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Estelle: The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: January 21, 2014 Publisher: Egmont USA Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: set in 70s/80s, horrific accident, bullying, friendship, male POV, music, bands Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: When Harry was 8 years old, a few boys […]

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February 1, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Johnny was such a skeeze. Also, what did I call Harry the other day? A screwed up Ralphie? I think your Christmas Story voice is such a good comparison.

January 30, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Alexa S. - This is the second review I’ve seen for THE SCAR BOYS. It’s a story that sounds very different from all the YA contemporary I usually read… and that’s a GOOD thing. You’re definitely making me want to give this story a go!

January 30, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Ellice - I like the premise of this one! I’m always wishing that there were more books set in the 70s, 80s, & 90s because there is so much potential there. Those decades fascinate me in fiction, mainly because it takes readers back to a time when technology was scarce and things were SO different than they are today. I’ll definitely have to check this one out. Great review! 🙂

Estelle: A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook + Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook + Brendan Halpin Publication Date: July 23, 2013 Publisher: Egmont USA Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: therapy, depression, eating disorders Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Justin and Emmy are two teens who meet at a therapy/boarding school where they are battling very different […]

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August 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I think I read the first chapter or two of this one and I just couldn’t get into it. Even though you didn’t love it your review kind of makes me want to give it another shot.

(Last blog comment for me today, I’m catching up on my RSS reader after being gone for 2 weeks!)

August 11, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - The one thing I can say about this book? It’s definitely FUN. I can envision this as being a fun film, particularly with the exaggerated characters in the group of friends. Definitely a good read for me 🙂

August 5, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I did not really like the pig aspect (felt drawn out and made it hard to eat my bacon sandwich) but I did enjoy the group meetings a ton and thought that was where the book really shone in addition to the tackling of less commonly discussed issues like feeling unwanted because adopted.

August 5, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - You had me at Harry Potter :). I’m going to see if my library has this one 😉

August 5, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve heard wonderful things about this story thus far and I’m really excited to read it, particularly after your Breakfast Club reference, which has always been one of my favourite films! From what I’ve heard A Really Awesome Mess has the potential to remove some of the stigma surrounding mental illness by approaching it in a more relatable manner, and like you, I love the fact that it focuses on identity issues stemming from adoption. One of my cousins is adopted and struggled with this throughout her infancy and teens and there was very little for her to turn to in the way of fiction covering these or similar issues. I’ll definitely be recommending this novel to her and picking it up myself!