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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!

Magan: Return to Me by Justina Chen

Return to Me by Justina Chen Publication Date: January 15, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Divorce, College, Sixth Sense, Long-Distance Relationships Format read: ARC received at ALA Summary: Rebecca is on the brink of beginning her architectural education at Columbia; her parents have packed up their […]

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April 14, 2016 - 6:01 am

Return To Me by Justina Chen | Audiobook Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “sadly wasn’t a hit for me” […]

January 30, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] bookish (sorta?) birthday list. A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean. A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen. A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Magan - Hannah: “Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?” <---- that's precisely how I felt. Just let something be good without making it weird. Too much is TOO MUCH.

January 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Aw sad to hear this just didn’t work! Sometimes I think things like this could have been caught and worked through with a really good editor. You know? I could see how an author might be so caught up in their own character and story that they don’t realize they are lacking some development and thought about the reasons behind certain decisions. That’s when I think an editor should help them tighten things up and really solidify the story.

Honestly though, it’s the sixth sense/pyschic things that made me completely lose interest in ever reading this. It looks like a cute contemporary. Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?

January 18, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Cynthia - I remember reading this one years ago when it first came out and really liking it, I was really new to reading YA so I thought it was great at the time. Now after reading so much awesome if I were to read it again I’m sure my opinion of it would change a lot. I agree that the cover is not fitting to the story at all and I was frustrated with the girl in this one. Great honest review Estelle!! =D

January 16, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Magan - Mands, your comment was SO spot on. Hurting characters? Bring them ON! When it ripples and things go downhill from there, no bueno. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Magan - Lori, I agree that maybe your decision to skip it might be best. If you didn’t like NoB, then I think this might really be a turn off for you. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Rachel, me either! Psychic element?! Um, what? I dunno. It was just unnecessary and made me really sad. There was so much potential.

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Alexa, yes. Definitely, definitely jumbled. To the point where I couldn’t connect w/ the character or even begin to assume what her next move would be.

January 16, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Magan - Taylor, I am so glad you’re still going to. I always like it when other people read books I was “MEH” about so then I can see if maybe I was just having an off experience. Can’t wait to see what you think!

January 16, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Magan - Amy, frustrating is such a good, good word to describe how I felt. And let down. Very bummed I didn’t love it. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Ah, bummer! I admit, I haven’t read North of Beautiful yet, but it’s been on my radar for some time, and I was looking forward to checking this one out, too. There are really fewer things more disappointing in reading than a book that isn’t as awesome as you’d hoped. I’m sorry to hear, too, that there was that weird aspect with the visions that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. That can be so frustrating, when it seems like things are in a story and serve no purpose. WAH!

January 16, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I really enjoyed Justina Chen’s other novels, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I’m sad this book didn’t click for you in the same way North of Beautiful give, but I definitely want to give it a shot anyway! Great review!

January 16, 2013 - 11:26 am

Alexa Y. - It’s always sad when a book doesn’t meet your expectations, especially when you’ve loved previous work from the author. I’m honestly a little put off by the way you’ve described the story, because it really does sound confused and jumbled up and like too many elements were put into play.

January 16, 2013 - 9:15 am

Rachel - I *loved* North of Beautiful so I definitely have high expectations for this book too. I haven’t read it yet but after reading your review, I might put it off. I never would’ve guessed there’d be a sixth sense / psychic element to it and I agree that it sounds unnecessary. It seems like all the changes in Reb’s life would’ve been more than enough to go on.

January 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

Lori - I’m one of those strange people that didn’t love North of Beautiful. So I think I’ll skip this one. The psychic element sounds unnecessary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Magan.

January 16, 2013 - 4:18 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds so promising from the beginning but it lost me with the sixth sense aspect, I agree that this probably could have ditched that and been a better story!

Reb sounds like a confusing character, I can understand your inability to like her, I don’t mind a character who is hurting, but I do mind when they take that out on others.

Estelle: Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman

Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman Publication Date: August 11, 2009 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Sisters, alcoholism, winter at the beach, New Jersey Format read: Bought used hardcover after reading/reviewing Jersey Angel. Summary: The summer folks have left the Boardwalk, and while Rosie and Skate embrace time without the crowds they […]

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December 29, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my goodness gracious, Estelle!
My heart SWELLS with all of these feelings that I’m having right now about how much I want to read this book. I can’t even tell you how much I want to read it. I have to find it.

(YAY, I just checked and my library has a copy! YAY!)

December 27, 2012 - 4:54 am

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Estelle! I’m so glad this book was more of what you were expecting in a story about the Shore. I’ve had it on my to-read list for ages and I don’t even know why. The fact that it’s about sisters really appeals to me!

December 26, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow! This book sounds really great. I love that it’s about sisters, and I love how it features the both of them dealing with their own separate issues. It’s an intriguing book, and I definitely think I need to read this.

I’m glad it served as a nice reminder to you of the Jersey Shore. I’ve only been twice, but it made me sad too to see what happened after Sandy hit 🙁

December 26, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - aww i’m so glad it brought out memories for you and proved to be a refreshing read. i love that they have similar issues (like with skate and her bf, rosie and wondering about her love live) yet remain their own person. great review!

December 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I hadn’t heard of this one before I saw your review, but you’ve made me want to hunt out a copy of it! I love that this doesn’t seem to be a typical sibling book where they spend all their time together too, and that it seems to deal with some tough issues too. Great review! 🙂

Estelle: A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, art, tourist, summer in the city Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (thanks!) Summary: When Kitsy is offered a chance to spend a […]

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June 28, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Author Spotlight: Gwendolyn Heasley - […] so pleased to welcome Gwendolyn Heasley to Rather Be Reading. If you remember, last week I reviewed Gwen’s June release, A LONG WAY FROM YOU about a vibrant Texan who travels to New York to […]

June 24, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] Such a Rush last week and I can’t say enough fantastic things about it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have […]

June 22, 2012 - 5:41 am

Daisy - It sounds like a cute read! And I love books set in NY! I’ve never been there, but it’s my dream to go and discover all the amazingness it has to offer! I’m not a big fan of the name Kitsy, maybe because the word ‘kits’ is associated with vomiting in Dutch 😉
But any book that has a character you’d want to hang out with in real life in it sounds good to me 🙂 Thanks for the review!

June 21, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love books set in NYC! This really does sound like a cute read, and I definitely want to check it out. Great review E!

June 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Magan - Elena! That was my favorite line of E’s review, too, though I may be biased… 🙂

June 21, 2012 - 11:04 am

elena - “Cutest Texan I’ve met since Magan.” AHAHA I LOVE THAT! Also oooh, cute musician boy? This seems like an adorable read! I wouldn’t have picked it up (the cover is misleading, it looks like a scene from The Little Mermaid except with blonde hair) but I might have to now!

Estelle: Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble

Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble [ twitter | website ] Release Date: December 27, 2011 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 288 Target: Young adult for mature audiences / Adult fiction Format read: Paperback borrowed from library How I heard about it: The fabulous BookChic! Summary: A lot has happened during Nate and Adam’s short relationship — there’s the […]

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September 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (Book Review) - […] LGBT Format read: Paperback ARC from author. (Thanks!!) Other books I’ve reviewed by Trumble: Don’t Let Me Go | Where You […]

December 3, 2012 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble - […] I wrote my review of J.H. Trumble’s Don’t Let Me Go in March, I wrote about how I kept thinking of the main characters of that story like they were […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:08 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 5. Don’t Let Me Go: Oh man. This book hit me in the gut. The main character is dealing with a long distance relationship and being open about his sexuality in a school and a town that is not very accepting. The writing is powerful, but never preachy and whoa, you know you like the book when the character makes some frustrating moves and you are hanging on. I called it one of my best reads of 2012 and that still rings true. (My review.) […]

July 9, 2012 - 11:22 pm

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] An engaging love story between two boys who are forced to work their relationship long distance. DLMG illustrates the pain and exhilaration that come with being who you are and letting the world know it, the difficult of young love, and the power of acceptance. goodreads / amazon / E’s review […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:29 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. I’ve never heard of this book, but this review definitely makes me want to read it! It sounds like such a powerful story.

March 18, 2012 - 8:02 am

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] Estelle: Paper Towns by John Green Estelle: The Big Kids’ Table (March) — Adult Fiction Picks Magan: Cracked by K.M. Walton Magan: Interview with Cracked’s K.M Walton Estelle: Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble  […]

March 16, 2012 - 11:48 am

J.H. Trumble - Aaah. Thank you!

March 16, 2012 - 9:22 am

Estelle - JH, THANK YOU for such an amazing book. I could have went on for 400 pages about it. I need to buy my own copy with my next Amazon shipment. It belongs on my bookshelves.

March 16, 2012 - 9:15 am

J.H. Trumble - I’m speechless. Thank you for that passionate review!

March 16, 2012 - 9:14 am

Estelle - Meg, I’m so glad I convinced you. If I can get 5 people to agree to read it today, it will be my good deed for the week. haha. Thanks so much for the comment! Made my morning!

March 16, 2012 - 9:12 am

Meg - I need nothing more than to know it’s your favorite read so far this year — high praise, indeed! These characters sound messy, imperfect and real… which is just how I like them. Great review — you definitely have me convinced!