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Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy | Estelle Reviews

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 28, 2015 Pages: 288 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: grandparents, remarriage, cousins, new friends, popularity, parents & secrets Summary: After Grandpa Howe and Grandma Tess get married, Lana and Cassie are invited on their road trip honeymoon. Lana is hoping to embark […]

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May 18, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard very much about Drive Me Crazy, so I’m really glad that you reviewed it today, E! It sounds like a great read, particularly since I love reading about different, unique family dynamics AND road trips. Sounds like a winning combination to me! 😉

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Estelle Reviews

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 12, 2015 Pages: 368 | Target audience: Young adult Keywords: beauty, father/daughter relationships, sisters, NYC, romance Summary: It’s summer in NYC and Montana is dealing with having her college-aged sister/best friend, her plastic surgeon father and some unexpected news, […]

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January 28, 2016 - 3:31 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “explores the complexity of sister relationships” […]

January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Corey Ann never speaks down to her readers and writes with honesty about beauty, sisters, and mysteries of love in this NYC summer story. (Runner up: Life By Committee.) […]

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

Haniya - This review looks really nice! Can’t wait to read it!

May 14, 2015 - 8:01 am

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu … […]

May 11, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Life by Committee came out of nowhere last year and completely blew me away while also tapping into some themes that I connected with on a very personal level. So of course I was already excited to see what Haydu would do next. This review has me downright intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out.

(PS As a decidedly not fair complexioned person, I feel you with the hair stuff. In college I very foolishly decided to fix my own eyebrows and wound up removing nearly half of one eyebrow–only one mind. I had a friend in high school who essentially had no eyebrows for several months as well!)

May 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Alexa S. - I love, love, LOVE these thoughts on Making Pretty so much, E! You’ve really captured the essence of Montana’s story so beautifully, and I love the way you managed to mention some of its elements that are so perfect for a discussion – her father’s career + how that affects their relationship, her friendships, her first love. It’s seriously a great, thought-provoking read!

Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Estelle Reviews

Black Iris by Leah Raeder ( web |  tweet ) Published April 28, 2015 by Atria Pages: 368 Target audience: New adult Keywords: homophobia, bullying, revenge, sex, family, mental illness Summary: Pain and betrayal chased with emotionless sex and drugs take centerstage in this tale of revenge against her old life — as Laney finds her caught between […]

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May 5, 2015 - 6:48 am

Kimmy - I preordered this one and was super excited when it showed up! I was already looking forward to reading this, but your review has me even more intrigued!!

May 4, 2015 - 11:17 am

Alexa S. - I’ve seen Black Iris mentioned quite a few times, and I’m definitely curious! It sounds so intriguing. While I’m not usually a reader of thrillers, this one sounds really good. And really different, which is why I’m leaning towards giving it a shot. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Everything Knits Undercover ⋅ On E’s Bookshelf

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp ( web | tweet ) Published March 3, 2015 by Little, Brown Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer after graduation, small town, family secrets, alcoholism, religion Format read: Borrowed from the library Summary: After graduating from her small Virginia high school, Lulu is set to leave her hometown for […]

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April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Moonshine, Knitting and Sleuthing in these 3 YAs An Artist, a Puffin, and Cowboy in 3 romance titles! […]

April 27, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Kate @ Ex Libris - Boys Don’t Knit was SO funny! I loved that book. My Best Everything wasn’t quite a win for me, but I thought it was an interesting idea. I’m always a sucker for books set in small towns….

April 24, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Alexa S. - What a fascinating assortment of reads! I’m actually particularly intrigued by Boys Don’t Knit now. Was wary of it initially, but your review makes it sound pretty great!

April 24, 2015 - 10:14 am

Emma @ Miss Print - ooh I just picked up a copy of Boys Don’t Knit at work thinking it looked like my kind of book. Happy to see it getting good marks here 🙂

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne ⋅ Estelle Reviews

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 17, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: politics, family secrets, step-family, immigration Summary: After Kate’s mom died in a car accident, she relocated to South Carolina to live with her only blood relatives. […]

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May 8, 2015 - 5:02 am

Pros & Cons / The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne | Ciao Bella! - […] Around the Web: “I was unexpectedly taken aback by how consumed I was by this book, especially as Kate morphed into this new version of herself. What would happen when the stakes changed? For anyone looking to read a book with a bright, strong female character, here you go” {read the rest of the review at Rather Be Reading HERE}. […]

April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding […]

April 24, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Liz - I am a total sucker for new found family stories, seriously they are my favourite, so I am definitely going to take a look at this ASAP. I am so out if the loop right now with what’s being published but this sounds like a fun and heartfelt read!

April 24, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This sounds so great and like something I’d love. I especially love the fact that her relationship with her stepfamily is a positive one, something I feel is underrepresented in books. Love your review, will have to check this one out!

April 23, 2015 - 11:54 am

Emma @ Miss Print - Thank you for this great review Estelle! I’ve seen a lot of people talking about this book but your review was the first that really gave a detailed rundown of what to expect and what worked really well.

April 23, 2015 - 11:15 am

Alexa S. - 100% yes to every single thing you’ve said about The Wrong Side of Right, E! I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. It was just the right amount of charm + family + growing up + friendship + romance for me, and I loved that. Definitely highly recommending it!

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway

99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love Summary: Molly has 99 days standing between her and college. […]

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December 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] young main character) 2] forgiveness is the key to a long, nuanced friendship (Molly and Imogene in 99 Days by Katie Cotugno are on point, as are Willowdean and Ellen in Dumplin’)  3] there’s […]

September 17, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Slut-Shaming, Relationships, and Feminism in YA - Bookmark Lit - […] in today. This book reflected the reality of the situation. It sucks, but it happens. (Please read Estelle’s review for a bit more insight that I 100% agree with.)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a book I […]

April 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by […]

April 24, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Liz - I am very much on the fence about whether I want to read this one. I really was not a fan of How To Love but still something is drawing me in here. I did like here writing I just did not like the characters at all, so maaayybe this one will work for me?

April 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Alexa S. - I loved 99 Days. I enjoyed How to Love, but I LOVED 99 Days. I loved that it made me FEEL things so deeply, and how engrossed I was in reading Molly’s story. I seriously enjoyed it and can’t wait to snag a copy of my own!

April 21, 2015 - 3:58 am

Sue Holmes - I am really looking forward to this book, it’s been on my list for a while, now I am going to bump it up the list! Any book that can bring out emotions like you have described in the reader is a must read.
I wish I lived in US – I would love to enter to win a signed copy!

April 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So glad you loved this one too! After two amazing books, I can hardly wait to see what Katie writes next. An auto-buy author for sure =)