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Magan: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (facebook | website) Publication Date: May 22, 2006 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 275 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: girl playing on male football team, milk farm, sports and training Format Read: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com Narrated by: Natalie Moore Summary: D.J. isn’t the smartest girl there ever was, […]

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September 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Rebecca - I heard about this series from Lori too and was interested enough to add it to my TBR but now I’m definitely sold. It sounds like a great first book and I hope the series is just as good for you! I’ve never listened to an audiobook right through (I normally only make it through a few minutes at the most) but I might look into Dairy Queen’s but also have the book on hand in case it doesn’t pan out well. Great review, Magan 🙂

September 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree that D.J. isn’t necessarily book smart, but I think she’s still intelligent. She also just doesn’t prioritize the educational system because she has so many other things on her plate, I think. I enjoyed this trilogy a lot more than I thought I would and I hope you continue to enjoy it as you listen to the second and third installments! I don’t really listen to audiobooks, but I can imagine this one working well via the audio format.

September 25, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Ellice Y - Yay, I enjoyed Dairy Queen too! I read it for my Young Adult Lit class a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was a series either until recently. Your review of the audiobooks makes me want to get the next 2 and listen to them on my commute to and from work every day! Great review! It made me remember how much I liked this book!

September 25, 2013 - 11:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m so glad you liked this audiobook. I loved it, too. Like you said, Natalie Moore was spot on getting the character of DJ, and I think I laughed more listening to the audio than I would have reading the book.

September 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Bonnie - So many of my blogger friends have read this series and loved it but I haven’t been able to get past the fact that it’s basically about farming and sports. lol Seems like such a strange combination but I really think I should give it a try, seems like one of those surprisingly good ones you never would have expected. And it’s funny too? I’ve heard this on audio is a must so I’ll be checking out my library, definitely. Great review, so glad you enjoyed it too!

September 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Lori - I’m so, so happy that you enjoyed this! D.J. is one of my favorite characters ever. You’re so right, the audio is spot on! I could listen to them again and again.

I hope you love the rest of them just as much. Catherine Gilbert Murdock just released a spin off too. Curtis is in it, I think.

Magan: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Gender and Racial Discrimination, Golf, Bullying Format read: ARC received via NetGalley Summary: When Fredricka (Fred) is recruited to play golf for the men’s varsity team at her high school, team member Seth is […]

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May 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

Played by Liz Fichera (YA Book Review) - […] companion novels! I didn’t read HOOKED (Magan read + reviewed it last year) so it was nice to start fresh in a new story with a few references to Fred and […]

February 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:33 am

Kristen Evey - I literally laughed out loud when I read the keywords for this book. For some reason golf sandwiched between racial/gender discrimination and bullying struck me as hilarious.

Aside from that, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I can’t stand it when characters don’t stand up for themselves. I can handle a little of that, but if they don’t learn by the end to grow a backbone and do something, I just get really, really irritated. I wish the author had done more with this story too. So much potential for awesome! Great review Magan!

January 30, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Oh when I saw “golf” of all things in the key words I was excited! Something a little different, you know? But now it sounds like I would end up throwing this book across the room. And that would damage either the book or my kindle, so it’s probably best I just stay away!

January 29, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh no :/ I do not do well with drama-filled books that continually let the MCs get taken advantage of over and over again. I have this for review but I’m a bit worried that I won’t feel much for it, either. Great review!

January 29, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Honestly, I’ve seen so many negative reviews of this one already, that I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. Characters are oh-so critical for me, and it seems like both main characters don’t have any backbone at all. I want to feel the characters and their emotion, especially because this book is centered on the romance. I have the feeling that the romance falls pretty flat, since the characters are flat as well. Even with the uniqueness of being a Native American, I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

January 29, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I definitely agree with your point about the hesitation to get the coach involved. Totally. I just wish that at some point, one of them would have taken a stand before it went as far as it did. It was so, so much to deal with. I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t LOVE it like I had hoped.

January 29, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Magan - Alexa — it’s definitely super interesting. Lots going on and I think there are definitely some good takeaways from it! I hope you enjoy!

January 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

Alexa Y. - I’m highly intrigued by this book, especially since it has such a large study of contrasts. The differences between the main characters are definitely something to think about – I’m curious to see how it plays out in this story.

January 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - I really enjoyed this book but I didn’t even think about how passive the characters are. I do understand why Fred didn’t want to involve her coach though-lots of times kids are reluctant to bring in the adults under the assumption that that just makes the bullies sneakier and more aggressive.

Book Report: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce Miranda Kenneally’s awesome debut novel, Catching Jordan. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally Release Date: December 1, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 288 […]

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July 12, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Judith - Hi you lovely ladies! I still haven’t caught up on commenting on your blog but I just finished this book and I just HAD to see what you said about it – and I totally agree with what you said. I especially love how complex this book turned out to be, because like you said, I was NOT expecting things to happen the way they did. The whole Ty thing threw me off, which was annoying because I honestly did NOT like him. I get it, he’s been through hell, but he was so controlling and I didn’t trust him at all. One of my favorit things is how you mention the family relationship, because YES to that. As terrible as her dad was at first, I like that he really does care about Jordan, and I love the relationship with her mom and brother as well. Another one of my favorite parts was Jordan’s relationship with all the guys, because IT WAS SO SWEET! Did I just write an entire review in your comments? Maybe. But you said great things and I agree with almost all of them. (exceptfor Ty. I really don’t like him.) Can’t wait to read ALL of MK’s books!

June 21, 2014 - 9:02 am

Shelve it: Saturday and Summer - […] Last Summer by Johanna Philbin Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (My original copy got rained on.) Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally […]

October 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles - […] loved Ashtyn’s drive to propel her football career (she should be pals with Jordan from Catching Jordan), and how she was so into the sport in the first place because of her dad. Derek’s secret […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 1. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally: I just reread this book last week, and one of my main takeaways was Jordan’s mom and brother. Jordan is kind of a tomboy who is always thinking about football and her opportunities to play in college. Her mom is at every single one of her games, supporting her, as well as subtly trying to get Jordan to embrace her girly and creative sides. Jordan’s brother, Mike, already plays football in college and is at home whenever he can, pushing Jordan to play her best. When she finally shows interest in a guy, he’s totally excited for her (protective too) and wants her to go for it. (Sidenote: even Jordan’s dad who doesn’t always act ideally adds dimension to this story.) (Our joint review.) […]

January 29, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Review of Hooked by Liz Fichera - […] the perfect book for me, a girl who has lovingly devoured Miranda Kenneally’s books [see: Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker] which interweave a nice balance of sports and sweet romance. Though I […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 5. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Goodreads) Why? Cute boys and football. (Our joint review) […]

January 6, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Malvina Beatrice - The first book I’m reading this year is Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Bella Street which I’ve just started yesterday.

January 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Krista - Sounds interesting. It’s nice to hear there are books out there for the Tom boys not just the girls girls.

January 6, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Ishita aka Fishy - Awesome Question! So this year I started 2 books at once which were Iron King by Julie Kagawa and Incarnate by Jodie Meadows!

so excited for Catching Jordan! I have this new found love for contemps 😀

thanks again!!

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January 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Diana - Oooh! this sounds like so much fun! Books about *different* high-school situations are one of my not-so-guilty pleasures 🙂

The first book I started this year was Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. (I have to admit, that while parts of it were as enchanting as I remembered, I still prefer “Through the Looking Glass”.)

January 4, 2012 - 10:02 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Magan – That’s funny; the same thing kept happening to me! But I found the first two of the series for 99 cents each at a thrift store last week, so I finally started it. Then, miracle of all miracles, my library had both 3 and 4 in! It’s been a good week, book-wise. 🙂 I’m on book #3 now, and while I thought there for a minute that I was going to be disappointed, I wasn’t. I’m still liking the series a lot.

January 4, 2012 - 9:45 pm

LeiLani @ Elle Golden Photography - A book about a girl loving football? SO in. I’m on Mockingjay right now but like Layla, it’ll be the last Sookie Stackhouse book after that. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Ashley @ Wholly Books - The first book I started in 2012 was Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So far its great! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 4, 2012 - 9:17 pm

Layla - Good timing, I just went to the library today to pick out the first book of the year! I was there for A Place of Yes by Bethenney Frankel, which…honestly…I wouldn’t normally read. But it’s been recommended by so many people, I figured I’d give it a shot. The wait list! So long! So I picked up the last Sookie Stackhouse book that came out – Dead Reckoning – and another Charlaine Harris novel – Grave Sight. Would love to read Catching Jordan!

January 4, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Gabbi C. - Awesome giveaway! 😀 My first book started in 2012 was Cinder by Marissa Meyer 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:12 am

Magan - YAY, Anna! I’m so glad you’re reading that one. I think you’ll find the friendship/relationship intriguing in that one. You know I always like relationships that build from friendships to dating…and that one was a good example. 🙂

January 4, 2012 - 10:11 am

Magan - Sharon, the Uglies series is on my list of books to read, too. They’re always checked out at the library and when I put them on reserve, I get them in the wrong order. I think it might have to be a series I purchase.

January 3, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Anna - I actually just started Along for the Ride! Looking forward to finishing it, especially after reading Magan’s review. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Girls, I love your joint reviews! You’re both hilarious. I am so excited for this book, and would love to win!

My first book of the year was Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. I got it from netgalley, and really enjoyed it. 🙂 Now I’m starting Under the Never Sky! Hope I love it! 🙂

Thanks for the opportunity to win. 🙂

January 3, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Estelle - Rob, I am very impressed by your endeavor! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

January 3, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Ooh, excellent choice. I loved this book! You made some good points I didn’t even think of while reading, such as how everything centered around control.

Also, the Dawson/Joey comparison did not occur to me, but that is absolutely accurate! (Even though I loathe to admit that, since I loved Jordan/Henry, and I will forever be a Pacey/Joey fan. <3 )

The first book I started this year was Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. I’m almost done with it, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

January 3, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Rob Zimmermann - On New Year’s Day I started the long task of reading War and Peace.

Estelle: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols Release Date: (ebook) December 6, 2011 Pages: 288 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I read it: Huge Jennifer Echols fan. And I love majorettes! Format: eBook on my Nook. Summary:  Gemma’s life has been full of change lately. She’s stopped eating cobbler, she tried out for majorettes […]

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March 18, 2012 - 8:01 am

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Goodreads | Amazon) — Magan’s Review The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads | Amazon) — Estelle’s Review […]

January 1, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Estelle: Did This Year Fly or What? (2011 Survey) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] review that you wrote in 2011? The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols — along with some personal pictures! 3. Best discussion you had on your blog? I absolutely […]

December 23, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Mands - We don’t have anything like majorettes here in Aussie high schools but I still really enjoyed this book.

I enjoyed it so much that I was also sneakily reading it at work, trying to finish it 😉

December 21, 2011 - 4:02 pm

Estelle - What can I say to that, Ms. Jennifer Echols? Thank YOU so much for writing books that distract me from work. My boss also thanks you. 🙂

December 21, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Tights?! They wouldn’t let us wear tights ever. Even on the coldest nights. They didn’t like the way it looked. So we were pretty bad ass. I do like the sparkle idea though. 🙂 Hope you will definitely check out the book. Brought back some great (and not so great haha) memories for me! Thanks for stopping by Jenny!

December 21, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Estelle - Alexa, this is why we are friends. READ THIS BOOK. 🙂

December 21, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - I agree! It is a gorgeous cover & totally fits the Georgia setting! Hope you’ll read it soon & enjoy!

December 21, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Estelle - Thanks Anni! Good point about the majorettes being the popular ones! Now I just want to the band geeks to reign in ONE book. Just one. 🙂

December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Anni - Love your majorette smile. 🙂 We didn’t have them at my school, maybe because it was on the small side? Either way, it’s refreshing to see a group besides cheerleaders lauded as popular.

December 19, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Samual - I cannot wait to read this book!! I love the cover a lot! Great review, girl!! Thank you for sharing it!!

Sam

December 19, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds like it’ll be an interesting read! We didn’t have any majorettes at our school, but I’m sure if we did, I’d have thought it was pretty cool. 🙂

December 19, 2011 - 11:45 am

Jenny - I was a majorette too! Unfortunately they retired the tall boots the year I started so we had to wear plain white keds, socks, and sparkly nude pantyhose with our wool dress. Not quite as fun, but still good memories! The book sounds good; I will have to check it out!

December 19, 2011 - 11:26 am

Jennifer Echols - You are adorable.