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Magan: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: young love, scary step-parents, biracial characters, curvy female YA characters Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Eleanor is the new kid at Park’s school; she dresses crazy and […]

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March 11, 2015 - 10:51 am

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

August 19, 2014 - 6:38 am

Top Ten Tuesday – Books People Tell Me I HAVE To Read (All The Time) | - […] by: Magan @ Rather Be Reading, Joy @ Joyous Reads and practically every blogger I know who has ever read this […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] Matson Best New Release: Winger by Andrew Smith Best New-to-Me Author: Rainbow Rowell, Author of Eleanor and Park and […]

September 12, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] fanfiction, twin sisters, empty nesting, separation anxiety Other Books Reviewed by This Author: Eleanor and Park Format read: ARCs from the publisher (Thank […]

September 2, 2013 - 8:01 am

Upcoming September Releases (Nailed It) - […] anticipated when I gushed and fell incredibly in love with Rainbow’s writing after reading Eleanor and Park? We’ve got the amazing green color of the background that I think I would wear all year and […]

March 31, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oh wow. I have not seen a review quite like this one, and now I’m dying to get a copy for myself! I struggled a lot in high school with body image and I also had a very strong love story during that time. I can relate your past to mine, and I feel like I could really relate to Eleanor as well. Hopefully I can read this soon. 🙂 Thanks for your review!

March 14, 2013 - 9:32 am

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - HOBBITSIES - […] Loves Books Good Books and Good Wine Rather Be Reading Into the Hall of […]

March 3, 2013 - 8:04 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] My lovely pal Magan (you may know her) pre-ordered me a copy of Eleanor + Park! I can’t wait to read it after her super positive and touching review! […]

March 1, 2013 - 12:00 am

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School - […] them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made […]

February 28, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - I know I’m a little behind in reading this, but what a GREAT review! I love that you found something so personal in this book and shared it with us. I have this book to review too and now I cannot wait to read it. Great, great job.

Also, I love your rating system. I’ve been reading your reviews for a little while now and I just caught on to the whole borrow/buy rating. That’s so clever. 🙂

February 26, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Alexa Y. - M, your review/love letter is absolutely LOVELY. I’m so glad that this story touched your heart so much and that you could relate to it. I thought it was beautifully written, and your thoughts made me want to read it all over again! I have to be sure and snag a finished copy for myself 🙂

February 24, 2013 - 6:20 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) | Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

February 24, 2013 - 11:44 am

Isa - I loved your review. Eleanor & Park is one of my all time favourite reads, I was surprised by how much I loved it. Even weeks after reading it, the book still lingers on my mind and I have this uncontrollable urge to reread it over and over again. Although I couldn’t identify so personally with the book, it was definitely a realistic read with genuine characters. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, I can’t wait to own a physical copy. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing so I ordered Attachments and I’m really excited for Fangirl.

February 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Daniela - This is a beautiful review! If I hadn’t already had this on my tbr list, your review would have been reason enough to pick up a copy.

February 23, 2013 - 8:13 am

April @ Books And Wine - Magan, this is the perfect review! Seriously, I have a feeling I will be tearing up so much for Eleanor because well I know what it’s like to be poor and in high school and it fricken sucks and yeah I cannot wait. I think this will be like my next Kindle read after This Is What Happens Looks Like and If You Find Me.

<333

February 21, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Magan - Dear Jamie: Thankfully I *know* a copy will be making its way to your casa. I really hope you love this book as much as I did. Anna and I chatted for a long time today about this book because we both cannot get it out of our heads (and hearts). It’s just… powerful stuff. I hope you love it. I wish I could make the book fairy deliver it to you early. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Jamie - MAGAN. I am even more excited for this one!!! AHHHHH! I seriously and desperately NEED a book like this!!

February 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Magan - Kailia — isn’t it perfect (the cover)? I’m sorry I almost made you cry, but wow — the story just touched me so much. These kinds of intense emotions are hard to come by so I try to savor them for as long as I can when I find them. I hope you love, love this book! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Magan - Oh, Taylor! I hope you pre-ordered a copy so you can start reading it right away! It’s so lovely and wonderful. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Eleanor and Park!

February 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Magan - Ginger, THANK YOU! I just… can not stop thinking about it. Even today. I’m so in love with Rainbow’s work. Thank you for being there to receive my chats and texts about it! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - BOOKWORM! I’m so excited for you! I hope you love it every bit as much as I did!

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - Brittany, I’m so glad you felt the same way. SO GLAD. I always fear I’m going to have this intense, emotional reaction to a book and then be the only person. You know, with crickets chirping because no one else understands. I’ve not seen a bad review for this book yet, which makes me super duper thrilled. It’s absolutely AMAZING! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Cynthia — I feel ya, I do. I want my finished copy in my hands. I kid you not, I will do a re-read as soon as I get it. I want to relive every single moment of this book. <3 Hope you LOVE IT!

February 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Magan - Elena, I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. I struggled with my words and felt like I wasn’t doing this book any justice. I just had to go with WHY it meant so much to me and to gather my thoughts, just started writing it as if I could sit down and talk to Rainbow and then… bam. The review finally came together. Thank you for your sweet comment and yes, wow!

February 21, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Magan - Stormy, YES! I couldn’t agree more with you. The books that make me feel ALL THE THINGS are the ones that just really hit me hard. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this story. It’s perfect and wonderful. And yes! Fangirl! Wow — I can’t wait! I just bought Attachments, too, which I’ve heard only awesome things about!

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Megan — I’m so glad you added it to your TBR. SO HAPPY. You made my day! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Read it soon, Mandee! Read it soon! Eleanor and Park is so perfect and wonderful. I felt bad for having put it off for so long too!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Magan - Jess — I’m so, so glad to hear that! Please, please read E&P soon. Please. It’s so perfectly wonderful! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Magan - Asheley, I wish there was a way for me to favorite your comment because I would. What you wrote is exactly how I felt about the story. EXACTLY. I am moving on to Rainbow’s other work right now, too. I just ordered and received Attachments in the mail this week. I need to pause everything else and bump this one up. I just … love her. Everything about her writing felt pure and authentic and just… so personal.

February 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

Magan - Tabitha — that’s such a kind and thoughtful thing of you to say. I’m so flattered! I really, truly hope you do read this one. I’ve pre-ordered three copies. One for myself and two for friends. I would buy everyone a copy if I could afford it. I hope you LOVE IT! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:53 am

Magan - Rachel! You’re so kind and sweet! If my review has you even the tiniest bit emotional, then I hope you fall in love with these characters and this story as much as I have. Really! Preorder a copy if you haven’t yet!

February 21, 2013 - 11:50 am

Magan - Jess! Add Eleanor & Park to your TBR! It’s so fantastic! I hope you love it!

February 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Magan - LORI! It was! I ordered a copy for myself when I was at the 35%-ish mark because man, I just knew that I was going to LOVE it. I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s so amazing. And yes — so glad it hit me personally as well. Thank you for the sweet comment!

February 20, 2013 - 7:07 am

Lori - Oh, Magan! Wasn’t it just spectacular? I could read it over and over again. That first hand holding scene…WOW! It’s amazing that it spoke to you on such a personal level. I love your review so much.

February 19, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - What a great review. I’ll admit I haven’t heard of this book before but you have me so excited.

February 19, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Rachel - Is it weird that this review made me a bit emotional and I haven’t even read the book yet? Magan, this review is so so good. The book sounds absolutely beautiful and I’ve heard NOTHING negative about it so far, which means I’m dying to read it.

February 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Tabitha S. - What a wonderful and personal review – and I think more than any other review this is the one that’s going to get me to pick up this book. Cannot wait to read this one now – thank you!!

February 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Yes. I think you and I can relate to a love of the same things in this book. This book was a hard for me but also healing, and lovely and wonderful, and I want everybody everybody everybody to experience it and love it like I do. I want to read the other books by Rainbow Rowell now.

February 19, 2013 - 8:28 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oh, gosh! This letter is wonderful and I seriously have become 1,000x more interested in reading this book now. Thank you, Magan!

February 18, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a lovely, and personal review, Magan. I really want to read this and feel bad for having put it off for so long. I hope I enjoy it as much as you.

February 18, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Megan @ The Book Asylum - I love this review! Haven’t heard of the book or author before, but I just added it to my to-read pile.

Thanks for the recommendation!

~Meg

February 18, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Stormy - LOVE your review. It’s always so nice when books become a little bit more and touch us because we feel like we’ve already in many ways crawled inside the pages and lived them. While browsing Goodreads one day, I found that Rainbow Rowell has a book called “Fangirl” that’s expecting release late this year, and the idea captivated me immediately, so I went to see her other books while realizing Eleanor and Park would be coming out soon. I’ve yet to read a negative review of this book.

February 18, 2013 - 3:38 pm

elena - this review is one of my favourites from you! LOVE! i have the uk edition of this book cos i couldn’t wait for it to be released but i love the us cover so much that i’m tempted to buy this too.

anyway, i really felt how personal it was to you in this review and i love that you found a book that resonated with you so much. i adore rainbow rowell’s writing. seriously. wow. this is such a good review, m. thank you so much for sharing.

February 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Cynthia - Oh man, I want this book so badly!! I’ve been dying for it since I first heard about it and I knew it had to be wonderful. Your review has made me want it even more. Can it be the 26th already?!!! Can’t wait to read it. =D

February 18, 2013 - 10:19 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. Beautifully written. I think the first thing I did when I finished was to thank Rainbow Rowell too. This was SUCH an amazing book and I did not expect to be so touched and so moved. I’m with you! I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone. It was amazing.

February 18, 2013 - 10:06 am

Bookworm1858 - Thanks for your lovely review-this is the next book in my to-read pile and I’m anticipating loving it.

February 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, this review is so perfect. There is no way to read this book and not make it personal. I loved that you shared your thoughts with me as you were venturing along Eleanor and Park’s journey. It was so beautiful to witness <3

February 18, 2013 - 9:44 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - What a wonderful review. I love it when people find books that speak to them, as this one did to you. This is one of my most wanted books right now, and your review makes me want to read it even more.

February 18, 2013 - 12:49 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Oh Megan. I LOVED this review. First, I am in love with the simplicity of Eleanor and Park’s cover. So clean and beautiful. Your review almost made me cry and I am so happy that the author wrote such an authentic story. Often times, emotions like the ones you felt can be hard to come through with books (or is that just me?).

Estelle: I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan Publication Date: May 3, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 392 Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Young love, child neglect, family, music Source: Hardcover borrowed from library Summary: The first day Sam sees Emily she is (badly) singing “I’ll Be There” in front of her church. The words […]

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August 21, 2014 - 9:00 am

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan (YA Review) - […] her follow-up to the excellent I’ll Be There, Sloane reunites us with Sam and Riddle, two boys faced with a terrible childhood. Emily and the […]

August 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Estelle - […] Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 29, 2013 Publisher: Dial Pages: 384 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: tragedy, family, adoption, young geniuses Format read: ARC from TLA. (Thanks!) Other book reviewed by author: I’ll Be There […]

December 7, 2012 - 11:58 am

The Big Kids' Table: Holiday Edition - […] Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane [ my review ] the feel of a vintage YA, family, fate, […]

July 10, 2012 - 12:30 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] A story about two neglected brothers and a girl and her family who learns to care for them. It’s dramatic but in a quiet day and there is a lovely fairy tale like quality to the pacing of the book and the twists and turns these characters take. goodreads / amazon / E’s review […]

June 18, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I fell in love with the cover when I first saw it. And now, because of your review, I definitely want to read it. It sounds like a heartbreaking story.

June 18, 2012 - 10:49 am

Anna - This is SUCH a beautiful book — so happy you found it and loved it!

June 18, 2012 - 8:25 am

Karen - Gah! You wrote a cliffhanger review! How mean lol

Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summber by Morgan Matson [website | twitter] Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Pages: 480 Keywords: Family, Cancer, Growing Up, Friendship, Love Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: Paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Taylor’s father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given approximately three months to live. Her family […]

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May 11, 2016 - 7:00 am

Second Chance Summer | Review | #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek - Mostly YA Lit - […] to be heart-breaking. I’d heard that from all of my favorite book people. But I also knew that every single book person I trust has loved it, and that I was going to be guaranteed a story that would […]

May 14, 2014 - 12:01 am

YA Book Review: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so […]

July 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Morgan Matson's Summer Essentials - […] our very favorite authors who never fails to wow us with her incredible writing. We deeply loved Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. There’s no doubt that Morgan’s books are a […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] Matson (Goodreads) – I suppose after seeing my name pop up in their twitter feed regarding MY UNDYING LOVE for this book, they decided I needed a finished copy of this […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds incredibly beautiful. I am SO excited to read it!

June 2, 2012 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] by Deb Caletti (Goodreads) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (Magan’s review) Forever Summer by Alison Noel (Goodreads) Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton (Goodreads) […]

May 31, 2012 - 7:39 pm

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting - Oh, this one brought tears to my eyes. I haven’t read The Story of Us, but it might make an interesting companion read. Thanks for the review.

May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 14, 2012 - 1:36 am

Jasmine Rose - It usually takes one or two people (at least) to convince me to read a contemporary. It’s strange. I usually love the contemp books I read, but the synopsis(es?) don’t really grab me the way a dystopian or fantasy does. That being sad, I’m so glad to be seeing awesome reviews for Second Chance Summer popping up because they’re convincing me to read it! I adored Amy & Roger’s so this one is definitely on my TBR now. Great review, Magan :]

May 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan loved Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. A great meme by Broke & Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious […]

May 12, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Katie @ BlookGirl - Okay, okay! I’m convinced! Even though this book is likely to rip my heart out, I will go out and buy it this weekend 🙂 What a great, thoughtful review! I love relatable contemporaries, and this certainly sounds like one for me. Can’t wait to experience it for myself! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 <3

May 12, 2012 - 9:27 am

Novel Sounds - […] Detour so Second Chance Summer was definitely on my reading list. Then Magan from Rather Be Reading read it and LOVED it. I immediately bumped it up and now I am maybe a bit broken. I knew it was going to be love in the […]

May 11, 2012 - 12:24 pm

elena - OH MY I just finished this book and I HAVE FEELINGS!!!!! It’s so warm and wonderful, trying to write my review ASAP. Yours is LOVELY, I love how much you love the book and that you mentioned the pacing was perfect. Augh such a good book.

May 9, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Liz - As if I needed any more reason to be desperate to read this book. I seriously cannot wait to read it. I pre-ordered it from my local book chain, but they are proving to be super slow with it.

Beautiful review, so happy you loved it. I am prepared to have a good long cry session with this one.

May 9, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Magan - ANNA! YES – yes you do! Hop on that… pronto! 🙂
Mandee – THANK YOU! I’m fully embracing the crying during reading. It was quite a relief to let so many tears go. Haha. 🙂
Hannah – YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW. ’tis true. I’m not a rule-breaker, but I vote you break the book buying ban for this one!

May 9, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Magan - Sharon, I definitely recommend a non-populated area while reading. The husband thought I was having a breakdown! Hahaha

May 9, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh girl, sounds like I need to read this! I’m so excited because I love the cover and it makes me so happy to hear that the story inside is even better. I WANT THIS IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW.

May 9, 2012 - 4:34 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve been so looking forward to your review and it’s wonderful! I’m so glad this book lives up to it’s gorgeous cover and I know, like you, I will crying my little heart out at the end 🙂

May 9, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Anna - I very much need to read this.

May 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, wow. I really am looking forward to this one, particularly after reading this review! I am going to have to wait until I’m ready to cry and have time to read not in public, though. I have a feeling my coworkers in the break room might be a little put off by hysterical sobbing, which is most definitely going to happen. I can feel it already.

May 9, 2012 - 10:04 am

Magan - Thanks so, so much Lori! I actually haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour yet. I know – *gasp*! You can bet I will be now!

May 9, 2012 - 10:03 am

Magan - Hi Anna! I can’t even describe how much I love this book. It doesn’t feel like I’ve done the book justice in my review. All I can say is READ IT NOW! I hope you love it just as much as I did! (Also, I loved that she was “normal” too.)

May 9, 2012 - 8:04 am

Anna Scott - Oh wow. I love it when I find book that I adore as much as you clearly adore this. I was really impressed with Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and I’m really looking forward to this one.
I like your note about Taylor not having any stand-out skills. I sometimes annoys me how some YA main characters have to be super-smart or athletic or artistic to make up for the fact that they don’t quite fit in, or whatnot. It’s refreshing to have a main character that is ‘average’ (whatever that means!)
Great review! x

May 9, 2012 - 7:28 am

Lori - I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. It’s one of my most favorite books. So I’ve been super excited about this book. Now I’m even more excited! I love your review!

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.