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Estelle: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: September 5, 2011 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 288 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: Purchased on my Nook Why I read it: Seemed like a sexy, quick read. Summary: Lissa is fed up with her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, and his inability to forget about the […]

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June 15, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Oh, this was a good one! I loved how it addressed the issue of all the labels for girls in high school, and how ridiculous it is that somehow being a virgin is bad but NOT being a virgin is equally bad for different reasons. Both are criticized, and so often by other girls, and for no real reason. The friendship and romance were also well done. I enjoyed this one a lot.

June 10, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really looking forward to reading this book now! I can sense that it’s a fun, interesting read, and I love that it actually makes you think about the idea of sex and labeling people when you’re in high school. Can’t wait to get to this one — since I actually already own it!

June 9, 2013 - 10:17 pm

tabithasbookblog - This is the only Kody Keplinger book that I haven’t read, but I’m really looking forward to it! I’m really excited to see how this sex-strike plays out in this one – the way she handles the entire subject of sex with teenagers is probably one of my favorite parts of her books!

June 8, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Wendy - Umm Cash’s character sounds downright amazing!

June 6, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really liked this one, though it’s my least favorite Keplinger novel. It was a really quick, easy read, though, and the story was fun. But, um, yeah: Cash. Wow, that boy was awesome. I think this book is worth reading just for Cash.

June 6, 2013 - 11:20 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ok so I’ve never actually read anything by Kody Keplinger but there’s this: “Kody Keplinger can write tension like a champ.” –> So you know me and you know this means that now I want to. Also I’ve heard her books are kind of controversial with their ‘racy’ topics so that always makes me more interested and stuff. Admittedly, I’ve been turned off by the cover. But I like the sound of this one. Sounds kind of fun with some actual meat to it.

June 5, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Bookworm1858 - I liked this one but it’s definitely my least favorite Keplinger (although Cash is pretty sweet 😉 I loved the female friendships here-I would have taken even more of their interactions.

June 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - What interests me about this book is that it’s a retelling of Lysistrata (I just love my retellings). I think it’s a really interesting new take that Keplinger put on this tale, but I’m curious to see how successfully it works within a high school context. That’s great you thought that Keplinger was able to address some relevant and important high school stereotypes through this story. I would like to read this and Lysistrata at some point so I can compare!

June 5, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I didn’t connect with this book very well. I think it’s because I found the whole thing too unrealistic (and I was in high school when I read it!). But I do enjoy Keplinger’s style. Great review!

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 5, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I really want to read some of Kody Keplinger’s work, her books always sound so fantastic! Shut Out is probably the one that’s caught my attention the most, probably because of it’s unique subject. Great review, I definitely need to get myself a copy of this one.

June 5, 2013 - 10:18 am

DannyBookworm - I love Kody Keplingers style! She has the talent to write sexy characters but all wrapped in a great storyline too!!

Estelle: Take Me There by Carolee Dean

Take Me There by Carolee Dean Publication Date: July 20, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: violence, illiteracy, absent parents Format read: Paperback from the library. Summary: An unfortunate situation drives Dylan out-of-town, just when he thinks his life is taking a positive turn. Talk about deceiving covers. I thought […]

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January 21, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I absolutely HATE when the cover (or even the blurb) makes you think a book is going to be totally different from what you end up reading. I mean, how hard is it to make the cover match or at least reflect the tone in the book? Seriously, it can’t be that hard.

I probably wouldn’t have read this one anyway because all I think when I see covers like this is: First of all, who lays down on the pavement? Ugh. Gross. Next, who makes out in the middle of a road? No one. No one does. These cannot be real people. And if there are people who make out LAYING on the road, I would secretly judge them. What do you do when a car comes? Sheepishly wave? Plus, okay don’t laugh, but it seriously looks like he’s like a vampire taking her blood. No? Is that just me? Oh well.

I’m Hannah, and I clearly judge books by their covers.

January 20, 2013 - 7:59 pm

VeganYANerds - I bought this months and months ago and it’s just been sitting on my shelf. I remember seeing your rating and thinking I would leave it for a while and I’m hesitant to read it because I really dislike drama for the sake of drama!

And I can understand wanting to finish anyway, I’d need to know how it all ends!

January 20, 2013 - 12:20 am

Kristen Evey - Bahaha! Love the Nick Sparks references. Exactly how I feel about him too. 😉

I think this is one that I’ll stay away from. Since I don’t read a ton of contemps, I want to go into ones that I know I’m going to like from the get-go. Thanks for the review Estelle!

January 18, 2013 - 7:45 am

Lori - I looove that cover and it definitely gives me the same impression that you had. I hate when that happens. It happened to me with Kiss Crush Collide, which was supposed to be like Perfect Chemistry…but wasn’t. At all. Anyway, this one sounds interesting enough, but I don’t like the sound of a jaded Nicholas Sparks character. 🙂 I think I’ll skip this one.

January 17, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Remember the other day when we talked about how a book’s setting can get certain things wrong.. like distance & how quickly a character gets from point A to point B? Well, since the majority of this story takes place in Texas (just north of where I live), I had a really hard time with all the driving around this dude did. The story made you feel like he got there in one afternoon & then to another place by evening & then back home before the day ended. Um no. Texas is quite large.

I know that’s a silly detail to comment on, but it’s something that bothered me about this novel. Also, that cover. So misleading.

January 17, 2013 - 11:38 am

Leoni - I read this a while ago and remember being disappointed because I expected a love story and that wasn’t really the case at all. The cover is too misleading I think…

January 17, 2013 - 11:12 am

Alexa Y. - You just so accurately described how I feel about Nicholas Sparks novels. No wonder we’re friends 😉

This certainly sounds like it’s quite the journey. I would be curious to see how it all ends as well, so I *might* take another look at this one…

January 17, 2013 - 11:04 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Yeah, I was all SWOON at that cover and then I read your review and was all womp womp.

If I’m ever in the mood for something gritty and unexpected, I’ll be sure to keep this one in mind!

January 17, 2013 - 9:13 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I definitely agree with the expectation that this is a sexy love story! The cover positively screams it. This doesn’t really look like a book for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review!

Magan: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr Publication Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 341 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, loss of a parent, pregnancy, adoption, abuse, new beginnings Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: After her father’s passing, Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby and allows […]

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July 8, 2013 - 12:02 am

How To Save A Life | Sara Zarr | Book Review - […] Ivy Book Bindings – “I fell hard for the romance in this novel” YA Love Blog – “Prepare for gushing because this novel is beautiful and amazing.” Rather Be Reading – “I was completely mesmerized by her writing” […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 9. How to Save a Life: Apparently I like extremely touchy books because this one is about a girl who loses her father. Her dad was like her best friend and she was never very close to her mom. When her mom connects with a teenage girl that’s pregnant and allows her to move in with them until she has the baby, Jill freaks out a little. She feels like her mom is trying to replace her when she announces that she will adopt the baby. (My review.) […]

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is the last of Sara’s books that I need to read so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it (so much so that I’ve added it to my list of books to swap with Hannah!)

Sara’s writing is just amazing, in such a quiet and subtle way. The plot reminds me of the last season of Parenthood, minus the dad dying, and I wonder how it will all work out.

August 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Tara - Any book that makes you reread passages and write down quotes is a win in my book! I have this book from BEA and I think I seriously need to pick it up soon. Lovely review (per usual) Magan 🙂

August 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - I read about 35 pages of this one before I had to abandon it. Weh.

August 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

April Books & Wine - I have had this on my shelves forever. I’m glad to hear it’s well-written and just plain good.

August 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Kristen - “How to Save a Life is a notable story about how our lives can be shaken up and we have to slowly put the pieces back together — even if those pieces don’t fit back together exactly how they used to.”

That is beautiful. I LOVE books like this. Will definitely be checking this out as well.

August 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. Just wow. This sounds incredible and moving and I now want to read it. Will be sure to check it out of the library stat!

August 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

Anna - I <3 Zarr

August 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your last sentence to describe this book. I keep meaning to read this one by Sara Zarr and your review has reminded me once again that I am obviously missing out by not doing so. This is beautiful Magan.