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Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale • Magan Reviews

Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenage modeling career, best friend drama, strong family ties Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Harriet Manners doesn’t fit in. She’s a geek. She can spout of random knowledge, but when it comes to standing up for […]

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April 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Geek Girl. This book falls on the younger side of my reading, but it also seemed to explore the earlier days of Harriet’s stepmom being part of the family. I don’t recall how long it’s been since Harriet’s dad remarried, but I loved getting to see her develop such a strong affection for her stepmom and no longer seeing her as an outsider. […]

February 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I agree about Geek Girl reading a little younger, M! I thought it was pretty fun, and definitely entertaining though, and I’m glad you felt similarly.

January 30, 2015 - 12:55 am

Kim - I definitely like books that make me laugh out loud! Great review, and I’ll be checking this out soon.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

January 29, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Missie - I have seen this one around – I am glad you said it was on the younger side of YA so that I was prepared for that!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

January 29, 2015 - 10:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really had a hard time getting into this one, and never finished it. It’s not that it is younger YA because I love books for all ages. I just wasn’t connecting to Harriet at all. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood frame.

I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part, even though it wasn’t amazing.

January 28, 2015 - 9:04 pm

L.C. Spoering - This sounds pretty cute! And I can’t resist a teenage geek girl with glasses, in memory of the one I once was. 🙂

January 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I hadn’t heard about this one until I saw your review but it sounds like a lot of fun. It sort of reminds me of the plots for Violet on the Runway and Love and Other Foreign Words–but if those two books were mashed together.

Why in 5: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, dating and kissing, depression Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: With a ton of responsibility weighing on her shoulders because of a depressing family situation, Claire turns to her best friend Megan for support. When […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] 17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind. […]

June 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I feel like I’ve seen lots of middle of the road reviews and a few positive ones. Nothing really too negative! But they all seem to be for really different reasons. I’m still excited to pick this one up and see how I do with it!

June 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

Alexa S. - I really like it when books have characters facing complex, layered situations. Not everything in this world is perfect or ideal, and it takes courage to write a book that showcases the messiness and imperfection that exists in reality. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to read 17 First Kisses before, but your review has definitely intrigued me!

June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice Y - Magan, I’m SO happy that you have positive things to say about this book! Though I try not to base my decision to read a book solely on the ratings/reviews I see on Goodreads, I admit that I was a little bit disheartened by the ones that I’d been seeing for 17 First Kisses. It sounds like a book that I’m going to really like though. I love authentic friendships and family stories in books. And of course, everybody knows I love kissing books, and I assume by the title that the book won’t be lacking in that department? hehe. I guess it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I really enjoy stories that aren’t always tied up in a pretty little bow at the end. That’s real life! When I was a teenager, I would have thrown the book across the room because I always wanted a perfect ending and a happily ever after!

I enjoyed your “Why in 5”– I’m definitely going to read 17 First Kisses now 🙂

June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Oh good. I was hearing meh things about this. I’ll know what to expect better after this! Nicely done review.

June 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Amanda @ Vivalabooks - I had this book on my TBR list, but I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s sometimes frustrating to read books about teenagers who make stupid but realistic decisions, because we’d like to think that we’d make smarter decisions. Except as teenagers we’re constantly making stupid choices (I’ll admit to that) and I like when authors explore that. I’ll admit that I’ve put down a couple books due to a character’s annoying decisions, but it seems like Rachel Allen handles it nicely. Great review and thanks for putting this on my radar again!

June 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - This review is wonderful! If I wasn’t convinced before, I definitely am now! I love the idea of flashbacks to Claire’s 17 kisses and the strong focus on friendship and family/ Thanks for sharing!

Estelle: Fire with Fire by S. Vivian & J. Han

Fire with Fire by Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han Book 2 of the Burn for Burn series. (Magan’s review of Burn for Burn) Publication Date: 8/13/2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 528 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: revenge, friendship, secrets, paranormal Format read: Paperback ARC from Simon Blogger Party. (Thanks!) Summary: After their revenge plot spirals […]

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May 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (Review) - […] for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian: While I wasn’t fully invested in this series until book 2, it balanced deception and fully developed side plots (friendship, relationships, fears, etc.) in […]

September 18, 2013 - 2:48 am

Alexa Y. - It’s awesome to hear that you really liked Fire with Fire too! I’ve been regretting leaving my ARC back in the US, particularly as your review and Rachel’s have me curious as to what’s happening with the three girls. It seems to me like things get a lot clearer in this book, and that there’s definitely a lot for me to look forward to!

September 2, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Shelve It: Estelle Talks End of Summer, Books + More, Estelle - […] facts about Magan + a surprise birthday giveaway! Reviews of Fire with Fire, The Returned, Crown of Midnight, The Hero, and Counting by 7s. Ginger told us all the fun and […]

September 2, 2013 - 11:54 am

Kate - I loved this one but the ending killed me! I am so confused now about everything! Book 3 is definitely going to be a long wait.

September 1, 2013 - 7:27 am

April Books & Wine - I really liked Burn For Burn, but I waited so long to read it, like long past the hype which helps a lot. I’m pumped up to hear that Fire With Fire is way better, because yay revenge! Yay character development! Also! I loved Kat the most so I am glad to hear she gets way more awesome in this book!

August 31, 2013 - 11:31 am

Bookworm1858 - I saw this book but hadn’t given its first one a shot yet. I really like Vivian’s writing (not familiar with Han’s) so I was hopeful that this series as a whole would be good and I’m glad to hear that the second really improves and there is room for even more growth in the third.

August 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Nice review – I still haven’t gotten to Burn for Burn, and I’m not really sure why, since I love Jenny Han, I’ve always wanted to read Siobhan Vivian’s work, AND I met them during their tour last year and it was awesome. I think maybe because I heard that the paranormal stuff seemed like it came out of nowhere, and I hate that. But your review has convinced me that I need to get on this train…but this might be a binge series, because I HATE waiting. Thanks!

August 30, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Jessie @ Jessie Marie Reads - So I had a real problem with Burn for Burn. I was really peeved at the end of that book, and then the cliffhanger just sent me over the edge and I swore I wasn’t continuing on with this series. But after reading this review… I’m more inclined to give it a shot. I wish the paranormal element was left out altogether, but if it’s important enough to the story then I’m glad to hear Vivian and Han better handled it this time around. Lovely review. *adds it to my TBR*

Magan: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl  by Louise Rozett (website | twitter) Series: Confessions #1 Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 266 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a parent, first year of high school, comical and angry MC Format read: Purchased digital version for my kindle. Summary: Rose’s father died right before her freshman year of […]

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December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] work with the release of The Lucy Variations. Louise Rozett really captured my attention with her Confessions of an Angry Girl series, […]

July 31, 2013 - 8:00 am

Magan: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by by Louise Rozett, Magan - […] of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett Series: Confessions #2 (My review for Confessions of an Angry Girl.) Publication Date: July 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult […]

July 30, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh YAY!! I’m so glad you loved this book because I did too! I found it so much fun. I read it and reviewed it for another blog when it came out but never did for my own blog. I need to re-read and put it up on mine with the next book! Thanks for the reminder Magan! And man, that ending. Loved it.

July 27, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Judging by the titles in the series, I’d assumed that they were companion books in a series. I kind of love that it’s actually a good ol’ fashion series about one main character. What really got me was the unapologetic tone to Rose’s character that you mentioned. I love main characters like that! They do what they have to, say what’s true to who they are, and are completely unrepentant. That’s a sign of sassiness (a word?) I just can’t ignore 😀

Speaking of the Ruby Oliver series, I recently picked up the first book and now I’m itching to start that one as well!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Racquel - I originally was not interested in this book when I first heard about it because I like YA about older characters, 17-18 year olds, seniors, graduating, characters around my age and such BUT that’s generally a bad habit of mine plus this book and the sequel seem like my kind of reads so I will get over my “no freshmen” thing and pick this up because it looks realistic and I already love from the reviews I’ve been reading.

July 24, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Alexa Y. - I love how this book, particularly its main character, sounds real, funny and hopeful. I might have overlooked this one before, but I definitely need to check it out for myself because you made it sound SO GOOD.

July 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really liked this one! Actually, I loved it. I was so surprised how serious it was and so many points seemed so realistic. Plus.. hellooooo. Jamie!
Sounds like I need to read Ruby Oliver!!!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 am

Rachel - I’ve been considering reading this one literally since it was released. It sounded good, but at the same time I didn’t know if I wanted to read about a girl that was constantly angry. That being said, after reading your review her behavior makes A LOT more sense and I think I’m going to read this one!

July 24, 2013 - 9:47 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about this book (and it’s sequel) but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I do love Ruby Oliver, though, so I should move this series up my TBR list.

July 24, 2013 - 9:10 am

Hazel - Awesome review, Magan! One mention of Ruby Oliver and you’ve already convinced me to read it. 😉 Aside from that, I think the plot’s interesting. Rose too. Putting this on my TBR! 🙂

July 24, 2013 - 8:55 am

Bookworm1858 - I love this series so much! I didn’t have very high expectations going in expecting another rote contemporary but was thrilled to get so much more especially the excellent character of Rose.

July 24, 2013 - 8:19 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Ive been eyeing this series. Rose sounds very connectable and the story messy in a “real” sort of way.

Estelle: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 14, 2011 Publisher: Random House Pages: 349 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: friendship, marriage, secrets, traveling pants Format read: Paperback I bought. Summary: A return to the friendship of Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget — four girls connected by their long history […]

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June 19, 2013 - 4:42 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - This series surprised me so much and I ended up loving it. I was worried about this book after reading Sweet Valley Confidential, but I thought Brashares did such a wonderful job, even with the shocking (to me) plot twists. It just hit me in the heart and the gut. Loved the friendships and how they evolved throughout the series. Great review, Estelle. And judging from your Instagram pics, the wedding was gorgeous too!

June 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I remember reading these books a reeeally long time ago, but I don’t remember which book I stopped on (I think is the one right before this one, actually!). It’s so sad how these friends have really grown apart, but I think that’s realistic, actually. Some of the characterization does seem off (Carmen was always a bit proud of her curves- I don’t see her as being a size 0!), I think this is a great book on friendship, in general. I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up to see how things end with this lovely group of girls.

Amazing review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read this one yet, mostly because I felt wary about it. But I trust your judgment – and I’m curious to see what’s become of all four girls. There’s something interesting about seeing them grow up and be adults and I feel like I might find it very easy to relate to.

June 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Annie - Oh dear, how much this book made me cry! The Sisterhood felt so real to me and it was heartbreaking to finally see it come to an end. And I love thinking back on all the adventures Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bee had together. It’s so uplifting and makes me have hope that I’ll still be close to my friends even through all the obstacles and challenges.

June 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Wow! This book sounds completely different than I expected! While I was initially very excited at the prospect of another Sisterhood book, I wound up chickening out and not reading it. If I remember correctly, I wasn’t that crazy about the fourth book. didn’t know if this book would make it better or worse, and I didn’t want to risk it.

While it seems like this book is definitely a little more difficult to read than the others, I think I’m going to put it back on the TBR. 🙂

June 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

Jen - It’s hard to believe that the first novel in the series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was published twelve years ago. Does that ever make me feel old! Like you, I can still remember being glued to the pages when I read the first novel in the series all those years ago. I didn’t realize that there were third and fourth instalments, although I remember quite a lot of publicity surrounding the publication of Sisterhood Everlasting when one of the major plot developments in the novel was spoiled online. It sounds like this novel may hit a little too close to home for me. I’m definitely at the age where I’m finding it a struggle to nurture old friendships while also trying to make new ones. I think that’s definitely a common theme for many people in their 20’s. You desperately try to hold onto your old friends with both hands but sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to keep them from slipping away. Like you, I wasn’t fond of some of the character developments I had heard about, particularly regarding Carmen’s character. I’m not sure I can work up the interest to read the final three novels in this series, although it would be nice to have a sense of closure for the characters.

June 17, 2013 - 10:21 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - First off, I LOVE that you’re still friends with someone you’ve known since you were 5! So sweet! I haven’t read any of the Sisterhood books, despite owning the first two and LOVING the movies. I really would love to get into this series and connect with the girls, especially knowing there’s so many in this series! Great review!

June 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ya know, I have never read these books, but I did see the movie. When they were published, I was a bit older (plus I wasn’t exactly reading at the time either). “Growing up is hard on friendships” is very true. I remember thinking I’d always be close to the girls I was inseparable with in high school. 14 years later, I only talk to two of the girls — and it’s not as often as I’d like. It’s hard to keep relationships, especially friendships, when everyone grows in such different directions. I really admire people who can keep friends from their childhoods. It’s rare and oh so special.

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 […]

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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!