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My Heart and Other Black Holes • Estelle Reviews

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depressing, suicide pact, family problems, friendship Format read: ARC from Alex @ Little Wing Book Reviews. (Thanks!) Summary: After trolling a website called Smooth Passages, Aysel […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Alexa S. - My Heart and Other Black Holes was such a pleasant surprise! It was sad, true, but it was also hopeful. I really liked seeing how Aysel (and Roman) dealt with their circumstances, and it kept me reading till the very end!

February 20, 2015 - 8:40 am

Kim - It sounds so interesting, but on the other hand, I hate books that are too cheesy. Ugh, do I read this or not?
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

February 19, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Meg - Sounds like a very powerful read. It’s new to me, but definitely on my radar now!

February 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

Brianna - I think this book is flying under the radar a bit, but it’s an important, necessary read.

February 19, 2015 - 10:27 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Great review, Estelle. I hadn’t read anything about this book before, including the synopsis, so this is new information for me! I think I want to read this one, though. I love these issue books. Thanks!

Magan: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel (twitter) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: bullying, suicide, lawsuits, book told from bully’s perspective Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. Summary: Sara is being tried for the death of former classmate, Emma, whom she and her friends Brielle, Tyler, and Dylan bullied. The story […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:50 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Tease — teen suicide, bullying […]

May 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Tease definitely sounds like it would be a hard book to read, but also a GOOD one. There’s something interesting about seeing things through the eyes of the “bully” and not the “bullied”.

May 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jamie - I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE!! Definitely going to make sure it doesn’t just sit on my Kindle as an egalley! Love seeing a different POV plus I LOOOOVE books with narrators that make me a bit uncomfortable!

Estelle: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 3/18/2014 Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, friendship, romance, parental relationships, revenge Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Alice and Harvey are two estranged friends who team up to complete her must-do list when […]

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March 30, 2014 - 10:20 am

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh wow, very much of a winner! Being that person who puts off “cancer books” (it’s just not a topic that appeals to me a lot), I don’t even have this one on my TBR. I think you may have just convinced me!

March 19, 2014 - 10:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh this book. And this writer! How I adore both. I love that Alice is a character that is so easily hated, yet by the end of the story there’s a sense of understanding as to why she is this way. That right there is a testament to Julie’s writing. So glad you enjoyed this book.

March 19, 2014 - 12:05 am

Liz - I find it interesting that you identify as Harvey. I am probably some disgusting combination of Alice and Harvey–I do wear my heart on my sleeve, and am loyal when I want to be, but I know how awful I can be when I want to be. I want a boy like Harvey and I connected to Alice’s desire to stop being awful. Great review, Estelle.

March 17, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Alexa S. - I liked Julie Murphy’s writing a lot! I was swept up in Side Effects May Vary, curious to see how it would all end. Alice wasn’t particularly likable, but I could understand where she was coming from in a way. And Harvey deserved a shake or two, but I liked him a lot!

March 17, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Alice - I’m very much looking forward to reading this one sometime soon. It sounds like a really interesting story. It sounds like Alice is either a character that is hard to relate to because of her imperfections but I’m glad that that didn’t affect how you felt overall about this story. Not all characters are perfect!

Great review Estelle! 😀

March 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Lauren @ love is not a triangle - I’ve gotten very wary of ‘bucket list’ plot lines. But this one sounds like it was done differently. I’ve read a lot of mixed reactions to Alice’s behavior, but I’m glad that you were able to understand where she was coming from. The fact that you want to read this again is definitely a big plus! Great review.

March 17, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Side Effects May Vary is definitely a book I want to read, so I’m glad to hear you liked it. It must be quite a shock for Alice after she’s done whatever it is she does, to learn she will have to live with it a lot longer than she was expecting.

March 17, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am such an Alice (not something I’m necessarily proud of, but at least I’m self-aware enough to realize it?) and maybe that explains why we’re friends? I am so mad I only found out about the God-Shaped Hole Thing after I read the book (I think I saw you or G mention it on Twitter) which I guess just means I have to go back and re-read it. There was something I thought of to say while I was reading your review but now I can’t remember. Sometimes I think I subconsciously challenge myself to leave the most random comments on your posts.

March 17, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Addison (Of Spectacles and Books) - I loved this book as well! I enjoyed the imperfectness of Alice. It made me relate to her more on a human level.

Blog Tour: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours! ♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/1/2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Keywords: teen pregnancy, family friends, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Rachel. […]

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April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara […]

November 12, 2013 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care - […] recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. […]

October 4, 2013 - 2:36 am

michelle - fantastic review estelle! i so agree with you about being annoyed with some of the things sawyer and reena did or how they reacted but i still loved the book to bits anyway. i love reena and sawyer for their imperfections. i didn’t really talk about saywer and reena’s relationship in my review because i didn’t feel as strongly about their story as oppose to reena’s relationship her father and her growth but i completely agree with your comments about them.

October 3, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - YAY! I love seeing people who connected with this one as much as I did. This story sucked me in as well! I started it in June or something when I was unpacking BEA books and flipping through them, and I read the first 2 pages and was completely hooked. I couldn’t stop reading. The prose is gorgeous, but this book reminded me of the messiness of first love. I like how you talk about still caring about these characters and their story even at the lowest points. YES! I agree. I wanted to scream at Reena and Sawyer at times, and tell her to stay away from him! But I was there too and I also hoped so much for them to be able to work it out. I love that they don’t fix each other, but they find a powerful connection despite all of the hurt and grasp on to that despite everything. Lovely review!

October 3, 2013 - 6:42 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Sounds like a must experience.

October 2, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ellice - Oh gosh, this books sounds SO GOOD. You have completely sold me… Now I’m sitting here trying to decide if I’m patient enough to wait until tomorrow or if I should go ahead and buy it for my Kindle 😉
I LOVE those kind of books that you just can’t put down (even though it almost always results in an epic book hangover! haha). The cover for this one is pretty too. It’s simple, but the blue definitely catches your eye!

October 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I wanted to wait until after I had written and posted my review to read yours. And you really captured why I loved the book and how good the author’s writing was. It’s been a few days and I still find myself thinking about Reena and Sawyer a bit (and Life Unexpected too haha).

October 1, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I loved HTL so much. It’s one of my new favorites. I love the characters, the plot, and the writing style. I so wanted to hate Sawyer at first, but then I realized — wait, Reena isn’t perfect, and it’s so subtle. I’m glad that you loved it to 🙂 As soon as I read it, I flipped it over and just started reading again.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

October 1, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Meg - Well, I’m certainly convinced! It’s been so long since I fell helplessly in love with a story, and I think I’m long overdue. This sounds like a real winner!

October 1, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I completely ignored this book for a while, but lately I’m only hearing good things about it from people whose opinions I trust and you all are making me rethink my personal ban on pregnancy books (I read a bunch all close together a while ago and kind of overdid it).

October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading - Been seeing lots of positive reviews about How to Love 😀
Need to get my hands on the book soon!