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Magan: Skinny by Donna Cooner

Skinny by Donna Cooner Publication Date: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Point Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: gastric bypass surgery, body image issues, broadway, weight loss Recommended by: Anna at Anna Reads Format read: ARC from ALA (Thanks!) Summary: Fifteen year old Ever is obese. She chooses to undergo gastric bypass surgery, with the support of […]

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November 3, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Hillary Merriweather - I am so thankful to have read this book. I bought this book awhile ago but I am reading it again for the millionth time (i guess you could say) and i will continue to read it. I can relate to Ever Davies in so many ways and by reading this book, it helped me accomplish so many things. I no longer look at my life the same way. Thanks Donna Cooner for writing an AMAZING book.

October 22, 2014 - 8:00 am

YA Book Review: Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner - […] exactly two years ago, I raved about Donna Cooner’s Skinny, a book about a girl who undergoes gastric bypass surgery and deals with insecurities and body […]

November 8, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Kelly - It’s not just about a number decreasing on the scale but also the belief that we are good enough, that we’re worth it… that we’re beautiful.

This!

Like Asheley, I was worried about reading this one because the issues it covered seemed quite heavy, especially if not handled well. But it sounds like Skinny is worth the read! Thanks for a great review 🙂

November 7, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Magan. Fantastic review. Just brilliant.
Before now, I hadn’t even considered reading this because it seemed to issues-heavy for me. But you make me want to throw stuff down and pick this up. That is so big for me because I’m still trying to adjust to the issues contemps. BRAVO, gal!

November 7, 2012 - 1:39 pm

Cynthia - Sounds like this one would appeal to most of us. I know I’ve struggled with that same voice inside me and how it affected my social life when I was younger. Sounds like a great book, I hadn’t heard of it but will definitely go on my list.

November 7, 2012 - 10:21 am

Elizabeth @ The Back-Porch Reader - This sounds SO good. It’s been on my list for awhile now. Great review!

November 7, 2012 - 10:03 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh, oh, oh, but this book sounds SO GOOD. I love how it tackles an issue that affects all sorts of people, and how it appears to make it clear to the reader how difficult or how intense the struggle can be. Great review M!

November 7, 2012 - 8:04 am

Anna - THIS! xo

Magan: I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry

I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Publication Date: March 28, 2012 Publisher: U.Q.P. Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: goth, boarding school, friendship, parental problems Format read: Paperback from Mandee at VeganYANerds Summary: Kate is sent to boarding school after an unknown event occurs between her and her mother; she begrudgingly goes but has problems connecting with […]

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July 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Head of the River by Pip Harry - […] of the River by Pip Harry (twitter | website)Previously Reviewed: I’ll Tell You MinePublication Date: June 25, 2014Publisher: University of Queensland Press Pages: 304Target […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I’ll Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

October 31, 2012 - 3:35 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This story sounds truly incredible! I definitely want to read about Kate and her struggles; there definitely sounds like there’s more to her than meets the eye.

October 31, 2012 - 2:19 am

Kristen Evey - And by “every” of course I mean review. *facepalm* Time for bed?

October 31, 2012 - 2:18 am

Kristen Evey - I am so glad to have found a few trusted blogger friends to recommend contemporary gems like this one. Contemmp is rarely something I would pick up off the shelf to read unless I knew something about it already. This sounds like such a good read! And ohmygosh, I am in love with this author’s name! Pip Harry. It’s got a nice ring to it. Great every Magan!

October 30, 2012 - 4:33 am

mobb - i would love to read this book

October 29, 2012 - 8:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so thrilled that you enjoyed ITYM, Magan! I felt the same way about Mandy, I kept waiting for her to let Kate down and do something horrible and I was so happy when they never happened! I’m so glad you could relate to this as well, it felt so real to me as well 🙂

Mandee xox

October 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Lisa - When you can resonate with a main character who is going through some challenges – THAT is my kind of read. Sounds like this one nails it!

And naturally I’m all about the pitter pat of a little romance story thrown in there.

Thanks for the heads up on this one!

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.

Magan: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Pages: 375 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, sci-fi, exile island, corrupt government, orphan Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster at ALA. Summary: Alenna undergoes a government test to analyze her compliance and is sent to The […]

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May 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Sue - This looks amazing! Thank you 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Lena - AHHH, must read. Must. Read.

August 27, 2012 - 5:03 am

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad you enjoyed this, hun! I loved the cover from the moment I saw it but then read a few negative reviews, so I’m happy to read a positive one!

I like that Alenna develops over the course of the story and I’m so keen to read another sci fi/dystopian YA, especially if it has a similar feel to THG!

August 26, 2012 - 2:25 am

Kristen - I’ve been wanting to read this since I first laid eyes on the cover at B&N. With every new review I want to read it even more. The library doesn’t have it yet, so I might just have to buy this one! Thanks for the review. It sounds amazing!

August 26, 2012 - 12:03 am

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

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Jaime Morrow - I hadn’t heard of this one until reading your post, but it sounds really good. I went to Goodreads right away and added it to my TBR shelf. Thanks for the great review and recommendation! 🙂

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh! I am SO EXCITED to read this because it sounds awesome. The concept is definitely intriguing, especially the idea of the Wheel.

August 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really enjoyed this too – Except I felt like I was left wanting just a bit more! I loved the Wheel and the world that was created there, and especially the story behind it! I’m not quite sure I liked the romance enough, but definitely interested in reading the next book! Definitely some great things happening there.

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 🙂

Magan: Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso

Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso Publication Date: August 14, 2012 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 279 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: car theft, psychiatric correctional facility, broken family Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster at ALA Summary: Taylor’s dad opts for her to spend time in a psychiatric correctional facility (length of time: unknown) instead […]

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July 24, 2012 - 7:26 am

Kelly (Radiant Shadows) - That cover is really freaking me out! I’m intrigued by almost anything set in a psychiatric facility, so I think I would really enjoy this one. I hadn’t heard of Counting Backwards until I read this review, but it’s definitely caught my interest; great review!

July 22, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Tara - I am right there with you – I’m extremely fascinated by mental illness/psychological books and this one sounds right up my alley. Off to add it to my TBR now!

July 18, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Magan - Hi Randi! You’re so welcome! I really enjoyed reading Counting Backwards. If you’re a fan of contemporary YA, then this will be right up your alley. She’s a broken character, but it’s a wonderful journey seeing how she gets pieced back together.

July 18, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Magan - Alexa, you took the word right out of my mouth. I was trying to tweet about this book review and I was actually going to say “multi-faceted character” but … then I thought that might take up too many characters. Haha! READ IT!

July 18, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I don’t know why, but I really feel like I would like this book. It sounds so good and meaty in terms of story; and also, Taylor sounds like a great, multi-faceted character, which I LOVE.

July 18, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Randi M - Great review! This is one is on my list, but I’ve read very few reviews for it. I’m also a fan of psych ward settings. 🙂 And I love YA contemporary! Thanks for sharing.