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Estelle: The Look by Sophia Bennett

The Look by Sophia Bennett ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic) Pages: 336 Target audience: young adult Keywords: modeling, cancer, London, siblings, family, self-discovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: The world becomes a confusing place for Ted when she finds out her fab-looking […]

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March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] The Look by Sophia 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 Kenneally review […]

March 4, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Alexa Y. - I had no idea that this was set in London! That immediately makes me want to add it to my TBR list (which is happening… RIGHT… NOW!)

I really adore the fact that this book really involves Ted’s family, and not just Ted herself. The relationship between sisters is always fun to read about, and I think I’d enjoy reading about Ted and Ava 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Look's Sophia Bennett Talks Literary Sisters + Giveaway - […] from Estelle: Hopefully you checked out yesterday’s review of The Look by Sophia Bennett, which was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. I can confidently say it was one of my […]

March 2, 2013 - 4:09 pm

elena - I <3 models and think their appeal is that they're odd looking (Gemma Ward in her heyday looked like an alien) because it's more striking in editorials or runways. so Ted sounds like a good choice if she's tall and looks interesting! go Ted. it sounds like a v touching journey & you can definitely feel for Ted. also yay for London.

Estelle: Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, bands, friendships with boys Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Char, Oliver, and Tripp have been friends forever. Now, in high school, Char manages and writes […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Being Friends With Boys. — Estelle: “Lonely with her older sister away at college, we get a chance to see Char grow closer with her stepsisters. I loved that we didn’t get the usual evil dynamics here. They are all so different but there isn’t any hate between them.” […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] | Amazon) Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy — $2.99 — (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review) Going Bovine by Libba Bray — $3.99 — (Goodreads | […]

January 5, 2013 - 6:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay! So glad that you loved this, Estelle, as I just received a copy (such a pretty hardback) and I now I can’t wait to read it even more 😀

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - Eee I have to move this one up on my pile!!!!

January 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - It definitely seems like you were able to connect with the characters, especially the main character, a ton Estelle, and that’s probably one of the most important things for me in a book. It’s also not often when we’re able to see a healthy and normal sister relationship in a book, and I think I’d love to read about that for a change. Even though there seems to be a love triangle, the themes of family and sister relationships definitely seem to overrule that, and I will definitely be picking this book up for myself to see what I think of it.

Fantastic review Estelle! I can’t wait to pick this book up now. <3

January 3, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Terra Elan McVoy - Estelle, thank you for such a thoughtful review, and I’m thrilled you loved BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS (and especially the girl, sister characters in it) so much. I hope to continue pleasing readers like you with my work!

January 3, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds pretty fantastic. I love these type of books about relationships. Will definitely add it to my must buy list! 🙂

January 3, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Reading your review has told me one thing: I need to get my hands on a copy of this book! This just sounds like the perfect book for me, especially with all the relationships and questioning whether or not you can just be friends with a boy without it ever amounting to anything else. I feel like I should have had a copy of this book when I was in high school. Ugh. I need to read this as soon as I possibly can!

January 3, 2013 - 11:37 am

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to read this one now because of your review. It sounds like such a fun book, but also a book that packs an emotional punch.

Also, that question – if girls and boys can be friends – is one that I’m still not sure about. I believe it’s possible BUT only up to a certain point.

January 3, 2013 - 9:56 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH ESTELLE! Oh, Estelle.
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO!
OH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I could swear that Terra Elan McVoy made Charlotte patterned completely after me. I KNOW you love it as much as I do. All the feelings and all of the relationships in this book…aaahhhh. I checked this one out of my library too and I read it twice before returning it, and I held it out overdue because I just couldn’t bear to take it back. My heart is so happy to see this pop up in my reader today! Smiles everywhere!!

January 3, 2013 - 9:46 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love love LOVE books about relationships. Family and boys and self discovery. OH MY.

Estelle: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts

Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts Publication Date: September 25, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 400 Keywords: sisters, small business, small towns, romance Target audience: Adult Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: With little time to act, Samantha and her family are forced to come up with a solution when they find out […]

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August 6, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

February 14, 2013 - 1:44 am

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele […]

October 27, 2012 - 3:57 pm

elena - if i want chocolate just reading your review, i can’t imagine actually reading the book! although it’s not the perfect book by any means, it does sound pretty cute. a delicious review, e!

October 27, 2012 - 12:14 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly cute! I adore the fact that it’s about chocolate, which is one of my favorite things in the whole entire universe. And I can always get down with a story of an underdog business struggling to survive and a small town coming together to make it happen!

October 26, 2012 - 6:23 am

Lori - I adore books set cute little towns. I think it’s my love of Stars Hollow coming through. This sounds great. I’m sad to hear there’s not more romance. Like Melissa, I’m sold from the cover alone.

October 24, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Estelle - Amber, thanks for commenting today. I hope you do look into the book. Let me know what you think when/if you do!

October 24, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Tina, thanks for stopping in! It IS a fun premise! There’s even a few recipes included. Which is a lovely touch!

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Jen, it’s so good to switch up genres. I think you can appreciate your reading so much more! Let me know what you think of this one. 🙂

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Melissa, you are right! The cover is ridiculously cute. There’s another one on GR that is like total opposite but cute too. haha

October 24, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Estelle - Warning!! You will get hungry. VERYYY hungry.

October 24, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did because I’ll be reading it soon and now I know I’ll mostly likely love it too. 😀 Thanks, Estelle!!

October 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Melissa - I hate to admit that I was already sold based upon the cover..but now I really want to pick this one up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

October 24, 2012 - 10:58 am

Jen - While I’m not so much a fan of the “perfect, fairytale endings,” I do totally love the way you describe this setting. Plus, chocolate? Yes, please. This book sounds adorable. And while I do read primarily YA, there are some days when a good adult book is exaaaaaactly what’s needed.

October 24, 2012 - 10:04 am

Amber - Sounds quite interesting! Might have to look into it!

October 24, 2012 - 9:47 am

Tina - This sounds like a fun book for the fall, I love fast little reads about food, cooking and romance…:) Cute review!

Estelle: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy Publication Date: May 3, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 423 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, sisters, first love, independence Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the libary. How I found out about it: Featured at my B&N this summer. Summary: Sisters Calla, Violet, and Daisy […]

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July 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy (YA Review) - […] just about how I felt about Brynn, a supporting character from Terra McVoy’s 2011 novel, The Summer of First and Lasts, who steps to the forefront in the addicting and complex In Deep. (Note: I didn’t much […]

June 29, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog Shelve It: Pre-4th of July - […] of Yesterday by Gina Triana The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy Behind the Scenes by Dahlia […]

August 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

Young Adult Review: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams - […] Terra Elan McVoy’s The Summer of Firsts and Lasts made me fall hard for summer camp, Kathryn William’s The Lost Summer had be practically smelling […]

July 22, 2012 - 2:35 am

Jasmine Rose - How the heck did I not know this was summer camp book?! I checked it out from the library once but I never got around to reading it because it’s so dang huge. After reading your awesome review I’m thinking I definitely need to give it another chance :]

July 20, 2012 - 11:44 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - (I’m sad my first comment, which was nice and long and rambly, didn’t post. But here’s a new comment – hopefully long and rambly – to make up for it!)

So, I was standing in a Barnes & Noble the day before this review. I saw this book and immediately knew I wanted to read it, based on the title alone. I couldn’t buy it, being on a book ban, but it was added straight onto my Goodreads TBR.

Imagine the pleasant shock when I saw the review here the next day? I feel like it was meant to be.

The fact that this book is about (a) camp and (b) sisters is what really makes me want to read it. Summer camp was a big part of my childhood; and my sisters, of which I have two, are always missed.

YAY for this review!

July 20, 2012 - 6:23 am

Hemborgwife - I also loved camp, I went to any I could convince my mom to send me to then was a counselor a couple times! I think maybe we just need to make up our own adult summer camp!

July 19, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Estelle, this is such a great review. I’ve been looking for more summery reads and I’m moving this to the top of the list. Cute camp counselors…. swoon. And why aren’t there more summer camps for 27-year-olds, damn it?

July 19, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Terra Elan McVoy - Oh my goodness! What a wonderful, amazing, sweet and thorough review! I’m glad you enjoyed SOFAL on so many levels. It means a lot to me when readers seem to get exactly what I hoped they would from the book! Thank you so much!

July 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Shanyn - I really loved this one too! Definitely invoked the happy camp feeling for me too.

July 19, 2012 - 2:57 pm

elena - This book has ice cream on the front cover so I’m in. Add in the fact that is seems like such a sweet, summer story with sisterly bonds? Yes! I’m totally adding this to my TBR.

July 19, 2012 - 9:44 am

Arielle - Oh the nostalgia! I went to church camp three times. It was so great. Thanks for such a great review.

Estelle: Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford

Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Amazon Pages: 302 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: infertility, adoption, cancer, loss of parent, estranged parent, marriage Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: This book details the emotional journey of Helen, a woman who after years of trying to […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg ( Amazon | B&N ) Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman ( Amazon ) Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford ( Amazon ) For Amazon Prime members, you can downlaud this for free! New […]

June 29, 2012 - 1:09 am

VeganYANerds - This really does sound heartbreaking, but I am a sucker for books like this and I really enjoyed your review, Estelle!

June 28, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh E, this one sounds really, really, really good. I always have a space in my heart for novels that focus on difficult situations, that will really touch a reader’s heart. And I will definitely be checking this one out.

As always, I love when you write reviews for adult novels. I don’t have enough of those in my life!

June 27, 2012 - 10:49 am

Jessie Marie - I recently read a book very similar to this. The stories aren’t relatable but the major themes (nontraditional families, searching for one’s biological parents, etc.) and feelings they invoked are very familiar to me. I didn’t think another book like that existed but I’m glad to hear about Daughters for a Time, a book I’d not heard about till now.

I really loved this review. Definitely got across to me that I need to read it. I don’t think fiction gets any better than real, strong emotions that take over one’s heart and it sounds like Daughters for a Time does that exactly.

Yeah, we all go for the high intensity, fast paced YA dystopians. But sometimes an adult book with real life stories between the covers is just every bit as amazing, if not more so. Thanks for bringing this to attention. : )