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Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz • Magan Reviews

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: eating disorders, theater school, Nebraska, LGBTQ, black MC Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Etta is all of these things: black, bisexual, a former ballerina, lonely, recovering from an eating disorder, and anxious to get out of […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] Not Otherwise Specified • Since You’ve Been Gone • The Last Time We Say Goodbye • I’ll Meet You There […]

March 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So glad you loved this, especially as I’m planning to read this next! I’ve never read a book by this author before, but I’ve heard fantastic things. I’m interested to meet Etta and will be aware that her character may take a bit of getting used to. Lovely review, Magan!

March 11, 2015 - 11:11 am

Magan - Brianna, I agree that it was very different than my typical reads, but I think that’s why it stood out so much. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 11:10 am

Magan - Yay, Alexa! That makes me really happy. Etta is SUCH a different character. She’s very in-your-face, but I think her journey is important. Plus, I just can’t neglect to acknowledge how well Moskowitz wrote the friendship aspect between Etta and Bianca. It blew my mind!

March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Alexa S. - I’d seen Not Otherwise Specified mentioned a couple of times, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But judging from your review, it’s an important sort of read because there’s nothing quite like it out there! I think I might pick it up just out of sheer curiosity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, M 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 10:07 am

Brianna - This isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but it sounds really good. Etta sounds like a great character.

Magan: What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Keywords: rape and victimization, eating disorders, control Target audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: ARC from Little, Brown at ALA (Thanks!) Summary: Sid wakes up on her junior class ski trip not remembering the details of the night before […]

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September 20, 2015 - 9:22 am

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

What Happens Next | Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

April Books & Wine - So, I came back to comment on this AGAIN, like a total weirdo because I was googling for reviews to link and yours came up and I am like THIS REVIEW is the reason I wanted to read What Happens Next in the first place. And now, on re-reading your review I just agree with everything. I loved how Clayton portrays Sid’s victimization and what happens after. I actually gave you guys this quote link at the bottom – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is victimized.” because I could not agree more.

Anyways, just coming back to say, post-reading, this review is incredibly accurate and I am glad I took you up on your advice to READ THIS NOW, even if it was a few months later.

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] from Every Day by David Levithan definitely left an imprint. Sid’s personality in What Happens Next was one of my favorites; I loved her snark and […]

December 9, 2012 - 1:14 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] Happens Next by Colleen Clayton = been dying to read this since Magan’s review + saw Colleen speak at Books of Wonder in NYC this week and could not resist. (Although I did wait […]

December 4, 2012 - 5:37 am

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing - […] been dying to read this one ever since reading Magan’s review on Rather Be Reading. I think it’s going to be my first book purchase after the […]

December 1, 2012 - 1:40 am

Kristen Evey - Adding this one to my TBR list. I’m very wary of books that deal with rape, so I usually base which ones I read on recommendations. This one sounds like it’s done right. It’s not a book that I’m always in the mood for, but there are times. Thanks Magan.

November 7, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, great review! I hadn’t heard of this book before now but it sounds like one I think I might enjoy, even though it would be maybe a little tough to read.

I just read Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and although it isn’t EXACTLY the same, I felt a little bit the same way you did with regard to some of the MC’s decision-making. I think THAT – the fact that I just read and enjoyed Uses For Boys and it has that similarity to this one – is what draws me to read What Happens Next. I’m not even sure that makes any sense. At any rate, great review and thank you for bringing this one to my attention.

November 6, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - First of all, I absolutely LOVE your review. I think you definitely highlighted a lot of things that could possibly appeal to me about the book, as well as sharing about the tough issue this book covered.

I’m very interested in seeing what happens to the characters and their relationship. It’s always intriguing to read a book about tough stuff like this, and seeing how people handle these things.

November 6, 2012 - 11:56 am

Jamie - To be honest, I wasn’t interested in this one before. But now, DONE, I’m going to read it. Sounds like a very emotional read! And I’m curious, based on Ginger’s comment to you, if I will feel hung up on some of her decisions. I’ll have to discuss with you when I read it!

November 4, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Tara - Magan, this was such a well-rounded, eloquent review! I just got this book and you have made me want to bump it up on the list. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoy books that deal with personal struggle and overcoming tragic events and What Happens Next seems to fit this perfectly.

November 3, 2012 - 8:06 pm

VeganYANerds - The moment you talked about Sid turning up to find him alone I felt so sick and worried and now I just have to read this. I like that you compared it to Speak, that is another subtle, serious book.

Wonderful review, Magan!

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Alex / AnimeGirl - Thanks for this review, a friend recently told me to read the book but I wasn’t sure, I think your review has convinced that it is worth reading!
Thanks for the review.

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

elena - i had my stomach in knots just reading your review. 😐 it sounds like a difficult but well done book. however, i don’t think i will be reading it because i just can’t handle books dealing with rape. this is a really insightful and intense review!

November 3, 2012 - 5:38 pm

April Books & Wine - Somehow I thought this was a dystopian book, lololol. OBVIOUSLY I was very wrong and am glad I haven’t read What Happens Next yet, because otherwise that would be an awkward surprise. I do have to say, your review makes me want to read it very very soon, especially because I can review this for work newsletter.

November 3, 2012 - 6:10 am

Lori - I kept thinking while I was reading your review that this reminds me of Speak. I love that book. I first read it in middle school and then reread it often for years after that. I hadn’t paid much attention to this one before, but now I’m really anxious to read it.

November 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Cynthia - This sounds like an emotional one but one that was written very well and I do love Laurie Halse Anderson’s book so it’s definitely going on my list. Thanks for the great review!

November 2, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This does seem reminiscent of Speak, which really makes me want to read it. What Happens Next seems like one of those books that’s tough to read, but is definitely worthwhile.

November 2, 2012 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, I know we’ve already talked in length about this book, but I still wanted to read your thoughts again on it. You’ve summed it up quite well. I had a difficult time digesting Sid’s decisions, or lack of decisions I should say, and that really got to me while reading. However, with your help, I was able to see past that and really focus on the story as a whole. Though the ending came a bit too quickly for me, I still enjoyed the message it sent out.

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.

Estelle: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Tweet!) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 224 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: eating disorders, New York City, friendships, mother/daughter relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Meet Sethie, a high school senior, living in New York City and doing anything she can […]

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August 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

Review: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - […] Book Chic Club Book Blogging Beauties Rather be Reading […]

August 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds really interesting. I like that you pointed out that the author handled the subject in a way that stood out and was different from what has been done before – it makes me curious enough to give this one a try, despite the tough subject it tackles.

July 30, 2012 - 11:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Very nice review! Just read this myself and I agree on a lot of things here. I actually felt lost in the first half of the book reading it in the third person. I felt a little too on the outside and didn’t see myself making connections with anyone until halfway through. I really liked the growing friendship between Sethie and Janey (I agree, totally had my doubts about Janey at first too!) – And I also liked to see a side of eating disorders and body image that isn’t so extreme. I’ve actually seen a few of my friends go through this so the topic was extremely relatable and not overdone at all.

Estelle: Various Positions by Martha Schabas

Various Positions by Martha Schabas Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult (for mature audiences) Format read: Paperback ARC from ALA. Summary: With her sex-obsessed peers and an unhappy home life, the only time Georgia feels at peace is on the dance floor. When she gets […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:06 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you for linking to my review! Honestly, this book wasn’t what I was expecting BUT it did turn out okay in the end. It’s written really candidly and really well, so I actually was invested in the story.

April 15, 2012 - 8:39 am

Estelle - April, super happy to hear I may have changed your mind. More and more, I think this book was worth reading and I’m sad it gets a negative rep. Because the writing is just SO good and a lot of what happens is so surprising. (At least to me. haha) Let me know if you read it!

April 15, 2012 - 8:00 am

In My Mailbox: April 15, 2012 - […] Various Positions by Martha Schabas (E) New York City Teen Author Festival: Recap 1 (E) Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (E) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist (M) Top 10 Books that were Totally Deceiving Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann (E) […]

April 15, 2012 - 7:12 am

April Books & Wine - Damn. I’ve seen a few bad reviews of Various Positions and was prepared to write it off as don’t read. BUT THIS REVIEW MAKES ME DESPERATELY WANT TO READ IT.

Like, maybe at 14 my friends and I weren’t talking about sexuality or whatever, but we definitely were at 16. And hmmm, these days it seems like 14 year olds act an awful lot like the 16 year olds of my day. So yeah, I think being as open as I am about that stuff, I’d actually LIKE Various Positions.

April 14, 2012 - 11:28 am

Hanna @ Booking in Heels - Like Sash above, I was expecting something slightly fluffier, but then I read your review and my eyes were opened!

I added this to my wishlist ages ago because I love novels about aspiring dancers, but children talking about sex does make me cringe. Maybe I’ll wait a little before getting hold of this one.

Nice review though 🙂

April 13, 2012 - 11:57 am

Sash from Sash and Em - I suppose more than anything, I was upset because Various Positions deceived me! I was expecting something cute and fluffy (a la Bunheads by Sophie Flack) and then BAM out of nowhere, this CHILD talking about SEXUALITY. When I want a book that discusses sexuality (which is totally cool with me), I want to be told from someone a (enter: dry sarcasm) little bit older than 14. Now yes, I realize that in today’s society there are things like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore but that doesn’t mean that exposing children to things like that is okay. I’m not saying ignoring it is okay either, but perhaps showing children while saying “This is unacceptable.” is better.

It could also be that I’m extremely conservative and very much old-fashioned. 🙂

I loved your level-headed review of this book that I loathe so much.