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Magan: How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, secrecy, paving your own way, paintball Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Grace and Kya have been best friends since they were eleven years old. Something […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really like the fact that this book is about friendship, and the growing pains any friendship goes through. The book seems to answer (in its own way) the question of when is enough enough, and I’d be intrigued to see how Gurtler plays with that concept here. I don’t ever feel like I read enough books about friendship, so this makes me pretty excited to check this out!

July 15, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, this one sounds like my kind of book. And Magan, you raise some questions that I actually think about in my own personal life too: When do you start to breakdown if you’re always the person saving the day? (for example) The Grace’s of the world sometimes tend to be taken advantage of and then when we need someone, hmmm. Anyway, I digress. I’ve seen this one around and wondered about it. It sounds really thought-provoking and tough and issue-y and kind of good. And tough. Which is sometimes just the kind of book that I like.

July 11, 2013 - 3:18 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Woah,this sounds kind of intense but SO good. And it’s a bit similar to a situation I found myself in, too. Well…really only a bit. My friends were never as out of control as you described Kiya in your review, but I totally get what you mean when you say your followers know more about you than real people who are around every day. Really, really great review of a book that definitely sounds worth reading 😀

July 10, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Magan - Jen, I did a really silly thing and forgot to update the descriptive words from the post I copied the format from. Oh, boy! Thank you for pointing out Nantucket because … well, that’s not where this book is set! ANYWAY, I’ve updated them now. I definitely had some cringe-worthy moments while reading HOW I LOST YOU because things hit very close to home for me as well, but if you do choose to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for commenting! xo

July 10, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I had to laugh when I saw that this was yet another book set in Nantucket (Judging by your keywords). That setting is sure making the rounds this summer! 😉 All joking aside, I was really moved by the synopsis of this novel as I faced a similar situation a couple of years ago with a close friend. She was engaging in some rather harmful behaviour and was involved in an abusive relationship but swore me to secrecy. Unfortunately, our friendship didn’t survive the turmoil that followed when I attempted to seek help for her. I suspect this book might hit a little *too* close to home for me, but I can certainly see why this would be a wonderful book for others to read as I’m sure most of us can relate to the subject matter in one way or another. Absolutely lovely review, Magan 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

tabithasbookblog - This one sounds like my type of book! Kya sounds a little bit like a friend I had, so I’m interested in seeing how Grace handles the situation – and what comes to their situation. I’m pretty curious about what this problem is – the synopsis might say, but I think I’m going to leave it as a surprise for when i read this one.

Fantastic review!

July 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Hazel - This looks like my type of read. Thank you for sharing about it! Lovely review!

Estelle: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: supernatural, ghosts, new kids at school, bullying Format read: ARC from Edelweiss via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Jeff starts a fancy new private school when his family moves to California, and […]

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May 2, 2013 - 6:08 am

Lori - Ghosts are still one paranormal creature I like. For suggestions, the Shade series by Jeri Smith Ready! I know you don’t read a lot of paranormal, but they are so good. I can recommend them without any hesitation. Oh and The Diviners!

Anyway, this one sounds like fun. I didn’t even know what this one was about until now. I’m intrigued. 🙂

May 1, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Kate - As for suggestions about ghosts, I enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood (can’t remember the author’s name offhand – picked it up from the library on a whim). Sounds like a very different tone than this one, but also a male narrator, which I found refreshing too! I’ll have to check the library for this one; sounds fun!

April 30, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Vivian - I loved this book. So light & funny. It was hilarious watching Jeff slowly realize that Kim is actually a ghost. I loved Jeff and I agree, their banter was the highlight of the book. Great review!

April 30, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I don’t read very many ghost stories, so I can’t help you there. But I will say that your review definitely has me wanting to check this one out! I like reading from a male POV at times, and the story of this one sounds pretty quirky.

April 30, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Princess Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I think my main concern was that the story would feel thin on account of the male perspective not being fully fleshed out, including his interactions with his friends and romance. But I like the idea of a bitchy, selfish ghost and a practical non-believer MC. I’m planning on reading this one next week!

April 30, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Hmmm very interesting!
“BOO AM I” HAHAHA. Oh, I love it.
I kind of like that he didn’t buy into the whole ghost thing right away! Thank goodness.
Hmmm, borrow it, you say? I feel like this one may be a book for me, but hard to tell so far. I guess I’ll just have to try it 😀

April 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

Bookworm1858 - Ghosts are my favorite paranormal creatures! Some of my favorite recent stories are Absent by Katie Williams and Hereafter by Tara Hudson, though both are more serious than this one.

Estelle: My Ex from Hell by Tellulah Darling

My Ex from Hell by Tellulah Darling ( web | tweet ) Book 1 in the Blooming Goodess series. Publication Date: April 1, 2013 Publisher: Te Da Media Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: greek mythology, boarding school, secrets Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher (Thanks!) Summary: Sophie is just your normal teenager […]

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April 16, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Alexa Y. - Hercules has always been one of my favorite Disney films. I love Greek mythology because of it (most likely, anyway) and I enjoy the soundtrack of that film a LOT. (I’m still obsessed with Go the Distance). I even used to play the game on PS1!

Anyway. I read this book last weekend. It was pretty cute, even if I did think that the balance of contemporary and mythology could have been done better and a few things felt too rushed. My review’s coming up at some point, so there will be more detail on that there. I did like it enough to be entertained though 🙂

April 16, 2013 - 2:27 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Who put the glad in gladiator?? Love this review, Estelle.

April 14, 2013 - 6:11 am

VeganYANerds - And now I want to watch Hercules!

I really like the sound of Sophie and while I too don’t read too many non-contemps, I think this might be a book I’d like!

April 13, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle - I am way tempted to dig out my DVD and watch this. Zero to Heroooo.

April 13, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle - I’m going to have to check that out! I haven’t heard of it + there are never enough quirky characters to go around. 😉 Have a good weekend Kelly!

April 13, 2013 - 11:09 am

Kelly - I really enjoyed Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls, so I was pretty excited to see a new series from the same author. The things you liked about this – the quirky protagonist and great chemistry – are things I loved about SCIGtGG so hopefully I enjoy this one too!

April 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

Bookworm1858 - You’re not the only one-I love Hercules! It’s actually one of my favorite movies of all-time and my most favorite Disney film. I quote it all the time.

Estelle: Last Cut by Wren Handman

Last Cut by Wren Handman Publication Date: Republished April 1, 2013 Publisher: James Lorimer Pages: 143 Targeted audience: Young adult Keywords: high school, acting, secrets Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. Summary: Desperate to have a legitimate acting job to put on her resume, Caitlin lies about her age in order to obtain a […]

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April 7, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi […]

April 7, 2013 - 2:17 am

Alexa Y. - I’m sorry that this didn’t turn out as well as you would’ve liked! I do dislike it when an ending doesn’t feel like it’s enough for me or when something feels unfinished in a book (unless it’s something minor). This book sounds like it could have been good… if it had a better resolution.

I will honestly admit I usually don’t read books from publishers I don’t recognize unless the story really, really tempts me. It’s hard for me to discern whether I’ll appreciate the editing or style of the story, so I tend to stay away. It’s kind of an awful thing though, since I know there might be gems out there somewhere!

April 6, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Estelle - A, I didn’t even get to think about the cover much. It doesn’t make that much sense really? Although the girl looks like Idina Menzel. (She’s a Broadway actress and was on Glee too.) You make some really good points… big pubs do have a lot of books and most of them ARE good. I feel like I’m always on search for that diamond in the rough though. This, unfortunately, was not it. I do think though if the author went in and worked on it… it could be a good story! It just felt very unfinished for me, and definitely not worth 10 dollars. Thanks for stopping in and commenting today!

April 6, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Estelle - M, this made me LOL. I like to pick up self-pubbed books every now + then!! And yes to your comment on the ending. YES YES YES.

April 6, 2013 - 5:52 pm

VeganYANerds - I did a double take when I arrived here and saw the cover because it looks like a self-pub’d book or a lesser known book (I’d certainly never heard of it) and I was surprised to see it here.

It is hard knowing when to say yes to a request for a book like this, especially when there aren’t many reviews to go on, especially if the reviews are not by people you know.

Sounds like the ending could have used a bit more planning?

April 6, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Estelle, this book sounds like a mess (just like the cover, if we’re being honest here!). It seems like there was definitely potential for this, although I’m sorry it basically failed miserably. =( That ending also sounds pretty terrible.

And to answer your question, again, if I’m being honest, I’d have to say yes. In my humble opinion, there’s already tons and tons of books published by major publishers that I don’t have the time to read, so I’d rather focus on those, since most of the time, they’re good. If a smaller pubbed book is getting some attention, then I may pick it up, but otherwise, I like to stick to bigger publishers. That’s just how I like to think of it.

Thanks for the honest review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Review w/Q+A

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi ( blog | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: HIV, theatre, tough family situations Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: After a particularly bad day, Lucy escapes to the city with her best friends for some […]

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April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA Review) - […] The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 352 Target audience: young adult Keywords: family, obligation, homosexuality, “de-gaying” camp, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other RBR reviews by this author: My Life After Now […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The […]

April 6, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Estelle - M, definitely still think it’s worth the read!

April 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I had no idea this involved HIV and you’re right, that is so rare in YA but it is something that should be talked about. I think I will still give this a go!

April 5, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Kelly (Another Novel Read) - What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read this book yet, but I definitely want to. It’s probably the first book I’ve seen that tackles a sexually transmitted infection, which is kind of surprising (as mentioned in the interview)! And I think she’s right; I’d love to see more transgendered characters in YA books.

April 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Someone else actually talked this book up to me because she really liked it! I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, but I do think it’s interesting that she decided to write about something that isn’t a common subject in YA books. Her answers to your questions are really good too though and have me intrigued.

April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, Estelle, this is a fanastic review and Q&A. I first was alerted to this book by the super-pretty cover and I love the title. So naturally those things, along with the interesting subject, make me want to read the book. I love your thoughts, which are always honest, and I appreciate them! And this is a really fantastic interview. I loved the question about the original title because even before I got to the answer, I TOO thought WOW, THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE PREGNANCY!!!

This is already one that I want to read, and this is the first set of thoughts I’ve read about it, E. Loved them! Thanks a ton!

April 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I added this book to my TBR when I first heard about it simply b/c the story involved a teen who contracts HIV and I had never read a story about that. I agree with the author that it’s rare to find books that explore the topic of unprotected sex and the consequences of getting an STD. Though it’s not a glorious subject to read about, it does happen, and I think it could be beneficial for young readers to experience through literature.

I’m sad to hear that this particular story didn’t hold up very well, in your opinion. I think because it is such a tough subject, it’s got to be done just right to make an impact. As always, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews.