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Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Estelle Reviews

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 12, 2015 Pages: 368 | Target audience: Young adult Keywords: beauty, father/daughter relationships, sisters, NYC, romance Summary: It’s summer in NYC and Montana is dealing with having her college-aged sister/best friend, her plastic surgeon father and some unexpected news, […]

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January 28, 2016 - 3:31 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “explores the complexity of sister relationships” […]

January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Corey Ann never speaks down to her readers and writes with honesty about beauty, sisters, and mysteries of love in this NYC summer story. (Runner up: Life By Committee.) […]

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

Haniya - This review looks really nice! Can’t wait to read it!

May 14, 2015 - 8:01 am

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu … […]

May 11, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Life by Committee came out of nowhere last year and completely blew me away while also tapping into some themes that I connected with on a very personal level. So of course I was already excited to see what Haydu would do next. This review has me downright intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out.

(PS As a decidedly not fair complexioned person, I feel you with the hair stuff. In college I very foolishly decided to fix my own eyebrows and wound up removing nearly half of one eyebrow–only one mind. I had a friend in high school who essentially had no eyebrows for several months as well!)

May 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Alexa S. - I love, love, LOVE these thoughts on Making Pretty so much, E! You’ve really captured the essence of Montana’s story so beautifully, and I love the way you managed to mention some of its elements that are so perfect for a discussion – her father’s career + how that affects their relationship, her friendships, her first love. It’s seriously a great, thought-provoking read!

Our Spring TBR List • Top Ten Tuesday

Hello, again, friends! We’re participating in the Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday this week where we’re discussing the books that are at the top of our to-read lists this spring. Estelle’s list includes a couple of library books she just took out and some review books, while mine includes the next five books on my […]

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March 19, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - On your list, I’m particularly excited about A Court of Thorns and Roses (because Sarah J. Maas!!!!!) and Making Pretty (a seriously phenomenal book from Corey). Happy reading, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Rachel - There are SO many contemporaries I’m excited about reading this spring (plus catching up on some stuff I missed last year). On your list, I’m definitely most excited about All the Rage and Things We Know By Heart!

March 17, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - YES. I AM SO PUMPED FOR A Court of Thorns and Roses!! I read Things We Know By Heart and I thought it was only okay, but hopefully you’ll have more luck with it! I’m looking forward to Lying Out Loud too, since The Duff was pretty fun. 🙂 Happy spring, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Mel @ Reviews in a Pinch - You have an awesome spring coming your way, bookwise. I’m actually thinking I’ll have to add a few of these to my massive TBR list. Especially Lying Out Loud. 🙂 Great list!

March 17, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Lucy - Awesome list! We have quite a few in common and I can’t wait to hear how you like Andrew Brawley. All the Rage, Things we know by Heart and ACOTAR are high on my list and I’m very eager for Lying Out Loud.
Happy Spring reading, ladies!

March 17, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - A Court of Thorns and Roses is on my list too! I just finished Heir of Fire about two days ago, and I’m already in Sarah J. Maas withdrawal, and I need more of her world-building NOW. I’m about halfway through Things We Know by Heart at the moment, and I’m really liking it so far! I hadn’t read any books by her yet, so I’m looking forward to picking up Golden in the not-too-distant future because I’m enjoying her writing style. Great list!

March 17, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Scarlett Undercover looks sooo interesting. I definitely want to look into that one.

I still have read The DUFF yet. I really need to, because everyone says that book is amazing.

March 17, 2015 - 10:04 am

Andi - Things We Know by Heart and ACOTAR!!!!! SO SO SO SO GOOD! I’m pretty excited for Finding Paris, All the Rage and Every last Promise myself.

Great list girls!

March 17, 2015 - 9:31 am

Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd - I ADORED the Court of Thrones and Roses
Looking forward to reading Scarlett Undercover

March 17, 2015 - 8:32 am

Cassie - I think everyone is really excited for A Court of Thornes and Roses. I know I am!

Read my TTT: http://cbookbabblings.blogspot.com/2015/03/top-ten-books-on-my-spring-tbr.html

March 17, 2015 - 7:26 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great list, ladies! I’ve read a couple of these already (Things We Know By Heart, My Best Everything) and I highly recommend them and I’m excited for the rest of your choices, too!

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship

I’m so thrilled to share our second BEFRIENDED piece. I became an instant fan of Corey Ann Haydu’s when I read her debut OCD LOVE STORY last summer. Today (!!) her second book LIFE BY COMMITTEE hits bookstores everywhere and I am happy to say that I cannot choose a favorite between the two — I […]

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May 11, 2015 - 9:56 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] Also by Corey Ann Haydu: OCD Love Story | RBR “Befriended” Interview […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:02 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] As a joint venture, BEFRIENDED was a new feature M & I thought of to show another side of authors & books through friendship. Our first post was an interview between the lovely Corey Ann Haydu and her true life best friend. […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:22 am

Judith - So much love for this feature, ladies. Seriously, there is NOTHING I love more than friendships, and this one sounds sooo sweet. “LBC is about the scariest parts of yourself and the things that are difficult to talk about and the vulnerable places that you need to share and want to share and also desperately don’t want to share.” WANT THIS BOOK! What a lovely interview and friendship.

May 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

Alexa S. - I am so, so, so in love with this new series! It’s so fun to read about authors writing about friendships, and I love that you made a play on that. It was great to read this interview, and Corey and Honora both sound really awesome! Really liked Life by Committee too – could totally identify with Tab’s feelings.

May 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This interview is all kinds of awesome. Gah, I love it.

And yes, I agree with Corey that not all friendships are meant to last. However, the ones that last, like Corey and Honora’s, those are worth it.

I loved Life by Committee and Tab and basically, everything about it. And now I cannot wait to read OCD Love Story.

May 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

Jamie - Love this so much!! (sidenote: I loved Life by Committee and I can’t wait to talk about it on the blog! So much good stuff!)

I loved so much about this and feel like I could comment on every single thing talked about but one thing that really, really resonated with me is about how friendships aren’t always forever. It’s hard to reconcile that sometimes. I try to hang out. I think I need to fix what is broken but that really is the truth sometimes. Sometimes friendships really are only meant to be for a certain amount of time — at least in the same capacity. I need to be okay with that. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to make friendships work but I also need to be okay with however they evolve.

Sounds like an awesome bff-ship! Thanks for sharing, ladies! xoxo

May 13, 2014 - 9:40 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - LOVE this interview! I completely agree with the comment about Tabitha’s humanity. She’s every girl.

Estelle: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: secret relationships, online communities, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Tabitha has been pretty lonely since her friends ditched her, citing her looks and […]

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May 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] first love, and the desire to take control but feeling powerless to actually obtain it. Like in Life By Committee, the author has spun another suspenseful contemporary — where will all of this messy behavior […]

January 8, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Sha La La Life | Pub Date, Estelle - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite reads from last year. Why am I pairing it with this coffee stout? Well, Tab, the main character in LBC is the child of two parents who own an adorable coffeehouse in the Vermont mountains called Tea Cozy. Corey made the place seem so real in the book (and delicious) that I would most certainly be hanging out there if it existed. (Damn you, fiction.) So we have the warm, comforting drinks but to fit in with the new year’s resolution portion of this Pub Date… we also have a character who has been ditched by her best friends for reasons she cannot control and finds herself drawn to an online community where she can post her secrets and be forced to act on them. […]

May 17, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Rebecca - I’ve been interested in this author since she first debuted last year and hearing that you loved not only her debut, but her 2nd as well, makes me want to hurry up and read her books. Very curios and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on her books soon. You’ve sold me even more.

May 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review of LBC […]

April 30, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Pretty sure this is on my TBR almost entirely because of you. This sounds really, really great and so genuine and so real. (Was that redundant? I don’t care.) This sounds like such a great book and I’m so glad I read your review because it was already on my radar but not as such a fantastic read! 🙂

April 17, 2014 - 7:25 am

Ellie - I thought this cover looked familiar and then I remembered…I snagged an arc of this at ALAMW! And now you’ve completely convinced me that I need to move this up on my TBR pile. Imperfect characters are my jam.

April 17, 2014 - 12:07 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oooh, this sounds so interesting!! You make me want to go request this right now!!

April 14, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I haven’t read her first book (OCD Love Story), but I want to. And this one sounds even more delightful! And also thoughtful. So looking forward to it!

April 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Whoa, your review got me all anxious, too! I do want to read this, though. I still haven’t read OCD Love Story. I think I need to remedy that ASAP.

April 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited to read this one for the premise and since I liked OCD Love Story. However, I didn’t realize there was a whole threatening/foreboding part and that makes me less excited. I trust you that it’s well done, but so often I find those types of situations either too stressful or too cheesy. I have this one to review though and I’m still looking forward to reading it!

April 14, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Cassie G - I still haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I hadn’t actually read any reviews for it until yours! So glad to see you liked it. I am definitely adding this further up on my list of to-reads quickly. And I love when characters don’t always make correct decisions and they’re imperfect—we are too!
(And thanks SO MUCH for your lovely comments about my blog! I’m so glad you like it! It means a TON! 🙂 )

April 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

elena - AGH even reading the synopsis for this book is nerve-wrecking! i can def see how it’s appealing for tabitha (like you said, empowering) but omg there is a fine line between empowering and life-ruining. loved what you said about change. this really sounds like a great book!

Pushing that Preorder Button

Today I’m talking about one of my favorite things in the whole world: shopping! I love to shop for dresses, purses, makeup, home decor, stationary, arts and crafts supplies, gifts for other people. I mean, you name it and I love to buy it. Especially, books. Lots and lots of books. On Amazon, on B&N […]

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March 30, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh wow, you loved GREAT that much? Are you a Gatsby fan or was the book just that good? I read Gatsby in high school and I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it so I didn’t even download the egalley of GREAT because I thought I wasn’t going to like it enough!
I can’t wait to read the Geography of You and Me. I’ve been hearing really good things about it! BUT I should read This is What Happy Looks like first too! 🙂
I’m not really a pre-orderer AT ALL. I don’t know why… Maybe because I like walking into the store and picking out my book and I NEED to take it home with me (I don’t like waiting for deliveries) but I just pre-ordered a bunch of books yesterday because I want those ASAP and going to the store takes a lot more time now than it used to because nothing is on the way home anymore haha.
YAY all good things! 🙂

March 30, 2014 - 7:30 am

Week in Review | The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! - […] talks about experiencing book feels while reading in public Estelle @ Rather Be Reading looked at the fun of preordering books Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide’s latest bookish addiction is audiobooks (mine, […]

March 29, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Cassie - OH YES. #1: JoJo Noyes. One Plus One is AMAZING. Open Road Summer? YES – so excited for that one!!! Life by Committee looks awesome and We are the Golden has me SUPER intrigued.

SO LOVING THIS POST!! I even LOVEEEE Kindle preorders!! To have it just pop up??? SO FUN!!!

amaazinggg idea!

March 24, 2014 - 12:48 am

Retrospect #11-12 (Double Edition): March 23rd : Dudette Reads - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading talks about pre-ordering books. […]

March 22, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Alexa - I think it has been a long time since I preordered anything. I was buying finished copies like yourself but then I stopped doing that as well. Now I don’t have a ton of extra money since I quit my job to be in a medical program full time so I hardly preorder books.

March 21, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Kelly - I never preorder books! I think the only one I’ve ever preordered was Deathly Hallows, and that was only to a) guarantee myself a copy on release day and b) to avoid spoilers by reading it ASAP.

I really like the idea of preordering something that won’t be released for months, and forgetting about it, only to have it show up on my doorstep! Might be a new shopping tactic I need to employ 🙂

March 20, 2014 - 7:59 pm

Alexa S. - I only started pre-ordering things recently, and they’re usually things that I’ve (a) already read and loved or (b) are follow-ups in a series! I don’t do it often still, as it’s a fairly new thing for me — but I love it! Getting book mail is the best. (Also, your post kind of made me want to get Pointe!)

March 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust - Because I work in a bookstore, I tend to wait to borrow the hardbacks of books I’m interested in, read the first 50 pages, and then decide if I’d like to buy it and join the hype. I’m always so nervous about spending money, because sometimes the hype doesn’t live up. However, getting ARCs and THEN buying them — that always happens. THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is one of them; read the ARC and immediately pre-ordered so I could have my own copy.

Beautiful thing about ARCs. You’re reading them for free, like a library, without the lending/return policy. A blessing for my wallet.

I’ve heard great things about POINTE too…let us know what you think!

March 19, 2014 - 3:15 pm

bookrockbetty - I think you’ll really like Open Road Summer!! I liked that it not only focused on the romance, but a lot on friendship too… plus the whole… hot musician falls for non famous girl is always a fun premise!!! <3 I love the Life By Committee cover.

March 19, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - I’ve been trying to cut back on my pre-orders this year. I always buy books at author events, and I go to anything local, so that’s already several full-price hardcovers a year. If I really love a debut I read as an ARC I’ll sometimes pre-order. I do order library books 2-4 months out so we get them on release day and to support authors, because I know those pre-order numbers are important.

March 19, 2014 - 11:07 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I tend to go through phases of buying books, or getting them from libraries. But I really don’t preorder many books, usually because I know I can get them very quickly from the library.

I think you’ve picked some great books to pre-order though. I definitely want to read Open Road Summer. And I’m very interested in Pointe because BALLET!

March 19, 2014 - 10:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I preorder books, but not a lot. If it’s a book I know I want to read the day it is released and I won’t be able to get to a bookstore for some time, then you bet I click that preorder button. But my most recent trip to the bookstore reminded me how much I miss wandering through the aisles, picking up a book and reading the back cover, then deciding if I want to buy it or not. It’s a feeling that just calms my soul and something I won’t get from clicking a preorder button. But I do understand the importance of those preorders and how they benefit the author & such.

Btw, good decision on preordering Open Road Summer. I was going to do the same, but decided to hold off because Emery Lord will be here in April and I plan to buy a copy for her signing.

TTT: Our New Favorite Must-Read Authors

Welcome back for a new Top Ten Tuesday post! Today, the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are asking which authors were new-to-us this year. That doesn’t have to be limited to newly published authors, but it could be someone we’ve had on our radar for a long while and finally picked up their […]

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December 29, 2013 - 1:25 am

Bookworm1858 - Rainbow Rowell is definitely my pick for favorite-loved getting to read three books by her this year and am hoping for more to come in 2014!

December 20, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me so happy to see that I’ve actually read a lot of the authors you guys picked out this year! A particular favorite is Tamara Ireland Stone, who has written two books that I really liked. As for authors I haven’t read who are on your list, I definitely want to read OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu because I really think I’m going to like it a lot!

December 17, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - I love the variety here! I’ll have to add more to my TBR, it seems!

December 17, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Seriously, ladies. You’re killing me. Because pretty much everything on your list that I haven’t read yet, I need to! Aw hell, I know I can always go to you for good book recs! Fantastic list, as always!

December 17, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Sara at WhatANerdGIrlSays - I definitely agree on Andrew Smith. Winger blew me away, it was my fave book of the year, tied with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both amazing novels 🙂 I met Elana K Arnold this year, and now I really want to read her books!

December 17, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Allison L - April gave me her ARC of Openly Straight, and I can’t wait to read it. Also, I feel like I really have to check out This Song Will Save Your Life sometime soon because I’ve heard so many good things about it.

December 17, 2013 - 11:43 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I have lots of the same picks on my list (or people that easily could have been on my list). I’m so happy Estelle is on the Elana K. Arnold bandwagon now. All that’s left is reading her other two books!

December 17, 2013 - 11:35 am

Anna - Love your list, ladies! I definitely need to get on the Winger bandwagon — and Nantucket Blue too!

December 17, 2013 - 10:28 am

Meg - Going to have to add a ton of these to my wishlist for 2014! I’m particularly loving the sound of Starstruck.

December 17, 2013 - 9:10 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ohh great list, ladies! I’m not sure how I managed to do this, but I forgot Amy Spalding on mine. Oops! I’m hoping to get to Winger next year.

December 17, 2013 - 1:07 am

Lucy - We have Amy Spalding and Bill Konigsberg in common, and how could I have forgotten Leila Sales! I just picked up Time Between Us so I’m happy to see it on your list. I’m looking forward to reading How to Love too. Great lists, ladies!

December 17, 2013 - 12:51 am

Allison @ The Allure of Books - I need to drop everything and get my hands on a copy of Winger. Everyone that has read it seems absolutely devoted to it! I MUST SEE WHAT I AM MISSING.

December 17, 2013 - 12:10 am

alice-jane - I haven’t read How to Love and any of Rainbow Rowell’s novels but hopefully I do by the end of the year since they all look really good! If I can’t hopefully I’ll get to read them sometime next year. New Year’s resolution planning, right?

I’m looking forward to Jenny Han’s release next year the most.