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Estelle: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar Publication Date: June 29, 2009 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 264 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Australia, surfing, “gap year”, secrets Format read: Paperback sent to me in a book exchange with the lovely Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds! Summary: Carla leaves university to work nights at a restaurant so […]

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November 28, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Alexa Y. - First of all, hats off to you on this AMAZING review! I think you’ve expressed your feelings so well, and that your enthusiasm definitely comes across. This is probably one of my favorites out of all your reviews!

And now, the book. I really, really, really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely fantastic! I really like the fact that it tackles issues head on. Plus, Aussie writers are AMAZING (based on my experience thus far!).

November 26, 2012 - 9:07 pm

April Books & Wine - Oh, Estelle, you’ve nailed all of the best things about Raw Blue. I truly believe there is something in Australia’s water for so many emotional, raw books to come from down under. I have yet to be disappointed by an Aussie book.

I agree this is a book to savor and to maybe sit on, if you’ve been overwhelmed by the raves until your mind is cleared of preconceived notions.

November 25, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - So basically, WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT IN THE US RIGHT NOW?! Your review is AMAZING and it makes me want to buy this book from Amazon RIGHT NOW (I’m broke!). Glad you loved it!

November 24, 2012 - 3:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Beautiful review, Estelle!

I’m really glad that you loved Raw Blue and that it was worth the wait. I so know what you mean about reading hyped-up books, I think it’s good to wait and forget a lot of the comments you’ve heard.

This really is a wonderful book and hopefully it gets pub’d in the US soon!

November 23, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Estelle, what a beautiful review! I really enjoyed reading this review, it was wonderfully written. Kudos to you for writing something so lovely!

Anyways, I have seriously only heard rave reviews about this book. Where I’m going to find a copy of this book is beyond me, but I know that I absolutely must get my hands on a copy of this book. Just the gritty depth that you described in your review makes me want to immediately pick this one. I can also tell that you were attached to Carla, and were really rooting for her. I love a good, flawed protagonist, so I’m adding that to the list of why I need to get a copy of this book. 😉

Fantabulous review Estelle! <3 It was so lovely and touching to read.

Magan: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: HarlequinTeen Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: hate crimes, gossiping and secrets, bullying, vow of silence Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: After Chelsea lets someone’s secret slip and the person is hospitalized, she takes a vow of silence.   Have you ever told a […]

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August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical […]

August 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lori - I loved Saving June and now I’m so excited to read this one!

August 16, 2012 - 1:04 am

Jess C - Wow, this book sounds amazing. I like the part about the main character communicating through inner dialogue.

August 15, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely LOVED this book. I thought it was brilliant, and though I haven’t read Saving June yet, I can tell I love Hannah Harrington’s writing.

August 15, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Magan - Keertana, thanks for your comment! I so, so agree with you. I loved it too! And I wish I could have Harrington books to read ALL THE TIME. I *need* more!

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - YES TO THIS, ANNA. YES TO THIS.

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - Mandee, I think you’re right. The intent was not to like her. It always amazes me how an author has to work to pull her audience back in to redeem her character(s). A true talent, I think!

August 15, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Magan - Elena, I had NO idea you couldn’t finish Some Girls Are. My gosh, that’s one of my favorite of Summers’ books. I do definitely encourage you to keep going with Speechless. I think you should know the bullying intensity, while present, didn’t seem AS terribly consistent as in SGA. I hope what I said makes sense. :-/ haha

August 15, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Magan - Tara — I agree 100%. Hannah’s writing is incredible. I NEED MORE TOO! 🙂

August 15, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Tara - Hannah Harrington is just absolutely amazing. Saving June was my favorite contemp last year and Speechless is definitely in the running for my fave this year. I need more of Hannah’s writing STAT. Fantastic review Magan!

August 15, 2012 - 7:52 pm

elena - Honestly, I couldn’t read Courtney Summers’ Some Girls Are because it was very uncomfortable from what I skimmed/read about. I started this book but put it down because like you said, Chelsea is really naive and made a HUGE mistake. The reaction to it horrified me and it was just..yeah. I got to the part where she met her soon-to-be-friends & whiteboard though so maybe I will continue it.

August 15, 2012 - 6:26 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved this book too and I completely agree about Chelsea, at first I really did not like her but I’m sure this is how we’re supposed to feel because I really enjoyed watching her realise how wrong her past behaviour was. Lovely review!

August 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Anna - I adored this book. Further proof as to why we should all be huge Hannah Harrington fans!

August 15, 2012 - 11:38 am

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I loved this book too and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was such a subtle and simple, but powerful, read! I really love Harrington’s writing and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!(:

~Keertana
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Estelle: Intentions by Deborah Heiligman

Intentions by Deborah Heiligman Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 272 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: rabbi, temple, fighting parents, distant best friend, first love Format read: ARC from NetGalley How I heard about it: Heard DH read an excerpt at NYC Teen Author Festival in March Summary: In […]

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November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] by Katie McGarry 5. Skinny by Donna Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by […]

August 9, 2012 - 10:47 am

April Books & Wine - The premise of this sounds really good. I mean, I love books where teens question things like religion. Also I like when adults are hypocritical, because no one is perfect or anything.

Yeah, I’m going to have to check this one out of my library eventually!

July 14, 2012 - 6:48 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this book or author so thank you for making me aware of it. Sometimes I steer clear of books about religion but I like that this book is about a girl questioning her faith because someone she’s looked up to is not doing as he says.

And I loved your description of Rachel, there is just something about flawed characters, they are so easy to relate to compared to perfect people, she sounds very realistic!

Great review, E!

July 14, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Krystianna - This book sounds awesome!

I’m glad to hear that you liked it.

Thanks for the review!

July 12, 2012 - 10:40 pm

elena - I actually said WHAAAT out loud reading the first lines of your review! I’m not really a religious person but I’m curious about this one, esp since it’s not preachy. I was not expecting that from the cover but I see the windows now. This sounds like such an intriguing book!

July 12, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Tara - I MUST read this one! I’m always intrigued about books that have a religion element but don’t preach at me and this perfect. Fabulous review Estelle!!

July 11, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’d never heard of this book before I read your review, but I really want to now. Rachel sounds like the kind of main character I’ll love because she’s not flawless! Great review. 🙂

July 11, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - To be honest, this book is completely new to me. I had never heard of it before, but after reading your review, I’m completely intrigued. This book presents a situation that most people have to deal with – an authority figure teaching one thing and acting in direct opposition – so it’ll be an interesting read, at least to me.