Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Tag Archives: Books about First Love

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass | Magan Reviews

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass [twitter | website] Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: girls’ rules for dating, girl code, sex and teenagers, senior year of H.S. Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: Aubrey and her girlfriends think they have dating, relationships, and guys all figured out. There […]

View full post »

January 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - Though I personally was too frustrated to finish this one, I do think Love and Other Theories is the type of read that will provoke a reaction and subsequent reflection. The concept itself is interesting and challenging, and I like that it had you posing questions in your review.

January 10, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I don’t think this one is for me but I like how you mention that there are some women who could probably benefit from this story. But I think I’ll just be frustrated…

January 7, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Rebecca, I think it could be an eye-opener. Definitely. It’s always difficult to have characters who need to grow up a whole lot. And especially more difficult when they just don’t get as far as you’d like them to.

January 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Emma, with your focus on feminism, I would be SO curious to see what you have to say about this one. Read it, please?

January 6, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Hmm. This sounds like an interesting read but also maybe a frustrating one. It also completely slipped under the radar for me so thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!

January 6, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This sounds like an interesting book (although kinda frustrating?) and it sounds like some girls might really benefit from it and open their eyes. I haven’t read many reviews for this, so thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Estelle: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams ( web | tweet) Publication Date: July 14, 2009 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 253 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, growing up, friendships Format read: Borrowed from the library. Other book I reviewed by this author: Pizza, Love, and Other Things That Made Me Famous… Summary: Another summer, another couple […]

View full post »

September 22, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh E! This one sounds really good. I love the summer camp setting, but I’m super interested in the story of friends growing apart. This has happened to me at several times in my life, and I always wish there were more books about this happening. A lot of friend “break up” books are because of these big dramatic events instead of just the natural growing apart and fading away that happens when people grow up and get older. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

August 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

Alexa Y. - I’m pretty sure that I’m going to like this book. It’s got so many great elements to it – summer camp, a potential summer romance, friendship. I really want to read it after reading your review, as I want to know what ends up happening between Helena and Katie, and also Helena and Ransome (even though that name reeeeally throws me off).

August 27, 2013 - 8:54 am

Jamie - Oooh I’ve been looking for another summer camp novel. BINGO! This one sounds great!

August 17, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Bookworm1858 - I completely missed this book when it first came out but I love the sound of it. Wonder if I can squeeze it in before summer officially ends as it doesn’t seem like the kind of book to necessarily read during the winter.

August 16, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds SO GOOD. As I usually do when I come here, I just opened up two extra internet windows to check my libraries and see if they have it. One of them does, so I put myself on the hold list. There are so many things you’ve mentioned here that appeal to me about this one!

Estelle: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Amulet Books Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: high school graduation, summer before college, sex, friendships, secrets Format read: ARC Paperback from BEA via Elena at Novel Sounds! Summary: Post-graduation life brings Wren and Charlie together the summer before […]

View full post »

August 28, 2013 - 11:15 am

Alexa Y. - I really adore your review of The Infinite Moment of Us, mostly because you managed to so eloquently express most of my feelings about it. I too loved the way it made me feel, the nostalgia, and the fact I could relate to the characters and their feelings. But I had trouble with the romance (a wee bit anyway) and the way it ends, and that’s where the book lost me a bit. Still, it was worth a read in the end.

August 27, 2013 - 8:57 am

Jamie - SIGH I’m so conflicted on if I should read this one. I have it on my Kindle and was really excited about it but then I only saw pretty bad reviews. Do you think this is a Jamie book??

August 24, 2013 - 6:11 am

Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle | - […] Rather Be Reading | Alexa Loves Books | Birth of a New Witch […]

August 15, 2013 - 11:41 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yes! I think the nostalgic feeling was what really made me like this book. I had major problems with a lot of it, but I think that’s because I have major problems with just similar actions of teens in general – the “why are you choosing them over me?” whining or the angst that comes with dramatic relationships. That being said, I felt Myracle did capture how teens can be, which I felt was a huge plus. Overall, not a favorite… but I did really enjoy it!

August 13, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - My review for this one goes up tomorrow, so you can get a better idea on my thoughts. But I did want to say I agreed with you on the Charlie’s ex gf bits. I felt all of that lost sight from the story. It was a bit too much dramatic. Also, the use of some words through out definitely felt harsh to me, too.

Though I can’t relate to their type of love story, I definitely believed it to be true. I think when you’re young like that, and still so inexperienced when it comes to the world and the way it shapes your relationships, there’s an innocence to it that seems like nothing can hurt you.

August 13, 2013 - 10:33 am

Leah - I COMPLETELY agree that this is borrow-worthy rather than a book to buy. This was my first time reading Myracle and I had pretty high expectations. For the most part I enjoyed it, though that ending… I was seriously turned off by Wren’s actions/selfishness.

August 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for such an honest review, Estelle! I haven’t had a chance to read The Infinite Moment of Us, but I’m excited to get to it now and see what I think of her writing style. I know showing vs telling is kind of a cliched saying now, but it really does change everything about a story when you tell it rather than show it. I’m also excited to read a book that explores sexuality – it’s such a tough age and I think too many gloss over it.

Thanks again for the review, Estelle!

August 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Sarah - The book cover is soooo gorgeous!!
After reading your review I had this Brand New song in my head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDBp2SFIp8
It seems very fitting to the book

August 12, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - This book is so polarizing! I think the people who like it relate to Wren, as I did, and the others are just turned off by her. I fully agree with you about the dreamlike quality of the romantic relationship. I really liked how Wren evolved as well and I’d be curious to find out what happens to her after she leaves home. Her parents killed me.

August 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’m really excited for this one because it’s by Lauren Myracle and the relationship sounds like it will make for a good read! I love that Wren is so empowered, too. That’s disappointing about the telling, though. It seems like a lot of people have mixed feelings about it.

August 12, 2013 - 1:59 pm

elean - the cover for this book is SO BEAUTIFUL and so is your review! i agree that “cock” sounds harsh but think of it as the chicken. curious to see what i’ll think of the relationship.

August 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I think the fact that I THOUGHT I was going to relate to this book and didn’t really let me down. You had the nostalgia that managed to keep you hooked and connected to the book, but I agree – That dreamlike relationship/feel totally had me just floating away and I could keep that connection going.
I thought I was going to relate to Wren in the sense that she’s always been the good child and she actually likes pleasing her parents because that’s what she does. It’s just how things went. But her parents were sort of nutso in their expectations for her and it kind of just went over the top. The story could have been the same with more.. “normal” parents.

August 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Cassie - OH this book. So torn on it! I have to review it next week and I have just been THINKING about it and how I feel.

It had a lot of potential and elements I know we both did enjoy, though! and plus — THE COVERRR <3

Magan: Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton ( twitter ) Also known as Elizabeth Lenhard. Publication date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: death in the family, first love, close family relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Chelsea’s fifteenth summer is going to be one full of adventures […]

View full post »

July 23, 2013 - 10:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH THE DAYS OF READING INTO EVERY INTERACTION. OR GLANCE. OR WORD. Yes, those days. This sounds like it would be hard with the loss, but sweet with the first love and family. I LOVE the way it sounds.

July 21, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Alexa Y. - What I think will appeal to me most, should I read Fifteenth Summer, is the way the character experiences her first love. I love when an author is able to authentically capture that feeling, and since you were able to really sense that on your read, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel like you do about it!

July 18, 2013 - 2:35 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Did I just hear the word ‘road trip’? 😉 In all seriousness though, this story sounds extremely difficult but also strangely beautiful. I can still remember how deeply I was rocked by my own grandparent’s death and I still miss them everyday. I was around Chelsea’s age, too, which might make reading this story a little difficult for me to read at the moment. I will say that I love the sound of the relationship between Chelsea and Josh and am extremely curious to see how things play out between them. As you recommended, I think I’ll borrow this one.

Magan: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith (Website | Twitter) Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: boarding school, rugby, male POV, friendship, love, bullying Format read: ARC received from S&S (Thank you!) Summary: Ryan Dean, a 14-year-old rugby-playing high school junior, is determined to make something of himself […]

View full post »

October 11, 2016 - 12:02 am

Ten Books I Read Because of a Recommendation - […] by Andrew Smith Reading this book was a top priority after reading Magan from Rather Be Reading’s review and seeing them gush over it on […]

April 14, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Corey, I’m SO excited you’re enjoying WINGER. Did you finish? So happy that you’re so into this one. It took me a little while, but then I got HOOKED!

April 8, 2015 - 1:44 pm

corey - i dont like reading books but i actually liked reading this one witch literally surprised everyone in the high school and my at my household because everyone would have to force me to read i got in i.s.s and read like 1 or 2 pages and got interesting then read to next chapter and couldn’t stop reading im like on 400th page right now where he got let into that dance

August 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Corinne Battistelli - What would you say the climax of Winger is? Can someone help me out? By the way, right now Winger is my favorite book. I felt broken at the end.

August 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: , Magan - […] by Andrew Smith: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s […]

June 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Nautical and The Sexy - […] and especially love that it helped Magan get out of her own reading slump. She called it “well-written and addictive“. That’s just the kind of book I need in my hands right […]

June 4, 2013 - 9:01 am

Hilarious and Heartbreaking: Winger by Andrew Smith | wrapped up in books - […] Magan from Rather Be Reading: “Andrew Smith taps into the mind of Ryan Dean so well — he’s funny and a little perverted, but very self-aware and insecure, too. Shamefully, I was a bit nervous about reading from a 14-year-old boy’s perspective. I’m a girl who likes the older, more mature YA books. Never fear! His age didn’t turn out to be a problem for me at all. In fact, I sometimes had to remind myself he was so young.” […]

May 5, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I recall that moment when I was in 1 author line & you guys were in Smith’s. I meant to get over there & get Winger specifically. Urgh! Totally got distracted. I’m so pumped that it deserves more hype. I’m going to put it on my school wish list.

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

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

May 2, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Annie - This sounds EXACTLY like the book I need to read to get out from my slump! If it worked for you, it’ll work for me! I like how it’s a male POV and boy, the book just sounds amazing! The cover is quite interesting as well…

May 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds really great and I love books that have drawings in them, they’re always so much fun to read. I was a bit hesitant because of the cover but now I definitely want to read it. Sounds like something I would enjoy. =)

May 2, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I first heard about this book from Ginger and I was like yes, this is my book.

Now I read your review and I’m like YES. THIS IS MY BOOK.

I have to admit that I am usually in love with books by men with male mc’s that come of age. I mean, hello John Green and Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness – amiright?

Anyway, I love that you tell us that the book is rad and why without giving away plot. I love that a lot. Leave the happenings for us to discover!

May 2, 2013 - 11:21 am

Alexa Y. - Your review basically makes me want to have this book in my hands already! I love that you’re clearly enthusiastic about this story. It sounds really good, especially because it’s a male POV (!) and you compared it to Perks (!). I definitely need a good contemporary novel in my life, and thanks to your review, I’m thinking this may be it!

May 2, 2013 - 10:48 am

Matthew MacNish - Winger is my favorite book by Andrew Smith (my favorite is always the one I read most recently). And I completely agree, this is a fabulous, fabulous book, made just a little bit more perfect by Sam Bosma’s illustrations.

If you’re going to get into Andrew Smith, I would suggest reading the rest of his books in the order they were published.

Ghost Medicine is sad and beautiful.
In the Path of Falling Objects is pretty disturbing, but totally poetic.
The Marbury Lens will never let you go.
Stick will break you and leave you sobbing in the corner.
Passenger (the follow up to The Marbury Lens) will make your head explode.

All in all, most of Smith’s work is much grittier and darker than Winger, but it all has that same voice that just grabs you by the heart and takes you for a thrilling ride.

May 2, 2013 - 10:37 am

Corner Librarian - Smith’s previous books Stick and In the Path of Falling Objects are two of my favorites. I’m on chapter sixteen of Winger now (got my ARC at TLA as well) and am devouring it. Ryan Dean (NOT plain Ryan) has me falling in love already.

May 2, 2013 - 10:01 am

Andrew Smith - I am so happy your drought is over, Magan!

May 2, 2013 - 8:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness. I am SO ready to read this book. It is up next for me after I finish my current read. When we got our copies at TLA, there was just something oozing from that book (not literally, gross lol) that made me think – THIS right here has the potential to be greatness. And based on your review here, it IS greatness. I love your comparison to Perks and how it has characters that you feel the need to protect because that is EXACTLY how I felt about Charlie from Perks. Oh my goodness Magan. You have me feeling things and I haven’t even read page one yet!! Ahhh.

May 2, 2013 - 7:22 am

Randi M - Yay! I just added this book to my TBR yesterday (don’t know why I waited so long because, hello, RUBGY), so I am super excited to read a glowing review for it. I love getting a guy’s POV every once in awhile and Ryan sounds like a character I’ll really like. Also, the illustrations = bonus! I love when books have something a little extra like that. Excellent review!

Magan: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero Summary: Tyler’s first short story is soon to […]

View full post »

November 5, 2013 - 8:01 am

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading! - […] it. If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR list yesterday. Or now. (Honorable mentions: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen / Golden by Jessi Kirby / If He Had Been With Me by Laura […]

May 11, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jessica - I so need to read this! I’ve heard nothing but good things. Just found your blog through Bloglovin and I love it so far!

May 5, 2013 - 11:38 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Leveen’s Party after a huge recommendation from Lena (Addicted 2 Novels). I absolutely adored manicpixiedreamgirl (his new release) and must read everything he has […]

April 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Release Week Book Review: ‘manicpixiedreamgirl’ by Tom Leveen | Ink and Page - […] Other Reviews: Goodreads Sarcasm & Lemons: 4 of 5 Stars (@cjlistro) Rather Be Reading (@ReadingGals) […]

April 24, 2013 - 10:37 am

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Such a perfect review for this book! I completely agree with you – Leveen’s writing is magnetic. I said the same thing in my review I’m writing (guess I’ll have to change that). But yes, this is a fantastic book. Leveen gets it right!

April 23, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Anna - Okay, I am convinced. I would like to read this!

April 21, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I will admit that I wasn’t initially very attracted to this book. But there’s something about the premise that hooked me, and I really think I want to read it. I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much!

April 20, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Tabitha S. - This is a book that I probably would have skipped over before, but after reading yours and a few other reviews – I’ll definitely be giving it a chance now! I’m really interested in how the author deals with Tyler’s situation.

April 19, 2013 - 10:58 pm

elena - this is the second review i read that loved manicpixiedreamgirl this week! i’m reallly curious about this book and anxious after reading your review. it sounds like he wrote the character of tyler really well esp considering the situation. excited to read this now!

April 19, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This book first caught my attention because of the title—the manic pixie dream girl trope is such a unique thing to name your book after. I would probably be worried about the issue of cheating being portrayed in this novel, but if you say it’s not too big of an issue, then perhaps I ought to check in on this!

April 19, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Annette - I haven’t seen this one before, but enjoyed Zero. Just went and got is from NetGalley. Great review! Thanks!