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Chasing Life - (S02E03)

Drama . Family . Romance

Being a teenager is never easy, but for Brenna it is even harder living in the shadows of perfect April. Brenna feels trapped, complaining about anything – especially having to leave her school in the face of all that April is dealing with. How can she complain about her life when her sister is fighting for her own? The only person she feels she can turn to is Natalie, which may push April and Brenna further apart.

Episode Title: Life of Brenna
Airs: 2015-7-20 at 09:00 pm
  • David Hinckley

    Chasing Life walks a line itself, staying away from sad, but stopping short of sentimental. Ricci makes the balance work, reminding us that a story of a girl with cancer can also be the story of a girl.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    As episodes unfold, the relationships resonate, and the characters run deeper.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Through three episodes the series manages to mine the arbitrary nature of her predicament without being cloying--no small feat, given the venue and subject matter.

    Variety Full Review
  • Amy Wilkinson

    Life traffics in all the tropes you've come to expect from the network.... Which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing if it didn't all overshadow the cancer. [13 Jun 2014, p.76]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    When it's not being completely ridiculous, Chasing Life is very good.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It would be great to see the network come up with something as honest as, say, “My So-Called Life,” or as original and amusingly metaphorical as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” or as thought-provoking as a movie like “River’s Edge.” But in the meantime, a mostly happy dramedy like Chasing Life will do, marrying strong female roles with CW-style 20-something melodrama that’s as mindlessly angsty as the Bon Iver on the soundtrack.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    There are one or two (or five) plot points too many packed into each episode, potentially lessening the impact of any single one but also ensuring that Life won't be one long sobfest.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Raisler

    Though still stumbling around in search of a center, Chasing Life has the potential to tell an interesting story about this one person’s particular journey through life after diagnosis--if it doesn’t get too caught up in the small details.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The series is an adaptation of popular Mexican tele­novela “Terminales” and doesn’t do enough to shake off its more sensational roots. A plot swerve at the end of the hour will set off more groans than gasps.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The show turns into a case study in how not to be subtle. It has a reasonable point to make--next to a cancer diagnosis, a lot of life seems trivial--but makes it over and over again.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    If April’s work world is silly, her home life is uninvolving because it’s barely sketched out and seems like an afterthought.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    What Chasing Life mainly raises, though, is eyebrows, for being so laughably bad.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review

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