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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 =)

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.

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark • Estelle Reviews

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Two high schoolers — connected by the poor decisions of their parents — meet up at CVS and begin a […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

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

March 26, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Rachel - Well, this sounds like a me book. Like, it could be my life (minus the death part). And also, I feel like if you love it, I’ll love it. Beautiful review, as always.

March 24, 2015 - 10:04 am

Alexa S. - Really enjoyed seeing your thoughts on Finding Mr. Brightside, E! While I didn’t wind up enjoying it as much as you, the quirky details were the parts that really got my attention when I was reading it 🙂

March 24, 2015 - 7:38 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I tried to read this back when I first got the ARC and I just wasn’t into the story or the writing. I’ve been meaning to revisit it and now you’ve made me want to give it a try even more 🙂

March 23, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Aw this seems like a really solid read. I love CVS too, more than Walgreens. I always thought that in case of nuclear meltdown, a CVS is the best place to hang out. They have a little of everything you would need!

March 23, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great review Estelle. I had problems with some of the background parts of this book (especially Juliette to be honest) but this review really makes me a appreciate it as a book I *can* suggest to others.

March 23, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Ahhh, I’m so excited to read this one. I’m totally picking up a copy tomorrow (as of now my library system doesn’t have it preordered). I’m so looking forward to this and I’m so glad you love it, Estelle.

March 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I’m so glad I stumbled on this blog late last year. I’ve found some great reads because of it.

March 23, 2015 - 9:42 am

Meg - Sounds like a winner to me!

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson • Estelle Reviews

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Publication Date: 3/17/2015 Publisher: Intermix Pages: 222 Target audience: New adult Keywords: Post-graduation, coming out, best friends, road trip, parents Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Last reviewed: Make It Last by Megan Erickson Summary: Lan and Justin are best friends, bound for the open […]

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March 22, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Brianna - This is the first I’ve heard of Megan Erickson, but Trust the Focus sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Trust the Focus as well! I thought she handled Justin and Lan’s relationship really well, and I love that there was more to the story than just the romance 🙂