From Summer to Fall: Recap of popular summer releases, keeping summer fun alive during the fall

Rachel Lock and Cassie Nichols, Entertainment Editor and Staff Writer


“The Fault in Our Stars”

Release Date: June 6, 2014
Synopsis: In this summer blockbuster, Ha- zel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a witty teen with stage-4 thyroid cancer, is taken by surprise when she meets the cap- tivating Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) at her cancer support group. The two quickly fall in love in a heart-stirring romance where they discover the true value of living life to the fullest.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Release Date: July 11, 2014
Synopsis: The second installment of the old franchise’s reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows us a world where apes are the rulers. Most of the humans have been wiped out by a deadly virus, but a band of survi- vors emerges. Conflict erupts between these genetically evolved primates and the humans for possession of the Earth.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” 

Release Date: June 27, 2014
Synopsis: In the fourth installment of the Transformers series, a single father with mechanical skills, Craig Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), buys a truck to strip down for parts. Little does he know that it is actu- ally the Autobot warrior Optimus Prime. Craig, his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and his best friend Lucas (T.J. Miller) are taken away on an incredible journey and are shown the true power of the Autobots.

“22 Jump Street”

Release Date: June 13, 2014
Synopsis: This movie is a sequel to the commonly known comedy “21 Jump Street.” Throughout the movie, Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a stu- dent-athlete on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the art major crowd, they begin to question their partnership with one another.

“Begin Again” 

Release Date: June 27, 2014
Synopsis: This is an emotional comedy about what happens when two lost musi- cians meet. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-term boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are songwriters and college sweethearts who relocate together to New York when he lands a deal with a major label.

“Sinner” by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: July 1, 2014
Synopsis: A companion novel to The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, which includes Shiver, Linger and Forever, this book follows the lives of Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpeper. Cole returns to the spot- light as a rockstar after his mysterious dis- appearance. Isabel knows his secret — he can transform into a wolf. Haunted by the ghosts of their past and the love that they thought was lost forever, can these two finally find a place in each other’s lives?

“The Half Life of Molly Pierce”

Release date: July 8, 2014
Synopsis: In this original and intriguing tale, Molly Pierce, a seventeen-year-old suffering from memory loss, begins to unfold the secrets of her past. Trying to piece together her fragmented memories, Molly discovers that she might have led
a separate life. Readers will greatly enjoy the unique, disjointed narrative the writer effectively uses to convey Molly’s story of discovering who she was and who she is now.



Time to brush the dust off of your backpack, sharpen your pencils and drag yourself out of bed at some ungodly hour.
Summer is over, and it is time to go back to school.
Time to let go of the peaceful bliss of the poolside on a sunny day, the late nights and the freedom.
But does this have to mean complete and utter boredom until you can finally, after desperately counting the days, flip the calendar over to May where summer is once again within reach?
Time to stick your nose is a book, get hand cramps from frantically taking notes and cram for a test the night before.
Even though the seasons are changing, you can still find ways to have a good time.

Have a Bonfire

This is a great activity to do as we move toward fall. Get together with some friends and — very safely — burn some stuff. Even if all you have is an outdoor fireplace and some stale marshmallows, you can still have a blast.

The Royals

Even though the summer is over, it is still great to be outside at a baseball game. Go and support our local team while enjoying hot dogs, cotton candy and lemonade. A Royals game is a great way to have some fun on the weekend before hitting the books.

Sporting Kansas City

Summer may have come to an end, but Major League Soccer (MLS) is in full swing. Go out to Sporting Park and support our home soccer team as they try to maintain their title as MLS Cup Champions.


Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake may have passed, but The Blue Man Group, Demi Lovato, the Zac Brown Band, Chevelle and Rise Against are just a few of the concerts hitting the Kansas City area in September. Grab your friends and go see some live music you enjoy.

Prairie Fire

From a deluxe movie theater to bocce and bowling, the new ad- ditions to the area are sure to bring new and exciting experiences to visitors. Catch a movie at the new theater, Cinetopia, which has several different theater rooms to enjoy, all equipped with extra large screens and the latest technology. Or, pick up some artisan chocolates at Cocoa Dolce to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are many other places worth a visit as well including Pinstripes, Rock and Brews, Fat Brain Toys and Wasabi Sushi Bar.