceptance of pregnancy at a young age. Others manifest the film as the punch in the face our country needed. I personally don't feel that the film encourages teen pregnancy. Juno merely puts so many vulnerable girls out there in the shoes of a teen experiencing pregnancy at a young age.

So whom do we blame - society or ourselves? The answers lie in each individual's opinion. Controversy can exist about the racy topics the film touches, but for those out there who don't tolerate the film I have the audacity to say that the constitution guarantees you the freedom to worship, to protest, and to speak freely, but it also censors what is "inappropriate" for our society. Since the film wasn't censored, then there is a reason for it. Deep down there is a good message instilled within Juno. The message is so strongly conveyed not only because of the talent that Ellen Page brings to the film, but because the ingenuity of writer Diablo Cody has taught everyone who watches the film that conventional is not better than spontaneous. Five thumbs up to this satirical and unconventional film.

Rating: Five stars (out of 5)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
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- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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