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Estelle: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally ( tweet | web) Part of the Hundred Oaks series (but can be read as a standalone) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: religion, choices, friendship, romance, summer Format read: ARC won from a contest held by the author. (Thank […]

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September 2, 2014 - 9:01 am

A Brave Reminder: On a Personal Note (Book List) - […] Before You by Jo Jo Moyes | Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally | Only Everything by Kieran […]

November 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway), Estelle - […] Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: horses, responsibilities, family obligations, class differences Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last book we received by M. Kenneally: Things I Can’t Forget […]

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review) + Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure […]

March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally […]

February 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

Lori - For some reason I have yet to read one of Kenneally’s books. Sounds like I need to change that NOW! :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow. This sounds extremely appealing to me for some reason, and not just because of the summer camp aspect! I think I may need to dive in Miranda’s work ASAP just so I can read this one sooner :)

February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am SO excited for this one! It sounds so great, and I really liked Catching Jordan. I want to read it even more after reading this review. I keep checking back for either of my library systems to get it in so I can place a hold on it and get it quickly. So far, no luck, but hopefully soon! Obsession can pay off. 😀

February 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Vivian - I bought the 1st two books in this series bc everyone says how awesome they are and Miranda is great. I seriously need to read them soon tho! This one sounds like it’ll be just as amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Great review!

February 25, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I can’t wait for this one to come out ! I started reading Stealing Parker and have found her books to be ideal contemporary novels. I always enjoy a good book about the summer

February 25, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like each book better with her and i am glad to see this review fits the trend! Also, i went to summer camp for 8 years so this book pretty much has to happen for me :)

February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad to hear that the third book is good! I have books 1 & 2 but I haven’t read them yet, but I am looking forward to the series even more now :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying to read this book, and your review isn’t helping. I’m so glad there are Parker and Jordan sightings and that Will plays a bigger role than I originally thought.

Ahhh, can’t wait to read this!

February 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

elena - Even though I am wary about the religious aspects despite your reassurances it’s not preachy, I really liked this line about the book: Things I Can’t Forget is so much about romance, friendship, and the magic and possibility that summer promises. I like ALL of those things! It sounds like this book really resonated with you & I know it’s definitely made you think. Thanks for the insightful review as always.

February 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

Tara - I have heard so much praise about these books and this author that I’m ashamed I haven’t read them yet :( You might have just sent me over the edge Estelle :)

Estelle: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: summer break from college, med school, sex, relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Dom, a pre-med major, is home for summer […]

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June 1, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Mini Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky | - […] the lovely Estelle, whom I love and respect, could not stop raving about this book, as evidenced here. Because I trust her taste, I had to go find out for myself why this book was so great. This review […]

January 8, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Mini Review: Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky | As Told by Rachel - […] the lovely Estelle, whom I love and respect, could not stop raving about this book, as evidenced here. Because I trust her taste, I had to go find out for myself why this book was so great. This review […]

June 19, 2013 - 5:05 am

Dual Review: Anatomy of a Boyfriend + Anatomy of a Single Girl - […] Contemporary fiction POV: First person (Dominique) Recommenders: I picked this one up after seeing Estelle’s and Rachel’s reviews for Anatomy of a Single […]

May 6, 2013 - 10:00 am

Estelle: True by Erin McCarthy, Estelle - […] video chats with her dorky (yet adorable) dad and even her science nerdiness. (Reminded me of Anatomy of a Single Girl.) I wish there had been more emphasis on these details, instead of the more infuriating ones. I […]

January 22, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Anatomy of an Author: Daria Snadowsky - […] more info on Anatomy of a Single Girl, check out my review + be sure to add it on […]

January 11, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - Hehe! This sounds exactly like my kind of book! I added it to my wish list before I was done reading your review. I loooove when you think a book is going to be fluff and then it surprises you! I can’t wait to read it.

January 10, 2013 - 11:39 pm

Kristen Evey - Yay for sex positive books! We certainly could use more of them. Particularly (but not limited to) sex positive books for girls. Great review, Estelle. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list. :)

January 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Annie - This sounds really good…and totally realistic!!! I think this will definitely be the next book I read!!! :)

January 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - This sounds really fun and different, I’m definitely adding it to my to read list. Do you think it would have been better to read the first book first, or did it really work going straight to this one?

January 10, 2013 - 11:07 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Darn you!
I just culled my Goodreads TBR and took Anatomy of a Boyfriend off of the list.


But really it sounds like I’m the one who made the poor decision to take it off of my list so I should be thanking you…

So thank you for growing my TBR yet again, friend!

January 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Leah - I’m a little shocked I’ve never heard of this book before! This sounds like a story written just for me. It’s so refreshing to come across a story that doesn’t shy away from sex (particularly the solo kind!) and that highlights what it’s really like to move away for the first time and deal with all that entails.

Also, yay for books that can be read as stand-alones!

January 9, 2013 - 8:07 pm

VeganYANerds - I love, love, love books that can be honest about love/sex – I’m so sick of reading books that brush over it or make it all about fireworks!

And I love that this takes a look at friendships because they are so important, especially when you’re going off in separate ways for uni/college

January 9, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Rachel - When you were telling me about this one, I didn’t think to add it to my TBR list. (No idea why.) But after reading your review, I’m adding it ASAP! Sounds like a really great book.

January 9, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - YES! Finally a college-age setting that looks super cool! The cover for the books is so witty and hilarious! Kudos to the designer. Definitely putting this on my TBR list. Thanks for review!

January 9, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Wow, what a glowing review! I really want to read this one now! As a college student, I’m always interested in books with MCs in college, but they tend to be few and far between.

January 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Rowena - Ooh, this one looks good. Thanks for the review, I just put this book on my TBB list. I’m looking forward to getting it for myself.

January 9, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I like that this book tackles realistic issues that a lot of other YA books seem to gloss over/shy away from. Like the sex stuff, we really only get implications of it from other authors, but the fact that Snadowsky does it in a very honest way is totally cool. I can’t wait to check it out!

January 9, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read this one! I can’t wait to find out more about what happened to Dom after the first book, especially as this one sounds as shocking (in a good way).

January 9, 2013 - 10:42 am

Rachel - Ahh! This book sounds so good! Since I stick mainly to YA, I don’t get to read many books that deal with characters my age, so this sounds perfect. I’m excited to get my hands on a copy :)

January 9, 2013 - 9:22 am

Cynthia - I was curious about this one after you mentioned it on Twitter now I really want to read it! I love books where the writer is not afraid to write about this type of stuff. Sounds like a lot of fun!! =)

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.

Estelle: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Thumped by Megan McCafferty (website | twitter) UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young adult Classification: Dystopian Format read: Paperback from ALA. (Thank you!) Summary: It’s been a few months since we’ve left twin sisters, Harmony and Melody, who reunited in the first book of this dystopian […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Nights by Susan Mallery ( Amazon | B&N ) Bumped by Megan McCafferty ( Amazon | B&N ) Thumped by Megan McCafferty ( Amazon ) Flat Out Love by Jessica Park ( Amazon ) What Happened to Lani […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:19 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You made this one sound even better than Bumped in your review, even without revealing too much. I absolutely ADORE that the book made you so enthusiastic. That makes me even more excited to read it!

April 22, 2012 - 1:09 pm


I also really liked Bumped. ANNNND the whole satire thing is super cool, like I like when authors work in certain relevant issues that we see every day, like the whole celebrity saturation and stuff.

Anyways, I’m really looking forward to reading my copy this week! :-)

And your review has me like six times more pumped.

Estelle: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (Part of Random House) Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young adult (mature audiences) Format read: eBook ARC from Netgalley. Summary: In her senior year of high school, Angel is enjoying the single life (even though she can’t seem to get her […]

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January 24, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Hey Caro, thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts. Even almost a year after I read it, this book and the main character still frustrate me. I think I felt Angel was maternal because of the strong connection she had with her siblings, but she just didn’t know how to apply that kind of care and attention to herself in a healthy way. It SO felt like all she did was think and have sex, for sure. That was probably the most frustrating because I feel like there had to be/was certainly more to her than that. Definitely check out Bauman’s debut novel though. I really really really enjoyed that one!

January 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm

CaroG - I won a copy of this book in a giveaway…I felt the same way that you did about it, specially the sex part. However I did not see that motherly part of Angel, and I did not like her as a character. I had no problem whatsoever with her being open about her sexuality, but at a point it felt like it was all she did.

December 26, 2012 - 10:02 am

YA Review: 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. […]

June 16, 2012 - 11:26 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ah Jersey. I was a Jersey girl before I was from the Bronx, so I do have a soft spot for the state. But I don’t particularly feel like reading this book unfortunately. It does sound like there are a few redeeming qualities, but I don’t know that I’d check it out anytime soon.

May 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Angel by Beth Ann Bauman Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Release Date: May 8, 2012 Estelle’s Review Goodreads | Amazon It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have […]

May 1, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman - The Busy Bibliophile - […] opinions: Rather be Reading Book Twirps SharePrintEmailDigg Filed Under: 2 owls, beach, besties, contemporary, easy read, […]

April 10, 2012 - 10:25 am

Cialina - Saw this on NetGalley, saw the synopsis. As much as the blurb said it was going to be the “real” Jersey, I knew it was too good to be true. I didn’t buy it. This definitely does not sound like my book based on your review. Plot sounds kinda ridiculous to be honest. :/

April 9, 2012 - 9:36 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I saw you add this on Goodreads and I think I added it too but I’ve read mixed reviews. I still want to read now but I won’t have super high expectations, it really does sound like a good beachy read.

April 9, 2012 - 3:38 pm

elena - Whoa, three houses?! And she’s living alone at 18?! Incredible! I’m glad that Angel is likable even though the tales of her escapades weigh the book down. Ah, the lack of consequences would bother me too. In fact that’s a good part of the reason why I didn’t enjoy Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have). I’d like the book to be realistic in some sense! Thank you for a fantastic, honest review.

April 9, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Estelle - Tara, thanks for the comment! I definitely think if you are looking for a fast read you should check this out. It’s the perfect beach reading… for real.

April 9, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Estelle - Jacinda, glad I’m not alone in this. I know a lot of people in this situation may not get caught but it’s like she didn’t think about it at all? Right? Ugh. I feel bad for her bestie. For more than one reason.

April 9, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - “I was disappointed in the lack of consequence in the end.”<—THIS! This is why I was so freaking ticked off that this book! UGH! I was so hoping this was going to be a great book…and it wasn't to me in the end.

April 9, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for the review, Estelle! You definitely gave me more of an idea of what I’m getting myself into when I start reading Jersey Angel! I’ve never seen an episode of the Jersey Shore (don’t hurt me), so I’m curious to see what I think.