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Why in 5: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, dating and kissing, depression Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: With a ton of responsibility weighing on her shoulders because of a depressing family situation, Claire turns to her best friend Megan for support. When […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] 17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind. […]

June 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I feel like I’ve seen lots of middle of the road reviews and a few positive ones. Nothing really too negative! But they all seem to be for really different reasons. I’m still excited to pick this one up and see how I do with it!

June 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

Alexa S. - I really like it when books have characters facing complex, layered situations. Not everything in this world is perfect or ideal, and it takes courage to write a book that showcases the messiness and imperfection that exists in reality. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to read 17 First Kisses before, but your review has definitely intrigued me!

June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice Y - Magan, I’m SO happy that you have positive things to say about this book! Though I try not to base my decision to read a book solely on the ratings/reviews I see on Goodreads, I admit that I was a little bit disheartened by the ones that I’d been seeing for 17 First Kisses. It sounds like a book that I’m going to really like though. I love authentic friendships and family stories in books. And of course, everybody knows I love kissing books, and I assume by the title that the book won’t be lacking in that department? hehe. I guess it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I really enjoy stories that aren’t always tied up in a pretty little bow at the end. That’s real life! When I was a teenager, I would have thrown the book across the room because I always wanted a perfect ending and a happily ever after!

I enjoyed your “Why in 5”– I’m definitely going to read 17 First Kisses now 🙂

June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Oh good. I was hearing meh things about this. I’ll know what to expect better after this! Nicely done review.

June 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Amanda @ Vivalabooks - I had this book on my TBR list, but I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s sometimes frustrating to read books about teenagers who make stupid but realistic decisions, because we’d like to think that we’d make smarter decisions. Except as teenagers we’re constantly making stupid choices (I’ll admit to that) and I like when authors explore that. I’ll admit that I’ve put down a couple books due to a character’s annoying decisions, but it seems like Rachel Allen handles it nicely. Great review and thanks for putting this on my radar again!

June 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - This review is wonderful! If I wasn’t convinced before, I definitely am now! I love the idea of flashbacks to Claire’s 17 kisses and the strong focus on friendship and family/ Thanks for sharing!

Estelle: A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, art, tourist, summer in the city Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (thanks!) Summary: When Kitsy is offered a chance to spend a […]

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June 28, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Author Spotlight: Gwendolyn Heasley - […] so pleased to welcome Gwendolyn Heasley to Rather Be Reading. If you remember, last week I reviewed Gwen’s June release, A LONG WAY FROM YOU about a vibrant Texan who travels to New York to […]

June 24, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] Such a Rush last week and I can’t say enough fantastic things about it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have […]

June 22, 2012 - 5:41 am

Daisy - It sounds like a cute read! And I love books set in NY! I’ve never been there, but it’s my dream to go and discover all the amazingness it has to offer! I’m not a big fan of the name Kitsy, maybe because the word ‘kits’ is associated with vomiting in Dutch 😉
But any book that has a character you’d want to hang out with in real life in it sounds good to me 🙂 Thanks for the review!

June 21, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love books set in NYC! This really does sound like a cute read, and I definitely want to check it out. Great review E!

June 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Magan - Elena! That was my favorite line of E’s review, too, though I may be biased… 🙂

June 21, 2012 - 11:04 am

elena - “Cutest Texan I’ve met since Magan.” AHAHA I LOVE THAT! Also oooh, cute musician boy? This seems like an adorable read! I wouldn’t have picked it up (the cover is misleading, it looks like a scene from The Little Mermaid except with blonde hair) but I might have to now!