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Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Magan Reviews

Love, Lucy by April Lindner [google+ • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: European travel, college, becoming your own person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lucy is on the vacation of her dreams, traveling around Europe. But it comes with a steep price. In exchange for her trip, her father […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Picks: Love, Lucy by April Linder | All The Bright Places by Jennifer […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, M, comparing it to Just One Day/Just One Year is a major draw for me because I loved that duo so very much. I haven’t heard all that much about Love, Lucy, but you can consider me intrigued after reading your review! I’m always partial to books that feature European countries, first of all, so that’s a big part of it. And then there’s the comp titles, which is another big draw. All in all, it sounds pretty cute. Might just have to check it out!

January 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I think I can help explain the Charlene part! This book is a riff on/retelling of A Room with a View which was set at a time when young unmarried women were expected to travel with chaperones (not friends) which I think in the original was an older aunt.

I love the idea of this one but I have to admit the more I see about it, the more I just want to re-read A Room With a View. If you haven’t read it yet I’d say you should definitely check it out!

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Kim: Even if you didn’t enjoy JOD, I think you should give Love, Lucy a chance. It’s a different story with *similarities,* but I have to say the ending gave me a lot more peace than JOD did. They aren’t the same book, but I think readers could be fans of both books. 🙂

January 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Magan - Meg: “armchair traveling” — that is the best phrase EVER. Committing that to memory. I definitely hope you enjoy it! The more I think about it, the more I like it! <3

January 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Meg - Oh, this sounds like so much fun! And I’m all for armchair traveling, especially in the dead of winter. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it!

January 21, 2015 - 9:00 am

Kim - But, but.. I hated Just One Day! :'(
But anyway, great review! I’m a little hesitant to pick this up, but it’s definitely one of the interesting ones. 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 24, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer before college, two strangers […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] Roomies by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by […]

December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. 😉

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)

LOVE!

December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!

Estelle: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Amulet Books Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: high school graduation, summer before college, sex, friendships, secrets Format read: ARC Paperback from BEA via Elena at Novel Sounds! Summary: Post-graduation life brings Wren and Charlie together the summer before […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:15 am

Alexa Y. - I really adore your review of The Infinite Moment of Us, mostly because you managed to so eloquently express most of my feelings about it. I too loved the way it made me feel, the nostalgia, and the fact I could relate to the characters and their feelings. But I had trouble with the romance (a wee bit anyway) and the way it ends, and that’s where the book lost me a bit. Still, it was worth a read in the end.

August 27, 2013 - 8:57 am

Jamie - SIGH I’m so conflicted on if I should read this one. I have it on my Kindle and was really excited about it but then I only saw pretty bad reviews. Do you think this is a Jamie book??

August 24, 2013 - 6:11 am

Book Review: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle | - […] Rather Be Reading | Alexa Loves Books | Birth of a New Witch […]

August 15, 2013 - 11:41 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yes! I think the nostalgic feeling was what really made me like this book. I had major problems with a lot of it, but I think that’s because I have major problems with just similar actions of teens in general – the “why are you choosing them over me?” whining or the angst that comes with dramatic relationships. That being said, I felt Myracle did capture how teens can be, which I felt was a huge plus. Overall, not a favorite… but I did really enjoy it!

August 13, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - My review for this one goes up tomorrow, so you can get a better idea on my thoughts. But I did want to say I agreed with you on the Charlie’s ex gf bits. I felt all of that lost sight from the story. It was a bit too much dramatic. Also, the use of some words through out definitely felt harsh to me, too.

Though I can’t relate to their type of love story, I definitely believed it to be true. I think when you’re young like that, and still so inexperienced when it comes to the world and the way it shapes your relationships, there’s an innocence to it that seems like nothing can hurt you.

August 13, 2013 - 10:33 am

Leah - I COMPLETELY agree that this is borrow-worthy rather than a book to buy. This was my first time reading Myracle and I had pretty high expectations. For the most part I enjoyed it, though that ending… I was seriously turned off by Wren’s actions/selfishness.

August 12, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for such an honest review, Estelle! I haven’t had a chance to read The Infinite Moment of Us, but I’m excited to get to it now and see what I think of her writing style. I know showing vs telling is kind of a cliched saying now, but it really does change everything about a story when you tell it rather than show it. I’m also excited to read a book that explores sexuality – it’s such a tough age and I think too many gloss over it.

Thanks again for the review, Estelle!

August 12, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Sarah - The book cover is soooo gorgeous!!
After reading your review I had this Brand New song in my head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDBp2SFIp8
It seems very fitting to the book

August 12, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - This book is so polarizing! I think the people who like it relate to Wren, as I did, and the others are just turned off by her. I fully agree with you about the dreamlike quality of the romantic relationship. I really liked how Wren evolved as well and I’d be curious to find out what happens to her after she leaves home. Her parents killed me.

August 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’m really excited for this one because it’s by Lauren Myracle and the relationship sounds like it will make for a good read! I love that Wren is so empowered, too. That’s disappointing about the telling, though. It seems like a lot of people have mixed feelings about it.

August 12, 2013 - 1:59 pm

elean - the cover for this book is SO BEAUTIFUL and so is your review! i agree that “cock” sounds harsh but think of it as the chicken. curious to see what i’ll think of the relationship.

August 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I think the fact that I THOUGHT I was going to relate to this book and didn’t really let me down. You had the nostalgia that managed to keep you hooked and connected to the book, but I agree – That dreamlike relationship/feel totally had me just floating away and I could keep that connection going.
I thought I was going to relate to Wren in the sense that she’s always been the good child and she actually likes pleasing her parents because that’s what she does. It’s just how things went. But her parents were sort of nutso in their expectations for her and it kind of just went over the top. The story could have been the same with more.. “normal” parents.

August 12, 2013 - 9:55 am

Cassie - OH this book. So torn on it! I have to review it next week and I have just been THINKING about it and how I feel.

It had a lot of potential and elements I know we both did enjoy, though! and plus — THE COVERRR <3