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Magan: Head of the River by Pip Harry

Head of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target Audience: Young AdultKeywords: rowing, boy-girl twins, Olympian parents, competition, performance-enhancing drugsFormat Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Head of the River follows Leni and Cris, twins, as they prepare, with their rowing teams, for the Head of the River […]

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January 23, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Laura - Read this book in a sitting. Really enjoyed it… thanks for the great review.

August 28, 2014 - 8:01 am

Befriended: Pip Harry on Rowing, Friendships, and Passion - […] She’s responsible for writing two books I’ve loved/devoured/wanted to kiss and hug, Head of the River and I’ll Tell […]

July 8, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Magan - Alexa, please, please do! The layers and the complexity are what make the story so special and realistic. I think you’ll truly enjoy the story! 🙂

July 8, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Alexa S. - Wow! This book sounds incredibly intense, but also very interesting. I love that there are so many aspects and layers to this story! It sounds like it’ll make for a very diverting contemporary read, and I’m definitely making a mental note to check it out.

July 8, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Magan - Mands, thank you so much for introducing Pip to my reading-life. Her work is truly fantastic. xo

July 8, 2014 - 6:22 pm

The Bookish Manicurist - Glad you loved it, Magan! xox

Magan: I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry

I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Publication Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: U.Q.P. Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: goth, boarding school, friendship, parental problems Format read: Paperback from Mandee at VeganYANerds Summary: Kate is sent to boarding school after an unknown event occurs between her and her mother; she begrudgingly goes but has problems connecting with […]

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July 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Head of the River by Pip Harry - […] of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

October 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds truly incredible! I definitely want to read about Kate and her struggles; there definitely sounds like there’s more to her than meets the eye.

October 31, 2012 - 2:19 am

Kristen Evey - And by “every” of course I mean review. *facepalm* Time for bed?

October 31, 2012 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I am so glad to have found a few trusted blogger friends to recommend contemporary gems like this one. Contemmp is rarely something I would pick up off the shelf to read unless I knew something about it already. This sounds like such a good read! And ohmygosh, I am in love with this author’s name! Pip Harry. It’s got a nice ring to it. Great every Magan!

October 30, 2012 - 4:33 am

mobb - i would love to read this book

October 29, 2012 - 8:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so thrilled that you enjoyed ITYM, Magan! I felt the same way about Mandy, I kept waiting for her to let Kate down and do something horrible and I was so happy when they never happened! I’m so glad you could relate to this as well, it felt so real to me as well 🙂

Mandee xox

October 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Lisa - When you can resonate with a main character who is going through some challenges – THAT is my kind of read. Sounds like this one nails it!

And naturally I’m all about the pitter pat of a little romance story thrown in there.

Thanks for the heads up on this one!

Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3

Travel Tales: The Aussies Know How to Write

Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country. One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 25, 2012 - 6:33 am

Lori - It must be something in the water! I haven’t read one book by an Aussie writer that I didn’t LOVE. Everything Melina Marchetta touches is brilliant. I still need to read Raw Blue and I have Love and Other Perishable Things waiting on me. I can’t wait to read them.

August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kristen - It seems the market is being flooded with books written by Australians. I’m definitely excited about that because I’ve heard nothing but praise for all of them! I’m SO excited to read Melina Marchetta. Haven’t read anything by her yet, but it’s very high on my list. The Laura Buzo books sound really good too. 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHEM – *talks in a wannabe Aussie accent*

ALL THINGS AUSSIE!!!

*dances* *eats Vegemite* *bounces like a kangaroo*

August 23, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - Oh my, I LOVE this post! It looks so nice and like everyone else, I’m in total agreement for the love of Aussie authors! Melina Marchetta <3 <3 <3 Another Aussie author I quite like is Shirley Marr, she's so sweet and has a wonderful personality.

August 23, 2012 - 5:14 pm

VeganYANerds - I seriously love how much international readers love Aussie books! I feel very lucky to live here and have access to them and I am always more than happy to send them overseas because I know how much they will be appreciated by readers like you, Magan! I hope you enjoy HTT and ISYM as well as Raw Blue & Graff Moon :

August 23, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post SO MUCH. So far, I’ve only read Graffiti Moon and Jellicoe Road – but you can be sure I’m looking forward to reading many, many more books by Aussie authors!

August 23, 2012 - 10:40 am

Anna - I just did a post on Aussie writers too — there are SO MANY good ones it’s gotta be a conspiracy! I adore all the ones I’ve read above that you listed…and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest!

August 23, 2012 - 9:53 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - What an awesome post! I love that you’re featuring authors from various countries. There are seriously amazing authors in our smallish book world that deserve far more recognition than they get. Fabulous post!

August 23, 2012 - 9:11 am

April Books & Wine - I really need more Aussie books and more reads by Melina Marchetta in my life!

I love this post and these recommendations 🙂

August 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This was the best blog post to see first thing in the morning b/c I too, have a serious love affair with Aussie writers. They are just.. just so dang GOOD. I swear there is something in the water over there. I love that you love The Piper’s Son as much as me. That book is seriously among my top 5 OF ALL TIME. I really need to sit down and read Jellicoe Road. Laura Buzo: YES PLEASE! I adored Love & Other Perishable Items. I can’t wait to post my review for it!

I just ordered Raw Blue & am SO EXCITED for a re-read of that one. Oh man, I can NOT wait for you to read it. I’m putting that one in my top 5, too.

LOVE this post Magan, SO MUCH.