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Magan: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein <website | twitter> Publication Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: wilderness rehab, cheating relationships, bad friendships, negligent parents Format read: ARC received via Netgalley (Thank you!) Summary: After Cassie and her two best friends, Lila and Amy, were caught with pot on prom […]

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March 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sorry that hear that you didn’t end up liking this. It also sounded like a potentially good contemporary to me, and it makes me sad that it turned out not to be the case. I always presume that when a character grows through rehab or journals, there is definitely a strong, positive and LOGICAL change in her – sorry that it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way 🙁

March 27, 2013 - 7:53 pm

VeganYANerds - Like you, I knew about Pretty Amy, but I didn’t realise that it was the prequel to DC, so I’m glad I know, now!

It sounds like this could have been better character-wise, I never like it when a character goes on and on about how tough they are, only to act the complete opposite!

March 27, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Kelly - So many thing you touched on gave me pause: instalove, unresolved issues between the main characters, little character growth, being unable to relate to the protagonist – and when I lay it out like that, it really doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy! Lol

It does sound like I need to read Pretty Amy if I do decide to give this one a shot, so thanks for the heads up 🙂

March 27, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I got this from Netgalley too but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Like you I had no clue it was part of a series or the companion to another book or whatever. Seems like an odd way to market it.

March 27, 2013 - 10:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I threw out a tweet a couple of nights ago about possibly wanting to read this and should I read Pretty Amy first, and got a response that YES I should. So that’s how I knew that I needed to read Pretty Amy before this one. I’ve seen some mixed reviews of both, which tend to make me more curious about books.

I love this review so much because it is the most well-thought-out I’ve read yet. I’ve been on the fence so hard about this one because of having to go back and read Pretty Amy (and there is a novella as well, did you know that?) but I think I’ll just think on it a little longer. Thanks Magan! LOVE your thoughts, as always.

March 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I never read Pretty Amy, I have heard of it… but like you, I wouldn’t have known this book was a follow-up to it. Perhaps it’s meant to be a companion novel & not so much a second in a series? I don’t know. But even so, in those companion novels you need the first to get the back story on some of the characters. Which in this case sounds like it was needed.

I love your honest reviews Magan. You highlight points that didn’t work for you, but you’re still respectful about it. Nicely done.

Magan: Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso

Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 279 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: car theft, psychiatric correctional facility, broken family Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster at ALA Summary: Taylor’s dad opts for her to spend time in a psychiatric correctional facility (length of time: unknown) instead […]

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July 24, 2012 - 7:26 am

Kelly (Radiant Shadows) - That cover is really freaking me out! I’m intrigued by almost anything set in a psychiatric facility, so I think I would really enjoy this one. I hadn’t heard of Counting Backwards until I read this review, but it’s definitely caught my interest; great review!

July 22, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Tara - I am right there with you – I’m extremely fascinated by mental illness/psychological books and this one sounds right up my alley. Off to add it to my TBR now!

July 18, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Magan - Hi Randi! You’re so welcome! I really enjoyed reading Counting Backwards. If you’re a fan of contemporary YA, then this will be right up your alley. She’s a broken character, but it’s a wonderful journey seeing how she gets pieced back together.

July 18, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Magan - Alexa, you took the word right out of my mouth. I was trying to tweet about this book review and I was actually going to say “multi-faceted character” but … then I thought that might take up too many characters. Haha! READ IT!

July 18, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I don’t know why, but I really feel like I would like this book. It sounds so good and meaty in terms of story; and also, Taylor sounds like a great, multi-faceted character, which I LOVE.

July 18, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Randi M - Great review! This is one is on my list, but I’ve read very few reviews for it. I’m also a fan of psych ward settings. 🙂 And I love YA contemporary! Thanks for sharing.

Magan: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: July 19, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Why I read this book: Does it sound crazy if I admit to being attracted to books with hard topics like rehab? Summary: Clean chronicles the lives of five high school teenagers and […]

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February 12, 2012 - 11:49 am

Magan: In My Mailbox (6) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Magan reviewed Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Estelle reviewed The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal. Estelle shared her latest edition of The Big Kids’ Table with five new contemporary adult releases. Magan reviewed Clean by Amy Reed. […]

February 11, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Linda Wiley - Great review. This one was hard for me to read too, for similar reasons, but it was a great read. Beautiful is really good too and I can’t wait to read Crazy.

February 11, 2012 - 12:27 am

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan. I completely understand the need to read books like this and it must have been so difficult and painful for you as well.

Books like this and by Laurie Halse Anderson are such good reads for teenage girls and guys.

I will definitely pick a copy of this up.

Mands xox