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Estelle: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 4, 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 283 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: kids + parents, road trip, romance, new friends Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Morgan has never known who her dad is, and when […]

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March 21, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ah, the dreaded negative review! Or, constructive 🙂
That’s a shame. I actually don’t even think I ever got approved for this one on EW so maybe that’s a good thing. It sounded cute but sounds like it was a bunch of good ideas that 1) didn’t shape up and 2) were too much for one book. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped!

March 17, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I”m sorry this one didn’t work for you :(. Road trip stories are great, but i totally know what you mean about feeling like a book has packed too much into it. But a strong romance, good friend and using current technology in the text (having them on twitter) are all pluses for me. Not sure I’ll read this, but thanks for the review!

March 17, 2014 - 7:16 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Thanks for the warning. I’ve only read 1 Gurtler & it was focused, but created a sense of unease. I’ll pick a different one to give a 2nd chance.

March 16, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Alexa S. - It sounds like the author tried to tackle a few too many things in this novel! Still, there’s something about the elements in this story that make it seem appealing in its way. I don’t think I’ll be reading it, but it will make me curious if any other authors will tackle somewhat similar things in another novel in the future.

March 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Was this the one we talked about where you were struggling the write the review? I think it came out really well. I had been interested in reading this, I was never dying to read it, but you’ve definitely tampered down my interest. It’s so hard when there are bright spots among what’s otherwise a not so great book because you think about what could have been!

March 16, 2014 - 4:45 am

The Bookish Manicurist - It’s shame that this book had too many things going on, especially with the page limit. It does sound quite unique and fun, though!

March 15, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I want to read and like this book, but I’m reading more negative reviews than positive. :/ Maybe I’ll have to skip it. I hate missing out on a potential road trip + romance book though.

Thanks for your thoughts!

March 13, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Bummer. But you highlight the good parts of this while explaining the downfall! Authors, you do not HAVE to put ALL OF THE THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD into a book.

March 13, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - That’s too bad — I was interested in the social media aspect of this, but sounds like there is way too much going on.

March 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Rachel - This is so sad. I really wanted to read this one! I’ve only read one other book by her and didn’t like it, but I was going to give her a second chance. I strongly dislike it when a book has many plot points but doesn’t go into any sort of depth with them, so I think I’m better off not taking a risk and reading this one. :/

Magan: How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, secrecy, paving your own way, paintball Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Grace and Kya have been best friends since they were eleven years old. Something […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really like the fact that this book is about friendship, and the growing pains any friendship goes through. The book seems to answer (in its own way) the question of when is enough enough, and I’d be intrigued to see how Gurtler plays with that concept here. I don’t ever feel like I read enough books about friendship, so this makes me pretty excited to check this out!

July 15, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, this one sounds like my kind of book. And Magan, you raise some questions that I actually think about in my own personal life too: When do you start to breakdown if you’re always the person saving the day? (for example) The Grace’s of the world sometimes tend to be taken advantage of and then when we need someone, hmmm. Anyway, I digress. I’ve seen this one around and wondered about it. It sounds really thought-provoking and tough and issue-y and kind of good. And tough. Which is sometimes just the kind of book that I like.

July 11, 2013 - 3:18 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Woah,this sounds kind of intense but SO good. And it’s a bit similar to a situation I found myself in, too. Well…really only a bit. My friends were never as out of control as you described Kiya in your review, but I totally get what you mean when you say your followers know more about you than real people who are around every day. Really, really great review of a book that definitely sounds worth reading 😀

July 10, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Magan - Jen, I did a really silly thing and forgot to update the descriptive words from the post I copied the format from. Oh, boy! Thank you for pointing out Nantucket because … well, that’s not where this book is set! ANYWAY, I’ve updated them now. I definitely had some cringe-worthy moments while reading HOW I LOST YOU because things hit very close to home for me as well, but if you do choose to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for commenting! xo

July 10, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I had to laugh when I saw that this was yet another book set in Nantucket (Judging by your keywords). That setting is sure making the rounds this summer! 😉 All joking aside, I was really moved by the synopsis of this novel as I faced a similar situation a couple of years ago with a close friend. She was engaging in some rather harmful behaviour and was involved in an abusive relationship but swore me to secrecy. Unfortunately, our friendship didn’t survive the turmoil that followed when I attempted to seek help for her. I suspect this book might hit a little *too* close to home for me, but I can certainly see why this would be a wonderful book for others to read as I’m sure most of us can relate to the subject matter in one way or another. Absolutely lovely review, Magan 🙂

July 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

tabithasbookblog - This one sounds like my type of book! Kya sounds a little bit like a friend I had, so I’m interested in seeing how Grace handles the situation – and what comes to their situation. I’m pretty curious about what this problem is – the synopsis might say, but I think I’m going to leave it as a surprise for when i read this one.

Fantastic review!

July 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Hazel - This looks like my type of read. Thank you for sharing about it! Lovely review!

April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you have safe travels if you’re on the road to visit family this weekend. If you’re at home snuggled up with a book, I’m living vicariously through you. Dustyn and I are doing lots of traveling. Don’t you worry, though, I’ll be reading a book in the car. There are […]

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March 31, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - Can’t wait to read The Elite! I fell in the love with the first one and I’m excited to see where the author is going to take the story. Plus the covers are gorgeous!

March 30, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Well, crap. I feel like How I Lost You is going to make me sob buckets. But I really, really want to read it!

Also, yayyyy for summery covers!

March 30, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Annie - Ohmigod, so many good books! I absolutely cannot wait for April. You can count on the fact that I will be the first person in the bookstore on each and every day. So excited!!! Especially for This Is What Happy Looks Like and The Symptoms of Insanity! 🙂

March 30, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Rachel - Well, my TBR list just got WAY longer. I didn’t know there were so many contemps coming out this month! The covers for How I Lost You and How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True are so pretty! I’m excited to finally be able to read The Boyfriend App. I feel like I’ve been waiting for forever for that one.

March 30, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - April is such a great book month! I’m looking forward to so many of these books, although I’m sure my purse isn’t, haha!

March 30, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Leoni - Lots of exciting books! The Program sounds interesting, I’m looking forward to reading reviews for it and yes April 23rd is looking very summery! 🙂

March 30, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - I want all of these, but especially The Elite, The Program, and Taken. April needs to get here quicker!

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

  Oh, yep — that’s right! It’s almost Halloween. I typically average about 20-ish books in the YA book releases posts, but jeez! There are THIRTY-THREE books listed below. Prepare your wallets now, friends — October is going to be quite the spendy month. Just in case you’re hosting an awesome Halloween party, here’s an […]

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November 4, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- November 4, 2012 - […] of Reach by Carrie Arcos — this was one I featured in my October 2012 YA new releases post. […]

October 4, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Kristen Evey - I should not have looked through that whole list. So many shiny new books!!!

October 1, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - There are way too many good books on this list. Seriously. I’m going to go broke just trying to get them all!

October 1, 2012 - 6:10 am

VeganYANerds - Sooooo many books this month! I don’t even know where to start 😀

September 30, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/30/2012) - […] is a pricey month for books! So many new releases! A review of Starring Me by Krista McGee. Magan adored Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Our long distance […]

September 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - That pumpkin mousse looks so good right now. Thanks to your picture I’ll be craving sweets today. LOL 😉

Shelve It: July 15, 2012

Happy, happy Sunday, friends! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend so far. Saturday was one of THE BEST Saturday’s we have had – it was a complete day off full of relaxing, meeting up with friends, going to our neighborhood pool, and planning for a new project we want to do on a wall in […]

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July 17, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Markella - I need need to read The Forsaken! The cover really drew me in! Can’t wait to hear what else you thought about it.

Thanks for stopping by my post 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - M, you are SO ADORABLE. Like seriously! And the books you got this week all sound great. I’m especially jealous of Perfect Chemistry – so many people have been recommending it to me!

Also, I’m reading Who I Kissed soon too. We MUST chat about it!

July 16, 2012 - 9:30 am

Amy @ Book Loving Mom - I have been wanting to read the Perfect Chemistry series for a while. It sounds really good. Hex Hall too. The Forsaken sounds awesome, can’t wait to see what you think. Thank you for stopping my my blog. 🙂

July 16, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Ooops! Forgot to thank you for the lovely shout out 🙂 <3

July 16, 2012 - 6:31 am

VeganYANerds - Sounds like you had a really great weekend, hun!

I think Simone’s books are quite fun, and a bit cheesy but that’s part of the appeal. And I have read SO many good reviews of the hex Hall series, I am determined to read them this year.

Your books from ALA sound good, especially Through to Me and Insignia – I got it this week too and while it doesn’t sound like something I’d normally choose, I keep reading about how good it is!

July 15, 2012 - 10:34 pm

elena - YAY FOR SLEEPING IN!! I <3 Half Price Books too, sad that there isn't one here though. My cousin always jokes I should just own a HPB. I LOVE HEX HALL and I really hope you will too! I think Demonglass was what made me really love the series though. I agree about the authors thing, the power of technology! Also hmm, Who I Kissed has a certainly interesting summary. I've heard good things about Insignia, can't wait to read it. I think The Forsaken has a really pretty cover. I hope you had a fantastic weekend, Magan! x

July 15, 2012 - 10:17 pm

sarah@catchingbooks - Awesome books this week!! I hope you enjoy them all 😀

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!

July 15, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Tara - How sweet are you to mention my giveaway?! xoxoxo love you girls!

I can’t wait to hear what you think about Hex Hall… that’s a book I’ve had sitting on my shelf for ages and for some reason have never picked it up.

July 15, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Sharon - A wonderful haul! I loved Perfect Chemistry & Hex Hall, I hope you do as well 🙂 I can’t wait to read Insignia, it sounds amazing..

Happy reading & thanks for stopping by.

Sharon @ Obsession with Books

July 15, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Alison - I’ve heard good things about Hex Hall as well but haven’t read it yet. I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else does!

July 15, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Ah, Half Price Books. That store will be the death of my parent’s wallets!! 😉 Anyways, I loved Hex Hall, I am sure you will fall in love as well, Magan! I can’t believe you haven’t read it already!! I’m excited to see what you think about Insignia and Through to You- both look totally amazing. I’ll keep an eye out for your reviews. =)

Enjoy all those books, Magan! <3

July 15, 2012 - 2:52 pm

Christy - The Forsaken and Through to you looks really interesting. Thanks for stopping by my Stacking the Shelves

July 15, 2012 - 2:33 pm

manda-rae - Hex Hall and Perfect Chemistry; I will pick those two up one day (it’s all about will power). And I’ve heard a lot of good things about Insignia from multiple people, but I still don’t know if I’m sold on the book’s premise enough to read it. I’ll be on the lookout for your review.

Thanks for visiting my haul.

July 15, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Olivia @Nerdy Book Reviews - This looks like a great haul of books. I’ve heard lots of things about Hex Hall, so I hope you enjoy that one in particular.

Some of the others aren’t quite as familiar to me, but have a good week and happy reading too! 🙂

July 15, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - 1. Insignia, YAY!!!!!!! So good!

2. dawwwwwh – thanks for mentioning the inspriYAtion stuffz!! 🙂 can’t wait to see what E has for her guest post!!!!

3. LOVE YALL.

July 15, 2012 - 10:58 am

Melissa - Half Price books! You can’t go wrong there!! And I really need to try out the Hex Hall books too!!

Thanks for stopping by My Added to the Bookshelf Post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

July 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

Anna - okay you are officially lowercased again xoxo

July 15, 2012 - 5:03 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hi Magan! Always nice to watch your Shelve It posts! I love your bookshelf, by the way! So organized!

I featured Insignia in my Sunday post as well! I just met S.J. Kincaid at the Dark Days signing in SLC on Wednesday, and she told me all about her book. It sounds like a lot of fun, and she is super nice. I’m excited to read my copy as well! We’ll have to compare notes. 🙂

I’m still working my way through Flirting in Italian. You’ve intrigued me enough with the train wreck of an ending, that I’ve decided to trudge through it to see what happens. Then I’ll be starting in on Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.

Have fun reading!