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Why in 5: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: homeless teenager, private detective, teens on the run Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Cali fled to California after running away from his foster home. He lives a quiet life, […]

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August 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Jess, it was DEFINITELY under the radar. Haven’t seen much about it. If you give it a shot, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

August 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! It was a really unique story that took me out my comfort zone in a great way. It was so refreshing to read something a little different and from a completely different perspective. 🙂

August 7, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Jess - I’m always a fan of male povs and this book is on the short side so I will have to check it out. This one was certainly under the radar

August 6, 2014 - 8:00 am

The Prince of Venice Beach Themed Gift-Pack - […] friends! Last week I reviewed The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. While I read it, I couldn’t help but jot down a list of things Cali did or items that seemed […]

July 30, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Alexa S. - I do have a soft spot for contemporaries that are about characters in unusual circumstances. Cali sounds like a great guy, even with all he’s had to deal with, and I’d definitely like to know his story! That’s probably why I liked this review so much — you made me curious about him, and his story, and what happens.

Magan: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman Other Books Reviewed in This Series: Just One Day Publication Date: October 10, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Falling in Love, Traveling the World, Lost Love, Theater and Acting Format Read: ARC borrowed from Lena at Addicted 2 Novels Summary: After a […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:46 am

Real Life Friend & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity - […] Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr | Just One Year by Gayle […]

October 24, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I loved this book A LOT. I thought Willem’s journey was beautiful in its own way, just like Allyson’s was for her. I was also a little worried on what his year was like but I was not disappointed on all the feels. It was perfect. 😀 Great review, Magan!

October 2, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read any Gayle Forman books yet. I own If I Stay, Where She Went, AND Just One Day, so you can tell that I’m pretty confident that I will like her books 🙂 This review makes me even more excited to experience her writing!!

September 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh this book! You already know how much I loved it (and you, for passing it along to me). I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Willem, and I decided to re-read Just One Day before diving into this one. I’m so glad I did that because it was wonderful to read the two back-to-back! I loved the way the stories complemented each other so well. Gosh! I can’t wait to write my review. Either way, you did a lovely job of highlighting just what’s so special about this book!

September 21, 2013 - 9:59 pm

VeganYANerds - I cannot wait for this, I’m glad it’s just as good as JOD!

September 18, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Bookworm1858 - I was really frustrated with Allyson in JOD because of her infatuation with Willem, who I thought was unworthy of her. I am curious if I will reconsider my impression of that book by reading JOY.

September 18, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Magan - Hey Tiff! Thanks so much! I don’t think I’ve ruined anything by sharing that Willem’s father has passed away. It’s mentioned in Just One Day, briefly, and it’s not a pivotal point of Just One Year. Moreso, the focus is on reconnecting with his mother after his father’s death separates them. I hope you do, indeed, love JOY when you read it! Thanks for the comments everyone!

September 18, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Marathon @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’ve been so reluctant to give this series a go. Mainly because I was unsure if our happy couple was actually going to have a happy ending. But what has me convinced to start it is the obvious growth BOTH characters experience, and yes, the idea of reading their reunion has me excited as well.

September 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Wonderful review – I’m so glad to hear everyone talking about the journey that Willem takes more than just the romance.

I do wish I hadn’t found out that Willem’s father died in your review, but I’m guessing we find that out pretty quickly and it’s not a big spoiler?

I’m so excited about this book – I’m basically salivating every time anyone talks about it. I had a very personal relationship with Just One Day, really hoping that Just One Year provides that to me, too.

September 18, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Yay so glad you loved this one! Like you, I was feeling iffy about Willem after Just One Day but it was so satisfying to get to know his story in this book. And yes, these 2 books do give me a travel itch.
I want more of Willem and Allyson’s story but I know that’s not Forman’s style 🙂 Fab review!

Magan: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith (Website | Twitter) Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: boarding school, rugby, male POV, friendship, love, bullying Format read: ARC received from S&S (Thank you!) Summary: Ryan Dean, a 14-year-old rugby-playing high school junior, is determined to make something of himself […]

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October 11, 2016 - 12:02 am

Ten Books I Read Because of a Recommendation - […] by Andrew Smith Reading this book was a top priority after reading Magan from Rather Be Reading’s review and seeing them gush over it on […]

April 14, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Corey, I’m SO excited you’re enjoying WINGER. Did you finish? So happy that you’re so into this one. It took me a little while, but then I got HOOKED!

April 8, 2015 - 1:44 pm

corey - i dont like reading books but i actually liked reading this one witch literally surprised everyone in the high school and my at my household because everyone would have to force me to read i got in i.s.s and read like 1 or 2 pages and got interesting then read to next chapter and couldn’t stop reading im like on 400th page right now where he got let into that dance

August 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Corinne Battistelli - What would you say the climax of Winger is? Can someone help me out? By the way, right now Winger is my favorite book. I felt broken at the end.

August 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: , Magan - […] by Andrew Smith: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s […]

June 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Nautical and The Sexy - […] and especially love that it helped Magan get out of her own reading slump. She called it “well-written and addictive“. That’s just the kind of book I need in my hands right […]

June 4, 2013 - 9:01 am

Hilarious and Heartbreaking: Winger by Andrew Smith | wrapped up in books - […] Magan from Rather Be Reading: “Andrew Smith taps into the mind of Ryan Dean so well — he’s funny and a little perverted, but very self-aware and insecure, too. Shamefully, I was a bit nervous about reading from a 14-year-old boy’s perspective. I’m a girl who likes the older, more mature YA books. Never fear! His age didn’t turn out to be a problem for me at all. In fact, I sometimes had to remind myself he was so young.” […]

May 5, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I recall that moment when I was in 1 author line & you guys were in Smith’s. I meant to get over there & get Winger specifically. Urgh! Totally got distracted. I’m so pumped that it deserves more hype. I’m going to put it on my school wish list.

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

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

May 2, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Annie - This sounds EXACTLY like the book I need to read to get out from my slump! If it worked for you, it’ll work for me! I like how it’s a male POV and boy, the book just sounds amazing! The cover is quite interesting as well…

May 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds really great and I love books that have drawings in them, they’re always so much fun to read. I was a bit hesitant because of the cover but now I definitely want to read it. Sounds like something I would enjoy. =)

May 2, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I first heard about this book from Ginger and I was like yes, this is my book.

Now I read your review and I’m like YES. THIS IS MY BOOK.

I have to admit that I am usually in love with books by men with male mc’s that come of age. I mean, hello John Green and Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness – amiright?

Anyway, I love that you tell us that the book is rad and why without giving away plot. I love that a lot. Leave the happenings for us to discover!

May 2, 2013 - 11:21 am

Alexa Y. - Your review basically makes me want to have this book in my hands already! I love that you’re clearly enthusiastic about this story. It sounds really good, especially because it’s a male POV (!) and you compared it to Perks (!). I definitely need a good contemporary novel in my life, and thanks to your review, I’m thinking this may be it!

May 2, 2013 - 10:48 am

Matthew MacNish - Winger is my favorite book by Andrew Smith (my favorite is always the one I read most recently). And I completely agree, this is a fabulous, fabulous book, made just a little bit more perfect by Sam Bosma’s illustrations.

If you’re going to get into Andrew Smith, I would suggest reading the rest of his books in the order they were published.

Ghost Medicine is sad and beautiful.
In the Path of Falling Objects is pretty disturbing, but totally poetic.
The Marbury Lens will never let you go.
Stick will break you and leave you sobbing in the corner.
Passenger (the follow up to The Marbury Lens) will make your head explode.

All in all, most of Smith’s work is much grittier and darker than Winger, but it all has that same voice that just grabs you by the heart and takes you for a thrilling ride.

May 2, 2013 - 10:37 am

Corner Librarian - Smith’s previous books Stick and In the Path of Falling Objects are two of my favorites. I’m on chapter sixteen of Winger now (got my ARC at TLA as well) and am devouring it. Ryan Dean (NOT plain Ryan) has me falling in love already.

May 2, 2013 - 10:01 am

Andrew Smith - I am so happy your drought is over, Magan!

May 2, 2013 - 8:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness. I am SO ready to read this book. It is up next for me after I finish my current read. When we got our copies at TLA, there was just something oozing from that book (not literally, gross lol) that made me think – THIS right here has the potential to be greatness. And based on your review here, it IS greatness. I love your comparison to Perks and how it has characters that you feel the need to protect because that is EXACTLY how I felt about Charlie from Perks. Oh my goodness Magan. You have me feeling things and I haven’t even read page one yet!! Ahhh.

May 2, 2013 - 7:22 am

Randi M - Yay! I just added this book to my TBR yesterday (don’t know why I waited so long because, hello, RUBGY), so I am super excited to read a glowing review for it. I love getting a guy’s POV every once in awhile and Ryan sounds like a character I’ll really like. Also, the illustrations = bonus! I love when books have something a little extra like that. Excellent review!

Magan: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero Summary: Tyler’s first short story is soon to […]

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November 5, 2013 - 8:01 am

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading! - […] it. If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR list yesterday. Or now. (Honorable mentions: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen / Golden by Jessi Kirby / If He Had Been With Me by Laura […]

May 11, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jessica - I so need to read this! I’ve heard nothing but good things. Just found your blog through Bloglovin and I love it so far!

May 5, 2013 - 11:38 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Leveen’s Party after a huge recommendation from Lena (Addicted 2 Novels). I absolutely adored manicpixiedreamgirl (his new release) and must read everything he has […]

April 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Release Week Book Review: ‘manicpixiedreamgirl’ by Tom Leveen | Ink and Page - […] Other Reviews: Goodreads Sarcasm & Lemons: 4 of 5 Stars (@cjlistro) Rather Be Reading (@ReadingGals) […]

April 24, 2013 - 10:37 am

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Such a perfect review for this book! I completely agree with you – Leveen’s writing is magnetic. I said the same thing in my review I’m writing (guess I’ll have to change that). But yes, this is a fantastic book. Leveen gets it right!

April 23, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Anna - Okay, I am convinced. I would like to read this!

April 21, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I will admit that I wasn’t initially very attracted to this book. But there’s something about the premise that hooked me, and I really think I want to read it. I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much!

April 20, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Tabitha S. - This is a book that I probably would have skipped over before, but after reading yours and a few other reviews – I’ll definitely be giving it a chance now! I’m really interested in how the author deals with Tyler’s situation.

April 19, 2013 - 10:58 pm

elena - this is the second review i read that loved manicpixiedreamgirl this week! i’m reallly curious about this book and anxious after reading your review. it sounds like he wrote the character of tyler really well esp considering the situation. excited to read this now!

April 19, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This book first caught my attention because of the title—the manic pixie dream girl trope is such a unique thing to name your book after. I would probably be worried about the issue of cheating being portrayed in this novel, but if you say it’s not too big of an issue, then perhaps I ought to check in on this!

April 19, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Annette - I haven’t seen this one before, but enjoyed Zero. Just went and got is from NetGalley. Great review! Thanks!

Magan: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller [website | twitter] Publication Date: June 19, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 224 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Marines, post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, returning home from war Format read: eBook received from NetGalley Summary: Travis is home from Afghanistan. He is a Marine whose best friend, Charlie, has been killed. He returns […]

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June 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

The rediscovery of Doller power, Estelle - […] remember exactly where I was when I read Something Like Normal (it took a round trip between home and work on the train) and the same with Where the Stars Still […]

May 27, 2013 - 7:01 am

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading! - […] Travis was one of those people. He joined the Marines spontaneously to get away from his superstar-NFL-Superbowl-winning-father. His last year was spent in boot camp and fighting in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he carried the loss of his friend Charlie. He was suffering and broken, but too tough to admit that he had problems. That he was seeing images of Charlie everywhere – and that he was having conversations with those illusions. (Read more of my Something Like Normal review) […]

November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

June 25, 2012 - 11:52 am

April Books & Wine - YESSSSSSSSSSSS to everything you wrote.

I feel like everything in the book was deliberate and there was no wasting of words or filler, as though everything is meant to be there.

Sigh. I love your love of SLN. <3

June 24, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have you read it yet? – I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan has heart, suspense, and […]

June 22, 2012 - 6:41 am

Lori - This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! It’s one that I could read again and again. Fantastic review!

June 21, 2012 - 6:26 pm

elena - I actually didn’t have any real interest in reading this book because I don’t like reading about war but this review is making me change my mind! I love that you said it was understated and that it’s meaningful. It sounds like such a fantastic book & I have been hearing good things. Such a wonderful review, Magan!

June 21, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am certainly looking forward to reading this book. I have been waiting for it to come out and now that it has, you can bet I’m getting a copy as soon as I can. I love that it brings out a lot of emotion from the reader – and can’t wait to experience that for myself!

June 20, 2012 - 9:29 pm

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Magan! I have been hearing such good things about this book, and wondered if I would be able to connect with it as an Aussie as we don’t have Marines here. But it sounds like Travis is a great character to get to know and I am definitely going to read this and soon!

June 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Magan - Thanks, Jana! EMBRACE THE EMOTION! You’ve definitely got to read this one. I don’t think it’s one that will make you cry buckets of tears simply because the male POV balances out so much of the emotion – he’s a tough, hilarious guy. Definitely read it!

June 20, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love books from a male perspective. You’re right in saying that they can be hard to find. I’m very close to this war, as I have a few friends who are there right now. I worry that something like this will happen to them. I think reading this book might be good for me, but I have this fear of emotional books! Haha. I’m slowly getting over that fear, though, so maybe I’ll give this one a shot! Great review, Magan!

June 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Yes, world, READ THIS NOW!

June 20, 2012 - 8:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hands down one of my favorite contemps I’ve read this year. When I first “met” Trish last year & found out about this book I had a premonition it would be amazing. It’s just that feeling you get, ya know? And boy was I right.

Estelle: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar Publication Date: May 11, 2010 Publisher: Delacorte Books Pages: 336 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: bridge, male narrator, family secrets Summary: It’s sad but true when driving his blind uncle to bridge games becomes the highlight of Alton’s summer. His girlfriend left him for his best friend, and his parents […]

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February 12, 2014 - 8:14 pm

carol baldwin - Enjoyed your review of this entertaining book. I googled, THe Cardturner + Teens or Adults and I came to your blog. As an adult who knows a smattering of bridge (but certainly not enough to speak bridge gibberish) I was wondering how a teen reader would like this book- or not. Glad to hear you did! Thanks for the good review.

January 19, 2013 - 1:20 am

Book Review: ‘The Cardturner’ by Louis Sachar | Ink and Page - […] Other Reviews: Goodreads The Guardian (@GuardianBooks) Rather Be Reading (@ReadingGals) […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Interesting. That’s what this book sounds like to me. I don’t think I would have picked it up if I had seen it in a bookstore – but your review changed my mind. I’m curious enough about it (and bridge) to give it a try!

May 22, 2012 - 2:36 pm

April Books & Wine - Yeah, I know nothing at all about bridge either except the stereotypes I have in my head. I won a copy of The Cardturner a LONG time ago and still have not got to it. I’m glad to hear that although it’s kind of slow that it has the old school YA feel, I’m actually looking forward to reading it even more! 😀

May 21, 2012 - 7:32 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds really interesting, Estelle, and I know nothing about bridge! But, I did read Holes late last year and I enjoyed Louis’ writing style. Hopefully my library has a copy of this as well because I am a real fan of books written from a guy’s perspective!