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Kissing Ted Callahan… by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Audience: Young adult Keywords: music, dating, romance, best friends Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley and Reid — friends and bandmates — vow to inject some excitement in their love lives […]

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April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This heroine was awesomely realistic for a teenager. I thought this book was kind of sitcom/romcomesque, in a good way. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

April 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Dianne - Oh, yes yes yes, I agree with everything you said, Estelle! You said it so much better than I did because I ended up just spazzing and raving incoherently. Ladies, you really have same tastes as me. <3 It's just so FUN and squealy cute and I loved every moment of it. #TeamAwkwardBoysWhoTrySuperHard forever! <3

April 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Alexa S. - Kissing Ted Callahan sounds like a fun book! It’s really just nice to read those sometimes, and I love it even more when it’s the kind of read that will make you laugh 🙂

April 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I don’t know if I laughed out loud while reading this, but I definitely really loved it too. Your description of Amy Spalding unscrewing the top of a teenage girl’s head is perfect. With all the exclamation marks and capitalization I feel like Riley could have driven me crazy, but agree that this is the type of book I could have used as a teenager.

April 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You had me sold when you said that you laughed out loud, even though it takes a lot for you to do so.

I love books that make me laugh!

First and Fresh | Pub Date

It’s officially spring in New York City. I know this because I bought my first iced coffee of the season at lunch yesterday and the pull toward bright, lighter clothing is so strong. I am resisting but one thing I can’t resist are all the spring beers available on tap. If you are a little […]

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April 27, 2015 - 8:00 am

Friendship & Kitschy California with Author Juliana Romano, Estelle - […] more on FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER: my pub date ; […]

April 7, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Alexa S. - I really like lighter beers in general, so I’m guessing that spring beers are the best bet for ones that I’d enjoy drinking. I’m also excited to look into First There Was Forever, which sounds like a pretty great read!

April 6, 2015 - 8:06 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great picks! They’re never a go-to brewery for me, but I always end up really liking Captain Lawrence beers. I haven’t tried this one, but I’ll have to pick it up.

April 3, 2015 - 9:06 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I love your selections! Much more fitting than mine haha!
I think I’d enjoy this book too! I like reading about old souls and the main character sounds like my kind of gal. The beer sounds delicious too! I LOVE light and crisp beers, anything perfect for spring and summer. I like the wintery beers too but after drinking stouts and IPAs and brown ales all winter, I’m always ready for those fruity and light and zingy (yes, zingy) flavors!

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills • Estelle Reviews

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, best friends, planes Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: As if her mom having breast cancer isn’t hard enough, Erin finds out that she may have inherited […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Alexa S. - I definitely agree that it’s great to have a YA book that tackles something we don’t often hear a lot about, and in that respect, Positively Beautiful was interesting to read.

April 2, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I don’t think I could read this book. It hits a little too close to home, although I’m glad it’s out there for other people to look into.

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby • Magan Reviews

  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a boyfriend, transplant donor recipients, moving forward Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Quinn feels unable to move on until she has closure about Trent’s last donor recipient, Colton, who received a heart transplant. […]

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April 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Magan - I did, I did, Melissa! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was this your first Kirby book? If so, I’m SHOCKED! You definitely need to read the others! Get on it, lady! 🙂

April 14, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Magan - I agree with you on both accounts, Alexa! The family was SO great and the scenery was just magnificent. I wanted to live in some of those scenes!

April 7, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Things We Know By Heart is a toss-up between the incredible details of the setting, and the amazing people in Quinn’s family. Both elements were such standouts to me! Glad you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart.

April 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, I’m so glad that you liked this one too! I hadn’t thought about her friends, but you do make a good point. I loved how her character evolved throughout the book, and it would have been nice to see some of that transformation rewarded! I am definitely going to check out more of Jessi Kirby’s books; I really liked her writing style =)

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord • Estelle Reviews

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, family, grief Format read: ARC borrowed from Elena @ Novel Sounds. (Thank you!) Summary: Paige embarks on a plan to move forward from her grief over the […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn Carr […]

March 31, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Alexa S. - I fell in love with The Start of Me and You! I definitely think the highlight of this novel were the friendships, even more than the cute romance. Lord nails female friendships so well! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

March 30, 2015 - 7:51 pm

tabithasbookblog - I really enjoyed this book as well. I didn’t love it as much as Open Road Summer, but it stood on it’s own and that was really nice. I loved how the romance wasn’t the focus of the story, but at the same time I wanted more of it. And yes on Paige’s friends!! Loved that group so much.

March 30, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Crystal Books Unbound - I don’t know why I’m waiting so long to read an Emery Lord book. I have Open Road Summer and I really need to read it soon! I adore love stories that begin with friendship and then grow into something more. They’re so much more realistic that way! I just reviewed I’ll Meet You There and the love story also starts with the foundation of friendship. Great review! I’m totally looking forward to reading this one!

March 30, 2015 - 11:15 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m curious about this one. I loved the friendship between Dee and Reagan in Open Road Summer, and I’m so glad to see that there is great friendships in this book too.

Small Damages by Beth Kephart • Estelle Reviews

Small Damages by Beth Kephart ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 19, 2012 Publisher: Philomel/Penguin Books Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Spain, pregnancy, independence, grief Format read: Bought. Summary: Kenzie, a senior in high school, is sent to live in Spain for the duration of her unexpected pregnancy. Angry at her […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Small Damages by Beth Kephart Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson The Winner’s Trilogy In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen […]

March 29, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Rachel - So I was actually with you when you bought this one (I have such a weird memory, I know), and I’ve been curious as to what you thought about it. I probably wouldn’t pick this one up on my own since I’m not the *hugest* fan of pregnancy related books, but your description of this one makes me want to read it just for the beauty of it.

March 29, 2015 - 11:51 am

Lucy - I’m just about to start my first Kephart book (One Thing Stolen) and I’m sure I’ll want to dive into her back catalog when I finish. Definitely keeping this one in mind…gorgeous review!

March 26, 2015 - 10:56 am

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - OMG ESTELLE I loved this book too! I loved the writing and I really enjoyed the way that Kenzie develops this really sweet connection with her bebe. And of course, it made me want to go to Spain and get that red clay dirt all over me.

March 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

Alexa S. - Oh E, when you write a review like this one, how can I resist? I remember hearing a little bit about Small Damages before. But now? After reading your lovely thoughts? I need to grab a copy. Beautiful review.

March 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

Emma @ Miss Print - I recently read Undercover by Beth Kephart and absolutely loved it so I’m happy to hear that this one also delivers. I’d been unsure about reading it as it’s not my usual bag but based on your review it sounds like I must!

March 26, 2015 - 10:35 am

Beth Kephart - How glorious are you? Oh, you are very glorious. Thank you, dear reading soul. To Spain you must go.