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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review + Giveaway

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: depression, opposites attract, senior year, death of a sibling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: After meeting on the top of the school’s bell tower, both contemplating the horror of jumping off, Finch bursts […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Alexa S. - Your review is making me lean heavily towards wanting to read All the Bright Places, M! I’m still not sure when or if I’ll be getting to it, but I do love that your enthusiasm for the story + characters shines through so clearly in this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for encouraging readers to pick it up!

January 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but now I want to read it. Roller coaster emotions + relationship progression = my cup of tea.

*adds to Goodreads*

My new years resolution, which is completely cliche but whatever, is to lose weight and get back in shape. I gained an embarrassingly amount of weight in the past three months. Time to lose it and get toned!

January 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Carmel - My New Year’s Resolution is to be brave. I still have a lot apprehensions in general. Hopefully I could just let things be and just trust in the magic of new beginnings. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Jaime Lester - One of my resolutions is to start eating healthier, and drinking more water, less Dr. Pepper!!! UGH!I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. I work out all of the time, now I just need to get the eating part down!

January 2, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - (M, I just went to Goodreads to mark it rec’d by you and saw that I’d already done just that. I SO love how much you love this one, that it made me excited twice.)

January 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN! I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this book because it seems to me that so many people are reading it right now, at the same time, but your words are BRILLIANT and make me want my hands on it NOW. I love that I can tell how much you love it and WOW, I just want to read it NOW. That is why I love reading friends with enthusiasm. Happy New Year friend and thanks so much for this recommendation! xo

January 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Jessica @ Strung Out On Books - I loved this book just as much as you did! Definitely a fav of 2015 for me too! I haven’t ordered a finished copy yet, but I plan ASAP! Finch and Violet will be with me for a long, long time! Lovely review! 😀

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Amy Deatherage - im excited for this one.

I plan to keep with the “don’t worry, be happy”.

January 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Barbara - Hi!

My 2015 resolution is to be more active in my blogging, Twitter accounts, and Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

January 2, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Ashley C - My new years resolution is to stress less! Don’t worry about the small things! 🙂
Thanks for the chance!
-Ashley

January 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - I’ve seen this book around but haven’t heard much. Your love for this book is so clear and really makes me want to read it! The concept sounds so interesting and I’m intrigued by Finch’s different personas.

January 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Cassie - I have this book on hold at the library, and I am so excited to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

January 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - I am getting excited to read this one!

Magan: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr Publication Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 341 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, loss of a parent, pregnancy, adoption, abuse, new beginnings Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: After her father’s passing, Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby and allows […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:28 am

Real Life Friend & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity - […] Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr | Just One Year by Gayle […]

July 8, 2013 - 12:02 am

How To Save A Life | Sara Zarr | Book Review - […] Ivy Book Bindings – “I fell hard for the romance in this novel” YA Love Blog – “Prepare for gushing because this novel is beautiful and amazing.” Rather Be Reading – “I was completely mesmerized by her writing” […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 9. How to Save a Life: Apparently I like extremely touchy books because this one is about a girl who loses her father. Her dad was like her best friend and she was never very close to her mom. When her mom connects with a teenage girl that’s pregnant and allows her to move in with them until she has the baby, Jill freaks out a little. She feels like her mom is trying to replace her when she announces that she will adopt the baby. (My review.) […]

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is the last of Sara’s books that I need to read so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it (so much so that I’ve added it to my list of books to swap with Hannah!)

Sara’s writing is just amazing, in such a quiet and subtle way. The plot reminds me of the last season of Parenthood, minus the dad dying, and I wonder how it will all work out.

August 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Tara - Any book that makes you reread passages and write down quotes is a win in my book! I have this book from BEA and I think I seriously need to pick it up soon. Lovely review (per usual) Magan 🙂

August 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - I read about 35 pages of this one before I had to abandon it. Weh.

August 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

April Books & Wine - I have had this on my shelves forever. I’m glad to hear it’s well-written and just plain good.

August 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Kristen - “How to Save a Life is a notable story about how our lives can be shaken up and we have to slowly put the pieces back together — even if those pieces don’t fit back together exactly how they used to.”

That is beautiful. I LOVE books like this. Will definitely be checking this out as well.

August 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. Just wow. This sounds incredible and moving and I now want to read it. Will be sure to check it out of the library stat!

August 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

Anna - I <3 Zarr

August 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your last sentence to describe this book. I keep meaning to read this one by Sara Zarr and your review has reminded me once again that I am obviously missing out by not doing so. This is beautiful Magan.

Magan: One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment by Kristina McBride  Publication Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: EgmontUSA Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Death, lies and secrecy, friendship, loss of first love Format read: eBook received from NetGalley Summary: When Maggie’s friend Adam finds her hiding beneath the cover of the forest, she has no memory of what happend atop […]

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July 11, 2012 - 12:02 am

One Moment Kristina McBride Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Incredibly fast-paced and engaging” […]

July 7, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You certainly make this book sound incredibly mysterious M. I’m so intrigued – and would LOVE to find out what actually happened in the book. I also think it’s true that one moment can change your life forever and it’s fascinating to me when someone writes about that.

July 6, 2012 - 11:31 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you enjoyed this more than I did, hun! I did feel for Maggie, imagine finding out about the boy you loved, how sad. And it was quite obvious but I also kept thinking maybe we were going to find out an even bigger secret, it was definitely a mysterious story!

July 6, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Thanks, Elena! This book is falling under the radar and I think more people would appreciate it if they gave it a chance. It’s kind of a lot to take in because SO many things happen, but it’s quite good! Thanks for the compliment. 🙂

July 5, 2012 - 11:18 pm

elena - Ooh, memory loss and mystery? This sounds like an interesting book! I absolutely love the last paragraph of this review, it does sound like a book that could break your heart or make you angry. Wonderful review!

Magan: Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Target Audience: Young Adult Pages: 352 Format read: ARC received from ALA (Thank you!) Summary: London’s best friend is her brother Zach; it has always been the two of them as their family has moved across the world as missionaries. When […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Books like this one are right up my alley. Plus, it sounds amazing. I tend to love stories that deal with families and heartbreak, and this one has that element to it (or so it seems from your review!)

May 20, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Magan - Thanks, Katie! I plan to sit here and read as much as I can today. I NEED this whole day to just dive into these author’s worlds. I hope I finish my current read (Timepiece) so I can dive into one of the three you listed. I don’t know how I’ll decide which to read next. 🙂

May 20, 2012 - 11:17 am

Katie @ BlookGirl - Revived is definitely on my TBR List! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it 🙂 I saw Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour at Barnes & Noble yesterday and thought it sounded really fun! This Lullaby is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen novels. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

My book haul: http://www.BlookGirl.com/book-blog/mission-acquired/158-may-19-2012

May 19, 2012 - 6:29 am

Lori - I’ve read two books by Carol Lynch Williams and really enjoyed them. Now I’m even more anxious to read this one. I love emotional stories and verse novels so this sounds perfect for me! Fantastic review.

May 18, 2012 - 5:59 pm

elena - I’m not really the biggest fan of verse novels but you’ve convinced me with the comparison to The Sky Is Everywhere! LOVE that book and if this book is anything like it, it will be amazing. 😀

May 18, 2012 - 5:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Fantastic review, Mags! Being written in verse about something emotional definitely doesn’t put me off this book, in fact I want to read it even more! It went on my to-read list when you recommended it to me on twitter but now I can really understand why you suggested it.

May 18, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Aneeqah - I’ve been kind of back and forth about whether I should read this book. I think I’ll at least add it to my TBR, so I can get around it sometime. Sometimes, a deep emotional read is perfect on occasion. I’m not usually a huge fan of these types of books though, but I think that I’ll like this one, even though it seems like there’s a love triangle in this book [which I am definitely NOT a fan of]. Fabulous review, Magan! =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

May 18, 2012 - 9:50 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - The free verse thing didn’t work for me. It was also too dramatic for my taste, but I’m glad you like it. I don’t know why but I just really like reading good reviews of those books I didn’t like or finish. Weird. 🙂

Estelle: You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis (website | twitter) Publication Date: 9/13/2011 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 304 Pages Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Death of a parent, mystery, art, family, first love Format read: Hardcover from library. Summary: A year after her mother’s death, Luna visits her old studio and finds her […]

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November 4, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis (YA Review) - […] year, I sat curled up at a hotel pool reading You Have Seven Messages. I fell hard for Stewart Lewis’ lyrical prose. So it was with great anticipation that I […]

May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] lives. Sometimes uncovering these mysteries is great for us, and other times… not so much. You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis is written so beautifully, about a girl who listens to voicemails left on her […]

February 21, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> 2/21/2013 - […] Before You by Jojo Moyes — from Rachel @ Hello Chelly You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis — from Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — […]

June 18, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds absolutely AMAZING. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis […]

May 20, 2012 - 9:50 am

Shelve It: May 20, 2012 - […] reviewed You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis – a book she had a hard time putting […]

May 16, 2012 - 9:59 pm

Estelle - Morgan, super bizarre because the same weekend I finished Seven Messages… I went to the bookstore and saw there was ANOTHER book with the same picture called “Some Girls” and I added it to my list. Pretty hilarious and weird? Don’t they keep a tally of that somewhere. Hope you read Seven Messages! Thanks for stopping in!

May 16, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Estelle - Glad to hear it Liz! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

May 16, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Liz - Conveniently I have this one out from the library right now. Great review, you have convinced me it should move to the top of the pile!

May 16, 2012 - 10:19 am

Morgan - Sounds like a great book! Your review drew me in because I have read a book with the same cover before. (Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton). So, it caught my attention!

Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summber by Morgan Matson [website | twitter] Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 480 Keywords: Family, Cancer, Growing Up, Friendship, Love Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: Paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Taylor’s father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given approximately three months to live. Her family […]

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May 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

Second Chance Summer | Review | #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek - Mostly YA Lit - […] to be heart-breaking. I’d heard that from all of my favorite book people. But I also knew that every single book person I trust has loved it, and that I was going to be guaranteed a story that would […]

May 14, 2014 - 12:01 am

YA Book Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so […]

July 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Morgan Matson's Summer Essentials - […] our very favorite authors who never fails to wow us with her incredible writing. We deeply loved Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. There’s no doubt that Morgan’s books are a […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] Matson (Goodreads) – I suppose after seeing my name pop up in their twitter feed regarding MY UNDYING LOVE for this book, they decided I needed a finished copy of this […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds incredibly beautiful. I am SO excited to read it!

June 2, 2012 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] by Deb Caletti (Goodreads) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Magan’s review) Forever Summer by Alison Noel (Goodreads) Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Goodreads) […]

May 31, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting - Oh, this one brought tears to my eyes. I haven’t read The Story of Us, but it might make an interesting companion read. Thanks for the review.

May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 14, 2012 - 1:36 am

Jasmine Rose - It usually takes one or two people (at least) to convince me to read a contemporary. It’s strange. I usually love the contemp books I read, but the synopsis(es?) don’t really grab me the way a dystopian or fantasy does. That being sad, I’m so glad to be seeing awesome reviews for Second Chance Summer popping up because they’re convincing me to read it! I adored Amy & Roger’s so this one is definitely on my TBR now. Great review, Magan :]

May 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan loved Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. A great meme by Broke & Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious […]

May 12, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Katie @ BlookGirl - Okay, okay! I’m convinced! Even though this book is likely to rip my heart out, I will go out and buy it this weekend 🙂 What a great, thoughtful review! I love relatable contemporaries, and this certainly sounds like one for me. Can’t wait to experience it for myself! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 <3

May 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

Novel Sounds - […] Detour so Second Chance Summer was definitely on my reading list. Then Magan from Rather Be Reading read it and LOVED it. I immediately bumped it up and now I am maybe a bit broken. I knew it was going to be love in the […]

May 11, 2012 - 12:24 pm

elena - OH MY I just finished this book and I HAVE FEELINGS!!!!! It’s so warm and wonderful, trying to write my review ASAP. Yours is LOVELY, I love how much you love the book and that you mentioned the pacing was perfect. Augh such a good book.

May 9, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Liz - As if I needed any more reason to be desperate to read this book. I seriously cannot wait to read it. I pre-ordered it from my local book chain, but they are proving to be super slow with it.

Beautiful review, so happy you loved it. I am prepared to have a good long cry session with this one.

May 9, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Magan - ANNA! YES – yes you do! Hop on that… pronto! 🙂
Mandee – THANK YOU! I’m fully embracing the crying during reading. It was quite a relief to let so many tears go. Haha. 🙂
Hannah – YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. ’tis true. I’m not a rule-breaker, but I vote you break the book buying ban for this one!

May 9, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Magan - Sharon, I definitely recommend a non-populated area while reading. The husband thought I was having a breakdown! Hahaha

May 9, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh girl, sounds like I need to read this! I’m so excited because I love the cover and it makes me so happy to hear that the story inside is even better. I WANT THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.

May 9, 2012 - 4:34 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve been so looking forward to your review and it’s wonderful! I’m so glad this book lives up to it’s gorgeous cover and I know, like you, I will crying my little heart out at the end 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Anna - I very much need to read this.

May 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, wow. I really am looking forward to this one, particularly after reading this review! I am going to have to wait until I’m ready to cry and have time to read not in public, though. I have a feeling my coworkers in the break room might be a little put off by hysterical sobbing, which is most definitely going to happen. I can feel it already.

May 9, 2012 - 10:04 am

Magan - Thanks so, so much Lori! I actually haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour yet. I know – *gasp*! You can bet I will be now!

May 9, 2012 - 10:03 am

Magan - Hi Anna! I can’t even describe how much I love this book. It doesn’t feel like I’ve done the book justice in my review. All I can say is READ IT NOW! I hope you love it just as much as I did! (Also, I loved that she was “normal” too.)

May 9, 2012 - 8:04 am

Anna Scott - Oh wow. I love it when I find book that I adore as much as you clearly adore this. I was really impressed with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and I’m really looking forward to this one.
I like your note about Taylor not having any stand-out skills. I sometimes annoys me how some YA main characters have to be super-smart or athletic or artistic to make up for the fact that they don’t quite fit in, or whatnot. It’s refreshing to have a main character that is ‘average’ (whatever that means!)
Great review! x

May 9, 2012 - 7:28 am

Lori - I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. It’s one of my most favorite books. So I’ve been super excited about this book. Now I’m even more excited! I love your review!