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Estelle: Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel

Fringe Girl by Valerie Frankel Release Date: April 4, 2006 Pages: 256 Target Audience: Young adult How I found out about it: On the back of a Jessica Darling book. Format: Paperback borrowed from the library. Summary: After I read Frankel’s Accidental Virgin and loathed it completely (strong words but it made me angry), I was […]

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November 18, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Estelle - I always feel surprised when I find a good series and realize it was published awhile ago. I thought the same thing about Sloppy Firsts… why had I not heard about it in high school?! I hope you’ll check out Fringe Girl though. I was surprised how attached I got to Dora. Thanks for the comment, Ashley!

November 17, 2011 - 11:49 am

Ashley - I haven’t actually heard anything about this book or series before this review, but it sounds interesting! I love a good Contemp story and I will look into this one, see if maybe my library has a copy. 🙂

November 12, 2011 - 4:27 am

Samual - I think I’ve heard about this book somewhere a few years back, but have never gotten the chance to look for it again. Now I’m glad you reviewed the book. Thank you for sharing such an honest review!

See you around.

Sam
Books For All Seasons

Magan: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Length of Book: 213 pages Type of Book: YA / Coming of Age Story Format: Library Book Release Date: February 1, 1999 I read this book because:  Emma Watson is one of my favorite young female actresses. I found out she would be playing the role of […]

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October 4, 2012 - 9:01 am

Attention, Attention! The Perks of Being a Wallflower (A Re-Read) - […] Magan first reviewed Perks in November of 2011 saying she “adapted quickly to Charlie’s scattered storytelling ways” and sang […]

November 17, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Hey Ashley! I really hope I like it, too. The book is so short that I actually think they’ll do a good job making the movie. I think they have a lot of room to make it awesome. I hope they don’t let me down. It’s books like my favorites, such as The Hunger Games, that really worries me. So much detail and description that I don’t know if they can pull it off!

November 17, 2011 - 11:42 am

Ashley - I really need to reread this one! I read it a while ago and I really liked it, but I’m not sure I got all out of it that I was supposed to. I read it a bit fast and would love to do a reread and give it a bit more of my attention.

I doubt I’ll watch the movie. I pretty much never watch movies if I’ve read the book first (because I pretty much always hate them) but I do hope you like it!

November 10, 2011 - 3:45 pm

Meg - I remember this one circulating around my high school years ago and read it myself — but I really couldn’t tell you a thing about it. Sounds like I definitely need to do a re-read!

Estelle: Lock and Key By Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Released: May 14, 2009 Pages: 432 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: Trying to read a bunch of Dessen. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: At a young age, Ruby is forced to take charge of her life due to her M.I.A. and irresponsible mother. When […]

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January 2, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Daphne - Would you guys please tell me your insight on Dessen’s Just Listen? It’s my favorite book from her and I would like to see your views on it and whether or not you love Owen as much as I do! He is like the most wonderful male character ever!

June 26, 2013 - 9:39 am

Book Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - […] Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Estelle - Hi Meg, thanks for the Dessen suggestion! I’m going to add that to my list. I do have another review of hers coming up this month so I may have to save Just Listen for the new year! I’m glad to have discovered… plus this totally freaked me out, she and I really look like twins in one of her author photos. Like down to the eyebrows. Maybe I’ll blog about it. 😉

November 7, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Meg - Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors, and I remember reading (and loving!) this one years before. I love that many of her novels touch on serious subjects without ever becoming sappy or maudlin. My favorite will always be Just Listen, though! 🙂

Magan: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez Length of Book: 304 pages Type of Book: YA Format: My Kindle and Kindle app for my iPhone Release Date: October 18, 2011 How I found out about it: I was looking for a brand new release. I sorted my Goodreads list by date and realized this one, that had been […]

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October 8, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (website | twitter) See Also Virtuosity and The Vow by Jessica Martinez Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen […]

February 10, 2014 - 9:01 am

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (Cover Reveal!) - […] upcoming YA thriller: KISS KILL VANISH. We are a huge fans of Jessica’s past work — Virtuosity and last year’s The Vow — and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve with […]

November 22, 2011 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Wanna Dine With | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] As I mentioned in my post about Virtuosity, Jessica Martinez plays the violin herself. I think she’d provide some much-needed ambiance, […]

Estelle: The Gap Year by Sarah Bird

The Gap Year by Sarah Bird ( web | tweet ) Release Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher:  Gallery Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Adult Fiction How I found out about it: A scrap of paper in my purse. Summary: Cam used to have a close relationship with her daughter, Aubrey. But ever since she started […]

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February 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Something Old & Something New (Big Kids' Table) - […] I Loved: The Gap Year | New Title: Above the East China Sea (May […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:36 pm

Estelle - So glad all of you are going to give this book a try. I wish I can remember just where I heard of it because I sincerely have to thank that person! With candy!

Jamie, I love a good mix of reading. I try not to do that many YA in a row, although it’s hard now because there is so much YA out there I want to read! Look for a nice combo of just about every kind of book on RBR, for sure! Also happy to hear you have a Nook. So do I! 😉

Sam, this is definitely a book I would have really related to in my teen years so I would suggest picking it up and giving it a test drive. I know that I would have really understood where Aubrey was coming from, and maybe even gave my mother a break for once. (Sorry Mom!)

Meg, I totally agree. I’m 26 as well and I think “a gap year” sounds very tempting. Would be nice to sort of go off and explore without responsibility. Although I was surprised the daughter in the book, who is 18, was already in need of her own gap year. You’ll see when you read it!

November 7, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Meg - Love the premise of this one, and any book that gets such a glowing recommendation definitely grabs my attention! Like Jamie, too, the idea of a “gap year” really intrigues me… though I’m 26 years old and graduated from college four years ago. Ha!

November 3, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You’ve definitely made a convincing case for this book! I want to read it now 🙂

November 3, 2011 - 2:01 am

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - I like this book cover! The book sounds very interesting. I’m a big fan of mother and daughter relationship, but it is an Adult novel. Hmm…I might have my friend to read it and tell me how she thinks about the book since my policy states I won’t read Adult book. My friend loves Adult novels. Thank you for sharing this lovely book here! Great pick!

Sam

November 2, 2011 - 6:31 pm

Jamie - So I saw the title of this and I clicked right over here because I totally want to take a gap year…even though I’m graduated from college. lol. I’ve been reading travel blogs like crazy lately so I’m itching to go travel for a year. ANYWAYS…that was my initial reason for clicking on the review to see what it was about. And I have to say that I love you ladies even more because I LOVE ADULT FICTION TOOO. I feel like I’m in the minority in the YA blogosphere but I read both so YAY. Also, this sounds amazing and I’ve never heard of it. I’m always so ticked that I can never find good college/twenty something MCs so I’m EXCITED. And mother/daughter relationships are something I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading about. THey are just so complex! Not going to lie, I’m buying this on my Nook right after I get off here! For serious, this sounds right up my alley!

BOOK REPORT: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Hi! Welcome to our shiny, new blog: Rather Be Reading. We’re so excited to be coming to you live after a month of preparation, and a few months of brainstorming! Before we get into our individual book reviews, we wanted to launch with our first BOOK REPORT, a feature that will be recurring every month. […]

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November 3, 2014 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] On November 1st, Rather Be Reading turned three! (Flashback to our first post/book report — a review of Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer.) Celebrate with us by reading a few then/now comparisons and entering two giveaways below! We thank […]

April 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler - […] Ockler is always going to have a special place in my book lovin’ heart because her novel, Twenty Boy Summer, was the first review Magan and I ever put up on RBR — our launching post! Then (almost a […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:19 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] If you’re curious, revisit our very first post, a joint review of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. […]

November 1, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Jamie - I have this on my shelf waiting to be read! Cool idea for the book report with the format! Also, your site is gorgeous! Very clean and pretty looking!

Welcome to the blogosphere, ladies! I’m always here if you need anything! 🙂

November 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Sherry - Congrats! I love reading and I have read a lot more books since I met Magan! I am so excited to have somewhere to go if I need a recommendation! Great idea ladies- good luck! : )

November 1, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Samual @ Books For All Seasons - Nice chat post! I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for sharing!

Welcome to the book community!

Sam