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Little Kids: Let’s Talk About Feelings

Hi, again! I’ve got a stack of new children’s books that will be coming out in the next few months sitting next to me. I sat down and picked a few of my favorites I wanted to highlight that I strongly feel should be on your radar over the coming months when they’re released. I […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Little Kids: Books About Feelings Dive Into Diversity: They Work Hard for the Money Pub Date: Can I Be So Blunt […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Magan - LISA! I love that you pointed this out. I’ve been trying to read a parenting book about HOW to talk to children because the language that was used when I was growing up tends to negate feelings and have a very “I know what’s best for you without really listening to what the child is saying” attitude. I hope I can teach Everett to work through her emotions well; I’ve always kind of been a really hyper-sensitive person and always grappled with feeling things DEEPLY.

March 14, 2015 - 10:19 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I love that you’re highlighting these kids books! I’ve done some reading with child development (now that I have one, of course) and one of the most helpful things we can do with our kids is help them name their feelings to help them deal with said feelings. It’s so nice to have that reinforced with books that provide examples and discussion. Thanks for sharing!

March 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Brianna - So fun. There are so many great picture books, both old and new.

March 13, 2015 - 10:16 am

Alexa S. - What a cute selection of books! I think Wild Feelings would be the one I’d be most inclined to pick up, just because I love that cover 🙂 Happy reading!!!

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz • Magan Reviews

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: eating disorders, theater school, Nebraska, LGBTQ, black MC Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Etta is all of these things: black, bisexual, a former ballerina, lonely, recovering from an eating disorder, and anxious to get out of […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] Not Otherwise Specified • Since You’ve Been Gone • The Last Time We Say Goodbye • I’ll Meet You There […]

March 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So glad you loved this, especially as I’m planning to read this next! I’ve never read a book by this author before, but I’ve heard fantastic things. I’m interested to meet Etta and will be aware that her character may take a bit of getting used to. Lovely review, Magan!

March 11, 2015 - 11:11 am

Magan - Brianna, I agree that it was very different than my typical reads, but I think that’s why it stood out so much. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 11:10 am

Magan - Yay, Alexa! That makes me really happy. Etta is SUCH a different character. She’s very in-your-face, but I think her journey is important. Plus, I just can’t neglect to acknowledge how well Moskowitz wrote the friendship aspect between Etta and Bianca. It blew my mind!

March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Alexa S. - I’d seen Not Otherwise Specified mentioned a couple of times, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But judging from your review, it’s an important sort of read because there’s nothing quite like it out there! I think I might pick it up just out of sheer curiosity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, M 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 10:07 am

Brianna - This isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but it sounds really good. Etta sounds like a great character.

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 24, 2014 Publisher: Createspace Pages: 386 Target Audience: Contemporary Adult Fiction Keywords: weight and obesity, stigmas, friendship Format Read: Digital copy received from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Katie, Pixie, Ellie, and Jane are fed up with not seeing results at their weekly slimming meeting. They gossip and ignore the leader […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:06 am

Magan - Alexa, definitely do! I enjoyed it so much. It was such a nice change of pace from my typical reading and offered a different perspective I gladly welcomed! 🙂

March 3, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Alexa S. - The Curvy Girls Club sounds so interesting! I’d never heard of it prior to your post, but I think I’m going to have to add it onto my list of books to check out 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! I really hope you pick it up and enjoy! 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Brianna - This sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne • Magan Reviews

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: Dundurn Group Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: missing parent, London, abusive parent Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Edie and her mom Sydney flee to London to get away from her abusive father; the day after her mom’s first night shift at her […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

Magan - Brianna, it was too much. Sometimes telling the simpler story is better and I think too much got involved here that took away from the original concept. 🙁

March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Yes, same here. I thought I was going to be so intrigued by the mystery of it, but it just tapered off into unknown territory that I just really didn’t think was necessary. 🙁

March 3, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear! I honestly thought, based on summary, that Since You’ve Been Gone sounded interesting. But after reading your review? I think I’ll have to pass. It doesn’t quite sound like the novel I thought it would be – in fact, in many ways, it’s almost the complete opposite of what I would’ve expected. Boo 🙁

March 1, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Brianna - Thanks for sharing your review. Like you, I’m not a fan of unnecessary sexuality. I get that different people cope with trauma in different ways, but this sounds like it’s too much, given the age of the characters and the situation Edie is facing.

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne […]

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - Me too, Meg! I really had high hopes, but things just didn’t work for me.

February 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Meg - I’d wager my reaction to this one would be quite similar to yours. Sorry to hear it didn’t work!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand • Magan Reviews

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: suicide, loss of a brother, life after loss, counseling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lex’s brother committed suicide and she’s not entirely sure why. She wants answers she’ll never get; she wants more […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:14 am

Magan - Alexa, it really was. Cynthia did a brilliant job. My heart broke, but I think that’s because she wrote so, so well.

March 3, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Alexa S. - I loved The Last Time We Say Goodbye! It’s such a well-told tale, and I thought Hand handled grief, anger and moving on with such a deft hand. So thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did!

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds […]

February 23, 2015 - 11:49 am

Magan - Hey Kelsey! You’re so welcome! If you’re looking to add a few “issues” books to your reading list, definitely also add All the Bright Places, too!

February 23, 2015 - 11:46 am

Kelsey - Thanks for reviewing/drawing attention to a book I might not otherwise have picked up. I don’t usually read a lot of “issues” books, but this one sounds well worth picking up.

February 23, 2015 - 11:18 am

Magan - Lori, I definitely did! SO glad to hear you’re a fan too! 🙂

February 23, 2015 - 11:18 am

Magan - Brianna, I completely agree. They’re SO hard to read, but they need to exist so people have something to relate to, to help them through. I greatly admire authors, such as Cynthia, who can take a topic so personal to them and share it with others.

February 22, 2015 - 10:42 pm

brianna - These issue books can be so difficult to read, but they’re so important to the conversations between tweens/teens and their parents.

February 22, 2015 - 6:49 am

Lori - I love this book so much! I’m happy to see that you did too.

Promposal by Rhonda Helms • Magan Reviews

Promposal by Rhonda Helms [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: promposal, public displays of affection, LGBT, Dive Into Diversity Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When best friends Camilla and Joshua find themselves in less-than-ideal situations for prom, one of them going with someone she doesn’t want to date […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

Magan - Alexa, it sounds like even within the US Promposals are a completely different thing. I’d NEVER heard of them when I was in high school, but other commenters said they had them around that time. So interesting how it’s all spread out!

March 3, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - Promposal sounds like a super cute read! In the Philippines, going to prom is an entirely different experience; I can’t imagine anyone making promposals a big deal over there. But I am curious to see how this story plays out for both these characters. If it’s wrong to root for their happy ending, then I don’t want to be right!

February 23, 2015 - 11:22 am

Magan - Brianna, major props for originality! The idea you had was super cute. And I’m just gonna say it: That guy was a jerk for not even acknowledging your promposal. 🙁 Errr. I’m so erked right now.

February 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

Magan - Leah, I don’t even know! The promposal wasn’t a thing at my high school either. (Though, admittedly, mine was very, very small.) I think I would have been super embarrassed too. In retrospect, I’m so glad that when my husband proposed, it was just him and me. Not a huge, dramatic moment.

February 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

Magan - Jen, have you received a big Promposal? I hope you have SO MUCH FUN at your prom! Share photos! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Emma, you’re so welcome! It was a really interesting read. I felt SO wary in the beginning because I didn’t expect it to capture my attention in the way that it did.

February 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds like a really sweet book with a lot of appeal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

February 18, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I read this one very recently too and I thought it was such a cute and fun read! I myself am a senior in high school so I hope my own prom works out well. Lovely review! I agree with a lot of your thoughts; Camilla was seriously sweet and the Joshua’s crush couldn’t be cuter.

February 18, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Leah - Ooh, I haven’t heard ANYTHING about this!! When did these promposals become a thing? I graduated high school in 2006 and, at least in my area, no one did anything crazy elaborate! On the one hand, it can be really adorable (and VERY impressive when you think about how much thought and effort goes into them)…but on the other, I get secondhand embarrassment REALLY bad. REALLY bad.. Whenever a video of one goes viral (and marriage proposals too) I run away. I’m also the type of person where, if someone had pulled off some gigantic event to ask me to prom, I would have felt obligated to say yes. So I’m with Camilla there.
That said, this really does sound adorable (& yay for diversity!!)

February 18, 2015 - 10:40 am

Brianna - When I was in high school (1996-2000), asking people to dances in unique ways was all the rage, whether it was prom or otherwise. I asked a guy I liked to Sadie Hawkins using a box of Lucky Charms – he had to return one kind of marshmallow for yes, another kind for no, or the cereal if he was going with someone else. We won’t talk about how he didn’t respond. At all. Ever.