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Estelle: Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana

Summer of Yesterday by Gaby TrianaSummer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 256
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: time travel, Walt Disney World history, divorce, romance
Format read: Paperback I purchased.

Summary: When Haley meets some friends during a forced Disney World vacation with her dad and his new family, she has another seizure and finds herself at the same resort but in 1982. Her parents are teenagers and vacationing in the same spot, a cute lifeguard named Jason saves her, and, she has no idea how to get back to the future. But does she even want to go back? (Forward?)

Disney World as a setting in a book seems like an Estelle no-brainer, right? Let me assure you… very few authors get it right. As if Gaby Triana’s dedication to Walt Disney didn’t tip me off initially, she gets it — the fandom, the importance of its history, and, most importantly, the details.

As a WDW geek, I could not stop squealing over the details of a now-abandoned River Country water park, basically left to rot. I never had the chance to visit as a kid (my first trip to WDW was in 1996 and my parents aren’t water park people) but Triana brought the park to life for me through Haley’s time traveling, and, once again, I wished I had had the opportunity to experience it.

I’m getting ahead of myself. (See how excited I am!?) Basically, Haley suffers from seizures (she has recently found this out) and has one when she is taking part in a scavenger hunt with new friends at the resort that housed River Country. She breaks in, has her seizure, and suddenly wakes up to 1982. She meets Jason, an adorable lifeguard, who takes pity on her and helps her blend into the background, and discovers that her parents (in their younger forms) are on property with her too.

Triana definitely has that “typical teenager” attitude down when it comes to Haley. She never wanted to go on this vacation in the first place; she’s missing out on hanging with friends and the guy she is crushing on. She has no patience for her dad’s memories of a vintage Disney World. A lot of her anger stems from the fact that she still cannot accept her parent’s divorce, I think. Even though years have passed, she still feels the effects of her family’s breakup.

Because Haley is suddenly privy to the earliest memories of her parent’s courtship, I expected more of an emphasis on this portion of the story. Did I think she would succeed in getting them back together down the line? Not at all. But Summer of Yesterday‘s focus on Jason and his growing relationship with Haley teetered the equilibrium of the book for me. Self-actualization should have won out over romance (as sweet as it was) because while they were great for each other at this exact moment, how could it possibly work in the end? It might sound crazy but balance of the storylines would have made this time travel story a bit more realistic for this reader.

Despite that hiccup, I couldn’t get enough of the book. I may have shed a tear near the end (okay, fine I did) and I closed it, truly appreciating the accuracy of the Disney theme park setting (I even learned a few things!) and how nice it felt to read about a (somewhat complicated) summer love story.

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August 19, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I do love the idea of seeing a past version of Disney World! I kind of love seeing a past version of anything! I’m a little scared to see how this romance plays out though…

August 17, 2014 - 10:37 pm

Alexa S. - I’m so, so, so excited to read this, mostly because it’s a Disney Park-related read. I’m so glad you gave it to me for my birthday! But seriously, I think it sounds really interesting. Especially with that time travel aspect to it!

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Magan: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

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This Summer by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website]
Publication Date: July 9, 2014
PublisherCarina UK
Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult
Keywords: boy/girl next door neighbors, camp counselors, summer camp
Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!)

Summary: Two years ago, Hadley’s next door neighbor, Will, fled town on the very same night he and Hadley became “more than friends.” After her high school graduation, Hadley breaks up with her boyfriend, Carter, to have one last free summer with her BFF, Lily. Unexpectedly, Will returns to town and is assigned to be her co-counselor for the summer camp her father is in charge of. So much for an easy-going summer.

Have you ever read a book that made you flashback to a specific moment in your life and felt so authentic it seemed like the author had written about your particular experience? I can’t explain This Summer by Katlyn Duncan in any other way except for HOW DID SHE STEAL MY MEMORIES?

Growing up, I attended a weeklong summer camp where we rode horses, spent countless hours swimming, and did super cheesy arts and crafts projects. I idolized my camp counselors. (And this one time, the lifeguard was Australian and I 100% had the hots for him. I was convinced we’d get married. True story.) When I was old enough to attend an additional leadership camp to become a counselor at my yearly camp, there was no question. Sign me up! Compile all of those memories with the questionable relationship Hadley is experiencing with her former neighbor who returns to town and becomes her co-counselor for the summer, there’s no doubt this all felt almost like an out-of-body experience for me.

Hadley’s last summer as a camp counselor is one she and her BFF, Lily, deem worthy of being wild and single for. No strings attached. Hadley breaks up with her boyfriend, Carter, because she’d rather not delay the inevitable for the end of summer when they head across the country for different colleges. She’s satisfied with her decision until Will returns to town. Will: the boy Hadley was deeply in love with, the one who broke her heart by quickly disappearing from town and never contacting her.

The physical attraction is still there for Will and Hadley, but she doesn’t want him to know how painful his abandonment was, and he’s unable to explain all the reasons why he left so quickly. Every time these two take one step forward to rebuild their relationship, something causes them to take two (giant) steps back. I definitely rooted for their reunification and hoped they’d get past their inability to communicate. My personal summer romances never worked out, but the hopeless romantic in me desperately wanted theirs to. Even though Will is only in town to fix up and sell his father’s home and will be leaving at the end of the summer, maybe, just maybe, they can bypass all the hurt to start something new.

The camp aspects — loving the kids, understanding their quirks, being responsible for tiny humans, and spending time at an overnight camp — were all on point. I loved how Will and Hadley interacted with them. I bear-hug embraced Hadley and Will trying to figure out their feelings, but realistically felt like too much time was spent on the tension and buildup before the climax of the story came. There’s a lot of back and forth, which didn’t annoy me because their story IS complex, but when things finally got to a point I was satisfied with, the timing seemed to have lost its flow.

A few details felt like they could have been finessed; the story is dual-perspective so we know where both main characters stand. Sometimes this was beneficial so I could see how both were feeling, but a few times the details were confusing. One area Duncan certainly didn’t fail to explore was the, um, very mature nature of Will and Hadley’s relationship. Ahem. I’ll just leave it at that. Be prepared.

All-in-all I was taken back to another part of my life that seemed so come alive again as I read This Summer. Despite the few hiccups I experienced in the story, I felt very connected and this felt like the epitome of a summertime read.

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August 29, 2014 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE when it feels like an author is writing about something that you’ve personally experience! So I think it’s great that you found that type of connection with This Summer. And might I just say that I LOVE that this is a summery read! I used to dream of being a camp counselor when I was a teen, so I think I’d definitely want to read this.

August 23, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Sue - Looks good. Great review :)

August 15, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - M, I love your connection with this book. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like a fun story!

August 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It’s so weird when you read a book and so many of the events makes you think of your life. That happened to me when I read Fangirl. Cath, particularly, reminded me so much of myself, especially as a college freshman, that it almost got to be too much. It was like looking at my life and seeing all the things I should have done differently.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked this. I love summer romancy reads, but I’m not sure if I would like this.

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A Glimpse Inside Lola’s Bedroom (#IslaIsComing)

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You can learn a lot about someone by their room. Don’t you think?

It’s been really fun to take the time to read Anna + Lola back-to-back for the first time in forever. Did you remember how super neat Anna was? (She can give Danny Tanner a run for his money.) Or how all-over-the-place messy Lola was? It’s the discoveries of these small details that make a re-read-along so much fun. We are granted the opportunity to get to know our favorite characters all over again.

So welcome to Rather Be Reading and our stop on the #IslaIsComing tour (huge hugs to Andi ABCs, Cuddlebuggery, Perpetual Page Turner, IDEK_Linz, and Paper Riot for throwing this stellar celebration!), and most importantly, welcome to the colorful, energetic, artsy place that is Lola’s San Francisco sanctuary. (Guys, it’s where the magic happens!)

lola and the boy next door bedroom guide

Purple Wig | Blue Wig | Red Wig | Anthropologie Glace Crackle Shelf | White Mannequins

Red Sari Bedroom Inspiration

Goodnight Moon PrintMarie Antoinette Print | Elle Floral Area Rug

Pink Desk Inspiration | My Fair Lady Poster | Fred Astaire + Ginger Rogers Poster

We’re practically fawning over that desk and the canopy. Aren’t you?

Another fabulous Lola discovery (otherwise excluded in the above graphic) is the great friendship between our main girl and her best friend, Lindsey. They have Nancy Drew nicknames! They dress up like the other on Halloween, and they accept each other as they are. Why are they so underrated on gal pals? We must promise to remember them more!

Anyway… It’s no secret that Stephanie Perkins’ books hold a special place in Rather Be Reading’s heart. Way way back, when the two of us had just met once, one of our earlier Twitter conversations was about how much we loved Anna and just like that, magic happened once again.

Anna Lola Isla

Because we want you to share the wonderfulness of this series with your best friends (or someone you haven’t met yet?), we want to give you a chance to win a full set of these gorgeous books. Whether you keep them for yourself or surprise someone special, we hope you cherish them as much as we have. To win: leave a comment below.  That’s it. Open internationally. Must be 13 years old to enter. Giveaway will conclude on Friday, 8/15 at 11:59pm EST.

Thanks so much for stopping by to celebrate LOLA with us, as well as
the fabulous release of Isla and the Happily Ever After. xoxo

August 19, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I kind of wish Lola were real so she could help decorate my dorm room, lol. That canopy is gorgeous!!

August 17, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Estelle - Hi Cameran! You won our giveaway! I just sent you an email + hope to hear from you in 48 hours! Thanks so much and congrats!

August 17, 2014 - 2:24 am

Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books - A gorgeous canopy and pretty wigs, I think I like this girl! :D

I haven’t read Stephanie Perkins’ books yet so thank you so much for the opportunity!

August 16, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Tara - Ahhh! I haven’t read Lola yet, but I love the photos you collected to showcase her bedroom. Now that Isla is out, I plan to read both back to back. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

August 15, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Michelle Lee - Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! I love a good romance and it’s been a series on my list to read. The cover of the series are absolutely stunning and beautiful! I don’t think it does the book justice! When I read the synopsis of the story I wanted to be whisked away to Paris and experience just like the characters haha. I hope I win so I can see how amazing Stephanie Perkins has written this wonderful story. <3 :)

August 15, 2014 - 6:58 am

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - Whoa, Lola’s room is something right out of India being so bright and all. I think I’ll like her.

So I guess now’s the time to admit that neither do I own any of the Perkins’ book nor I’ve ever read any. Oops.

I love contemporary and they do sound right up my alley. I even tried to read Anna last year but couldn’t get around to it. I do plan to read them this year, as well but let’s see.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =D

August 15, 2014 - 1:10 am

Cali W. - Thanks for the giveaway! Love that room and that hot pink desk. I love these books. <3

August 14, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Lola - I’ve heard so many good things about these books, but for some reason haven’t picked them up yet.
That bed and canopy in the picture looks gorgeous and just like Lola my room is usually messy as well. I do clean it up once in a while. btw I really like the new covers for this series, they are pretty!

August 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Summer - Now that I’ve seen Lola’s room, I’m more eager than ever to finally read these books. The bright pink desk, the classic movie stars on the walls, I’m thinking Lola and I will get along very well.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

August 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Tanya (Read. Run. Study.) - This post has me very intrigued about Lola!

I have hear so many fantastic things about these books, but I’m only just now getting my hands on Anna and the French Kiss (finally my turn at the library).

August 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Eileen M. - I am so happy Isla & the Happily Ever After is finally out in the world. I am a huge fan of Anna & Lola. Stephanie Perkins has done a great job weaving the characters & story lines throughout all 3 books. These books are one of my favorite series. Contemporary at it’s best.

August 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

Maria Malaveci - I have heard such great things about this series, and I want to read it so bad! Thank you so very much for the chance! I am crossing my fingers ♥ ♥

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

August 13, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Ann - I can’t wait to read Lola! Eek!

August 13, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Michelle - This series is the highest on my list of TBR books I don’t actually own yet! *Such* a beautiful looking trio and I know the contents match! PS: I need to find where I can buy the paint they’ve used on that desk!!

August 13, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Kelly McKay - I love this series! Can’t wait to finally get Isla in my hands! It will be hard to say goodbye to these characters :(

August 13, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Kelly L. - All those pretty wigs!
If only I have the courage to wear one. ;D

August 13, 2014 - 8:01 pm

tabithasbookblog - Lola’s room is perfection!! It was actually one of my favorite parts of this book because it was one of those rare cases where the room described perfectly reflects the character. This room IS Lola. And that’s what is so great.

Have you read Isla yet? Her room is really great as well. Although it’s only described like once.

August 13, 2014 - 2:36 pm

MK - I am so excited for Isla!! Loved this post, cute concept.

August 13, 2014 - 10:49 am

Laura D - I absolutely adore this book series. So much so, in fact, that I lend them out every chance I get. It would be wonderful to have a nice, pristine collection of the three for my bookshelves, so I can continue to spread the love with a “traveling copy” for friends to borrow.

August 13, 2014 - 1:27 am

Arnie Arce - Am I the only one who haven’t read this beauties yet? I should dive in the books soon. Then share it to friends who haven’t read it yet too. (IF they haven’t read it).

The story seems great. Many positive reviews about the books. Can’t wait to read it all of it!

August 13, 2014 - 1:21 am

Amber @ YA Indulgences - This is my first time reading Anna and Lola. I finished Anna in about two and a half days. I’m reading Lola now and hope to finish tomorrow even though I don’t have Isla.

Oh my gosh! I love that you actually posted pictures of how Lola’s room looks. I recently read that section in the book and I was like “I would love that room”. I’m totally fawning over that canopy. How gorgeous! Maybe one day…

What a great giveaway! Thank you!

August 13, 2014 - 12:11 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - The thing that I love the most in the pictures above is the Goodnight Moon quote! I actually literally JUST finished reading that book to Marko a few minutes ago — he loves it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Kristin Jones - I haven’t actually read this series yet! But I am such a fan of Stephanie Perkins and her blog…I just know I will love them. Just like I enjoy this blog as well as you two ladies!

August 12, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Alexa S. - I just LOVE that you chose to show us Lola’s room! It’s seriously the coolest thing to imagine, and a very creative way to pay tribute to a super creative character. I’ve got nothing but love for this series and Stephanie Perkins, so it’s certainly fun to be hopping around the #IslaIsComing posts and see what everyone has to say!

August 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Sandy - That canopy is gorgeous! The first time I read both Anna and Lola, I liked Anna more but I think I might be more of a Lola fan now. Either way, Stephanie’s books are so fun! :)

August 12, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Jenn @SeeJennRead - So so so nice of you to give these away!! I can’t wait to read Isla and share then with my 14 yr old sis who fell in love with Anna recently. :) I hope I win!!

August 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Brianie Gutierrez - This is so great! I loved reading Anna and the French Kiss, and I really want to read the rest of the series!

August 12, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Valerie Pennington - Lola is my favorite! I know there is only Anna and Lola, so far, but I think she’s awesome. I’m excited for Isla.

August 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Brooke - I’m so intrigued by these books! I’m almost glad that I waited long enough to read all of them at once!

August 12, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Esty @ Boarding with Books - Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Stephanie Perkins? Of course everyone’s over the moon about them, so I would love to get my hands on them… I’m sure they’re amazing! And loving those room pics- they got me more hopeful to win these(: You’ll email the winner?
Thanks so much for the chance!

August 12, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’m loving this room! I would love to have that bed! I need to read this series pronto because all I hear is good things. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

August 12, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - This is so perfect! I decided not to do an Anna/Lola re-read before Isla and now I’m kicking myself because why WOULDN’T I want to re-visit these wonderful girls? I can totally picture the Lola in my head in this room.

August 12, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Lori - Can this be my bedroom!? So pretty!!

August 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Andrew - Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I need to read these books because they look great(don’t know why i haven’t bought it yet) Hope i win to finally get the chance to read this trilogy :)

August 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Cameran - I’ve only read Anna so far, but ohmygoodness Lola’s room is BEAUTIFUL. Very excited to finish this series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

August 12, 2014 - 12:38 pm

mary ann - ooh! love this series so much. W e actually met Stephanie when she went here in the Philippines and it was surreal! :) We get to talk to her and Jarrod! Soo excited for the upcoming release of Isla and I hope that it’ll meet my expectations :)

August 12, 2014 - 11:20 am

Gaby - I CANT wait for Isla. It’s so close!

August 12, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alyssa Perrin - I haven’t read any of the series yet, but it’s been on the top of my ‘to-be-read’ list. :)

August 12, 2014 - 10:17 am

Krissy - I haven’t read Lola yet (just read Anna on the weekend), but this makes me more excited to read it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:12 am

Allison Grace - I can totally see that as Lola’s room! So bright, funky & chic! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! It’s my bday, so I hope I win!

August 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

Ideklinz - Oh wow! It’s like coming to life :) definitely see this as Lola’s room…so elaborate and full of life and color! Great job!!

August 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

Beth F - This is so cute! I am anxiously counting the days until the release of Isla. I can’t wait to read about her and Josh’s story, and every review I’ve read for it has been amazing!

August 12, 2014 - 9:52 am

Andi - I love this! And it is so totally Lola!

August 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

Devin Norwood - This is so awesome! I read Anna and Lola last year and absolutely love them. I definitely need to re-read them soon! And I’m SO excited for Isla! It gonna be amazing!

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Estelle: Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin

Since Last Summer by Joanna PhilbinSince Last Summer by Joanna Philbin web | tweet )
See review of Rules of Summer.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages
: 304
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: Hamptons, summer, friendship, relationships, secrets
Format read: Bought a hardcover copy.

Summary: Isabel and Rory are back in the Hamptons for the summer. This time, Rory is a guest & dating Isabel’s brother, Connor, while Isabel is going through a “dry spell”. Her family life is certainly different this time around, and she can’t stop thinking of her boyfriend from last year, Mike.

I was really excited to spend time with old friends again this year. Rules of Summer was a highlight of my reading last June, so the idea of a sequel made me all kinds of happy. But, sadly, this summer did not hold the same kind of magic as the first.

Joanna Philbin had a lot to play with here: a reunion between Rory and her boyfriend, Connor. Isabel dealing with the family secrets she found out at the end of the last book. The friendship between both girls. And, finally, the family that brought all of them together: the perfect Rules.

I’m not sure where things started to go wrong for me. Instead of diving more into Rory and Isabel’s friendship, they spent a lot of time apart (Rory was interning and Isabel got a job as a waitress) dealing with various challenges mostly separately. So many times I thought to myself: I just don’t buy it. How close are they really? Are they best friends? Should they be? I wanted more. I think the friendship needed to be the anchor of this story, and instead, it was grazed over and it was presumed the reader just understood their connection. I needed to feel it.

“Grazed over” is a suitable way to describe most of the plot lines in Since Last Summer and it made the difference between an entertaining book and a memorable one. Rory has some unexpected relationship issues with Connor, and Isabel is dwelling on her breakup with Mike last year. Oh man, I really loved Isabel and Mike and not only could I relate to her inability to move on from him (even though she tried to convince her otherwise), I was rooting for this reunion to work somehow. (Is it strange how I wished the discussion of sex was folded more into the story? I would have liked to see the author have Isabel work through her first time and her intimate connection to Mike.)

New characters were featured in Since Last Summer too, and I happened to really like Evan and Amelia. One of these characters might have been as a device to create drama in the book, but because it was pretty much the only bolt of chemistry I felt in the entire story I just went with it, hoping things would work themselves out somehow.

It’s confusing to me why when given the chance to build on two great characters from a previous novel I still don’t have a good handle on them and their backgrounds. (Well, not true about Isabel so much, but what about Rory’s mom? I would have loved development there or even more conversations between her and her aunt, who worked for the Rules.) As a sidenote, I really enjoyed getting to know Mr. Rule in Since Last Summer and I wish he would have popped up more. A decision seemed to be made to place more importance on romance than family and that choice didn’t entirely work for me, especially when there was potential for so much more.

So would I still recommend Since Last Summer? I would. It’s breezy young adult book full of drama and cute boys. But if I had to choose between the two:  Rules of Summer is the way to go.

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August 12, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Alexa S. - Is it a strange thing to say that this review reminded me that I should read Rules of Summer? You know that I adore stories that feature friendship in any way. Plus, the Hamptons is a fun setting! I’m sorry to hear that Since Last Summer didn’t have quite the same effect on you though.

August 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Cassie - GIRL. I feel you on this! While I still enjoyed, Rules was DEFINITELY far superior to this installment. I still love our main gals, but I felt the story needed some work and less jumpiness onto NEW characters that weren’t entirely necessary. Maybe some new people should be added NEXT book, but this one? We just didn’t need them all. And I’m a bit over the boyfriend sharing storyline, yes/no?

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Magnolia by Kristi Cook (Character Gift Exchange)

Greetings, guys!

Somehow it’s been 8 months since I’ve done an official character gift exchange? What? How is that possible? I’m not entirely sure but as soon as I read Magnolia but Kristi Cook a few weeks ago, I knew they would be the perfect victims, er, candidates for my next one! First, a few reasons to pick up this August release paperback:

  • Magnolia by Kristi CookThe setting is practically another character. Cook described the gorgeous Mississippi town so well, I felt like I was practically living there too. It was so delightfully Southern and everything felt so gorgeous and grand.
  • It’s not exactly a Romeo and Juliet story. Instead of Ryder and Jemma want nothing to do with one another, and it’s their parents who are pretty much marrying them on the spot. Loved this twist, and also the backstory associated with it.
  • There is a storm. An intense storm that traps both of the main characters in a house — alone. With the threat of no electricity. So. I’ll let that idea simmer for you because it was awesome.

I sped through Magnolia so quickly because I could not WAIT to see what would happen.

And now for the character gift exchange!

Ryder to Jemma

Magnolia Kristi Cook Character Gift Exchange Ryder to Jemma

Industrial Film Bookends: Jemma is a budding filmmaker, and her dreams of going to film school in NYC makes up for a lot of her anxiety in the book because it’s not exactly what her parents have in mind for her. I loved this artistic side of her!

Hello, New York: An Illustrated Letter of the Five Boroughs: This book is quirky and fun, and I would imagine Jemma would be so thrilled Ryder was thoughtful and got her this. It’s a sign of support.

Glimmering Tough Hair Pin Set: Another detail I loved in the book was how Jemma had an eye for fixing vintage dresses and making them her own. I didn’t want Ryder to buy her a dress, especially because finding them is half the fun but I think these hair clips would compliment any one of her frocks.

Jemma to Ryder

Magnolia Kristi Cook Character Gift Exchange Jemma to Ryder

Antique Constellation Print: Stars are Ryder’s thing; instead of a football future, he wants his in astronomy and science. Wouldn’t this be fun to frame?

Romeo & Juliet: A Baby Lit Board Book: This is exactly the kind of gag gift I would give to a boyfriend/my husband. Ryder and Jemma are aware of their situation and this is a light-hearted reminder of their friendship and their family history.

Dinosaur Boxer Briefs: A tongue-in-cheek reminder to stick to your guns.

Hope you enjoyed these! Now hurry up + buy the book!

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August 12, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Alexa S. - I JUST BOUGHT THIS BOOK ON SUNDAY. It sounded so charming, and I’m thrilled to hear you liked it! Plus, I love the character gift packs you’ve come up with; they’ve definitely made me curious about these two ;)

August 10, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Brianna - Fun post. I added the book to the list – I love the cover.

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