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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby • Magan Reviews

  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a boyfriend, transplant donor recipients, moving forward Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Quinn feels unable to move on until she has closure about Trent’s last donor recipient, Colton, who received a heart transplant. […]

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April 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Magan - I did, I did, Melissa! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was this your first Kirby book? If so, I’m SHOCKED! You definitely need to read the others! Get on it, lady! :)

April 14, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Magan - I agree with you on both accounts, Alexa! The family was SO great and the scenery was just magnificent. I wanted to live in some of those scenes!

April 7, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Things We Know By Heart is a toss-up between the incredible details of the setting, and the amazing people in Quinn’s family. Both elements were such standouts to me! Glad you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart.

April 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, I’m so glad that you liked this one too! I hadn’t thought about her friends, but you do make a good point. I loved how her character evolved throughout the book, and it would have been nice to see some of that transformation rewarded! I am definitely going to check out more of Jessi Kirby’s books; I really liked her writing style =)

Befriended: Discussing Sibling Friendships with Kasie West

When a book is infused with a strong helping of sibling relationships and parental involvement, I’m sold. Those are two strong bonuses for me because they add a layer of realism to the story. But Kasie West took my love a step further by making the four siblings in On the Fence the closest, most tight-knit group […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Courtney, you HAVE TO READ On the Fence soon! Definitely, definitely do! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you love the book. xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Cassie, YES! Everything felt so genuinely authentic! You nailed it! :) I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for your comment, sweets!

July 22, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Sara, I love sibling relationships, too! I’m getting closer and closer to my siblings as we get older. I realllly hope that I can raise children who are close and BFFs. That’s one of my greatest hopes. :)

July 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I love sibling relationships in books! I’m really close with my older brother so I can really connect with characters who are close with their siblings.

July 11, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I absolutely adored this book and LOVED the family dynamic. I have one brother but grew up with about 8 cousins (all boys) within 3 years of my age. So we were constantly fighting and rough housing. I related so so well to Charlie, and I still can’t get over how fun the beginning was with the bets and drinking gross stuff! :)

July 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Knowing that On the Fence features a great family dynamic makes me want to read it even more. Being an only child, I never understood the connection shared between siblings, and so I really enjoy reading about that bond and realizing what it would be like to have a sibling. Lovely post!

July 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Magan - Hazel, thanks so much for your comment! I loved their relationship, too! So very much.

I’m getting closer to my siblings as we grow older; I’m 4 and 6 years older than them and got married super young so for a long while, I’ve just been in a different stage of life than them. Now things are leveling out a bit more. Sibling relationships definitely teach you how to be selfless; couldn’t agree with you more.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved reading your comment. xo

July 9, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I loved On The Fence, especially reading about Charlie and her brothers. <3

IRL, I wouldn't say I have the most outstanding sibling relationship but I definitely get how sisters can sometimes be our closest confidante. And as the older one between me and my sister, I totally know how sibling relationships teach you to be selfless.

What a wonderful post from Katie! And I just love this feature, Megan! :)

Magan: Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker (twitter | website) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, female country singer, singer-songwriter Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Discovered in a small honky-tonk bar on the evening her father cannot lead their family band, Bird is quickly pulled into the singer/songwriter world. Her brothers, Dylan and Jacob, […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Magan - Rosie, I’m so excited! I hope you read Wildflower and love it, especially since you’re a fan of Nashville. i think it’ll be perfect for you!

July 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Magan - Leah, I hope you’ve picked it up since reading my review. I hope you love it and give it a shot even though there’s obviously more of the story to come! xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Magan - April, I like the name Bird, too! I’m so glad you downloaded the book. I need to go scope your site out and see if you’ve read it yet! Can’t wait to see what you think. xo

June 25, 2014 - 7:16 am

April Books & Wine - I like the name Bird, seriously, I do.

I just downloaded Wildflower from one of those LB emails and I am so glad I did now. This books sounds like a me sort of book – in that there’s family and country music and record labels and siblings and I love ALL THOSE THINGS.

Also, I do not love books that don’t have solid endings but knowing there will be a sequel eases that.

June 25, 2014 - 6:37 am

Leah - Oh my gosh, Magan, this sounds wonderful!! How has this not shown up on my radar until now?! This is SUCH a Leah book!

:( That’s disappointing about the ending though. A few months ago I read a novel that felt like it was missing the last few chapters..it simply ended in the middle of a scene. Talk about abrupt!

June 25, 2014 - 2:46 am

Rosie - I love Nashville, currently working my way through the end of series 1, so this sounds right up my street. Looking forward to getting my paws on this.

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this :) ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute :)

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Magan: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt [ tweet | web ] Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: technology, 1962, internet relationships, strong family and sibling relationships Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Mallory feels betrayed after she finds out her boyfriend, Jeremy, has been cheating […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:27 pm

YA Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - […] Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target […]

April 21, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “I want to put copies of this book in the hands of some of my friends who place entirely too m… […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

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March 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

YA Book Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - […] work like I was, you should check out Sean Griswold’s Head and then follow up with Going Vintage — they’re both strong contemporary stories about very real, original girls trying to […]

March 3, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Magan - Jess — Mallory was definitely a unique character. So quirky and fun! I hope you love Going Vintage when you read it!

Lori! — I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet. It’s totally on my TBR though! I’m so glad you loved it. :)

Quinn — I definitely wouldn’t say Going Vintage was terrible. Mallory was a character that was hard to relate to in the beginning, and I think intentionally a little annoying, so we could see her grow and change. But swoon! Oliver! :)

March 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

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February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Yeah, I read Going Vintage last week. I wan’t in love with it. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but I just wasn’t able to connect to Mallory. I did love Oliver, though. :)

February 28, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - I enjoyed this one, but I do wish that I could have loved it like I wanted to. The bond between the sisters was definitely my favorite part. They were so much fun.

Have you read Sean Griswold’s Head yet? LOVED that one!

February 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Jess - Wow, what a nostalgic read ! I like the plot and Mallory sounds like a unique character.

February 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Magan - Alexa, I hope you enjoy it. It’s definitely fun! Mallory goes through a transformation but it’s not overwhelming and in your face. I hope you enjoy!

February 27, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Magan - Renae, I agree family dynamics go a long way. It was a great depiction of home life without seeming too ideal or perfect. Mallory definitely had some flaws, but I feel she grew by the end. And Oliver, I liked him a lot. He was respectful and likeable and insightful. That doesn’t always happen with YA boys so it won me over. :)

February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds so cute! I definitely want to read it, if just to see how this crazy new change that she has going on plays out. Plus, the romance (the budding one) sounds really cute!

February 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - My favorite part of this book was definitely the family relationships. I loved how flawed and real Mallory’s home life was, especially with her mom’s big secret and they way her parents acted around each other. Leavitt really nailed that portrayal for me. Otherwise, though, I didn’t care for Mallory as a main character, and though I think I liked Oliver, he wasn’t totally awesome. But still, realistic family dynamics go a long, long way with me.

February 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Magan - April, Oliver IS all sorts of fabulous. He was exactly the kind of boy I wanted to read about – intelligent, fun, caring, witty, a bit sarcastic. Ugh, so good. There are a few things that are like “huh” in the beginning that Mallory says or does, but I got over it. In the end, I thought the book had a good message and I, too, could use some time away from my computer every now and then. *face palm*

February 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm

April Books & Wine - I am one of those people who needs this book. I spend WAYYYY too much time online and so,Going Vintage sounds exactly like a me-sort of book. ALSO! Oliver sounds fabulous.

February 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I could not agree more with you about Ginnie. She was an amazing character! Their bond was so, so incredible. It’s rare to find siblings who love each other so much. Usually they bicker or dislike each other to the extreme. And Oliver? I could always use more Oliver. 😉

February 27, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Cynthia, I definitely understand the negatives that these mixed reviews have spoken of. Sure Mallory’s decision is quickly made and yes, her personality is a bit abrasive in the beginning, but I think she grows a lot from her experience. And OLIVER! Oliver and Ginnie save the day. Well, not literally, but they’re both amazing characters!

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Tara, there were a few things that I didn’t quite get in the beginning and Mallory’s personality was a little grating at first, but the more I thought about it after I finished it, the happier I was about reading it. Can’t wait to see what you think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Annette! You are not OLD! I don’t consider you old at all! :) I really hope you enjoy it! Can’t wait to see what ya think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Mandee, that’s awesome! That show sounds so interesting! I think I would definitely suffer a bit if I had to go through something like that. I rely heavily on technology! I’m glad you like Oliver. he and Ginnie were definitely my favorites! :) I hope you enjoy Going Vintage!

February 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I have been waiting on this ever since I saw the adorable cover, so I am so happy you enjoyed it, Magan!

The idea of switching off all modern tech is interesting, there was a tv show here that followed a family and they took all their technology away from them and started a particular decade and each week or month they would get new technology and move forward a decade, I think the kids found it really difficult.

I like the sound of Oliver already, and Mallory even if she was a bit judgemental.

February 27, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Annette - I’m getting ready to read this one soon too. I was BORN in 1962 (yes, I’m very OLD) so I’m especially interested in this one. Great review!

February 27, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Tara - I have this book and am reading it soon–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds like it’s right up my alley as well.

February 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

Cynthia - I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one because I’ve been reading some mixed reviews and wasn’t so sure about it but now I think I’ll definitely give it a try. Great review Magan! =D

February 27, 2013 - 12:48 am

Bookworm1858 - I liked Oliver a lot too-I feel like the book could have used more of him but my favorite character was definitely Ginnie. What a great sister and character!