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Magan: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick Publication Date: April 15th 2014 Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: (Maturer) Young Adult Keywords: summer job, divorced parents, opposites attract, sexually driven female Format Read: Purchased e-book for my kindle. Summary: Gwen wants to get away from Seashell after she graduates high school, but she’s got this overwhelming […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:26 am

Alexa S. - Going into What I Thought Was True, I was admittedly a little worried because it had been getting such a mixed reaction. But, like with My Life Next Door, I was easily drawn into this story and these characters and just kept turning the pages. While there are quite a few big dramatic moments that made me hesitate in giving this a full 5 stars, I wound up really liking it a lot!

Estelle: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin

Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, Long Island, first love, upper class vs. middle class Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Rory is thrilled to be leaving New Jersey and […]

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August 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

Since Last Summer by Joanna Phibin (YA Review) - […] Last Summer by Joanna Philbin ( web | tweet ) See review of Rules of Summer. Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult […]

June 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 6/8/2013 (Books Bought + Books Found) - […] in Real Life by Jennifer Castle Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney Rules of Summer by Joanna […]

May 29, 2013 - 11:28 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a potentially great summer read! I do like the fact that there’s romance for BOTH girls and not just one of them. And also the fact that there’s friendship, and summer adventures to be had. Plus, the setting seems so magical and realistic and within my reach (for real)!

May 20, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Rachel - WHY have I not heard of this one yet? I mean seriously. This book sounds perfect for me. First off, boys. We all know how I feel about that topic. Second, summer. I love summer. And also I already love Rory and Isobel so basically it’s probably going to be love at first read when this one’s released. Lovely review, as always 🙂

May 17, 2013 - 6:33 am

Lori - This sounds like such a good summer read! I’m adding it to my TBR right now.

May 16, 2013 - 10:47 am

Tara - This sounds like the PERFECT book to read for the Summer Series 🙂 But I have to read Nantucket Blue first…

May 16, 2013 - 2:10 am

Wendy - This sounds like a great summer read! Great review — adding to my TBR!

May 15, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You went to Southampton College? It must be crazy to have your college close when you’re there, I can’t even imagine.

I grew up in Westhampton so I knew the college and I know the area well and I’m excited to read this. Part of me always hates books/movies/TV shows that have to do with the Hamptons because I feel like they’re so far removed from me and my friends’ experiences, but this one seems like I might really like it. Especially if it’s Nantucket Blue 2 (I really like how that rhymes…).

May 15, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Sounds like a fun summer read. I always notice Joanna Philbin’s books at the store but never was too interested in them, this sounds much more my style though. Definitely adding it to the TBR

May 15, 2013 - 1:23 pm

elena - love the last line about hearing the ocean in your head! such a visceral reaction. i love discovering books that have places you know too. it’s not often but funny thing is john green wrote about indiana + florida. anyway i’m glad that these girls are friends…(sort of? i’m not sure) and yay for cute boys! wonderful review.

May 15, 2013 - 10:02 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oooh this one sounds great! I laughed out loud because I was like, “Wow, this sounds a lot like Nantucket Blue, which I loved!” And then you said the same thing 🙂 Must put it on my TBR list!! Great review!

May 15, 2013 - 9:30 am

Alicia - I know that feeling of having books set in places you know!! For me, I get excited even if the book just mentions my favourite band, or food or ANYTHING that makes me feel part of the story. Rules of Summer looks really good– you’ve officially piqued my curiousity about Rory and Isobel’s family secrets 😉

Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

Estelle: The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando

The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando (website | twitter) Publication Date: March 7, 2006 Publisher: MTV Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a family member, summer job, New Jersey setting Format read: Paperback borrowed from library Summary: After her mom passes away, Betsy challenges herself to get through the stages of […]

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November 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle: Shelve It (11/9/2012), Estelle - […] and spent countless summers. It’s the same beach that is featured in Tara Altebrando’s The Pursuit of Happiness, and how ironic is it that my review for that particular book went up the same time I was watching […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:16 am

Little Willow - I highly recommend this book as well! I hope you check out Tara’s other novels. Pursuit and What Happens Here are probably my two top favorites out of her collection.

November 1, 2012 - 6:26 am

Lori - This sounds like a book that I’d love. Betsy sounds like an amazing MC. I can tell just from your review that’s it my favorite kind of contemp read. I’m off to add it to my wish list!

October 31, 2012 - 3:39 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am thoroughly intrigued by your review. This sounds like it’s the kind of book where the character goes through a very realistic personality transformation, and I always enjoy those. I’m definitely interested to see how the family chooses to react in the face of losing the mom figure in their lives, and how it all ends up.

Estelle: A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, art, tourist, summer in the city Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (thanks!) Summary: When Kitsy is offered a chance to spend a […]

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June 28, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Author Spotlight: Gwendolyn Heasley - […] so pleased to welcome Gwendolyn Heasley to Rather Be Reading. If you remember, last week I reviewed Gwen’s June release, A LONG WAY FROM YOU about a vibrant Texan who travels to New York to […]

June 24, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] Such a Rush last week and I can’t say enough fantastic things about it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have […]

June 22, 2012 - 5:41 am

Daisy - It sounds like a cute read! And I love books set in NY! I’ve never been there, but it’s my dream to go and discover all the amazingness it has to offer! I’m not a big fan of the name Kitsy, maybe because the word ‘kits’ is associated with vomiting in Dutch 😉
But any book that has a character you’d want to hang out with in real life in it sounds good to me 🙂 Thanks for the review!

June 21, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love books set in NYC! This really does sound like a cute read, and I definitely want to check it out. Great review E!

June 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Magan - Elena! That was my favorite line of E’s review, too, though I may be biased… 🙂

June 21, 2012 - 11:04 am

elena - “Cutest Texan I’ve met since Magan.” AHAHA I LOVE THAT! Also oooh, cute musician boy? This seems like an adorable read! I wouldn’t have picked it up (the cover is misleading, it looks like a scene from The Little Mermaid except with blonde hair) but I might have to now!

Estelle: Lovestruck Summer by Melissa C. Walker

Lovestuck Summer by Melissa C. Walker Publication Date: May 5, 2009 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Austin, music, high school graduate, summer Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: Quinn manages to wrangle an internship at a record label in Austin, TX. This means living with her college student cousin and […]

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October 30, 2013 - 8:00 am

A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer - […] re-read Melissa Walker’s Lovestruck Summer, which she’s raved to me about so, so much (and as she did in her review). Seeing as it’s set in my city, Austin, TX, I knew I needed to read it, too. Plus I just […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book! Again with the perfect summer reads – this one sounds like it would fit the bill!

June 15, 2012 - 6:17 am

April Books & Wine - SO, this post went up when I was away at BEA and I am SUPER SORRY for not commenting sooner, but in all honesty I have had the window/tab open since I got home, just have not gotten around to commenting.

I am sooooo glad you loved Lovestruck Summer. I feel like maybe it gets the shaft because of the crap cover, but it’s such a good, strong contemporary read. I mean there’s music! A cute boy! Family! Changing impressions! An internship!

Pretty much all elements that I LOVEEEE.

Also? I really like country music a lot too.

June 4, 2012 - 8:09 pm

VeganYANerds - I love that this was a great book, despite the cartoonish-cover also it’s so sweet that it reminded you of how you and Magan met!

I’m really enjoying the new adult books that are popping up so I definitely want to read this soon!

June 4, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Morgan - I read this one a couple years ago and really liked it! (I live in Texas so I love reading books that are set in Texas 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!