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Magan: Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner See Also: Skinny by Donna Cooner Publication Date: August 26, 2014 Publisher: Point Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: beauty and fashion vlogger, loss of a sibling, moving to a new state Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Torrey, popular fashion and beauty vlogger, doesn’t […]

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October 22, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m always a little fascinated with books about bloggers and youtuber, but I’m not sure if this book is for me. I think I would have a hard time with Torrey, although I certianly understand about wanting to push our grief into a corner and not think about it.

October 22, 2014 - 11:22 am

Magan - Briana, I completely agree with you. In this book’s case, the parent’s grief was so apparent, that it felt a little odd that they weren’t all given the same amount of closure at the end. Don’t get me wrong, there were mentions, but I would really have liked for it not to be so “I can do this on my own.”

October 22, 2014 - 11:16 am

Brianna - I feel like peripheral parents is a thing in YA. It’s almost as if the authors are saying: look at these cool kids figuring it out without parents. There should be more parents in YA, especially in books with heavier subjects, like death or bullying.

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: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/17/2013 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: bullying, music, high school, suicide, being a loner, self-discovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary:  Elise can’t win. After years and years of […]

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October 24, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - It made me really upset too, seeing her get ostracized for being smart and unique. 🙁 And then really happy seeing her discover the thing she was meant to do/be. 🙂 Great review, Estelle!

September 23, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Ellice Y - I HAVE to read this one because the MC has my name– that RARELY happens (it’s spelled a little differently, but hey, I’ll take it! haha). Great review 🙂

September 23, 2013 - 11:15 am

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms - I’ve heard a lot of great things from this book, but I’ve never actually wanted to pick it up. I’m reconsidering now that I read this review! Great review!

-Marianne

September 22, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So, I was already interested in this book because I love the cover. But I was debating buying it so I got on Goodreads. I saw your review posted there, read through it and BAM! bought the book. So happy loved it and can’t wait to read it for myself!

September 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - I got this at BEA and still have not read it, despite hearing amazing things about it! Glad you loved it, too!

September 20, 2013 - 3:50 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I just got this and can’t wait to read it!

September 20, 2013 - 1:21 am

katy - This one sounds awesome! I’ve seen a lot of good things about it but haven’t read any reviews before this one. Elise sounds like a fascinating character,and DJing seems awesome. I have always wanted to learn to DJ but I’m pretty sure I’d be notsogreat at it.

“Learning to like yourself and accept your lot in life is a task we have to commit to every day. There is always someone who isn’t going to like our decisions, or agree with us, or like us for whatever reason.” So true, so true.

I’m glad to see it has great supporting characters and family dynamics, too. This was already on my TBR but now I want to read it anymore, awesome review!

September 19, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Bookworm1858 - The search for identity really resonated with me too. Though I wasn’t bullied at school, I still never really felt like I fit in and it hasn’t been until now, after graduating college, that I’m feeling more in place.

September 19, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Daphne - this is one of my favorite books this year, it was so special. great review.

Estelle: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: December 24, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 316 Target audience: Adult/mature young adult Keywords:  bullying, social media, LGBT, student/teacher relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Robert may be a star student, a popular addition to the marching band, and […]

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September 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (Book Review) - […] Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: marching band, HIV, romance, LGBT Format read: Paperback ARC from author. (Thanks!!) Other books I’ve reviewed by Trumble: Don’t Let Me Go | Where You Are […]

December 8, 2012 - 6:07 pm

VeganYANerds - Estelle, this sounds like a fantastic book and I have no issue with the student/teacher aspect at all. Your review is fantastic and I love that you were thinking of the characters as real people, that is a great indication of the strength of this story.

December 6, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but you have me interested!

December 4, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Alexa Y. - The fact that you’ve already reread this book is a sure sign that this is a GOOD book, at least to me. I’ve always trusted your opinion, and so far, our tastes have been pretty similar. I’m definitely going to read this!

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - JH’s other book “Don’t Let Me Go” was also M/M. It’s some of the most honest writing I’ve read all year, and she just brings down the house with this second book. I hope you’ll check it out.

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - Thank YOU so much for giving me these amazing characters. I can’t say it enough.

December 4, 2012 - 11:32 am

Estelle - You really have to. JH can just suck you in. 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 8:49 am

J.H. Trumble - Were-leopard? Cracking up!

December 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh wow, I so didn’t know Kensington published M/M romance! I have way more respect for them for being open about that. Most pubs won’t touch it. Also, this doesn’t have a truly ridiculous cover like the M/M romance publishers. Also, not a were-leopard in sight, so good work.

Glad you loved it!

December 4, 2012 - 6:01 am

J.H. Trumble - I may have to read that book! LOL. Thank you for that AMAZING review Estelle. I’m so glad you liked the book. I’m kind of fond of it myself!

December 3, 2012 - 10:27 pm

elena - What a wonderful review! You & my other friend absolutely love J.H. Trumble so I must check out her books soon. I do have Don’t Let Me Go currently checked out from the library but haven’t really been in a reading mood. Must rectify that!

December 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - Beautiful review & thanks for the heads up on the teacher-student warning and setting me at ease. I hadn’t heard a peep on this book. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I’ll definitely look out for it.

Estelle: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills Publication Date: October 8, 2012 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: music, LGBT, bullying, life after high school, acceptance, radio, Elvis Format read: eBook from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Gabe is so looking forward to the end of high school and starting fresh. He […]

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May 14, 2013 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are two beautifully written books that not only deal with gaining acceptance from others, but also finding it for themselves. Beautiful Music was one of my top reads last year; Gabe is a vivacious character who just came out as transgender to his parents. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about a girl who thinks she caused her parents death because she kissed a girl; her aunt soon sends her to a school to get reformed. […]

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - […] Cousins + Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe are two books I requested from Flux Books, the publisher of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — a book I absolutely loved from last year. So I have high hopes for these two reads. […]

December 16, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Jess - Even though I’m not really into music, This book sounds amazing. This is one I certainly want to check out.

December 16, 2012 - 9:03 am

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Themed Gift Pack - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is so sweet, so endearing, so inventive yet tackles a pretty unconventional subject in the young adult genre. I’m skimming through to refresh my memory of the little details, and I keep getting distracted because I love the main character, Gabe, so much. He was born Liz but has just told everyone he is Gabe. His parents don’t take it too well, his best friend Paige is accepting, and the only place he can be himself is when he broadcasts the program “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children”. This character is like a walking music encyclopedia. I love it. […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills 2. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo 3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill 4. […]

September 29, 2012 - 8:01 am

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: The lives and loves of a teenage transboy music geek Gabe has always identified as a […]

September 24, 2012 - 12:20 am

Shelve It -- September 24, 2012 - […] Malinda Lo + We’ve got a new rating system so we can highlight books that are great deals! + A review of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristen Cronn-Mills + A review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer Posted in Giveaways, Magan, Memes by Magan, Shelve It, […]

September 21, 2012 - 8:02 am

Leah - I LOVED this book! 🙂 So, so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries, but something about this book made me want to dive right in and I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

September 20, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - EEE Estelle, I know how much you love this book so it’s exciting to read your review of it. This sounds really intriguing and music can be a hit or miss in books for me and I definitely like this would be a hit. Beautiful review! <3

Estelle: Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley

Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley Publication Date: September 25, 2012 (Kindle version comes out 10/2012) Publisher: Zondervan Pages: 256 Target: Young adult Keywords: bullying, absent parents, high school, popularity, siblings Format read: ARC from DJC Communications. (Thanks!) Summary: After 3 years away, Melissa returns to her old town where the whispers and bullying […]

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September 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I remember when you told me a little bit about this book, and I think you did a great job reviewing it! I’m pretty curious about this one, especially because you mentioned how the religion bit is handled very well. Thanks for sharing!

September 11, 2012 - 7:17 pm

VeganYANerds - I am happy to see you review this as I’ve been offered a review copy, too!

I like the sound of the story but I understand your feelings of needing more – great review, Estelle!

September 11, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Kristen - I think I’ll read this if I can find it at the library. I’m intrigued by how the bullying aspect is handled, and interested to see what this major event is and how it’s handled. It’s disappointing that you say you’re not sure if Melissa had learned anything by the end. Books are so much better when characters grow and learn. But, it does sound like this book poses a lot of questions, and I like books that make me think. Thanks for the review!

(What happened to the review of Beautiful Music for Ugly People? I wanted to comment on that one!)

September 11, 2012 - 10:21 am

Estelle - Anneqah. I actually quite loved that she was a swimmer too. Those scenes were always very poetic and flowy and I wish there were more of them. This character desperately need to find some solace in her life, and the water gave he that. I do hope you’ll pick up the book when it gets to your library. 🙂
Thanks for stopping in!

September 11, 2012 - 10:20 am

Estelle - “Without making him a Jesus freak.” YES. TO THIS. I was frightened of this but quite happy the way that it turned out. Many of the character’s reactions to his dedication to his religion were completely right on. It felt like it was me responding to them. Thanks for stopping in, L!

September 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

Lisa - This sounds like one of those books that might make the reader think, but the frustration that the narrator didn’t make any headway could be a downer.

I do like the youth group nod as well. A piece of who he is without making him a Jesus Freak. Well done, author!

September 10, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think I’ll be taking your advice with this book, Estelle, and requesting this one from the library (if my library ever gets this book!). Surprisingly, I haven’t read too many books where bullying is really the main focus, so I think I’d like to try more of that type of stuff, as bullying is such a huge part of our world, unfortunately. I think the self journey that Melissa (supposedly) makes sounds intriguing, and the fact that she’s a swimmer is really cool! I’ve always loved swimming, so I think I could relate to Melissa. This major event, however, sounds like it’s not very well developed at all, and I could definitely see how this would deter your enjoyment level of the book.

Fabulous review Estelle! <3