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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb • Magan Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb [web | tweet] Published by Harper Teen on May 26, 2015 Pages: 400 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: first love, parental loss, airplane crash, detached mothers Summary: Not many things have gone right for Eva, but when she meets Will and they connect over personal losses they’ve both suffered through, she feels like she’s […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My excitement for this book grows exponentially as more bloggers I trust talk about how much they loved it. Great review Magan!

June 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Alexa S. - Kissing in America sounds FABULOUS, M! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but your review has completely changed my mind. I’m definitely going to be trying to snag a copy soon, since it also sounds like a perfect summer read!

May 27, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - I saw this the other day and it looks so good. I am a complete sucker for romances..<3

May 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Ashley - I am so, so, so, so glad I’m not alone in my love of this book. I went into it knowing nothing also and adored it so much!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Magan Reviews

  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: parallel universes, time travel, death of a parent Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Marguerite seeks answers about her father’s death and travels between parallel universes using the Firebird, […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:59 am

Alexa S. - Though it started off a little slow for me, I really wound up loving A Thousand Pieces of You. I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded, and found myself surprised by a few things (even though I’d guessed at a couple)! I loved seeing them travel into different universes, loved seeing the relationship dynamics laid out and just really, really enjoyed the wild ride Gray took readers on.

November 19, 2014 - 8:01 am

Quotables, Magan - […] Add A Thousand Pieces of You to Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

November 5, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Brianna - Sometimes I feel like I live in a parallel universe. But really, A Thousand Pieces of You sounds good.

November 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

Annette - Great review. I was really intrigued by this one. Especially the parallel universe plot. I found it to be pretty unique, which is always a good thing.

November 5, 2014 - 10:04 am

Sue Holmes - I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw the cover on Goodreads. So glad it’s going to live up to its cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy 🙂

November 5, 2014 - 9:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I have been seeing many positive reviews for this book and each one is making me more and more excited to read it! I love that it offers so much more than a simple parallel universe story. Great review!

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.

Magan: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

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

August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: When You Were Here Gift Pack, Estelle - […] Can you believe there’s only two weeks left of our Sweet Summertime Reads series with Ginger and Tara? It’s been such a fun summer of new ideas, summer loving, and it’s crazy that it’s about to come to a close. I’m going solo today with this post but it is totally inspired by Magan’s affection for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. […]

June 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I was already excited about it, but now I’m REALLY excited. I really liked Mockingbirds but I wanted something…more from it. This seems like it has it. Great review, Magan. Can’t wait to read this one.

June 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I am sincerely excited to read this book! I love that readers get to witness Danny’s journey through his grief. I also love that he gets to go to Japan, which is one of my favorite countries in the whole entire world! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one 🙂

June 13, 2013 - 8:05 pm

alicejane011 - Ahhh this review makes me want the When We Were Here even more! I love how it’s partially set in Tokyo. I’m happy that it’s really good because it’s been on my TBR list for a while now.

June 13, 2013 - 7:20 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This sounds like the perfect book. It’s been sitting on the top of my ARC pile and I’ve been behind and busy — but I’m resolving to pick this up next. It sounds perfect!

June 13, 2013 - 2:53 am

DannyBookworm - “a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts,”

Oh you totally sold me with this!!!!

June 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

tabithasbookblog - A major plot twist?! That makes me want to read this book more than anything… okay not really – but I do want to read this one!

Great review!!

June 12, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - You made this book sound amazing ! It’s totally on my radar now.

June 12, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa Schensted - I was at B&N yesterday and was SO CLOSE to buying this…and then bought Second Chance Summer instead.

This will be next! I KNOW IT.

June 12, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your review made me even MORE compelled to get my hands on this book ASAP. I’m so glad you loved it, I have some really high hopes. Great review!

Magan: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody Publication Date: July 3, 2012 Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult. Keywords: A-list celebrities, Inheritance, Daddy Issues Format read: Borrowed from my local library. Summary: Lexington is forced to work 52 jobs, assigned by her father, to prove she’s worthy of the inheritance she will be given if she successfully completes […]

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November 22, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Alexa - I thought this book was really cute! I was surprised to see that there was certainly a lot more to it than just the whole DCOM vibe of these 52 crazy jobs that she had to do. I enjoyed it quite a lot, and am glad you did too.

November 22, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Kim @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - Thank you for this review! I have been contemplating checking it out as a light read, but I have to admit that I tend to stay away from really girly, drama-filled titles. That being said, it seems that Lexi actually turns out to have some depth and growth, which I thoroughly enjoy seeing. I look forward to reading it.

November 22, 2012 - 5:00 am

VeganYANerds - Ha! Lexi sounds like an interesting and unlikeable character but that is all the more impressive if you ended up liking her! I’ll be sure to check this out Magan!

November 21, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I have to admit, I rolled my eyes after reading the summary and thought that I’d give this one a miss, but your review actually made me give the book a second thought. It reminded me of a book that I read earlier this year (the title’s escaping me, but it’s written by the girls who wrote The Nanny Diaries), which was about a similarly spoiled starlet. Although I wasn’t enjoying the book that much, I couldn’t put it down either — for the same reasons, I supposed, that I ALWAYS reach for the trashy magazines in the grocery store line-up … “What has Britney/Lindsay/etc. done NOW?!?” It’s so bad, and so terrible, yet we just can’t turn away and we want more of the drama and the melt-downs and the craziness =P

November 21, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed this one as well, Magan! I’ve been a huge fan of Jessica’s ever since I met her at a book festival. She is SO awesome and nice! But anyways, I loved how I could relate to someone who I thought was so unrelatable at first. It’s amazing how the author managed to bring some quality and relatable-ness into someone who is such a… brat. And I definitely enjoyed the daughter-father relationship that added some depth into this book.

Fantastic review Magan! <3

November 21, 2012 - 9:57 am

elena - This looks like a fun book! It is impressive when an author can take an unlikeable character and make them more relatable. I’ll try to see if they have it at my library next time!

Estelle: The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando

The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando (website | twitter) Publication Date: March 7, 2006 Publisher: MTV Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a family member, summer job, New Jersey setting Format read: Paperback borrowed from library Summary: After her mom passes away, Betsy challenges herself to get through the stages of […]

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November 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle: Shelve It (11/9/2012), Estelle - […] and spent countless summers. It’s the same beach that is featured in Tara Altebrando’s The Pursuit of Happiness, and how ironic is it that my review for that particular book went up the same time I was watching […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:16 am

Little Willow - I highly recommend this book as well! I hope you check out Tara’s other novels. Pursuit and What Happens Here are probably my two top favorites out of her collection.

November 1, 2012 - 6:26 am

Lori - This sounds like a book that I’d love. Betsy sounds like an amazing MC. I can tell just from your review that’s it my favorite kind of contemp read. I’m off to add it to my wish list!

October 31, 2012 - 3:39 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am thoroughly intrigued by your review. This sounds like it’s the kind of book where the character goes through a very realistic personality transformation, and I always enjoy those. I’m definitely interested to see how the family chooses to react in the face of losing the mom figure in their lives, and how it all ends up.