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Estelle: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann BrasharesSisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 349
Target audience: Mature YA/adult
Keywords: friendship, marriage, secrets, traveling pants
Format read: Paperback I bought.

Summary: A return to the friendship of Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget — four girls connected by their long history together and also a pair of pants that seemed to magically fit all of them for a few summers in a row. So what has happened now that all of them have become true grown ups?

I bought this book on a whim this past week because I was looking for some inspiration for writing a matron of honor speech. While I didn’t use any quotes from the book like I was originally planning to, it felt so fitting to spend some free time revisiting four friendships that really shaped my childhood as I prepped for the wedding of my best friend — a gal I’ve known since I was 5 years old. (Ironically my best friend has my original copy from when I lent it to her.)

I, first, read Sisterhood Everlasting when it was initially released in 2011. I remember I was totally frozen in place on my couch in our old house reading and reading until I got through the whole thing in one night. I just had to see how it ended. I’m happy to say that book was just as addicting the second time around, even if it is surprisingly sad.

Even though the girls (who I thought of as the next-gen Baby-Sitters Club) went through a fair share of drama through high school and college, I always thought the book boasted about the positivity of female friendships. So to experience such a change in Sisterhood Everlasting where the girls are all living in separate places, not getting together very frequently,  Tibby totally MIA, and dating people the others don’t approve of — as a dedicated fan of the series, you feel genuinely gutted.

“Growing up is hard on friendships,” Carmen says in the very beginning.

I know with too much experience how true this statement can be but part of me was hoping for the happily ever after scenario for these four. But Brashares has the opportunity to showcase some top notch writing because of this choice — the grown up thoughts (Is this who I really want to marry? Am I really happy in this job? Why do things not feel like they used to?), the small nods to the past, and even the gorgeous imagery (I need to get to Greece) — that she wasn’t always able to use when writing for a younger audience. Like the girls, her writing most definitely matured.

With Carmen an actress in NYC, Lena teaching in Rhode Island, Bee unable to settle down in California, and Tibby off in Australia — the girls are unable to find the common ground they once had with each other (even after the pants went missing). When Tibby surprises them with a reunion in Greece, the three feel this is what they really need until they arrive in Greece and things totally spiral out of control. When the girls go their separate ways once again, it feels like all hope is lost until each of them embark on their own journey undoubtably leading them to answer the same question: can they regain what they had and move forward together?

While I didn’t always agree with Brashares’ characterizations (I don’t think Carmen could ever be a size zero or tone down her Latina pride; Lena just seemed way TOO sad and isolated), I do think she did well when it came to capturing the spirits of these characters we love and showing just how much time can change us — to the point where we might not even recognize ourselves. It’s tough to see on the page, but almost necessary, because there are so many factors that come into play when it comes to friendships, too many distractions, and at some point, friendship takes a little bit more of a push than it has to when you were kids hanging out in the same neighborhood every day.

Whether you remember reading the Sisterhood series way back when or you are looking for a book about female friendships that run deep, Sisterhood Everlasting provides a roller coaster of heartbreaking, sweet, and honest moments as so many realizations are made. For me, it was so nice to spend 300 more pages reuniting with some of my favorite girls with the added reassurance that fighting for friendships is so important.

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June 19, 2013 - 4:42 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - This series surprised me so much and I ended up loving it. I was worried about this book after reading Sweet Valley Confidential, but I thought Brashares did such a wonderful job, even with the shocking (to me) plot twists. It just hit me in the heart and the gut. Loved the friendships and how they evolved throughout the series. Great review, Estelle. And judging from your Instagram pics, the wedding was gorgeous too!

June 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I remember reading these books a reeeally long time ago, but I don’t remember which book I stopped on (I think is the one right before this one, actually!). It’s so sad how these friends have really grown apart, but I think that’s realistic, actually. Some of the characterization does seem off (Carmen was always a bit proud of her curves- I don’t see her as being a size 0!), I think this is a great book on friendship, in general. I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up to see how things end with this lovely group of girls.

Amazing review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read this one yet, mostly because I felt wary about it. But I trust your judgment – and I’m curious to see what’s become of all four girls. There’s something interesting about seeing them grow up and be adults and I feel like I might find it very easy to relate to.

June 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Annie - Oh dear, how much this book made me cry! The Sisterhood felt so real to me and it was heartbreaking to finally see it come to an end. And I love thinking back on all the adventures Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bee had together. It’s so uplifting and makes me have hope that I’ll still be close to my friends even through all the obstacles and challenges.

June 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Wow! This book sounds completely different than I expected! While I was initially very excited at the prospect of another Sisterhood book, I wound up chickening out and not reading it. If I remember correctly, I wasn’t that crazy about the fourth book. didn’t know if this book would make it better or worse, and I didn’t want to risk it.

While it seems like this book is definitely a little more difficult to read than the others, I think I’m going to put it back on the TBR. :)

June 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

Jen - It’s hard to believe that the first novel in the series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was published twelve years ago. Does that ever make me feel old! Like you, I can still remember being glued to the pages when I read the first novel in the series all those years ago. I didn’t realize that there were third and fourth instalments, although I remember quite a lot of publicity surrounding the publication of Sisterhood Everlasting when one of the major plot developments in the novel was spoiled online. It sounds like this novel may hit a little too close to home for me. I’m definitely at the age where I’m finding it a struggle to nurture old friendships while also trying to make new ones. I think that’s definitely a common theme for many people in their 20’s. You desperately try to hold onto your old friends with both hands but sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to keep them from slipping away. Like you, I wasn’t fond of some of the character developments I had heard about, particularly regarding Carmen’s character. I’m not sure I can work up the interest to read the final three novels in this series, although it would be nice to have a sense of closure for the characters.

June 17, 2013 - 10:21 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - First off, I LOVE that you’re still friends with someone you’ve known since you were 5! So sweet! I haven’t read any of the Sisterhood books, despite owning the first two and LOVING the movies. I really would love to get into this series and connect with the girls, especially knowing there’s so many in this series! Great review!

June 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ya know, I have never read these books, but I did see the movie. When they were published, I was a bit older (plus I wasn’t exactly reading at the time either). “Growing up is hard on friendships” is very true. I remember thinking I’d always be close to the girls I was inseparable with in high school. 14 years later, I only talk to two of the girls — and it’s not as often as I’d like. It’s hard to keep relationships, especially friendships, when everyone grows in such different directions. I really admire people who can keep friends from their childhoods. It’s rare and oh so special.

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Estelle: Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin

Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim BarnouinSkinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books (Simon and Schuster)
Pages: 302
Target audience: Adult fiction
Keywords: cooking, vegan chef, cooking class, love/hate relationship
Format read: ARC paperback from Small Girls PR. (Thank you!)

Summary: When Clementine is fired from her awesome job at a vegan restaurant because someone botched up her big moment, she takes her future in her own hands and decides to offer cooking classes and personal chef services. Not only do the classes give her more time with her best friend and roommate, Sara, but she has interested “students” who become friends and the attention of the hot guy Zach, opening a MEAT restaurant next door to her apartment in her own dream eatery space. Will she make enough money to open her own place? Can she really trust Zach?

Being a “skinny bitch” is all about cutting the crap out of your life and Clem is TRYING to do this but it seems like drama after drama keeps finding its way to her.

She’s lost her job, she’s still not over her ex-boyfriend, and her checking account is about one rent check away from being totally cleaned out. But this girl gets her act together. She’s motivated! With the encouragement of her best friend, Sara, and other close friends, she decides to be her own boss: starting with a vegan cooking class and providing personal chef services. Right around this time, her dream spot for a restaurant is taken over by a NON-VEGAN restaurant! The horror! (It’s called The Silver Steer.) Of course, Zach, the guy opening the business, is super hot and charming and Clem can’t stop thinking about him.

Their “relationship” is anything but easy; I really had no idea if Zach was a good guy or not. I mean, sure, he had nice eyes and was surprisingly generous and wonderful. But then he would do something totally infuriating and, like Clem, I wanted to strangle him and kiss him at the same time. So Zach could be totally pig-headed sometimes while Clem obsessed a bit too much about him being a carnivore. Basically, they had a perfectly fiery love-hate relationship.

So not only is there a great mix of romance and friendship in this book but Clem’s kitchen masterpieces were so mouth-watering, I think my stomach was growling throughout the entire read. (True story: on my lunch break, I was totally craving a tropical fruit scone — where can you buy those?!) I really liked watching this young woman work to get her career revved up. Even when she hit a few roadblocks along the way (would she ever catch a break?), she shook it off, moved forward, and was determined to she find success on her own terms.

I had a total blast reading Skinny Bitch in Love. Zach and Clem’s chemistry, her parent’s farm, trendy L.A. scenes, and Sara’s own journey to cut the crap out of her life made this such a fast-paced read for me.  Plus I learned a little bit about the vegan lifestyle! I must also give a nod to Clem’s vegan cooking class who provided some hysterical (and totally nosey) commentary when it came to Clem’s love life. Such a great touch.

I want to tell you that Skinny Bitch in Love is the perfect companion for your summer adventures, but I know you could enjoy this one all year round.

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June 17, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Alexa Y. - I definitely want to check this out! I remember you telling me that you liked it, and your review definitely supports that statement. It does sound like a book I’d really enjoy, complete with an awesome set of characters and fun romance.

June 17, 2013 - 10:43 am

Tara - This sounds like a perfect book to take to the beach this summer!

June 15, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Sophia - This book sounds crazy good! I’ve seen it around lately. Clem sounds like such a likable character, even with her bad situation. I feel like I’d really like her! As for Zach, who doesn’t love a good mysterious, infuriating boy once in a while? 😉 This book definitely sounds like a great summer read! I’ll have to pick it up!

Wonderful review, Estelle! :)

June 13, 2013 - 3:22 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I have the Skinny Bitch cookbooks so I’ve been looking forward to this one. So glad you liked it! The premise sounds so cute.

June 13, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This reminds me of You’ve Got Mail, which I LOVE! I love the whole warring romance idea and all the drama that goes with it. This one is a little different than my normal read, but as someone who works with food, I love a good foodie book! Great review!

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Magan: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

book review of When You Were Here by Daisy WhitneyWhen You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website)
Publication Date
: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 264
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well
Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!)
Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds (a joint review)

Summary: Just a few short years after the loss of his father, Danny’s mom dies a few weeks shy of his high school graduation from the cancer she’s been battling. Danny is lonely and seeking answers; he goes to Tokyo to learn more about his mom’s last few months, treatments, and to seek peace after his unexplained break-up from his girlfriend, Holland.

Very, very thankfully I haven’t had to work through a parental loss. I can’t imagine what Danny must have been feeling when at 18, he finds himself without both parents. His father passed away after a freak accident in Japan a few years prior. Present day he’s reeling from the loss of his mother who passed away after a long battle with cancer, one month shy of his high school graduation. Further complicating his family dynamic, he and his (adopted, older) sister aren’t necessarily on good terms. Understandably, Danny is feeling very alone and lost.

He would turn to his best friend Holland for help and a listening ear, but Danny started dating her last year and then she completely cut off communication shortly after leaving for college. Even though she’s back home for the summer, things just aren’t the same. Danny and Holland can easily slip back into their witty banter, but Danny feels guarded because he’s still deeply in love with Holland. Without answers and a huge helping of honesty, he just can’t let things go back to the way they were.

To clear his mind, let go of Holland, and seek answers to burning questions he’s got about his mom’s passing, Danny takes off for Tokyo. His parents owned a house there and they frequently visited as a family. Danny’s mom visited Tokyo often throughout her last months for treatment and he feels speaking to her doctor will give him peace about why she couldn’t make it one more month to see him walk across the stage. He also must decide what to do with their family condo now that he’s inherited it. Kana, daughter of their property’s landlord, becomes his tour guide as he follows in his mother’s last footsteps.

When You Were Here was full of absolutely all of my favorite things — a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts, and a journey to a new place that made me want to catch the first flight to Tokyo. Whitney’s writing was as beautiful as ever, and Danny’s voice was so spot on. He was full of humor that he used to protect himself from feeling all the pain he was going through. He was confused and in need of someone to protect him from more bad things happening.

There’s a major, major plot twist that made me gasp when I read through the scene. HOLY CRAP! — I was so stunned and silenced. I needed time to walk away and think about how I felt. Guys, that doesn’t happen often. Whitney made me feel like Danny’s life was real and I was being asked to lend a helping hand or offer advice. Hopefully you’ll feel the same protectiveness over Danny that I did; after I closed the book, I felt this spoke volumes for Whitney’s writing — she has an uncanny ability to make me want to take care of all her characters. (I felt the same way when I read The Mockingbirds.)

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May 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

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August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: When You Were Here Gift Pack, Estelle - […] Can you believe there’s only two weeks left of our Sweet Summertime Reads series with Ginger and Tara? It’s been such a fun summer of new ideas, summer loving, and it’s crazy that it’s about to come to a close. I’m going solo today with this post but it is totally inspired by Magan’s affection for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. […]

June 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I was already excited about it, but now I’m REALLY excited. I really liked Mockingbirds but I wanted something…more from it. This seems like it has it. Great review, Magan. Can’t wait to read this one.

June 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I am sincerely excited to read this book! I love that readers get to witness Danny’s journey through his grief. I also love that he gets to go to Japan, which is one of my favorite countries in the whole entire world! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one :)

June 13, 2013 - 8:05 pm

alicejane011 - Ahhh this review makes me want the When We Were Here even more! I love how it’s partially set in Tokyo. I’m happy that it’s really good because it’s been on my TBR list for a while now.

June 13, 2013 - 7:20 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This sounds like the perfect book. It’s been sitting on the top of my ARC pile and I’ve been behind and busy — but I’m resolving to pick this up next. It sounds perfect!

June 13, 2013 - 2:53 am

DannyBookworm - “a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts,”

Oh you totally sold me with this!!!!

June 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

tabithasbookblog - A major plot twist?! That makes me want to read this book more than anything… okay not really – but I do want to read this one!

Great review!!

June 12, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - You made this book sound amazing ! It’s totally on my radar now.

June 12, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa Schensted - I was at B&N yesterday and was SO CLOSE to buying this…and then bought Second Chance Summer instead.

This will be next! I KNOW IT.

June 12, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your review made me even MORE compelled to get my hands on this book ASAP. I’m so glad you loved it, I have some really high hopes. Great review!

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Sweet Summertime Reads: Wonderful, Cute + Kind of Perfect (Dates)

Sweet Summertime Reads - Summer Beach Reads Feature

Hi, friends! Today we are sharing one of the books we both adored this year: Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Main character Payton does not react well when she accidentally finds out her dad has MS. She stops talking to her parents, and when the school counselor gets involved she asks Payton to choose a focus object. Enter Sean Griswold’s head — a staple in her school life since forever.

So why is this title so underrated? It has a supportive family, a sweet love interest, and a great best friendship. Seriously — the two of us have been secretly crushing on Sean Griswold since we “met” him and decided to feature unique and romantic summer dates inspired by his relationship with Payton.

A bike ride.

It turns out that after years of staring at Sean Griswold’s head… Payton doesn’t actually know anything about him. Turns out he is majorly into bike riding, and one of their first hang outs includes this very activity. I know, I know… it doesn’t seem super romantic but it’s DIFFERENT and totally Sean sharing one of his passions with Payton.

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NYC Engagement Session found on CycleStyle Australia

You might make a total fool out of yourself in front of the other person, but you know what — it’s fun to let your guard down and do something totally out of the ordinary. Plus a bike ride could include a trip to the park, and a picnic and stargazing. This sounds pretty awesome to us!

Basketball.

Before Payton finds out that her dad has MS, basketball is HER sport. This doesn’t exactly turn out to be a romantic moment in the books but the idea of friendly competition with your main squeeze? So cute. You are outside, the weather is gorgeous, and you are hoping your partner just doesn’t LET you win because you want it to happen fair and square.

Basketball Engagement Session by Joshua & Co. Photography

Plus, it’s a great excuse to get a little bit closer.

(Estelle note: I remember playing basketball with the boys in middle school and it was the best way to flirt. Really.)

Ice Cream.

We know our friend Novel Sounds is going to appreciate this one. Sure, it’s simple and not the most groundbreaking idea but there’s nothing like sharing ice cream on a warm summer’s day. Maybe after a bike ride or that neck-and-neck basketball game? Ice cream is pretty perfect in any situation and we recommend you have as much as possible with that special one. (We can’t give away when and why this happens in the book but we’ll put it this way: Payton challenges herself many times in this book and everyone needs a sweet reward.)

Ice Cream Engagement Session by Tanya Malay courtesy of Weddings Illustrated

We hope you and your significant other can try out a few of these date ideas inspired by Sean Griswold’s Head. And definitely, definitely pick up this book by Lindsey Leavitt. The sweet romance is oh-so-perfect for these long summer days. Enjoy!

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For more Sweet Summertime Reads, check out:
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Check out Tara’s summer-y post at Fiction Folio on Thursday!

June 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - These are SO cute! Love bookish inspired dates. Also totally love the ice cream pictures. True story, I once asked a guy if we could go get ice cream (like in those pictures) and he looked at me like I had grown a second head! Apparently this idea was not as cute to him as it was to me!

June 13, 2013 - 12:10 am

tabithasbookblog - This book sounds SO good! And I’m all for underrated books, that are actually great! And those dates… AH. So adorable.

June 11, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love this feature-I adore SGH and think this is an adorable idea. Hope you’ll feature some other book inspired dates this summer!

June 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Amanda - This was such a cute post! Basketball is bit too sporty for me, but I’d be totally down for a bike ride or ice cream date! Heck, we can ride the books to get the ice cream! It’d be perfect!

This book has been on my to-read shelf for such a long time, and this just gives me more reason to finally pick it up.

June 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Daphne - cute post! i loved this book. someone on twitter recced it to me after I read Going Vintage. Sean is pretty adorable. :)

June 11, 2013 - 1:48 pm

elena - these are too sporty for me (as a short person who does not know how to ride a bike) but I am 100% into the ice cream suggestion. i know people have raved about this book and this is the perfect reminder for me! LOVE this post. :)

June 11, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Annie - These dates are so cute! I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet but I’m feeling like I really need to read this book! I like it when books are secret gems — it just makes them all the more special!

June 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Oh, I loved this book! SO glad you’re featuring it today. And how cute are these summer dates- OMG!

If I haven’t told you yet, I’m loving this Sweet Summertime Reads feature.

June 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Alexa Y. - Okay, these dates are the CUTEST thing EVER! They’re also the perfect sorts of dates for summer, and I love that you pointed them out. This just makes me want to read that book a whole lot more!

June 11, 2013 - 10:14 am

Tara - I would like to go on all of these dates! I probably wouldn’t do so hot at basketball anymore but I could rock the ice cream date like nobody’s business. Cute idea ladies!

June 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all these date ideas & how they worked in the story. I still need to read this book, btw.

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Estelle: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way Street by Lauren BarnholdtTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Publication Date: 1/27/2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: road trips, ex-relationships
Format read: Borrowed from library.

Summary: Two weeks after Jordan dumps Courtney, they are due to drive to college on a road trip the two had planned beforehand. Courtney’s trying to pretend she doesn’t care about him anymore, and Jordan is crazy from hanging on to his own secrets. Will these two make it to Boston in one piece?

A fast paced read about two exes on a road trip to college together! What could be more deliciously disastrous?!

As the third Lauren Barnholdt book that I’ve read, I’d rank this one in between Sometimes It Happens (which I loved) and One Night That Changes Everything (superficial bordering on ridiculous). You can’t deny the chemistry between Courtney and Jordan, who couldn’t be more different. Courtney’s sort of a “goodie two-shoes” (I could relate) and Jordan is a former playboy, a fan of rap music and good looking ladies.

We get a taste of their current situation (not good) and the backstory of their meeting (interesting). Barnholdt did a great job of weaving the stories in and out and having them meet in the middle. This is one of the rare YAs I’ve read where we get just as much of the guy’s perspective as we do the girl’s. And I liked that. Dare I say, I liked Jordan as a character so much more. He may be a total flirt and lover of cheerleaders but I liked discovering his softer side, a side it seems that he didn’t even know he possessed.

Barnholdt also used a great comedic technique a few times where the character would think one thing, and then express that same exact thought out loud. It seems simple and isn’t revolutionary but I found that very funny.

Be prepared because this book’s driving force is miscommunication, but for some reason, it didn’t aggravate me as it would in some other books. What did bug me was the reveal of a certain secret WAY too early in the story. I don’t want to give too much away, but REALLY? I guessed Jordan’s secret way before I had to and I wish the author would have trusted her readers a little bit more.

Two-Way Street may not be life altering, and that’s okay. It is the perfect escape from a hectic day at work, or even a great way to enjoy a weekend in the sunshine.

Psst. Lauren Barnholdt’s companion to this book, Right of Way, comes out on July 9!

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June 27, 2013 - 9:03 am

YA Review: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt - […] qualities when it came to Peyton and Jace, the story was just too much of a mirror of the earlier Two-Way Street and seemed a bit under developed. Peyton feels utterly betrayed by her mother and needs to get away […]

June 13, 2013 - 12:16 am

tabithasbookblog - You’re right! This is the perfect book for when you want to escape for the day. And the miscommunication was actually something that didn’t bother me either! I think it made the story better, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Right of Way!

June 11, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Oh wow! I have yet to read a book where the character shares my first name, which is surprising given my name isn’t that rare. I might just have to give this one a try because I’m sure it’s all sorts of drama and awkwardness with two exes stuck in a car together. I’m glad you liked it, Estelle! 😀 Great review!

June 11, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Road trip books are the best! Glad you enjoyed this one. I have this one and the companion book but haven’t checked out Sometimes it Happens yet.

June 11, 2013 - 6:16 am

Lori - I’ve had this book on my Kindle for years. I think it was one of the first books I bought when I got my Kindle…and I still haven’t read it. Maybe I should change that? :)

June 11, 2013 - 3:07 am

Jasmine @ Flip That Page - I loved this book! It wasn’t one of the best titles I’ve come across, but I could totally relate to Courtney, but I loved how Jordan had a bad boy side that didn’t annoy me as much as other bad boys would. And his sweeter side was romantic, and more appealing. Great review! :)

June 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Alexa Y. - This is probably the type of contemporary novel that would be a break for me between fantasies and dystopians and the like. It does sound fun though, and I particularly like that it involves a road trip!

June 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think this is a perfect kind of read for a nice day outside. It IS summer after all! *throws confetti* (Can you tell that I’m still excited by this fact?!) But, ahem, even if it wasn’t revolutionary and a big secret was revealed early on, it seems like the characters are seriously fantastic, and that makes this book worth it.

Lovely review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 10, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I do remember getting frustrated a couple times though. I had no idea she wrote a companion novel! I’ll definitely be reading it! Great review

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 10, 2013 - 10:57 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I love this book! I related to Courtney too but I really loved Jordan. I loved when his softer side would unexpectedly come out. I actually didn’t see the twist coming but I can see how it might’ve been revealed a bit early. Such a fun book :)

June 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Tara - I can’t imagine going on a road trip with an ex. I have a feeling one of us wouldn’t make it out alive…

June 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I was more of a fan of Jordan’s character, too. I read this book before my days of blogging & remembered loving it so much. I wonder if I’d feel the same if I picked it up now. I tried to read Right of Way & it did not work for me — maybe that’s a sign? haha

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Estelle’s Shelve It from 6/9/2013

shelve it: weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each week

Happy Sunday + Happy Shelve It Day! It has been A WEEK. I’m still reeling from the exhaustion I’ve been experiencing post-BEA. And if you guys remember, I didn’t even attend BEA this year. But with people in town, places to go, people to see, some book events in between, it was one of the most social weeks I’ve had in forever. I should have some recaps up for you in the next few days about the two events I went to and the great books you should be adding to your TBR, but before I get to that, here’s a v-log about some book purchases I’ve made in the past few weeks and some highlights from my own BEA stash.

Hope you guys are well + enjoying the weekend and reading EVERYTHING!

What I Bought:

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

BEA ARC Highlights:

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (July 2013 release)
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (August 2013 release)
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young (August 2013 release)
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (January 2014 release)
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (February 2014 release)

On the blog this week:

June’s Big Kids’ Table with a Blogger Rec from Novel Sounds
Recap (and review) of Judy Blume Tiger Eyes Movie event
The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard (suspenseful adult thriller)
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (sexy, fast paced young adult)”
Sweet Summertime Reads: The Bookish Places We Would Go
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (new adult)

Thanks so much for stopping in this week! As always, Magan and I totally appreciate it.
Let us know what’s happening down in the comments (reading or otherwise!) xo

June 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Heidi - It was so nice to meet you after BEA, Estelle! I totally understand the complete inability to resist buying books, CLEARLY I had an issue and picked up like 8 that day between The Strand and Books of Wonder even though I’d gone to BEA and gotten tons already. I should have gone to that Harlequin Cocktail party a while back! I was invited, but I honestly didn’t know anyone else who was going and wasn’t sure it’d be worth the schlep into the city. I did really enjoy meeting Elizabeth Scott at the breakfast though, and was lucky enough to meet Lauren Myracle and Cat Patrick during the week as well–both were lovely!

June 11, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You had a great book week! I love Elizabeth Scott’s books so Heartbeat is a book I would have waited in line for at BEA. Added When You were the Greatest to my TBR- sounds like a good one. And The Infinite Moment of Us also sounds fantastic. I loved Myracle’s book Shine.

And oh how I miss the Strand! I lived in NY long ago and hope to get back soon to do some shopping.

Happy reading, Estelle!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’m becoming a big fan of your vlogs! One, because it’s so awesome to see your face, and two, because you’ve pointed me toward some AMAZING-SOUNDING contemporaries these days. I put RULES OF SUMMER in my TBR and I definitely want to check out OCD LOVE STORY!

And I know what you mean about that BEA hangover, man. I’M STILL FEELING IT.

June 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to buy When You Were Here because (a) contemporary story and (b) JAPAN. Please convince me not to spend more money… (though I’ve resisted it twice now!). Great selection of books though!

June 9, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Krystianna - You Look Different in Real Life sounds like such a good read! It sounds very unique, which I really like. Just Like Fate sounds pretty good too. I read Cat Patrick’s other book, Revived, and I really liked it. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for sharing!

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

June 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Paige - Wow Heart Beat sounds really really good. I can’t wait to check that one out! I hope you enjoy everything :)

My IMM

June 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

VeganYANerds - I have to echo Magz, love the Ron Swanson print!

And HEY!! It’s so good to see your face/hear your voice!! So glad we got to meet and I love that your week was just as hectic as ours :)

June 9, 2013 - 5:25 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I can’t wait to read When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. I think it was marketed as Where She Went meets Lost in Translation? Either way, sign me up! BTW I love your Ron Swanson print. :) And there is ALWAYS room for a soda float!

June 9, 2013 - 5:21 am

Amanda - My eyes MAY have turned into giant hearts when I saw you got OCD Love Story. That book has been on my wish list for a couple months now!

I really need to pick up When You Were Here. Everyone and their grandmother has read it, and I feel like I’m being left in the dust, like with most books. 😛

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