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Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Magan Reviews

Love, Lucy by April Lindner [google+ • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: European travel, college, becoming your own person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lucy is on the vacation of her dreams, traveling around Europe. But it comes with a steep price. In exchange for her trip, her father […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Picks: Love, Lucy by April Linder | All The Bright Places by Jennifer […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, M, comparing it to Just One Day/Just One Year is a major draw for me because I loved that duo so very much. I haven’t heard all that much about Love, Lucy, but you can consider me intrigued after reading your review! I’m always partial to books that feature European countries, first of all, so that’s a big part of it. And then there’s the comp titles, which is another big draw. All in all, it sounds pretty cute. Might just have to check it out!

January 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I think I can help explain the Charlene part! This book is a riff on/retelling of A Room with a View which was set at a time when young unmarried women were expected to travel with chaperones (not friends) which I think in the original was an older aunt.

I love the idea of this one but I have to admit the more I see about it, the more I just want to re-read A Room With a View. If you haven’t read it yet I’d say you should definitely check it out!

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Kim: Even if you didn’t enjoy JOD, I think you should give Love, Lucy a chance. It’s a different story with *similarities,* but I have to say the ending gave me a lot more peace than JOD did. They aren’t the same book, but I think readers could be fans of both books. 🙂

January 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Magan - Meg: “armchair traveling” — that is the best phrase EVER. Committing that to memory. I definitely hope you enjoy it! The more I think about it, the more I like it! <3

January 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Meg - Oh, this sounds like so much fun! And I’m all for armchair traveling, especially in the dead of winter. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it!

January 21, 2015 - 9:00 am

Kim - But, but.. I hated Just One Day! :'(
But anyway, great review! I’m a little hesitant to pick this up, but it’s definitely one of the interesting ones. 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

NA Slumber Party | 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore

Ready for some hair braiding, pillow fights, and sexy talk? I’m so excited to host our first NA Slumber Party with some fantastic ladies: Asheley from Into the Hall of Books, Betty from Book Rock Betty, Cassie from Books with Cass, and Kelly from Belle of the Literati. So what does this mean exactly? A […]

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December 27, 2013 - 9:02 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] 3:AM Kisses with the #NASlumberParty crew was seriously the most fun I ever had reading a book. I was crying from laughing so hard. (Runner […]

December 20, 2013 - 12:03 am

2013 End of Year Book Survey | Book Rock Betty - […] 3AM Kisses by Addison Moore – this was our first NA Slumber Party Book- we had WAY too much fun- hundreds of emails! haha […]

December 10, 2013 - 12:06 am

2013 End of the Year Bookish Survey! - Books With Cass | Books With Cass - […] of our NA Slumber Party picks! LOVE reading those with Estelle, Kelly, Betty and […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I LOVE YOU LADIES! This post made my day. You guys are SO CUTE, and just reading your questions and answers amused me to no end. While I don’t read a lot of NA, it sure is entertaining for me to read your NA Slumber Party thoughts!

November 1, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Random Rantings: My Love/Hate Relationship with Read Alongs | Book Rock Betty - […] buddies (Estelle, Cassie, Asheley, Kelly) & I started up a monthly-ish read along called NA Slumber Party.  We pick a book, read it together and have a really freaking good time tweeting and sending a […]

October 28, 2013 - 12:02 am

Book Haul: October 2013! | Book Rock Betty - […] A Little Too Far – Lisa Desrochers (For NA Slumber Party!) […]

October 9, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Ellice - Bahahaha, I have to say that you girls made me curious about 3:AM Kisses! I want to read it one now! I just commented on Kelly’s review that this book sounds a lot like Losing It by Cora Carmack (which I surprisingly really enjoyed!!). There was one scene in Losing It where Bliss’s (the MC) thoughts on the same topic had me rolling I was laughing so hard! Let’s just say that it involved someone hiding naked behind some shrubbery outside of an apartment building. Hahaha.

I LOVE this feature. Y’all come up with the best ideas. Heck, this sounds better than an ACTUAL slumber party. Can’t wait to see what y’all think about next month’s book 🙂

October 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - *gigglesnort*

WOW. This one sounds like…something else. But certainly something I’d be able to enjoy along with someone. I’m glad that’s how you ladies got to experience it.

Also, I will never view the word “squeezebox” the same way again. Thanks for that, Estelle. 😉

This feature is a BLAST! I love the idea. Thanks for sharing some of the fun! 😀

October 8, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - You girls are hysterical! What a fun way to share reading with friends. Looking forward to the reactions of next month’s NA slumber party…

October 8, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Addison Moore - Oh my gosh this was AWESOME! You girls rock! I’m super humbled you picked 3:AM Kisses as your group read. And I’m thrilled that you had so much fun with it. It sounds like you had as much fun with Baya and Bryson as I did. Thank you for making my day! xoxo

October 8, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - HAHAHA! I LOVE THIS!! I can only imagine how much fun this must have been! 🙂 I’m really looking forward to the next one.

October 8, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This looks like it was so much fun! I love that Cassie’s reading the racy book at work 😉

October 8, 2013 - 9:46 am

Betty - HA! Love the pictures. This really was so much fun. I can’t wait until our next sleepover!!! You ladies are the best!!

October 8, 2013 - 9:40 am

Cassie - This seriously was SO MUCH FUN. Love you guys and this feature! CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!

October 8, 2013 - 9:40 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE MOST FUN BOOKISH THINGS I’VE EVER DONE. EVER. IN MY LIFE. Thanks for hosting this month, Estelle! And for the fabulous ideas gals. And that book choice! And everything. Y’all are great slumber party pals! And I’m excited about the next one!

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Last week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. Estelle was trying to decide what she should read next and we discussed how great it would be to do a Fangirl Book […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:58 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] by Tara Kelly | Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | Fangirl by Rainbow […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I loved reading this joint review/chat! And there is something you each said that makes me even more excited to read this book.

E mentioned “finding this balance between your passions and also LIVING,” and then later M said “there needs to be a balance between living in the real world and not allowing this to take over our lives.” Right there? SOLD. Good thing I already bought this one! Time to finally start reading it!

September 18, 2013 - 3:16 am

Alexa Y. - I’m loving this book report too ladies! I agree with a lot of the things you had to say about Fangirl, but I think the aspect that really spoke to me was Cath’s college experience. It certainly reminded me a lot of my own experience as a college freshman, writing classes, awkward moments, holing up in my dorm room and all. That’s what really made the book so relatable to me.

September 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this discussion so much! Not only everything you guys said, which I’m totally on board with for this amazing book, but it just seems like you guys have so much fun. I want a co-blogger!

Magan, I agree with you that the fanfiction was jarring, at the beginning I kind of glossed over it, but by the end I was so invested in what was going to happen to Simon and Baz. I still wish I knew what happened!

September 12, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are insanely creative. I absolutely love this discussion. FANGIRL is amazeballs, and you guys definitely pointed out every nonspoilery reason why people should pick this book up ASAP.

September 11, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Bookworm1858 - Of course, I liked this book a lot but the way the fanfiction was mixed in still made it my least favorite Rowell book. I found the other sections a bit choppy and got a bit confused at times whether I was reading the fanfic or the actual fic.

September 11, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Alisa Selene - I loved this book as well! Rainbow Rowell is easily becoming one of my all time favorite authors!

September 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Another wonderful discussion! I am definitely loving these posts, and hope you continue them.

I loved Fangirl so much. It was kind of scary, how much I related to Cath, and it seems like most readers have identified with Cath, too.

Rainbow really knows how to create realistic characters, and tell their stories.

September 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

Stormy - I love this type of review/conversation format, and it’s definitely making me want to go and pick up Fangirl even more now! I’m really excited to meet Cath, Levi, and Reagan. I know a lot of people said the fanfiction excerpts were a bit jarring, so I’m interested to see if they effect me the same way. All in all, though, from reviews I’ve read it seems that a lot of Cath’s college experience might be similar to my freshman year experience, and I’m very eager to explore it.

Estelle: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: summer break from college, med school, sex, relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Dom, a pre-med major, is home for summer […]

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June 1, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Mini Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky | - […] the lovely Estelle, whom I love and respect, could not stop raving about this book, as evidenced here. Because I trust her taste, I had to go find out for myself why this book was so great. This review […]

January 8, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Mini Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky | As Told by Rachel - […] the lovely Estelle, whom I love and respect, could not stop raving about this book, as evidenced here. Because I trust her taste, I had to go find out for myself why this book was so great. This review […]

June 19, 2013 - 5:05 am

Dual Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend + Anatomy of a Single Girl - […] Contemporary fiction POV: First person (Dominique) Recommenders: I picked this one up after seeing Estelle’s and Rachel’s reviews for Anatomy of a Single […]

May 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

Estelle: True by Erin McCarthy, Estelle - […] video chats with her dorky (yet adorable) dad and even her science nerdiness. (Reminded me of Anatomy of a Single Girl.) I wish there had been more emphasis on these details, instead of the more infuriating ones. I […]

January 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Anatomy of an Author: Daria Snadowsky - […] more info on Anatomy of a Single Girl, check out my review + be sure to add it on […]

January 11, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - Hehe! This sounds exactly like my kind of book! I added it to my wish list before I was done reading your review. I loooove when you think a book is going to be fluff and then it surprises you! I can’t wait to read it.

January 10, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Kristen Evey - Yay for sex positive books! We certainly could use more of them. Particularly (but not limited to) sex positive books for girls. Great review, Estelle. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list. 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Annie - This sounds really good…and totally realistic!!! I think this will definitely be the next book I read!!! 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - This sounds really fun and different, I’m definitely adding it to my to read list. Do you think it would have been better to read the first book first, or did it really work going straight to this one?

January 10, 2013 - 11:07 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Darn you!
I just culled my Goodreads TBR and took Anatomy of a Boyfriend off of the list.

BACK ON IT GOES!

But really it sounds like I’m the one who made the poor decision to take it off of my list so I should be thanking you…

So thank you for growing my TBR yet again, friend!

January 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Leah - I’m a little shocked I’ve never heard of this book before! This sounds like a story written just for me. It’s so refreshing to come across a story that doesn’t shy away from sex (particularly the solo kind!) and that highlights what it’s really like to move away for the first time and deal with all that entails.

Also, yay for books that can be read as stand-alones!

January 9, 2013 - 8:07 pm

VeganYANerds - I love, love, love books that can be honest about love/sex – I’m so sick of reading books that brush over it or make it all about fireworks!

And I love that this takes a look at friendships because they are so important, especially when you’re going off in separate ways for uni/college

January 9, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Rachel - When you were telling me about this one, I didn’t think to add it to my TBR list. (No idea why.) But after reading your review, I’m adding it ASAP! Sounds like a really great book.

January 9, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - YES! Finally a college-age setting that looks super cool! The cover for the books is so witty and hilarious! Kudos to the designer. Definitely putting this on my TBR list. Thanks for review!

January 9, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Wow, what a glowing review! I really want to read this one now! As a college student, I’m always interested in books with MCs in college, but they tend to be few and far between.

January 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Rowena - Ooh, this one looks good. Thanks for the review, I just put this book on my TBB list. I’m looking forward to getting it for myself.

January 9, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I like that this book tackles realistic issues that a lot of other YA books seem to gloss over/shy away from. Like the sex stuff, we really only get implications of it from other authors, but the fact that Snadowsky does it in a very honest way is totally cool. I can’t wait to check it out!

January 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read this one! I can’t wait to find out more about what happened to Dom after the first book, especially as this one sounds as shocking (in a good way).

January 9, 2013 - 10:42 am

Rachel - Ahh! This book sounds so good! Since I stick mainly to YA, I don’t get to read many books that deal with characters my age, so this sounds perfect. I’m excited to get my hands on a copy 🙂

January 9, 2013 - 9:22 am

Cynthia - I was curious about this one after you mentioned it on Twitter now I really want to read it! I love books where the writer is not afraid to write about this type of stuff. Sounds like a lot of fun!! =)

Estelle: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: eating disorder, college student, racial prejudices, summer How I found out about it: A pick for Big Kids’ Table Summary: Ruth is back in the south, on her first summer break since leaving for college in […]

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August 25, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, this is my first time hearing about this book and I am really glad I got to. College life vs a summer at home are two sides of the same coin and I’d love to read Ruth’s story.

Great review!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

August 21, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Tara - Yep, this is going on the TBR list immediately. I love books set in that 18-22 age group because it’s such an odd time in one’s life. I remember going back home after that first year of college and counting down the days until I could go back!

August 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I don’t know when the last time I guessed wrong in a book was. Oh wait, Ready Player One threw me for several loops. But on that statement alone I’m interested!

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical fiction) Travel tales goodness: […]

August 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Kristen - Adding this to my TBR list. I am endlessly fascinated by family dynamics. Throw in the mystery with Peter, the eating disorder and a hint of a romance? Um, please and thank you! 🙂

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I recognised the cover from your Big Kids post right away and I’m really glad it lived up to such a lovely cover.

I agree that does sound like YA or NA/mature YA and I definitely want to read it. I need to know about Peter, I wonder if I’ll guess the same as you did (I’ll be sure to ask when I finally read this!)

Great review, hun!

August 17, 2012 - 10:55 pm

elena - This sounds like an amazing book! I’m strangely fascinated by eating disorders so have Ruth be self-aware of it interests me. The relationship with her brother sounds really interesting and the prejudices thing sounds foreboding. Wonderful review, Estelle!

August 17, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Annette - Really enjoyed your review. I like the romance isn’t “bigger than it ought to be.” You have me wondering about David, too. Gonna have to put this on “the list.” Thanks!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely amazing story-wise, for one thing, and I’m interested to learn more about these characters. Eating disorder stories are always a bit tricky, but from what you’ve said, I feel like it’s handled in an intelligent, interesting manner.