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Estelle: The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young Adult Keywords: girl friendships, starting high school Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary:  Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya are starting high school in three different schools. This is the first time they’ve ever […]

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July 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Alexa S. - Friendship story in New York City? I’M SOLD. I seriously love a good friendship story, especially one that highlights each person in the group of friends well.

July 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - The Darlings Are Forever seems really interesting. I never did read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I’ve been meaning to for what feels like forever.

I always enjoy books about female friendships. Glad you liked this.

Blog Tour: New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (+ Q&A)

New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 10, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult/mature YA Keywords: moving to NYC, family secrets/drama, money Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thank you!) Other books I’ve reviewed by LZR: Other Words for Love Summary: Savannah is a […]

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December 4, 2014 - 9:00 am

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Blog Tour - […] Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Well, I already left this comment earlier, but I totally bought this book because of your review! I already liked the cover, but finding out more about it, hearing from the author and knowing you enjoyed it totally sold me on getting a copy!

August 13, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so happy you liked this one because I am really excited for it. Other Words for Love was kind of a sleeper book for me, I didn’t realize quite how much I liked it until right at the end and then I was kind of blown away by it. Great review and interview!

August 11, 2013 - 11:27 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like such a fun read! I’m always a fan of books that have 20-something characters (!) who are figuring things out for themselves, especially when done well. This is mostly because I feel like I’m in the same boat! Can’t wait to check out New Money.

Estelle: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham ( tweet ) Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: Ballantine Books Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: NYC in the 90s, acting, success Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Franny always dreamed of being an actress (preferably working in the theatre). After college, she sets a […]

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March 31, 2014 - 9:00 am

Big Kids' Table: Receipt Recommendations - […] the story: Last week, I went to the B&N near work to pick up a copy of Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe for a friend (a book I bought for myself last year) and I got one of those receipts with a short […]

December 12, 2013 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: 2013 Overview - […] Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid + Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren […]

June 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites - […] Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham: A big kids book to round out the list… Frannie is in her late 20s and still trying to figure […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] there before Rachel, Alexa, and I and we stood in line without hearing her talk about her new book, Someday, Someday, Maybe BUT after 2 hours, we each got to meet Lauren. She is gorgeous and very sweet in […]

May 4, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - LOVEEEEEEEE! I bookmarked this when you posted it but waited to read it until after I’d written my review 🙂

Seriously, love this book and loved chatting about it with you! <3

April 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, and a GIVEAWAY of one Julep nail polish. (ONE day left […]

April 5, 2013 - 5:29 am

VeganYANerds - Ahhhh! I am SO glad that this is good, I tend to stay away from celeb novels, too, but this is one I plan on reading… maybe I will even wait and buy it in NYC – seems appropriate!

April 5, 2013 - 5:20 am

Lori - Just started this last night and now I’m even more excited to dive into it! I’m already picturing Franny as Lauren Graham too…

April 4, 2013 - 11:22 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - THIS BOOK. When I first discovered it, I saw that the author was Lauren Graham and immediately started Googling, because surely it wasn’t THE Lauren Graham. But lo and behold, it was! I have never clicked the “to-read” button with so much glee! I cannot wait to read this book. It sounds wonderful. I adore the cover. I had no idea Jennifer E. Smith was the editor, but that’s fantastic! Everything about it makes me want to read it. Definitely getting my hands on this one as soon as possible after it comes out!

(Also, I will TOTALLY fail at the not-seeing-Lauren-Graham challenge. I know this already, LOL.)

April 3, 2013 - 8:36 pm

daphne - i have this from netgalley as well and i was kind of on the fence about even reading it, but i think i will now. great review.

April 3, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’ve really been looking forward to this review! I was so excited when I found out that Lauren Graham wrote a book, and even more excited when you said it was great. I do think that maybe the acting element would be off-putting at first, as it was for you, but otherwise this sounds exactly like my kind of read.

April 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ooh this sounds really good! (Also, that cover is GORGEOUS.) I’m all for books set in the city and the characters sound great.

April 3, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Kimmy - I’ve already preordered this book! I love Lauren Graham and think this book sounds great. Your review got me even more excited to read this one!

April 3, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Annie - This sounds amazing! I love books set in NYC, and I love books about acting! I think this book and I will get along just fine. 😉 Awesome review!

April 3, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Ellice - Yay, your review made me even more excited for this book– I definitely had that “oh no, one of my fave celebs wrote a book… what if I don’t like it?!” fear. Even though I LOVE reading YA books, it will be nice to read about a character who is my age. Thanks for the awesome review! 🙂

April 3, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I got this on Netgalley because it sounded cute, but I have had the same reservations you did. I’m so glad you liked it, and now I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Kayla Elizabeth - Literally just got an ecopy of this this morning and nearly wet myself. I am so excited to get started with this. Lauren Graham writing a novel… how perfect is that?

April 3, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is next on my TBR – I’ve got an eARC and I am ridonkulously excited after your review. Thanks for doing it so early, I can’t wait to read it!

April 3, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really, really want to read this book! It sounds like a coming-of-age story for older people (in a way), and I really think that it’s going to strike a chord with me. I love that it’s about an aspiring actress too, and that it’s set in NYC. This is definitely going to be a fun read!

April 3, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love that this is a coming of age but new adult book at the same time. Seriously – this sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing the review of a book I wouldn’t have given a second thought about otherwise!

April 3, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Cynthia - Oh this one sounds great and I don’t even read adult books but I’ll definitely be adding this one to my list. I’m actually thinking of starting to read a few adult books every now and then, you can’t live off of YA forever can you? I need to spice it up a little and start with some great adult fiction. =) Will definitely look forward to this one and I’m so glad it wasn’t a disappointment to you especially being a fan of the writer/actress.

April 3, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Wait, you saw Lauren Graham on Broadway?? JEALOUS.

Leeza Gibbons! Hahaha. I can’t wait to read this. And you are SO right about there not being enough books about people in their late 20s who didn’t take the straight path to success. Great review, Estelle.

April 3, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Bonnie - I loved her in Gilmore Girls and had been so tempted by this book but wasn’t sure… I’m so glad to hear that you loved it though! Definitely adding this to my TBR now. 🙂
Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

April 3, 2013 - 11:58 am

Tara - I remember chatting with you about this book. I think I definitely need to pick up a copy. Or should I watch GG first? (I know, I never watched it)

April 3, 2013 - 11:25 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Yay, I’m so glad that this book was awesome. I was a little nervous because like you I’m a huge Lauren Graham fan and want her to be successful at everything. I’m so excited to read this book soon, it sounds adorable and you are right, there are not enough books about people in their 20’s trying to make it in the real world. I love seeing something that is relatable to me. Great review!

April 3, 2013 - 9:44 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Wow, great review. I had zero desire to read this (I don’t really like Lauren Graham, I know, I’m weird), but now I can’t wait. Thanks!

Estelle: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As by Robin Benway [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: spies, high school, New York, mystery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Maggie might be a pro at cracking locks all over the world, but the […]

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January 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

Going Rogue by Robin Benway (YA Review) - […] Rogue by Robin Benway  [ website | twitter ] Book 2 in the Also Known As series. Publication Date: January 14, 2014 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: […]

February 26, 2013 - 9:03 am

Also Known As - […] Be sure to stop by your local bookstore to seek out Robin’s book today! And if you haven’t already, check out my review! […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:03 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 2. Also Known As by Robin Benway: A family of spies? Totally a different upbringing than I’m used to. (You are shocked, I know.) Maggie’s parents had a lot of faith in their daughter to go on a solo mission. (Not like they could have done it, but still.) I think the mom and dad were funny, sweet, protective + they formed quite a tight family unit because of their spy talents and their lifestyle. Definitely a highlight of the book. (My review.) […]

February 10, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I hate this cover so much, so I haven’t really been interested in reading. But now you’ve got me intrigued! I adored Alias when it was on TV so I still have soft spot for stories about spies.

February 10, 2013 - 7:20 am

Sapir - I LOVED Audrey, Wait! and I can’t wait to read this book (:
New York City is one of my favorite book settings. I always like reading about the urban life there since I’m a small town girl.
Definitely going to pick this up!
Great review.

Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

February 8, 2013 - 6:48 am

Lori - Okay, I’m definitely intrigued. 🙂 I looooved Audrey, Wait! but I didn’t care much for April, May and June. So I’ve been on the fence about this one. Now I want to read it NOW! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Robin Benway is one of my favorite authors, so I absolutely can’t wait for this book! It sounds so fun- I love spy stories and humor is always a plus. (:

February 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Ditto on your feelings about this book. I absolutely adored Angelo and Roux – they were probably my favorite parts of the book, apart from the fact that it’s set in NYC!

February 7, 2013 - 5:43 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The Incredibles? Dirty Dancing? I’m in! This sounds like so much fun, and I love the main character’s name. 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 pm

elena - I LIKE THIS REVIEW A LOT. I love that you said they reminded you of The Incredibles, so spot on and makes me like the book even more. CHERRY ON TOP FOR THE ICE CREAM DATE. xo

February 6, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Oh Estelle, I love all the comparisons you’re making to films in this review. The Incredibles, Miss Congeniality, etc. This book definitely sounds sun and unique, and I’m really excited to meet Maggie and the other characters, who sound fabulous!

February 6, 2013 - 3:07 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds so much fun, I didn’t know it would be so funny – can’t wait to read this and it reminds me that I need to read Audrey, Wait! like now!

February 6, 2013 - 11:46 am

kit - This sounds like a great read – I haven’t read any of Benway’s books, but I’ve seen a couple of different ones around lately, all with great reviews. The mixture of spies and high school (and the whole fish out of water thing) seems like the kind of thing I would like, so I’ll be keeping this book on my radar! Great review.

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 am

Cynthia - From reading the synopsis and looking at the cover this wouldn’t be a book I would pick up.. I know shame on me but I always judge books by the covers. Haven’t learned my lesson yet.. but now after reading your review I’m definitely adding it to my list and looking forward to it. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun and like something I would definitely enjoy. I love that the mc gets to experience lots of first. Great review Estelle! =)

February 6, 2013 - 10:57 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I love spy books, and I love Robin Benway, so I guess this is a good fit for me! And whoa, a SUPPORTIVE family? In YA? What??? Another super awesome aspect.

February 6, 2013 - 10:32 am

Annette - This sounds like fun! I really enjoy Ally Carter’s Heist Society books and this sounds like it might compare. Thanks!

February 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Sounds so interesting! I love that Maggie’s whole family is in the spy business, there aren’t enough books about spies haha. This sounds like a really cute story, will check it out when I can. Great review 😀

February 6, 2013 - 9:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I just read this but am blanking on the Dirty Dancing reference-help a girl out?

I also agree about the pacing, which was a bit slow until the ending when everything just sped up as Maggie took us on quite the run!

Travel Tales: A Round Up

It’s September 3 and that means (sadly) Rather Be Reading Blog’s Travel Tales event with Alexa Loves Books and Novel Sounds has come to an official close. We hope you enjoyed the series, getting to know other bloggers, and also discovering a few new titles (or at least looking at them in a different way)! […]

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September 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 9, 2012 - […] Summer Long by Susan Mallery > A Review of Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian > Travel Tales: A Round Up > A Review of Stealing Parker by Miranda […]

September 3, 2012 - 6:04 pm

elena - this was such a fun event and I’m so glad I got to do it with you both + Alexa! love love all the fantastic posts that came out of this and it definitely curbed my wanderlust for a bit. or actually made me want to travel MORE to all the great places, haha.

September 3, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am SO GLAD that you and Magan decided to join in on Travel Tales! I could not imagine having done this event without you guys. XOXO <3

Travel Tales: Where We Come From

Once upon a few weeks ago, we were pretty psyched to write a post about books set in the places we are from. You might already know that Magan hails in Austin, Texas and Estelle floats around New York (living in Long Island and commuting to NYC for work every day). Unfortunately, not all plans […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] a guest post by sam from realm of fiction the aussies know how to write (australian books to read) alexa: dreams of traveling (book locales) novel sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska […]

August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

Novel Sounds - […] Be Reading: Guest post from Pam Mingle, author of Kissing Shakespeare. Also with a giveaway! Settings from home destinations. Fantastic settings in […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult […]

August 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

VeganYANerds - It’s a shame when there aren’t too many YA books set in your home town or state but I bet there are some out there, hopefully some bloggers will let you know!

August 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

Kristen - Can I just say that I LOVE that you included ‘From the Mixed-Up Files’? One of the best. books. ever! 😀 Lovely post, ladies.

August 16, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the reasons I adore living in New York City is because I’m finally living in the place where lots of books I loved are set. It’s amazing, this place, filled with lots of energy, eclectic crowds and just so many things to do. It’s always fun to read books set in NYC!

But Austin, I have yet to read a book set there. In fact, I have yet to visit. Which I believe ought to be remedied and soon!

August 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Tara - I cannot help but feel giddy every time I read a book set in Chicago or Michigan. I about fell out of my chair reading An Abundance of Katherines because part of it took place IN MY HOOD. *queue major squealing* I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for books set in Austin… I’ll let you know if I find any 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

Jaime - I stumbled upon your blog via a mention on Twitter, and thought I’d pop in and mention a book I read recently that was set in Austin. It’s called Austentatious and features a little bit of Austen in Austin and a Scottish love interest. It’s an adult book, and it was pretty decent. Just thought I’d mention it. 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

elena - my first visit to NYC wasn’t that great so I was pretty ambivalent towards it for awhile. then I visited it again last year with friends and it was SO AMAZING. now all I want to do is go back!! I absolutely love that there’s always something to do there. I’d love to live there, especially while I’m still young.

surprisingly, I’ve read one book with Orlando as its hometown (Paper Towns by John Green) and since John Green is from Indiana, I am pretty sure he’s written at least one book with it as its setting? yes/no/maybe? I know Meg Cabot definitely have cos that’s how I heard of John Mellencamp!

love this post, ladies!! <3

August 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I feel like I’ve read books set in Texas that referenced Austin (maybe the character visited there) but the whole story didn’t necessarily take place there. I need to think on this…

As for NYC: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares come to mind. David Levithan loves NYC 😉