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Estelle: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: money problems, small business, family secrets, romance Format read: ARC paperback from Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit (Thanks!) Summary: Caymen works at her mother’s doll store and is used […]

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June 18, 2014 - 12:00 am

Rather Be Reading: On the Fence by Kasie West - […] the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

July 21, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so glad to hear that you enjoyed this book! It sounded a bit too cute and fluffy to me at first, but as the reviews started pouring in, I felt like I should read this book. It does have some typical elements – like the rich versus poor relationship – but I like how it sounds like other things were added into the mix too. Plus, I think it’s quirky/creepy that they own a porcelain doll shop! Can’t wait to read this one.

July 16, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Alisa Selene - This sounds really good!

July 16, 2013 - 8:25 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Love fun, playful banter.

July 15, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Jen - Eeep this book sounds so cute! I love books about finding one’s future, or relationships between mother/daughter. It looks like The Distance Between Us talks about just that! I also love character growth, and Caymen experiences some, so yay! I’ll have to check this one out soon since you enjoyed it so much, lovely review, Estelle! <3

July 15, 2013 - 3:36 pm

ashley - I love and adore West’s writing so I’m glad to know this is a good one, too!

July 15, 2013 - 2:41 pm

elena - their cute/funny outings were the BEST. i need some boy to help me find my passion in life. preferably on his private jet. whatever. totally agree on the mother relationship! i know we’re TOLD a lot they’re close but i actually wished there was more interaction to SHOW that they are?

July 15, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Seriously, this book was just what I needed. I love that dress, too! And the shoes!! Those are my kind of shoes, right there.

July 15, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Rachel - Ok, so for a while I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this one, but I MOST DEFINITELY do. This book sounds super relevant to my life, which is something I always love, and the characters sound awesome and interesting.

July 15, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - There’s no denying that this cover had me at ‘hello’. I’m so happy to hear that the story encased within sounds just as lovely as the beautiful cover art. I love the fact that Caymen sounds witty, sarcastic and brash, as that was certainly my own defence mechanism when I was growing up – It’s always a nice bonus when you can relate to the protagonist yourself 🙂 I think it’ll be interesting to watch as Caymen and Xander both conquer their initial impressions and prejudice of one another and I love the issue you touched upon regarding Caymen’s relationship with her mother. Family dynamics are always important to me within a novel and I had not heard about this aspect of the novel until reading your review. Although I’ve yet to read anything penned by Kasie West thus far (Pivot Point is still sitting unread on my TBR bookshelf) I have really high hopes for this one and can’t wait to read it! 😀

July 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Cassie - YES, YES, YES. I agree with every word you wrote here. I adored this book and really do hope there’s more from Caymen!

July 15, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - You have totally just convinced me into buying this one very soon! I know a lot of people loved it, but I didn’t think that this book would be something I’d be into, but after reading your review, I know I’ll be reading this one pretty sharpish. I was sold at snarky main character, haha. 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - YES!!!! I loved this one so much. It was SUCH a fun, summer-y, fun read and I absolutely loved that cover. There is so much about this story that I loved, commenting on it all would be ridiculously long, but I’m so glad you loved it too. ALSO, on the back of the ARC when it mentions that this book is similar to the movie Pretty In Pink – YES IT WAS! I loved that and it stayed on my mind SO MUCH that I ended up having to watch the movie a few days later because it was driving me crazy. I can’t remember if you’ve read Pivot Point by this author, but I really loved that one too and I’m very eagerly awaiting its release.

July 15, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - I really liked this one too! It was so refreshing to see a main character who wasn’t middle-class by any stretch of the imagination, and who worked because she HAD to for her family, not just because she was bored or for “entertainment” money. I also really liked that Caymen was interested in science and was sarcastic and witty. I think we’d have gotten along great in real life. I thought the relationship between Xander and Caymen developed slowly & naturally, and also really liked the family stuff.

July 15, 2013 - 11:54 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Caymen sounds really relatable and I love that she has a dry sense of humor. Also, I love books with “ooh-ahh” twists. Really want to read this now!

July 15, 2013 - 11:19 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m really excited to read this one! I loved Pivot Point, the romance being my favorite part, so I was excited to see that Kasie West had a straight up contemp. I’m kind of surprised I haven’t read it already but I’m so glad to hear all the good reviews coming back so far! 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Christianna - I’m loving all the things you have to say about this one! I like that it sounds like it deal with family relationships as much as it deals with the romantic one. Plus you’ve got to love a snarky main character! What a fun review!

Estelle: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs ( web | tweet ) Part of the Bella Vista series. Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 432 Target audience: adult Keywords: family secrets, World War II, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Other books by Susan Wiggs featured on RBR: Return to […]

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July 23, 2015 - 8:01 am

Love Ain't Nothing But Love | Romance Picks - […] I don’t see any announcements for another book in this series but I hope there will be one. The Apple Orchard was great […]

May 29, 2013 - 11:40 am

Alexa Y. - I’m fairly confident that I would fall in love with this novel if I read it. It sounds like an AMAZING read, to be honest, and the setting is PERFECTION already, though you’ve given us the briefest description of it. I’m definitely making a note to check this one out!

May 23, 2013 - 6:33 pm

katy @ ablightedone - This sounds like something I’d really like. Especially if there’s sweet moments revolving around wine!

May 21, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - Wine with a guy who saves dogs in his spare time? SIGH. No cell service is my absolute nightmare though. I immediately thought, they better have WiFi! I’ve never read (okay, or even heard of) Susan Wiggs, but this one looks like a good place to start. 🙂

May 21, 2013 - 9:00 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - Okay, that settles it: I’m finally going to discover what Wiggs is all about. Customers are constantly asking for & raving about her books, but I had always grouped her in the Nora Roberts/Danielle Steel category: older lady favorites. Certainly not an author 20-somethings enjoy.

🙂 You know, this one sounds fantastic. Sometimes I love being wrong.

May 20, 2013 - 9:48 am

April Books & Wine - Estelle, The Apple Orchard sounds really good. I mean, who does not like books about family secrets, peace and quiet and ROMANCE? For real. I’ll have to check this one out sometime.

Estelle: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read 🙂 And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!

Estelle: None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing

None of the Regular Rules by Erin Downing ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: November 18, 2012 Pages: 181 pages Target audience: Young adult Keywords: senior year, family secrets, friendship, bucket list Format read: ARC provided by the author. (Thank you!) Summary: When Sophie inherits her deceased Aunt Suzy’s car, she finds a ten-year old list […]

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March 28, 2013 - 7:02 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Oh my gosh, comments are working again! About time, GoDaddy.

The name Johnny Rush makes me think of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. I’ll read this book for that reason alone. And your review, Estelle. 🙂

March 27, 2013 - 9:42 pm

Anna - I actually really loved Kiss It — so I’m so happy to read your review of this one too!

March 26, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Man, I love Johnny Rush. And his super-cool name.
I thought this was just a fun story. Sometimes these fun little contemps are the PERFECT reads for me because I read issues books or these crazy dystopians or whatever, and then there is JOHNNY RUSH. What a great one. So glad you liked it! Also, how cute is that cover?

March 26, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, this book sounds like such a fun ride! Looking at everything that happens and the page count though it seems like a bit of a short book (which is obviously why it’s fast-paced). I also am intrigued that this book has a large focus on the friendships of these girls. I will have to check this out more! Great review 🙂

March 26, 2013 - 5:09 am

VeganYANerds - I love stories that involve family mystery and a bit of romance, especially if there’s some good tension between the characters! And I love the idea of fulfilling someone else’s bucket list!

I am so thrilled that this is avail. for Kindle, I just snapped it up!

March 25, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I would like to meet Johnny Rush. He sounds absolutely fascinating after reading your review! Plus, you know, I do like the fact that this book tells the story of three friends – and does it well. Friendships are tested, ESPECIALLY in senior year, and I would be curious to see how it’s handled here!

March 25, 2013 - 11:44 am

elena - i really like the name JOHNNY RUSH, it sounds like such a rockstar name. i’m intrigued by him already!! yay for him being a stand up guy.

okayyyy i’ve never heard of this book but now i want to read it after your review. my senior year was highly uneventful so perhaps i can live vicariously through this book.

Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books) Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham […]

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July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - […] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main […]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - […] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the […]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - […] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any […]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - […] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!

Twice as Nice: Belles & Winter White by Jen Calonita

Belles (#1) by Jen Calonita ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: April 10, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, mean girls, campaigns Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Izzie and Mira couldn’t be more different. For years, Izzie has grown up in Harborside, hanging out at the Boardwalk, and working as a lifeguard […]

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December 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

Kristen Evey - I’ve been wanting to read Belles since I saw the cover when it came out. I really want to love stories like this, but I don’t always end up doing so and I can’t figure out why. That you compared this to both Cinderella AND Mean Girls gives me high hopes for this one though. 😉

November 8, 2012 - 5:23 pm

elena - awww this seem like such qt contemps! i was suppose to be sent this for review but welp, it never came. the first one is at my library though, i think. i like the comparison of belles to mean girls & cinderella. eesh to the curveball ending in the second book though. great reviews, estelle!

November 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I’m not sure if I needed to skip book two’s review or not, but I did. I have Belles but I haven’t read it yet. I REALLY WANT TO, though, because I seem to remember that it is set in Eastern North Carolina, which is where I live. (I love reading books set close to me for some reason.)

Also, the cover is super pretty. I really need to make the time for this one so I can get to book two as well!

November 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You make me want to immediately go out and get these books STAT. Honestly, from the summaries alone, I could already tell that they would be the kind of books I’d find interesting, and I’m intrigued to meet both Mira and Izzie!

November 6, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Tara - Can I just say how happy I am that we could talk this out on GChat lol. I feel a readalong coming on when book 3 comes out 🙂