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Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth ⋅ Estelle Reviews

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth ( web | tweet) Published August 26, 2014 by Scholastic Press Pages: 256 | Target: middle grade Keywords: foster siblings, urban settings, summer school, friendship Eleven year-old Jarrett is pissed off, and it has nothing to do with his mother taking in more foster kids. He’s not too psyched […]

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June 8, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Alexa S. - Kinda Like Brothers sounds like it packs a punch with its honesty! I really love the fact that it’s written for a younger audience, but still would pack a punch for any reader – even older ones. It’s always interesting to me to read about foster parents, and Jarrett’s mother seems like someone I’d want to learn more about (and Jarrett too, of course).

The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton | Estelle Reviews

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton ( web | tweet ) Published May 26, 2015 by Scholastic Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: coming out, best friends, early high school, family Summary: Tretch’s life in a small town is filled with family, his best friend, and (secret) dancing. Despite his supportive parents, he […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Estelle, this is the first review I’ve seen for this book and I’m really happy it was a glowing one. I picked up an ARC at work because I was drawn to the cover even if I wasn’t sure it was a me book. I’m really excited to try it now!

June 3, 2015 - 2:17 am

Clodagh - Great review. This books sounds really cool – I’m adding it to my ever-growing to-read list right away!

June 2, 2015 - 11:22 am

Alexa S. - What a great review, E! You make me want to read this book <3

June 2, 2015 - 11:02 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I am so looking forward to starting this – your review could not be more enthusiastic, and I love how you referred to it as a “nostalgic hug” – so on this one. Beautiful review, Estelle!

June 1, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Okay this one has been on my radar, and based on this review, it’s become a must buy now. Next time I’m at the bookstore I will be looking for a copy.

June 1, 2015 - 9:44 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I thought this sounded great before, but now I’m completely sold! Lovely review, Estelle!

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb • Magan Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb [web | tweet] Published by Harper Teen on May 26, 2015 Pages: 400 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: first love, parental loss, airplane crash, detached mothers Summary: Not many things have gone right for Eva, but when she meets Will and they connect over personal losses they’ve both suffered through, she feels like she’s […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My excitement for this book grows exponentially as more bloggers I trust talk about how much they loved it. Great review Magan!

June 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Alexa S. - Kissing in America sounds FABULOUS, M! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but your review has completely changed my mind. I’m definitely going to be trying to snag a copy soon, since it also sounds like a perfect summer read!

May 27, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - I saw this the other day and it looks so good. I am a complete sucker for romances..<3

May 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Ashley - I am so, so, so, so glad I’m not alone in my love of this book. I went into it knowing nothing also and adored it so much!

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center | Estelle Reviews

Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center ( web | tweet ) Published on March 24, 2015 from St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: divorce, nature, new beginnings, family Summary: A year after her divorce, Helen decides to go way out of her comfort zone — she’s trusting her irresponsible little brother with […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center seems like the logical place to start. The main character needs to escape the blah realities of her current situation and embarks on something totally out of her comfort zone — which means she sucks at it for awhile but learns about her so much along the way. Halfway through the year, I started a new workout and nutrition regime, and surprisingly, fell in love with yoga. It’s not the same as hiking in the great outdoors for a number of days on end, but it definitely felt like it. Feeling strong, seeing my body change, and realizing I had discovered a habit that actually calmed me? Priceless. […]

November 25, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hannah & Cassie's Holiday Gift Guide - […] books I have read this year.  In addition, it comes with high praise from: Myself, Hannah, Estelle, Rachel, and Kelly.  Need I say more? Gift it to any woman on your list who is a reader. […]

May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Kissing in America by Margo Robb / Estelle: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine […]

May 26, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Lucy - You make this sound amazing! I am so not an outdoorsy camping type but I think it’s a great idea for a book setting. Can’t wait to check this one out!

May 24, 2015 - 9:04 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After seeing you mention this on Goodreads I put a hold on it from the library and I think I’m finally #1 or 2 in line and I’m so excited to read it! Even more now after reading your review.

May 24, 2015 - 7:49 am

Leah - There’s been SO much love for this book recently and I swear I had no idea it was fiction until now! The title and cover SCREAM memoir to me!

(& I’m all about fake camping too, E!)

May 21, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Alexa S. - I basically just want to say “YES! YES! YES!” to this entire review, because you’ve captured in a lovely way how great Happiness for Beginners is. It’s definitely a quieter adult contemporary, but it was still so, so moving and utterly compelling 🙂

May 21, 2015 - 9:44 am

Maria @ A little adventure - Oh this sounds like a great book!

I’m attracted to it from the title alone, as I’ve been on my own little quest to find happiness this year.

I like the element of finding a balance with nature that you mentioned, and it definitely sounds like a book with interesting characters. I’ll keep an eye out for it for sure!

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy | Estelle Reviews

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 28, 2015 Pages: 288 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: grandparents, remarriage, cousins, new friends, popularity, parents & secrets Summary: After Grandpa Howe and Grandma Tess get married, Lana and Cassie are invited on their road trip honeymoon. Lana is hoping to embark […]

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May 18, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard very much about Drive Me Crazy, so I’m really glad that you reviewed it today, E! It sounds like a great read, particularly since I love reading about different, unique family dynamics AND road trips. Sounds like a winning combination to me! 😉