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Estelle: The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young Adult Keywords: girl friendships, starting high school Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary:  Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya are starting high school in three different schools. This is the first time they’ve ever […]

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July 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Alexa S. - Friendship story in New York City? I’M SOLD. I seriously love a good friendship story, especially one that highlights each person in the group of friends well.

July 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - The Darlings Are Forever seems really interesting. I never did read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I’ve been meaning to for what feels like forever.

I always enjoy books about female friendships. Glad you liked this.

Estelle: Want to Go Private? By Sarah Darer Littman

Want To Go Private? By Sarah Darer Littman ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: August 1, 2011 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 330 pages Format read: Borrowed from library. Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: beginning of high school, internet relationships, internet predators, internet safety Summary: It feels like fate when Abby “meets” Luke online. […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This books sounds simultaneously creepy and sad – but the subject matter is an important one. With the Internet being someone that even the youngest generation has access to nowadays, I think it’s important to share this story.

Great review, by the way – you’ve made me want to read this one!

June 2, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Jasmine Rose - I so completely agree that this one needs to be taught in schools. Or at the very least, read along with a parent or something like that. It’s incredibly powerful and. Fantastic review, Estelle :]

June 1, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - As a parent, I don’t think it will be easy for me to read this. But I think it will most likely be something I read with my son (and any future kids) when he gets older. And I love how the author shows that this can happen to anyone, not just unintelligent or naive teens. Great review!!

May 31, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lori - I’ve had this on my shelf since it came out. Now I really want to pick it up next. I like books that are heavy and hard to read every once in awhile. This sounds like a great one.

May 30, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Estelle - M, I felt so worried about Abby… I thought I was going to pass out. I’m serious. I wanted to warn her and keep her safe. But I was also angry at her. I really hope you can find a copy of this soon! If I can help let me know. This book is not to be missed! Thx for stopping in, as always!

May 30, 2012 - 9:16 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh this had me feeling worried for Abby, and it really makes me want to read it like NOW. I like that you mention that Abby wasn’t stupid, she just just ignored what she’d been taught, I am sure so many teens are like this.

WTGP has been on my to-read shelf since Jan but thanks to you I’m going to try and get a copy soon!

May 30, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Estelle - Thx for your comment, Lisa. This book is probably as un-Disney as you can get but I really hope you give it a try. I think all readers could get so much out of it. Even the really really horrible parts. – E

May 30, 2012 - 8:18 pm

elena - I really loved your review of this, Estelle!! It makes me actually want to read the book which I was iffy about before. It does seem like a really intense and realistic read but I’m usually not keen on reading them because they make me uncomfortable. I like the point you made about Abby being educated about Internet predators and still falling into that trap because it’s so much more plausible than people realise.

May 30, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Annette - Must read!! You are right. Excellent review. Been recommending this heavily.

May 30, 2012 - 9:15 am

Dizneeee - I REALLY want and need to read this book. I keep putting it off because it truly frightens me. I have a feeling this is one that I will buy, though, and share it with my niece when she is older. Too many true stories about this type of thing happening — makes me want to cry!