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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb • Magan Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb [web | tweet] Published by Harper Teen on May 26, 2015 Pages: 400 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: first love, parental loss, airplane crash, detached mothers Summary: Not many things have gone right for Eva, but when she meets Will and they connect over personal losses they’ve both suffered through, she feels like she’s […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My excitement for this book grows exponentially as more bloggers I trust talk about how much they loved it. Great review Magan!

June 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Alexa S. - Kissing in America sounds FABULOUS, M! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but your review has completely changed my mind. I’m definitely going to be trying to snag a copy soon, since it also sounds like a perfect summer read!

May 27, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - I saw this the other day and it looks so good. I am a complete sucker for romances..<3

May 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Ashley - I am so, so, so, so glad I’m not alone in my love of this book. I went into it knowing nothing also and adored it so much!

Estelle: Your Perfect Life by L. Fenton & L. Steinke

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 10, 2014 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult Keywords: magic, regret, friendship, Hollywood, Freaky Friday, motherhood, marriage Format: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Casey and Rachel have been best friends since they were kids, […]

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July 13, 2014 - 10:35 pm

Alexa S. - I have a feeling I’ll be ordering this book next week, or visiting a bookstore to snag it. There’s seriously something so intriguing about this story! I love that it’s a Freaky Friday situation between besties, and that it made you think about those questions in your last paragraph. Great review, as always, and you don’t need to tell me twice to buy it 😉

July 13, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books - Your Perfect Life sounds both intense and funny at the same time! It sounds like the kinda read that makes you think back and re-evaluate your priorities.

Definitely adding this to my wish list-Quite surprised that I haven’t seen this before!

Brilliantly reviewed, Estelle! 🙂

July 10, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Gahhhh I meant The Change-Up not The Switch. lol Silly Courtney!

July 10, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - This book sounds intense! Definitely like Freaky Friday or The Switch (great movie btw)! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It really sounds like a heartfelt, touching read. Beautifully written, Estelle!

July 10, 2014 - 11:09 am

Meg - I was a Chick Lit is Not Dead reader for ages, so I’m super pumped to read this one. So glad you enjoyed it and to know it’s worthwhile!

July 10, 2014 - 9:16 am

Daphne Trumps - gah! i can’t wait to get my hands on this book. fantastic review, it sounds like everything i could hope for in a book like this is there.

Why in 5: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, dating and kissing, depression Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: With a ton of responsibility weighing on her shoulders because of a depressing family situation, Claire turns to her best friend Megan for support. When […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] 17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind. […]

June 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I feel like I’ve seen lots of middle of the road reviews and a few positive ones. Nothing really too negative! But they all seem to be for really different reasons. I’m still excited to pick this one up and see how I do with it!

June 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

Alexa S. - I really like it when books have characters facing complex, layered situations. Not everything in this world is perfect or ideal, and it takes courage to write a book that showcases the messiness and imperfection that exists in reality. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to read 17 First Kisses before, but your review has definitely intrigued me!

June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice Y - Magan, I’m SO happy that you have positive things to say about this book! Though I try not to base my decision to read a book solely on the ratings/reviews I see on Goodreads, I admit that I was a little bit disheartened by the ones that I’d been seeing for 17 First Kisses. It sounds like a book that I’m going to really like though. I love authentic friendships and family stories in books. And of course, everybody knows I love kissing books, and I assume by the title that the book won’t be lacking in that department? hehe. I guess it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I really enjoy stories that aren’t always tied up in a pretty little bow at the end. That’s real life! When I was a teenager, I would have thrown the book across the room because I always wanted a perfect ending and a happily ever after!

I enjoyed your “Why in 5”– I’m definitely going to read 17 First Kisses now 🙂

June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Oh good. I was hearing meh things about this. I’ll know what to expect better after this! Nicely done review.

June 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Amanda @ Vivalabooks - I had this book on my TBR list, but I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s sometimes frustrating to read books about teenagers who make stupid but realistic decisions, because we’d like to think that we’d make smarter decisions. Except as teenagers we’re constantly making stupid choices (I’ll admit to that) and I like when authors explore that. I’ll admit that I’ve put down a couple books due to a character’s annoying decisions, but it seems like Rachel Allen handles it nicely. Great review and thanks for putting this on my radar again!

June 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - This review is wonderful! If I wasn’t convinced before, I definitely am now! I love the idea of flashbacks to Claire’s 17 kisses and the strong focus on friendship and family/ Thanks for sharing!

Magan: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (twitter | website) Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, losing a friend, list of challenges Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: After the sudden disappearance of Emily’s best friend, Sloane, she receives a random list of things to do written by […]

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December 4, 2015 - 7:14 am

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “has all of the elements we love and adore about Morgan’s books” […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:15 am

Judith - I already mentioned this, but I LOVE THE LIST! E, you should totally turn this into a series of posts to mark your progress. Besides this, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s no secret that Morgan Matson is probably my favorite author ever, and this book proved my love yet again. Her characters, her settings, her WORDS… they are made of perfection, and I want to read everything she writes. <3

May 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] ● Magan @ Rather Be Reading wrote “Since You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so wanting.” (Read the rest of the review Here!) […]

May 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too love Morgan Matson’s books and add them to my Goodreads without even reading the synopsis. I know I will love it. I thought Since You’ve Been Gone read a little slow at times, but it was still great. I loved watching Emily grow into her own person and I thought the relationship with Frank was done so well. And the list of things to do was just so much fun. Speaking of lists, yours for Estelle is AWESOME.

May 15, 2014 - 12:26 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Lovely review! I’m hoping to read this one for Bout of Books some time this week. I have to admit that I haven’t read Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and didn’t *love* Second Chance Summer (put down the pitchforks!), but I still have high expectations for Since You’ve Been Gone. I hope to love it as much as everyone else seems to have. I’m a liiiiittle worried that Frank already has a gf, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. 🙂
Also, really, really cute list for Estelle!

May 14, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. BRILLIANT review, Magan. A lot of the stuff I couldn’t convey in my review, you put into words for me, so thank you SO MUCH. I love how you called SYBG a road map for Emily. That’s exactly what it was. Perfect.

EVEN MORE PERFECT is your list for Estelle. I really, really want to know if she completes any of these tasks. Will you guys share?

I totally want to write a list now for my own BFF…this could be difficult, but I think she’ll like it?

May 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Mary @ BookSwarm - I love how Emily takes that metaphorical (and real when they do what they do at the end!) road trip and really begins to discover herself as a complete and interesting person. The friendship dynamics made me happy. The whole book made me happy.

May 14, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone and I’ve such high hopes from it.

I love the list! It’s daring and classy and sounds like a lot of fun.

May 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, if I hadn’t already read this book, your words would have convinced me to stop what I was doing & run to the bookstore ASAP. What a beautiful review for a beautiful book! Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you gave Estelle a list! So fun. Please keep us updated if and when you mark these items off the list, hehe.

May 14, 2014 - 10:36 am

Anna - Your list is BRILLIANT! What a great way to capture the spirit of this beautiful book!

May 14, 2014 - 10:33 am

Andi - This is made of awesome Magan! I love the list you made for Estelle to do and I think if shy Emily can do them so can she. 🙂

May 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Alexa S. - I absolutely adore your review of Since You’ve Been Gone, M! I felt the same way about Emily and her story. This book was another Morgan Matson hit for me. And I also really, really love your list for Estelle! I definitely want to see her do one (or all) of these things 😉

Harlequin Teen Double Feature: Two Reviews

Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin ( web | tweet ) Published 12/1/2013 from Harlequin Teen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, summer after high school, breakups Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Despite the strength of her feelings for budding musician Jared, Claire decides to break […]

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January 28, 2014 - 6:54 am

Judith - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds good! The fact that you stayed up all night finishing it really does say enough. I love it when books do that. As for Anything to Have You, I totally understand that the dual POV didn’t work out. I rarely like it when there’s more than one POV in a book, because it’s just so hard to get right.

January 21, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Alexa S. - I absolutely adored ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART! It was such a cute contemporary read, and I really enjoyed watching Jared and Claire’s story play out. I haven’t read ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU yet, but it sounds pretty good too.

January 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Ellice - Oh, E. Another book you’ve made me want to buy. Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like it will be right up my alley! (I’ve also got the Janis Joplin song stuck in my head right now.) So happy to see that you loved it. I haven’t read Audrey Wait yet, but I think I may just have to add that one to my radar. Great reviews.

January 20, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - You’ve got me excited about Another Piece of my Heart & excited about Paige having another book out.

January 20, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - When I first heard about ALPoMH, I immediately thought of Audrey, Wait! And since I adore that novel, I was hesitant on reading this one. You’d think that would make me WANT to read it, but in this case, I was very, very unsure. It’s good to know my hesitations can be ignored and that this novel turned out to be something you really liked. I’ll definitely check this one out (without reservations, hehe).

January 20, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hi E! These both sound like really fun books and I agree – as soon as I started reading your thoughts on Another Little Piece of My Heart I was thinking AUDREY WAIT!!! But you mention differences aplenty. I’m like you, though, I would want the same things at the end.

I actually haven’t heard of Anything To Have You but it sounds really interesting. I love the books with the drama sometimes (not always) and I’m curious about Aiden’s role in everything. I haven’t read anything by Paige Harbison but I’ve heard good things! Great thoughts on both of these!

January 20, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - How have I never even heard of Anything to Have You? I don’t even remember seeing it on Netgalley. It sounds interesting, based on your review I’m not running out to read it, but I’ll keep it in mind. I liked Another Little Piece of My Heart, not as much as you did, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story and by how well rounded the characters were.

January 20, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Alexa - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds like such a great story. I do like when authors make the characters take time to be with one another and I do enjoy the tension. I’m sorry the ending was a little fast but it still seems like a good book.

Thanks for the great reviews!

January 20, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Kris (Imaginary Reads) - Eek! Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like an amazing read!! Anything to Have You also sounds interesting, but I really don’t like when scenes are replayed for us even if from another character’s perspective. It gets old fast. Also, Brooke doesn’t sound like a cool character. Lovely reviews, Estelle!

Estelle: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young adult / thriller Keywords: murder investigation, friendship, gangs Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Other books reviewed by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: Breaking Beautiful Summary: After not speaking for […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Alexa Y. - A good thriller/mystery is always a fun read, particularly when it draws you in to the point where you just MUST know what happens and how it all gets tied up in the end. There’s seriously something intriguing about this book, though the gang aspect brings to mind the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. I’m glad that this one is focused heavily on friendship though, because that certainly makes it different.

October 16, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - The fact that this one kept you turning the pages quickly is a big plus for it! I definitely freaked myself out reading your review though. Not only is this story scary, but I’m having trouble with the name Jaycee, since the only reference I have to it is that girl that was kidnapped and in-prisoned in someone’s backyard for like 19 years. Now I’m really freaking myself out. Not sure this one is for me, but I didn’t know a lot about it previously, and I appreciate the review.

October 15, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love Jennifer Shaw Wolf’s writing, but I always have some issue with her books that stop me from really, really liking them. I think I’m more partial to Dead Girls Don’t Lie over Breaking Beautiful. I loved the twist in Dead Girls Don’t Lie and all the social commentary stuff. Great review!

October 15, 2013 - 7:54 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - I’m really glad you liked this one even if I didn’t so much!! Maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or it’s just one of those books everyone else likes but I don’t like as much >.<

October 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - YES E!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I read it over the summer and couldn’t stop gushing over it. The best part was my youngest sister (15 & SO not a reader) devoured it in a single night and couldn’t stop texting me about it. 🙂 How awesome.
I loved both this one & FIND ME and I think it was for FM that you rec’d DANGEROUS GIRLS – definitely reading that one soon!

October 14, 2013 - 3:59 pm

April Books & Wine - This seems like it would be a good fall/Halloween sort of book – in that there is a mystery set in a small town and those are always reserved for fall for me. The whole can’t put down thing appeals to me too. Also, I know my coblogger was a fan of her debut. I think I will wait on picking up a copy of this to see what Allison thinks of it in comparison.

October 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Rachel - Yesyesyesyes. I have this one out from the library and I haven’t read any reviews about it yet, so I am SO HAPPY you enjoyed this one. I obviously trust your taste in thrillers because you were the one who introduced me to Dangerous Girls. Everything about this story sounds really interesting, and I’m glad to hear it’s addicting!

October 14, 2013 - 9:23 am

Bookworm1858 - I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters either but found this difficult to put down as well-I just had to know how it panned out. I’m still debating if I want to give Breaking Beautiful a try-I really want to connect more with the characters in that one.