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Befriended: Discussing Sibling Friendships with Kasie West

When a book is infused with a strong helping of sibling relationships and parental involvement, I’m sold. Those are two strong bonuses for me because they add a layer of realism to the story. But Kasie West took my love a step further by making the four siblings in On the Fence the closest, most tight-knit group […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Courtney, you HAVE TO READ On the Fence soon! Definitely, definitely do! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you love the book. xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Cassie, YES! Everything felt so genuinely authentic! You nailed it! :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for your comment, sweets!

July 22, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Sara, I love sibling relationships, too! I’m getting closer and closer to my siblings as we get older. I realllly hope that I can raise children who are close and BFFs. That’s one of my greatest hopes. :)

July 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I love sibling relationships in books! I’m really close with my older brother so I can really connect with characters who are close with their siblings.

July 11, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I absolutely adored this book and LOVED the family dynamic. I have one brother but grew up with about 8 cousins (all boys) within 3 years of my age. So we were constantly fighting and rough housing. I related so so well to Charlie, and I still can’t get over how fun the beginning was with the bets and drinking gross stuff! :)

July 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Knowing that On the Fence features a great family dynamic makes me want to read it even more. Being an only child, I never understood the connection shared between siblings, and so I really enjoy reading about that bond and realizing what it would be like to have a sibling. Lovely post!

July 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Magan - Hazel, thanks so much for your comment! I loved their relationship, too! So very much.

I’m getting closer to my siblings as we grow older; I’m 4 and 6 years older than them and got married super young so for a long while, I’ve just been in a different stage of life than them. Now things are leveling out a bit more. Sibling relationships definitely teach you how to be selfless; couldn’t agree with you more.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved reading your comment. xo

July 9, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I loved On The Fence, especially reading about Charlie and her brothers. <3

IRL, I wouldn't say I have the most outstanding sibling relationship but I definitely get how sisters can sometimes be our closest confidante. And as the older one between me and my sister, I totally know how sibling relationships teach you to be selfless.

What a wonderful post from Katie! And I just love this feature, Megan! :)

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this :) ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute :)

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Estelle: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read :) And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!

Magan: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt [ tweet | web ] Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: technology, 1962, internet relationships, strong family and sibling relationships Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Mallory feels betrayed after she finds out her boyfriend, Jeremy, has been cheating […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:27 pm

YA Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - […] Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target […]

April 21, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “I want to put copies of this book in the hands of some of my friends who place entirely too m… […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker : Goodreads | […]

March 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

YA Book Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - […] work like I was, you should check out Sean Griswold’s Head and then follow up with Going Vintage — they’re both strong contemporary stories about very real, original girls trying to […]

March 3, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Magan - Jess — Mallory was definitely a unique character. So quirky and fun! I hope you love Going Vintage when you read it!

Lori! — I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet. It’s totally on my TBR though! I’m so glad you loved it. :)

Quinn — I definitely wouldn’t say Going Vintage was terrible. Mallory was a character that was hard to relate to in the beginning, and I think intentionally a little annoying, so we could see her grow and change. But swoon! Oliver! :)

March 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] Bennett review Magan in High School { a personal piece } Three Sisters by Susan Mallery review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda […]

February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Yeah, I read Going Vintage last week. I wan’t in love with it. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but I just wasn’t able to connect to Mallory. I did love Oliver, though. :)

February 28, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - I enjoyed this one, but I do wish that I could have loved it like I wanted to. The bond between the sisters was definitely my favorite part. They were so much fun.

Have you read Sean Griswold’s Head yet? LOVED that one!

February 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Jess - Wow, what a nostalgic read ! I like the plot and Mallory sounds like a unique character.

February 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Magan - Alexa, I hope you enjoy it. It’s definitely fun! Mallory goes through a transformation but it’s not overwhelming and in your face. I hope you enjoy!

February 27, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Magan - Renae, I agree family dynamics go a long way. It was a great depiction of home life without seeming too ideal or perfect. Mallory definitely had some flaws, but I feel she grew by the end. And Oliver, I liked him a lot. He was respectful and likeable and insightful. That doesn’t always happen with YA boys so it won me over. :)

February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds so cute! I definitely want to read it, if just to see how this crazy new change that she has going on plays out. Plus, the romance (the budding one) sounds really cute!

February 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - My favorite part of this book was definitely the family relationships. I loved how flawed and real Mallory’s home life was, especially with her mom’s big secret and they way her parents acted around each other. Leavitt really nailed that portrayal for me. Otherwise, though, I didn’t care for Mallory as a main character, and though I think I liked Oliver, he wasn’t totally awesome. But still, realistic family dynamics go a long, long way with me.

February 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Magan - April, Oliver IS all sorts of fabulous. He was exactly the kind of boy I wanted to read about – intelligent, fun, caring, witty, a bit sarcastic. Ugh, so good. There are a few things that are like “huh” in the beginning that Mallory says or does, but I got over it. In the end, I thought the book had a good message and I, too, could use some time away from my computer every now and then. *face palm*

February 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm

April Books & Wine - I am one of those people who needs this book. I spend WAYYYY too much time online and so,Going Vintage sounds exactly like a me-sort of book. ALSO! Oliver sounds fabulous.

February 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I could not agree more with you about Ginnie. She was an amazing character! Their bond was so, so incredible. It’s rare to find siblings who love each other so much. Usually they bicker or dislike each other to the extreme. And Oliver? I could always use more Oliver. 😉

February 27, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Cynthia, I definitely understand the negatives that these mixed reviews have spoken of. Sure Mallory’s decision is quickly made and yes, her personality is a bit abrasive in the beginning, but I think she grows a lot from her experience. And OLIVER! Oliver and Ginnie save the day. Well, not literally, but they’re both amazing characters!

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Tara, there were a few things that I didn’t quite get in the beginning and Mallory’s personality was a little grating at first, but the more I thought about it after I finished it, the happier I was about reading it. Can’t wait to see what you think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Annette! You are not OLD! I don’t consider you old at all! :) I really hope you enjoy it! Can’t wait to see what ya think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Mandee, that’s awesome! That show sounds so interesting! I think I would definitely suffer a bit if I had to go through something like that. I rely heavily on technology! I’m glad you like Oliver. he and Ginnie were definitely my favorites! :) I hope you enjoy Going Vintage!

February 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I have been waiting on this ever since I saw the adorable cover, so I am so happy you enjoyed it, Magan!

The idea of switching off all modern tech is interesting, there was a tv show here that followed a family and they took all their technology away from them and started a particular decade and each week or month they would get new technology and move forward a decade, I think the kids found it really difficult.

I like the sound of Oliver already, and Mallory even if she was a bit judgemental.

February 27, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Annette - I’m getting ready to read this one soon too. I was BORN in 1962 (yes, I’m very OLD) so I’m especially interested in this one. Great review!

February 27, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Tara - I have this book and am reading it soon–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds like it’s right up my alley as well.

February 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

Cynthia - I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one because I’ve been reading some mixed reviews and wasn’t so sure about it but now I think I’ll definitely give it a try. Great review Magan! =D

February 27, 2013 - 12:48 am

Bookworm1858 - I liked Oliver a lot too-I feel like the book could have used more of him but my favorite character was definitely Ginnie. What a great sister and character!

Estelle: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Point Pages: 265 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: divorced parents, siblings, beauty pageants Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: With her younger sister constantly competing in beauty pagaents, high schooler […]

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May 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality | Elizabeth Eulberg Review - […] Chick Loves Lit – “was really off the mark for me.” Alexa Loves Books – “I found myself speeding through the pages until I reached the end.” Rather Be Reading – “I applaud Eulberg for giving a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around.” […]

March 2, 2013 - 11:15 pm

New Release Book Review: ‘Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality’ by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Confessions of a Fangirl (@AmyO122) Rather Be Reading […]

February 26, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really very curious about this book! Like you, I LOVED The Lonely Hearts Club and was okay with Take a Bow. It’s exciting to hear that she’s developed her characters more in this one, and the story sounds like it could be potentially fantastic to me. Hopefully, I end up enjoying it!

February 22, 2013 - 2:35 am

Rather Be Reading: March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 19, 2013 - 11:14 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oooh, I haven’t read any of Eulberg’s work yet but this is a really great review because it makes me interested in this book where I haven’t read anything about it yet. I’ve heard about Eulberg around, though, and people seem to really like her books. It’s really interesting that this book focuses on the main character being in the shadow of a younger sibling – I think you’re right, this isn’t very prevalent out there and could be interesting. I think it is interesting that Eulberg is tackling the ‘pageant’ thing too since that is such a big thing going on with the reality TV and that stereotypical pageant mom – it certainly sounds like she carried it over into this character, although I can’t make a completely accurate assumption since I haven’t read the book. I don’t know, this seems like it would be an interesting book to read. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

February 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s a good time for this book what with Toddlers and Tiaras being so popular. I can just imagine how awful the mother is (she sounds like some of the ones on the show) and I already feel for Lexi.

Also, I love that you used to tie your sister up!

February 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Ah Estelle, you’re kind of (well, really) awesome! I guess I can be thankful my big sis didn’t tie me to my chair lol. Also, I’m glad Eulberg gave “a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around. (This was one of my reservations with Take a Bow.)” Also, I LOVE The Lonely Hearts Club to pieces!

February 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - When a review mentions character depth and family issues, I’m almost always sold on that book. I love those topics! And it’s really great that authors are listening to what readers are saying and including those elements more often into their novels. I agree with you that a makeover is only denying the real problem behind lack of self-esteem, but I think this sounds really cute and fun, and as long as the author does address Lexi’s confidence issues in time (and it sounds like she does), then I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this book.

February 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

kit - I like the sound of this book – I always enjoy seeing sibling relationships depicted in YA (whether positive or negative, as it seems to be in this case!). I’ll definitely be looking out for this one – great review!

February 14, 2013 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really want to read this one. I liked The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I haven’t read Take a Bow yet. I’ve really been into contemps lately. I hope I get approved for it on Netgalley!

February 14, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I plan to read this one soon. One of the reasons I like Eulberg’s writing so much is because she focuses a lot on what GOOD friendships should be like in high school. I really respect that. Glad to see it’s mentioned again in this novel.

February 14, 2013 - 9:25 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited to check this book out-Take a Bow was a miss for me but I loved Eulberg’s other two books and I hope this one is great for me. I feel like Eulberg especially does friendships well and this seems to hold true here.

Estelle: Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian ( @ Twitter ) Note: Kate Brian is the pseudonym of author Kieran Scott. Familar? Publication Date: October 6, 2009 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Christmas, popularity, exes, siblings, road trip Format read: Bought used online. Summary: Lila has been prepping to through the biggest winter break party […]

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December 12, 2012 - 5:38 pm

elena - AWW this sounds totally QT! I do like it when characters are forced to work in teams and then chemistry happens! also, I misread the last one and was excited for the film but I HOPE IT WILL HAPPEN TOO.

December 12, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, a Christmas book! I think I should read this one, just to get even more into the spirit of the holidays. It sounds cute!

December 12, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - A teen patron at the library where I work has raved about this one. I should pick it up. It’s the right time for it. :)

December 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve been looking for a few Christmas books to read next & I’ve decided to add this one to the list! It sounds like the perfect story to get me in the mood for Christmas (even though I already am! hehe).

December 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

Cassie - This sounds so good! “Pacey and Joey like scenario” got me, they’re my fave! But I dont think its available for the Nook :-(

December 12, 2012 - 9:36 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - So I don’t really read Christmas stories, and I’ll probably stick to that, but you totally sell this. I am such a sap for stories about two people who mostly loathe one another having a change of heart. I blame Jane Austen for that!

December 12, 2012 - 9:29 am

Cynthia - This sounds like a fun one! I’ve been looking for some Christmas related books to read this month, I’ll be adding this one to my list. =)