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Estelle: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams ( web | tweet) Publication Date: July 14, 2009 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 253 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, growing up, friendships Format read: Borrowed from the library. Other book I reviewed by this author: Pizza, Love, and Other Things That Made Me Famous… Summary: Another summer, another couple […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh E! This one sounds really good. I love the summer camp setting, but I’m super interested in the story of friends growing apart. This has happened to me at several times in my life, and I always wish there were more books about this happening. A lot of friend “break up” books are because of these big dramatic events instead of just the natural growing apart and fading away that happens when people grow up and get older. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

August 28, 2013 - 11:36 am

Alexa Y. - I’m pretty sure that I’m going to like this book. It’s got so many great elements to it – summer camp, a potential summer romance, friendship. I really want to read it after reading your review, as I want to know what ends up happening between Helena and Katie, and also Helena and Ransome (even though that name reeeeally throws me off).

August 27, 2013 - 8:54 am

Jamie - Oooh I’ve been looking for another summer camp novel. BINGO! This one sounds great!

August 17, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Bookworm1858 - I completely missed this book when it first came out but I love the sound of it. Wonder if I can squeeze it in before summer officially ends as it doesn’t seem like the kind of book to necessarily read during the winter.

August 16, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds SO GOOD. As I usually do when I come here, I just opened up two extra internet windows to check my libraries and see if they have it. One of them does, so I put myself on the hold list. There are so many things you’ve mentioned here that appeal to me about this one!

Estelle: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally ( tweet | web) Part of the Hundred Oaks series (but can be read as a standalone) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: religion, choices, friendship, romance, summer Format read: ARC won from a contest held by the author. (Thank […]

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September 2, 2014 - 9:01 am

A Brave Reminder: On a Personal Note (Book List) - […] Before You by Jo Jo Moyes | Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally | Only Everything by Kieran […]

November 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway), Estelle - […] Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: horses, responsibilities, family obligations, class differences Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last book we received by M. Kenneally: Things I Can’t Forget […]

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review) + Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure […]

March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally […]

February 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

Lori - For some reason I have yet to read one of Kenneally’s books. Sounds like I need to change that NOW! :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow. This sounds extremely appealing to me for some reason, and not just because of the summer camp aspect! I think I may need to dive in Miranda’s work ASAP just so I can read this one sooner :)

February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am SO excited for this one! It sounds so great, and I really liked Catching Jordan. I want to read it even more after reading this review. I keep checking back for either of my library systems to get it in so I can place a hold on it and get it quickly. So far, no luck, but hopefully soon! Obsession can pay off. 😀

February 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Vivian - I bought the 1st two books in this series bc everyone says how awesome they are and Miranda is great. I seriously need to read them soon tho! This one sounds like it’ll be just as amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Great review!

February 25, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I can’t wait for this one to come out ! I started reading Stealing Parker and have found her books to be ideal contemporary novels. I always enjoy a good book about the summer

February 25, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like each book better with her and i am glad to see this review fits the trend! Also, i went to summer camp for 8 years so this book pretty much has to happen for me :)

February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad to hear that the third book is good! I have books 1 & 2 but I haven’t read them yet, but I am looking forward to the series even more now :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying to read this book, and your review isn’t helping. I’m so glad there are Parker and Jordan sightings and that Will plays a bigger role than I originally thought.

Ahhh, can’t wait to read this!

February 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

elena - Even though I am wary about the religious aspects despite your reassurances it’s not preachy, I really liked this line about the book: Things I Can’t Forget is so much about romance, friendship, and the magic and possibility that summer promises. I like ALL of those things! It sounds like this book really resonated with you & I know it’s definitely made you think. Thanks for the insightful review as always.

February 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

Tara - I have heard so much praise about these books and this author that I’m ashamed I haven’t read them yet :( You might have just sent me over the edge Estelle :)

Estelle: Camp by Elaine Wolf

Camp by Elaine Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: June 15, 2012 Publisher: Sky Pony Press Pages: 256 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: 1960s, mother/daughter relationships, bullying, family secrets Format read: Hardcover received from publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: In the summer of 1963, Amy is unwillingly sent to a summer camp run […]

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September 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] CAMP by Elaine Wolf — bullies, camp, difficult mothers OH MY. One body, two souls — What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Susan Wigg’s Return to Willow Lake packs reality shows, politics, romance, and family challenges in 1 novel! […]

August 31, 2012 - 8:24 pm

elena - Echoing everyone else by saying wowza, such an intense review! It sounds like a book that really gets to you & challenges the reader. Thanks always for such an insightful, thoughtful review.

August 31, 2012 - 7:06 pm

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Estelle, it sounds like a difficult book to read, revolving around yet another awful bunch of YA parents! But I am a sucker for books that make me sad so I will definitely have to read this.

August 31, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Kristen Evey - Wow. Like Alexa said above, the one word I was thinking while reading your review was INTENSE. I’ll definitely keep this in mind for when I need an emotionally charged read. Sounds like their are a lot of issues brought up in this book that are handled in a mature manner. Thank you for reviewing!

August 31, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds so… INTENSE. I’m curious about figuring out what’s going on with these characters!

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.