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Estelle: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2014 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: army veteran, diabetes, break ups, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Kate’s longtime boyfriend has broken up with her out of nowhere […]

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April 26, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - The cover is beautiful but it’s a little weird that it has nothing to do with the book hah. I loved Something Like Normal, so I think I will enjoy reading Aiden’s story. I think I might get a little frustrated with Kate not taking care of herself but it is good to know that up front! Glad you liked this one, thanks for sharing!

April 14, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie G - I felt the same way! Weird title, weird cover, but an unheard of book that should get more attention. Steamy, snarky, and super cute! I’m glad you liked it!

April 11, 2014 - 9:17 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, nice! I’m glad to hear that you wound up appreciating this one, even though that title is severely misleading. It sounds like it’s got two very interesting characters indeed; I’m always a fan of those characters that seem complex and real.

April 11, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Stacey’s bedwetting!

(Wouldn’t it be funny if that were my only comment.)

Kate’s ex-boyfriend is such a d-bag. (A good second comment.)

April 11, 2014 - 10:56 am

Anna - The cover and title are so whack, but I’m so glad you enjoyed this book. I did too and I feel like I haven’t heard many other people talking about it. So yay!

April 10, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Publishers! WHAT GIVES putting a cover that doesn’t fit on a book that is a good read anyway?
Yeesh.

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. 🙂