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The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life by Tara Altebrando

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando Publication Date: July 5, 2012 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: scavenger hunt, graduation, crushes, geeky seniors Format read: ARC from Penguin at ALA. Summary: Four semi-geeky best friends, Mary, Des, Patrick, and Winter, compete to win the Unofficial Senior Scavenger Hunt as their […]

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August 15, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHHH! Dawson’s Creek. Totes. I loved this one too 🙂

August 13, 2012 - 10:59 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh this looks awesome! I’ve already been loving on the cover (!!!) but this is the first blog post I’ve read about this book. It sounds really fun! Thanks!

August 12, 2012 - 10:03 am

Lena - DAWSON’S CREEK! I’m totally reading this ASAP because of your Dawson’s Creek comparison. This looks like such a fun book, but I’m glad to hear it also has a very emotional spin to it as well. Awesomesauce.

August 12, 2012 - 7:25 am

Lori - You had me convinced with your very first line. 🙂 I really can’t wait to read this one. I need to read Tara’s other book too. I’ve heard great things about it.

August 12, 2012 - 3:02 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds fantastic and like a book a lot of us will relate to! I really enjoyed your review and you have me wondering about the outcomes for all the different plot lines!

August 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Yay! I’m so glad you loved this! I picked it up at ALA as well, and I’ve been dying to read it. 🙂 Wonderful review!

August 11, 2012 - 2:40 pm

elena - I used to confuse this with From What I Remember since they’re both books I wouldn’t normally pick up. I ended up really enjoying FWIR so I hope I’ll enjoy this one too! It sounds SO FUN and I do like the idea of a scavenger hunt. Also loove your Dawson’s Creek comparison, I’ve never watched the show (I know!) but it sounds so apt.

August 11, 2012 - 2:54 am

Kristen Evey - You had me hooked as soon as you said Pacey. 😉

Seriously though, this is a fantastic review. I feel like I need to go read this right now because you teased at a whole bunch of things and I want to know how it all works out. Does Patrick confess? What is Winter hiding? What will Mary choose?

Agh! I must know these answers! Also, I want to watch Dawson’s Creek again.

August 10, 2012 - 10:35 am

Anna - Oooh I need to check this one out!

August 10, 2012 - 10:26 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am DYING to read this book because it sounds like so much fun! I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts. I used to set them up for my siblings all the time!

Travel Tales: Setting the Scene

Welcome to our first official post in the TRAVEL TALES event we are hosting with Elena from Novel Sounds and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books! This is where we make each other completely depressed, daydreaming about places we want to visit in books but can’t — whether it’s because of time, that green stuff, or […]

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August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] + Alexa is doing a birthday giveaway! + Alexa wrote a review of A Mutiny in Time. + Alexa wrote about different types of transportation in books in From Here to There. + Elena wrote about places she’d like to visit in Harry Potter. + Estelle & I discussed books that really set the scene for us and made us want to go there. […]

August 11, 2012 - 2:50 pm

elena - Love the way you formatted this post! I’ve never read the Mary Poppins series but it sounds like fun. Hooray for adventure. Your Nancy Drew story is so great, Estelle! I used to be OBSESSED with that series and remember being baffled when they ‘upgraded’ her and made her 17! I totally agree with all your picks, Magan! I would love to visit the castle in ToG and yesss to ice cream in Second Chance Summer.

August 10, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Randi M - I’ve read Cinder and many many Nancy Drew books out of these, but I completely concur with visiting London and any kind of castles. I’ve been meaning to read Second Chance Summer, and I think a lake would be a nice place to spend the summer, even though the reason her family’s there is a heartbreaking one.

Great post, ladies! 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh, these are so fun! Out of these I’ve only read Mary Poppins (um, yes please let’s jump into chalk drawings and go on awesome adventures!) and Nancy Drew. From the setting descriptions of the others I want to read them too, especially Cinder and Throne of Glass. 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 7:37 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - So I’ve adored the other girls’ posts and this one is no exception. I’m loving this idea. 🙂

Estelle – Somehow I made it out of childhood without reading Mary Poppins! It’s always been a book I felt I should read (& I certainly know enough people who swear by it), but it’s never been a top priority for me unfortunately. It wasn’t until the Olympics that my interest in it resurfaced. Thankfully I work in a bookstore and can easily get my hands on a copy.

Oh, Nancy Drew. ♥ Unlike Mary Poppins (which I didn’t even know was a SERIES!!), Nancy Drew is very familiar to me and was a massive part of my childhood. I couldn’t wait to get home from school everyday and curl up with another Nancy Drew book. Despite the sheer number of books, I’ve been wanting to go back and reread the series.

Magan – Oh my gosh Cinder. That’s my go-to recommendation at work (I’ve even pushed it on a few coworkers :)).

I’m SO excited for Throne of Glass! I have yet to see a single negative thing said about this book.

August 9, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Roxy - Ooh I love all the books you have mentioned. I actually read Moonglass on the beach and I felt so connected with the book and when I was younger I always, always read Nancy Drew. No matter what. As for Second Chance Summer, I’m reading that right now. It’s amazing! I always love Morgan Matson’s books! 🙂

August 9, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for traveling through books! I think it’s great how we can visit new places, even when we’re stuck at home or at work or on the subway.

I love all the settings that you guys mentioned in your post! For the ones I’ve read (Cinder, Nancy Drew & Throne of Glass), I would definitely be interested in checking out some of the places mentioned in those books. And for the ones I haven’t, they sound SO GOOD. I really need to get on with reading those books!

August 9, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - That logo is awesome, FYI.

Estelle – I am a NANCY DREW FANGIRL. I love love your inclusion of Nancy Drew on this list! I am totally with you – sometimes thinking of books and their settings really just reminds me where I was when I read them!

Magan – dude, Second Chance Summer. What a vividly beautiful book. I loved how Morgan Matson described the flags that would be waved on each pier – that stands out to me so much!

August 9, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh yes to Crystal Cove! Jessi Kirby told me next time I’m in Cali she’d take me on a personal tour… I say we all make this happen 🙂 haha

Cousins Beach from The Summer I Turned Pretty is another beach type setting I’ve always wanted to visit; however, it’s not real 🙁 I know, so sad.

I am DYING to see this glass castle that’s mentioned in Throne of Glass. Eeeeep!

The Big Kids’ Table: Adult Fiction/Non-Fic Picks (8/12)

I can’t believe summer is more than halfway over already. Any minute New York is going to be decking the halls with holiday decor. (I’m not kidding.) Let’s focus on the book, shall we? Here are a handful of upcoming adult releases I discovered in the pages of Publishers Weekly. They sound like winners to […]

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August 12, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] of The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando + Travel Tales: Setting the Scene + The Big Kids’ Table, featuring adult and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa […]

August 9, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You know I ADORE this series on your blog – it always gives me more books to add to my list! I’m especially looking forward to reading She Matters and Losing My Sister; I love books that explore female relationships.

August 9, 2012 - 2:45 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, I read a Victoria Dahl novel earlier this year and did not expect it to be so HOT! And I was so red-faced when my mother borrowed it, lol!
I just added Hemingway’s Girl to my must-read-this-year-list! Everything about it sounds divine!
Great list, thanks for sharing it 🙂

Estelle: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Publication Date: December 29, 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 290 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Breakups, girlfriends, Beatles, cheating Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: When Penny Lane is betrayed and disappointed by the only guy who has had her heart, she decides to take a stand […]

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February 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews - […] Add WE CAN WORK IT OUT to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ Previous review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB […]

August 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hey, I *just* read this book the other day! In fact, it’s sitting beside me right now, waiting for me to write down my quotes for the review. It was a good one! And I don’t even like the Beatles.

I loved how Eulberg was able to introduce Ryan and each time it felt like a bread crumb leading to a more significant occasion.

Well put! That is EXACTLY how it was. I may have to quote you in my review. 😉

August 9, 2012 - 12:07 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - This one sounds like so much fun! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this. 🙂 I’ve kind of joined this club… haha. I bet I’d connect with it well! Great review!

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Kristen - This is going on my “contemporary book binge” list! We need more books with solid female friendships. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing.

August 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

The Bumble Girl - I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow, and have been meaning to pick this one up ever since! It sounds like there is an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot to follow here. I am really going to have to track this one down soon.
Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

elena - All your gushing made me REALLY want to read this book! As a Beatles and contemp fan, this sounds adorable. I love that there’s such a wide variety of characters, good and bad, because that’s realistic and yay for unexpected friendship forming. Fantastic review, E!

August 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

VeganYANerds - So glad you loved this book, Estelle! I thought it felt very realistic as well, and you’re so right about Diane, every girl had gone through that point in her life when she realises she’s ditched everyone for her bf (guilty!). Love your review!

August 8, 2012 - 4:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I love when you give books I already own but haven’t read good reviews because it’s kind of motivating for me and makes me want to go out and read this.

Also, word. I totally know the feeling of building someone up in your mind to be someone great but then they totally SUCK. Ugh. Ugh. I get real life shudders over that.

Anyways, I’m going to have to read this one soon!

August 8, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I read it before I started blogging, so I never gave it a proper review. But I’ve always recommended it. The message is just so, so good. My only flaw with this book: that damn blurb on the cover! Why on earth are they comparing it to Twilight?! What the crap. It is so far from that. So strange that they would do that. It’s basically saying, “oh hey! here’s a YA book! Read it!” Um yeah.

Fab review Estelle 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely borrowing this the next time I go the library! It sounds so good – and I love the idea of the club. Great review E!

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

Magan: Call the Shots by Don Calame

Call the Shots by Don Calame Publication Date: September 11, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: making a horror film, pregnant mom with teenagers, inferior male Format read: ARC from NetGalley Summary: Sean’s mom announces she’s pregnant and thus begins the chaotic journey of Sean, Matt, and Coop making a horror film to […]

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