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Estelle: Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Random House Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: moving, divorce, secret admirers, 70s Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Things aren’t looking so great for Vinnie when his parents announce their divorce, his mom remarries quickly, and he is […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis: This was one of my favorites from the end of last year (go read it!) about a boy dealing with a move after the divorce of his parents. We get scenes with both his mom and his dad, and they honestly couldn’t be even more different. It’s obvious how much Vinnie cares for these two people who grew apart, and who have so suddenly changed his life. While his mom sort of drove me nuts (she has bad habits!), I really did enjoy the scenes when he was spending time with him and they shared common hobbies. (And they say teenagers don’t care about their parents…) (My review.) […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I haven’t hears much about this one but have been intrigued ever sinc I heard about it from Greads. I was still a little weary but your lovely review puts me at ease. Plus, it’s set in the 70’s and there’s dancing and there’s sort of a You’ve Got Mail-like situation – I’M SO IN.

December 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Sophia - Your review has got me hooked, Estelle! Now, I am so interested in this book. I need to get it ASAP. The concept sounds really interesting (midnight phone calls? YES!) and the “giddily romantic” themes in this book are totally right up my alley. Thanks for calling this book to my attention, Estelle!

November 29, 2012 - 6:05 pm

elena - Yes, I’ve had this on my list since you rec’d it to me a few months ago! It really does seem creeptastic but I love that you use “giddily romantic.” This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Fantastic review, E! <3

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I haven’t heard of this book, but now I definitely want to read it. A 70’s version of You’ve Got Mail? Bring it!

Thanks for the fabulous review!

November 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa Y. - You can always convince me to read any book. This time around, it was the last line – I love dancing of any kind. Plus, well, I’m a sucker for unconventional romantic relationships!

November 28, 2012 - 11:13 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Your closing paragraph just sealed the deal. It totally feels right.

November 28, 2012 - 10:28 am

Annette - Great review! I haven’t seen this one before, so thanks.

November 28, 2012 - 9:26 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had my eye on this book, but your review Estelle just made me decide this will be a Christmas present to myself 🙂 hehe. Sometimes the best books are the ones without all the flashy elements. Sometimes the really great ones are just simple, heartfelt stories. Great review!

November 28, 2012 - 9:14 am

Rachel - This sounds like such a great book! It’s already on my TBR list but everything you wrote makes me want to read it more. It is really nice to just read about normal people going about their every day lives, trying to find happiness.

Estelle: Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando Publication Date: 5/12/2011 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Coney Island, NYC history, loss of a parent, starting a new school Format read: Hardcover from library Summary: After years and years of moving around, Jane, her brother, and her dad have settled in to Coney […]

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July 24, 2015 - 8:00 am

I'm Dreaming of a Summer Ale | Pub Date - […] today’s recommendation is Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando — when I first read it, I had never been to Coney Island. The main character moves with her dad and sibling to Coney […]

October 31, 2013 - 8:00 am

Big Kids' Table: YA Authors Recommendations, Estelle - […] | My review of Dreamland Social Club | Add Wonder When You'll Miss Me to Goodreads […]

July 16, 2013 - 8:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads | Oh, the Places We Would Go (in NY + TX)..., Estelle + Magan - […] Tara Altebrando’s Dreamland Social Club last year convinced me Coney Island was a must-do. This trip (it’s about an hour out of […]

July 10, 2012 - 12:29 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] When E saw Tara at a reading panel talking about DSC and how felt she wrote all she could do about losing a mom, she added it to her TBR list immediately. This book is so rich in its characters and its words and she wishes she could swim around in those feelings forever. It piques a ton of curiousity about Coney Island, and also discovery of one’s own parent. goodreads / amazon / E’s review […]

June 19, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Magan: Shelve It (6/17/2012) - […] wait to rave about From What I Remember… – Coney Island, a new school, and romance found in Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando. – Estelle + I found 10 more beach reads to share with you. – I review Myra McEntire’s […]

June 16, 2012 - 6:13 am

Lori - I’ve had this on my shelf since last year. Sounds like I need to read it asap. Magical and mystical sounds right up my alley.

June 14, 2012 - 3:27 pm

April Books & Wine - I have never been to Coney Island either, but I like reading about it. Dreamland Social Club sounds fascinating and less gross than Geek Love which was about circus freaks and was good but gross.


I’m glad this was one of those books you didn’t want to let go or set down.

June 14, 2012 - 10:59 am

Estelle - Megan, thanks for stopping by! It really is a lovely book and I do hope you get to read it soon. It’s too great a book to pass up!

June 14, 2012 - 10:58 am

Estelle - Elena, I really hope you give it a try. I’d be curious to see what kind of song you pair it with! 🙂

June 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

elena - I’ve only heard about this book through you but the title really intrigues me. I also love the idea you brought about memory, it sounds like such a fascinating concept in the book. I’m really interested about the romance! I agree that it tends to overpower a YA book but I glad this book does it well. I’ve never been to Coney Island or really felt a desire to but I’m sure this book would change it. Fantastic review, Estelle!

June 13, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Megan @ Books and Teacups - This book sounds absolutely lovely – especially your mention of a romance that doesn’t overpower the plot, as so often nowadays I feel like Young Adult books ARE the romance half the time. I’ll definitely have to add this to my ‘to read’ list! 🙂

June 13, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh this book sounds perfectly intriguing! I’ve never heard of it before, but now I feel like I should definitely check it out.

Plus, I’ve never been to Coney Island either; hopefully, I remedy that this summer!