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Estelle: The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: August 26, 2010 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Pages: 200 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: bullying, online identity, popularity Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: A new girl on scholarship at an all-girls school doesn’t mean instant popularity. But Raye wants it, no matter what […]

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May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] there, and how I just need to unplug sometimes. Do check out: Bumped series by Megan McCafferty and The Julian Game by Adele […]

January 3, 2013 - 10:28 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I will be completely honest and say that I’ve walked by a GIANT stack of this book at a bargain store for $2 a bazillion times, picked it up, and put it back down because of that cover. But you are so dang convincing in this blog post that I’m probably going to go out of my way in a little bit to grab it if they still have a copy. I’m totally intrigued now!

January 2, 2013 - 10:54 am

Alexa Y. - What an intriguing concept for a book! It kind of reminds me of John Tucker Must Die, although the technology twist is certainly unique. I think I might have seen this one before, but your review definitely sold me on reading it.

January 2, 2013 - 3:19 am

VeganYANerds - You’ve sold me on this, Estelle! I am sure I’ve heard of it, the cover stands out as a bit odd to me, but for some reason it wasn’t on my tbr list.

I love that it’s short and well-written, I like the idea of it being about technology (you’re so right, we can never, ever be sure these days) and I can’t wait to read about these characters.

January 1, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I really need to give Adele Griffin another try. Especially after a glowing review like this one!

January 1, 2013 - 2:31 pm

April Books & Wine - Because one of my goals is to read 300 books, I know goodbye life, the fact that this is 200 pages with the price is right and the fact that you have Adele Griffin love definitely makes me desperately want to read it.

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books (from 5 Authors) We’re Thankful For

What a perfect topic for this week! Over the past year, we’ve both discovered a ton of authors that we love. Today we are celebrating our go-to authors, who write the books we can’t gobble up fast enough. No matter the title, we know their books are a sure bet. So this is our twist […]

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November 25, 2012 - 10:38 am

Dianne - Wow, what an awesome list. No not awesome, but supercalifreakinawesome! Plus, your post looks so pretty, I feel like mine’s so lackluster. Haha! 😀

November 22, 2012 - 5:03 am

VeganYANerds - Love your choices, girls! A big yes to Sar Zarr and Hannah Harrington and now I also want to read Adele and J.H’s books 😀

November 22, 2012 - 12:03 am

Alexa - Nice choices ladies! You’ve given me a bunch more titles that I really need to check out soon 🙂

November 21, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Little Willow - Nice mix of authors and books! Of those listed here, I especially like Courtney Summers.

November 20, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Julianne - I haven’t read any of these except for Saving June, which I enjoyed, but you’ve both explained your choices so thoughtfully that I’ve got to investigate more!

November 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I really want to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. It sounds SO good! The Julian Game looks awesome, as well.

Great list and Happy Thanksgiving! (:

November 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

cass - Can I just say… in additiion to adding Sara Zarr to my radar as well as Jen Smiths Comeback Season, the graphics in this post are frickin AMAZINGGGG.

November 20, 2012 - 11:42 am

April Books & Wine - So many of these authors hit you right in the heart with their writing, so I am glad to see a few that I haven’t read on here, because I know I have some great reads to look forward to.

November 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Jennifer E. Smith, Courtney Summers, Sara Zarr, Hannah Harrington! So much to be thankful for in their writing 🙂

November 20, 2012 - 7:23 am

Lori - I really need to read Adele Griffin’s books. They definitely sound like my kind of thing. 🙂 Great choices, ladies! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2012 - 3:31 am

Lola - Wow! Great lists ladies! I need to read How to Save a Life! I meant to a long time ago!

November 20, 2012 - 1:40 am

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings - these are all brand new to me. I’m excited to check them out!

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here’s my my TTT

November 20, 2012 - 12:57 am

monica - Love Sara Zarr! Feel free to checkout My TTT

November 20, 2012 - 12:17 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great list! And Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!
I just picked up This is Not a Test from the library today, and thought it was totally fitting that it’s on your list of books to be thankful for. I can’t wait to read it!

Estelle: Shelve It (10/28/2012)

Edit: Thanks to Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner) I just bought Blackberry Winter by Sarah Joi for my Nook. Only $2.99! (Amazon too!) Guess what? I bought absolutely no books since my last Shelve It. NONE. But I did buy a lot of shelves to put in our new apartment. So that sort of counts, right? […]

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October 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

April Books & Wine - I’ve been pretty lax about buying books lately too.

I hope you are okay in the wake of Sandy!

October 29, 2012 - 3:00 am

VeganYANerds - Horray for moving and putting up new shelves, soon you can buy lots more books to put on them!

And yay for polish-buying! I *think* Julep are cruelty free/vegan so I’m going to see if I can find them here 🙂

And be careful hun, stay safe!

October 28, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Tara - Please, please, PLEASE be careful this week with Sandy! At least the positive out of this is that you get to read lots and not have to go to work 🙂

Estelle: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: siblings, re-marriage, insecurity Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Sister relationships are never easy, but ever since their mother’s remarriage to a wealthy […]

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November 20, 2012 - 12:08 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 1. All You Never Wanted: A review copy that set me on a rampage to read any Adele Griffin I could get my hands on. This book is about sisters, lies, and secrets when a family is torn apart by their new money and pressure to fit in. I fail to come up with the right words to classify Adele’s writing but it’s crisp and to the point. But not impersonal. Her stories are complex, kind of dark, and full of hidden treasures. (My review.) […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] + Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin […]

October 26, 2012 - 10:49 am

Kelly - It seems totally justifiable that a family could be at odds without even knowing it, nostalgic about the way things used to be but ignoring the reality of their current situation.

THIS! Yes! Pretty much perfectly sums up this book.

And like you, I’d love to give this another go, just to see what I missed the first time around!

Oh, and thanks so much for mentioning my review Estelle!

October 25, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Estelle - April, so jealous you got a signed copy! I’m hoping Adele will be in NYC sometimes soon! Backstabby is a good word. Very good.

October 25, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Estelle - Kristen, thanks so much for your comment (as always)! I definitely think you should give it a shot too + look into Adele’s other books. I haven’t been disappointed yet!

October 25, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Estelle - Alexa, this is probably unlike any sister book you have encountered. (At least I think so.) The dynamics are so interesting. I do hope you pick this up.

October 23, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This cover is such a stand out..it looks like nothing out there right now, and reading what the story is about makes it so dang intriguing!! I hadn’t planned on reading this one, but I’m totally adding it to my wishlist after your review, Estelle. 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 5:44 pm

elena - Dark and twisty, ooh! This book sounds so intriguing and one I need to keep in mind if I want a darker, compelling read. Fantastic review, E! <3

October 23, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I definitely have a soft spot for books about sibling relationships, especially sisters. I’ve had my ups and downs with my own sisters, and there are definitely things I wish I had or was capable of that they are. I’d definitely be interested in learning more about Thea + Alex and seeing how things work out for them in this novel.

October 22, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Kristen Evey - The synopsis on Goodreads makes it seem like I wouldn’t like it, but your review makes me want to give it a shot. It sounds very… complicated, but intriguing. Great review, Estelle. 🙂

October 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

April Books & Wine - I’m glad to see All You Never Wanted is excellent, because I purchased a copy at full price from a signing and this sounds SO good.I feel like I didn’t waste my money haha.

ALSO. I love complex backstabby stories and dysfunction so I’m on tenterhooks to read this!

October 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

Lori - I’ve been really curious about this book, but now I must read it! I have a sister so I always find sister books fascinating and easy to relate to.

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Oh, yep — that’s right! It’s almost Halloween. I typically average about 20-ish books in the YA book releases posts, but jeez! There are THIRTY-THREE books listed below. Prepare your wallets now, friends — October is going to be quite the spendy month. Just in case you’re hosting an awesome Halloween party, here’s an […]

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November 4, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] of Reach by Carrie Arcos — this was one I featured in my October 2012 YA new releases post. […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Kristen Evey - I should not have looked through that whole list. So many shiny new books!!!

October 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - There are way too many good books on this list. Seriously. I’m going to go broke just trying to get them all!

October 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

VeganYANerds - Sooooo many books this month! I don’t even know where to start 😀

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance […]

September 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - That pumpkin mousse looks so good right now. Thanks to your picture I’ll be craving sweets today. LOL 😉