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Blog Tour: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours! ♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/1/2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Keywords: teen pregnancy, family friends, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Rachel. […]

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April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara […]

November 12, 2013 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care - […] recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. […]

October 4, 2013 - 2:36 am

michelle - fantastic review estelle! i so agree with you about being annoyed with some of the things sawyer and reena did or how they reacted but i still loved the book to bits anyway. i love reena and sawyer for their imperfections. i didn’t really talk about saywer and reena’s relationship in my review because i didn’t feel as strongly about their story as oppose to reena’s relationship her father and her growth but i completely agree with your comments about them.

October 3, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - YAY! I love seeing people who connected with this one as much as I did. This story sucked me in as well! I started it in June or something when I was unpacking BEA books and flipping through them, and I read the first 2 pages and was completely hooked. I couldn’t stop reading. The prose is gorgeous, but this book reminded me of the messiness of first love. I like how you talk about still caring about these characters and their story even at the lowest points. YES! I agree. I wanted to scream at Reena and Sawyer at times, and tell her to stay away from him! But I was there too and I also hoped so much for them to be able to work it out. I love that they don’t fix each other, but they find a powerful connection despite all of the hurt and grasp on to that despite everything. Lovely review!

October 3, 2013 - 6:42 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Sounds like a must experience.

October 2, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ellice - Oh gosh, this books sounds SO GOOD. You have completely sold me… Now I’m sitting here trying to decide if I’m patient enough to wait until tomorrow or if I should go ahead and buy it for my Kindle 😉
I LOVE those kind of books that you just can’t put down (even though it almost always results in an epic book hangover! haha). The cover for this one is pretty too. It’s simple, but the blue definitely catches your eye!

October 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I wanted to wait until after I had written and posted my review to read yours. And you really captured why I loved the book and how good the author’s writing was. It’s been a few days and I still find myself thinking about Reena and Sawyer a bit (and Life Unexpected too haha).

October 1, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I loved HTL so much. It’s one of my new favorites. I love the characters, the plot, and the writing style. I so wanted to hate Sawyer at first, but then I realized — wait, Reena isn’t perfect, and it’s so subtle. I’m glad that you loved it to 🙂 As soon as I read it, I flipped it over and just started reading again.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

October 1, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Meg - Well, I’m certainly convinced! It’s been so long since I fell helplessly in love with a story, and I think I’m long overdue. This sounds like a real winner!

October 1, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I completely ignored this book for a while, but lately I’m only hearing good things about it from people whose opinions I trust and you all are making me rethink my personal ban on pregnancy books (I read a bunch all close together a while ago and kind of overdid it).

October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading - Been seeing lots of positive reviews about How to Love 😀
Need to get my hands on the book soon!

Magan: Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter

Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: high school pregnancy, neglectful parents, adoption, teen raising a baby Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Since Evelyn’s father’s return to her mother after an affair with the family […]

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June 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter (YA Review) - […] from the past: Magan reviews Caela Carter’s ME HIM THEM AND IT  (now out in […]

February 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review: Me, Him, Them,and It by Caela Carter | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “Evie was so full of spunk and so unparalleled that she immediately caught my attention from t… […]

February 8, 2013 - 6:43 am

Lori - I was really anxious to read this one, but I just keep putting it off. I’m a little sensitive about the whole pregnancy and baby thing at the moment. 🙂 But this one does sounds really good. I need to pick it up.

February 7, 2013 - 8:24 pm

bookrockbetty - So random that you posted this– I was just thinking about teen pregnancy yesterday– how it’s such a relevant issue, yet I haven’t run into much in all my YA reading. 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So I’m not going to lie, I’m one of those people that would have said “Hmm, a teen pregnacy book? No, please,” before I read your review. But honestly, I think this book is for me. Like seriously. I can already relate to Evie so much- I’m pretty studious, get straight As, and am one of those people that gets disappointed when she gets a 92 on her Algebra 2 test (which, yes, just happened). And I also have a few extracurriculars that I’m really passionate about (debater in the house!). And I’m a writer (in my free time, of course). So it seems like I’m super similar to Evie. I’ve also felt the need to do something bad, sometimes as well, which is something I don’t admit easily. But when my parents don’t even say anything when I tell them I got a 97 on a super hard test, or a 112% on my AP Biology test (well, I got a good job on that one, but not a very enthusiastic one), I kind of feel the need to ‘act out’ like so many people at my school do to. So I can 100% relate to Evie and her decision to do something like that, honestly. Which is precisely why I’ll be reading this one now.

Thank you SO MUCH for this review, Magan. Seriously, this book is so similar to me in so many ways that I think I just need to read it.

(Also, sorry about that super confessional and super long paragraph. I’ve been feeling kinda disappointed lately, and I just had to gush that when there are so many similarities between the MC of this book and me.)

February 7, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow, it sounds like Evie goes through quite the journey! I think I would read this one just to find out what she does decide to do and how she copes with it all.

February 7, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - While issues books aren’t typically my thing, I do like how this one deal with a wide variety of problems. I think the whole affair/divorce thing is probably most intriguing to me because it feels a little more relatable. And I can always appreciate a well-fleshed out cast of characters and beautiful writing. Fabulous review!

February 7, 2013 - 1:24 am

Bookworm1858 - I adored Celie and Tammy-they were my bright spots when Evie’s darkness pulled me down. I know she was in an impossible situation but it was not unforeseeable and I found her incredibly annoying.

Magan: This is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott

This is So Not Happening (He’s So/She’s So #3) by Kieran Scott Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 320 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Teen Pregnancy, High School Graduation, College, Parent Re-Marriage Format read: Hardcover from the library. My Review of He’s So Not Worth It (He’s So/She’s So #2) […]

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November 30, 2012 - 9:54 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve enjoyed your reviews of the previous books in this series and it’s great that the final book was enjoyable, too. Ally sounds like a fantastic person for not getting mad and being there for the both of them but I think I’d have issues with Jake, too. Great review, Magan!

Magan: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr Publication Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 341 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, loss of a parent, pregnancy, adoption, abuse, new beginnings Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: After her father’s passing, Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby and allows […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:28 am

Real Life Friend & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity - […] Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr | Just One Year by Gayle […]

July 8, 2013 - 12:02 am

How To Save A Life | Sara Zarr | Book Review - […] Ivy Book Bindings – “I fell hard for the romance in this novel” YA Love Blog – “Prepare for gushing because this novel is beautiful and amazing.” Rather Be Reading – “I was completely mesmerized by her writing” […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 9. How to Save a Life: Apparently I like extremely touchy books because this one is about a girl who loses her father. Her dad was like her best friend and she was never very close to her mom. When her mom connects with a teenage girl that’s pregnant and allows her to move in with them until she has the baby, Jill freaks out a little. She feels like her mom is trying to replace her when she announces that she will adopt the baby. (My review.) […]

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is the last of Sara’s books that I need to read so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it (so much so that I’ve added it to my list of books to swap with Hannah!)

Sara’s writing is just amazing, in such a quiet and subtle way. The plot reminds me of the last season of Parenthood, minus the dad dying, and I wonder how it will all work out.

August 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Tara - Any book that makes you reread passages and write down quotes is a win in my book! I have this book from BEA and I think I seriously need to pick it up soon. Lovely review (per usual) Magan 🙂

August 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - I read about 35 pages of this one before I had to abandon it. Weh.

August 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

April Books & Wine - I have had this on my shelves forever. I’m glad to hear it’s well-written and just plain good.

August 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Kristen - “How to Save a Life is a notable story about how our lives can be shaken up and we have to slowly put the pieces back together — even if those pieces don’t fit back together exactly how they used to.”

That is beautiful. I LOVE books like this. Will definitely be checking this out as well.

August 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. Just wow. This sounds incredible and moving and I now want to read it. Will be sure to check it out of the library stat!

August 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

Anna - I <3 Zarr

August 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your last sentence to describe this book. I keep meaning to read this one by Sara Zarr and your review has reminded me once again that I am obviously missing out by not doing so. This is beautiful Magan.

Estelle: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Thumped by Megan McCafferty (website | twitter) UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young adult Classification: Dystopian Format read: Paperback from ALA. (Thank you!) Summary: It’s been a few months since we’ve left twin sisters, Harmony and Melody, who reunited in the first book of this dystopian […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Nights by Susan Mallery ( Amazon | B&N ) Bumped by Megan McCafferty ( Amazon | B&N ) Thumped by Megan McCafferty ( Amazon ) Flat Out Love by Jessica Park ( Amazon ) What Happened to Lani […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:19 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You made this one sound even better than Bumped in your review, even without revealing too much. I absolutely ADORE that the book made you so enthusiastic. That makes me even more excited to read it!

April 22, 2012 - 1:09 pm

April Books & Wine - I am ALL ABOUT FEELING SOMETHING!

I also really liked Bumped. ANNNND the whole satire thing is super cool, like I like when authors work in certain relevant issues that we see every day, like the whole celebrity saturation and stuff.

Anyways, I’m really looking forward to reading my copy this week! 🙂

And your review has me like six times more pumped.

Estelle: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (Part of Random House) Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young adult (mature audiences) Format read: eBook ARC from Netgalley. Summary: In her senior year of high school, Angel is enjoying the single life (even though she can’t seem to get her […]

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January 24, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Hey Caro, thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts. Even almost a year after I read it, this book and the main character still frustrate me. I think I felt Angel was maternal because of the strong connection she had with her siblings, but she just didn’t know how to apply that kind of care and attention to herself in a healthy way. It SO felt like all she did was think and have sex, for sure. That was probably the most frustrating because I feel like there had to be/was certainly more to her than that. Definitely check out Bauman’s debut novel though. I really really really enjoyed that one!

January 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm

CaroG - I won a copy of this book in a giveaway…I felt the same way that you did about it, specially the sex part. However I did not see that motherly part of Angel, and I did not like her as a character. I had no problem whatsoever with her being open about her sexuality, but at a point it felt like it was all she did.

December 26, 2012 - 10:02 am

YA Review: Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman - […] Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman Publication Date: August 11, 2009 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Sisters, alcoholism, winter at the beach, New Jersey Format read: Bought used hardcover after reading/reviewing Jersey Angel. […]

June 16, 2012 - 11:26 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ah Jersey. I was a Jersey girl before I was from the Bronx, so I do have a soft spot for the state. But I don’t particularly feel like reading this book unfortunately. It does sound like there are a few redeeming qualities, but I don’t know that I’d check it out anytime soon.

May 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Angel by Beth Ann Bauman Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Release Date: May 8, 2012 Estelle’s Review Goodreads | Amazon It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have […]

May 1, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman - The Busy Bibliophile - […] opinions: Rather be Reading Book Twirps SharePrintEmailDigg Filed Under: 2 owls, beach, besties, contemporary, easy read, […]

April 10, 2012 - 10:25 am

Cialina - Saw this on NetGalley, saw the synopsis. As much as the blurb said it was going to be the “real” Jersey, I knew it was too good to be true. I didn’t buy it. This definitely does not sound like my book based on your review. Plot sounds kinda ridiculous to be honest. :/

April 9, 2012 - 9:36 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I saw you add this on Goodreads and I think I added it too but I’ve read mixed reviews. I still want to read now but I won’t have super high expectations, it really does sound like a good beachy read.

April 9, 2012 - 3:38 pm

elena - Whoa, three houses?! And she’s living alone at 18?! Incredible! I’m glad that Angel is likable even though the tales of her escapades weigh the book down. Ah, the lack of consequences would bother me too. In fact that’s a good part of the reason why I didn’t enjoy Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have). I’d like the book to be realistic in some sense! Thank you for a fantastic, honest review.

April 9, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Estelle - Tara, thanks for the comment! I definitely think if you are looking for a fast read you should check this out. It’s the perfect beach reading… for real.

April 9, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Estelle - Jacinda, glad I’m not alone in this. I know a lot of people in this situation may not get caught but it’s like she didn’t think about it at all? Right? Ugh. I feel bad for her bestie. For more than one reason.

April 9, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - “I was disappointed in the lack of consequence in the end.”<—THIS! This is why I was so freaking ticked off that this book! UGH! I was so hoping this was going to be a great book…and it wasn't to me in the end.

April 9, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for the review, Estelle! You definitely gave me more of an idea of what I’m getting myself into when I start reading Jersey Angel! I’ve never seen an episode of the Jersey Shore (don’t hurt me), so I’m curious to see what I think.