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Estelle: The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Teen Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: California, family, theatre, moving, starting over Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher (thanks!) Summary: When Devan’s father dies in a car accident, she is shipped off to […]

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January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Kissing Ted Callahan Amy Spalding: One of the rare YA books that comes jam-packed with laughs as a main character navigates a messy love life, kisses a bunch of boys, and is semi-competing with her over the top best friend in finding a relationship. (Runner up: The Reece Malcolm Project.) […]

November 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding - […] is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (website | twitter) Books Read by This Author: The Reece Malcolm List (Estelle’s Review) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Entangled: Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young […]

August 13, 2013 - 9:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Winger by Andrew Smith: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 26, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m already sold on this book, based simply on the fact that (a) it’s about a girl who’s a performer and (b) it’s set in a performing arts school and (c) theater references! Seriously, this sounds like the type of book I’d enjoy too, and I’m glad you liked it so much!

February 19, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Tabitha S. - I already wanted to read this book, but TROY BOLTON references? HA… Umm this is at the top of my “must buy list” as of right now.

But no seriously, I really want to read this one for the unique/mother daughter relationship. And the main character loves fashion? UH. This sounds like the perfect book for me.

Fantastic review!!

February 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

On a Personal Note: Estelle + the Stage (The Reece Malcolm List) - […] while I will never be a Devan (an awesome singer, actress, and dancer), part of my enjoyment of The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding was seeing theater references in the text. Like Devan and her friends, I can be a bit of a theatre […]

February 14, 2013 - 6:41 am

Lori - I haven’t given this one much thought until now. It sounds so great! The mother daughter relationship sounds so fascinating. Fabulous review, Estelle!

February 13, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rather Be Reading: Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap - […] The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spading — Estelle reviewed this awesome book on the blog yesterday, singing its praises! Tara of Fiction Folio sent E a finished copy for her […]

February 13, 2013 - 12:44 am

Bookworm1858 - Everything I hear about this book just makes me more excited-I’m not a performer but I love musical theater and crave books with such references.

February 12, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’ve been seeing so much love for this book lately! I found it all so unexpected! Just came out of nowhere. I’ll have to add this to my TBR list. 🙂 Awesome review, Estelle!

February 12, 2013 - 1:19 pm

elena - I want to read this book for the relationship between mother + daughter, it sounds so interesting to me. Also yay for a main character who loves fashuns. You make me excited to read this!

February 12, 2013 - 11:18 am

Carla - and you said that I said it better than you! I come over all full of swag and you knocked it out of the park you big fibber!

you are so right though, I loved the flawed characters because it just made the book feel all the little bit more authentic. I especially loved how reece wasn’t the perfect adult; she was just as flawed as the teenagers. totally endearing. lovely jubley review.

February 12, 2013 - 9:43 am

Rachel - This book sounds so good! When I first heard about it I thought it sounded like something I’d maybe be interested in, but I didn’t give it much thought. I like atypical family relationships because that’s something I relate to. Plus, I’m always on the lookout for fresh contemporary. Great review!

February 12, 2013 - 9:34 am

Cynthia - This sounds like it would be an emotional coming of age story, but I’m glad the author does add some lighthearted moments too. Can’t believe I hadn’t heard anything about this one until now, it sounds wonderful. Will definitely add it to my list. Thanks for the review Estelle!

Estelle: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: September 1, 2012 Publisher: Scholastic GRAPHIX Pages: 240 Target audience: middle grade Keywords: Broadway, theater, stage crew, LGBT Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Callie, a Broadway buff, is working behind-the-scenes of her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. As if working […]

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May 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

naya - love this book im totally doing this for a book project

April 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Drama by Raina Telgemeier | wrapped up in books - […] Rather be Reading: “I can only describe Drama as a total delight. It has surprising depth but doesn’t weigh down the flow of the story or even the lighter moments. There are so many details to look at and take in when it comes to this novel, and I could see myself flipping through it again and again.” […]

December 3, 2012 - 12:28 pm

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back (+ Holiday Shopping List) - […] Kristy’s Great Idea: The Graphic Novel: When I read Drama by Raina Telgemeier I was totally convinced that this reincarnation of the BSC was in the very best hands. Her […]

September 8, 2012 - 9:02 am

September 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Telgemeier Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award […]

September 2, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Drama Raina Telgemeier Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “I can only describe Drama as a total delight” […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 23, 2012 - 10:32 pm

elena - This sounds like such an Estelle book! It sounds really delightful and I’m glad you loved it so much. Hooray for enthusiasm and bright colours!

August 23, 2012 - 1:13 am

Kristen - I don’t read graphic novel’s very often. I don’t really like them for the most part, to be honest. However, the cover of this book totally made me crack a smile just looking at it (SO cute), and your review makes me want to check it out. 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Sophia - I’ve never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds like a great one to start with! It sounds super cute and I’m glad the illustrations are enjoyable. The set up does sound really cute, with acts and the intermission. How clever! :3 Lovely review, Estelle. Glad you loved this one! 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was total theater geek in high school and college. Theater was and still is one of my favorite things in the world – and any book that highlights that sort of passion is DEFINITELY something up my alley!

August 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

April Books & Wine - I totally have a copy of Drama from BEA and the publicist totally sold it to me and this solidifies it. I am totally going to read Drama this weekend! 🙂

I love books about kids who are super enthusiastic or passionate about something.

And graphic novels, always my favorite!

Estelle: Between You & Me by Marisa Calin

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, unrequited love, screenplay format, theater, teacher/student relationships, friendship Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: Told in the form of a screenplay, Phyre is a 16-year old girl […]

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February 11, 2014 - 1:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith Where You Are by J.H. Trumble What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes […]

December 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

Between You & Me Themed Gift Pack - […] In fact, I read it twice. […]

August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

Celebrating Release Day with Marisa Calin (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Between You & Me review | Goodreads | Amazon […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW. What a review. I have to admit that I wasn’t very interested in this one at all because I didn’t like the cover. But you make a really great case for a book that sounds so different and thought-provoking. PLUS I can tell how much you really enjoyed it, and that is such a huge thing for me when I decide what to read too – how much other people REALLY got from a book. Excellent, good, fantastic review. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

July 28, 2012 - 2:38 pm

The Bumble Girl - Great review! I haven’t heard of this book yet, and it seems quite unique and interesting! It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a screenplay, or anything close to one. I’ll definitely add this to my list too! Thanks 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 8:03 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] You & Me by Marisa Calin Goodreads | Amazon Estelle’s Review […]

July 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

Jen R - I was really hesitant about this one because of the screenplay style. That kind of stuff tends to distract me and therefore drive me nuts. I didn’t know that the book also plays with the reader’s assumptions about gender, etc. That’s interesting! Now that I’ve read your review, I’ll definitely try this one out.

July 26, 2012 - 6:39 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this book, but wow! It’s sounds really great. I love when an author takes a chance with a unique writing style. I’m anxious to learn more about You and see what I think. Great review!

July 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a fantastic review of what sounds like an amazing book! I really like that it’s written as a screen play and it’s so intriguing that we don’t know who You really is. And I’m impressed that you went back and re-read, another sign that this is a really, really good book!

Also, you’re so right about the assumptions we make about people based on their clothing/mannerisms. I really can’t wait to read this, Estelle!

July 25, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I totally am LOVING your review E. You did a great job with it, and simply succeeded in making me want to read it all over again! Between You & Me really was fantastic. So much love for this book!

July 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow, what an amazing review Estelle. I know how much you enjoyed this book. I think, when done well, keeping the gender of a specific character secret can be very intriguing. However, it would also drive me insane because I feel the need to visualize my characters as I read them, haha. I have never read a book written as a screen play. After your rave reviews, this one has definitely been added to my TBR list.

July 25, 2012 - 10:33 am

Annette - This sounds really interesting. Great review. I know what you mean about the mind playing tricks. Recently I read a book and when it began I thought one of the characters was female (can’t remember the name, but you couldn’t tell from it.) After a while, I realized she was a “he” and for the rest of the book I had trouble making that switch in my brain! I hate when that happens!

Estelle: Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 348 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: time travel, plays, Shakespeare, religion, romance, fate, seduction, historical fiction Format read: ARC from Netgalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Miranda, a high school senior, is all set to follow in her thespian parents’ footsteps […]

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July 18, 2012 - 5:40 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve never heard of this until now but it sounds really interesting, thanks to your review (I’m sure if I read the blurb I might not have thought so!)

It sounds like there’s a lot going on but you sold me when you mentioned the chemistry!

July 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Mary @ mysistersbookshelf - So this fits so well with lots of things I’ve been reading lately! I recommended Juliet by Anne Fortier (do you know that? if you liked this you might like it!) and then I did not love When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serles. And I was somewhere in the middle on Ruby Red (yay time travel). In other words, this book looks like a perfect storm for me 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aaaah, a Shakespeare book! Seriously, I’m a sucker for anything that involves Shakespeare or takes inspiration from Shakespeare so I *might* check out this book – if I have the time to. It sounds pretty interesting, and the religion bit doesn’t bother me as much (although that may change if I read it!). Great review!

July 16, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Great review. I’m not sure I’ll be picking this up; though it sounds like my cup of tea, I’m just not sure about this one! Glad to know it wasn’t all that bad. Hahaha, yeah, I remember Anne Hathaway.

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 16, 2012 - 11:54 am

elena - YES I DO REMEMBER ANNE HATHAWAY! Especially since she was like, his younger cousin?! I don’t think this book sounds like my cup of tea (esp the virginity thing and religious aspects) BUT the chemistry is promising. Fantastic review, Estelle! x

July 16, 2012 - 11:03 am

Pam Mingle - Hi Estelle,

Thanks for your thoughtful review of Kissing Shakespeare. I appreciate that you took the time to understand the various aspects of the book!

Great blog, BTW. Mine has been sadly neglected lately!

July 16, 2012 - 10:57 am

Tara - This TOTALLY sounds like an Estelle book! I’m glad to hear that even though it starts out slow, it picks up and some hot chemistry is involved. You have me sold 🙂