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Estelle: Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Harper Paperbacks Pages: 416 Target audience: Adult Keywords: summer, South, mothers/daughters, family secrets, romance, marriage Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!) Summary: Olivia escapes her job and fiancee to head off to a small town […]

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August 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Alexa S. - I kept seeing this at Barnes and Noble this past week! I remembered seeing that you had reviewed yet, but hadn’t read this till now so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in reading it. But you had me at Southern charm and finding out secrets! I really do want to read this now, even with a title that kind of threw me off when I first saw it 😉

August 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Cassie - THIS JUST SOUNDS SO PERFECT. I need it, RIGHT NOW. South, GEORGIA, SUMMER. GETAWAY. SOLD! Good job, E!

Estelle: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Press Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family obligations, secrets, summer, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  Cadence Sinclair can’t remember anything. Except her cousins and the boy she loves = the […]

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July 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - […] you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was worth it. I took her advice and absolutely haven’t been able to stop […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

Judith - So much of your review is EXACTLY how I felt about this book. God, the family dynamics made me so ANGRY. I really wanted to smack the grandfather and his children because man, they were either dominant or completely powerless, and all because of money. I really, really hated them. It’s interesting because I don’t think the characters were really well-written, per se, but I think that if they had been, the big twist wouldn’t have been so surprising. Yes to Lockhart’s writing. It’s mesmerizing!

May 14, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alexa S. - We Were Liars had really great writing, in my opinion! I thoroughly enjoyed diving into my first Lockhart book. It was twisty and mysterious and petty and effed up, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the page! While I didn’t super love it, I can definitely say it was, as you’ve rated it, worth it.

May 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I get the disconnect, or at least the not being like YES I CAN RELATE HELLO EMPATHY. Or, the feeling at a distance.

For me, I love love love this book even though I also don’t think I totally 100% connected with Cadence, I actually felt more connected to Gat.

But, I still felt for her and her situation, especially with the whole money thing, etc.

Also, the whole mystery of what happened, like you, that really propelled my reading!

May 8, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too was amazed by the writing. That was my favorite thing about this book – that and the ending. But what kept me from feeling connected to the story was that everything else kind of fell flat. I didn’t feel much for the characters, or the setting, or anything else really. I’m still glad I read it!

May 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’ve been trying to avoid reading too many reviews of this one because of the surprise factor and I want to go into it blind. Patiently waiting for my audiobook preorder to arrive, and I’m glad to see you found it worth it. Sometimes the stylized makes it hard to connect, but i’m excited to check out my first E. Lockhart book regardless.

May 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I definitely felt like I rushed through this one too! I had THEORIES pretty early on (which turned out to be right. Kind of boo on that because I wanted to be shocked!) so I felt like I was scrambling through the book to find out what the ending was.
I think overall it wasn’t quite a “me” book? I felt like I didn’t connect with the characters and I was hoping for a little bit more character development somehow. There was just something big missing for me that didn’t make it a win! still a good book and I enjoyed it but not as great as I had hoped and hype definitely won this battle for me!

Estelle: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 336 Target audience: adult Keywords: summer in the Hamptons, mothers/daughters, moving forward Format read: ARC eBook provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: After a mini-disaster, Hannah, a lawyer in NYC, escapes to […]

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May 16, 2014 - 9:00 am

#lonelyheartsclub by Brenda Janowitz: a review in tweets - […] Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz […]

January 29, 2014 - 11:19 am

Leah - Oh, this sounds LOVELY!! This is going straight to my To Read list. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed food wasn’t involved though 🙂

January 28, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Meg - Sounds so good! I feel like I read a book by Janowitz many moons ago — the name rings a bell — but now I can’t remember. Off to investigate!

January 27, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Definitely adding this to read! It sounds really good! Never heard of it before but you make me want to read it! stupid book buying ban… will look for it on my next library trip!

January 27, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Alexa S. - You’ve seriously got to stop doing this to me, E. Every time you write about a book (especially adult fiction), you convince me that it warrants at least a try! (Obviously, this went straight onto my list of books to check out). But seriously, Recipe for a Happy Life sounds pretty darn good!

January 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm

alice-jane - This book sounds wonderful and offers a great escape from the freezing cold weather that I’m experiencing right now! (-21C). I’m happy that the unfortunate news in the book is balanced out since I’m wary of characters with a lot of unfortunate happenings. Also, it’s good to know that the things that happened in the book, despite how bad they may have seemed allowed Hannah to grow.

January 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, you sold me. I probably would never have picked this one up based on the cover, but it sounds really good!

January 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love it when I discover a new author that I love. Also, I am a big fan of reading books out of season. If it’s freezing cold winter, I love books set during the hottest months of Summer. And if I’m sweating buckets, bring on the winter books.

January 27, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas - Oohhh I love summer books! This sounds like such a cute read, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

-Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

January 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

Jessica - Oooh- Putting this on my TO READ list!!!

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: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read 🙂 And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!

Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books) Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham […]

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July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - […] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main […]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - […] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the […]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - […] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any […]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - […] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!