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My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Review w/Q+A

My Life After Now by Jessica VerdiMy Life After Now by Jessica Verdi ( blog | tweet )
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: SourceBooks
Pages: 304
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: HIV, theatre, tough family situations
Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!)

Summary: After a particularly bad day, Lucy escapes to the city with her best friends for some spontaneous fun. But a foolish move changes her whole life when she contracts HIV. How can she tell her parents? How can she tell her friends? What does this mean for the rest of her life?

Back in college, I was part of a theatre troupe called “Better Choices / Better Chances” and for a few weeks in the spring, we toured middle schools and high schools in our area to teach them facts about HIV/AIDS through a series of serious, funny, and pop culture-y skits (that we wrote ourselves). This is why I was so interested in My Life After Now. There is only one other book (Positively by Courtney Sheinmel) that conquers HIV in the young adult genre, and this is a subject that needs to be discussed more frequently.

Let’s start that the beginning: after Lucy loses her prized role in the school play (an awesome adaptation of Romeo and Juliet) and her main squeeze, she decides to do something very un-Lucy like and totally let loose. It’s like this: dress hot, get into a club, meet someone in the band, get drunk, and then wake up and not know what the hell happened. That foggy part is when things get bad. Lucy realizes she had unprotected sex, and when she gets tested, finds out she has HIV.

This is, indeed, devastating. Lucy goes through a roller coaster of emotions, and doesn’t know where to turn or who to turn to. Her life is set on an entirely different course than it was a little awhile ago. What should she do next? While Verdi does a good job of telling us about Lucy’s actions, the lack of showing them caused me to connect very little with her character. Even the brighter moments didn’t have the right emphasis because the small details (like getting to know a new boy) seemed glazed over.

There were moments when Lucy surprised me in great ways, and others where I couldn’t believe she continued to be so naive. I would have expected her diagnosis to wake her up a little, but she continued to make decisions that left me shaking my head. Verdi also depended a ton on her main character as she was forced to wade through many other issues on top of HIV (including a very unstable biological mother). With a little finesse these could have worked in the story, but the multitude of heavy storylines made My Life After Now feel top-heavy to me.

I did have a soft spot for chapters named after songs from musicals (try to guess which is which!), Lucy’s uber-supportive dads, and the vivaciousness of Roxie, a gal Lucy meets at her support group. Though I am glad I found such a rare subject in my reading, I do wish My Life After Now would have branched out beyond its subject (less Rent references?), educating readers a bit more organically and, therefore, truly connecting us to Lucy.

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Sidenote: Ironically enough, this article about a study about 14 adults living with HIV popped up right after my reading of My Life After Now.

And now a few words from Jessica Verdi, the author of My Life After Now:

Jessica Verdi - author of My Life After Now

EH: HIV is a pretty rare topic in the young adult genre. What inspired you to take your book in this direction?

JV: My primary inspiration for writing My Life After Now was a friend of mine, actually, who is HIV-positive. We both read a lot of YA and we realized that there are so many books about pregnancy, drinking, and drug use, but not very many about sexually transmitted infections—which is surprising, considering how many teenagers are in fact having sex. Young people ages 13-29 make up about 40% of all new HIV cases in the U.S. every year (mostly as a result of having unprotected sex), and that number is only increasing. So, to me, the lack of discussion about HIV/AIDS in teen literature was inexcusable, and I wanted to do something to help fill the gap.

EH: I saw when you first announced your book deal that the title was On the Plus Side. What went into the decision to change it? And were there any other significant changes to the actual story?

JV: My editor felt strongly (and rightfully so) that the title On the Plus Side would mislead people into thinking this is a pregnancy novel. So I knew from very early on in the acquisitions process that the title would be changed—I just didn’t know to what! I’m terrible at coming up with titles, so I was happy to leave that to the experts. Luckily, I love what they came back with. I love how the title My Life After Now leaves you with the question of, after so much goes wrong, what happens now? That’s essentially what this story is about.

Otherwise, there weren’t too many significant changes to the story during the editing process. Lots of clarification, cleanup, and adding of scenes, but overall the general story has remained the same.

EH: It’s so apparent the amount of research that went into My Life After Now. I think Elyse and Evan’s reactions really demonstrate the stigmas attached to this disease. What was the most eye opening about your research?

JV: I did a ton of research for this book, and one of the most surprising things to me was that there have been so few books written about children/teenagers and HIV. Not just in novels, as mentioned above, but also in non-fiction and academic books. I only found one academic book in the whole of the enormous New York Public Library system that was dedicated to the subject. That was so crazy to me, since there are literally tens of thousands of young people in the U.S. living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom have had it since birth. This discovery of how few books have been written about the subject only renewed my determination to write my own.

EH: Backtracking to the “rare topics in YA” question, what are some subjects that we don’t see nearly enough?

JV: Ooh, good question. Definitely STIs of all kinds, not just HIV. Another subject I would love to see more of is adoption and the foster care system. And I think we don’t see transgendered main characters nearly enough.

EH: As a musical lover, which do you recommend for young adults? (I personally like to share my affection for Next to Normal and In the Heights… so much fun to listen to at home!)

JV: Those two are awesome! I also love Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ragtime, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Aida, The Wild Party (the off-Broadway one, written by Andrew Lippa), Tick, Tick…Boom!, and A Chorus Line. (Though there are so many others. We could be here all day!)

Big thanks to Jessica for taking the time to answer these! Be sure to follow her on her website and Twitter!

And don’t forget to check out: Goodreads | Amazon for more on My Life After Now.

April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

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April 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The […]

April 6, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Estelle - M, definitely still think it’s worth the read!

April 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I had no idea this involved HIV and you’re right, that is so rare in YA but it is something that should be talked about. I think I will still give this a go!

April 5, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Kelly (Another Novel Read) - What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read this book yet, but I definitely want to. It’s probably the first book I’ve seen that tackles a sexually transmitted infection, which is kind of surprising (as mentioned in the interview)! And I think she’s right; I’d love to see more transgendered characters in YA books.

April 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Someone else actually talked this book up to me because she really liked it! I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, but I do think it’s interesting that she decided to write about something that isn’t a common subject in YA books. Her answers to your questions are really good too though and have me intrigued.

April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, Estelle, this is a fanastic review and Q&A. I first was alerted to this book by the super-pretty cover and I love the title. So naturally those things, along with the interesting subject, make me want to read the book. I love your thoughts, which are always honest, and I appreciate them! And this is a really fantastic interview. I loved the question about the original title because even before I got to the answer, I TOO thought WOW, THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE PREGNANCY!!!

This is already one that I want to read, and this is the first set of thoughts I’ve read about it, E. Loved them! Thanks a ton!

April 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I added this book to my TBR when I first heard about it simply b/c the story involved a teen who contracts HIV and I had never read a story about that. I agree with the author that it’s rare to find books that explore the topic of unprotected sex and the consequences of getting an STD. Though it’s not a glorious subject to read about, it does happen, and I think it could be beneficial for young readers to experience through literature.

I’m sad to hear that this particular story didn’t hold up very well, in your opinion. I think because it is such a tough subject, it’s got to be done just right to make an impact. As always, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews.

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Magan: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Book Cover for Golden by Jessi KirbyGolden by Jessi Kirby {website | twitter}
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: murder mystery, college decisions, road trip, overbearing mother
Format read: ARC received from Simon & Schuster (Thank you!)

Summary: As Parker is about to embark upon her high school graduation, she comes across the journal of a girl who died ten years prior. She steals the journal and begins to read it. Little does she know the journal will lead her to try to solve the mystery of Julianna’s death and re-evaluate where her life is taking her.

You know that feeling when you love an author and you’re super excited for his/her next release… Then you’re completely blown away because this book … THIS BOOK trumps all the others? And you finish it with a happy, goofy smile on your face, but your heart is heavy because you’re sad it’s over?

That’s how I felt after reading Jessi Kirby’s upcoming release, Golden.

As a teacher’s assistant for Mr. Kinney at her high school, Parker is in charge of mailing senior composition books to former students for their ten-year graduation anniversary; these books were their final project in Mr. Kinney’s class, meant to make them reflect on their lives and what they hoped to accomplish. As she’s monotonously looking up addresses, she freezes when she comes across a particular journal. Julianna is a girl who died ten years ago in a freak snowstorm with her boyfriend, Shane. There’s a lot of mystery about what really happened to Julianna and Shane because their bodies were never recovered, but the town continues to honor them and their parents provide a scholarship each year in their memory. Curiosity overtakes Parker, and though she knows she had no business doing so, she takes Julianna’s journal and begins to read it. She becomes absorbed in their story and seeks answers to the unsolved mystery.

She keeps this secret to herself because she’s guilt-ridden over what she’s done. Parker is a girl who never, ever does anything wrong. She’s a good student with a very clear path in life. Her mother is very hard on her and though Parker will graduate soon, she’s treated like an immature teenager. She’s not a crazy party girl and her best friend, Kat, is constantly encouraging her to do something more adventurous. Never would Parker have guessed where swiping Julianna’s journal would lead her.

Parker keeps replaying Mr. Kinney’s question (originally a quote by Mary Oliver) posed to Julianna in her first entry, “So tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” She reflects on this as she’s writing the speech for the scholarship she’ll need to attend Stanford. Is she doing what she really wants? Just when she’s on the brink of making a life-changing decision (college, what she’ll major in), there’s nervousness and fear about what she’s supposed to do and who she’s supposed to be. She wants to look back at her decisions and know she made the right ones. Many people, of all ages, can relate to Kirby’s message:

Are we just letting life pass us by?
What will our legacy be?

Mary Oliver’s quote is one I see every morning when I walk out of my bedroom. I mull over this question so frequently. In the grand scheme of my life, what do I want to do? Who do I want to be? Here’s the print by Katie Daisy that I have hanging:

mary oliver wild and precious life quote

Because everything flowed so well from the very beginning, Jessi Kirby’s Golden immediately pulled me in and grabbed my attention. I connected to Parker’s goal-oriented, driven character who wasn’t too uptight or hard to relate to. Kat was the kind of lifelong best friend I want for myself — someone who pushes me not to settle for monotony and refuses to let me fall prey to someone else’s demands. Trevor was the best kind of guy with tons of mystery, loads of snark and snappy comebacks, and a heart of gold. The mystery kept me buzzing through the pages, and the final message still rings true to me at 27 years of age. Oh, and there was just enough balance with family background and secondary characters to make me feel like I understood Parker’s life in her small California town.

This might sound strange coming from a little ol’ blogger, but after I finished Golden I felt so proud of Jessi Kirby. There was noticeable strength and growth in her writing. I’ve always, always been a fan of hers, but this book made me want to give her a big hug and celebrate what I feel is a lovely breakthrough in her talent. If I wasn’t already crazy excited for more of Jessi’s work in the future, now I’m just downright overjoyed to read whatever she comes up with next.

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November 3, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Zoe N. - WOW! I just finished reading Golden as well, and your review definitely hits the spot Megan! I can’t tell you how perfect this review is and how much I completely agree with it! So glad you liked it too! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews! :D

August 16, 2013 - 2:55 pm

My thoughts on "Golden" by Jessi Kirby | YA Book Crush - […] Magan’s review at Rather Be Reading […]

June 25, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites - […] Golden by Jessi Kirby: My review of Golden was practically one big gush fest, but that’s because Jessi so, so […]

May 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Blog Tour Kick Off for GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby - […] may remember me fawning over this amazing new book by Jessi, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s my Golden review. I’m so, so excited to get to share an excerpt with […]

April 21, 2013 - 10:11 am

Nailed It: May Book Releases Edition, Estelle + Magan - […] by Jessi Kirby. A peek at Magan’s review: “You know that feeling when you love an author and you’re super excited for his/her next […]

April 10, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I am even more interested in this book now. I don’t really know what I thought this book was about it but it definitely wasn’t that! I guess I was thinking it was more contemporary. I love mystery books like this and I am so excited to read this one now. Thanks for the review!

April 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, […]

April 6, 2013 - 12:00 am

Magan - Lily — Oh, I can’t wait for you to read it! If you’re already a fan of Jessi’s, you’re just going to love where she goes with Golden! Enjoy!

Cassie — I’m so glad you’re excited! Major kudos, of course, to Jessi for stretching herself as a writer. I love, love, love that about her!

Lori — I completely agree. 10000%.

Mandee — Yeah, the whole mystery thing is kind of downplayed in the summaries, but it’s a lovely part of the book. Most intriguing for sure! I hope you pack an extra suitcase just for the books you buy while in the US! :)

Tara — YES! A book every week would be awesome. And for sure Jessi is an auto-buy for me as well. (That list seems to be growing exponentially lately.) You should give in and buy the print! It’s so awesome to see every day.

Asheley! You haven’t read Jessi’s other books? GIRL! HOP ON IT! Pronto! I’m so glad you loved Golden too. I just don’t know what one could possibly find wrong with this book. I loved it soooo much. And yes, love like springtime. :)

April 5, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH THIS BOOK. I read it a while back borrowed and I still think about it, even though I read it and reviewed it SO EARLY. I love that you have the print with THE QUOTE! And I loved the story within the story. I basically loved everything about this book. I said something in my blog post about how it reminded me about a warm spring day because really, I loved it like I love the springtime. I totally understand feeling proud of Jessi Kirby for this book because it’s one of those that you really want to push into the hands of people, even if they aren’t avid readers or even if they don’t love contemporary. It’s one of the best I’ve read in a super long time, and I’m so happy that you like it a lot, M! So glad. I haven’t read other Kirby books but I seriously need to fix that problem like yesterday.

April 5, 2013 - 11:16 am

Tara - This book had such a personal effect on me that I will always think back to it. I completely agree that Jessi Kirby’s writing continues to grow and become even more emotional and heartfelt. She will always be on my auto-buy list from here on out… now if only she could be super-human and write a book like, every week :)

PS-I love that print on your wall! So many people have it and every time I see it I want to buy it.

April 5, 2013 - 5:26 am

VeganYANerds - I had no idea there was an aspect of mystery to this story and now I am so keen to read it! It’s on my “buy-while-in-the-USA” shelf, May cannot come soon enough!

Also, now you have me thinking about life and about how I should be doing more, more, MORE!

April 5, 2013 - 5:23 am

Lori - I read this one last week and loooooved it! The story was so beautiful. Jessi can do no wrong.

April 4, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Cassie - I’m SO excited for this! And you loving it put the icing on the cake, plus the comment about growth in Kirby’s writing! Yay! <3

April 4, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Lily - I loved in Honour so you can only imagine just how excited i am to read this one! I lvoe your thoughts on this book and am so happy you liked it! Only makes me want to read it even more now! :)

Lily @ lilysbookblog

April 4, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Magan - Candice — thanks so much! You HAVE to read it! I really hope you enjoy it! The plot was great and I loved that I couldn’t guess where the story was headed. I felt so invested!

Rashika — I think the praise is totally and completely worth it. Jessi deserves to be praised with what she did in Golden. I love that I can see her continue to grow in her abilities. Each book just gets better and better, and I think that says a lot about Jessi. She’s working hard to continue improving and fine tune her craft. I really hope you enjoy Golden!

April 4, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Alexa — I completely agree. It’s been almost 2 months since I finished Golden and just like you, have had a hard time compiling my words for the review. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to express my love adequately enough. I didn’t even post a chunk of my review because I was getting too wordy. Ha! So glad you loved it too! xo

Maggie — OH MY GOSH! So glad you love Katie Daisy’s things too. Aren’t they fabulous? I follow her on instagram and it’s amazing to see what she does. She has pillows at Crate & Barrel Kids, I think, and oh man do I want them. So what if I’m not a “kid”.

Tabitha — I am so, so glad! You do NEED to read it. Especially if this would be your first Kirby book. Not to peer pressure you or anything… oh, who am I kidding… totally pressuring you. PLEASE READ ALL OF HER BOOKS!

Sharon — I did enjoy it more than In Honor. I just feel like maybe Jessi wrote more personally this time. I’m not sure — it just really struck a different chord with me and I love what she did and where she went. Please read this ASAP. K, thanks.

Ginger — I’m so glad we read this at the same time, too. It was awesome to see how you and I connected with the story. I just am so happy for Jessi and the way I think people are going to embrace Golden. SO GOOD. And yes, you’re right — a beautiful story!

YAA Maggie — YES! I agree! I met Jessi at TLA last year and she’s the kindest, nicest person. Such a sweetheart. I can’t wait for you to read Golden either. If you loved In Honor, I’m POSITIVE you’re going to want to buy a million copies to give to friends! xo

April 4, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This is such a great review! We were actually talking about this one earlier today and I hadn’t heard of it… but definitely want to read it now! Love the ideas in the plot and think it would be really interesting to see them played out!

Also, I LOVE picture collage you have! Very cute!

April 4, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Rashika - I have this waiting and I am so excited.
I’ve read other works by this author and wasn’t that impressed however this one is getting a lot praise and I hope it lives up to it! :)

April 4, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Alexa Y. - For weeks after I finished this book, I couldn’t find the words to express how I felt about it. I loved it oh so much – it’s now officially my favorite Jessi Kirby novel. I found Parker to be easy to relate to, and the story very compelling indeed. SO BEAUTIFUL.

April 4, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great review! I am so excited to read this. I think Jessi Kirby is great and this totally sounds like her best book yet. And I clicked through to that Etsy shop the print is from and added like 5 of her prints to my favorites, thanks!

April 4, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Tabitha S. - You have me so excited to read this book! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to read it before, but now I feel like I NEED to read it. And I actually haven’t read anything by this author before, so I’ll definitely be doing that so I can see her growth as a writer!

Great review.

April 4, 2013 - 11:18 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am so, so excited for this one! I can’t believe it was even better than In Honor, for you! Quite the feat, because that was a great book. Now I’m even more intrigued. Parker sounds like the kind of character I will connect to, as well. Great review, Magan!

April 4, 2013 - 8:43 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh this book! I still have moments where I find myself randomly thinking about it. I am so thankful we read this one together back to back. I needed someone to pour my heart out to as I fell in love with it, and you complimented that nicely :)

I have the same pride for Jessi after reading this book, too. Her work has always been one of my favorites, but this book just put it over the edge. What a wonderful lady to write such a beautiful story.

April 4, 2013 - 4:22 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This is so exciting because Jessi Kirby is one of those authors you WANT to support. I met her twice and she has such an infectious spirit and energy. I ended up buying 5+ copies of In Honor to send out. I can’t wait to read Golden. Great review, Magan. Love the print!

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Estelle: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren GrahamSomeday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham ( tweet )
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 352
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: NYC in the 90s, acting, success
Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!)

Summary: Franny always dreamed of being an actress (preferably working in the theatre). After college, she sets a three-year goal to make it in the entertainment industry in New York City. With six months left to get the ball rolling, Franny’s not sure she’s any closer to making her big break.

There’s a certain amount of trepidation when a celebrity writes a book. Especially a celebrity you really like: one you’ve seen in both her hit television shows and singing and dancing on Broadway. As an extension of your fandom, you want to like everything else they do. Right? But the fear! The fear!

Friends, I tell you: fear not and get your hands on a copy of Someday, Someday, Maybe as soon as you can.

It’s hard to hack it in New York City. And no one knows that better than Franny. Sometimes the city can feel oh-so magical, and other times it can chew you up and spit you out. With six months left to go in her self-created goal to become an actress, her “big break” comes unexpectedly when she messes up her scene in a showcase for her acting class. Soon she has an agent (although maybe he’s not the perfect fit), and a spot on a TV show (even though there’s no air date), and James Franklin, an actor who has had actual roles in movies (!!), is looking her way.

This is SO happening, right?

Well, kind of. Graham shapes a really great story around a 27-year old who doesn’t have it all figured out. One minute her phone is ringing with opportunities and other times it’s like they forgot her number. She thinks about going home and being an English teacher (like her dad) or finally settling down in the suburbs with Clark (her sort of boyfriend). She bumps into other friends who are her age and successful while she’s working some crummy part-time job to pay her rent. There aren’t enough books written about people in their late 20s who may not be on a straight and narrow path, and I really appreciated how Franny could strike gold one day and be flailing the next. (So relatable!)

Set in 1990, every few chapters begin with a glimpse into Franny’s datebook (cheese puffs, call backs, rent checks, a tally of margaritas drank in a night) and messages left on her answering machine (some of the best are from her adorable dad).  There are also a few tongue-in-cheek NYC jokes that made me giggle. Best of all, though, were her roommates: best friend from college, Jane, who was the kind of friend who nicknamed all of Franny’s boyfriends and could tell her she’s watching too much Leeza (do you remember that show?) and Dan, an engaged guy and budding writer, quietly working on some science fiction while sipping a beer. We never get to spend an unbelievable amount of time with either (it was so well-balanced) but I loved how close you could see Jane and Franny were, and ya know, for some reason, I kept on rooting for the endearing Dan who had much more in common with Franny than she realized.

When I first started the book, I did struggle with the fact that it was so heavy into the acting. How am I going to relate to this? I thought. But pretty soon after that, Someday, Someday, Maybe, came to be about so much more. When we are little kids we are taught we can be anything, but I don’t think the reality hits that maybe that won’t come true or it’s harder than we think until we are knee deep in it. Not to mention the discovery that not everyone takes the same path. There really is no right one, no matter how many naysayers you encounter. It’s really nice to have a book that explores that other side.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is so charming, so authentic, and so special.

Also I dare you to read this without picturing Franny as Lauren Graham. Go ahead. I, indeed, failed this challenge.

Note: I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any better?

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March 31, 2014 - 9:00 am

Big Kids' Table: Receipt Recommendations - […] the story: Last week, I went to the B&N near work to pick up a copy of Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe for a friend (a book I bought for myself last year) and I got one of those receipts with a short […]

December 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: 2013 Overview - […] Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid + Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren […]

June 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites - […] Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham: A big kids book to round out the list… Frannie is in her late 20s and still trying to figure […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] there before Rachel, Alexa, and I and we stood in line without hearing her talk about her new book, Someday, Someday, Maybe BUT after 2 hours, we each got to meet Lauren. She is gorgeous and very sweet in […]

May 4, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVEEEEEEEE! I bookmarked this when you posted it but waited to read it until after I’d written my review :)

Seriously, love this book and loved chatting about it with you! <3

April 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, and a GIVEAWAY of one Julep nail polish. (ONE day left […]

April 5, 2013 - 5:29 am

VeganYANerds - Ahhhh! I am SO glad that this is good, I tend to stay away from celeb novels, too, but this is one I plan on reading… maybe I will even wait and buy it in NYC – seems appropriate!

April 5, 2013 - 5:20 am

Lori - Just started this last night and now I’m even more excited to dive into it! I’m already picturing Franny as Lauren Graham too…

April 4, 2013 - 11:22 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - THIS BOOK. When I first discovered it, I saw that the author was Lauren Graham and immediately started Googling, because surely it wasn’t THE Lauren Graham. But lo and behold, it was! I have never clicked the “to-read” button with so much glee! I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds wonderful. I adore the cover. I had no idea Jennifer E. Smith was the editor, but that’s fantastic! Everything about it makes me want to read it. Definitely getting my hands on this one as soon as possible after it comes out!

(Also, I will TOTALLY fail at the not-seeing-Lauren-Graham challenge. I know this already, LOL.)

April 3, 2013 - 8:36 pm

daphne - i have this from netgalley as well and i was kind of on the fence about even reading it, but i think i will now. great review.

April 3, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’ve really been looking forward to this review! I was so excited when I found out that Lauren Graham wrote a book, and even more excited when you said it was great. I do think that maybe the acting element would be off-putting at first, as it was for you, but otherwise this sounds exactly like my kind of read.

April 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ooh this sounds really good! (Also, that cover is GORGEOUS.) I’m all for books set in the city and the characters sound great.

April 3, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Kimmy - I’ve already preordered this book! I love Lauren Graham and think this book sounds great. Your review got me even more excited to read this one!

April 3, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Annie - This sounds amazing! I love books set in NYC, and I love books about acting! I think this book and I will get along just fine. ;) Awesome review!

April 3, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Ellice - Yay, your review made me even more excited for this book– I definitely had that “oh no, one of my fave celebs wrote a book… what if I don’t like it?!” fear. Even though I LOVE reading YA books, it will be nice to read about a character who is my age. Thanks for the awesome review! :)

April 3, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I got this on Netgalley because it sounded cute, but I have had the same reservations you did. I’m so glad you liked it, and now I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Kayla Elizabeth - Literally just got an ecopy of this this morning and nearly wet myself. I am so excited to get started with this. Lauren Graham writing a novel… how perfect is that?

April 3, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is next on my TBR – I’ve got an eARC and I am ridonkulously excited after your review. Thanks for doing it so early, I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really, really want to read this book! It sounds like a coming-of-age story for older people (in a way), and I really think that it’s going to strike a chord with me. I love that it’s about an aspiring actress too, and that it’s set in NYC. This is definitely going to be a fun read!

April 3, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love that this is a coming of age but new adult book at the same time. Seriously – this sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing the review of a book I wouldn’t have given a second thought about otherwise!

April 3, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Cynthia - Oh this one sounds great and I don’t even read adult books but I’ll definitely be adding this one to my list. I’m actually thinking of starting to read a few adult books every now and then, you can’t live off of YA forever can you? I need to spice it up a little and start with some great adult fiction. =) Will definitely look forward to this one and I’m so glad it wasn’t a disappointment to you especially being a fan of the writer/actress.

April 3, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Wait, you saw Lauren Graham on Broadway?? JEALOUS.

Leeza Gibbons! Hahaha. I can’t wait to read this. And you are SO right about there not being enough books about people in their late 20s who didn’t take the straight path to success. Great review, Estelle.

April 3, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Bonnie - I loved her in Gilmore Girls and had been so tempted by this book but wasn’t sure… I’m so glad to hear that you loved it though! Definitely adding this to my TBR now. :)
Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

April 3, 2013 - 11:58 am

Tara - I remember chatting with you about this book. I think I definitely need to pick up a copy. Or should I watch GG first? (I know, I never watched it)

April 3, 2013 - 11:25 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Yay, I’m so glad that this book was awesome. I was a little nervous because like you I’m a huge Lauren Graham fan and want her to be successful at everything. I’m so excited to read this book soon, it sounds adorable and you are right, there are not enough books about people in their 20’s trying to make it in the real world. I love seeing something that is relatable to me. Great review!

April 3, 2013 - 9:44 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Wow, great review. I had zero desire to read this (I don’t really like Lauren Graham, I know, I’m weird), but now I can’t wait. Thanks!

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Estelle + Magan: Nailed It (+ Giveaway)

Happy Tuesday, friends! Unfortunately this new feature was a casualty of our server issues from last week. Originally, we planned to post this last Sunday but here we are today instead! (In the future, look for a Nailed It post celebrating upcoming releases every three to four weeks!)

Here’s the story: We both have Julep Maven nail polish subscriptions and are (quite frequently) purchasing new colors. We have serious, serious addictions. (We both have very incriminating photographs of our polish collections. Eeep!) As we’re gearing up for warmer weather, summer reads, tans, and lots of sunshine, we decided to pick polish colors to pair with a book we’re each looking forward to. Our selections for April are…

Estelle’s Pick:

The timing for this post actually worked out because you will get to read my review of Someday, Someday, Maybe TOMORROW. Actress Lauren Graham has penned her fiction debut, and it was such a pleasure to read. I know the cover is a little muted when you think of summer colors but there are so many hidden gems of color when you really give it a look. Just like the book. Set in New York, I like there are a few lighter tones with a pop of red. It makes it fancy and a little glamorous.

My Julep color selections are: Julianne | Rose | Helen

Estelle Nailed It Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

 

Giving these colors a second glance, I want to push the YES button and buy them. The colors are definitely versatile enough to get you through the entire year!

Don’t forget to check out Someday, Someday, Maybe + stop in tomorrow and read my review!

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Magan’s Pick:

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise stands out to me because of the colorful, bright cover.  And of course, if you read the book summary, it involves kissing lots of boys + a girl that’s amazingly talented (read: a smarty pants) and is developing an app to win a scholarship + she’s about to enter college (yay, older characters!). I’m guessing there are going to be some mishaps along the way, and hopefully a boy that she falls in love with!

My Julep color selections are: Susan | Portia | Amy

I would apply the pink on my toes because how cute would this color be with flip flops or sandals? So girly! And I would use the blues on my fingernails to do an accent nail with Portia. I personally own Amy, but dang, now I want all of them!

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Win a Julep Nail Polish Color

Because this is SUCH an obsession of ours, we want to spread the love. (And aren’t you so excited for your nails to have a pop of color?) One winner will receive a Julep nail polish color of their choice. Enter by telling us which color (of those we’ve listed above) you’d like to win in the comments below. The contest is only internationally to anyone over the age of 13.

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One last thing! Be sure to check out Mandee over at the BookishManicurist where she makes unbelievable pieces of art with her nails to correspond with the books she is reading/reviewing. It’s pretty unbelievable and she has the best nail polishing tips in town!

Thanks for stopping by Rather Be Reading today!

May 25, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Nailed It: Upcoming June Releases, Estelle + Magan - […] upcoming June releases, we wanted to feature some purdy nail photos from our giveaway winners back in April! Both gals were kind enough to share their nails in […]

April 21, 2013 - 9:01 am

Nailed It: May Book Releases Edition, Estelle + Magan - […] were so thrilled by your response to our NAILED IT feature, and here we are again with another post — this time featuring May book releases. This is […]

April 8, 2013 - 4:25 pm

ashley - I like juilanne!

April 8, 2013 - 10:29 am

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Ooo, what a sweet idea! I love all the colors so much! I usually go for pinks like in Magan’s picks, but lately I’ve been thinking so much about teals and sparkly stuff, makes me smile :)

April 7, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Ashley - So excited for the Lauren Graham book! And those colors! Amy is an Ashley color!

April 7, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Ashley @ FireStarBooks - I loooove Portia! Glittery and simple!

April 7, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Allie Lewis - I really like Julianne and Helen for everyday, but Amy would be a welcome change of pace with its vividness. It’s perfect for summer.

April 6, 2013 - 11:42 pm

MelodyJ - I like Rose and Amy.

April 6, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Marie - I really Portia!

April 6, 2013 - 12:17 am

Mollie Katie - I love the Portia and Amy colors and the idea to offset one!

April 4, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Cee - I love the Rose and the Amy color.

April 4, 2013 - 11:30 am

shokufeh - Even without it being by Lauren Graham, I’d be all over that “Someday, Someday, Maybe.” But because it is…. And that Susan is a pretty shade.

April 4, 2013 - 1:50 am

Lucía Valencia - I loooove Amy!

April 3, 2013 - 7:58 pm

daphne - i like amy & rose the best. i recently subscribed to Julep, too, and I’m anxiously waiting for my first set to come in.

April 3, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Sarah O - Ah I love all these colours but I think the Amy one is my favourite. You guys need to stop getting me hooked on Julep! But keep doing this feature because it’s pretty :P

April 3, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Krispy - This is a brilliant feature! I love books and nail polish too, and the colors you chose are perfect for each book!

I love the sets you put together. If I had to choose 1 color, I’d probably go with PORTIA since I’m partial to blues, but I do love the pop of ROSE too!

April 3, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Cynthia - Great new feature! I love it!! and I actually love that cover of Someday, someday, Maybe. I love that it’s a little bit foggy but it makes the red coat stand out a lot. Thanks for the giveaway guys! I’m slowly becoming a nail polish addict myself. =)

April 3, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This feature is so fun! And I LOVE the colors you chose. I think I need to join all the cool kids and become a Julep Maven. I would pick Julianne.

April 3, 2013 - 12:38 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - AMAZING feature. I’m reading Someday, Someday, Maybe next week, and I’m super excited, so I’d have to choose one of those colours. I can’t decide, though…maybe Helen or Julianne?

Great picks for colours! Can’t wait to read your reviews!

April 3, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Bonnie - The Boyfriend App color collection is PERFECTION. Love those colors too! I have never heard of Julep before… going to have to go check them out. :)

April 3, 2013 - 10:46 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I absolutely love the idea behind this giveaway, ladies! I am super excited for BOTH of these books, and the colors match them perfectly!

My favorite color featured above is probably Amy, because it’s such a fun shade of blue. I really like all the colors, though, honestly, especially Julianne. So lovely!

April 3, 2013 - 9:14 am

Helen Moulden - You’d have thought I’d choose Helen, but nope it has to be Rose!

April 3, 2013 - 5:47 am

Eszter @ Anneish Imaginary Adventures - I’m so happy to have found other kindred spirits! Nail Polish + Books my favourite obsessions too! :-D Oh, but the decision is soooooo hard: I think I’ll go for Portia! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this awesome giveaway!

April 2, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I love ALL of these colors (and this new feature) but I think I’m most drawn to Helen. Or Rose. Or Julianne. Crap! I like Magan’s picks, too, but I can’t stop looking at the Estelle’s mostly because I loved that book and the cover looks so pretty with the colors right next to it.

I think I’m saying Helen is my favorite. But really I just love them all.

April 2, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Tammy - Portia!

April 2, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books - Loving this feature since it combines TWO of my fave addictions-Books & Nail Polish!
Great idea guys! :D
I love Portia-Looks super cute and glittery. *siiign*

April 2, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Candy S - I like the Helen one.

April 2, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Bridget Heiple Reich - From the colors above, I like Amy or Rose the best. If I was going to win one, I would choose Susan because I don’t have that one.

April 2, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Kimmy - Ooh, I love Portia!! And I can’t wait to read Someday, Someday, Maybe!

April 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Annie - All the colors for Someday, Someday Maybe look so gorgeous! I love Julianne! Also, Amy is amazing! I think I’m going to have to give Julep nail polish a shot! :)Can’t wait for the future Nailed It posts!

April 2, 2013 - 4:45 pm

shoesforall - Susan looks AMAZING.

April 2, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Amanda @ MarvelousCatoReviews - I am seriously loving the color “Amy”! It’s such a pretty blue, and it’s a blue that you can wear year-round!

April 2, 2013 - 4:04 pm

TheBookishManicurist - You know I’m gonna love this feature, right? You girls picked the perfect shades to match the covers :)

And thanks so much for the lovely shout out! xox

April 2, 2013 - 3:49 pm

lisa @speciallisabooks - Oh my gosh what a brilliant giveaway! These colours are all beautiful! I think AMY is the one I love the most! Thanks for giveaway chance! xx

April 2, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Rachel - Oh my gosh, this is my FAVORITE blog feature ever. I don’t share my nailpolish love with others very often because I’m slightly horrified with how much of it I buy, but seriously, this is such a great idea! I really like both of the combinations your girls came up with. My favorite color is definitely Susan. I’m a pink polish girl :)

April 2, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Andrea Eisenhour - Picking one of these colors is like trying to pick a favorite star in the sky! But if I must, Id pick Amy! (Also the name of one of my best friends!!)

April 2, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is all kinds of awesome – I hope you know that. The colors you’ve picked out are GORGEOUS. I did my nails in Helen last Saturday and it’s such a beautiful shade! (Plus, I totally walked the Brooklyn Bridge with it on my nails, so that’s cool too!)

And Mandee ROCKS. She’s the book mani goddess.

April 2, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Mallory L. - First, I am SO happy to have found yall’s blog! Books + Nail polish-doesn’t get much better than that!

April 2, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Heather - I’d have to go with Portia so Magan can come over and I can borrow Amy ;)

April 2, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Elizabeth Hafner - Hard decision but I’ll have to go with Amy.

April 2, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Katie - You girls and your love of nail polish is too cute!! Love these colors:)

April 2, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Elissa - You said nail polish and now I’m here!! I really like the Julianne. It’s such a pretty color and probably works well for all occasions.

April 2, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Ellice - I love this feature! Books + nail polish = awesome :) Those colors match the book covers perfectly. Helen is my favorite, I think (so hard to choose!). Can’t wait to read your review of Lauren Graham’s book!

April 2, 2013 - 11:16 am

Lisa - Okay, this? This is AMAZING.

April 2, 2013 - 11:16 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I love this feature! I’ve heard a lot about Julip nail polishes but have never owned any. My favorite of these is the rose. If I don’t win this giveaway, I will need to splurge on it anyway! :)

April 2, 2013 - 10:32 am

Tara - This feature is SO you guys! I leave the nails to a professional because I completely suck at it, so I envy your polish collections and ability to do your own nails ;)

April 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Ginger @ GReads! - You gals are so cute & clever! Love this new feature idea :) If I won the giveaway, I think I’d choose Helen. But really I love all the colors! Thank you :)

April 2, 2013 - 8:56 am

Cari - OH I LOVE THE ROSE! Thanks for the wonderful and unique giveaway!

April 2, 2013 - 7:46 am

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Yes! Love this! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this on Pinterest but as per usual, you girls nailed it (HAHA pun totally intended) much better than I would have. I’ve been skipping Julep boxes for the past few months in favour of other nail polishes, but I just might need to go order Julianne!

Also, Estelle, I’m super excited to read your review of Someday, Someday Maybe! I’ll be digging into that soon as well and I’m so excited!

April 2, 2013 - 4:13 am

Olivia - This is such a cute idea! I like Julianne. Simple, classy, understated (maybe) but pretty. I didn’t get the hype about Julep until I recently tried some of their nail polish. OH MY NAILS, they’re awesome!

April 2, 2013 - 2:56 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’ve been intrigued by all these Julep polish pictures popping up everywhere! I think they have so many pretty colors! My favorite is Susan. Like you, I feel like it would be super cute with flip flops or sandals! My toes are always pink all summer long. :) Thanks for the opportunity to win! What a fun feature!

April 2, 2013 - 1:17 am

Cassie - AH, you two and your JULEP! You have poisoned .. wait no. BLESSED my nail polish collection! Personally i LOVE Amy & Portia i think they’re gorgeous, i always go for blues and greens, can’t help it! <3 And I didn't KNOW it was Lauren Graham the actress writing that book! aH….INTERESTTTINGG.

April 2, 2013 - 1:11 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such a cute idea! But, then again, I would expect nothing less from the two of you because you’re both so adorable :). I gotta go with Magan’s picks, mainly because my toenails are pink :)

April 2, 2013 - 12:11 am

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - Definitely a fan of the rose color the most. I like nail polish in theory, but never feel like spending money on it, so I always go for the classic red.

April 2, 2013 - 12:08 am

elena - i LOOOOVE this feature! nail polish is one thing i’ll always have an abundant of so no need for me to enter this giveaway. :) the colours are so pretty!! i’m excited for lauren graham’s book.

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Magan: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Book Cover for Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society by Ally Carter (website | twitter)
Series: Heist Society, Book 1
Publication Date: February 9, 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 287
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: robbers, world travels, ultimatums, falling for a best friend
Format read: Purchased the paperback.

Summary: As much as Katarina would like to escape the “family business,” she’s forced to rally a team together to help clear her father’s name of a crime he didn’t commit. So much for distancing herself and starting over.

Is there something about your family that you really wish wasn’t true of yourself? For me personally, my grandmother is Negative Nancy; I desperately want to be as positive and upbeat about things as I can be because the negativity really brings me down.

For Katarina, she wants to remove herself from the family business … of thievery. To do so, she’s enrolled herself in a prestigious boarding school and all is going well until she’s suddenly facing expulsion for a crime she didn’t commit.

Enter her friend Hale.

He framed Kat for the crime in order to pull her back into the business. Her father is being sought after by a super scary man who believes her father is the person who stole his private collection of priceless art. Kat knows there’s no way he could have pulled it off (especially not without her). Her uncle is warning her to leave things alone and not get involved in the situation, but there’s no way she can let this go.

Heist Society was highly recommended to me by Elena (of Novel Sounds). I was really in the mood for something different than my typical contemporary romance or angsty, issue books. What a nice and refreshing surprise this book was! As Katarina and Hale try to solve the mystery of who really stole the paintings, they hop from country to country. We get to see how intelligent, worldly, and connected these characters are. Sure, they’re in the business of stealing things, but there’s something intriguing about them too — Is everything they do bad? It doesn’t seem like they’re in the mafia with bad guys, so why are they stealing? What are they getting out of it? — I became absorbed in their world (and desperately wished I was the one hopping on private jets.)

And oh!… there’s Hale… who is smart and brooding and good looking. There’s some unfinished business between he and Kat, and we readers aren’t exactly clued into what their history is. (Read: there’s plenty of sexual tension.) He’s drawn to the world she was born into and she questions why he would want to be part of it when he can have anything else he wants (he comes from a very wealthy family). I appreciated how there was a lot of back story that left me itching for more details — I wanted to know everything I could.

Best of all? Ally Carter builds this amazing story that has your heart pounding as you fear for Kat and her team with each day that passes, but she doesn’t give you all the answers. She doesn’t fix everything or make anything predictable either. There are some loose ends that need to be tied up, some feelings that need to be sorted out, and maybe more things that need to be stolen. Good thing this is a series, huh?

On a final note, I have to mention that I began Carter’s Gallagher Girls series last year and didn’t find myself drawn into the story nearly as much as I did Heist Society. I saw so many strengths and so much growth in Carter’s writing since I read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. Definitely, definitely check out this series if you’re looking for something a little different with intelligent characters, strong writing, and a captivating storyline.

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October 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Magan: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter - […] pulling off one of the biggest robberies ever in Heist Society, Kat sort of disappears for a while. She disconnects from her friends and family and travels the […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] + A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, and a GIVEAWAY of one Julep nail polish. (ONE day left to enter!) + A review of Heist Society by Ally Carter […]

April 3, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Cynthia - I’ve had this book in my tbr pile since it came out years ago, for some reason I keep skipping it. I’m glad you enjoyed it a lot though, it made me want to move it up to the top of my pile. Will definitely read it soon. Thanks for the review Magan!

April 3, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The name reminds me of The Cutting Edge. “I don’t like to see her upset.” “If I was you, I’d invest in blindfolds.” Ah, DB Sweeney. ANYWAY, I should definitely try Ally Carter, yes? I always thought her books were more middle grade for some reason. The premise of this looks fun and cute. I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

April 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - The fact that you and Elena both enjoyed these books makes me really interested in them! I haven’t picked them up before because the covers look a little juvenile to me, but I’m glad to hear you recommend it! Plus, I do love the idea of a book about a family of thieves.

April 2, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I keep meaning to try some of Ally’s books, all I hear are good things so thanks for sharing this review, it’s another reminder that I should read this series in 2013!

April 2, 2013 - 2:57 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Thanks so much for making me totally excited for these books! I’ve always wanted to try Ally Carter’s writing and I even have the first three High Society novels on my shelf – now I guess I know what I’m going to read next :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I finished Heist Society yesterday and Uncommon Criminals today! Wonderful books.

I read a lot of angsty, dark contemporary personally (it’s my favorite genre), but these were a really nice change of pace, like you said. And oh boy, the subtle romance between Kat and Hale? PERFECT! (it gets even hotter in Uncommon Criminals, by the way).

I haven’t read Carter’s other series, but they didn’t seem to be quite as interesting as the Heist Society books. I’ll have to remember what you said about them and compare notes! :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books - I still need to read book three, but I adore this series. :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I am SO glad you loved this book! I have yet to read book 3 but they get better and better. I agree: Ally Carter’s writing improves with each and every book she writes!

April 1, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Tara - I’m such a huge fan of this series! I must get the third book stat and see what Hale and Katarina get into next. So glad you enjoyed this :)

April 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I must admit that I’m really curious about this series! The heists and capers that they seem to get up to (or probably do, based on what the story seems to be about) are probably a whole lot of fun. And I’ve definitely heard a LOT about Kat and Hale.

April 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I love this series. I just bought them all so I could reread the first two books and then start the third one. I read the first Gallagher Girls book ages ago, wasn’t the biggest fan, but this series is incredible. Great review! Btw I’m in LOVE with your blog design :) It’s so quirky and adorable!

April 1, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Annette - I like this series better than Gallagher Girls too. Somehow it just seems more mature? Even though both series are kind of silly. I love these books. Great review!

April 1, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - So glad you liked this!!! I’ve only read the first book so far (on audio) and it was just so much fun. AND the nice little interactions with Kat & Hale :)

April 1, 2013 - 11:37 am

Cassie - hellll to the yes!! <3 I'm holding onto Perfect Scoundrels mostly c uz I do not want to finish the series and have to wait FOREVER for the next!

April 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

elena - YAY I’m so so glad you liked this book! I think it’s SO FUN! I absolutely love Kat + Hale, one of my fav relationships. I hope you like the other books as well if you do read them. So much backstory in book three!

April 1, 2013 - 9:04 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh I love Hale so much-I really need to pick up the third book as it is my understanding that there are some really good bits with him in it.

April 1, 2013 - 8:27 am

Anna - Eeee so glad you are reading this! Like Lori, I haven’t read the third book yet, but I’m dying to!

April 1, 2013 - 6:01 am

Lori - I looooove this series! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hale is so…sigh. I really need to read the newest one soon.

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