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Magan: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell Future Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Harry Abrams Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: e-book downloaded from NetGalley How I found out about it: NetGalley – isn’t this cover awesome?! Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge Summary: Red-haired, pin-curled, makes-everyone-laugh, vintage shoe-wearing Chloe’s life is turning […]

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October 2, 2013 - 8:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell - […] Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 1, 2013 Publisher: Amulet Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a classmate, bucket lists, social outcast Format Read: ARC received via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by Author: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe […]

August 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: , Magan - […] Bloss: Goodreads | Amazon Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review | Themed Gift […]

February 1, 2013 - 9:02 am

Attention, Attention: Welcome Caller This is Chloe (Book Revisit) - […] this day, I still remember reading Magan’s review of this debut novel from last April. (That’s saying something because I’ve read quite a few.) She was so unbelievably […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:02 am

Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe Themed Gift-Pack - […] up is a book Estelle and I have both loved, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. (My Review) Chloe is a spunky character with a lot of personality. She made us laugh out loud and really feel […]

November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] why my vlog is so huge. :-/ I mention Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe a lot in my vlog. Here is a link to my review. I was wrong — Estelle’s Attention, Attention for this book will be up soon. Whoops […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:15 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Comeback Love by Peter Golden (Goodreads) We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane (Goodreads) (Magan’s review) Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (Goodreads) Dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:23 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh, yay! I always get extra excited when a friend of mine likes one of the books that I liked. It was definitely fun to read this one – and Duncan is definitely crush-worthy <3

May 5, 2012 - 9:48 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Wow! This one had caught my eye before, but after reading this review, I’m putting it on hold for sure!

May 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell Publisher: Amulet Books Release Date: May 1, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend […]

April 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Magan - JIM! Yes! Grams = pure awesomeness. LOVED her!

April 23, 2012 - 1:03 am

Jim from YA Yeah Yeah - Fab review – so great to see someone else who loved this book as much as I did! Like you, I thought Grams was an exceptionally awesome character. :)

April 22, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Magan - HAHAHA Mandee! Love it! Get ready for your mouth to water when you read it! I hope when you pick it up, you love it! :)

April 22, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Magan - Elena, so, so glad to hear that! I really liked it! I love it when a book can make me laugh out loud. I didn’t know what to expect from this story, but the relationships and interactions between the characters were incredible! ENJOY! (And thanks so much for your comment!)

April 22, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Magan - YAY, Jasmine! I really loved it! You should definitely pick it up soon. If you’re in the mood for something with a bit of comedic relief, but still has an edge of seriousness, then read Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe!

April 22, 2012 - 6:21 am

Jasmine Rose - I’m so glad to hear this one’s great :] I’ve had a copy sitting in my ARC pile for ages now. I’ll have to be sure to work it in soon. Thanks for the review :]

April 20, 2012 - 7:55 pm

elena - It’s funny that VeganYANerds said it sounds fantastic because that’s exactly what I thought after reading your review too! This book seemed like a cute book but ultimately not one I was rushing to read. However, after your review, I’m definitely going to try to pick it up soon! Chloe sounds like the best kind of heroine: quirky, fun, and hilarious! The ex-best friends sound awful though, I can’t believe they did that to her and I’m mad by proxy. You made me rethink this book. This is such a wonderful review, Magan!

April 20, 2012 - 7:09 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds fantastic, Magan! I like that Chloe’s character was easy to relate to and that the story grabbed your right away. I am a big fan of Latin food, so now I’m a. hungry and b. wanting to read this book even more!

Magan: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass [website | twitter] Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 327 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC borrowed from Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader Challenge: Debut Author 2012 Challenge Summary: America Singer is chosen as one of the thirty-five women vying to win the […]

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April 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Selection | Kiera Cass | Book Review - […] that way it really was like watching The Bachelor!” Rather Be Reading – “I never felt fully invested in the story” Pure Imagination – “The Selection and I….we have a odd […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I needed to raise a warning flag with that one. The Disenchantments, What’s Left of Me, and The Selection also didn’t live up to my […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Though I do still want to read this one, I knocked it down a few notches on the reading list after you told me how you felt about it. I definitely trust your opinion and think we have similar tastes so we may feel the same way about it!

April 17, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I remember hearing so much about this book prior to its release, but there haven’t been too many positive reviews. I’m on the fence on whether or not to read this one. Personally, I just can’t get past the fact that the girl on the cover looks like she’s smelling her own armpit =P

April 17, 2012 - 6:22 am

Daisy - I’m a bit sad you didn’t love it, cause I pre-ordered it, but well, you can’t love them all right? :)
I also usually find myself rooting for the underdog as well, though I must say golden boys also definitely have their appeal 😉 And I’m secretly a sucker for drama like on shows such as the Bachelor (I still watch America’s Next Top Model…).
Thanks for the review!

April 17, 2012 - 4:37 am

Lori - I couldn’t agree more with your review! The names were laughable and really pulled me out of the story. I also didn’t connect to Aspen, but I did like America. Great review and thanks for the link :)

April 16, 2012 - 8:01 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan, I was wondering what you’d think of this, I’ve read some pretty negative reviews, mainly listing the same issues you had and I really don’t think I would bother to read this, unless I found it at the library!

April 16, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - I am not a huge fan of reality tv, so I am not sure that this book would appeal to me. I have a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

However, I do understand where you are coming from. There are books I feel iffy about, but I read the next book in the series just because I want to see if things improve. It some cases things do get better.

April 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - We have already talked about this a little bit, but I will talk about it again. :)

Yep, the world building…totally lacking.

I didn’t notice the exclamation points…how did I miss this, lol?!

Even though I just thought it was alright, I will read the rest of the series as well…stupid cliffhangers, lol.

April 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Anna - I totally see all your points, but…I DONT CARE I LOVE IT ANYWAY :)

April 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - I’ve heard such mixed things about these books! The people I trust tend to lend on the “meh” side so I’m not really expecting much from The Selection at this point. Maybe it will surprise me, who knows. I like details too so it’s a shame that it seems like there isn’t much here. I’ve heard that the world-building wasn’t that great and left a lot of questions unanswered. omg I really love the point about Maxon uses excessive exclamation points as an abuser of exclamation points myself. Except I am not a character in a dystopian novel so! I find it hilarious. Fantastic review, Magan. 😀

Magan: Cracked by K.M. Walton

Cracked by K.M Walton [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 3, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 311 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from the Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour Why I requested it: Loved the idea of two unlikely characters being roommates. Summary: Victor and Bull are sworn enemies. Bull terrorizes Victor, […]

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January 21, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading Review of Empty by K.M. Walton - […] Empty by K.M. Walton Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, obesity, divorce, bullying Format read: ARC from S&S via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Previously read book by K.M. Walton: Cracked […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:25 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This isn’t normally the kind of book that I’d go for, but the way you’ve reviewed it has made me rethink that decision!

March 15, 2012 - 7:01 am

Author Interview with K.M. Walton, Author of Cracked - […] are so excited to bring you an author interview with K.M. Walton, mastermind behind Cracked.  Magan’s review, in which she gushed over the fine line K.M. balances between serious topics and humorous […]

March 14, 2012 - 4:20 pm

VeganYANerds - You’ve sold me, Magan! I like books that can balance serious issues with some funny bits thrown in!

March 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

April Books & Wine - I’m glad Cracked is good. I randomly got it in the mail from S&S, so I figure I will read it at the end of the month if I get through my pre-picked March TBR.

Also, I am a big fan of first person books, I think that it adds on a special layer when you can really get into the character’s head.

Estelle: The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes Publisher: Candlewick Upcoming Release Date: May 8, 2012 Pages: 464 pages Format: eBook from NetGalley Summary: After pretty, popular, and rich girl Paige is involved in a drunken car accident with her friends, her mom ships her off to Paris to smooth over her daughter’s (and her family’s) reputation. When […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:03 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly […]

October 12, 2012 - 9:01 am

Young Adult Review: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt - […] quite a few books recently with main characters who were popular, rich, smart, and beautiful. (See: The Princesses of Iowa and All You Never Wanted.)  I could have easily not connected with them because they were so […]

July 10, 2012 - 12:30 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] E absolutely could not put this title down. E was thoroughly surprised by the multi-dimensional storyline and the fact that an author could make me sympathize with a poor little rich girl. The joys of writing shoot from every direction in this book and there are so many moments to treasure, as well as so many that are difficult to experience. What are you waiting for? goodreads / amazon / E’s review […]

May 29, 2012 - 7:01 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […]  The Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes […]

May 5, 2012 - 7:02 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes Publisher: Candlewick Press Release Date: May 8, 2012 Estelle’s Review Goodreads | Amazon Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She’s pretty, rich, and popular, and […]

April 10, 2012 - 8:00 am

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving - […] I’m sure you noticed from my review, I absolutely loved this book. Loved loved. But I was so surprised by how deep this story actually […]

March 4, 2012 - 9:23 am

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes Magan: Fever by Lauren DeStefano M + E: The Book Report: The Probability of Miracles by Wendy […]

February 27, 2012 - 2:57 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s great when an author can get you to relate to a character you’d normally think you have nothing in common with. I haven’t read anything by Molly but I would definitely like to read this!

February 27, 2012 - 1:36 pm

theplussideofme - I’ll have to check this book out. I’m always interested in texts that I can possibly recommend to my (potential) high school students. I’m a little fearful though, since my best friend died in a drunk driving accident at the age of 15 (which in turn split our friend group up into divides that still exist). I suppose some of the most triggering reads are the most powerful. Perhaps it will be a cathartic process.

February 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

Anna - AHHHHHHH! I love love love Molly so I’m so happy to see you enjoyed Princesses of Iowa. She’s MY writing teacher, so perhaps I’m biased, but I think she’s brilliant.

Magan: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Estelle and I are super excited to be participating in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  I’m bringing you the first debut young adult book this week, though Estelle and I will alternate months participating.  The challenge is to read and review a minimum of twelve young adult debut novels […]

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August 23, 2014 - 11:46 am

Sue - Just ordered this book for our library. Great review – good to have my choice validated – looking forward to reading it :)

July 30, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson - […] there simply aren’t a lot out there, but they’re so refreshing. Like when I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I was captivated by the unique, gruff voice of the main character, Cali. He’s a runaway who […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas […]

May 28, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Jesse Andrews Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading The Nocturnal Library Mostly Reading YA Fictitious Delicious […]

February 5, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Cialina - This sounds like a wonderful book. I think that is holding me back the most is the stream of consciousness type of narration. I don’t usually go for those kinds of books, but this one sounds delightful. Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review! I didn’t really hear much about this book.

February 3, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Magan - RIGHT!? Ryan Gosling is just um… amazing. And the reference to the scene may or may not have something to do with his role in Half Nelson.. just warning you.

I do agree with your thoughts on the summary. It sounds sad, but really it’s just pretty all over the place. Just accept that going into it, and you’ll be golden. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

February 3, 2012 - 10:40 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I had seen this book on Goodreads, but the description on there is pretty horrible and really didn’t interest me. Your review, however, made me add it to the TBR list!
I love the ideas of the different formats, like the screen play! And I love lists, so bullet points are right up my alley!
And even though Ryan Gosling’s character was a major drug addict in Half Nelson, the boy really just can’t look anything other than sexy! I’ll definitely be picturing him while reading this now that you said that! Actually, maybe I should start picturing every male character as Ryan Gosling…. *sigh* 😉
Awesome review!

January 29, 2012 - 7:26 pm

In My Mailbox (4) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] reviewed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. (a crazy book that by the title is sad, but is anything but) Estelle reviewed Sometimes It Happens. […]

January 28, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Well, this sounds like fun! I just read about someone else who read it, and he said it was hilarious as well. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one. You make it sound like a great choice, and thanks for noting that it’s not as sad as the back of the book makes it sound like. You know how I am with sad books. Haha.

January 28, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Magan - Alexa, I can’t wait until you read it! I think it might be a love it or hate it kind of book. I can’t wait to read more reviews to see what others think of it, too.

January 28, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Magan - Hi Capillya! Thank you so much! We’ve worked really hard to make our blog cute and fun, but also simple and easy to read. Your comment means SO much!

YES to the laughing out loud. I was sneaking away at Christmastime so I could read this book. It was fantastic, and such a breath of fresh air!

Thank you so much for your comment!

January 28, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Magan - It’s definitely a great read, Mands! READ IT! Add it to your Goodreads so you don’t forget. :)

January 28, 2012 - 2:35 am

VeganYANerds - I really love the cover of this book and I agree, how could anything so bright and quirky be sad? I look forward to reading this sometime this year :)


January 27, 2012 - 11:26 pm

capillya - First, can I say how much I love the layout and design of this li’l blog right here? It’s sweet, simple, and fantastic, really. My eyeballs thank you.

Second, so glad you enjoyed Me and Earl. Jesse Andrews is a hoot and a half (I just made that up, sorry) and I laughed out loud the entire time I read this on my 14 hour flight. Well, okay maybe I lied a little bit. But I sure did laugh-snort a lot. My reading experience with this book basically book-ended me watching Attack the Block which made it an even MORE FUN experience.

Really enjoyed this positive review. =)

January 27, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I actually have this one from NetGalley and I’m looking forward to reading it! It sounds quite different from what I’m reading this day, which is a good thing, and reminds me in some way of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story from your description. I’m pretty excited to read it though!