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Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale • Magan Reviews

Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenage modeling career, best friend drama, strong family ties Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Harriet Manners doesn’t fit in. She’s a geek. She can spout of random knowledge, but when it comes to standing up for […]

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April 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Geek Girl. This book falls on the younger side of my reading, but it also seemed to explore the earlier days of Harriet’s stepmom being part of the family. I don’t recall how long it’s been since Harriet’s dad remarried, but I loved getting to see her develop such a strong affection for her stepmom and no longer seeing her as an outsider. […]

February 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I agree about Geek Girl reading a little younger, M! I thought it was pretty fun, and definitely entertaining though, and I’m glad you felt similarly.

January 30, 2015 - 12:55 am

Kim - I definitely like books that make me laugh out loud! Great review, and I’ll be checking this out soon.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

January 29, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Missie - I have seen this one around – I am glad you said it was on the younger side of YA so that I was prepared for that!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

January 29, 2015 - 10:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really had a hard time getting into this one, and never finished it. It’s not that it is younger YA because I love books for all ages. I just wasn’t connecting to Harriet at all. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood frame.

I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part, even though it wasn’t amazing.

January 28, 2015 - 9:04 pm

L.C. Spoering - This sounds pretty cute! And I can’t resist a teenage geek girl with glasses, in memory of the one I once was. 🙂

January 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I hadn’t heard about this one until I saw your review but it sounds like a lot of fun. It sort of reminds me of the plots for Violet on the Runway and Love and Other Foreign Words–but if those two books were mashed together.

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!

Estelle: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 14, 2011 Publisher: Random House Pages: 349 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: friendship, marriage, secrets, traveling pants Format read: Paperback I bought. Summary: A return to the friendship of Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget — four girls connected by their long history […]

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June 19, 2013 - 4:42 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - This series surprised me so much and I ended up loving it. I was worried about this book after reading Sweet Valley Confidential, but I thought Brashares did such a wonderful job, even with the shocking (to me) plot twists. It just hit me in the heart and the gut. Loved the friendships and how they evolved throughout the series. Great review, Estelle. And judging from your Instagram pics, the wedding was gorgeous too!

June 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I remember reading these books a reeeally long time ago, but I don’t remember which book I stopped on (I think is the one right before this one, actually!). It’s so sad how these friends have really grown apart, but I think that’s realistic, actually. Some of the characterization does seem off (Carmen was always a bit proud of her curves- I don’t see her as being a size 0!), I think this is a great book on friendship, in general. I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up to see how things end with this lovely group of girls.

Amazing review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read this one yet, mostly because I felt wary about it. But I trust your judgment – and I’m curious to see what’s become of all four girls. There’s something interesting about seeing them grow up and be adults and I feel like I might find it very easy to relate to.

June 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Annie - Oh dear, how much this book made me cry! The Sisterhood felt so real to me and it was heartbreaking to finally see it come to an end. And I love thinking back on all the adventures Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bee had together. It’s so uplifting and makes me have hope that I’ll still be close to my friends even through all the obstacles and challenges.

June 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Wow! This book sounds completely different than I expected! While I was initially very excited at the prospect of another Sisterhood book, I wound up chickening out and not reading it. If I remember correctly, I wasn’t that crazy about the fourth book. didn’t know if this book would make it better or worse, and I didn’t want to risk it.

While it seems like this book is definitely a little more difficult to read than the others, I think I’m going to put it back on the TBR. 🙂

June 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

Jen - It’s hard to believe that the first novel in the series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was published twelve years ago. Does that ever make me feel old! Like you, I can still remember being glued to the pages when I read the first novel in the series all those years ago. I didn’t realize that there were third and fourth instalments, although I remember quite a lot of publicity surrounding the publication of Sisterhood Everlasting when one of the major plot developments in the novel was spoiled online. It sounds like this novel may hit a little too close to home for me. I’m definitely at the age where I’m finding it a struggle to nurture old friendships while also trying to make new ones. I think that’s definitely a common theme for many people in their 20’s. You desperately try to hold onto your old friends with both hands but sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to keep them from slipping away. Like you, I wasn’t fond of some of the character developments I had heard about, particularly regarding Carmen’s character. I’m not sure I can work up the interest to read the final three novels in this series, although it would be nice to have a sense of closure for the characters.

June 17, 2013 - 10:21 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - First off, I LOVE that you’re still friends with someone you’ve known since you were 5! So sweet! I haven’t read any of the Sisterhood books, despite owning the first two and LOVING the movies. I really would love to get into this series and connect with the girls, especially knowing there’s so many in this series! Great review!

June 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ya know, I have never read these books, but I did see the movie. When they were published, I was a bit older (plus I wasn’t exactly reading at the time either). “Growing up is hard on friendships” is very true. I remember thinking I’d always be close to the girls I was inseparable with in high school. 14 years later, I only talk to two of the girls — and it’s not as often as I’d like. It’s hard to keep relationships, especially friendships, when everyone grows in such different directions. I really admire people who can keep friends from their childhoods. It’s rare and oh so special.