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Estelle: The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando

The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando (website | twitter) Publication Date: March 7, 2006 Publisher: MTV Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a family member, summer job, New Jersey setting Format read: Paperback borrowed from library Summary: After her mom passes away, Betsy challenges herself to get through the stages of […]

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November 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle: Shelve It (11/9/2012), Estelle - […] and spent countless summers. It’s the same beach that is featured in Tara Altebrando’s The Pursuit of Happiness, and how ironic is it that my review for that particular book went up the same time I was watching […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:16 am

Little Willow - I highly recommend this book as well! I hope you check out Tara’s other novels. Pursuit and What Happens Here are probably my two top favorites out of her collection.

November 1, 2012 - 6:26 am

Lori - This sounds like a book that I’d love. Betsy sounds like an amazing MC. I can tell just from your review that’s it my favorite kind of contemp read. I’m off to add it to my wish list!

October 31, 2012 - 3:39 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am thoroughly intrigued by your review. This sounds like it’s the kind of book where the character goes through a very realistic personality transformation, and I always enjoy those. I’m definitely interested to see how the family chooses to react in the face of losing the mom figure in their lives, and how it all ends up.

Estelle: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: September 4, 2012 Publisher: Riverhead Books Pages: 306 Target audience: Adult Keywords: 1920s, Hollywood, family drama, theatre/films Format read: ARC from Putnam. (Thanks!) Summary:  Since she was little, Elsa has been enamored with the small playhouse her family runs. Her dad […]

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October 31, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It may kind of, sort of, possibly make me extremely happy that this has to do with movie stars. I LOVE reading about movie stars and Hollywood and this certainly sounds like it’s all about that!

October 31, 2012 - 2:26 am

Kristen - Oh, this sounds so intriguing and fun! I am morbidly fascinated by the stories of classic movie stars. Behind all the glamour and fame lies some pretty heart breaking and depressing stories. I will have to pick this up at the library when I get a chance. Glad you enjoyed this, Estelle. :)

October 30, 2012 - 7:08 pm

elena - i love these sorts of stories! i remember doing something on gloria swanson when i was in elementary. i think i can handle beautiful descriptions despite the lack of dialogue! hi, the night circus is just filled with beautiful descriptions. i like that this story has an underlying theme of hope too. wonderful review, estelle! <3

Magan: I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry

I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Publication Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: U.Q.P. Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: goth, boarding school, friendship, parental problems Format read: Paperback from Mandee at VeganYANerds Summary: Kate is sent to boarding school after an unknown event occurs between her and her mother; she begrudgingly goes but has problems connecting with […]

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July 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Head of the River by Pip Harry - […] of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. 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 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

October 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds truly incredible! I definitely want to read about Kate and her struggles; there definitely sounds like there’s more to her than meets the eye.

October 31, 2012 - 2:19 am

Kristen Evey - And by “every” of course I mean review. *facepalm* Time for bed?

October 31, 2012 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I am so glad to have found a few trusted blogger friends to recommend contemporary gems like this one. Contemmp is rarely something I would pick up off the shelf to read unless I knew something about it already. This sounds like such a good read! And ohmygosh, I am in love with this author’s name! Pip Harry. It’s got a nice ring to it. Great every Magan!

October 30, 2012 - 4:33 am

mobb - i would love to read this book

October 29, 2012 - 8:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so thrilled that you enjoyed ITYM, Magan! I felt the same way about Mandy, I kept waiting for her to let Kate down and do something horrible and I was so happy when they never happened! I’m so glad you could relate to this as well, it felt so real to me as well :)

Mandee xox

October 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Lisa - When you can resonate with a main character who is going through some challenges – THAT is my kind of read. Sounds like this one nails it!

And naturally I’m all about the pitter pat of a little romance story thrown in there.

Thanks for the heads up on this one!

Estelle: Shelve It (10/28/2012)

Edit: Thanks to Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner) I just bought Blackberry Winter by Sarah Joi for my Nook. Only $2.99! (Amazon too!) Guess what? I bought absolutely no books since my last Shelve It. NONE. But I did buy a lot of shelves to put in our new apartment. So that sort of counts, right? […]

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October 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

April Books & Wine - I’ve been pretty lax about buying books lately too.

I hope you are okay in the wake of Sandy!

October 29, 2012 - 3:00 am

VeganYANerds - Horray for moving and putting up new shelves, soon you can buy lots more books to put on them!

And yay for polish-buying! I *think* Julep are cruelty free/vegan so I’m going to see if I can find them here :)

And be careful hun, stay safe!

October 28, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Tara - Please, please, PLEASE be careful this week with Sandy! At least the positive out of this is that you get to read lots and not have to go to work :)

Estelle: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: June 24, 2012 Publisher: Lakehouse Press Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: royalty, Greece, complicated relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Reece’s usual summer vacation in London visiting her father takes an unexpected turn when a serious attack closes all […]

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January 31, 2013 - 1:03 am

Allison reviews Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole - […] Rather Be Reading: If you are prepared to embrace the drama, Dante’s Girl is worth giving a shot. […]

October 30, 2012 - 2:23 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I just bought this because of you, Estelle! It sounds darling! I love destination reads, and Greece is a place I’ve always wanted to visit!

October 27, 2012 - 3:52 pm

elena - the setting for this book was fabulous! the lack of drama over the big event was weird to me too since um, that is kind of a big deal. i totally agree with you. there elements i did enjoy about this book and elements i didn’t but overall, the ~price is right~

October 27, 2012 - 3:04 am

Kristen - This kinda sounds like a ‘Prince & Me’ kind of book. And you know, sometimes I just need to read something cute and fluffy, even with all the flaws. Thanks for the honest review Estelle.

October 27, 2012 - 12:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I will say that I am already considering reading this because of the whole Greece thing. I love it when books are set in places that I want to visit myself! Plus, it does sound pretty cute, if a little far-fetched…

October 26, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Tara - I agree with you that a major event like that would stick with me for a while (especially with my fear of flying). I think I would be willing to give this one a shot having your thoughts in the back of my mind. I think I would really enjoy the Greece setting and I always love reading some dramarama :)

Dear Teen Me: A Letter By Estelle

Today Magan & I are celebrating the upcoming release of Dear Teen Me, a collection of letters written by authors to their teen selves. It’s available from Zest Books on Halloween, October 31! ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Dear Teen Me, Here are a few things you need to know: Katie Holmes married and divorced […]

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October 30, 2012 - 4:20 pm

April Books & Wine - Dawson’s Creek forevs.


I love that you are a fighter. I think teen Estelle would be proud of just how kick ass adult Estelle is.

October 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping […]

October 27, 2012 - 3:22 pm

elena - estelle, this letter is so wonderful and so perfect because it’s so YOU. i love that it’s so hopeful and kind and HEE at being better dressed. i am so glad you shared this, i <3 you.

October 27, 2012 - 2:58 am

Kristen - I. love. this. This letter is beautiful in every way. Thank you for sharing, Estelle. So different to have the perspective of time and age and wisdom (hopefully!) to look back on.

October 27, 2012 - 12:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Reading your letter made me smile. Because while we all have to deal with a ton of bad things in our lives, there’s always HOPE – that things will get better, or surpass our expectations, or surprise us. I love how you expressed your feelings about how sometimes, things that don’t necessarily look “good” are actually the perfect catalyst for things to fall into place as they should. *hug*

October 26, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Lisa - This is beautiful and sad and encouraging and so full of truth.

Thank you for sharing.


October 26, 2012 - 11:01 am

Kelly - There’s always that guy that we hold on to for too long, eh? I would love to tell teen me to steer clear, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without having gone through that heartbreak – and coming out stronger because of it!

I love this series; both you and Magan have made me a little weepy today, so I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to write this, and then share it with us all.

You are one brave, beautiful lady!

October 26, 2012 - 6:14 am

B. Hemborg - Such a great post!

October 26, 2012 - 5:56 am

Lori - I love, love, love this!

October 25, 2012 - 9:22 pm

Tara - Estelle, you had me tearing up, then laughing, then back to tearing up. You’re amazing! This was such a great letter and I’m so happy we’ve gotten the chance to know each other more over the past few months.

PS – I have lots of questions for you for GChat tomorrow 😉

October 25, 2012 - 8:29 pm

Allison L - I love this :) Thanks for sharing it with us Estelle!

October 25, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Jamie - LOVED THIS! Also Dawson’s Creek opening FTW! Love you lady!

October 25, 2012 - 5:50 pm

anna - Love this letter — gorgeous! Hugs to teen (and adult) Estelle xo

October 25, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - I loved reading this! Our teen selves would definitely have been friends because I was obsessed with Dawson’s and Felicity back then too. I’ve also had not-so-great moments in high school/college that formed who I am today. So no regrets! I love the idea of Dear Teen Me. :)

October 25, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Dear Teen Estelle,

Today you really DO listen to country a lot…and share the best songs (that go perfectly with some books!) with your friends, who you chat with on the internet. No, not AOL, it’s GChat now. AOL is nonexistent.

You are awesome, and this letter really touched me. :)

October 25, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Elizabeth - Love, love, love this.
How insightful we all are with 20/20 hindsight…..oh, if I could tell my teenage self a thing or two.
It would be one long letter.
Starting with: Drop the loser. He never amounts to anything and you will go on to find the most surprisingly perfect soul mate. The sooner you get over the first “love” you thought you had the sooner you can meet the man that will provide you with laughter and a lifetime of love. Not to mention three pretty great kids.

October 25, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Estelle, you had me at Dawson’s Creek! I was the perfect age for that show – I lived high school alongside them!

What a fabulous concept. I think teen me was pretty strong but I’d tell her she’s smarter than she realizes! And she has lots of time…

October 25, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - PS – I laughed at the Dawsons Creek references in the beginning, but the quote at the end made me have an “aww” moment :) Nicely done.

October 25, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I could read what you write every day, any day. Your words are always full of heart, truth, and humor. I love this letter to your teenage self. We tend to want to go back and re-do things (usually make the bad things right again), but what you’ve captured here is the importance of living through those adventures is what makes you YOU today.

Thank you for sharing this part of yourself, xoxo. You are such a beautiful person Estelle!