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Promposal by Rhonda Helms • Magan Reviews

Promposal by Rhonda Helms [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: promposal, public displays of affection, LGBT, Dive Into Diversity Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When best friends Camilla and Joshua find themselves in less-than-ideal situations for prom, one of them going with someone she doesn’t want to date […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

Magan - Alexa, it sounds like even within the US Promposals are a completely different thing. I’d NEVER heard of them when I was in high school, but other commenters said they had them around that time. So interesting how it’s all spread out!

March 3, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - Promposal sounds like a super cute read! In the Philippines, going to prom is an entirely different experience; I can’t imagine anyone making promposals a big deal over there. But I am curious to see how this story plays out for both these characters. If it’s wrong to root for their happy ending, then I don’t want to be right!

February 23, 2015 - 11:22 am

Magan - Brianna, major props for originality! The idea you had was super cute. And I’m just gonna say it: That guy was a jerk for not even acknowledging your promposal. 🙁 Errr. I’m so erked right now.

February 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

Magan - Leah, I don’t even know! The promposal wasn’t a thing at my high school either. (Though, admittedly, mine was very, very small.) I think I would have been super embarrassed too. In retrospect, I’m so glad that when my husband proposed, it was just him and me. Not a huge, dramatic moment.

February 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

Magan - Jen, have you received a big Promposal? I hope you have SO MUCH FUN at your prom! Share photos! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Emma, you’re so welcome! It was a really interesting read. I felt SO wary in the beginning because I didn’t expect it to capture my attention in the way that it did.

February 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds like a really sweet book with a lot of appeal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

February 18, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I read this one very recently too and I thought it was such a cute and fun read! I myself am a senior in high school so I hope my own prom works out well. Lovely review! I agree with a lot of your thoughts; Camilla was seriously sweet and the Joshua’s crush couldn’t be cuter.

February 18, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Leah - Ooh, I haven’t heard ANYTHING about this!! When did these promposals become a thing? I graduated high school in 2006 and, at least in my area, no one did anything crazy elaborate! On the one hand, it can be really adorable (and VERY impressive when you think about how much thought and effort goes into them)…but on the other, I get secondhand embarrassment REALLY bad. REALLY bad.. Whenever a video of one goes viral (and marriage proposals too) I run away. I’m also the type of person where, if someone had pulled off some gigantic event to ask me to prom, I would have felt obligated to say yes. So I’m with Camilla there.
That said, this really does sound adorable (& yay for diversity!!)

February 18, 2015 - 10:40 am

Brianna - When I was in high school (1996-2000), asking people to dances in unique ways was all the rage, whether it was prom or otherwise. I asked a guy I liked to Sadie Hawkins using a box of Lucky Charms – he had to return one kind of marshmallow for yes, another kind for no, or the cereal if he was going with someone else. We won’t talk about how he didn’t respond. At all. Ever.

Magan: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Adaptation by Malinda Lo Publication Date: September 18, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: conspiracy theories, political unrest, sci-fi and paranormal, sexuality, LGBT Format read: Hardback received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: After a freak car accident involving a bird, Reese and David awake from comas in […]

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May 13, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Adaptation by Malinda Lo - Review (Adaptation #1) | Never Too Fond of BooksNever Too Fond of Books - […] Rather Be Reading: Despite my drawbacks, Lo successfully left me aching to know what happens to her characters. The blending of paranormal elements and conspiracy theories was incredibly intriguing. Pieces of the story felt so real to me that I couldn’t help but be wary of flocks of birds when I saw them. I have no idea what will happen next for Reese, but I am very anxious to see what Lo has in store for us. […]

September 25, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The thing about this book is that the mystery behind the birds and what happened to the characters is so DARN intriguing. I may not know how to feel about the sort of contemporary turn it takes, but I do not that my curiosity must be satisfied when it comes to the sci-fi bit.

September 23, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Shelve It -- September 24, 2012 - […] A review of Adaptation by Malinda Lo + We’ve got a new rating system so we can highlight books that are great deals! + A review […]

September 21, 2012 - 10:21 pm

elena - hmm this does sound like a book that makes you question a lot of things but the change of direction sounds jarring. i like that there are conspiracy theories though! insightful interview as always, m!

September 21, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Aneeqah - This book sounds SO good! I mean, conspiracy theories? Who DOESN’T want to read about that?! However, I can see why you didn’t love this one, Magan. It seems like there’s a distinct line between the action and the more contemporary aspect of the story. It sounds like it would have been better if it had been a little more mixed together. Nonetheless, I’ll keep an eye out for this book at my library! The synopsis definitely has me intrigued, to say the least.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

September 21, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Kristen - Conspiracy theories? YES! We don’t get enough of those in NON-dystopian YA. Would love to see more in contemps. From everything else you said, though, this is a book that I may or may not enjoy. I’ll look for it at my library and see. Great review! 🙂

Estelle: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: September 1, 2012 Publisher: Scholastic GRAPHIX Pages: 240 Target audience: middle grade Keywords: Broadway, theater, stage crew, LGBT Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Callie, a Broadway buff, is working behind-the-scenes of her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. As if working […]

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May 6, 2014 - 6:33 pm

naya - love this book im totally doing this for a book project

April 4, 2013 - 9:03 am

Drama by Raina Telgemeier | wrapped up in books - […] Rather be Reading: “I can only describe Drama as a total delight. It has surprising depth but doesn’t weigh down the flow of the story or even the lighter moments. There are so many details to look at and take in when it comes to this novel, and I could see myself flipping through it again and again.” […]

December 3, 2012 - 12:28 pm

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back (+ Holiday Shopping List) - […] Kristy’s Great Idea: The Graphic Novel: When I read Drama by Raina Telgemeier I was totally convinced that this reincarnation of the BSC was in the very best hands. Her […]

September 8, 2012 - 9:02 am

September 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Telgemeier Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: Raina Telgemeier, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Eisner Award […]

September 2, 2012 - 4:31 pm

Drama Raina Telgemeier Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “I can only describe Drama as a total delight” […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a […]

August 23, 2012 - 10:32 pm

elena - This sounds like such an Estelle book! It sounds really delightful and I’m glad you loved it so much. Hooray for enthusiasm and bright colours!

August 23, 2012 - 1:13 am

Kristen - I don’t read graphic novel’s very often. I don’t really like them for the most part, to be honest. However, the cover of this book totally made me crack a smile just looking at it (SO cute), and your review makes me want to check it out. 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Sophia - I’ve never read a graphic novel, but this one sounds like a great one to start with! It sounds super cute and I’m glad the illustrations are enjoyable. The set up does sound really cute, with acts and the intermission. How clever! :3 Lovely review, Estelle. Glad you loved this one! 🙂

August 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was total theater geek in high school and college. Theater was and still is one of my favorite things in the world – and any book that highlights that sort of passion is DEFINITELY something up my alley!

August 22, 2012 - 9:50 am

April Books & Wine - I totally have a copy of Drama from BEA and the publicist totally sold it to me and this solidifies it. I am totally going to read Drama this weekend! 🙂

I love books about kids who are super enthusiastic or passionate about something.

And graphic novels, always my favorite!