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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: 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: 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!