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Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Estelle: The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard Publication Date: January 7, 2010 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 192 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Secret relationship, cheating, death, class division Summary: For the past year, Colt and Julia have been secretly “together”. Total opposites and part of different groups at school, Julia also has a boyfriend […]

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July 12, 2014 - 2:21 am

Kayla - This is a great summary

January 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Eeek Estelle, I don’t really like cheating books! I mean, yes I have read some (Emily Giffin comes to mind), but I have a hard time getting really into the story. I just don’t know! You’ve made it sound really interesting though!

January 20, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] A 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 Hubbard. […]

January 16, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - Beautiful review, Estelle! I read this a few years ago when I first started getting into contemporary and it blew me away. I’m not sure that I would love it as much now, but it was definitely a fantastic book.

January 16, 2013 - 4:27 am

VeganYANerds - Ooh, this sounds really good, Estelle! I too wonder about how you’d hide a relationship for so long, but then again there are people that cheat for a long time, right? Maybe they’re just in denial of their feelings?

I really want to know what happens with Colt and the journal, this whole idea is so intriguing!

January 15, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Alexa Y. - Wow. Just wow. This one sounds completely intense. And it also made me very curious as to how it really worked out that they kept everything secret for a YEAR (and yes, I’m still hung up on that fact!). I do like the idea of Cole coming to terms with his feelings, though it makes me sad that Julia died before he really did. ACK. You make me want to go and find this book now…

January 14, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Estelle - A, oh! Thanks for the awesome comment! Yes! This one did pack the punch and I was really surprised by all the underlying complexities in the plot too. I thought the author did a great job of flushing all the details out and giving us a strong book! I do hope you try it out and let me know what you think about it afterwards.

January 14, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So this one is REALLY short- under 200 pages. I’m surprised that it was able to pack such a punch with you, Estelle! Normally I finish shorter books thinking that there wasn’t enough depth- but that definitely doesn’t seem to be the case here. I actually have read a few cheating books, and it’s interesting to see the story behind them. I’d think I’d love this one, since it’s so vivid and it seems to have all the feels.

Fabulous review Estelle, this book is now officially on my radar! <3

January 14, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Estelle - Cheating is a tough subject for some people to read about… I don’t want to give anything away but I think the plotting and character development is really strong in this novel and that should be the reason to check it out!

January 14, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Estelle - It’s actually Estelle but I love that you stopped by to comment. I’m hoping to start a surge with people reading this again!

January 14, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Estelle - Kristen, yay! Glad to hear you are going to give it a whirl. I love that you are always open to trying new books.

January 14, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Estelle - Cynthia, truly hoping you like this one as much as I did. So nice that you have it already there waiting for ya!

January 14, 2013 - 10:48 pm

Estelle - Nikki, I’m also one that doesn’t shy away from cheating stories. I always think there is a reason why people go ahead with decisions like this one. It may not be smart or selfless but it’s still intriguing to see what people think is worth giving up and why. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

January 14, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Estelle - Thanks so much, Joli! I hope so too!!!! It really was an immersive read + that’s impressive because it’s a short book!

January 14, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Your review reminds me of why I liked this book so much and why I must reread it again soon. I was immersed in the story and all of the emotions that went along with reading it. I hope that more people decide to read it because of your review.

January 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I don’t know why but I find cheating stories to be so interesting, especially when you eventually come to sympathize with the cheaters (as it sounds like you did in this book). There are always two sides to every story, in this case there are three, and albeit I might not agree with the action, I’m always fascinated by the reason behind it.

January 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Cynthia - Loooove your review of this one. I actually own it and it’s been sitting on my pile for two years now. I think I’ll be reading this one next right after I finish my current read all thanks to your review. I’m so curious to find out more now! =D

January 14, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Kristen Evey - Wow, you’ve definitely sold me on this one. This type of book isn’t my normal cup of tea, but this sounds thought provoking. I’ll check it out! Thanks Estelle!

January 14, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ooooh, this sounds really good!!

January 14, 2013 - 10:26 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I’ve wanted to read this one since it came out, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Great review, Megan, I love books that make you feel like you can’t put them down!

January 14, 2013 - 10:20 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I bought this one for a couple of bucks on sale, because one of my friends talked it up big time. I didn’t know it was about infidelity. Eep. I really don’t like cheating, but it sounds like they get punished for it, so maybe? We’ll see how this goes.

Glad you enjoyed!

Estelle: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Publication Date: December 29, 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 290 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Breakups, girlfriends, Beatles, cheating Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: When Penny Lane is betrayed and disappointed by the only guy who has had her heart, she decides to take a stand […]

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February 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews - […] Add WE CAN WORK IT OUT to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ Previous review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB […]

August 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hey, I *just* read this book the other day! In fact, it’s sitting beside me right now, waiting for me to write down my quotes for the review. It was a good one! And I don’t even like the Beatles.

I loved how Eulberg was able to introduce Ryan and each time it felt like a bread crumb leading to a more significant occasion.

Well put! That is EXACTLY how it was. I may have to quote you in my review. 😉

August 9, 2012 - 12:07 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - This one sounds like so much fun! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this. 🙂 I’ve kind of joined this club… haha. I bet I’d connect with it well! Great review!

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Kristen - This is going on my “contemporary book binge” list! We need more books with solid female friendships. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing.

August 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

The Bumble Girl - I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow, and have been meaning to pick this one up ever since! It sounds like there is an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot to follow here. I am really going to have to track this one down soon.
Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

elena - All your gushing made me REALLY want to read this book! As a Beatles and contemp fan, this sounds adorable. I love that there’s such a wide variety of characters, good and bad, because that’s realistic and yay for unexpected friendship forming. Fantastic review, E!

August 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

VeganYANerds - So glad you loved this book, Estelle! I thought it felt very realistic as well, and you’re so right about Diane, every girl had gone through that point in her life when she realises she’s ditched everyone for her bf (guilty!). Love your review!

August 8, 2012 - 4:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I love when you give books I already own but haven’t read good reviews because it’s kind of motivating for me and makes me want to go out and read this.

Also, word. I totally know the feeling of building someone up in your mind to be someone great but then they totally SUCK. Ugh. Ugh. I get real life shudders over that.

Anyways, I’m going to have to read this one soon!

August 8, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I read it before I started blogging, so I never gave it a proper review. But I’ve always recommended it. The message is just so, so good. My only flaw with this book: that damn blurb on the cover! Why on earth are they comparing it to Twilight?! What the crap. It is so far from that. So strange that they would do that. It’s basically saying, “oh hey! here’s a YA book! Read it!” Um yeah.

Fab review Estelle 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely borrowing this the next time I go the library! It sounds so good – and I love the idea of the club. Great review E!