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BOOK REPORT: The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: First love, remarriages, breakups Pages: 400 Format read: Paperback from ALA (thanks!) Summary: Cricket is on a break from her longtime boyfriend, just as everything in her life is changing. Her mom is set to […]

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January 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Hmm, okay, I thought you guys really didn’t like this from Estelle’s comment on my review of the Caletti omnibus. I can totally see where you’re coming from, though obviously I haven’t read this one. I did have a similar feeling (like more back story was needed) in Wild Roses. There just wasn’t a real sense of what things were like before the crazy step-father, and since her relationship with him was a focus of the story, it felt rather untethered.

I almost want to read this now just so I can see what’s going on, since I’m a bit confused about whether there’s romance or not.

June 22, 2012 - 1:04 am

Emma - This was definitely not one of Caletti’s best books. However, I highly recommend The Secret Life of Prince Charming. While many of Caletti’s books are slower reads, Secret Life of Prince Charming is exactly like the title–charming and sweet and engrossing. It is also extremely hilarious. I’d try it out if I were you.

June 18, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve never read a book from Deb Caletti, but I would like to. I feel like her books might make a fun read for me, since she’s an author who’s stories sound like they’re similar to Sarah Dessen’s. We’ll see if I ever pick one up!

May 9, 2012 - 7:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - […] I was reading Second Chance Summer, I found myself making many comparisons to The Story of Us by Deb Caletti. The stories are similar in that Taylor and Cricket both made decisions in their past that affected […]

May 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Karen - I’m glad I read your review before I start this one. I tend to get frustrated by lack of movement in a storyline but at least I’ll be prepared.

I also like to get to the point so a plot involving a lot of secrecy does annoy me but I will give it a try. I remember enjoying another Deb Caletti book a few years ago.

May 1, 2012 - 4:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Great book report, girls! I find that with all of the Deb Caletti books I’ve read, they’re quite slow and they always, always, always feature divorced parents.

I agree with them being library books, while I enjoy her books, they don’t inspire me enough to want to buy them. But I do of course want to read this book, such a pretty cover!

May 1, 2012 - 4:00 pm

elena - My interest was piqued as soon as This Lullaby was mentioned but then slowly waned as I read more of your book report, ha. Cricket sounds really frustrating, I really hate it when people don’t GET TO THE POINT and hearing that it took Estelle around 200 pages to really get into makes me wary of picking it up. I mean, I understand slow starts but I don’t think I have the patience for this kind of slow pacing. Love reading what you both thought of the book though!

May 1, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Anna - Eep, yes, I couldn’t finish this one.

Book Report: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Happy April, you guys! Can you believe it’s April!? Did any of you get pranked for April Fool’s yesterday? Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce The Mockingbirds by […]

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June 12, 2013 - 8:05 am

Young Adult Book Review: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney - […] When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds (a joint review) […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:59 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve been curious about this one for a long time, but I’ve never really gotten around to reading it. It does sound pretty darn good though, based on your book report.

April 7, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Young Adult Blog: In My Mailbox: 14 - […] Estelle and Magan: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney […]

April 2, 2012 - 4:59 pm

VeganYANerds - As always I enjoyed your book report review, girls! This book sticks in my mind because the cover really stands out and like you guys, I keep seeing the sequel on blogs/goodreads. Definitely a series I want to read!

April 2, 2012 - 10:32 am

elena - Love love the phrase “intricate machine”! I balked at the date rape thing at first because it makes me supremely uncomfortable but once I read more, I find myself really wanting to read this book. I especially like that music is such an important part to this book. I’m very curious about how the trial went but I really hate how being drunk can be used to place blame on the victim, no means no. 😐

Book Report: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder [website | twitter] Release Date: December 8, 2011 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 357 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardback from the library for E; Hardback owned by M. How we found out about it: Well, it seems like everyone and their grandma had read this book so it’s about […]

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March 7, 2012 - 11:55 am

Magan - April, you make a really good point. I’m listening to my first audio book now, and it’s a much different experience than reading a book. I agree that we were both pretty down when we didn’t love PoM. 🙂

March 7, 2012 - 11:54 am

Magan - I’ll be really curious to know what you think after you read it, Mands. I’ll keep a lookout for your review once you’ve read it. 🙂

March 4, 2012 - 8:52 am

April Books & Wine - I wonder if I connected more deeply with The Probability of Miracles because I listened to the audiobook, so it felt like Cam was a real person telling me her story?

It sucks that you guys did not fall head over heels in love with PoM. 🙁 But I get why, after reading this. And I really sincerely do wonder if the audiobook is a whole other experience compared to print.

March 1, 2012 - 10:36 pm

VeganYANerds - Another fun book report, girls! I haven’t read this and I kept thinking it was because it was a 2012 release so I’m surprised to see if was released last year, I need to read this. I’ve read Anna’s review and now yours and I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds, even if there’s not a strong connection with the main character.

March 1, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - These joint discussion things are so fun! It makes me wish I had a second blogger so I can do stuff like this, HAH.

But I’m sorry you guys didn’t love The Probability of Miracles as much as you wanted to! I really, really loved it, it affected me in so many ways. But my boyfriend’s brother passed away last February from cancer, so POM was one of the first and probably last cancer books I’ll be reading, at least for a good, long time.

Thanks for the honest review!

March 1, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Aww, I’m sorry you guys didn’t love it! I sort of did. Love it, that is. I thought that Cam was refreshing and snarky, and I appreciated why she thought her situation was kind of hopeless. Especially because I thought she got a little less hopeless at the end. But I can totally see how the beginning would be a little slow; the action in Promise was so much better. I thought the part where she visited her friend was a little bit unnecessary, but I got a kick out of the visit with her grandmother, mostly because she lived in Hoboken and I’m from Jersey myself ;-). Good call about personal experiences affecting your reading! SO TRUE.
Great review, ladies!! Thoughtful and honest and AWESOME.

March 1, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Liz - I couldn’t agree more with you guys more on this one. It feels like every review I read for this one gives it a glowing recommendation, so I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who didn’t absolutely love it.

There were parts that I enjoyed, but overall I really just didn’t connect to it as much as I would have hoped. Every point you both make here is dead on.

I really love your blog, it is quickly becoming one of my favourites!

March 1, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Magan - Anna, I know! I wanted to love it so much. I kept waiting for ALL THE FEELINGS to kick in, but it didn’t happen for me. 🙁 And we love you too!

March 1, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Anna - REVIEW TWINSIES. Or, well, triplet-sies? But still…wahh you didn’t love like I loved. But…but…whatever I love you anyway 🙂

Book Report: Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

Happy February, friends! Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce Aidan Chambers’ upcoming release, Dying to Know You. Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers Future Release Date: April […]

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March 31, 2012 - 7:06 am

Rather Be Reading: April 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] to Know You by Aidan Chambers Publisher: Release Date: April 1, 2012 Estelle and Magan’s Joint Book Review Goodreads | […]

February 5, 2012 - 1:57 am

Clare @ Blue Archipelago Reviews - I just finished reading this one and I really liked it, I didn’t realise it was a YA book until after I’d read it and I did find that surprising. Does seem strange to have a YA book narrated by an elderly gentleman, but Aidan covers some sensitive issues in a straight forward fashion, and I think he does a very good job. I connected with the narrator and Karl, but I do wonder if that’s because I could relate to some of the issues – perhaps more so than the target audience who are more than half my age!

February 1, 2012 - 3:34 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoy your book reports, girls!

I have Dying to Know You on my to-read list, but it wasn’t a book I read a lot about, I just added it.

I still want to read it and I agree that it’s interesting that the narrator for a YA book is a guy who is 70.

Mands

February 1, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book had an intriguing concept – but based on your honest opinions, I’d surmise that it’s a book that I might not necessarily appreciate reading. I may check it out eventually, but right now, I don’t think I’m in the right frame of mind for it.

Thank you for being so honest!

And I absolutely love the quotes you guys chose 🙂

Book Report: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce Miranda Kenneally’s awesome debut novel, Catching Jordan. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally Release Date: December 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 288 […]

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July 12, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Judith - Hi you lovely ladies! I still haven’t caught up on commenting on your blog but I just finished this book and I just HAD to see what you said about it – and I totally agree with what you said. I especially love how complex this book turned out to be, because like you said, I was NOT expecting things to happen the way they did. The whole Ty thing threw me off, which was annoying because I honestly did NOT like him. I get it, he’s been through hell, but he was so controlling and I didn’t trust him at all. One of my favorit things is how you mention the family relationship, because YES to that. As terrible as her dad was at first, I like that he really does care about Jordan, and I love the relationship with her mom and brother as well. Another one of my favorite parts was Jordan’s relationship with all the guys, because IT WAS SO SWEET! Did I just write an entire review in your comments? Maybe. But you said great things and I agree with almost all of them. (exceptfor Ty. I really don’t like him.) Can’t wait to read ALL of MK’s books!

June 21, 2014 - 9:02 am

Shelve it: Saturday and Summer - […] Last Summer by Johanna Philbin Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (My original copy got rained on.) Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally […]

October 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles - […] loved Ashtyn’s drive to propel her football career (she should be pals with Jordan from Catching Jordan), and how she was so into the sport in the first place because of her dad. Derek’s secret […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 1. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: I just reread this book last week, and one of my main takeaways was Jordan’s mom and brother. Jordan is kind of a tomboy who is always thinking about football and her opportunities to play in college. Her mom is at every single one of her games, supporting her, as well as subtly trying to get Jordan to embrace her girly and creative sides. Jordan’s brother, Mike, already plays football in college and is at home whenever he can, pushing Jordan to play her best. When she finally shows interest in a guy, he’s totally excited for her (protective too) and wants her to go for it. (Sidenote: even Jordan’s dad who doesn’t always act ideally adds dimension to this story.) (Our joint review.) […]

January 29, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Review of Hooked by Liz Fichera - […] the perfect book for me, a girl who has lovingly devoured Miranda Kenneally’s books [see: Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker] which interweave a nice balance of sports and sweet romance. Though I […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 5. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Goodreads) Why? Cute boys and football. (Our joint review) […]

January 6, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Malvina Beatrice - The first book I’m reading this year is Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Bella Street which I’ve just started yesterday.

January 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Krista - Sounds interesting. It’s nice to hear there are books out there for the Tom boys not just the girls girls.

January 6, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Ishita aka Fishy - Awesome Question! So this year I started 2 books at once which were Iron King by Julie Kagawa and Incarnate by Jodie Meadows!

so excited for Catching Jordan! I have this new found love for contemps 😀

thanks again!!

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twitter: @heyitsfishy

January 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Diana - Oooh! this sounds like so much fun! Books about *different* high-school situations are one of my not-so-guilty pleasures 🙂

The first book I started this year was Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. (I have to admit, that while parts of it were as enchanting as I remembered, I still prefer “Through the Looking Glass”.)

January 4, 2012 - 10:02 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Magan – That’s funny; the same thing kept happening to me! But I found the first two of the series for 99 cents each at a thrift store last week, so I finally started it. Then, miracle of all miracles, my library had both 3 and 4 in! It’s been a good week, book-wise. 🙂 I’m on book #3 now, and while I thought there for a minute that I was going to be disappointed, I wasn’t. I’m still liking the series a lot.

January 4, 2012 - 9:45 pm

LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - A book about a girl loving football? SO in. I’m on Mockingjay right now but like Layla, it’ll be the last Sookie Stackhouse book after that. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Ashley @ Wholly Books - The first book I started in 2012 was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So far its great! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 4, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Layla - Good timing, I just went to the library today to pick out the first book of the year! I was there for A Place of Yes by Bethenney Frankel, which…honestly…I wouldn’t normally read. But it’s been recommended by so many people, I figured I’d give it a shot. The wait list! So long! So I picked up the last Sookie Stackhouse book that came out – Dead Reckoning – and another Charlaine Harris novel – Grave Sight. Would love to read Catching Jordan!

January 4, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Gabbi C. - Awesome giveaway! 😀 My first book started in 2012 was Cinder by Marissa Meyer 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:12 am

Magan - YAY, Anna! I’m so glad you’re reading that one. I think you’ll find the friendship/relationship intriguing in that one. You know I always like relationships that build from friendships to dating…and that one was a good example. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:11 am

Magan - Sharon, the Uglies series is on my list of books to read, too. They’re always checked out at the library and when I put them on reserve, I get them in the wrong order. I think it might have to be a series I purchase.

January 3, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Anna - I actually just started Along for the Ride! Looking forward to finishing it, especially after reading Magan’s review. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Girls, I love your joint reviews! You’re both hilarious. I am so excited for this book, and would love to win!

My first book of the year was Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. I got it from netgalley, and really enjoyed it. 🙂 Now I’m starting Under the Never Sky! Hope I love it! 🙂

Thanks for the opportunity to win. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Estelle - Rob, I am very impressed by your endeavor! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

January 3, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Ooh, excellent choice. I loved this book! You made some good points I didn’t even think of while reading, such as how everything centered around control.

Also, the Dawson/Joey comparison did not occur to me, but that is absolutely accurate! (Even though I loathe to admit that, since I loved Jordan/Henry, and I will forever be a Pacey/Joey fan. <3 )

The first book I started this year was Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I’m almost done with it, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

January 3, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Rob Zimmermann - On New Year’s Day I started the long task of reading War and Peace.

BOOK REPORT: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Today we are diving into our second BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce one of our favorite authors and books… Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Release Date: September 29, 2011 […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] Of Books You Read: 52 Number of Re-Reads: 2 (Anna + the French Kiss, Lola + the Boy Next Door) Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA Fiction (86%) / YA Fantasy (8%) / Adult […]

September 23, 2014 - 8:01 am

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - […] and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (website | twitter) Other Books Reviewed: Lola and the Boy Next Door Publication Date: August 14, 2014 Publisher:  Dutton Pages: 339 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: I just love, love, loved Lola’s dads. They were humorous, a bit overprotective, and super uplifting. They kept Lola grounded when she seemed to have trouble finding her way. Some of my favorite scenes took place when Cricket and Lola were helping out with the pie baking for the bakery. (Our joint review.) […]

December 1, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Magan - Thanks so much for the comment, Jana! It’s so much fun to see how we all identify with the different characters. Anna and Lola are so versatile and reach such a wide audience. I am so thankful Estelle told me to read Anna a few months ago. It’s opened me up to a world of awesomeness!

Samual – THANKS! These are one of my favorite features, too. It’s going to be fun as we do more of them to see how they evolve. I’m sure we will have different opinions about some things on future books. I love discussing all the books with Estelle!

December 1, 2011 - 4:07 pm

Samual - I can’t wait to read this book! I love the cover a lot—cute and romantic! Awesome chat! Love it when you girls do that! Hehe. I’m so looking forward to reading this one! Thank you for sharing it!

Sam
Books For All Seasons

December 1, 2011 - 1:04 pm

Jana - I am SO Anna. I loved Lola with every fiber of my being, but I related more to Anna. Anna was in college… I have not been to Homecoming in, like, 6 years now! I think another part of my reason for this is that I’m pretty obsessed with Paris and men with French accents.

I agree with you, Magan, when you said that Stephanie brings normal characters to the table. Not just a bunch of sexy ones who don’t even seem real.

I’m also really excited about the contemporary shift in YA fiction. It doesn’t all have to be regency or paranormal.

I loved reading your discussion! What a fun feature. 🙂