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The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman • Magan Reviews

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pages: 250 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: artist colony, RISD, art school, cheating, message in a bottle Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Dakota’s best friend and boyfriend graduated a year earlier than she did, and while away at close colleges, they begin hooking […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - I haven’t read a *ton* of Entangled books, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I like hot topics and difficult subjects. Sometimes it’s SO nice to step away and have something that just lets me escape. This book was perfect for that.

May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, TTAJ is so, so great! If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read, pick it up!

April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Veronica Roth The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman All the Rage by Courtney Summers Every Last Promise by Kristin […]

April 21, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Alexa S. - The Truth About Jack sounds like a great read, M! The premise is both different and similar from others that I’ve read, but I can’t help but be intrigued. Glad you enjoyed it, and it’s gone on my TBR now 😉

April 17, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I’ve been coming across a lot of Entangled Publishing titles lately. This one sounds delightful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention with this thoughtful review!

April 15, 2015 - 9:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the first I’ve heard of this book, but oh my gosh I totally want to read it. It looks so sweet, and I would just love to meet Jack. Thanks for the review. I’m off to add this to my TBR right now.

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 24, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer before college, two strangers […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] Roomies by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by […]

December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. 😉

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)

LOVE!

December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Last week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. Estelle was trying to decide what she should read next and we discussed how great it would be to do a Fangirl Book […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:58 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] by Tara Kelly | Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | Fangirl by Rainbow […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I loved reading this joint review/chat! And there is something you each said that makes me even more excited to read this book.

E mentioned “finding this balance between your passions and also LIVING,” and then later M said “there needs to be a balance between living in the real world and not allowing this to take over our lives.” Right there? SOLD. Good thing I already bought this one! Time to finally start reading it!

September 18, 2013 - 3:16 am

Alexa Y. - I’m loving this book report too ladies! I agree with a lot of the things you had to say about Fangirl, but I think the aspect that really spoke to me was Cath’s college experience. It certainly reminded me a lot of my own experience as a college freshman, writing classes, awkward moments, holing up in my dorm room and all. That’s what really made the book so relatable to me.

September 14, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this discussion so much! Not only everything you guys said, which I’m totally on board with for this amazing book, but it just seems like you guys have so much fun. I want a co-blogger!

Magan, I agree with you that the fanfiction was jarring, at the beginning I kind of glossed over it, but by the end I was so invested in what was going to happen to Simon and Baz. I still wish I knew what happened!

September 12, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - You guys are insanely creative. I absolutely love this discussion. FANGIRL is amazeballs, and you guys definitely pointed out every nonspoilery reason why people should pick this book up ASAP.

September 11, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Bookworm1858 - Of course, I liked this book a lot but the way the fanfiction was mixed in still made it my least favorite Rowell book. I found the other sections a bit choppy and got a bit confused at times whether I was reading the fanfic or the actual fic.

September 11, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Alisa Selene - I loved this book as well! Rainbow Rowell is easily becoming one of my all time favorite authors!

September 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Another wonderful discussion! I am definitely loving these posts, and hope you continue them.

I loved Fangirl so much. It was kind of scary, how much I related to Cath, and it seems like most readers have identified with Cath, too.

Rainbow really knows how to create realistic characters, and tell their stories.

September 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

Stormy - I love this type of review/conversation format, and it’s definitely making me want to go and pick up Fangirl even more now! I’m really excited to meet Cath, Levi, and Reagan. I know a lot of people said the fanfiction excerpts were a bit jarring, so I’m interested to see if they effect me the same way. All in all, though, from reviews I’ve read it seems that a lot of Cath’s college experience might be similar to my freshman year experience, and I’m very eager to explore it.

Magan: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen ( web| tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 435 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: making college plans, family struggles, love triangle Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

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November 7, 2013 - 1:16 am

Allison: The Moon and More | Sarah Dessen | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading: “My book-loving-heart was so full of hope going in to The Moon and More, but I wish I felt a bit mor…” […]

July 2, 2013 - 10:24 am

Courtney @ The Lit Girl - Oh no! I’ve seen a ton of reviews of people who were excited for The Moon and More and were let down. I used to LOVE Sarah Dessen as a teen (I haven’t read any of her work since then) and I’m nervous to read this one because I haven’t seen a stellar review of it yet!

July 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - It’s a pretty widely known/growing fact that I’m afraid of Sarah Dessen which is sad since she is an NC author and I like to support my peeps. I’ve only read two of her books and both of them were pretty tough for different reasons. HOWEVER, I got brave just yesterday, in fact, and put Along For the Ride on hold at my library. Now, that aside, I see that you mention that this book takes place in Colby?? (I know nothing about this book.) Fun fact: Colby is actually patterned after Emerald Isle, NC. I was just there a few days ago. My go-to beach, not too from me. That’s kind of fun, right? (:

July 2, 2013 - 3:54 am

Trixie - SUPER DISAPPOINTED. Just skimmed through the last chapters, from chapter 15. The big reveal of the father was, well, so cliché and predictable. I didn’t feel any attachment to any characters, she didn’t build them well enough. Plot was unbelievably slow and crawling! What a waste of time. If the characters in her books were to play musical chairs, I wouldn’t be surprised. Her stories follow the same plot line, characters of the same mold. Along For the Ride Is her best one.

June 30, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Lucy - I just started listening to the audiobook of this yesterday and like it pretty well so far. It’s classic Dessen but I can see your point that maybe she should shake up the formula a little bit. I’m not too fond of Morris either. Not looking forward to the love triangle!
Still need to catch up on Dessen’s other books like This Lullaby, though I loved Along for the Ride and like the shout-outs in the Moon and More.

June 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - Oh wow.. I’m a total Dessen newbie and have ONLY hear the highest of praise for her books. I was looking forward to starting with this one, but now I’m wondering if one of her older books might be better.

That’s such a disappointment about the language. Distinct voices are a MUST for any novel, but especially when one is filled to the brim with characters. Hopefully the finished copy had been revised a bit.

I’m sorry you were 100% thrilled with this one, Magan! I’m still interested in giving Dessen a shot, but I’ll probably go for Just Listen or Along for the Ride instead.

June 27, 2013 - 7:32 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Oh, I sooo hope that I have a better reaction to this one. But Sarah Dessen’s books can be hit and miss with me. My great loves are The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, and maybe Lock and Key, which I think is the consensus and there’s probably a reason for that. Probably having to do with the some of the disappointing factors you mentioned about this one…

June 26, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Alise - Love the way that you divided up your review! Overall sounds like Dessen is running out of unique material. I have started to notice some of her plots are pretty similar to each other. I think I will take your advice and borrow it 🙂

Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

June 26, 2013 - 9:14 pm

tabithasbookblog - I feel the same way about this book – well.. pretty much the same way! I really enjoyed Emaline as a character and I loved the dynamic of family/friends, but it felt like there was too much at times. I also didn’t feel the same connection to the beach town of Colby as I did in past books, but I did like seeing characters from Along for the Ride.

Great review!

June 26, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Alexa Y. - I do like Sarah Dessen! But my rule is never to read her books one after another. I’ve been looking forward to The Moon and More for a while, so I’ll definitely still be checking this out. But I’m sorry to hear it didn’t quite meet your expectations 🙁

June 26, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I felt a bit let down by this one, too. I struggled through the majority of it & REALLY wanted to love it because man some of her previous novels really blew me away. Since I read Along for the Ride (and proclaim it to be my favorite of her’s now) just last year, revisiting Colby was a huge plus for me. I felt myself enjoying more of the secondary characters, rather than Emaline. Which isn’t totally unusual, because Dessen’s secondary characters is what she’s known for – in my opinion. But in previous novels, as much as I’ve enjoyed them, I still felt tied back to the MC. However in this one, I never felt that pull. Also – was completely turned off by Theo and that whole scenario. It just didn’t fit, anywhere. I found myself rushing through scenes that involved him because I disliked it that much – which in turn caused me to dislike Emaline a bit.

Ok wow. I had a lot to say, ha.

(side note for Magan: Gone Gone Gone is playing as I type this! Ha!)

June 26, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Jamie - Really thoughtful review, Magan! I felt like I could really get a sense for the good and the bad of this one. I have only read a couple of Sarah Dessen’s novels so I’ll probably end up giving this one a chance this summer but I feel like some of the things you mentioned (too many characters and indistinguishable characters..I’ve totally had that happen while reading) will be an issue for me too. BUT the story sounds pretty darn good so we will see!

But at least if I read this one maybe I can go back and read all the ones I missed that people have raved about. Might be a better plan in the end! Which of her is your fave?

June 26, 2013 - 1:10 pm

jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m sorry that this book turned out to be a bit of a disappointment 🙁 I’ve never read one of the Sarah Dessen’s novels before but would like to remedy that this summer. I think I’ll read one of her earlier novels like Just Listen instead as people seem to have a very strong fondness for her older work. I can certainly see what you mean about the language though – Even ardent fans of Dessen’s seem to like her work precisely because it’s predictable and familiar. While this can certainly be perceived as a positive attribute, I would imagine it might also become a little repetitive and frustrating after awhile.

June 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

Bookworm1858 - This book was a bit of a disappointment for me too-can’t remember thinking about the phrasing of Dessen’s characters as I mostly just appreciate their eloquence but I think I know what you mean.

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.