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Why in 5: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (twitter | website) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friends growing apart, life of an actress, filming a TV series Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Emma loves acting and knows there’s nothing else she’d rather do, but she wishes that people could look […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading Not in the Script! It sounds like it’s going to be such a treat, especially since Emma sounds like an amazing main character. I love that she comes across as a genuinely GOOD character, one who’s mature and smart and talented. Can’t wait to read it!

October 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I really like the sound of this from your review. I haven’t read any books in the If Only series (although I know they are not a series in the traditional sense) and I think I’ll start with this one. I want to read more books with college-aged MCs and I like the acting plotline (among other things) Great review 🙂

October 2, 2014 - 9:23 am

Kim - I couldn’t I agree with you more! I loved this book so much!

October 1, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Valerie Pennington - I absolutely adored this novel and I think that you captured all the reasons that I loved it. Great review.

October 1, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Amy Finnegan - So . . . I’m just gonna pull up a chair and spend my day reading this review over and over again. You good with that? Excellent 🙂

THANK YOU!!! xoxo

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: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (website | twitter) Books Read by This Author: The Reece Malcolm List (Estelle’s Review) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Entangled: Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: diverse families, adopted siblings, newspaper staff, older boyfriends Format Read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Kellie’s always been […]

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December 17, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: New Favorite Must-Read Authors - […] Spalding: Author of Ink is Thicker Than Water and The Reece Malcolm […]

November 25, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is one of my most-anticipated books for the fall and I’m reading it now and I’m just not into it. I’m 50ish pages in and I just feel like I’m reading more of a manuscript than a finished book. I’m glad you really enjoyed it and I’m hoping as I read more the story kind of solidifies (I feel like it’s a bit all over the place). I do really like Kellie’s family and, like you, I love a good with a great family.

November 22, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m a sucker for contemporary books that feature family prominently, and it’s even cooler that friends and romance is thrown into this story as well. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

November 22, 2013 - 12:42 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m so looking forward to reading this (I’m part of a blog tour in early December so it will be soon). The family plot is already most interesting to me as I tend to seek out strong family representations in YA and am not always successful.

November 20, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Jen - Magan! I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this one because it’s in my review pile. I recall that Spalding is great with the creation of family dynamics in stories, but I’m sad to hear that the romance aspect is turned down a few notches because of it. However, I’m still excited for it! Lovely review 🙂

Magan: How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, secrecy, paving your own way, paintball Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Grace and Kya have been best friends since they were eleven years old. Something […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really like the fact that this book is about friendship, and the growing pains any friendship goes through. The book seems to answer (in its own way) the question of when is enough enough, and I’d be intrigued to see how Gurtler plays with that concept here. I don’t ever feel like I read enough books about friendship, so this makes me pretty excited to check this out!

July 15, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, this one sounds like my kind of book. And Magan, you raise some questions that I actually think about in my own personal life too: When do you start to breakdown if you’re always the person saving the day? (for example) The Grace’s of the world sometimes tend to be taken advantage of and then when we need someone, hmmm. Anyway, I digress. I’ve seen this one around and wondered about it. It sounds really thought-provoking and tough and issue-y and kind of good. And tough. Which is sometimes just the kind of book that I like.

July 11, 2013 - 3:18 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Woah,this sounds kind of intense but SO good. And it’s a bit similar to a situation I found myself in, too. Well…really only a bit. My friends were never as out of control as you described Kiya in your review, but I totally get what you mean when you say your followers know more about you than real people who are around every day. Really, really great review of a book that definitely sounds worth reading 😀

July 10, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Magan - Jen, I did a really silly thing and forgot to update the descriptive words from the post I copied the format from. Oh, boy! Thank you for pointing out Nantucket because … well, that’s not where this book is set! ANYWAY, I’ve updated them now. I definitely had some cringe-worthy moments while reading HOW I LOST YOU because things hit very close to home for me as well, but if you do choose to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for commenting! xo

July 10, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I had to laugh when I saw that this was yet another book set in Nantucket (Judging by your keywords). That setting is sure making the rounds this summer! 😉 All joking aside, I was really moved by the synopsis of this novel as I faced a similar situation a couple of years ago with a close friend. She was engaging in some rather harmful behaviour and was involved in an abusive relationship but swore me to secrecy. Unfortunately, our friendship didn’t survive the turmoil that followed when I attempted to seek help for her. I suspect this book might hit a little *too* close to home for me, but I can certainly see why this would be a wonderful book for others to read as I’m sure most of us can relate to the subject matter in one way or another. Absolutely lovely review, Magan 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

tabithasbookblog - This one sounds like my type of book! Kya sounds a little bit like a friend I had, so I’m interested in seeing how Grace handles the situation – and what comes to their situation. I’m pretty curious about what this problem is – the synopsis might say, but I think I’m going to leave it as a surprise for when i read this one.

Fantastic review!

July 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Hazel - This looks like my type of read. Thank you for sharing about it! Lovely review!