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Small Damages by Beth Kephart • Estelle Reviews

Small Damages by Beth Kephart ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 19, 2012 Publisher: Philomel/Penguin Books Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Spain, pregnancy, independence, grief Format read: Bought. Summary: Kenzie, a senior in high school, is sent to live in Spain for the duration of her unexpected pregnancy. Angry at her […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Small Damages by Beth Kephart Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson The Winner’s Trilogy In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen […]

March 29, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Rachel - So I was actually with you when you bought this one (I have such a weird memory, I know), and I’ve been curious as to what you thought about it. I probably wouldn’t pick this one up on my own since I’m not the *hugest* fan of pregnancy related books, but your description of this one makes me want to read it just for the beauty of it.

March 29, 2015 - 11:51 am

Lucy - I’m just about to start my first Kephart book (One Thing Stolen) and I’m sure I’ll want to dive into her back catalog when I finish. Definitely keeping this one in mind…gorgeous review!

March 26, 2015 - 10:56 am

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - OMG ESTELLE I loved this book too! I loved the writing and I really enjoyed the way that Kenzie develops this really sweet connection with her bebe. And of course, it made me want to go to Spain and get that red clay dirt all over me.

March 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

Alexa S. - Oh E, when you write a review like this one, how can I resist? I remember hearing a little bit about Small Damages before. But now? After reading your lovely thoughts? I need to grab a copy. Beautiful review.

March 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

Emma @ Miss Print - I recently read Undercover by Beth Kephart and absolutely loved it so I’m happy to hear that this one also delivers. I’d been unsure about reading it as it’s not my usual bag but based on your review it sounds like I must!

March 26, 2015 - 10:35 am

Beth Kephart - How glorious are you? Oh, you are very glorious. Thank you, dear reading soul. To Spain you must go.

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark • Estelle Reviews

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Two high schoolers — connected by the poor decisions of their parents — meet up at CVS and begin a […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Damages by Beth Kephart Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson The Winner’s Trilogy In Some Other World, […]

March 26, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Rachel - Well, this sounds like a me book. Like, it could be my life (minus the death part). And also, I feel like if you love it, I’ll love it. Beautiful review, as always.

March 24, 2015 - 10:04 am

Alexa S. - Really enjoyed seeing your thoughts on Finding Mr. Brightside, E! While I didn’t wind up enjoying it as much as you, the quirky details were the parts that really got my attention when I was reading it 🙂

March 24, 2015 - 7:38 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I tried to read this back when I first got the ARC and I just wasn’t into the story or the writing. I’ve been meaning to revisit it and now you’ve made me want to give it a try even more 🙂

March 23, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Aw this seems like a really solid read. I love CVS too, more than Walgreens. I always thought that in case of nuclear meltdown, a CVS is the best place to hang out. They have a little of everything you would need!

March 23, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great review Estelle. I had problems with some of the background parts of this book (especially Juliette to be honest) but this review really makes me a appreciate it as a book I *can* suggest to others.

March 23, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Ahhh, I’m so excited to read this one. I’m totally picking up a copy tomorrow (as of now my library system doesn’t have it preordered). I’m so looking forward to this and I’m so glad you love it, Estelle.

March 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I’m so glad I stumbled on this blog late last year. I’ve found some great reads because of it.

March 23, 2015 - 9:42 am

Meg - Sounds like a winner to me!

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson • Estelle Reviews

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Publication Date: 3/17/2015 Publisher: Intermix Pages: 222 Target audience: New adult Keywords: Post-graduation, coming out, best friends, road trip, parents Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Last reviewed: Make It Last by Megan Erickson Summary: Lan and Justin are best friends, bound for the open […]

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March 22, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Brianna - This is the first I’ve heard of Megan Erickson, but Trust the Focus sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Trust the Focus as well! I thought she handled Justin and Lan’s relationship really well, and I love that there was more to the story than just the romance 🙂

Why in 5: Wins for The Winner’s Trilogy (So Far)

The Winner’s Trilogy is the best example I can think of when it comes to books I wouldn’t normally pick up but I was completely convinced by the lovely people in this community that I needed to. I’m addicted to contemporary fiction but even I couldn’t deny my intrigue when I saw all the 5-star […]

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March 22, 2015 - 8:55 am

Bruna - I have to read this! The Winner’s Curse has been sitting on my kindle for a while now, but I’ll pick it up soon. Everyone makes it sound so awesome. All your reasons are just the kind of thing I would pick up a book over.

March 19, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Alexa S. - I think you did a brilliant job of describing the best things about The Winner’s Trilogy’s first two novels! These are the parts of this series I like best too 🙂

March 16, 2015 - 10:41 am

Ann - I’m about ~66% through the book and I am loving every minute of it! I keep wanting to book to expand in my hands. I don’t want it to be over just yet!

March 16, 2015 - 9:33 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love all of these points. I think Marie Rutkowski is brilliant and you did a great job explaining why she’s so great. I feel like we’re on the same page about fantasy, but, like you said, there’s just so much in this book that relateable. And as painful as it is to read such a dark book where she’s not afraid to kill and hurt people, I kind of love that she goes there. I read The Winner’s Crime a while ago and never wrote a review and I think I definitely need to go back and re-read it.

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill • Estelle Reviews

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Pages: 368 Target audience: If you like contemporary romance… Keywords: post-college, college friends, friends with benefits Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Joss meets Matt during her first year at college, and after […]

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March 15, 2015 - 10:47 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I really love all of your points about this one. I think I liked this more than you do, I just really appreciated a story about relatively average college students/early 20s people. BUT I didn’t love the format either (present-day Joss kind of bothered me) and there wasn’t a ton of suspense. I agree with you about Joss’s friends, too, they definitely all blended together and I never got a good idea about anyone besides her and Matt and the people they dated.

March 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Daisy - I felt the same way you did about Joss’ relationships in the flashbacks, it felt like filler till we could get to the part where she’s going to tell Matt about how she feels and not really anything meaningfull at all.
And yeah, it would probably make an entertaining movie! But maybe without the knowing at the beginning that Joss develops feelings for Matt (as if you couldn’t have seen this coming without the flashing back and forward).

March 12, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. I really just can’t decide if I want to read this one.

March 12, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I’m intrigued by When Joss Met Matt. The story does sound like it would translate well into a film! Your review has made me cautiously curious about this one. Not sure if I’ll be reading it, but I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind!

March 12, 2015 - 9:32 am

Meg - I’m a little confused by what makes a book new adult versus a contemporary romance, too, but maybe that’s because the genre as a whole is still developing? I don’t know. Still, this sounds like a quick summertime read!

In Some Other World, Maybe by S. Goldhagen | E Reviews

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 288 Target Audience: Adult Keywords: Pop culture, missed connections, growing up, 90s Format read: Copy from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: It all starts with a movie based on a popular comic. That’s the […]

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March 7, 2017 - 9:01 am

Hot cocoa + s'more books in February, Estelle - […] by Shari Goldhagan / Goodreads | B&N | Amazon / I was a big fan of Shari Goldhagan’s IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and I totally forgot that she came out with a YA book until Miss Print reminded me. Molly has a […]

April 3, 2015 - 9:15 am

Leah - oh hi, month-old review that’s been sitting in an open tab since I first saw it D:
I loved this one so much and completely agree with everything you have to say about it, right down to immediately wanting to dive into it again. I’m seriously in awe of how Shari was able to BELIEVABLY (!) weaves these characters’ lives together. The scene at the airport was what really made me gasp and realize just how far ahead she had to have planned everything.
Such a lovely book ♥

March 10, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - I’m excited to read this one, and the cover is just SO PRETTY. Glad you liked it!

March 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Your review of In Some Other World, Maybe is lovely, E! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but I definitely want it even more after seeing what you thought of it. It’s definitely interesting to ponder all of the “what ifs” in life, and I like that it’s a part of the novel in a big way.