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Estelle: The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace ( tweet ) Amanda Grace is also writes as Mandy Hubbard. Publication Date: September 8, 2013 Publisher: Flux Books Pages: 235 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: student/teacher romance, family pressure, sibling rivalry Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Madelyn is given the opportunity […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t realize this one was about a relationship between a teacher and a student, but that’s probably because I haven’t really read anything about it aside from noticing the cover popping up around the blogosphere. I’m a little turned off by the premise, but you’ve managed to make me interested in it with your review. Definitely one I’d consider picking up if I saw it at the library!

September 20, 2013 - 1:12 am

Katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! I have a (weird?) interest in fictional teacher/student stories. There isn’t usually much hope for a positive ending, but they are interesting. I like that he doesn’t know she’s that young and, it isn’t about him preying on her. “Being book smart does not necessary mean being street smart” is so true! Their relationship sounds really fascinating and I really want to try this one sometime!

September 18, 2013 - 3:07 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds great! I love that it really tackles the whole student-teacher relationship dynamic, right alongside the incredible age gap. It should be interesting, if slightly worrying, to read this story. But I do believe that romances can form between people you least expect. My only problem? The dishonesty. I’ll definitely be checking this out!

September 10, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Ooh this sounds really interesting. I don’t know if it would have stood out if I had come across it any other way, but your reviews are always so enticing! I am definitely adding this straight to the top of my TBR, I need something different to spice things up.

September 9, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I was really surprised at how much I liked this one, I had a really difficult time motivating myself to pick it up, but I was glad I finally did. I’m on board with pretty much everything you said and the book definitely raises a lot of though-provoking questions.

September 8, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - I always enjoy reading your reviews. When I first learned of this book, I wanted to read it. It isn’t one that I have to read asap, but will get to eventually. I appreciate your honest review and am glad to know that it is worth it.

September 8, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Jess - Hmmm, this isn’t a book I’m familiar with but I’m willing to give the premise a change. I also like the character names.

September 8, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Jen - I had some problems with the romance and whether it was real or not, but I agree, Madelyn’s book smart was definitely not equivalent to her level of maturity. And yes, this book certainly was engaging for that matter. It looks like we share pretty much the same opinions for this book! Brilliant review, Estelle!

September 8, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I have yet to read this but I’m happy to hear you liked this, Estelle! I enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s Stealing Parker and aside from the student-teacher thing, it seems like the two books have more in common, specifically the main character’s immaturity. I agree with you though- the things people do aren’t always so black and white. Wonderful review!

September 8, 2013 - 2:34 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - I have this one but haven’t gotten to it, but your review definitely makes me intrigued. I really loved JH Trumble’s What We Know, and also felt that the it took an icky subject matter and didn’t ignore the consequences/problems with a student-teacher relationship, but also portrayed it in a way that made it incredibly compelling. When I’m looking for a short, quick read I’ll pick this up!

September 8, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m glad you ended up liking this one, Estelle! I just couldn’t get past my own personal ick factor, but I do agree that it’s a quick, easy read.

September 8, 2013 - 10:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I ended up really liking this book too-I wasn’t sure due to the subject matter but found that it handled the topic sensitively.

Estelle: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 1, 2013 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: surfing, college, best friends, family secrets, immigration Format read: ARC on NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Ford and Grace are best friends, but best friends who aren’t so secretly in love with […]

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May 3, 2013 - 11:24 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

April 18, 2013 - 10:15 pm

elena - this DOES seem like a bright & happy book but from your review, it is not that. misleading!! i like that there’s diversity in this book but i’m sorry it fell flat from your expectations. i hope your next read is better xo

April 18, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I read this one shortly after you did, and I too found it to be a bit lacking. While there were certain interesting elements (the surfing! the immigration thing!), the other stuff fell flat for me. Plus, it felt like too much was going on. (But I would still read a book from Ford’s perspective, lol!)

April 18, 2013 - 11:20 am

Rachel - I was wondering about this one. I’m sad you didn’t like it because it sounds like something I’d like, but I know our contemporary tastes are nearly identical so I trust you on this one. That’s so strange how the one storyline just…disappears. I mean, that doesn’t make much sense to me at all.

April 18, 2013 - 8:54 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - It’s really weird that this starts out with two strong perspectives and drops one. Especially if that one was more interesting. Unless one of the people died, there’s no reason to cut off their narrative. That makes no sense at all!

April 17, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Tara - Based on the cover alone, I would think this was a light and fun summer read. Obviously it’s much heavier than that, and I appreciate your honesty with the second half of the book. If you say skip it, consider it skipped in my book 🙂

Estelle’s Shelve It: 1/6/2013

Oh howdy! And happy new year! Sorry for the lack of v-log tonight, but it’s a busy weekend! Hope you are wrapped up in some good reading, and finding time to relax. Monday begins the first full week in awhile for most of us, I’m guessing? We will need the books to get through! Here’s […]

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January 14, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Estelle - It keeps staring at me on my pile, yelling at me. I will will will get to it soon.

January 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OOOHHH I just bought Sweethearts a couple of days ago. Great minds!!

January 8, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to read Anatomy of a Single Girl now, since you loved it so much! I’m curious to see how the sequel turns out 😉

January 7, 2013 - 4:18 pm

April Books & Wine - CAMERON QUICK!

The end.

January 7, 2013 - 3:30 pm

VeganYANerds - Nice haul! I got Riptide, too! It made me think of Raw Blue but now that you mention it, Blue Crush as well!

And I hope you LOVE Sweethearts, it’s wonderful 😀

January 6, 2013 - 9:47 pm

The Bumble Girl - The Fifteen Days Without a Head sounds heartbreaking! I was just approved for this one too – the whole “little brother who’s convinced is a dog” tugged at my heart, these poor boys! I am looking forward to sitting with a box of tissues for this story…
Enjoy your new reads 🙂
And happy new year to you both! xo

January 6, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Tara - GAH Sweethearts! That has been on my radar for ages and I have yet to actually read it.

Hope you get to relax a little bit this weekend 🙂

January 6, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Lisa the Nerd - Yay for a used bookstore! Even if the YA section was teeny.

January 6, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Great books, Estelle! It’s awesome that you have a used book store to plunder, even if the YA section is small. I don’t have anything like that in my neck of the woods. I’m definitely going to have to check out Anatomy of a Single Girl, though. It sounds awesome! And I can’t wait to see what you think of Sweethearts!! Good stuff, friend!

January 6, 2013 - 2:22 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Ugh, back to school this week! Although, I do have Monday off, since it’s a Teacher Workday or something. But seriously, it’s been luxurious not having any stress of grades or anything. Whatever the case, I’ll be spending Monday making the most of my time off to blog!! I’m hoping that if I get everything scheduled ahead of time, I’ll have plenty of time to comment and such.

Anyways, you got some good stuff this week, Estelle! Riptide looks really interesting, I think that one is going on my TBR list. I’m excited to read your review of that one, to know if I really should get a copy of it or not. And YAY for discovering a used book store, even if the YA section is small. It seems like you were still able to find some goodies, though! I seriously need to pick up All You Never Wanted, since I’ve seen some seriously gushing reviews.

Fantastic haul, Estelle! Enjoy your lovelies, and GOOD LUCK for a full week back at work! <3 Just remember that working is feeding your book addiction. 😉

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Themed Gift Pack

I can’t stop reminiscing about my favorite books when working on this themed gift pack series we have going this month. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is so sweet, so endearing, so inventive yet tackles a pretty unconventional subject in the young adult genre. I’m skimming through to refresh my memory of the […]

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August 21, 2014 - 1:26 am

sue - This looks good. That’s for sharing.

December 18, 2012 - 6:58 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I just got this book from the library because you loved it so much. 🙂 I can’t wait to read it and see why you picked all these gifts!

December 18, 2012 - 2:26 am

VeganYANerds - Ooh, I have had this book for ages but am still yet to read it! I love these themed gift posts, the pillow is pretty!

December 17, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Alexa Y. - If my wallet starts complaining, I shall point it in your direction… *smiles*

December 17, 2012 - 11:29 am

Kirstin - My publicist showed me your post, and holy smokes, this stuff is fantastic! Would you believe I have a copy of I LIKE YOU on my shelf? Thanks for your Gabe love and your kindness. : ) You made my day. Happy holidays, and thanks for the new stuff on my gift list!

(favorite quote of the day: “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children made me feel ALL THE FEELS.” awesome. : ) )

December 17, 2012 - 10:21 am

elena - LUFF THIS WHOLE PACK!!! Gah, I seriously need to read this book and hopefully the library will have it in! Also it’s awesome you have the stamp thing, I would be stamping things all over the place.

December 16, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Leah - Beautiful Music for Ugly Children made me feel ALL THE FEELS. Such a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel and I desperately wish it received more attention than it did.

Every single gift is spot-on and absolutely perfect.

Estelle: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills Publication Date: October 8, 2012 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: music, LGBT, bullying, life after high school, acceptance, radio, Elvis Format read: eBook from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Gabe is so looking forward to the end of high school and starting fresh. He […]

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May 14, 2013 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children and The Miseducation of Cameron Post are two beautifully written books that not only deal with gaining acceptance from others, but also finding it for themselves. Beautiful Music was one of my top reads last year; Gabe is a vivacious character who just came out as transgender to his parents. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is about a girl who thinks she caused her parents death because she kissed a girl; her aunt soon sends her to a school to get reformed. […]

January 6, 2013 - 1:55 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/6/2013 - […] Cousins + Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe are two books I requested from Flux Books, the publisher of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children — a book I absolutely loved from last year. So I have high hopes for these two reads. […]

December 16, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Jess - Even though I’m not really into music, This book sounds amazing. This is one I certainly want to check out.

December 16, 2012 - 9:03 am

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Themed Gift Pack - […] Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is so sweet, so endearing, so inventive yet tackles a pretty unconventional subject in the young adult genre. I’m skimming through to refresh my memory of the little details, and I keep getting distracted because I love the main character, Gabe, so much. He was born Liz but has just told everyone he is Gabe. His parents don’t take it too well, his best friend Paige is accepting, and the only place he can be himself is when he broadcasts the program “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children”. This character is like a walking music encyclopedia. I love it. […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 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. […]

September 29, 2012 - 8:01 am

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: The lives and loves of a teenage transboy music geek Gabe has always identified as a […]

September 24, 2012 - 12:20 am

Shelve It -- September 24, 2012 - […] Malinda Lo + We’ve got a new rating system so we can highlight books that are great deals! + A review of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristen Cronn-Mills + A review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer Posted in Giveaways, Magan, Memes by Magan, Shelve It, […]

September 21, 2012 - 8:02 am

Leah - I LOVED this book! 🙂 So, so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries, but something about this book made me want to dive right in and I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

September 20, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - EEE Estelle, I know how much you love this book so it’s exciting to read your review of it. This sounds really intriguing and music can be a hit or miss in books for me and I definitely like this would be a hit. Beautiful review! <3