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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: Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 291 Target audience: New Adult Fiction / Adult Fiction Keywords: miserable job, death of a parent, grief, friendly coworkers Format read: Received from Mandee at VeganYANerds (Thank you!) Summary: Holly doesn’t deal well with change, but everything around her […]

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March 12, 2013 - 12:14 am

Magan - Thanks so much, Amy. I think you really nailed it. I love Aussie books so much, too. There’s just something that pulls me in and I wish I could find an American writer that gave me the same feeling, but so far, I’m coming up short. Thank you so much for stopping by!

March 11, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Super late to this one! Apologies for being behind the times, but I’ve had this one on my kindle for a little while and it’s always attractive to me when I’m flipping through my NG arcs. I always have a feeling that Aussie contemps seem less frivolous to me, or more intense somehow? I haven’t read many Aussie contemps, but the ones I have read sound like this one: more serious, less fluffy, more thoughtful. NOT that I’m knocking light fluff! I LOVE THAT LIKE ICE CREAM. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little darker, and this one sounds just like that. I’ll have to read it soon!
Lovely review, Magan!

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] + Big Kids’ Table — Authors Who’ve Written Adult and YA Books + A Review of Trinkets by Kirsten Smith + A Review of Being Henry David by Cal Armistead + Estelle’s Anniversary Post about Marriage, Magic + Books + A Review of Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo […]

March 7, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I emailed you about this, but definitely don’t be disappointed it’s Adult. It’s really, really … not. I think no matter your age, you can relate to Holly’s story. She’s just out of college so it’s not like she’s old and has experienced a lot that we haven’t. I do hope you’ll read it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Magan - Thank you, Ginger — and you’re so welcome! I feel like you connected in such a deep way to Holly’s story. So glad I was able to share that with you. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Magan - Mandee, thank you again (x 1,000,000) for sharing Holier Than Thou with me. You’re so right — her issues were so real to me. I understood every one of them because I’ve been through situations (and currently am, actually, with friends) just like hers. I wish things didn’t have to change (for the worst — love with when things improve, of course).

Thank you again! xoxo

March 7, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Magan - Christina, I really didn’t feel like there were any big flaws that would make me say “don’t read this.” It just took a bit of time for me to get into the groove of the back and forth between present and past. The cast was definitely fantastic! Hope you added it to your TBR!

March 7, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Magan - Lisa, Ginger IS quotable! Love her. 🙂 And you, of course! Yeah, this was such a nice surprise — so glad to pick it up and be able to relate so well. Definitely wasn’t expecting that at all!

March 7, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Cynthia — definitely don’t think of this one as adult. She’s kind of in this relateable stage of life where I knew EXACTLY how she felt. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Magan - Alexa, Holier Than Thou was totally just about Holly’s journey and that was so nice to see. Sometimes there are just too many “things”, ya know? This was just about her breaking down her barriers and dealing with her problems. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Magan - Yippie, Anna! So glad it’s coming up in your pile o’ books. You’re so welcome, lady! Any time! 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 8:40 am

Anna - Whee reading this next because you are SO KIND AND GENEROUS with the loaning of books! xo

March 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds so interesting! Sometimes, a story is all about the character and this certainly sounds like it’s all about how Holly deals with everything. I’d definitely want to read this!

March 4, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Cynthia - Heard about this one through Ginger and immediately added it to my list.Even though I’m not much of a adult genre reader I feel like this is one that I would have no trouble relating to and enjoy since I’m also afraid of change and always look back at all those severed friendships I used to have. Great review Magan! 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - That Ginger is so quotable, isn’t she?!

Also, this sounds incredible. I love the idea of a book giving you something you didn’t know you were looking for or needed. So beautiful.

March 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Okay, I definitely need to read this, because all of the characters sound so well developed. I can forgive a fair number of flaws for a lifelike cast. You have my attention!

March 4, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so glad you loved this, too, Magan! I really connected with Holly as well, and I think this is a great book for readers in their 20s/30s because we’ve all been through what Holly has, or at least similar situations. I felt like this book was written for me.

Love your review and that you’ve toured the book!

March 4, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Beautiful review, Magan! And thank you again for allowing me to borrow this & read it. It’s definitely been a book to remember. I only read it a few weeks ago, yet it still floats in & out of my head at times. You know that’s a sign of amazing literature when you can grasp a story that personally.

March 4, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I really liked Love & Other Perishable Items by Buzo so I’m very interested in checking out more of her work. I’m a bit disappointed that this is adult as I just tend to read more YA but I am still interested in checking it out now that I know a bit more about it.

Magan: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: young love, scary step-parents, biracial characters, curvy female YA characters Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Eleanor is the new kid at Park’s school; she dresses crazy and […]

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March 11, 2015 - 10:51 am

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) - Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

August 19, 2014 - 6:38 am

Top Ten Tuesday – Books People Tell Me I HAVE To Read (All The Time) | - […] by: Magan @ Rather Be Reading, Joy @ Joyous Reads and practically every blogger I know who has ever read this […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] Matson Best New Release: Winger by Andrew Smith Best New-to-Me Author: Rainbow Rowell, Author of Eleanor and Park and […]

September 12, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] fanfiction, twin sisters, empty nesting, separation anxiety Other Books Reviewed by This Author: Eleanor and Park Format read: ARCs from the publisher (Thank […]

September 2, 2013 - 8:01 am

Upcoming September Releases (Nailed It) - […] anticipated when I gushed and fell incredibly in love with Rainbow’s writing after reading Eleanor and Park? We’ve got the amazing green color of the background that I think I would wear all year and […]

March 31, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oh wow. I have not seen a review quite like this one, and now I’m dying to get a copy for myself! I struggled a lot in high school with body image and I also had a very strong love story during that time. I can relate your past to mine, and I feel like I could really relate to Eleanor as well. Hopefully I can read this soon. 🙂 Thanks for your review!

March 14, 2013 - 9:32 am

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - HOBBITSIES - […] Loves Books Good Books and Good Wine Rather Be Reading Into the Hall of […]

March 3, 2013 - 8:04 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] My lovely pal Magan (you may know her) pre-ordered me a copy of Eleanor + Park! I can’t wait to read it after her super positive and touching review! […]

March 1, 2013 - 12:00 am

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School - […] them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made […]

February 28, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - I know I’m a little behind in reading this, but what a GREAT review! I love that you found something so personal in this book and shared it with us. I have this book to review too and now I cannot wait to read it. Great, great job.

Also, I love your rating system. I’ve been reading your reviews for a little while now and I just caught on to the whole borrow/buy rating. That’s so clever. 🙂

February 26, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Alexa Y. - M, your review/love letter is absolutely LOVELY. I’m so glad that this story touched your heart so much and that you could relate to it. I thought it was beautifully written, and your thoughts made me want to read it all over again! I have to be sure and snag a finished copy for myself 🙂

February 24, 2013 - 6:20 pm

The Sunday Wrap-Up(1) | Book.Blog.Bake. - […] Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell @ Rather Be Reading […]

February 24, 2013 - 11:44 am

Isa - I loved your review. Eleanor & Park is one of my all time favourite reads, I was surprised by how much I loved it. Even weeks after reading it, the book still lingers on my mind and I have this uncontrollable urge to reread it over and over again. Although I couldn’t identify so personally with the book, it was definitely a realistic read with genuine characters. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, I can’t wait to own a physical copy. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing so I ordered Attachments and I’m really excited for Fangirl.

February 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Daniela - This is a beautiful review! If I hadn’t already had this on my tbr list, your review would have been reason enough to pick up a copy.

February 23, 2013 - 8:13 am

April @ Books And Wine - Magan, this is the perfect review! Seriously, I have a feeling I will be tearing up so much for Eleanor because well I know what it’s like to be poor and in high school and it fricken sucks and yeah I cannot wait. I think this will be like my next Kindle read after This Is What Happens Looks Like and If You Find Me.

<333

February 21, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Magan - Dear Jamie: Thankfully I *know* a copy will be making its way to your casa. I really hope you love this book as much as I did. Anna and I chatted for a long time today about this book because we both cannot get it out of our heads (and hearts). It’s just… powerful stuff. I hope you love it. I wish I could make the book fairy deliver it to you early. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Jamie - MAGAN. I am even more excited for this one!!! AHHHHH! I seriously and desperately NEED a book like this!!

February 21, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Magan - Kailia — isn’t it perfect (the cover)? I’m sorry I almost made you cry, but wow — the story just touched me so much. These kinds of intense emotions are hard to come by so I try to savor them for as long as I can when I find them. I hope you love, love this book! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Magan - Oh, Taylor! I hope you pre-ordered a copy so you can start reading it right away! It’s so lovely and wonderful. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Eleanor and Park!

February 21, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Magan - Ginger, THANK YOU! I just… can not stop thinking about it. Even today. I’m so in love with Rainbow’s work. Thank you for being there to receive my chats and texts about it! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - BOOKWORM! I’m so excited for you! I hope you love it every bit as much as I did!

February 21, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Magan - Brittany, I’m so glad you felt the same way. SO GLAD. I always fear I’m going to have this intense, emotional reaction to a book and then be the only person. You know, with crickets chirping because no one else understands. I’ve not seen a bad review for this book yet, which makes me super duper thrilled. It’s absolutely AMAZING! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Cynthia — I feel ya, I do. I want my finished copy in my hands. I kid you not, I will do a re-read as soon as I get it. I want to relive every single moment of this book. <3 Hope you LOVE IT!

February 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Magan - Elena, I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. I struggled with my words and felt like I wasn’t doing this book any justice. I just had to go with WHY it meant so much to me and to gather my thoughts, just started writing it as if I could sit down and talk to Rainbow and then… bam. The review finally came together. Thank you for your sweet comment and yes, wow!

February 21, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Magan - Stormy, YES! I couldn’t agree more with you. The books that make me feel ALL THE THINGS are the ones that just really hit me hard. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this story. It’s perfect and wonderful. And yes! Fangirl! Wow — I can’t wait! I just bought Attachments, too, which I’ve heard only awesome things about!

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Megan — I’m so glad you added it to your TBR. SO HAPPY. You made my day! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Magan - Read it soon, Mandee! Read it soon! Eleanor and Park is so perfect and wonderful. I felt bad for having put it off for so long too!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Magan - Jess — I’m so, so glad to hear that! Please, please read E&P soon. Please. It’s so perfectly wonderful! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Magan - Asheley, I wish there was a way for me to favorite your comment because I would. What you wrote is exactly how I felt about the story. EXACTLY. I am moving on to Rainbow’s other work right now, too. I just ordered and received Attachments in the mail this week. I need to pause everything else and bump this one up. I just … love her. Everything about her writing felt pure and authentic and just… so personal.

February 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

Magan - Tabitha — that’s such a kind and thoughtful thing of you to say. I’m so flattered! I really, truly hope you do read this one. I’ve pre-ordered three copies. One for myself and two for friends. I would buy everyone a copy if I could afford it. I hope you LOVE IT! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:53 am

Magan - Rachel! You’re so kind and sweet! If my review has you even the tiniest bit emotional, then I hope you fall in love with these characters and this story as much as I have. Really! Preorder a copy if you haven’t yet!

February 21, 2013 - 11:50 am

Magan - Jess! Add Eleanor & Park to your TBR! It’s so fantastic! I hope you love it!

February 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Magan - LORI! It was! I ordered a copy for myself when I was at the 35%-ish mark because man, I just knew that I was going to LOVE it. I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s so amazing. And yes — so glad it hit me personally as well. Thank you for the sweet comment!

February 20, 2013 - 7:07 am

Lori - Oh, Magan! Wasn’t it just spectacular? I could read it over and over again. That first hand holding scene…WOW! It’s amazing that it spoke to you on such a personal level. I love your review so much.

February 19, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - What a great review. I’ll admit I haven’t heard of this book before but you have me so excited.

February 19, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Rachel - Is it weird that this review made me a bit emotional and I haven’t even read the book yet? Magan, this review is so so good. The book sounds absolutely beautiful and I’ve heard NOTHING negative about it so far, which means I’m dying to read it.

February 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Tabitha S. - What a wonderful and personal review – and I think more than any other review this is the one that’s going to get me to pick up this book. Cannot wait to read this one now – thank you!!

February 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Yes. I think you and I can relate to a love of the same things in this book. This book was a hard for me but also healing, and lovely and wonderful, and I want everybody everybody everybody to experience it and love it like I do. I want to read the other books by Rainbow Rowell now.

February 19, 2013 - 8:28 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oh, gosh! This letter is wonderful and I seriously have become 1,000x more interested in reading this book now. Thank you, Magan!

February 18, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a lovely, and personal review, Magan. I really want to read this and feel bad for having put it off for so long. I hope I enjoy it as much as you.

February 18, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Megan @ The Book Asylum - I love this review! Haven’t heard of the book or author before, but I just added it to my to-read pile.

Thanks for the recommendation!

~Meg

February 18, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Stormy - LOVE your review. It’s always so nice when books become a little bit more and touch us because we feel like we’ve already in many ways crawled inside the pages and lived them. While browsing Goodreads one day, I found that Rainbow Rowell has a book called “Fangirl” that’s expecting release late this year, and the idea captivated me immediately, so I went to see her other books while realizing Eleanor and Park would be coming out soon. I’ve yet to read a negative review of this book.

February 18, 2013 - 3:38 pm

elena - this review is one of my favourites from you! LOVE! i have the uk edition of this book cos i couldn’t wait for it to be released but i love the us cover so much that i’m tempted to buy this too.

anyway, i really felt how personal it was to you in this review and i love that you found a book that resonated with you so much. i adore rainbow rowell’s writing. seriously. wow. this is such a good review, m. thank you so much for sharing.

February 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Cynthia - Oh man, I want this book so badly!! I’ve been dying for it since I first heard about it and I knew it had to be wonderful. Your review has made me want it even more. Can it be the 26th already?!!! Can’t wait to read it. =D

February 18, 2013 - 10:19 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. Beautifully written. I think the first thing I did when I finished was to thank Rainbow Rowell too. This was SUCH an amazing book and I did not expect to be so touched and so moved. I’m with you! I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone. It was amazing.

February 18, 2013 - 10:06 am

Bookworm1858 - Thanks for your lovely review-this is the next book in my to-read pile and I’m anticipating loving it.

February 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh Magan, this review is so perfect. There is no way to read this book and not make it personal. I loved that you shared your thoughts with me as you were venturing along Eleanor and Park’s journey. It was so beautiful to witness <3

February 18, 2013 - 9:44 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - What a wonderful review. I love it when people find books that speak to them, as this one did to you. This is one of my most wanted books right now, and your review makes me want to read it even more.

February 18, 2013 - 12:49 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Oh Megan. I LOVED this review. First, I am in love with the simplicity of Eleanor and Park’s cover. So clean and beautiful. Your review almost made me cry and I am so happy that the author wrote such an authentic story. Often times, emotions like the ones you felt can be hard to come through with books (or is that just me?).

Magan: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Gender and Racial Discrimination, Golf, Bullying Format read: ARC received via NetGalley Summary: When Fredricka (Fred) is recruited to play golf for the men’s varsity team at her high school, team member Seth is […]

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May 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

Played by Liz Fichera (YA Book Review) - […] companion novels! I didn’t read HOOKED (Magan read + reviewed it last year) so it was nice to start fresh in a new story with a few references to Fred and […]

February 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:33 am

Kristen Evey - I literally laughed out loud when I read the keywords for this book. For some reason golf sandwiched between racial/gender discrimination and bullying struck me as hilarious.

Aside from that, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I can’t stand it when characters don’t stand up for themselves. I can handle a little of that, but if they don’t learn by the end to grow a backbone and do something, I just get really, really irritated. I wish the author had done more with this story too. So much potential for awesome! Great review Magan!

January 30, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Oh when I saw “golf” of all things in the key words I was excited! Something a little different, you know? But now it sounds like I would end up throwing this book across the room. And that would damage either the book or my kindle, so it’s probably best I just stay away!

January 29, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh no :/ I do not do well with drama-filled books that continually let the MCs get taken advantage of over and over again. I have this for review but I’m a bit worried that I won’t feel much for it, either. Great review!

January 29, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Honestly, I’ve seen so many negative reviews of this one already, that I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. Characters are oh-so critical for me, and it seems like both main characters don’t have any backbone at all. I want to feel the characters and their emotion, especially because this book is centered on the romance. I have the feeling that the romance falls pretty flat, since the characters are flat as well. Even with the uniqueness of being a Native American, I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

January 29, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I definitely agree with your point about the hesitation to get the coach involved. Totally. I just wish that at some point, one of them would have taken a stand before it went as far as it did. It was so, so much to deal with. I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t LOVE it like I had hoped.

January 29, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Magan - Alexa — it’s definitely super interesting. Lots going on and I think there are definitely some good takeaways from it! I hope you enjoy!

January 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

Alexa Y. - I’m highly intrigued by this book, especially since it has such a large study of contrasts. The differences between the main characters are definitely something to think about – I’m curious to see how it plays out in this story.

January 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - I really enjoyed this book but I didn’t even think about how passive the characters are. I do understand why Fred didn’t want to involve her coach though-lots of times kids are reluctant to bring in the adults under the assumption that that just makes the bullies sneakier and more aggressive.

Magan: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr Publication Date: February 1, 2008 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 217 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: childhood friendships, first love, growing up, emancipation Format read: Bought a signed copy at TLA. Summary: Jenna’s life is happily trucking along until her assumed-to-be-dead childhood best friend, Cameron Quick, enrolls at her […]

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December 4, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Not Really A Fan Of All The Petty Jabs | Hopeful Happiness - […] Others are Saying: Rather be Reading says, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so different and […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless.” — from Sweethearts by Sara […]

September 28, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Kristen - I recently read my first Sara Zarr book (Once Was Lost), and I’m definitely now a fan. Her writing is so beautiful and concise. Love. Thanks for the wonderful review. Can’t wait to dive into this one too.

September 27, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Lisa - This is on my to read shelf right now!
Oh man, how I adore a book that sweeps me up so completely as this one did for you.
Can’t wait!

September 27, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Yay, I am so glad you loved this (and you’ve reminded me that I have been sitting on my review for too long!) Sara is such a brilliant author

September 26, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Jen - I really liked this book, too. And hahahah I love “husband-ignoring” books!! As much as he may not like it, those are the best kinds of books. Jenna got on my nerves a little at times, but CAMERON <3 Fantastic review!

September 26, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely beautiful. I do know what it’s like to have that childhood friend who sort of “disappears”, especially because there’s always that lingering “what if” feeling about your relationship. I really cannot wait to read this book!

September 26, 2012 - 10:24 am

Annette - I don’t know why I haven’t picked this one up — I’ve read her others. I didn’t really know anything about it, although I’m familiar with the cover and I have it in my library. I’ll be adding this to the list. Thanks.

September 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - BEAUTIFUL review, Magan. I adored this novel. It took me by a quiet surprise that I was not expecting, at all. It’s such a tiny book when you look at it and that cover makes you think it’s going to be light and fluffy. Oh how far from the truth that is. I agree that I think my favorite moment was when they were reintroduced later as teens. That scene packed so much emotion.

September 26, 2012 - 8:55 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, this fricken book. I liked it a lot, but I listened to the audio, which was alright, but I think would have been wayyyyy better if it was professionally narrated and not narrated by the author.

But, sigh, CAMERON QUICK.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick  Publication Date: June 14, 2012 Publisher: Dial Books Pages: 395 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: Young love, next door neighbors, traumatic event Source: eBook received from NetGalley for review. Summary: Sam has watched the Garrett family from her rooftop for ten years. Her mother has kept her […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Okay, so sure Samantha’s mother is downright atrocious sometimes, but let’s focus on the Garrett family. They have tons of kids, everyone is super close, they all have their role, and they’re a bit chaotic, but somehow, they make things work. I kid you not, guys, I’ve never wanted a big family (well, this big), but after finishing the book, I seriously considered having seven kids. Fitzpatrick just did so, so well with the large-family dynamic! (My review.) […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] I recommend you have a friend on standby when you finish My Life Next Door. […]

June 29, 2012 - 12:25 pm

April Books & Wine - Sailor Supergirl! YES!

Sigh.

Sooooo much love for My Life Next Door. And Jase. And all the intricate details. PRETTY MUCH EVERY SINGLE THING.

June 29, 2012 - 1:07 am

VeganYANerds - This really does sound fantastic! I’m really sad it’s not being pub’d here, I think I’m going to have to cave and order it like NOW!

I really can’t to read about Sam and Jase, their relationship sounds so sweet!

June 28, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Annette - OK. Your review has put me over the edge. This is now on my list. Great stuff!

June 28, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oh, I really want to read this one! It sounds so sweet, and your review has me itching to get it sooner! Plus, you’ve got me really curious about this event you speak of. 🙂

June 28, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Isn’t it just such a wonderful book? I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and going through the whole spectrum of emotions that I did. Jase and Sam have such a realistic, and sigh-inducing love story.

June 28, 2012 - 11:49 am

Beatriz @ AWWIP - Great review 😀 I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds so good… but I’m afraid of this big change towards the ending o.o

June 28, 2012 - 11:41 am

Keertana @Ivy Book Bindings - Amazing review Magan! Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as others seemed to, I’m glad you really liked it! 😀

~Keertana
Ivy Book Bindings

June 28, 2012 - 10:14 am

elena - I AGREE WITH THIS REVIEW WHOLE-HEARTEDLY! I agree about Sam, I really loved her character and she really did need excitement in her life. Steaminess is so right, her and Jase were so good together. I also like how…easy their relationship was, if that makes sense? Wonderful review, Magan!

June 28, 2012 - 9:06 am

Tara - I have so much LOVE for this book and everything about it. The game-changing event totally threw me for a loop too and really pointed the story in a new direction. Having Estelle and Ginger on hand to discuss I’m sure helped a ton!