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I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Estelle Reviews

I Was Here by Gayle Forman ( web | twitter ) Published January 27, 2015 by Penguin/Viking Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: post-high school, secrets, suicide, mystery, class Format read: ARC borrowed from Alex. (Thanks!) Summary: Cody is shocked to receive an email from her best friend, Meg, telling her that she has committed […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:00 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] I first picked when I Was Here by Gayle Forman (my review) a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn the main characters had graduated from high […]

January 31, 2015 - 8:36 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Other Theories by Alex Bass Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby I Was Here by Gayle Forman Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman (also a […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really curious to see how I’m going to feel about I Was Here. I want to love it (because it’s Gayle), but I’m also not sure I will based on what I’ve been seeing in many reviews. I really do think I’ll enjoy this one for what it is, but I don’t know how I’ll feel about it in comparison with the Just One Day/Just One Year duo or even Where She Went. We’ll have to wait and see!

January 21, 2015 - 1:02 am

Discussion: On Changing Ratings - […] — so after mentioning this on Twitter, Estelle happened to comment and ask for my thoughts on her review of I Was Here by Gayle Forman, which was both related and unrelated all at the same time. She thought our opinions differed a […]

January 19, 2015 - 10:43 am

Bruna - I’ve been wanting to read this one, because I loved If I Stay and Where She Went, but it has been getting a lot of mixed reviews. Most people seem to rate it around average. I still want to read it, but I think I’ll go with the Just One Day duology for my next Gayle Forman read.

January 18, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Alexa - Aw that is too bad that this one wasn’t better. I really loved If I Stay by her and want to read more of her books. Although it does sound like she explores darker things so I hope I like this one.
Thanks for the great review!

January 16, 2015 - 6:05 am

Kim - Hmm, now I don’t know if I want to read this or not. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews, and I’m kind of scared to dive into it. I hated Just One Day, but I loved If I Stay, so there’s that too.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Looking for Guest Reviewers!

January 15, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I could totally understand were you’re coming from here, Estelle. Although I quite liked this a little more than you did, it’s not a Forman favourite either unlike her Just One Day series. I seriously was skeptical about the too quick connection between Ben and Cody at first but that ending totally won me over. And I think, for most part, I was just really able to appreciate the beauty and honesty in Gayle’s words and the story that I couldn’t help but really like the book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

January 15, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - You know… I know you told me that we disagreed a bit but the more I think about this book, looking back I don’t get those FEELS that I did with her other books. I was falling head over heels for Adam in Where She Went — like ASTRONOMICAL LOVE and I totally connected with Allyson in Just One Day… But I really DIDN’T connect with Meg or Cody or Ben. I WANTED to and I tried to and I tried to blame it on the fact that this was a bit more plot-heavy than character-driven, but it still comes down to the fact that the overwhelming love and/or emotion really wasn’t there for me.
I loved how the romance ended but I also wanted to spend so much more time there.

January 15, 2015 - 11:59 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I totally agree on struggling to feel the connection between Cody and Meg! At times, I felt like Cody cared more about WHY Meg committed suicide than she did about Meg herself. It felt a bit odd to me that Cody felt so shocked that there was so much she didn’t know about Meg because it seemed pretty obvious to me that there was clearly some distance / cooling off in their relationship. I think what I also struggled with is that there were things that happen in the book that made me not want to give this to a teenager, if that makes sense? I felt this shift from reader to almost like concerned parent. It was strange! I like the idea of Forman writing about a darker topic, but this just didn’t work for me either. Maybe it relied a bit too much on tropes and didn’t develop certain aspects enough? I’m not totally sure, but it was a frustrating read for me overall.

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols | Magan Reviews

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 336 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: opposites attract, yearbook superlatives, sexual high school relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Brody and Harper are chosen by their classmates as the “Perfect Couple That Never Was” for their high school yearbook superlative photo. Several failed attempts […]

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January 10, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Hmm. I was interested in these Superlatives books but mostly because I heard they were fun, but this is the most detailed review I’ve read and now I’m not so sure. I don’t think I will like these characters or the jerky pace and flip flopping. Thanks for sharing, I have things to think about now!

January 8, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Lori, I’m so glad to see you agree. I haven’t always felt that way, but I think as they’re released SO quickly and back-to-back, maybe there’s just not enough attention to detail and for me, that’s really important. I like for the books I read to be extremely polished and hers really feel like so much is slipping through the cracks in order to meet deadlines.

January 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Lori - I’ve found that Echol’s books are either a huge hit or a huge miss for me. I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t had the urge to read it.Now I might just skip it altogether.

January 7, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Brianna, which book of hers did you read? I’m super curious to know now. I wasn’t wowed by Perfect Couple, no. I think it has a lot to do with not seeing much growth in Echols’ writing as much as there just being gaping holes in the storyline.

January 7, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I read one of her books last year and while I enjoyed it, I’ve never gone back to read anything else she’s written. It didn’t wow me, and it sounds like Perfect Couple didn’t wow you, either. I’m not a fan of high school students being put in adult situations.

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass | Magan Reviews

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass [twitter | website] Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: girls’ rules for dating, girl code, sex and teenagers, senior year of H.S. Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: Aubrey and her girlfriends think they have dating, relationships, and guys all figured out. There […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - Though I personally was too frustrated to finish this one, I do think Love and Other Theories is the type of read that will provoke a reaction and subsequent reflection. The concept itself is interesting and challenging, and I like that it had you posing questions in your review.

January 10, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I don’t think this one is for me but I like how you mention that there are some women who could probably benefit from this story. But I think I’ll just be frustrated…

January 7, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Rebecca, I think it could be an eye-opener. Definitely. It’s always difficult to have characters who need to grow up a whole lot. And especially more difficult when they just don’t get as far as you’d like them to.

January 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Emma, with your focus on feminism, I would be SO curious to see what you have to say about this one. Read it, please?

January 6, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Hmm. This sounds like an interesting read but also maybe a frustrating one. It also completely slipped under the radar for me so thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!

January 6, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This sounds like an interesting book (although kinda frustrating?) and it sounds like some girls might really benefit from it and open their eyes. I haven’t read many reviews for this, so thanks for sharing your thoughts!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review + Giveaway

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: depression, opposites attract, senior year, death of a sibling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: After meeting on the top of the school’s bell tower, both contemplating the horror of jumping off, Finch bursts […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Alexa S. - Your review is making me lean heavily towards wanting to read All the Bright Places, M! I’m still not sure when or if I’ll be getting to it, but I do love that your enthusiasm for the story + characters shines through so clearly in this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for encouraging readers to pick it up!

January 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but now I want to read it. Roller coaster emotions + relationship progression = my cup of tea.

*adds to Goodreads*

My new years resolution, which is completely cliche but whatever, is to lose weight and get back in shape. I gained an embarrassingly amount of weight in the past three months. Time to lose it and get toned!

January 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Carmel - My New Year’s Resolution is to be brave. I still have a lot apprehensions in general. Hopefully I could just let things be and just trust in the magic of new beginnings. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Jaime Lester - One of my resolutions is to start eating healthier, and drinking more water, less Dr. Pepper!!! UGH!I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. I work out all of the time, now I just need to get the eating part down!

January 2, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - (M, I just went to Goodreads to mark it rec’d by you and saw that I’d already done just that. I SO love how much you love this one, that it made me excited twice.)

January 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN! I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this book because it seems to me that so many people are reading it right now, at the same time, but your words are BRILLIANT and make me want my hands on it NOW. I love that I can tell how much you love it and WOW, I just want to read it NOW. That is why I love reading friends with enthusiasm. Happy New Year friend and thanks so much for this recommendation! xo

January 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Jessica @ Strung Out On Books - I loved this book just as much as you did! Definitely a fav of 2015 for me too! I haven’t ordered a finished copy yet, but I plan ASAP! Finch and Violet will be with me for a long, long time! Lovely review! 😀

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Amy Deatherage - im excited for this one.

I plan to keep with the “don’t worry, be happy”.

January 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Barbara - Hi!

My 2015 resolution is to be more active in my blogging, Twitter accounts, and Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

January 2, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Ashley C - My new years resolution is to stress less! Don’t worry about the small things! 🙂
Thanks for the chance!
-Ashley

January 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - I’ve seen this book around but haven’t heard much. Your love for this book is so clear and really makes me want to read it! The concept sounds so interesting and I’m intrigued by Finch’s different personas.

January 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Cassie - I have this book on hold at the library, and I am so excited to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

January 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - I am getting excited to read this one!

For Real by Alison Cherry | Review & Chat

For Real by Alison Cherry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte / Random House Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: revenge, reality TV, sister relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Two sisters embark on a reality show adventure but with different objectives: one wants revenge on […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Alexa S. - Totally think the sister aspect of For Real is really interesting! Like you, reading about Claire and how she felt about Miranda or in relation to Miranda made me wonder if my sisters have ever felt that way about me. Other than that, For Real was a totally fun read!

December 9, 2014 - 4:03 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great review and I loved hearing from the author, too! Especially her answer to the last question. For Real sounds great and after reading another positive review, I definitely think I’ll be giving it a go. Also, love the idea of Review & Chat 🙂

December 8, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Sandy S. - I just read it too and I really enjoyed it. The book was so fun!

December 8, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Rosie - I’m intrigued by this, it sounds really interesting and like it might be a bit of a tear-jerker if you have a sister too. Last year I read Red by Alison Cherry and and it was good but I wasn’t happy with the ending.

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | Magan Reviews

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas (website | twitter) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: grocery store, Christmas Eve, theft, teenage diabetic Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Chloe’s Christmas Eve is spent as a cashier in GoodFoods, the supermarket where she works, trying to […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Alexa S. - I seriously thought Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless was a fun, adorable read! Czukas nails it with her characters, particularly with Chloe, who I identified with so very much. Definitely a read I’d recommend to others!

December 14, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I am really excited to read this one. I don’t know if I will get to it before Christmas Eve but I may try to read it close to then! I think I will actually like this one more than Ask Again Later – which I found to be cute but didn’t LOVE. I think I will really relate to Chloe and I love that there is some diversity in this book!

December 5, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Lori - This sounds so great! I adore books that take place over one day. I’m adding this to my wish list now. 🙂

December 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

December Author Potluck | Big Kids' Table, Estelle - […] Liz Czukas on the web + on twitter | Magan’s review of TOP 10 CLUES […]

December 3, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Mawa Mahima - It takes place over only a day? Hmm. Consider me intrigued.

December 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

Erin @ The Hardcover Lover - I can’t wait to read this book! I tried to get an ARC, but it didn’t work out, but I’ll probably buy it as soon as it’s out.

I’m glad you liked it. It does seem to have a lot of positive reviews.

December 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

Brianna - This one sounds good. It’s nice to see there’s some diversity in it.