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Magan: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Publication Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 384 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: counseling, memory loss, foster care Format read: ARC from NetGalley. Summary: Echo and Noah are paired up when Mrs. Collins, their counselor, suggests Noah get a tutor to help improve his grades after his downhill slide due […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Magan - […] Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: […]

November 25, 2013 - 9:04 am

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (YA Book Review) - […] children Format read: ARC borrowed from Cassie. (Thanks!) RBR reviews of Katie McGarry books: Pushing the Limits | Dare You […]

May 28, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry - […] When I read Pushing the Limits last year, totally transfixed in a train car (I didn’t even care that I was standing for my […]

July 25, 2012 - 5:44 am

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you really loved this, Magan! I feel like you and almost everyone else got a lot more out of this book than I did!

July 24, 2012 - 3:53 pm

elena - Ahh, M, I can feel how you love this one! I agree, the dual POVs, were done so well and they both had their distinct voices. The author really made you feel for these characters, they were so emotionally broken and finding each other was just perfect.

July 24, 2012 - 10:25 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - YES! I LOVED this book so much. This is a brilliant review. Your thoughts are excellent. I don’t know how to comment other than to agree and GUSH about what an excellent job McGarry did with this couple.

Great, great thoughts. LOVED reading them! Loved the book. YAY!!!

July 23, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Magan - YA Book Queen – I so, so, so agree with you. Noah and Echo both had their issues and I felt like they were two very independent characters that I completely understood! Awesome comment – thanks so much!

July 23, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Magan - WOOOOOOT! Yay, Alexa! I couldn’t be happier about this! Looking forward to reading your review! 🙂

July 23, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Magan - Hahah – thanks, Vy! 🙂 I had to make my description as concise as possible – I had so much to say!

July 23, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Magan - Yay, Hollie! I hope you love it as much as I did! It’s a really, really great story! 🙂

July 23, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I have only seen positive reviews for this book, so I think I’m going to take your advice and pre-order this one ASAP! Great review, Magan!

July 23, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Vy (Vy's Blog) - “Noah is an all-star-athlete-turned-playboy” hah! Nice. So glad you liked this book. A really awesome review, Magan!

July 23, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this book at BEA – and thanks to your awesome review, I am SO bumping it up my reading pile. It sounds absolutely wonderful!

July 23, 2012 - 11:08 am

YA Book Queen - McGarry definitely did an excellent job with the dual POV. I always worry that one character will sound like the other, but she kept a firm hold of who was who and what they sounded like. This was such a great story!

Nice review 🙂

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Hey-a! It’s Magan with another summer beach read, A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger for our joint feature, Sweet Summertime Reads, hosted with Ginger and Tara! A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger [website | twitter] Publication Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Keywords: Re-marriages, Step-siblings, Family Drama, Drinking and Hook-ups Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - If the guy who was going to be my future step-brother looked like Zac Efron, I honestly don’t know how I’d be able to resist… especially with those eyes!

This book sounds interesting, though I’m not sure I’d read it right away. I don’t know what makes me so hesitant about it, but I just feel like I don’t need to read this one right now, if you catch my drift.

June 11, 2012 - 10:09 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] an adult fiction review! SSR: Big Kids’ Table: June & July adult fiction releases! A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest. SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks! SSR: Retro […]

June 6, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I struggled with the closure on this one, too. I don’t think it all could have been figured out by the last page, there was just TOO MUCH going on, but I felt some points should have been given a direction.

Holy hell at Zefron!!! He is a perfect choice of Nathan 😉

June 6, 2012 - 5:02 pm

elena - I’ve actually heard the formulaic concern about Kody Keplinger’s writing too. I haven’t read THE DUFF but I read SHUT OUT which I liked enough, even if I wasn’t the biggest fan. I’m excited for this one because it seems like an interesting premise. I’m glad that even though you couldn’t connect to Whitley, you liked Sylvia and Nathan. It makes really happy to hear Sylvia is an anthesis of an evil stepmother! Thanks for your honest review, Magan. 🙂

June 6, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Natalie @ Mindful Musings - That’s definitely one of the potential downsides of an author who’s writing in the same genre…the tendency for some of the books to become formulaic, like you said.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Kody Keplinger, especially about The Duff, and I totally need to read at least one of her books!

Magan: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume Pages: 416 Release Date: first published in 1998, republished July 25th 2006 Publisher: Dell Target Audience: Young Adult / Adult Fiction Format: Own a Hardback copy. Why I picked it up: Estelle was generous & awesome & gave Summer Sisters to me for Christmas. Summary: Vix is a lonely 12-year-old […]

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July 29, 2016 - 8:43 am

2016: Summer Sisters (Judy Blume) – Confessions of a Bibliophile - […] “Not only do we see the girls grow up over time, but we understand in a very deep way how messy and complicated their friendship is.” — Rather Be Reading […]

June 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 1. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (Goodreads) Why? Engaging, dramatic friendship with romance, family, everything. (Magan’s review) […]

March 11, 2012 - 7:04 am

In My Mailbox (10) and Our 100th Post! - […] reviewed Summer Sisters by Judy […]

March 5, 2012 - 3:25 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! You’ve made me want to re-read this all over again! I first read it about 10 years ago when I went on a holiday to the beach and reading this I realised I’ve forgotten so much about it!

Magan: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff by Kody Keplinger Released: September 7, 2010 Pages: 280 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: It was on the recent return pile at my local library and I’d considered checking it out 1.5 million times before. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary:Bianca is crazy tough and super critical; […]

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July 19, 2013 - 8:01 am

First Impressions: Paper Valentine vs. Shut Out - […] reading The D.U.F.F. by Keplinger, I have had Shut Out on my TBR list. You can refer back to my review of A […]

June 6, 2012 - 7:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger - […] I read The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, I identified. I felt connected to the main character and really felt like I could tap into her […]

February 3, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Magan - Hey Jamie! I’d say you’re probably pretty right about the love it or hate it thing. I’m curious to know how you feel about it after you read it. You should definitely check it out. Be careful with the audio book… um, there are lots of sexytimes…

February 3, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Magan - I will definitely check out Shut Out. I really want to. I was definitely shocked by how in-your-face she was with telling the story. I am guessing she does a better job at relating to the emotions because she was writing about a person who was close to her age. She got it. Connected with it. I admire that a lot. I requested her newest book at ALA – hoping it arrives in the mail. 🙂

February 2, 2012 - 9:26 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - So I have a personal relationship with this book. It was my favorite read of 2010, after all. I identified with Bianca’s character SO MUCH it was scary. From her insecurities, to the most unhealthy ways she dealt with them. That was all of me. I think now that I am older and have moved passed all of that, it’s made me appreciate this book. I know what it’s like to be THAT girl. It sucks. I also know what it’s like to get mixed up with a Wesley for all the wrong reasons. However, my Wesley didn’t come crashing in to my house, confessing his love for me. We’ll just ignore my version of the story, haha. Anywayyyyy I love me some Kody Keplinger. I definitely think you should check out Shut Out. She has such an awesome way of telling it like it is. She’s definitely not afraid to approach those touchy subjects with teens. I truly admire that.

Awesome review! and I am loving that new feature at the bottom. Very, very clever.

February 2, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Jamie - Ya know..I have heard a lot about Kody Keplinger’s books. You either LOVE them or vehemently hate them. It kind of made me nervous to read them. Some of the things that people HATED about them were things that I too would hate BUT some of the things that people said they LOVED about them were things I would love. So you can imagine how confuzzled I’ve been. I ALMOST borrowed this from our library’s Overdrive system as an audio but didn’t. I think I’m going to next time just to see what it’s all about!

February 2, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Magan - Melanie, I agree! She did a great job being honest telling the story. I can’t wait to read more of her work. Estelle just finished Shut Out. I’m anxious to hear what she thought about it! Thank you so, so much for swinging by the blog today! 🙂

February 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Melanie - I definitely thought Keplinger kept it real in this novel, even though sometimes it made me wince a bit.

I’m stopping by after reading your review at GReads, Magan!