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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: Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley

Like Moonlight at Low Tide… by Nicole Quigley Publication Date: September 25, 2012 (Kindle version comes out 10/2012) Publisher: Zondervan Pages: 256 Target: Young adult Keywords: bullying, absent parents, high school, popularity, siblings Format read: ARC from DJC Communications. (Thanks!) Summary: After 3 years away, Melissa returns to her old town where the whispers and bullying […]

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September 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I remember when you told me a little bit about this book, and I think you did a great job reviewing it! I’m pretty curious about this one, especially because you mentioned how the religion bit is handled very well. Thanks for sharing!

September 11, 2012 - 7:17 pm

VeganYANerds - I am happy to see you review this as I’ve been offered a review copy, too!

I like the sound of the story but I understand your feelings of needing more – great review, Estelle!

September 11, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Kristen - I think I’ll read this if I can find it at the library. I’m intrigued by how the bullying aspect is handled, and interested to see what this major event is and how it’s handled. It’s disappointing that you say you’re not sure if Melissa had learned anything by the end. Books are so much better when characters grow and learn. But, it does sound like this book poses a lot of questions, and I like books that make me think. Thanks for the review!

(What happened to the review of Beautiful Music for Ugly People? I wanted to comment on that one!)

September 11, 2012 - 10:21 am

Estelle - Anneqah. I actually quite loved that she was a swimmer too. Those scenes were always very poetic and flowy and I wish there were more of them. This character desperately need to find some solace in her life, and the water gave he that. I do hope you’ll pick up the book when it gets to your library. 🙂
Thanks for stopping in!

September 11, 2012 - 10:20 am

Estelle - “Without making him a Jesus freak.” YES. TO THIS. I was frightened of this but quite happy the way that it turned out. Many of the character’s reactions to his dedication to his religion were completely right on. It felt like it was me responding to them. Thanks for stopping in, L!

September 11, 2012 - 12:37 am

Lisa - This sounds like one of those books that might make the reader think, but the frustration that the narrator didn’t make any headway could be a downer.

I do like the youth group nod as well. A piece of who he is without making him a Jesus Freak. Well done, author!

September 10, 2012 - 6:51 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think I’ll be taking your advice with this book, Estelle, and requesting this one from the library (if my library ever gets this book!). Surprisingly, I haven’t read too many books where bullying is really the main focus, so I think I’d like to try more of that type of stuff, as bullying is such a huge part of our world, unfortunately. I think the self journey that Melissa (supposedly) makes sounds intriguing, and the fact that she’s a swimmer is really cool! I’ve always loved swimming, so I think I could relate to Melissa. This major event, however, sounds like it’s not very well developed at all, and I could definitely see how this would deter your enjoyment level of the book.

Fabulous review Estelle! <3

Estelle: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Publication Date: December 29, 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 290 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Breakups, girlfriends, Beatles, cheating Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: When Penny Lane is betrayed and disappointed by the only guy who has had her heart, she decides to take a stand […]

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February 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews - […] Add WE CAN WORK IT OUT to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ Previous review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB […]

August 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hey, I *just* read this book the other day! In fact, it’s sitting beside me right now, waiting for me to write down my quotes for the review. It was a good one! And I don’t even like the Beatles.

I loved how Eulberg was able to introduce Ryan and each time it felt like a bread crumb leading to a more significant occasion.

Well put! That is EXACTLY how it was. I may have to quote you in my review. 😉

August 9, 2012 - 12:07 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - This one sounds like so much fun! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this. 🙂 I’ve kind of joined this club… haha. I bet I’d connect with it well! Great review!

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Kristen - This is going on my “contemporary book binge” list! We need more books with solid female friendships. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing.

August 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

The Bumble Girl - I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow, and have been meaning to pick this one up ever since! It sounds like there is an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot to follow here. I am really going to have to track this one down soon.
Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

elena - All your gushing made me REALLY want to read this book! As a Beatles and contemp fan, this sounds adorable. I love that there’s such a wide variety of characters, good and bad, because that’s realistic and yay for unexpected friendship forming. Fantastic review, E!

August 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

VeganYANerds - So glad you loved this book, Estelle! I thought it felt very realistic as well, and you’re so right about Diane, every girl had gone through that point in her life when she realises she’s ditched everyone for her bf (guilty!). Love your review!

August 8, 2012 - 4:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I love when you give books I already own but haven’t read good reviews because it’s kind of motivating for me and makes me want to go out and read this.

Also, word. I totally know the feeling of building someone up in your mind to be someone great but then they totally SUCK. Ugh. Ugh. I get real life shudders over that.

Anyways, I’m going to have to read this one soon!

August 8, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I read it before I started blogging, so I never gave it a proper review. But I’ve always recommended it. The message is just so, so good. My only flaw with this book: that damn blurb on the cover! Why on earth are they comparing it to Twilight?! What the crap. It is so far from that. So strange that they would do that. It’s basically saying, “oh hey! here’s a YA book! Read it!” Um yeah.

Fab review Estelle 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely borrowing this the next time I go the library! It sounds so good – and I love the idea of the club. Great review E!

Estelle: Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt Pages: 320 Release Date: July 12, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance Format: Nook download Why I picked it up: Total impulse buy! Summary: After her boyfriend cheats on her on the last day of school and she finds out her best friend is off to camp, […]

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June 10, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt, Estelle - […] the third Lauren Barnholdt book that I’ve read, I’d rank this one in between Sometimes It Happens (which I loved) and One Night That Changes Everything (superficial bordering on ridiculous). You […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt (Goodreads) – This one is a cheating book (eep!) and it’s been on my to-read list since Estelle reviewed it. […]

January 29, 2012 - 7:26 pm

In My Mailbox (4) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] and the Dying Girl. (a crazy book that by the title is sad, but is anything but) Estelle reviewed Sometimes It Happens. (we had a Lauren Barnholdt love fest this week) Magan participated in Top Ten Tuesday with ten […]

January 27, 2012 - 4:43 am

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I really want to read this even though I didn’t enjoy one of Lauren’s other books, Two Way Street, very much (the mis-communication annoyed me).

I too love when you feel just like the main character does, I think it comes down to good writing and the character being really easy to relate to.

Mands

January 26, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Cialina - Oh I love Lauren Barnholdt! But as much as I love her writing style, this one isn’t my favorite. It’s mostly because of the moral issue, as you have pointed it out. I know the point of the story is that things happen, and sometimes things are complicated, but I just couldn’t let go. I still haven’t read One Night, but I don’t expect it to be better than my favorite Barnholdt book: Two-Way Street.