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Hannah Montana Forever

Hannah Montana Forever is the title of the fourth and final season of the popular Hannah Montana show, marketed by Disney. The series is finally coming to a close, which is timely considering that the lead character, Miley (played by Miley Cyrus) is graduating from high school and moving on to college; itís a natural breaking point for the show that has focused on the trials and antics of a middle- schooler turned high- schooler who leads a double life as a superstar.

In the first four seasons, weíve watched Miley Stewart grow up on the show, going through all the awkward stages of adolescence, and learning a lot about love, friendship, and loyalty along the way. Although the show is clearly marketed to tweens and teens, I have been known to sit and watch frequently, or to make, shall we say, ďarrangementsĒ to watch a new episode on the day it airs. Alright, Iíll fess up- itís one of my favorite shows, and Iím going to miss it when itís gone. There. I said it.

My kids are going to miss it too- theyíve already started wondering what on earth will take its place. The newest Disney Channel show, Shake It Up, hasnít yet managed to capture my interest, even for an episode- so this is truly a sad time for me. Nevertheless, Iím sure theyíll pull something out of their proverbial sleeves- they always do, and it always manages to wow (even when you donít like it).

And so, with much anticipation, in this final season Miley finally shares her secret with the world- that she is, and always has been, Hannah Montana. Her friends and family support her decision to finally share the secret, and clearly they are pleased with the fact that she has come clean. One thing about the episode during which she announced that news (ďIíll Always Remember YouĒ, episode #9, season 4) that I didnít like was that the announcement came at the end of the show. I wanted to see the reactions of the people who knew her as Miley- not just Lilly, Jackson, and her dad, but the people at school, other celebrities who didnít know, the nasal-toned Traci- but I guess Iíll have to wait for one of the later episodes. Contrary to rumor, that was not the last episode of the series- there are still a few more.

And so, I will watch with my kids until the show ends sometime early next year. Until then, itís Hannah Montana Forever!

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