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I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil • Estelle Reviews

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/27/2015 Publisher: Soho Press Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: historical fiction, 1960s, music business, racial issues Format read: ARC paperback provided by Soho Press. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer after high school graduation and her start at Columbia, JJ gets […]

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February 3, 2015 - 10:20 pm

Alexa S. - I’m Glad I Did sounds pretty delightful, and that cover is great! I love that you said it would make a stage musical; that totally makes me want to read it even more.

February 3, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - YES. OMG, it would be perfect as a musical. That mystery…and the characters. Perfect.

I would definitely say it’s a library read – I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t wowed.

February 2, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This book is one that totally slipped my radar. I heard about it around BEA time last year, assumed it was published since then and forgot about it. I was surprised to realize it was still waiting for its release date. This sounds like an interesting historical though. Thanks for the review!

February 2, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about I’m Glad I Did. I’m glad that you liked this, and I will definitely be looking for it at the library. The set up sort of reminded me of Beautiful, which I saw this summer.

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller | Review & Giveaway

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller ( web | tweet ) The Brides of Bliss County; Book 2 Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult romance Keywords: friendship, old love, cowboys, small towns Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Melody and Spence have a second chance if they are willing to take it. […]

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February 1, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Alexa S. - The Marriage Charm sounds absolutely delightful, E! If I were to pick a celebrity to star in my romance novel, it would be… Chris Hemsworth. Sorry, not sorry.

January 28, 2015 - 8:55 am

Leah - HA. This time I knew better than to comment before entering the giveaway! Hands down, Tom Hardy, but only if I got to be the love interest :D!

Also, again, you totally had me at cowboy.

January 27, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve never read anything by Linda Lael Miller but I am curious. I should definitely look into this one. I love when a lot of focus on strong female friendships. That’s the best. And as someone who talks to herself a lot, I think I would love that aspect, too. 🙂

Disneylanders by Kate Abbott | Estelle Reviews

Disneylanders by Kate Abbott ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 12, 2013 Publisher: Orchard Hill Pages: 242 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Disneyland, starting high school, growing up, romance Format read: Paperback provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: Casey is on her annual trip to Disneyland with her parents the summer before high school. This year […]

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January 28, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds adorable. My only reservation about reading it is that I might be miserable about not being able to go to Disney World immediately! For some reason reading your review also reminded me of Don’t Expect Magic and Unbreak My Heart–two other fun, younger YA reads.

January 26, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Alexa S. - I was so grateful when you gifted me a copy of Disneylanders, because it was such a great read! I thought it was charming and delightful, and infused with the magic of Disney – which is the best. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

January 26, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It sounds like there is a lot to relate to in this book. Being 14 is so tough! I should definitely read this book. I love little Disney facts.

Vivian Apple … by Katie Coyle | Estelle Reviews

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle ( web | tweet ) Published January 6, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers Target audience: Young adult Pages: 272 Keywords: family secrets, cult, road trip, best friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: When Viv discovers her parents have disappeared in […]

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January 28, 2015 - 11:24 am

Bella - I have this one in my library pile, but I was planning to pass over it. Seeing your review and a few others with high praise, I’m thinking otherwise! It sounds so interesting. Great review! 🙂

January 23, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Erin @ The Hardcover Lover - I found an ARC of this in my mailbox, and was so glad because I loved it. I really hope more people pick it up because it made me think. It was so unique but good and strange at the same time. I’m glad that I’m getting an ARC of the second one in a few months because I need to know what happens next.

January 23, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Alexa S. - I wasn’t initially thinking of reading Vivian Apple…, but after seeing your review + Rachel’s review, I’m now thinking I should give it a shot! I love that you think the friendship is an integral part of this book, and that this potential love interest feels legit. Going to check this one out from the library soon!

January 23, 2015 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - What a unique story! I’ve never come across a story like this one. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I am very curious about this book, although I’m nervous to read it too. It seems very stressful, despite the adorable cover.

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman | Estelle Reviews

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman ( web | tweet ) Published January 20, 2015 by Henry Holt & Co. Pages: 224 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: intersex individual, family, friendship Format read: ARC paperback from Macmillan. (Thank you!) Summary: Born with male and female genitalia, Alex has decided to become more public with the […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting (and really cool) that there’s a YA novel that has an intersex character in it. It sounds like Alex certainly has a lot on her plate – I just hope things got better for her, in the end.

January 21, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Bruna - I’ve been so interested in this one! Even though the reviews haven’t been all positive, I still really want to read it.

January 19, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Brianna - I got an ARC of this and now that I’ve read your review, I’m excited to read it.

January 19, 2015 - 11:28 am

Kim - This seems like such an amazing read, especially since it talks about issues that mostly no one wants to talk about. Great review! 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor

I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Estelle Reviews

I Was Here by Gayle Forman ( web | twitter ) Published January 27, 2015 by Penguin/Viking Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: post-high school, secrets, suicide, mystery, class Format read: ARC borrowed from Alex. (Thanks!) Summary: Cody is shocked to receive an email from her best friend, Meg, telling her that she has committed […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:00 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] I first picked when I Was Here by Gayle Forman (my review) a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the main characters had graduated from high […]

January 31, 2015 - 8:36 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Other Theories by Alex Bass Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby I Was Here by Gayle Forman Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman (also a […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really curious to see how I’m going to feel about I Was Here. I want to love it (because it’s Gayle), but I’m also not sure I will based on what I’ve been seeing in many reviews. I really do think I’ll enjoy this one for what it is, but I don’t know how I’ll feel about it in comparison with the Just One Day/Just One Year duo or even Where She Went. We’ll have to wait and see!

January 21, 2015 - 1:02 am

Discussion: On Changing Ratings - […] — so after mentioning this on Twitter, Estelle happened to comment and ask for my thoughts on her review of I Was Here by Gayle Forman, which was both related and unrelated all at the same time. She thought our opinions differed a […]

January 19, 2015 - 10:43 am

Bruna - I’ve been wanting to read this one, because I loved If I Stay and Where She Went, but it has been getting a lot of mixed reviews. Most people seem to rate it around average. I still want to read it, but I think I’ll go with the Just One Day duology for my next Gayle Forman read.

January 18, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Alexa - Aw that is too bad that this one wasn’t better. I really loved If I Stay by her and want to read more of her books. Although it does sound like she explores darker things so I hope I like this one.
Thanks for the great review!

January 16, 2015 - 6:05 am

Kim - Hmm, now I don’t know if I want to read this or not. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews, and I’m kind of scared to dive into it. I hated Just One Day, but I loved If I Stay, so there’s that too.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
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January 15, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I could totally understand were you’re coming from here, Estelle. Although I quite liked this a little more than you did, it’s not a Forman favourite either unlike her Just One Day series. I seriously was skeptical about the too quick connection between Ben and Cody at first but that ending totally won me over. And I think, for most part, I was just really able to appreciate the beauty and honesty in Gayle’s words and the story that I couldn’t help but really like the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

January 15, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You know… I know you told me that we disagreed a bit but the more I think about this book, looking back I don’t get those FEELS that I did with her other books. I was falling head over heels for Adam in Where She Went — like ASTRONOMICAL LOVE and I totally connected with Allyson in Just One Day… But I really DIDN’T connect with Meg or Cody or Ben. I WANTED to and I tried to and I tried to blame it on the fact that this was a bit more plot-heavy than character-driven, but it still comes down to the fact that the overwhelming love and/or emotion really wasn’t there for me.
I loved how the romance ended but I also wanted to spend so much more time there.

January 15, 2015 - 11:59 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I totally agree on struggling to feel the connection between Cody and Meg! At times, I felt like Cody cared more about WHY Meg committed suicide than she did about Meg herself. It felt a bit odd to me that Cody felt so shocked that there was so much she didn’t know about Meg because it seemed pretty obvious to me that there was clearly some distance / cooling off in their relationship. I think what I also struggled with is that there were things that happen in the book that made me not want to give this to a teenager, if that makes sense? I felt this shift from reader to almost like concerned parent. It was strange! I like the idea of Forman writing about a darker topic, but this just didn’t work for me either. Maybe it relied a bit too much on tropes and didn’t develop certain aspects enough? I’m not totally sure, but it was a frustrating read for me overall.