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Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz • Magan Reviews

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: eating disorders, theater school, Nebraska, LGBTQ, black MC Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Etta is all of these things: black, bisexual, a former ballerina, lonely, recovering from an eating disorder, and anxious to get out of […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] Not Otherwise Specified • Since You’ve Been Gone • The Last Time We Say Goodbye • I’ll Meet You There […]

March 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So glad you loved this, especially as I’m planning to read this next! I’ve never read a book by this author before, but I’ve heard fantastic things. I’m interested to meet Etta and will be aware that her character may take a bit of getting used to. Lovely review, Magan!

March 11, 2015 - 11:11 am

Magan - Brianna, I agree that it was very different than my typical reads, but I think that’s why it stood out so much. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 11:10 am

Magan - Yay, Alexa! That makes me really happy. Etta is SUCH a different character. She’s very in-your-face, but I think her journey is important. Plus, I just can’t neglect to acknowledge how well Moskowitz wrote the friendship aspect between Etta and Bianca. It blew my mind!

March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Alexa S. - I’d seen Not Otherwise Specified mentioned a couple of times, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But judging from your review, it’s an important sort of read because there’s nothing quite like it out there! I think I might pick it up just out of sheer curiosity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, M 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 10:07 am

Brianna - This isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but it sounds really good. Etta sounds like a great character.

Magan: What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Keywords: rape and victimization, eating disorders, control Target audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: ARC from Little, Brown at ALA (Thanks!) Summary: Sid wakes up on her junior class ski trip not remembering the details of the night before […]

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September 20, 2015 - 9:22 am

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

What Happens Next | Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

April Books & Wine - So, I came back to comment on this AGAIN, like a total weirdo because I was googling for reviews to link and yours came up and I am like THIS REVIEW is the reason I wanted to read What Happens Next in the first place. And now, on re-reading your review I just agree with everything. I loved how Clayton portrays Sid’s victimization and what happens after. I actually gave you guys this quote link at the bottom – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is victimized.” because I could not agree more.

Anyways, just coming back to say, post-reading, this review is incredibly accurate and I am glad I took you up on your advice to READ THIS NOW, even if it was a few months later.

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] from Every Day by David Levithan definitely left an imprint. Sid’s personality in What Happens Next was one of my favorites; I loved her snark and […]

December 9, 2012 - 1:14 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] Happens Next by Colleen Clayton = been dying to read this since Magan’s review + saw Colleen speak at Books of Wonder in NYC this week and could not resist. (Although I did wait […]

December 4, 2012 - 5:37 am

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing - […] been dying to read this one ever since reading Magan’s review on Rather Be Reading. I think it’s going to be my first book purchase after the […]

December 1, 2012 - 1:40 am

Kristen Evey - Adding this one to my TBR list. I’m very wary of books that deal with rape, so I usually base which ones I read on recommendations. This one sounds like it’s done right. It’s not a book that I’m always in the mood for, but there are times. Thanks Magan.

November 7, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, great review! I hadn’t heard of this book before now but it sounds like one I think I might enjoy, even though it would be maybe a little tough to read.

I just read Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and although it isn’t EXACTLY the same, I felt a little bit the same way you did with regard to some of the MC’s decision-making. I think THAT – the fact that I just read and enjoyed Uses For Boys and it has that similarity to this one – is what draws me to read What Happens Next. I’m not even sure that makes any sense. At any rate, great review and thank you for bringing this one to my attention.

November 6, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - First of all, I absolutely LOVE your review. I think you definitely highlighted a lot of things that could possibly appeal to me about the book, as well as sharing about the tough issue this book covered.

I’m very interested in seeing what happens to the characters and their relationship. It’s always intriguing to read a book about tough stuff like this, and seeing how people handle these things.

November 6, 2012 - 11:56 am

Jamie - To be honest, I wasn’t interested in this one before. But now, DONE, I’m going to read it. Sounds like a very emotional read! And I’m curious, based on Ginger’s comment to you, if I will feel hung up on some of her decisions. I’ll have to discuss with you when I read it!

November 4, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Tara - Magan, this was such a well-rounded, eloquent review! I just got this book and you have made me want to bump it up on the list. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoy books that deal with personal struggle and overcoming tragic events and What Happens Next seems to fit this perfectly.

November 3, 2012 - 8:06 pm

VeganYANerds - The moment you talked about Sid turning up to find him alone I felt so sick and worried and now I just have to read this. I like that you compared it to Speak, that is another subtle, serious book.

Wonderful review, Magan!

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Alex / AnimeGirl - Thanks for this review, a friend recently told me to read the book but I wasn’t sure, I think your review has convinced that it is worth reading!
Thanks for the review.

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

elena - i had my stomach in knots just reading your review. 😐 it sounds like a difficult but well done book. however, i don’t think i will be reading it because i just can’t handle books dealing with rape. this is a really insightful and intense review!

November 3, 2012 - 5:38 pm

April Books & Wine - Somehow I thought this was a dystopian book, lololol. OBVIOUSLY I was very wrong and am glad I haven’t read What Happens Next yet, because otherwise that would be an awkward surprise. I do have to say, your review makes me want to read it very very soon, especially because I can review this for work newsletter.

November 3, 2012 - 6:10 am

Lori - I kept thinking while I was reading your review that this reminds me of Speak. I love that book. I first read it in middle school and then reread it often for years after that. I hadn’t paid much attention to this one before, but now I’m really anxious to read it.

November 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Cynthia - This sounds like an emotional one but one that was written very well and I do love Laurie Halse Anderson’s book so it’s definitely going on my list. Thanks for the great review!

November 2, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This does seem reminiscent of Speak, which really makes me want to read it. What Happens Next seems like one of those books that’s tough to read, but is definitely worthwhile.

November 2, 2012 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, I know we’ve already talked in length about this book, but I still wanted to read your thoughts again on it. You’ve summed it up quite well. I had a difficult time digesting Sid’s decisions, or lack of decisions I should say, and that really got to me while reading. However, with your help, I was able to see past that and really focus on the story as a whole. Though the ending came a bit too quickly for me, I still enjoyed the message it sent out.

Magan: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: July 19, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Why I read this book: Does it sound crazy if I admit to being attracted to books with hard topics like rehab? Summary: Clean chronicles the lives of five high school teenagers and […]

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December 2, 2015 - 11:59 am

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February 12, 2012 - 11:49 am

Magan: In My Mailbox (6) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Magan reviewed Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. Estelle reviewed The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal. Estelle shared her latest edition of The Big Kids’ Table with five new contemporary adult releases. Magan reviewed Clean by Amy Reed. […]

February 11, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Linda Wiley - Great review. This one was hard for me to read too, for similar reasons, but it was a great read. Beautiful is really good too and I can’t wait to read Crazy.

February 11, 2012 - 12:27 am

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan. I completely understand the need to read books like this and it must have been so difficult and painful for you as well.

Books like this and by Laurie Halse Anderson are such good reads for teenage girls and guys.

I will definitely pick a copy of this up.

Mands xox