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Magan: This is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott

This is So Not Happening (He’s So/She’s So #3) by Kieran Scott Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 320 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Teen Pregnancy, High School Graduation, College, Parent Re-Marriage Format read: Hardcover from the library. My Review of He’s So Not Worth It (He’s So/She’s So #2) […]

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November 30, 2012 - 9:54 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve enjoyed your reviews of the previous books in this series and it’s great that the final book was enjoyable, too. Ally sounds like a fantastic person for not getting mad and being there for the both of them but I think I’d have issues with Jake, too. Great review, Magan!

YA for NJ: Good Books For A Good Cause

Even though I live in New York and I’m darn proud of it, I’m equally proud and protective of New Jersey, where I grew up. Home to disco fries (gravy and mozzarella cheese on fries!) , Bon Jovi, and the shore. (For the YA junkies, Jessica Darling!) Unfortunately, the state that I love was horribly affected by […]

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December 1, 2012 - 2:25 am

Kristen Evey - I love this! Thanks for letting us know. Combining my book buying obsession + helping a good cause = best. thing. ever! (And yes, I just bid on like, 10 things…)

November 30, 2012 - 8:55 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fabulous group of authors! I love when I see people coming together for causes like this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention :)

November 29, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Rachel - This sounds like a really great event! I can’t wait to see what’s auctioned off tomorrow.. but I’m afraid I’ll want to buy everything :)

November 29, 2012 - 6:05 pm

elena - omg I want to bid on like, everything on this auction but I know it will have crazy high prices. with good reason!!

P.S. love that you’re reading Attachments, hope you’re enjoying it x

November 29, 2012 - 10:53 am

Alexa Y. - I think this is a really great event, and I’m so excited to see what’s up for auction tomorrow. The generosity of all the people who are involved is really heartwarming too!

November 29, 2012 - 9:24 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Wow, that’s so awesome. Thanks for sharing this. I’ll definitely check it out tomorrow! :-)

Estelle: Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Random House Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: moving, divorce, secret admirers, 70s Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Things aren’t looking so great for Vinnie when his parents announce their divorce, his mom remarries quickly, and he is […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis: This was one of my favorites from the end of last year (go read it!) about a boy dealing with a move after the divorce of his parents. We get scenes with both his mom and his dad, and they honestly couldn’t be even more different. It’s obvious how much Vinnie cares for these two people who grew apart, and who have so suddenly changed his life. While his mom sort of drove me nuts (she has bad habits!), I really did enjoy the scenes when he was spending time with him and they shared common hobbies. (And they say teenagers don’t care about their parents…) (My review.) […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I haven’t hears much about this one but have been intrigued ever sinc I heard about it from Greads. I was still a little weary but your lovely review puts me at ease. Plus, it’s set in the 70’s and there’s dancing and there’s sort of a You’ve Got Mail-like situation – I’M SO IN.

December 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Sophia - Your review has got me hooked, Estelle! Now, I am so interested in this book. I need to get it ASAP. The concept sounds really interesting (midnight phone calls? YES!) and the “giddily romantic” themes in this book are totally right up my alley. Thanks for calling this book to my attention, Estelle!

November 29, 2012 - 6:05 pm

elena - Yes, I’ve had this on my list since you rec’d it to me a few months ago! It really does seem creeptastic but I love that you use “giddily romantic.” This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Fantastic review, E! <3

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I haven’t heard of this book, but now I definitely want to read it. A 70’s version of You’ve Got Mail? Bring it!

Thanks for the fabulous review!

November 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa Y. - You can always convince me to read any book. This time around, it was the last line – I love dancing of any kind. Plus, well, I’m a sucker for unconventional romantic relationships!

November 28, 2012 - 11:13 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Your closing paragraph just sealed the deal. It totally feels right.

November 28, 2012 - 10:28 am

Annette - Great review! I haven’t seen this one before, so thanks.

November 28, 2012 - 9:26 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had my eye on this book, but your review Estelle just made me decide this will be a Christmas present to myself :) hehe. Sometimes the best books are the ones without all the flashy elements. Sometimes the really great ones are just simple, heartfelt stories. Great review!

November 28, 2012 - 9:14 am

Rachel - This sounds like such a great book! It’s already on my TBR list but everything you wrote makes me want to read it more. It is really nice to just read about normal people going about their every day lives, trying to find happiness.

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Howdy, y’all! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the awesome crew at The Broke and The Bookish. This week we’re talking about our most anticipated books of 2013. I could hardly narrow this down — do you guys realize how much amazingness is coming out in the next year? So many of my […]

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December 2, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It, December 2, 2012 - […] Top Ten Tuesday — Most Anticipated Books for 2013 […]

November 27, 2012 - 11:46 pm

Kim @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - Great picks!!! I am trying to branch out of dark and twisted murder stories and experience more light-hearted fiction, so I am definitely looking forward to This is What Happy Looks Like.

November 27, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Addie - After seeing nobody but us, I am going to add it to the top of my reading pile!
Gorgeous blog btw, I love the muted colors – classy!
Addie @ READioactive Book Blog
My TT : Top Ten 2013 Titles

November 27, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Kay - I really like your list. I am also looking forward to Requiem and I hope it doesn’t let me down! Return to Me also sounds pretty good.

November 27, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - So much to look forward to in 2013! A few that didn’t make my list but are still must-reads for me are Falling for You, The Moon and More, and Return to Me. Love your taste in books!

November 27, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - 5 common books and I just added the rest to my Goodreads list! Return to Me sounds fantastic!

November 27, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Going Vintage sounds like such a fun read!

November 27, 2012 - 5:16 pm

VeganYANerds - SOOOO many good books in 2013!!! I want 1,2,5,6,7,8,10 😀

November 27, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Daisy @ Between the Pages - Finding more books is ALWAYS the best answer! I’m kinda sad so many series will be ending in 2013 as well…
Going Vintage sounds so good! And you just know that when a girl swears off guys she’s going to fall epicly in love and I’m already smiling thinking of it 😀

November 27, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Bonnie - This is What Happy Looks Like and Reboot look fantastic! So many good ones to look forward to in 2013 this was a tough Top Ten Tuesday. :)

November 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Brittani - Awesome top ten! I have This Is What Happy Looks Like, Through The Ever Night and Requiem on my top ten as well! :)

November 27, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Mel@Thedailyprophecy - I see some series I really need to read, like Under the never sky and Pandemonium, so I better get started before these pretties are released. Great list!

Mel@thedailyprophecy TTT.

November 27, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - GREAT list! I want to read ALL OF THEM. No, seriously. All of them. I am dying for Requiem and Through The Ever Night though! :)

November 27, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Livvy @Nerdy Book Reviews - This looks like a very awesome list! Definitely This Is What Happy Looks Like. I cannot wait for that.

The Moon And More and Falling for You look great along with Reboot. I keep seeing more and more great titles this week.

Great list! :)

November 27, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely adore the cover of This is What Happy Looks Like – it’s so cute! Plus, the story sounds really sweet, and I love how Jennifer writes.

And Reboot sounds AWESOME. I have heard of it, and it’s on my want to read shelf on GR, but I just wanted to say again that it sounds AMAZING.

The book I hadn’t heard of but is now on my list thanks to your post is Return to Me. The premise sounds so intriguing!

November 27, 2012 - 11:32 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Uh, yes to all of these! Literally. ALL OF THEM. I want to read them all so badly, haha! Ugh, we needed to have a top 50 list for this week’s topic, haha! Man, how did I forget to include Reboot? THAT COVER!

November 27, 2012 - 11:28 am

Rachel - Great list! There a bunch on there that I want to read, especially Requiem!! I’m so excited for a new Sarah Dessen book as well. I love that hers comes out just in time for summer. She has the BEST summer reads.


November 27, 2012 - 9:30 am

Jamie - Love how our lists are so similar (obvi because we have great taste in books 😛 )…ahhh how did I forget Requiem (like major fail…you know how excited I am) and This Is What Happiness Looks Like??! I fail at liiiiife.

AWESOME LIST! The ones that aren’t on mine are at least on my TBR list!

November 27, 2012 - 9:15 am

Cynthia - I’m soooo lame, totally forgot to add This is What Happy Looks Like and Falling for You to my list. I love Lisa Schroeder and really loved Smith’s debut novel too. Can’t wait for these!

November 27, 2012 - 9:12 am

kate - Great picks, quite a few of there are on my list as well!

New subscriber :)

My Top Ten

November 27, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I am so psyched for the new Dessen book! And of course new Jennifer E. Smith! I have both of those on my list, too :)

November 27, 2012 - 8:04 am

The Reading-ista - Return To Me was not on my list, but I am looking forward to that one too. Great list.

November 27, 2012 - 6:46 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I need to read Smith’s other book. This is What Happy Looks Like’s cover is so awesome. More Dessen!!!

November 27, 2012 - 6:44 am

Lori - I’m so excited for Going Vintage. I loved Sean Griswold’s Head (it really doesn’t get gushed about enough) and I really love all things 60’s. So I already know I’m going to LOVE it. Fabulous list, Magan!

November 27, 2012 - 5:21 am

Holly - Going Vintage looks really cute! :)

November 27, 2012 - 3:40 am

Victoria - I really need to tackle the Veronica Rossi section of the library. Everyone has been raving about her new book coming next year and I haven’t read a single one. Great list, I’m marking them down on my TBR list!

November 27, 2012 - 1:39 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - AGGHHH I want all these too! New Sarah Dessen! New Sara Zarr! New Jennifer E. Smith! Finally continuation for Aria & Perry! I’m loving how many college-age (or near-college-age) books are coming out, too. Can we just…2013 needs to get here soon, and provide free books of all the awesome. Yes.

November 27, 2012 - 12:59 am

Jenny @ Mimosa Stimulus - I must have them all!! Really, REALLY want The Moon and More, Reboot, and Through the Ever Night. The waiting! It will kill me! I NEED so many 2013 releases. It is a miracle that I was able to stop at ten for this list.

November 27, 2012 - 12:34 am

elena - auuuugh I want you to read Requiem sooon so we can discuss!! Also hehe to 4, I like the premise of the book. 1 & 2 also sound FAB. Love your list, M! :)

November 27, 2012 - 12:30 am

Monica - Cant wait for Return to Me and the new Sara Zarr. Great list. Feel free to come by and checkout My TTT

November 27, 2012 - 12:29 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - I can’t wait for Requiem, I’m so interested to see how it all ends! And Reboot and the new Dessen, so many to look forwards to!

here’s my my Top 10

November 27, 2012 - 12:28 am

Erin M. - Oh. 2013 can’t come fast enough! I want to get my hands on these books including all of your books. Doesn’t Requiem just sound fantastic? I need to read it after that terrible cliffhanger!
Devoured by Books

November 27, 2012 - 12:24 am

Li @ rulethewaves.net - Great list! This is What Happy Looks Like has such a fantastic cover, I’m going to have to check that one out :)

Here’s the 10 books I’m looking forward to next year =)

November 27, 2012 - 12:22 am

Alice in Readerland - ‘The Moon and More’ is on my list & both ‘This is What Happy Looks Like’ & ‘The Lucy Variations’ almost made my list! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/top-ten-most-anticipated-books-for-2013/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

November 27, 2012 - 12:10 am

Trinity - So excited for new Sara Zarr! Great list :) 2013 is going to be brilliant.

November 27, 2012 - 12:07 am

Anna - YES. All of this. PS: Do you want me to send you Through the Ever Night?

Magan: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani Publication Date: August 18, 2009 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 288 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: friendship, boarding school, only child, first love Format read: Hard cover borrowed from the library. Summary: Viola is forced to attend an all-girls boarding school when her parents move to Afghanistan. Though she vows to make […]

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December 3, 2012 - 9:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It, December 2, 2012 - […] A review for Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani […]

December 1, 2012 - 2:04 am

Kristen Evey - I LOVE boarding school stories. I was homeschooled, so boarding school is like so far off from what my life was like that it just seems so magical and otherworldly. This book sounds so fun and sweet. Definitely placing it on my TBR list. Have you read Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson? Another fun boarding school book. :)

November 27, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Mary @ My Sister's Bookshelf - This sounds a little like if you took all the different elements of Amber Tamblyn’s storyline from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and mixed them around. In a good way. Also, I know that’s not the character name, but I do love the actress so she sort of stuck in my mind!

November 26, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Henry Circle - This book review gives me boarding school fantasies! Making supportive new friends and meeting cute boys? yes, please. Great review!

Estelle: Shelve It 11/23/2012

Here’s sending some late Thanksgiving greetings to you, dear reader. Magan and I hope that you enjoyed holiday time with friends and family. If you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, we hope your weekend was a fun one! We are so thankful for your readership, your thoughtful comments, and the fact that you stop in […]

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November 28, 2012 - 11:54 pm

Alexa Y. - Congratulations on winning Miranda’s new book! I promise, promise, promise to read Catching Jordan soon…

November 26, 2012 - 12:01 pm

elena - Burning Blue sounds really good! Just read Losing It yesterday, it was okay. Curious to see what you’ll think of it!

November 26, 2012 - 7:15 am

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I’ve been dying to check out Miranda Kenneally’s books. Congrats on the win!

Happy Reading!

November 25, 2012 - 10:32 pm

Katelyn - Yay!!! I cannot wait to hear what you think of all of your new, awesome books (especially Charade!) p.s. Bookish peer-pressure FTW!

November 25, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Paige - I wanted to get Burning Blue but I haven’t had the chance yet! I hope you enjoy it once you read it!


November 25, 2012 - 5:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I find it just as hard to stick to book buying bans!

I can’t wait to read Burning Blue :)

November 25, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Melissa - Those .99 Nook books will get you every time! LOL Enjoy!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

November 25, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I’m completely covetess of the Kenneally ARC. I <3 her books so much.

November 25, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Vy (Vy's Blog) - I was looking at Burning Blue a while back but then totally forgot about! SO glad that you loved it. Will definitely be checking it out again.

November 25, 2012 - 10:32 am

April Books & Wine - Ooooo I need to buy Epic Force. Basically, all of the books recommended on Makeshift Bookmark hahah.

AND YAY MINDI SCOTT! I just finally read my first book by her — Live Through This, and while it was painful, I loved it.