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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!

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: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith <website • twitter> Publication Date: March 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 288 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: shoplifting, unlikely friendships, cheating parent, alcoholic mother Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Moe, Tabitha and Elodie are three girls very unlikely to ever form a […]

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April 23, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Book Review: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith | Respiring Thoughts - […] that, in my opinion, deserves heaps more attention. Trinkets wasn’t even on my radar until I read Magan’s review and realized that it was exactly the kind of book I love. Next time I was at the bookstore, I […]

June 17, 2013 - 8:02 am

Book Review: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith - […] that, in my opinion, deserves heaps more attention. Trinkets wasn’t even on my radar until I read Magan’s review and realized that it was exactly the kind of book I love. Next time I was at the bookstore, I […]

March 12, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Book Birthdays: March 10th - 16th | Alice Marvels - […] Rather Be Reading “Trinkets handles some pretty serious subject matter (death of a parent, a demanding boyfrien… […]

March 8, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Whoa! I hadn’t heard of this one before but I definitely need to consider it. I love the idea of a three-way narrative and how one common trait can bring people with opposite personalities together in some way. It’s such an interesting concept!

March 7, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Magan - Bookworm! I promise I didn’t mean to be a tease. No, SCRATCH THAT. I totally did. GO read it! It’s a good quick read! And yes — totally loving Sean Griswold’s Head! So glad to hear you loved it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Magan - Tara, I’m not sure that I had read a book like this before either, but the different styles wasn’t distracting to me at all. I really, really enjoyed the poetry which surprised me. Sometimes I get a little frustrated with poetry because it’s not well done, but I liked Elodie’s voice a lot. I hope you can find it at the library! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Magan - Alexa, it really was. The timing and pacing went so smoothly and quickly. It felt like such a quick read, but not because it was a short book – -I just breezed through it! I hope you enjoy!

March 7, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Magan - Mandee! It was such a quick, fast-paced read. I’m sure you’d breeze through Trinkets. Definitely pick it up! The different POVs was nice. I really, really liked the poetry. That part was so well done.

March 7, 2013 - 3:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I love your final line, of course now I am intrigued to know whether the girls continue in their ways or whether they improve.

I really like the sound of the different POVs, too!

March 7, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m going to need to read this now, simply to find out what happens to the girls! I want to know if their friendship changed anything for them or not, and how all these things they face get resolved. It sounds like a very compelling story to me!

March 7, 2013 - 11:28 am

Tara - I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from different POVs and with different styles. Did that get distracting at all, or did it flow well? I would definitely snag this book at the library because it’s different but sounds really interesting.

March 7, 2013 - 9:27 am

Bookworm1858 - What a tease! Do the girls end their life of crime-inquiring minds want to know. I see you’re reading Sean Griswold’s Head and I really hope you’re enjoying it-it’s one of my favorite contemporary YA novels.

Magan: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr Publication Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 341 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, loss of a parent, pregnancy, adoption, abuse, new beginnings Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: After her father’s passing, Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby and allows […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:28 am

Real Life Friend & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity - […] Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr | Just One Year by Gayle […]

July 8, 2013 - 12:02 am

How To Save A Life | Sara Zarr | Book Review - […] Ivy Book Bindings – “I fell hard for the romance in this novel” YA Love Blog – “Prepare for gushing because this novel is beautiful and amazing.” Rather Be Reading – “I was completely mesmerized by her writing” […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 9. How to Save a Life: Apparently I like extremely touchy books because this one is about a girl who loses her father. Her dad was like her best friend and she was never very close to her mom. When her mom connects with a teenage girl that’s pregnant and allows her to move in with them until she has the baby, Jill freaks out a little. She feels like her mom is trying to replace her when she announces that she will adopt the baby. (My review.) […]

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is the last of Sara’s books that I need to read so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it (so much so that I’ve added it to my list of books to swap with Hannah!)

Sara’s writing is just amazing, in such a quiet and subtle way. The plot reminds me of the last season of Parenthood, minus the dad dying, and I wonder how it will all work out.

August 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Tara - Any book that makes you reread passages and write down quotes is a win in my book! I have this book from BEA and I think I seriously need to pick it up soon. Lovely review (per usual) Magan 🙂

August 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - I read about 35 pages of this one before I had to abandon it. Weh.

August 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

April Books & Wine - I have had this on my shelves forever. I’m glad to hear it’s well-written and just plain good.

August 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Kristen - “How to Save a Life is a notable story about how our lives can be shaken up and we have to slowly put the pieces back together — even if those pieces don’t fit back together exactly how they used to.”

That is beautiful. I LOVE books like this. Will definitely be checking this out as well.

August 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. Just wow. This sounds incredible and moving and I now want to read it. Will be sure to check it out of the library stat!

August 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

Anna - I <3 Zarr

August 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your last sentence to describe this book. I keep meaning to read this one by Sara Zarr and your review has reminded me once again that I am obviously missing out by not doing so. This is beautiful Magan.

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.

Anyways.

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!