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Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Estelle: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: December 24, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 316 Target audience: Adult/mature young adult Keywords:  bullying, social media, LGBT, student/teacher relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Robert may be a star student, a popular addition to the marching band, and […]

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September 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (Book Review) - […] Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: marching band, HIV, romance, LGBT Format read: Paperback ARC from author. (Thanks!!) Other books I’ve reviewed by Trumble: Don’t Let Me Go | Where You Are […]

December 8, 2012 - 6:07 pm

VeganYANerds - Estelle, this sounds like a fantastic book and I have no issue with the student/teacher aspect at all. Your review is fantastic and I love that you were thinking of the characters as real people, that is a great indication of the strength of this story.

December 6, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but you have me interested!

December 4, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Alexa Y. - The fact that you’ve already reread this book is a sure sign that this is a GOOD book, at least to me. I’ve always trusted your opinion, and so far, our tastes have been pretty similar. I’m definitely going to read this!

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - JH’s other book “Don’t Let Me Go” was also M/M. It’s some of the most honest writing I’ve read all year, and she just brings down the house with this second book. I hope you’ll check it out.

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - Thank YOU so much for giving me these amazing characters. I can’t say it enough.

December 4, 2012 - 11:32 am

Estelle - You really have to. JH can just suck you in. 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 8:49 am

J.H. Trumble - Were-leopard? Cracking up!

December 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh wow, I so didn’t know Kensington published M/M romance! I have way more respect for them for being open about that. Most pubs won’t touch it. Also, this doesn’t have a truly ridiculous cover like the M/M romance publishers. Also, not a were-leopard in sight, so good work.

Glad you loved it!

December 4, 2012 - 6:01 am

J.H. Trumble - I may have to read that book! LOL. Thank you for that AMAZING review Estelle. I’m so glad you liked the book. I’m kind of fond of it myself!

December 3, 2012 - 10:27 pm

elena - What a wonderful review! You & my other friend absolutely love J.H. Trumble so I must check out her books soon. I do have Don’t Let Me Go currently checked out from the library but haven’t really been in a reading mood. Must rectify that!

December 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - Beautiful review & thanks for the heads up on the teacher-student warning and setting me at ease. I hadn’t heard a peep on this book. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I’ll definitely look out for it.

Estelle: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills Publication Date: October 8, 2012 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: music, LGBT, bullying, life after high school, acceptance, radio, Elvis Format read: eBook from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Gabe is so looking forward to the end of high school and starting fresh. He […]

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May 14, 2013 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are two beautifully written books that not only deal with gaining acceptance from others, but also finding it for themselves. Beautiful Music was one of my top reads last year; Gabe is a vivacious character who just came out as transgender to his parents. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about a girl who thinks she caused her parents death because she kissed a girl; her aunt soon sends her to a school to get reformed. […]

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - […] Cousins + Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe are two books I requested from Flux Books, the publisher of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — a book I absolutely loved from last year. So I have high hopes for these two reads. […]

December 16, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Jess - Even though I’m not really into music, This book sounds amazing. This is one I certainly want to check out.

December 16, 2012 - 9:03 am

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Themed Gift Pack - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is so sweet, so endearing, so inventive yet tackles a pretty unconventional subject in the young adult genre. I’m skimming through to refresh my memory of the little details, and I keep getting distracted because I love the main character, Gabe, so much. He was born Liz but has just told everyone he is Gabe. His parents don’t take it too well, his best friend Paige is accepting, and the only place he can be himself is when he broadcasts the program “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children”. This character is like a walking music encyclopedia. I love it. […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills 2. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo 3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill 4. […]

September 29, 2012 - 8:01 am

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: The lives and loves of a teenage transboy music geek Gabe has always identified as a […]

September 24, 2012 - 12:20 am

Shelve It -- September 24, 2012 - […] Malinda Lo + We’ve got a new rating system so we can highlight books that are great deals! + A review of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristen Cronn-Mills + A review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer Posted in Giveaways, Magan, Memes by Magan, Shelve It, […]

September 21, 2012 - 8:02 am

Leah - I LOVED this book! 🙂 So, so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries, but something about this book made me want to dive right in and I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

September 20, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - EEE Estelle, I know how much you love this book so it’s exciting to read your review of it. This sounds really intriguing and music can be a hit or miss in books for me and I definitely like this would be a hit. Beautiful review! <3

Estelle: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Tweet!) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 224 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: eating disorders, New York City, friendships, mother/daughter relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Meet Sethie, a high school senior, living in New York City and doing anything she can […]

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August 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

Review: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - […] Book Chic Club Book Blogging Beauties Rather be Reading […]

August 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds really interesting. I like that you pointed out that the author handled the subject in a way that stood out and was different from what has been done before – it makes me curious enough to give this one a try, despite the tough subject it tackles.

July 30, 2012 - 11:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Very nice review! Just read this myself and I agree on a lot of things here. I actually felt lost in the first half of the book reading it in the third person. I felt a little too on the outside and didn’t see myself making connections with anyone until halfway through. I really liked the growing friendship between Sethie and Janey (I agree, totally had my doubts about Janey at first too!) – And I also liked to see a side of eating disorders and body image that isn’t so extreme. I’ve actually seen a few of my friends go through this so the topic was extremely relatable and not overdone at all.

Estelle: Pizza, Love & Other Stuff… by Kathryn Williams

Pizza, Love & Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams ( web | tweet) Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Henry Holt Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cooking, reality TV Format read: ARC from ALA (Thanks!) Summary: Cooking is in Sophie’s blood. Her mother, who died when she was little, was […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

Young Adult Review: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams - […] The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams ( web | tweet) Publication Date: July 14, 2009 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 253 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, growing up, friendships Format read: Borrowed from the library. Other book I reviewed by this author: Pizza, Love, and Other Things That Made Me Famous… […]

July 22, 2012 - 3:33 am

Jasmine Rose - Oh my golly, I’ve been dying to read this book for AGES! Food, boys, reailty (food) shows…um, this book was basically made for me. I’m sad to hear you didn’t love it, but I’m glad to hear you still enjoyed it :]

July 20, 2012 - 7:52 pm

margie {the bumble girl} - I don’t like to cook, lol, but I do love to eat! Pizza, yum! This sounds like a sweet tween book! Great review, so lively and happy! I do look forward to reading it 🙂

July 20, 2012 - 7:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I really glad you enjoyed this, I was hoping it would be as fun as the title and the cover! I like the sound of Sophie and the fact that it’s about reality tv, because that’s so big right now. Great review, I’m definitely going to be reading this 🙂

July 20, 2012 - 11:41 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that this book has food as one of its main themes is enough reason for me to want to read it. Apart from that, it certainly sounds like it’s a cute book!

July 20, 2012 - 11:30 am

elena - hehe I LOVE the description feathery fun read. YES to pizza! This looks like an adorable book, aimed more for the tween crowd.

July 20, 2012 - 9:18 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - As a gal who absolutely loves being in the kitchen (and has a weakness for adorable covers/titles), I’m so excited for this one! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Great review! 🙂

Estelle: Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 348 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: time travel, plays, Shakespeare, religion, romance, fate, seduction, historical fiction Format read: ARC from Netgalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Miranda, a high school senior, is all set to follow in her thespian parents’ footsteps […]

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July 18, 2012 - 5:40 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this until now but it sounds really interesting, thanks to your review (I’m sure if I read the blurb I might not have thought so!)

It sounds like there’s a lot going on but you sold me when you mentioned the chemistry!

July 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Mary @ mysistersbookshelf - So this fits so well with lots of things I’ve been reading lately! I recommended Juliet by Anne Fortier (do you know that? if you liked this you might like it!) and then I did not love When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serles. And I was somewhere in the middle on Ruby Red (yay time travel). In other words, this book looks like a perfect storm for me 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aaaah, a Shakespeare book! Seriously, I’m a sucker for anything that involves Shakespeare or takes inspiration from Shakespeare so I *might* check out this book – if I have the time to. It sounds pretty interesting, and the religion bit doesn’t bother me as much (although that may change if I read it!). Great review!

July 16, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Great review. I’m not sure I’ll be picking this up; though it sounds like my cup of tea, I’m just not sure about this one! Glad to know it wasn’t all that bad. Hahaha, yeah, I remember Anne Hathaway.

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 16, 2012 - 11:54 am

elena - YES I DO REMEMBER ANNE HATHAWAY! Especially since she was like, his younger cousin?! I don’t think this book sounds like my cup of tea (esp the virginity thing and religious aspects) BUT the chemistry is promising. Fantastic review, Estelle! x

July 16, 2012 - 11:03 am

Pam Mingle - Hi Estelle,

Thanks for your thoughtful review of Kissing Shakespeare. I appreciate that you took the time to understand the various aspects of the book!

Great blog, BTW. Mine has been sadly neglected lately!

July 16, 2012 - 10:57 am

Tara - This TOTALLY sounds like an Estelle book! I’m glad to hear that even though it starts out slow, it picks up and some hot chemistry is involved. You have me sold 🙂