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Estelle: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 312 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Walden, amnesia, on the run Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: “Hank” wakes up to find himself in New York City without any knowledge of […]

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March 7, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This book sounds so intriguing! While it’s a bit disappointing that there’s one too many issues, I still want to read it. Hank seems like a great character and I love that it connects with Thoreau.

March 6, 2013 - 11:29 pm

VeganYANerds - You’ve made me so glad that I requested this via netgalley! I’m keen to read this and see what I think of Hank’s past, sometimes I do think some books add to much for the characters to deal with

March 6, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Hmm, I think I agree that maybe Armistead gave Hank a bit too much to deal with. I felt like the latter half took on an almost ABC Family Special feel, which was a bit odd for me. I did really like the character of Thomas, though—of all the new people Hank met, he was my favorite.

March 6, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Tara - I have never read Thoreau either, but I really like the idea of giving him a bit of a fresh twist for YA today. I’m also intrigued by the amnesia factor and would be curious to read a book from that POV.

March 6, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Kim - I first saw this book when it was listed as a giveaway somewhere. Reading the synopsis I was thinking I could really get in to it.

March 6, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - I like the sound of this book quite a lot. It definitely has something to do with the fact that it takes inspiration from literature, and that I would want to find out what happens to Hank. He does sound like a very compelling character!

March 6, 2013 - 10:16 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’m happy to hear that Thoreau is woven in tastefully and not in a snooty way. I sometimes wonder if YA authors feel like they HAVE to pack in as much drama (or tragic events) as possible for shock value, instead of letting a single event bear the weight for the character.

Regardless, this sounds like an interesting read that’s different from most of what’s out there right now!

Estelle: When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 304 Audience: Young adult Keywords: Dublin, senior year, gay teenager Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Neil is about to turn 18 and graduate from high school in 1990s Dublin. He’s friends with people he’s […]

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January 29, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Arber Selmani - Just ended the book. Very depressing, but the narration is perfect. I felt sad for the Sugar Daddy, as somehow he is left aside. But happily ever after, thats what I wish for Neil Byrne. Thanks for review <3

February 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

Alexa Y. - That title certainly makes it sound like a love story. But even if it really isn’t, I do like the idea of this story. It would be intriguing to read about Neil and find out his story; a good character always manages to catch my attention, and he sounds like one.

February 22, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Estelle - E, thanks for pointing out the last lines. haha. It took me forever to be happy with them. 🙂

February 22, 2013 - 4:35 pm

elena - I would hope for a love story too with that title! It also reminds me of a Talking Heads song. I love the last lines of your review and I can see how it’s easy to feel for Neil.

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but I honestly feel like it’s something I would like! I just saw that Asheley said this is a reissue? Interesting!

February 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds like a really interesting, but also quite a difficult, read, E. I’d like to think that things have changed, for the better, too!

February 20, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I didn’t realize that this was a reissue or anniversary edition until I looked this up on Goodreads just now! I wonder if the fact that it was written so long ago contributed to how it fell just a bit short in terms of it not quite being the love story you were hoping for? Great review, Estelle. Also, I really love the cover on this book. 🙂