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Magan: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith <website • twitter> Publication Date: March 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 288 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: shoplifting, unlikely friendships, cheating parent, alcoholic mother Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Moe, Tabitha and Elodie are three girls very unlikely to ever form a […]

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April 23, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Book Review: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith | Respiring Thoughts - […] that, in my opinion, deserves heaps more attention. Trinkets wasn’t even on my radar until I read Magan’s review and realized that it was exactly the kind of book I love. Next time I was at the bookstore, I […]

June 17, 2013 - 8:02 am

Book Review: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith - […] that, in my opinion, deserves heaps more attention. Trinkets wasn’t even on my radar until I read Magan’s review and realized that it was exactly the kind of book I love. Next time I was at the bookstore, I […]

March 12, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Book Birthdays: March 10th - 16th | Alice Marvels - […] Rather Be Reading “Trinkets handles some pretty serious subject matter (death of a parent, a demanding boyfrien… […]

March 8, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Whoa! I hadn’t heard of this one before but I definitely need to consider it. I love the idea of a three-way narrative and how one common trait can bring people with opposite personalities together in some way. It’s such an interesting concept!

March 7, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Magan - Bookworm! I promise I didn’t mean to be a tease. No, SCRATCH THAT. I totally did. GO read it! It’s a good quick read! And yes — totally loving Sean Griswold’s Head! So glad to hear you loved it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Magan - Tara, I’m not sure that I had read a book like this before either, but the different styles wasn’t distracting to me at all. I really, really enjoyed the poetry which surprised me. Sometimes I get a little frustrated with poetry because it’s not well done, but I liked Elodie’s voice a lot. I hope you can find it at the library! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Magan - Alexa, it really was. The timing and pacing went so smoothly and quickly. It felt like such a quick read, but not because it was a short book – -I just breezed through it! I hope you enjoy!

March 7, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Magan - Mandee! It was such a quick, fast-paced read. I’m sure you’d breeze through Trinkets. Definitely pick it up! The different POVs was nice. I really, really liked the poetry. That part was so well done.

March 7, 2013 - 3:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I love your final line, of course now I am intrigued to know whether the girls continue in their ways or whether they improve.

I really like the sound of the different POVs, too!

March 7, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m going to need to read this now, simply to find out what happens to the girls! I want to know if their friendship changed anything for them or not, and how all these things they face get resolved. It sounds like a very compelling story to me!

March 7, 2013 - 11:28 am

Tara - I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from different POVs and with different styles. Did that get distracting at all, or did it flow well? I would definitely snag this book at the library because it’s different but sounds really interesting.

March 7, 2013 - 9:27 am

Bookworm1858 - What a tease! Do the girls end their life of crime-inquiring minds want to know. I see you’re reading Sean Griswold’s Head and I really hope you’re enjoying it-it’s one of my favorite contemporary YA novels.

Magan: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: young love, scary step-parents, biracial characters, curvy female YA characters Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Eleanor is the new kid at Park’s school; she dresses crazy and […]

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March 11, 2015 - 10:51 am

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

August 19, 2014 - 6:38 am

Top Ten Tuesday – Books People Tell Me I HAVE To Read (All The Time) | - […] by: Magan @ Rather Be Reading, Joy @ Joyous Reads and practically every blogger I know who has ever read this […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] Matson Best New Release: Winger by Andrew Smith Best New-to-Me Author: Rainbow Rowell, Author of Eleanor and Park and […]

September 12, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] fanfiction, twin sisters, empty nesting, separation anxiety Other Books Reviewed by This Author: Eleanor and Park Format read: ARCs from the publisher (Thank […]

September 2, 2013 - 8:01 am

Upcoming September Releases (Nailed It) - […] anticipated when I gushed and fell incredibly in love with Rainbow’s writing after reading Eleanor and Park? We’ve got the amazing green color of the background that I think I would wear all year and […]

March 31, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oh wow. I have not seen a review quite like this one, and now I’m dying to get a copy for myself! I struggled a lot in high school with body image and I also had a very strong love story during that time. I can relate your past to mine, and I feel like I could really relate to Eleanor as well. Hopefully I can read this soon. 🙂 Thanks for your review!

March 14, 2013 - 9:32 am

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - HOBBITSIES - […] Loves Books Good Books and Good Wine Rather Be Reading Into the Hall of […]

March 3, 2013 - 8:04 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] My lovely pal Magan (you may know her) pre-ordered me a copy of Eleanor + Park! I can’t wait to read it after her super positive and touching review! […]

March 1, 2013 - 12:00 am

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School - […] them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made […]

February 28, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - I know I’m a little behind in reading this, but what a GREAT review! I love that you found something so personal in this book and shared it with us. I have this book to review too and now I cannot wait to read it. Great, great job.

Also, I love your rating system. I’ve been reading your reviews for a little while now and I just caught on to the whole borrow/buy rating. That’s so clever. 🙂

February 26, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Alexa Y. - M, your review/love letter is absolutely LOVELY. I’m so glad that this story touched your heart so much and that you could relate to it. I thought it was beautifully written, and your thoughts made me want to read it all over again! I have to be sure and snag a finished copy for myself 🙂

February 24, 2013 - 6:20 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) | Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

February 24, 2013 - 11:44 am

Isa - I loved your review. Eleanor & Park is one of my all time favourite reads, I was surprised by how much I loved it. Even weeks after reading it, the book still lingers on my mind and I have this uncontrollable urge to reread it over and over again. Although I couldn’t identify so personally with the book, it was definitely a realistic read with genuine characters. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, I can’t wait to own a physical copy. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing so I ordered Attachments and I’m really excited for Fangirl.

February 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Daniela - This is a beautiful review! If I hadn’t already had this on my tbr list, your review would have been reason enough to pick up a copy.

February 23, 2013 - 8:13 am

April @ Books And Wine - Magan, this is the perfect review! Seriously, I have a feeling I will be tearing up so much for Eleanor because well I know what it’s like to be poor and in high school and it fricken sucks and yeah I cannot wait. I think this will be like my next Kindle read after This Is What Happens Looks Like and If You Find Me.

<333

February 21, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Magan - Dear Jamie: Thankfully I *know* a copy will be making its way to your casa. I really hope you love this book as much as I did. Anna and I chatted for a long time today about this book because we both cannot get it out of our heads (and hearts). It’s just… powerful stuff. I hope you love it. I wish I could make the book fairy deliver it to you early. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Jamie - MAGAN. I am even more excited for this one!!! AHHHHH! I seriously and desperately NEED a book like this!!

February 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Magan - Kailia — isn’t it perfect (the cover)? I’m sorry I almost made you cry, but wow — the story just touched me so much. These kinds of intense emotions are hard to come by so I try to savor them for as long as I can when I find them. I hope you love, love this book! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Magan - Oh, Taylor! I hope you pre-ordered a copy so you can start reading it right away! It’s so lovely and wonderful. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Eleanor and Park!

February 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Magan - Ginger, THANK YOU! I just… can not stop thinking about it. Even today. I’m so in love with Rainbow’s work. Thank you for being there to receive my chats and texts about it! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - BOOKWORM! I’m so excited for you! I hope you love it every bit as much as I did!

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - Brittany, I’m so glad you felt the same way. SO GLAD. I always fear I’m going to have this intense, emotional reaction to a book and then be the only person. You know, with crickets chirping because no one else understands. I’ve not seen a bad review for this book yet, which makes me super duper thrilled. It’s absolutely AMAZING! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Cynthia — I feel ya, I do. I want my finished copy in my hands. I kid you not, I will do a re-read as soon as I get it. I want to relive every single moment of this book. <3 Hope you LOVE IT!

February 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Magan - Elena, I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. I struggled with my words and felt like I wasn’t doing this book any justice. I just had to go with WHY it meant so much to me and to gather my thoughts, just started writing it as if I could sit down and talk to Rainbow and then… bam. The review finally came together. Thank you for your sweet comment and yes, wow!

February 21, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Magan - Stormy, YES! I couldn’t agree more with you. The books that make me feel ALL THE THINGS are the ones that just really hit me hard. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this story. It’s perfect and wonderful. And yes! Fangirl! Wow — I can’t wait! I just bought Attachments, too, which I’ve heard only awesome things about!

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Megan — I’m so glad you added it to your TBR. SO HAPPY. You made my day! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Read it soon, Mandee! Read it soon! Eleanor and Park is so perfect and wonderful. I felt bad for having put it off for so long too!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Magan - Jess — I’m so, so glad to hear that! Please, please read E&P soon. Please. It’s so perfectly wonderful! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Magan - Asheley, I wish there was a way for me to favorite your comment because I would. What you wrote is exactly how I felt about the story. EXACTLY. I am moving on to Rainbow’s other work right now, too. I just ordered and received Attachments in the mail this week. I need to pause everything else and bump this one up. I just … love her. Everything about her writing felt pure and authentic and just… so personal.

February 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

Magan - Tabitha — that’s such a kind and thoughtful thing of you to say. I’m so flattered! I really, truly hope you do read this one. I’ve pre-ordered three copies. One for myself and two for friends. I would buy everyone a copy if I could afford it. I hope you LOVE IT! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:53 am

Magan - Rachel! You’re so kind and sweet! If my review has you even the tiniest bit emotional, then I hope you fall in love with these characters and this story as much as I have. Really! Preorder a copy if you haven’t yet!

February 21, 2013 - 11:50 am

Magan - Jess! Add Eleanor & Park to your TBR! It’s so fantastic! I hope you love it!

February 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Magan - LORI! It was! I ordered a copy for myself when I was at the 35%-ish mark because man, I just knew that I was going to LOVE it. I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s so amazing. And yes — so glad it hit me personally as well. Thank you for the sweet comment!

February 20, 2013 - 7:07 am

Lori - Oh, Magan! Wasn’t it just spectacular? I could read it over and over again. That first hand holding scene…WOW! It’s amazing that it spoke to you on such a personal level. I love your review so much.

February 19, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - What a great review. I’ll admit I haven’t heard of this book before but you have me so excited.

February 19, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Rachel - Is it weird that this review made me a bit emotional and I haven’t even read the book yet? Magan, this review is so so good. The book sounds absolutely beautiful and I’ve heard NOTHING negative about it so far, which means I’m dying to read it.

February 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Tabitha S. - What a wonderful and personal review – and I think more than any other review this is the one that’s going to get me to pick up this book. Cannot wait to read this one now – thank you!!

February 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Yes. I think you and I can relate to a love of the same things in this book. This book was a hard for me but also healing, and lovely and wonderful, and I want everybody everybody everybody to experience it and love it like I do. I want to read the other books by Rainbow Rowell now.

February 19, 2013 - 8:28 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oh, gosh! This letter is wonderful and I seriously have become 1,000x more interested in reading this book now. Thank you, Magan!

February 18, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a lovely, and personal review, Magan. I really want to read this and feel bad for having put it off for so long. I hope I enjoy it as much as you.

February 18, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Megan @ The Book Asylum - I love this review! Haven’t heard of the book or author before, but I just added it to my to-read pile.

Thanks for the recommendation!

~Meg

February 18, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Stormy - LOVE your review. It’s always so nice when books become a little bit more and touch us because we feel like we’ve already in many ways crawled inside the pages and lived them. While browsing Goodreads one day, I found that Rainbow Rowell has a book called “Fangirl” that’s expecting release late this year, and the idea captivated me immediately, so I went to see her other books while realizing Eleanor and Park would be coming out soon. I’ve yet to read a negative review of this book.

February 18, 2013 - 3:38 pm

elena - this review is one of my favourites from you! LOVE! i have the uk edition of this book cos i couldn’t wait for it to be released but i love the us cover so much that i’m tempted to buy this too.

anyway, i really felt how personal it was to you in this review and i love that you found a book that resonated with you so much. i adore rainbow rowell’s writing. seriously. wow. this is such a good review, m. thank you so much for sharing.

February 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Cynthia - Oh man, I want this book so badly!! I’ve been dying for it since I first heard about it and I knew it had to be wonderful. Your review has made me want it even more. Can it be the 26th already?!!! Can’t wait to read it. =D

February 18, 2013 - 10:19 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. Beautifully written. I think the first thing I did when I finished was to thank Rainbow Rowell too. This was SUCH an amazing book and I did not expect to be so touched and so moved. I’m with you! I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone. It was amazing.

February 18, 2013 - 10:06 am

Bookworm1858 - Thanks for your lovely review-this is the next book in my to-read pile and I’m anticipating loving it.

February 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, this review is so perfect. There is no way to read this book and not make it personal. I loved that you shared your thoughts with me as you were venturing along Eleanor and Park’s journey. It was so beautiful to witness <3

February 18, 2013 - 9:44 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - What a wonderful review. I love it when people find books that speak to them, as this one did to you. This is one of my most wanted books right now, and your review makes me want to read it even more.

February 18, 2013 - 12:49 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Oh Megan. I LOVED this review. First, I am in love with the simplicity of Eleanor and Park’s cover. So clean and beautiful. Your review almost made me cry and I am so happy that the author wrote such an authentic story. Often times, emotions like the ones you felt can be hard to come through with books (or is that just me?).

Magan: Blaze (or Love in the Time of …) by Laurie Crompton

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: superheroes, sexting, comic books, divorced parents Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Blaze retaliates against the boy, Mark, who uses her for sex by drawing and publishing a […]

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September 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, Estelle - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Magan’s review of Blazed by Laurie Crompton […]

February 26, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds interesting enough, and I do like that she loves comics (since that’s very rare in the books I read). However, I feel truly uncomfortable with the whole sex situation, especially because I totally do not believe having unprotected sex should be left unaddressed.

February 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Magan - Kailia — I think the most frustrating part was that there was never any mention of repercussions. Like, there’s a momentary mention of something later, and then NO BIG DEAL. If she’s going to be so blatant about all of the sexual things, I wished that Crompton would have gone further with it. Talk about STDs or pregnancy and take it further. Make a point instead of just letting it hang. I’m not so upset about the unprotected sex as it just seemed unnecessary because nothing ever came of it. Does that make sense?

February 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

Magan - Asheley, you’re very right. Very little in the repercussions department for Mark. I think that’s a great way to think about books – would I want my kids to read this? And no, I don’t think this would be a very good example for them. Mark was disgraceful and Blaze wasn’t the best role model. 🙁

February 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve been seeing reviews similar to this out and about. I just won a copy of this book so I’ll probably highlight it on the blog during contemporary month but I have to admit that I have some reservations going into it. That sex scene, for one. And I’ve read that there aren’t very many repurcussions or punishments (?) for Mark the Shark for his behavior, which I find kind of not okay. Not sure I would want my girls picking up a book that deals with such big, scary, real issues in a sloppy way. (I don’t mean to judge harshly, but I do have kids and sometimes it affects how I read some of these issues books, ya know?)

Great honest review, Magan. Love it.

February 18, 2013 - 12:36 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - As a teenager who sees this happen WAY too many times (I’ve heard plenty of times from pregnant girls at school that they didn’t think one time of unprotected sex could result in pregnancy), I have to admit: I’m glad it made you uncomfortable. Maybe that was the authors purpose? I feel like instead of hiding it or making it more…PG 13, it was reality. While I can understand the whole rushed part-which is a shame- I can understand Blaze. I’ve met way to many girls like her. It is sad. Great review Megan!

February 14, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Magan - Sharon — yes, I think maybe going into it with realistic expectations will make the reading experience better. I can’t wait to see what you thought of it.
Bookworm, I agree – the brother was a great, great character. Probably my favorite, to be honest! 🙂
Ginger — it definitely could have used some fine-tuning and simplification. And I definitely feel someone should have done some editing on that sex scene.

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - Renae – yes, most definitely rushed at the end. It had so, so much potential, but the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. 🙁

February 14, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Magan - Lori — I did relate to her in the beginning, but then we kind of lost touch after that. :-/

February 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

Lori - I’ve heard some really good things about this book. Blaze sounds like a great character. I love that you could relate to her situation so well!

February 13, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This almost reminds me of a Disney Channel movie that I saw when I was a kid—Read It and Weep, which was about a girl who’s comic strip about her alterego taking down school bullies leaked. (Or at least, I think that’s what it was about—it’s been YEARS.) Anyway, I think this sounds like an interesting take on teen bullying. It’s a shame, though, that it wasn’t handled quite as well as it could have been, and that the ending bits were rushed and cramped together more than you’d have liked, Magan.

February 13, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I just saw this book the other day while walking through Barnes & Noble (for fun rather than work, for once), and it looked fun! I love the cover. Alas, after reading this review, I have realized that this story isn’t nearly as appealing to me as it may have seemed from the cover blurb. I may still pick it up eventually, but I will have more realistic expectations for what to expect. Thanks for the honest review.

February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - Yes, I was definitely disappointed about the unprotected sex scene, especially in this day and age. I really liked the brother though and thanks for sharing your somewhat similar experience with a crush.

February 13, 2013 - 8:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hmm I have issues with books that portray unprotected sex as not a big deal (or no deal at all)– especially when the target audience is teens. I get that this happens, but it still doesn’t make it ok. This books sounds like it had a lot going on. Not sure I’d be a fan of so much, ya know? Thanks for the honest review Magan.

Magan: Empty by K.M. Walton

Empty by K.M. Walton Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, obesity, divorce, bullying Format read: ARC from S&S via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Previously read book by K.M. Walton: Cracked Summary: Dell is kicked off her softball team for continuing to gain too much weight and no longer […]

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January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] → A list of February 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases → A Review and Discussion of Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt → A Review of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker → An Interview with Daria Snadowsky → A Review of Empty by K.M. Walton […]

January 23, 2013 - 1:16 am

Kristen Evey - Like others have said, I do enjoy depressing stories with unhappy endings, but I don’t think this particular one is for me. Bullying and kids being mean to other kids is a sensitive issue for me. Great review though, Magan! Sounds like this is a book that would be good for some to read!

January 22, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Magan - I like to read unhappy stories sometimes, too, Lori. Though lately, I’ve been thinking I should try something happier. Estelle has given me lots of happier options so I don’t come across as a depressed-all-the-time-reader on the blog. 😉

January 22, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Magan - Elena, I knew when I read this book that it wouldn’t be a you book. I know how uncomfy you get about bullying so yeah, no, this one wouldn’t be for you at all. 🙁

January 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s weird because I didn’t know to expect to be sad when I began reading Empty. It was much more overwhelming than I expected and things really took me by surprise. K.M. did do a fantastic job tapping into this girl’s mind, you’re right.

January 21, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Alexa Y. - This just makes me sad. I don’t always need a happy ending for my books (since I know that’s not always the case in real life), but this certainly sounds like it would be very hard for me to read. I do think it’s great that the author managed to tap into what a bullied teen’s experience is really like sometimes, harsh as it can be.

January 21, 2013 - 4:07 pm

elena - I felt nauseated just reading your review so I don’t think this is the book for me. It sounds SO intense and the fact that it’s a not a happy story makes me worry. Teenagers can be really brutal, gah.

January 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I haven’t heard too much about this one, but I’m definitely intrigued now. Sometimes I really like to read an unhappy story. I think it makes me put things in perspective…or maybe I’m just weird.

Magan: Return to Me by Justina Chen

Return to Me by Justina Chen Publication Date: January 15, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Divorce, College, Sixth Sense, Long-Distance Relationships Format read: ARC received at ALA Summary: Rebecca is on the brink of beginning her architectural education at Columbia; her parents have packed up their […]

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April 14, 2016 - 6:01 am

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January 30, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] bookish (sorta?) birthday list. A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean. A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen. A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Magan - Hannah: “Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?” <---- that's precisely how I felt. Just let something be good without making it weird. Too much is TOO MUCH.

January 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Aw sad to hear this just didn’t work! Sometimes I think things like this could have been caught and worked through with a really good editor. You know? I could see how an author might be so caught up in their own character and story that they don’t realize they are lacking some development and thought about the reasons behind certain decisions. That’s when I think an editor should help them tighten things up and really solidify the story.

Honestly though, it’s the sixth sense/pyschic things that made me completely lose interest in ever reading this. It looks like a cute contemporary. Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?

January 18, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Cynthia - I remember reading this one years ago when it first came out and really liking it, I was really new to reading YA so I thought it was great at the time. Now after reading so much awesome if I were to read it again I’m sure my opinion of it would change a lot. I agree that the cover is not fitting to the story at all and I was frustrated with the girl in this one. Great honest review Estelle!! =D

January 16, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Magan - Mands, your comment was SO spot on. Hurting characters? Bring them ON! When it ripples and things go downhill from there, no bueno. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Magan - Lori, I agree that maybe your decision to skip it might be best. If you didn’t like NoB, then I think this might really be a turn off for you. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Rachel, me either! Psychic element?! Um, what? I dunno. It was just unnecessary and made me really sad. There was so much potential.

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Alexa, yes. Definitely, definitely jumbled. To the point where I couldn’t connect w/ the character or even begin to assume what her next move would be.

January 16, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Magan - Taylor, I am so glad you’re still going to. I always like it when other people read books I was “MEH” about so then I can see if maybe I was just having an off experience. Can’t wait to see what you think!

January 16, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Magan - Amy, frustrating is such a good, good word to describe how I felt. And let down. Very bummed I didn’t love it. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Ah, bummer! I admit, I haven’t read North of Beautiful yet, but it’s been on my radar for some time, and I was looking forward to checking this one out, too. There are really fewer things more disappointing in reading than a book that isn’t as awesome as you’d hoped. I’m sorry to hear, too, that there was that weird aspect with the visions that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. That can be so frustrating, when it seems like things are in a story and serve no purpose. WAH!

January 16, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I really enjoyed Justina Chen’s other novels, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I’m sad this book didn’t click for you in the same way North of Beautiful give, but I definitely want to give it a shot anyway! Great review!

January 16, 2013 - 11:26 am

Alexa Y. - It’s always sad when a book doesn’t meet your expectations, especially when you’ve loved previous work from the author. I’m honestly a little put off by the way you’ve described the story, because it really does sound confused and jumbled up and like too many elements were put into play.

January 16, 2013 - 9:15 am

Rachel - I *loved* North of Beautiful so I definitely have high expectations for this book too. I haven’t read it yet but after reading your review, I might put it off. I never would’ve guessed there’d be a sixth sense / psychic element to it and I agree that it sounds unnecessary. It seems like all the changes in Reb’s life would’ve been more than enough to go on.

January 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

Lori - I’m one of those strange people that didn’t love North of Beautiful. So I think I’ll skip this one. The psychic element sounds unnecessary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Magan.

January 16, 2013 - 4:18 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds so promising from the beginning but it lost me with the sixth sense aspect, I agree that this probably could have ditched that and been a better story!

Reb sounds like a confusing character, I can understand your inability to like her, I don’t mind a character who is hurting, but I do mind when they take that out on others.

Estelle: Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Random House Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: moving, divorce, secret admirers, 70s Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Things aren’t looking so great for Vinnie when his parents announce their divorce, his mom remarries quickly, and he is […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis: This was one of my favorites from the end of last year (go read it!) about a boy dealing with a move after the divorce of his parents. We get scenes with both his mom and his dad, and they honestly couldn’t be even more different. It’s obvious how much Vinnie cares for these two people who grew apart, and who have so suddenly changed his life. While his mom sort of drove me nuts (she has bad habits!), I really did enjoy the scenes when he was spending time with him and they shared common hobbies. (And they say teenagers don’t care about their parents…) (My review.) […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I haven’t hears much about this one but have been intrigued ever sinc I heard about it from Greads. I was still a little weary but your lovely review puts me at ease. Plus, it’s set in the 70’s and there’s dancing and there’s sort of a You’ve Got Mail-like situation – I’M SO IN.

December 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Sophia - Your review has got me hooked, Estelle! Now, I am so interested in this book. I need to get it ASAP. The concept sounds really interesting (midnight phone calls? YES!) and the “giddily romantic” themes in this book are totally right up my alley. Thanks for calling this book to my attention, Estelle!

November 29, 2012 - 6:05 pm

elena - Yes, I’ve had this on my list since you rec’d it to me a few months ago! It really does seem creeptastic but I love that you use “giddily romantic.” This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Fantastic review, E! <3

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I haven’t heard of this book, but now I definitely want to read it. A 70’s version of You’ve Got Mail? Bring it!

Thanks for the fabulous review!

November 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa Y. - You can always convince me to read any book. This time around, it was the last line – I love dancing of any kind. Plus, well, I’m a sucker for unconventional romantic relationships!

November 28, 2012 - 11:13 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Your closing paragraph just sealed the deal. It totally feels right.

November 28, 2012 - 10:28 am

Annette - Great review! I haven’t seen this one before, so thanks.

November 28, 2012 - 9:26 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had my eye on this book, but your review Estelle just made me decide this will be a Christmas present to myself 🙂 hehe. Sometimes the best books are the ones without all the flashy elements. Sometimes the really great ones are just simple, heartfelt stories. Great review!

November 28, 2012 - 9:14 am

Rachel - This sounds like such a great book! It’s already on my TBR list but everything you wrote makes me want to read it more. It is really nice to just read about normal people going about their every day lives, trying to find happiness.