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Summer Reads Make Me Feel Fine

Yesterday was the first day of fall and I actually had to bring a jacket for my early morning walk to the subway. Two weeks ago, I thought sweating through my dresses was going to be a constant in my life because whoa, I did that a lot this summer. (Gross but true.) Needless to […]

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October 5, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - These are some fun books! Since you are an arbiter of good taste, many of these are still on my to read list (or were added after reading your reviews!).

October 3, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Cindy - 59 books this summer?! That is AMAZING! I think I read like 5 and was doing a happy dance. Hope the Fall is just as great for you!

September 26, 2015 - 12:50 am

JO - Hi,

Thank you for sharing this one with us. This is truly inspiring and it completely reminds me of the author I have been following since last year.

From now on, I will also follow this blog.

Anyhow, here’s the link to one of my favorite authors for your references – http://www.thevaleriechristophercommunity.com/

Thank you.

September 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - It looks like you had some amazing summer reading experiences, E! I definitely see a few titles I really loved too, and I certainly see a few I’d like to check out. So glad that you were able to stick to your guns and only buy four books! YOU ARE MY HERO.

Now What, Baby? | What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

How did Ryder’s senior year shift from dreaming of soccer scholarships to deciphering the cries of a newborn baby — his newborn baby? In her latest, What You Left Behind, Jessica Verdi shows no mercy when she blows the Ryder’s world way open — a baby on his hip, the love-of-his-life girlfriend dead, disappearing friends, and […]

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August 11, 2015 - 8:01 am

Friends Who Write Diversely... | Dive Into Diversity, Magan - […] challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi — how often do we see a single teenage dad in a book — and also Not […]

August 9, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Megan - I just read this book based on your review. I loved it even as I wanted to smack Ryden around a few times. His mom wa the best (and the same age as I am!). Their relationship really made the book.

August 6, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard all that much about What You Left Behind, so thanks for putting it on my radar! Ryder sounds like an incredible character, and I’d like the chance to read his story for sure. Adding to my consideration shelf!

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Review w/Q+A

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi ( blog | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: HIV, theatre, tough family situations Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: After a particularly bad day, Lucy escapes to the city with her best friends for some […]

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April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA Review) - […] The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 352 Target audience: young adult Keywords: family, obligation, homosexuality, “de-gaying” camp, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other RBR reviews by this author: My Life After Now […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The […]

April 6, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Estelle - M, definitely still think it’s worth the read!

April 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I had no idea this involved HIV and you’re right, that is so rare in YA but it is something that should be talked about. I think I will still give this a go!

April 5, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Kelly (Another Novel Read) - What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read this book yet, but I definitely want to. It’s probably the first book I’ve seen that tackles a sexually transmitted infection, which is kind of surprising (as mentioned in the interview)! And I think she’s right; I’d love to see more transgendered characters in YA books.

April 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Someone else actually talked this book up to me because she really liked it! I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, but I do think it’s interesting that she decided to write about something that isn’t a common subject in YA books. Her answers to your questions are really good too though and have me intrigued.

April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, Estelle, this is a fanastic review and Q&A. I first was alerted to this book by the super-pretty cover and I love the title. So naturally those things, along with the interesting subject, make me want to read the book. I love your thoughts, which are always honest, and I appreciate them! And this is a really fantastic interview. I loved the question about the original title because even before I got to the answer, I TOO thought WOW, THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE PREGNANCY!!!

This is already one that I want to read, and this is the first set of thoughts I’ve read about it, E. Loved them! Thanks a ton!

April 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I added this book to my TBR when I first heard about it simply b/c the story involved a teen who contracts HIV and I had never read a story about that. I agree with the author that it’s rare to find books that explore the topic of unprotected sex and the consequences of getting an STD. Though it’s not a glorious subject to read about, it does happen, and I think it could be beneficial for young readers to experience through literature.

I’m sad to hear that this particular story didn’t hold up very well, in your opinion. I think because it is such a tough subject, it’s got to be done just right to make an impact. As always, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews.

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!