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Magan: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers [twitter | website] Publication Date: June 19, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: E-galley received from NetGalley Why I read it: Oh, I only love everything written by Courtney Summers. Summary: Sloane finds herself locked in her high school with […]

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July 24, 2012 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: In Which the Worlds Felt Real, Yo. - […] 8. THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (Goodreads | Amazon | My Review) […]

July 22, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (7/22/2012) - […] This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (Goodreads) “Summers’ characterization and ability to make me connect with the stories she writes is unbelievable. The story was about zombies, yes, but ultimately, it was about fighting for your life.” Magan, RBR […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:39 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book! It sounds like it’s something I’d enjoy, considering I (a) like zombie books and (b) love books with teen issues in them. Can’t wait!

May 26, 2012 - 7:06 am

June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] is Not a Test by Courtney Summers Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Magan’s Review Goodreads | […]

May 3, 2012 - 8:05 am

Brian B - “Reading about zombies is really interesting, but I’m way more invested in what is happening with the characters.” Absolutely! I have a friend who is currently writing a zombie young adult fiction, and in reading the early chapters have discussed this with her every time. Well put.

May 2, 2012 - 6:34 am

Lena - I am SO jealous of you right now. HUGE Courtney Summers fan here. I’m so glad you loved the book. Makes me even more excited.

And I agree with Jess. Carrie Ryan’s books are fantastic. Super, super sad (tissues sad), but fabulous.


May 1, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Jasmine Rose - I seriously cannot wait to read this one. I love zombies! And I’m looking forward to another good zombie book like Carrie Ryan’s series. If you haven’t read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you should definitely give it a try. I bawled my eyes out and there’s actually not much brain eating or anything. They’re all really emotional books :]

April 30, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ i swim for oceans - I’ve got this one coming up on my TBR in the next week, and I’m SO excited to see you enjoyed it! This is my cup of tea, so it will be harder to please me, but I’m intrigued, and I certainly hope it does!

Wonderful thoughts and review :)

April 30, 2012 - 9:11 am

elena - I’m not exactly a fan of zombies but I know my co-blogger is really looking forward to this book! I’ve heard SUCH good things about Courtney Summers’ contemp books and they’ve been on my TBR for awhile. I’m glad that she pulled of zombies so well and made you so invested in the characters. The last paragraph of your review gave the nudge I need to give this one a shot when it comes out!

April 30, 2012 - 8:49 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Man, I cannot wait to read this!! You should give Carrie Ryan’s series a try. I think you’d like it. :) Awesome review, Magan!

April 30, 2012 - 8:39 am

yani - Now I am dying to read this book even more!! And it comes out on my birthday. It seems like there will be a lot released that day :)

April 30, 2012 - 7:18 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - In my opinion, what made this such a good, unique zombie novel was that it wasn’t about the zombies. Not really. The book is all about Sloane’s internal struggle. She’s set in a place where dying would be so easy, and then has to stay alive. I wonder if Summers chose zombies because then the method of death would be being eaten up by other people. This seems like a metaphor for the awful way Sloane has been abused all of her life. People are the monsters.

This book was so painful to read, but it has really stuck with me. Summers blew me away, and I now need to read all of her other books.

Estelle: Shelve It (4/29/2012)

Just a quick note before we launch into this week’s meme. This week has been quite a whirlwind in the blogging community when it was leaked that Kristi a.k.a. The Story Siren plagiarized work from another blog. This is an offense that Magan and I take very seriously, as we both work in fields were […]

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May 4, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Estelle - M, You already beat me to reading Lonely Hearts Club. haha. :-/ But you did introduce me to the “recommended by” feature on GR that might make my brain work better. So thanks for that. xo

May 4, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Estelle - Sash, ha! I have Looking for Alaska to read as well. Maybe I’ll read them back to back? Thanks for the suggestion!

May 4, 2012 - 11:17 am

Estelle - Paige! Thanks for stopping in! I had a fun time looking at your blog and listening to your vlog. I read Face on a Milk Carton a really long time ago and I liked it a lot… in fact it is one of the only books I have successfully gotten my younger sister to read too. Did you ever see the TV movie? It’s one of my favorites. haha.

April 30, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Paige - If you were only going to read a few Dystopians you should definately try Divergent because it’s so so good! I just finished reading The Summer I Turned Pretty so I can’t wait to get my hands on It’s Not Summer Without You. Thou Shalt Not Road Trip looks really good! I hope you enjoy everything and here’s my IMM!


~Paige @ Comfort Books

April 30, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - Wow, what a fabulous book haul, ladies! I can’t believe you haven’t read Divergent yet! I really hope you love it :-) Thanks to YOU, I snagged an e-copy of Unbreak My Heart this week and I can’t wait to read it!

I keep hearing that I need to read Where Things Come Back, so I think I’ll pay a visit to the bookstore this weekend :-) Great, there goes my paycheck!

I also decided to “follow my own star” in regard to all the drama, and created my own meme, Mission: Acquired. I hope you’ll stop by and check out my goodies :-) http://www.blookgirl.com/book-blog/mission-acquired/147-april-28-2012

Happy reading, ladies! <333

April 29, 2012 - 7:49 pm

VeganYANerds - Haha, I laughed when you said “basically I’m a liar” because I am always saying I’m on a book ban but then I go out and buy more books!

Great haul this week, Estelle! I love the Summer series and the bonus letters sound interesting!

Also I need The Lonely Hearts Club, I love anything with a Beatles theme, must buy asap!

April 29, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Eva, The Book Stoner - SO glad to know where you and Magan stand regarding the plagiarism issue. I already love your blog but now I love it even more :) Every book in the world will also come out May 1st. LOTS of them! Haha!

Great haul! :)

April 29, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHH! So much goodness!

1. Anything written by Elizabeth Eulberg rockkks.
3. I looooved Where Things Come Back :) I’ve talked about it before but it would be so perfect to pair with Catcher in the Rye and Looking for Alaska.


April 29, 2012 - 2:10 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - The Lonely Hearts Club sounds like a good read, adding it to my list to hopefully get to this summer :)
I cannot wait to read Enchanted! I picked up a finished copy this week and it’s so pretty! and of course I love anything to do with fairy-tales and needed it asap!
Enjoy your pile!!!

April 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Aww I’m so glad I could influence your reading pile :) haha I hope you love Lonely Hearts Club! Also, Lovestruck Summer is a good one as well. And yay for Where Things Come Back!!!!!!!!! gosh I love that book.
P.S. I needed the Conrad goodness in my life, too :)

April 29, 2012 - 10:02 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m glad you loved Somebody to Love..but I’m also glad I didn’t know that Beebs song because I would’ve hated it being stuck in my head, lol. Also, I really hope you like Divergent!!! Eeeeep! And, oh boy, I need to get my hands on those letters in We’ll Always Have Summer! Enjoy your books!!

April 29, 2012 - 9:39 am

Estelle - Elena, hahaha. It was quite a bonus to read the book with JB stuck in my head. Really. Definitely get into Jenny Han’s summer series like… this summer. I can’t wait to hear what songs you come up with to go along with them!

April 29, 2012 - 9:29 am

elena - As soon as you mentioned Justin Bieber, I had to go on Spotify and put him on! I don’t know how I will get through that book without “I JUST NEED SOMEBODY TO LOOOOVE” constantly refraining in my head. I really want to read Enchanted so I hope it’s good! I love fairytales. :3 I’m excited for the new series on the blog you guys have planned! I hope you like Divergent too, it’s one of the better dystopians, I think. I really need to properly read Jenny Han books.

Estelle: Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (Twitter) Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: Paperback from ALA! (Thanks!) Summary: Maria is ready to start fresh in New York City, living with her estranged mom and going to a new school. She’s not exactly sure what […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:37 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It’s set in New York City and it taps into music for the main story – yup, this book definitely sounds like something I’d want to read!

May 4, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend […]

May 1, 2012 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Books that Should be Movies - […] Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (My review): I think we all know I have a mad love affair with NYC and I live here. Basically. I just finished […]

April 29, 2012 - 8:49 pm

VeganYANerds - I really like the sound of this, though I do agree that some lists of the songs on the tapes would have been a great edition! Also, I too was one of those kids who recorded music off the tv onto my cassette recorder! <3

April 27, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Estelle - E, maybe they were in the final copy? I would be interested to check it out. I kept thinking of you as I read this. You should definitely pick up both. As for God Shaped Hole, that has a huge musical influence too just not as much as How to Kill. :) Can’t wait to hear what you think. Thanks for the comment as always!

April 27, 2012 - 9:50 pm

elena - I’m kind of surprised that the lists for the mixtapes weren’t in the book, it seems to be such an easy and obvious thing! You’ve got me so curious about this book, Estelle. I’m definitely going to try to read How To Kill A Rockstar, that sounds really promising! Music in books is always super interesting to me, ha.

April 27, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Jenny - So glad I wasn’t the only one taping music videos w my boom box by the speaker of my tv! Another great review as always, Estelle!

April 27, 2012 - 9:21 am

Estelle - Eva, sorry to disappoint! I know… the cover/title are sort of tricky things aren’t they? As a fan of Tiffanie’s work, I definitely think you should give it a try tho! :)

April 27, 2012 - 9:18 am

Estelle - April, it does the same to me. I think I was warned in advance though when I glanced through a few other reviews. Perhaps it helps to be prepared? I think you should give it a try. It has an edgier feel than other YAs.

April 27, 2012 - 9:09 am

April Books & Wine - I won’t lie, usually the unknown drives me NUTS. So I am not sure how I would feel about Super Girl Mix Tapes, because, on the other hand I LOVE NYC and complex relationships and the 1990s. Hmmmm.

Quite a book conundrum here.

April 27, 2012 - 8:55 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - Aw man, I was expecting “light and fun.” But since it reminded you of How to Kill a Rock Star, I’m still in! :) Thanks for the very helpful review.

TLA Recap + Library Conference Tips for Book Bloggers

Hi Friends! In my In My Mailbox post this past Sunday, I shared all the books I received at the TLA (Texas Library Association) conference that I got signed last Thursday. I wanted to take some time to actually share the events of what happened at TLA and a few tips for any of you […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:34 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This event looks like so much fun (and definitely is sort of like BEA)! I wish I could have gone so we could hang out 😉 I love your tips, by the way, and think that they’ll definitely be useful to people who attend conferences.

April 29, 2012 - 9:05 am

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend future conferences. Melissa C. […]

April 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Love the pictures! It’s so amazing that you got to meet Jessi Kirby and Veronica Roth.

This was such a great post. I haven’t been to a book conference/event like this (yet!), but I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind! Thanks. :)

April 27, 2012 - 5:34 am

VeganYANerds - Great post, Magan! I love all of the photos of you with the authors you met, you look so happy, I bet it was a lot of fun!

And your offer some great tips for other bloggers going to these type of events!

April 26, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Love this post so. much. :) Fantastic tips, Magan!! It was so awesome hanging out with you, and I hope to get to do it again soon!

April 26, 2012 - 11:47 am

Katy Manck (BooksYALove) - Great post, Magan! As a long-time TLA member, recently-retired school librarian, and first-year book blogger, I appreciate knowing that bloggers & librarians understand their relationship with publishers & with authors.

It’s win-win-win as long as we all get the right book into the hands of the right reader, whether it’s through a blog post, a book talk at the library, or an author signing at a bookstore.

Let’s continue to be professional and upbeat in this together (and show folks that the stinkers who put ARCs up on eBay right after ALA Midwinter are the minority that we’re trying to re-educate).

Happy reading, happy blogging, happy people!
**Katy M
Recommending YA books beyond the bestsellers at
Follow me on Twitter @BooksYALove

April 26, 2012 - 11:19 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - Oh, Magan! How thoughtful of you to share all of this with us! I will be driving in for BEA this year, my first time! Unfortunately, I am only able to go in for ONE day! and I have been so very nervous as to what I should wear, what to expect and where to go. Mostly I’m hoping to meet other book bloggers :)
These tips are so very helpful, thank you so much!

April 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

Magan - Elena! You should definitely go to a conference! They’re a ton of fun and the networking is unbelievable. I’ve met some INCREDIBLE people at the conferences. Regarding the whole ‘look like a teenager thing’ – it really boils down to professionalism. I met some teenagers at TLA that acted more grown up than the adults did. It’s all in how you present yourself. Come to ALA in June, please? I want to meet you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

elena - Ahh Magan, this post is SO helpful and perfect! I’ve thought about attending a book conference before but haven’t made the plunge yet since it requires plane tickets & hotels. I really want to go to one when I’m more comfortable with blogging but wasn’t sure about them in general. Your tips are fantastic, definitely bookmarking for if I ever go in the future. :) Unfortunately, the “don’t look like a teen” thing can’t apply to me because I still get asked if I would like the children’s menu in restaurants…sigh.

I also really love all the pictures you shared! I wonder what made you blush and you look lovely in all of them!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

Magan - Thanks, Anna! :) xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:57 am

Anna - Love this. All of this.

April 26, 2012 - 10:50 am

Magan - Haha, April! I try. So hard. I just want to raise up the book blogging community and we’ll do that by acting professional. Sometimes we get a bad rep for people who just want to take. I think it’s about figuring out what we can give back, ya know?

Thanks, love! :)

April 26, 2012 - 10:45 am

Magan - Ginger, I’m going to cry… it was so, so awesome for me, too! I MISS YOU! I wish we could rewind and do the whole day all over again. Cannot wait for the next time we get to hang out! Love you, lady! xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - You are so profesh, I LOVE IT. And I am glad to know I associate with people like you.

Solid tips lady, solid tips.

Also the pic with Ginger? Too cute for words!

April 26, 2012 - 10:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow! Your tips are so spot on. I will definitely be sharing this post with others :) You did a fabulous job of highlighting some very important things to consider when attending a book event like TLA.

Oh man, I had SO MUCH FUN with you!!! That day is probably one of my most favorite book moments to date :) thank you for making it special! Love you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:29 am

Karen - Excellent post!

Magan: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker [website | twitter] Publisher: Bloomsbury UPCOMING Publication Date: May 22, 2012 Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook ARC from Netgalley. Summary: Clementine is spending the whole summer sailing with her parents on their forty-two foot boat. The seclusion from her friends would normally be unthinkable, but […]

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September 20, 2015 - 9:55 am

Unbreak My Heart Melissa C. Walker Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “I was prepared for lots of tangled emotions.” […]

March 31, 2015 - 6:41 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler | Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker | Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. […]

March 12, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading: On a Personal Note: A PMS Survival Kit - […] also really want to read a specific type of book during this hellacious week. I want something like Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker (Clem is a little bit emo, I’m a little bit emo. It works.) Or something by Sarah Dessen. […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:30 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! I was able to pick it up at an event recently, where I got to meet Melissa as well, and I can’t wait to dive into it. It seems like the perfect summer read!

June 14, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 3. Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker (Goodreads) Why? The joys of family vacation. (Magan’s review) […]

May 29, 2012 - 7:02 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker […]

May 5, 2012 - 7:03 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] My Heart by Melissa Walker Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Release Date: May 22, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best […]

May 4, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] Melissa C. Walker wrote it and Toni Braxton sang it. Magan shares her love for Walker’s Unbreak My Heart. A book that kept me up VERY late one evening: a review of new release, Breaking Beautiful by […]

April 25, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Magan - Elena, it’s so, so wonderful. There’s a lot that cannot be shared in the review (for fear of being too spoilery), but ooooh, gosh, is this book amazing. I really loved Clem’s character. She had the perfect amounts of self-loathing and humor all mixed together! :) Can’t wait to read your review!

April 25, 2012 - 2:42 pm

elena - Ahhh, Magan, I LOVE this review! I was interested in this book before but now I really really want to read it. I really like that Clem was so multi-faceted and you could understand where she’s coming from. James sounds incredibly sweet, definitely the type of YA boys I like to read about. I can’t wait to read this book. Your review is so lovely! x

April 25, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Magan - Allison, it’s so, so wonderful. I don’t like cheating in books at all, but let’s just say there’s a LOT that I can’t share because it would be spoiler-y. I was hesitant to like this book, but I fell *splat* in LOVE WITH IT.

April 25, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Allison L - This book sounds really good! I’m not usually one to pick up a ‘cheating book’ but, I think I would actually really like this one. Especially from the way that you described it. Thanks for the fantastic review! :)

Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine

April 25, 2012 - 11:39 am

Magan - Anna, I hate cheating books, too. I think the way Melissa crafted the story really was incredible. I cannot wait to read your review!

April 25, 2012 - 11:35 am

Anna - My review of this one is coming out soon…I HATE cheating books, but sort of loved this one. I was so surprised at myself! I credit “Red” with a lot of that 😉

April 25, 2012 - 11:12 am

Magan - Katie, I really, really loved it. I’m definitely a dystopia kind of girl, too, but this book… really amazing. I couldn’t work because I kept wanting to pretend I was sick so I could go read it! My husband knew I was consumed when I didn’t want to eat dinner and couldn’t put it down! I really, really hope you love it! :)

April 25, 2012 - 11:03 am

Katie @ Blook Girl - What a GREAT review, as always :-) I saw this on NetGalley and wasn’t sure if it was my type of read, but your review convinced me. While I love my dystopian/fantasy books, sometimes it’s nice to read a contemporary novel that deals with real-life issues in a believable and heart-touching manner. It certainly seems like Melissa Walker achieved that here.

I’m off to add this to my TBR List! :-)

April 25, 2012 - 10:56 am

Magan - DAISY! Yes! You should pick it up as soon as possible. It comes out in May (but is also on NetGalley!) so you should get it one way or the other. It’s the perfect lose-yourself-in-a-book-for-several-hours book. Especially when poolside. 😉

April 25, 2012 - 10:55 am

Magan - Haha, thanks, April! I feel like I’ve had a lot of “borrow” kind of books lately, so reading something that made me FEEL and connect and laugh was extremely refreshing. I cannot say enough good things about Unbreak My Heart! I hope you love it, too!

If you’re looking for some drama, this book has it in all the right ways. Thanks so much for your comment!

April 25, 2012 - 10:21 am

April Books & Wine - I love when you love books, Magan, because my first reaction is to immediately leap up and find that book and start reading.


I want the ‘pretend’ book drama and to feel the things, that seem to be felt while reading Unbreak My Heart. And also? Most awkward sentence EVER.

Fabulous review!

April 25, 2012 - 8:06 am

Daisy - HOORAY! I’m so glad this book worked for you! Even though the weather isn’t really cooperating yet, I’m pining for a cute summer romance story and this sounds like just the thing! I don’t approve of cheating either and I’m glad Clem realises the consequences and that there’s a boy in there that sounds amazing!!
I’m reading this soon, yay! :)

Estelle: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (website | twitter) UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 354 Target audience: Mature young adult Format read: Netgalley eBook Summary:  Tripp and Allie seemed like the perfect couple to the whole world but there was another layer to their relationship that no one knew about. […]

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October 28, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Brook Cunningham - I love breaking beautiful I did not want to put it down. Love it <3

October 14, 2013 - 9:02 am

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (YA Thriller Review) - […] Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young adult / thriller Keywords: murder investigation, friendship, gangs Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Other books reviewed by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: Breaking Beautiful […]

July 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Thriller: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne - […] I picked up Truly, Madly, Deadly, I expected something along the lines of Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf – a book about a girl who survives a car accident that kills her boyfriend (who wasn’t […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:28 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds haunting and intense. The story seems so serious and there’s so much going on – but I do love a book with more “meat” in it on some days. Great review!

April 23, 2012 - 4:15 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle, you have me really intrigued! I had no idea what this book was about but now I really want to read it and find out what happens. Also, I love that Allie was a likeable character even when she was lying or not speaking up for herself.

April 23, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Annette - I, too, thought she did a great job keeping interest, but building slowly to the conclusion — which I did not see coming. Really enjoyed this on, and very much enjoyed your review. Thanks!