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Anything Could Happen by Will Walton | Estelle Reviews

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton ( web | tweet ) Published May 26, 2015 by Scholastic Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: coming out, best friends, early high school, family Summary: Tretch’s life in a small town is filled with family, his best friend, and (secret) dancing. Despite his supportive parents, he […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Estelle, this is the first review I’ve seen for this book and I’m really happy it was a glowing one. I picked up an ARC at work because I was drawn to the cover even if I wasn’t sure it was a me book. I’m really excited to try it now!

June 3, 2015 - 2:17 am

Clodagh - Great review. This books sounds really cool – I’m adding it to my ever-growing to-read list right away!

June 2, 2015 - 11:22 am

Alexa S. - What a great review, E! You make me want to read this book <3

June 2, 2015 - 11:02 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I am so looking forward to starting this – your review could not be more enthusiastic, and I love how you referred to it as a “nostalgic hug” – so on this one. Beautiful review, Estelle!

June 1, 2015 - 9:38 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Okay this one has been on my radar, and based on this review, it’s become a must buy now. Next time I’m at the bookstore I will be looking for a copy.

June 1, 2015 - 9:44 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I thought this sounded great before, but now I’m completely sold! Lovely review, Estelle!

Magan: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, A Vlog Review

Howdy, y’all! Man it feels so incredibly wonderful to type these words. It feels so good to be here talking books. And yes, quite literally below, I talk books in my vlog. I’m really wanting to mix things up a bit and as I’m just on an altogether different schedule with a newborn, vlogs seem like the […]

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March 30, 2015 - 8:01 am

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Estelle Review - […] THE START OF ME AND YOU to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ M’s review of OPEN ROAD SUMMER | Collaborative OPEN ROAD SUMMER […]

June 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:47 am

Judith - THIS IS JUST SO LOVELY, MAGAN! Please keep vlog reviews a thing, because they’re really great. Of course, I am in love with this book, and I am totally buying my best friend a copy as well. And yes, Reagan and Dee are the best. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a lovelier friendship in books. Their friendship made me cry! Also, Everett is SOOOOO CUTE! It’s great you read this book to (with) her, and I hope she will also find a best friend as great as you and Estelle, or Dee and Reagan.

April 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - 1. MAMA MAGAN! You’re baaaaack! Love seeing your cute face 🙂
2. I really love the idea of incorporating more vlogs into RBR. I had so much fun watching this one and look forward to more.
3. Holy cow, I looooved this book. Soooo much.
4. Helllllo, Matt Finch.
5. Yay quotes! I included a bunch in my review, too. The writing was amazing.
6. I like getting a peek at your bookshelf styling.
7. Precious baby! Wish I could meet sweet baby Everett <3

April 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - She is just SO precious. Love the pictures of her!!!
I’m at work so I’ll have to check out your LOVELY vlog later but SO much love for this book too! I loved everything about it. It was just wonderful and made me fall in love with every aspect. (Oops, did I say love too much?)

April 17, 2014 - 12:08 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oh my gosh, your beautiful baby!!! Love love love!! And alright, alright! Everyone has been raving about this book, I’ll go read it, geez 🙂

April 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

elena - hiiii!!! love love loved this, ESPECIALLY the end when you said to give a copy for your best friend. perfect endorsement! i loved the friendship in this so much and everything you said about dee & reagan. they made me so happy! <3

April 13, 2014 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So happy to see your beautiful face! And your baby girls’s face too — she’s so adorable :). I read aloud to Marko when he was little too…and he’s pretty into books so far, so I think it works! I’m definitely interested in this book, especially after hearing that you loved it so much.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books, Estelle - […] RETURNS with a vlog review of the highly anticipated Open Road Summer The Summer Spring I Found You by Jolene Perry — high school senior with a secret + an army […]

April 11, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Reading out loud to your child is the BEST THING EVER.
Good for you!
Oh and the review is great too. 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FACE, M! And I think it’s a perfect combination – your first review vlog AND it’s about Open Road Summer. It’s a gorgeous book, it’s got great characters (HELLO Matt Finch! Oh, and Reagan and Dee!), and it’s just SO ADDICTIVE. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did! <3

April 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Annette - How precious. Thanks for sharing. Never apologize for sharing pictures of your beautiful girl!

Estelle: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 1, 2013 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: surfing, college, best friends, family secrets, immigration Format read: ARC on NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Ford and Grace are best friends, but best friends who aren’t so secretly in love with […]

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May 3, 2013 - 11:24 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

April 18, 2013 - 10:15 pm

elena - this DOES seem like a bright & happy book but from your review, it is not that. misleading!! i like that there’s diversity in this book but i’m sorry it fell flat from your expectations. i hope your next read is better xo

April 18, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I read this one shortly after you did, and I too found it to be a bit lacking. While there were certain interesting elements (the surfing! the immigration thing!), the other stuff fell flat for me. Plus, it felt like too much was going on. (But I would still read a book from Ford’s perspective, lol!)

April 18, 2013 - 11:20 am

Rachel - I was wondering about this one. I’m sad you didn’t like it because it sounds like something I’d like, but I know our contemporary tastes are nearly identical so I trust you on this one. That’s so strange how the one storyline just…disappears. I mean, that doesn’t make much sense to me at all.

April 18, 2013 - 8:54 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - It’s really weird that this starts out with two strong perspectives and drops one. Especially if that one was more interesting. Unless one of the people died, there’s no reason to cut off their narrative. That makes no sense at all!

April 17, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Tara - Based on the cover alone, I would think this was a light and fun summer read. Obviously it’s much heavier than that, and I appreciate your honesty with the second half of the book. If you say skip it, consider it skipped in my book 🙂

Magan: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill [website | twitter] Publication Date: November 13, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Pages: 290 Format read: ARC borrowed from Sarah at Storybound Girl Keywords: high school, first dating relationships, traveling to London Summary: Julia’s trip to London is anything but what she expected when she’s paired up with the resident comedian, Jason. Her […]

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January 2, 2014 - 7:01 am

YA Book Review: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill - […] Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill  (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Meant to Be Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

March 1, 2013 - 12:00 am

On a Personal Note: Magan in High School - […] them, too, so I was very much like, “Yeeeeaaaah, girl. I understand!” (Pictured below: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, and Golden by Jessi […]

December 11, 2012 - 8:01 am

Bookish Gift Suggestions: Books for the Non-Reader - […] to Be by Lauren Morrill – Goodreads | Amazon | My Review – Is your friend a traveller? This book sweeps you off your feet and takes you to London. […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:59 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills 2. Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo 3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill 4. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 5. Skinny by Donna Cooner 6. Welcome, […]

October 30, 2012 - 10:02 am

Meant To Be Lauren Morrill Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Book Licker. I fell in love with this book at the first mention of Book Licker” […]

October 21, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill […]

October 17, 2012 - 7:57 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you loved this, Magan! I have wanted to read it ever since I first saw the cover and now I can’t wait for it to be published!

October 16, 2012 - 11:36 am

Magan - Same here, Lori! Me either — write more Lauren! We need it!

October 16, 2012 - 11:36 am

Magan - Aww, Tara — that makes me so happy to know. I wish I got to know (meet) more authors in person. I love that you shared this! Thank you!

October 16, 2012 - 11:35 am

Magan - Thanks, Brittany! Put the release date on your calendar! Be ready! 🙂

October 16, 2012 - 11:35 am

Magan - Julia did make some pretty abrupt decisions sometimes and I was all, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” but mostly I hoped she would make the right decision. There was something about Jason that I found endearing. I saw through his silliness and wanted the good boy to be seen. I’m sorry your heart was confused, Jen! 🙂

October 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

Magan - Alexa, I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to leave to London while I was reading Meant to Be! I wanted to sightsee and explore. Ahh! YES – you do need this!

October 16, 2012 - 11:31 am

Magan - Keertana – it’s a really great story that will have you flipping through the pages for more of Jason’s crazy antics and trying to figure out who in the heck she ends up with! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

October 15, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I am SO glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the cover was revealed and I haven’t read a good Contemporary YA Romance in a looong time, so I can’t WAIT for this one to release! Fantastic review!(:

October 15, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Any book that’s set in LONDON is already a book I want to read. I love that they sound like such an unlikely pair, and that too makes me really excited to read this. I NEED IT.

October 15, 2012 - 1:00 pm

jen - see… i liked this book and i didn’t. the immaturity level was through the roof with some characters. i loved julia’s nerdliness, but all i could think of was “seriously. if it ends up being jason, i’m gonna smack this girl.” because he got on my nerves THAT BADLY. though i did read it in one sitting, so that says something. THIS BOOK CONFUSED MY HEART.

October 15, 2012 - 10:26 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This book looks SO GOOD. I cannot wait to read it!! Great review. It definitely makes me want to read it even more now 🙂

October 15, 2012 - 9:39 am

Tara - I can’t wait to read this one! I met Lauren in a book signing line at BEA and she is just the sweetest person ever.

October 15, 2012 - 7:23 am

Lori - Yes! I loved it so much. Julia and Jason were so great and very unique. I can’t wait to read more from Lauren in the future.

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

Estelle: Between You & Me by Marisa Calin

Between You & Me by Marisa Calin ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, unrequited love, screenplay format, theater, teacher/student relationships, friendship Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: Told in the form of a screenplay, Phyre is a 16-year old girl […]

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February 11, 2014 - 1:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin […]

December 20, 2012 - 9:01 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Between You & Me by Marisa Calin Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith Where You Are by J.H. Trumble What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton Stealing Parker by Miranda Kennealy Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes […]

December 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

Between You & Me Themed Gift Pack - […] In fact, I read it twice. […]

August 7, 2012 - 9:01 am

Celebrating Release Day with Marisa Calin (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Between You & Me review | Goodreads | Amazon […]

July 28, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW. What a review. I have to admit that I wasn’t very interested in this one at all because I didn’t like the cover. But you make a really great case for a book that sounds so different and thought-provoking. PLUS I can tell how much you really enjoyed it, and that is such a huge thing for me when I decide what to read too – how much other people REALLY got from a book. Excellent, good, fantastic review. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

July 28, 2012 - 2:38 pm

The Bumble Girl - Great review! I haven’t heard of this book yet, and it seems quite unique and interesting! It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a screenplay, or anything close to one. I’ll definitely add this to my list too! Thanks 🙂

July 28, 2012 - 8:03 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] You & Me by Marisa Calin Goodreads | Amazon Estelle’s Review […]

July 26, 2012 - 10:27 am

Jen R - I was really hesitant about this one because of the screenplay style. That kind of stuff tends to distract me and therefore drive me nuts. I didn’t know that the book also plays with the reader’s assumptions about gender, etc. That’s interesting! Now that I’ve read your review, I’ll definitely try this one out.

July 26, 2012 - 6:39 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this book, but wow! It’s sounds really great. I love when an author takes a chance with a unique writing style. I’m anxious to learn more about You and see what I think. Great review!

July 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm

VeganYANerds - This is such a fantastic review of what sounds like an amazing book! I really like that it’s written as a screen play and it’s so intriguing that we don’t know who You really is. And I’m impressed that you went back and re-read, another sign that this is a really, really good book!

Also, you’re so right about the assumptions we make about people based on their clothing/mannerisms. I really can’t wait to read this, Estelle!

July 25, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I totally am LOVING your review E. You did a great job with it, and simply succeeded in making me want to read it all over again! Between You & Me really was fantastic. So much love for this book!

July 25, 2012 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow, what an amazing review Estelle. I know how much you enjoyed this book. I think, when done well, keeping the gender of a specific character secret can be very intriguing. However, it would also drive me insane because I feel the need to visualize my characters as I read them, haha. I have never read a book written as a screen play. After your rave reviews, this one has definitely been added to my TBR list.

July 25, 2012 - 10:33 am

Annette - This sounds really interesting. Great review. I know what you mean about the mind playing tricks. Recently I read a book and when it began I thought one of the characters was female (can’t remember the name, but you couldn’t tell from it.) After a while, I realized she was a “he” and for the rest of the book I had trouble making that switch in my brain! I hate when that happens!