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We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/27/2015 Publisher: Scholastic Point Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, romance, organizing a club, Beatles Format read: Purchased. Summary: Penny Lane is dating Ryan and running the Lonely Hearts Club but as things get more serious with Ryan […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:22 am

Alexa S. - We Can Work It Out was definitely fun to read! I love that you’ve basically narrowed it down to the awesome things it includes in your review. So happy that we had more time with Penny and the rest of the gals – and Ryan too!

Estelle: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic/Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendships, middle school/high school, family, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Levi and Macallan first meet in seventh grade, they never imagined they would end […]

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March 21, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How funny! I actually liked the interludes. I was impressed because I hadn’t seen that before.
I’m glad you liked it! I thought it was just so light and cute and I feel the same way — I still have no idea if this is really possible, because as far as I’ve seen, it’s kind of not haha.
I agree that I enjoyed it BUT didn’t quite fall in love with it. I do think there could have been a bit more development as far as a secondary plot goes.
Great thoughts on this one! Interesting to see! :)

March 16, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading BETTER OFF FRIENDS. I think there’s something about Elizabeth Eulberg’s books that I always find fun, interesting and relatable, so to see her tackle this (very important) (very discussable) question in her way will be a fun experience!

March 11, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Ellice - You already know how much I LOVE this book, so this review made me so happy. I was thrilled when I saw that it got a “worth it” rating. 😉

I do have to agree that their conversations at the end of the chapters were confusing. My e-arc had formatting issues, so there wasn’t any separation between the chapter and that conversation, so I had NO IDEA what was going on for the first few chapters. When I realized that it was a present-day conversation, I just assumed they were texting or talking through something like Gchat or Facebook messages? I understand what you mean about those conversations giving too much away, because I figured out how it was probably going to end based on those. BUT, at that particular moment in time, it was refreshing for me to have a book that didn’t stress me out, one that I could just sit back, relax, and read. If I had read it at another time, that little detail might have annoyed me.

I just loved Levi and Macallan. There aren’t many guys that age that would be quite as sweet and sensitive as Levi was in junior high/high school, so I enjoyed that quality in him (although it may be a bit of a stretch). And I loved that Macallan was so unique in a lot of ways too– her family is Irish, she learns to cook really difficult recipes at a young age, she’s named after Scotch, etc. etc. I just like the book’s originality and the fact that it is such a feel-good read. <3 I think it will be a go-to when I need a pick-me-up :)

Anyway, now that I have left you a novel of a comment, I guess you've figured out that I enjoyed your review? Haha

March 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I actually really liked this one. It wasn’t deep or anything, just a cutesy feel good book.

As for the little interludes between Macallan and Levi, I felt they were kind of like the little interludes in When Harry Met Sally when they would cut away to a couple talking about relationship stuff. That’s how I had to rationalize it in my mind!

March 10, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Your “heavens” question made me laugh out loud. I pictured those interludes being like Gchat conversations they were having as they looked back at their friendship. They were ambiguous, but I thought they had their good moments. (Like when Levi realized she got her period.) I know you didn’t love, love this like I did, but I’m glad you still found it “worth it.”

March 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just don’t know if I want to read this one, Estelle. I’ve read three of Eulberg’s books – The Lonely Hearts Club (super cute), Prom & Prejudice (sweet) and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (not a fan). Because I really didn’t care for Revenge, I’ve been super hesitant to read this one.

I feel like what you said – how Eulberg didn’t tackle the issues as deeply as you would like – is always the case with her books. I always feel like a little bit is always missing.

March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Okay, so this is silly, but I’m still so ridiculously giddy over all the graphics Alex made for us. Inserting our new Monthly Book Release one above makes me soooo happy because this is the first official time I get to use it. *happy dance* Anyway — what’s kind of depressing is that we’re soon […]

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February 27, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Magan - Thanks, Maggie! :) We appreciate your compliments so much! You’re the sweetest! xoxox

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Right, Alexa? So many good ones, not enough time! :)

February 27, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, your monthly post has reminded me that there are a TON of great books that I want to read during March! Now if only I had a Time Turner so I could get to them all…

February 27, 2013 - 12:13 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love the graphic. Seriously, this is one of the prettiest blogs out there. Thanks for this handy dandy list! :)

February 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Cynthia - So many great books coming out this month. I cannot wait for Requiem!!

February 24, 2013 - 8:14 am

Bella - March looks like a very good month for book releases! :] I’m really excited for The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Going Vintage, and Poison. Thanks so much for sharing!

February 23, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So Magan I can totally understand why you’re so excited to use that graphic, because it is ridiculously awesome. I am still in awe of your gorgeous blog design, even though I’ve visited your blog so much since it was redone. But it never fails to blow me away!

But anyways, I’m pretty much dying for Requiem as well. I plan to completely blow off ALL homework that day, and just spend the night reading. I want no disturbances.

I’m also pretty excited for Mila 2.0 and The Murmurings! Both sounds fabulous.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

February 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - Oh my gosh, SO stinkin excited for Requiem. Thanks for sharing all of these. :)

February 22, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Annie - The books sound amazing, and I love all the covers! They’re brilliant! I’m so excited for Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, it sounds great!

February 22, 2013 - 4:37 pm

elena - I’m excited for Let the Sky Fall and Poison! Like you already know, I’m soo curious to see what you’ll think of Requiem.

February 22, 2013 - 10:39 am

Magan - Bookworm, there’s just no end in sight for all the awesome. Really, so, so many good things coming! My husband will flip if he finds out how many I *want* to buy! 😉

February 22, 2013 - 10:38 am

Magan - Ginger! It’s still March! I feel a little like a fraud because I haven’t read the other two books. I know, I know! :(

February 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

Magan - Ugh, LENA! I’m not sure how I forgot this. Well, yes I do. It was 1:00AM when I was putting this list together. Thanks for the heads up — I added it to the list!

February 22, 2013 - 9:54 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE this post, but my bank account hates you! Goodbye savings, hello goodies! I’m seriously excited about GOING VINTAGE and REQUIEM. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Magan, you forgot THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. March 1st, yo!

February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s a pretty important book coming out in March that didn’t make your list: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. Or at least I think it’s coming out in March, unless they changed the date AGAIN lol.

February 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Bookworm1858 - So I was hoping that March would be a slower month after all the great releases of January and February but I was wrong. There are just so many amazing books and I’m sad because I know I can’t get to them all :(

Estelle: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Point Pages: 265 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: divorced parents, siblings, beauty pageants Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: With her younger sister constantly competing in beauty pagaents, high schooler […]

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May 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality | Elizabeth Eulberg Review - […] Chick Loves Lit – “was really off the mark for me.” Alexa Loves Books – “I found myself speeding through the pages until I reached the end.” Rather Be Reading – “I applaud Eulberg for giving a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around.” […]

March 2, 2013 - 11:15 pm

New Release Book Review: ‘Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality’ by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Confessions of a Fangirl (@AmyO122) Rather Be Reading […]

February 26, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really very curious about this book! Like you, I LOVED The Lonely Hearts Club and was okay with Take a Bow. It’s exciting to hear that she’s developed her characters more in this one, and the story sounds like it could be potentially fantastic to me. Hopefully, I end up enjoying it!

February 22, 2013 - 2:35 am

Rather Be Reading: March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 19, 2013 - 11:14 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oooh, I haven’t read any of Eulberg’s work yet but this is a really great review because it makes me interested in this book where I haven’t read anything about it yet. I’ve heard about Eulberg around, though, and people seem to really like her books. It’s really interesting that this book focuses on the main character being in the shadow of a younger sibling – I think you’re right, this isn’t very prevalent out there and could be interesting. I think it is interesting that Eulberg is tackling the ‘pageant’ thing too since that is such a big thing going on with the reality TV and that stereotypical pageant mom – it certainly sounds like she carried it over into this character, although I can’t make a completely accurate assumption since I haven’t read the book. I don’t know, this seems like it would be an interesting book to read. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

February 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s a good time for this book what with Toddlers and Tiaras being so popular. I can just imagine how awful the mother is (she sounds like some of the ones on the show) and I already feel for Lexi.

Also, I love that you used to tie your sister up!

February 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Ah Estelle, you’re kind of (well, really) awesome! I guess I can be thankful my big sis didn’t tie me to my chair lol. Also, I’m glad Eulberg gave “a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around. (This was one of my reservations with Take a Bow.)” Also, I LOVE The Lonely Hearts Club to pieces!

February 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - When a review mentions character depth and family issues, I’m almost always sold on that book. I love those topics! And it’s really great that authors are listening to what readers are saying and including those elements more often into their novels. I agree with you that a makeover is only denying the real problem behind lack of self-esteem, but I think this sounds really cute and fun, and as long as the author does address Lexi’s confidence issues in time (and it sounds like she does), then I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this book.

February 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

kit - I like the sound of this book – I always enjoy seeing sibling relationships depicted in YA (whether positive or negative, as it seems to be in this case!). I’ll definitely be looking out for this one – great review!

February 14, 2013 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really want to read this one. I liked The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I haven’t read Take a Bow yet. I’ve really been into contemps lately. I hope I get approved for it on Netgalley!

February 14, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I plan to read this one soon. One of the reasons I like Eulberg’s writing so much is because she focuses a lot on what GOOD friendships should be like in high school. I really respect that. Glad to see it’s mentioned again in this novel.

February 14, 2013 - 9:25 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited to check this book out-Take a Bow was a miss for me but I loved Eulberg’s other two books and I hope this one is great for me. I feel like Eulberg especially does friendships well and this seems to hold true here.

Estelle’s Shelve It >> 2/3/2013

I’m pretty sure I did a Shelve It last year on Super Bowl Sunday (which fell on my birthday…) Oh my absolute favorite day in the world. Things are so tremendously different this year: new city, new place to live, an iPhone, my husband’s team is not actually playing tonight, and the half time show […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:11 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I got approved for Someday, Someday, Maybe as well – and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve loved Lauren Graham ever since Gilmore Girls, so I hope I love her as an author, too. :)

February 6, 2013 - 11:04 pm

elena - HEY SEXY LAAAADY, please read that in Psy’s voice. Also, I would totally eat chocolate too if it was in my desk. Glad you’re enjoying Wild Awake. HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR BOOKS!!

February 4, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Alexa Y. - I ditched the Super Bowl for Target last night, since I wasn’t particularly rooting for either team. Teehee.

Anyway, I hope you end up liking Unearthly! It really is a great series, and the angel thing is pretty interesting.

February 4, 2013 - 1:18 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m bummed about the Super Bowl outcome :( but don’t really care too much. Looking forward to a great week of reading and hope the same for you :)

February 3, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Henry Circle - Three things: 1.) I love Sarah Zarr,too! Sweethearts was sweet and sad. 2) I want your cat. What a big cuddly baby! 3.) You are so pretty! If I looked like you, I would just make a huge banner of my face to put on my blog! lol Great vlog!

February 3, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Cynthia - Ahhhhh… I really hope you like Unearthly. I loooved it, it’s the only angel series I’ve kept up with. Your kitty is the cutest!!! =D

February 3, 2013 - 7:40 pm

VeganYANerds - I don’t get or care about the Super Bowl either, but then I’m an Aussie 😉

And yay, you went with Pepper, such a cute name for her! And I have to deal with Molly trying to knock over my camera each week, too!

Yay for Once Was Lost, I hope you like it. I have one more of Sara’s to read (not including her new release) – How To Save A Life.

HA! I love that you ate the chocolates already 😀 So glad you loved the package and that we’re psychic for sending each other polish + earrings!

Estelle: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg Publication Date: December 29, 2009 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 290 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Breakups, girlfriends, Beatles, cheating Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: When Penny Lane is betrayed and disappointed by the only guy who has had her heart, she decides to take a stand […]

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February 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews - […] Add WE CAN WORK IT OUT to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ Previous review of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB […]

August 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hey, I *just* read this book the other day! In fact, it’s sitting beside me right now, waiting for me to write down my quotes for the review. It was a good one! And I don’t even like the Beatles.

I loved how Eulberg was able to introduce Ryan and each time it felt like a bread crumb leading to a more significant occasion.

Well put! That is EXACTLY how it was. I may have to quote you in my review. 😉

August 9, 2012 - 12:07 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - This one sounds like so much fun! I really need to get my hands on a copy of this. :) I’ve kind of joined this club… haha. I bet I’d connect with it well! Great review!

August 8, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Kristen - This is going on my “contemporary book binge” list! We need more books with solid female friendships. :) Thanks for reviewing.

August 8, 2012 - 7:40 pm

The Bumble Girl - I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow, and have been meaning to pick this one up ever since! It sounds like there is an amazing cast of characters and a wonderful plot to follow here. I am really going to have to track this one down soon.
Thanks for sharing your review :)

August 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

elena - All your gushing made me REALLY want to read this book! As a Beatles and contemp fan, this sounds adorable. I love that there’s such a wide variety of characters, good and bad, because that’s realistic and yay for unexpected friendship forming. Fantastic review, E!

August 8, 2012 - 5:21 pm

VeganYANerds - So glad you loved this book, Estelle! I thought it felt very realistic as well, and you’re so right about Diane, every girl had gone through that point in her life when she realises she’s ditched everyone for her bf (guilty!). Love your review!

August 8, 2012 - 4:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I love when you give books I already own but haven’t read good reviews because it’s kind of motivating for me and makes me want to go out and read this.

Also, word. I totally know the feeling of building someone up in your mind to be someone great but then they totally SUCK. Ugh. Ugh. I get real life shudders over that.

Anyways, I’m going to have to read this one soon!

August 8, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this book. I read it before I started blogging, so I never gave it a proper review. But I’ve always recommended it. The message is just so, so good. My only flaw with this book: that damn blurb on the cover! Why on earth are they comparing it to Twilight?! What the crap. It is so far from that. So strange that they would do that. It’s basically saying, “oh hey! here’s a YA book! Read it!” Um yeah.

Fab review Estelle :)

August 8, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m definitely borrowing this the next time I go the library! It sounds so good – and I love the idea of the club. Great review E!