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Estelle: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: adult Keywords: short marriage, unexpected tragedies, dealing with grief Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Ben and Elsie know each other for around six months before they decide […]

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July 21, 2014 - 9:01 am

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Review) - […] family, independence Format read: Finished copy from publisher. (Thank you!) Also reviewed: Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins […]

May 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid | A WordPress Site - […] knew I wanted to read this one as soon as I came across Estelle’s (beautiful) review. While others may avoid sad books that make them cry, I hunt them down. I love books that make me […]

May 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

End of Year Book Survey, 2013! | A WordPress Site - […] Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which I discovered solely based on Estelle’s review. […]

September 27, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh man this sounds devastating. I’m in. I need sad books in my life. I added myself to the hold list at the library, but its a long line, I don’t know if I want to wait.

Seriously, Estelle, your reviews are so wonderfully written. Can you please go write a book so that I can read a larger piece of your writing? Automatic fan, right here.

September 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I had the chance to get this one from the publisher but passed because I thought it would be too depressing. Now I wish I had read it. 🙁 I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it now!

September 27, 2013 - 1:01 am

katy - I love sad books, so this sounds like something I might enjoy. The romance, the loss, and her spirit sound lovely. The secondary characters sound fun, I love secondary romances! I really want to read this one sometime! Thanks for the review, I hadn’t even heard of it before this!

September 26, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Devyn - I hadn’t heard about this book but just from your review I might need to pick that up…like, tomorrow.

Estelle: A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: EgmontUSA Pages: 336 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, small town, library, book loving main character Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Sunday is used to feeling a little forgotten in a family of […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:39 am

Alexa Y. - I still haven’t read this one, even though you totally told me it would be right up my alley. Based on your review, you’re probably right! I love Sunday already, and I haven’t even officially met her yet. Her character just seems really great, and I’d love to meet her, her family and the other quirky characters in this one. Plus, the story itself sounds very magical!

August 18, 2013 - 9:46 am

Bookworm1858 - Haha-my mom often calls my sister and me by the other’s name (sometimes I’m also called my dad’s name!)

I don’t remember seeing this book around but it sounds so cute. I love all the little things you share about this book and think it sounds perfect for this bookworm 🙂

Estelle: A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook + Brendan Halpin

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook + Brendan Halpin Publication Date: July 23, 2013 Publisher: Egmont USA Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: therapy, depression, eating disorders Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Justin and Emmy are two teens who meet at a therapy/boarding school where they are battling very different […]

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August 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I think I read the first chapter or two of this one and I just couldn’t get into it. Even though you didn’t love it your review kind of makes me want to give it another shot.

(Last blog comment for me today, I’m catching up on my RSS reader after being gone for 2 weeks!)

August 11, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - The one thing I can say about this book? It’s definitely FUN. I can envision this as being a fun film, particularly with the exaggerated characters in the group of friends. Definitely a good read for me 🙂

August 5, 2013 - 7:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I did not really like the pig aspect (felt drawn out and made it hard to eat my bacon sandwich) but I did enjoy the group meetings a ton and thought that was where the book really shone in addition to the tackling of less commonly discussed issues like feeling unwanted because adopted.

August 5, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - You had me at Harry Potter :). I’m going to see if my library has this one 😉

August 5, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve heard wonderful things about this story thus far and I’m really excited to read it, particularly after your Breakfast Club reference, which has always been one of my favourite films! From what I’ve heard A Really Awesome Mess has the potential to remove some of the stigma surrounding mental illness by approaching it in a more relatable manner, and like you, I love the fact that it focuses on identity issues stemming from adoption. One of my cousins is adopted and struggled with this throughout her infancy and teens and there was very little for her to turn to in the way of fiction covering these or similar issues. I’ll definitely be recommending this novel to her and picking it up myself!

Estelle: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 262 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Death, stalking, secrets Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Sawyer’s popular jock boyfriend dies in a car accident because of his drunk driving, she thinks […]

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February 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA Review) - […] the plus side, See Jane Run worked better for me than Jayne’s debut, Truly Madly Deadly. Why? This story line felt more relatable, and I must applaud an ending that comes out of left […]

August 11, 2013 - 8:03 am

Alexa Y. - Well, this doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as Dangerous Girls! I mean, I’m mildly curious about who did the deed. But I can’t seem to summon more that, honestly.

July 30, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review that I’ve read that has said pretty much the same thing. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll read this one because books like this make me all cringy and twitchy, but what it seems like your reaction is kind of what others are feeling too. I love the cover.

July 27, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I had been considering adding this one to my TBR pile, but the sound of that ending turns me off to this story. Although I might read Breaking Beautiful now because that sounds really good! 🙂

July 27, 2013 - 10:15 am

Bookworm1858 - I wish this was a more enthusiastic review as I actually bought this book instead of borrowing it from the library because I liked the sound of the concept so much. I will definitely still read it because I own it but I will lower my expectations.

July 26, 2013 - 5:59 pm

picturemereading - Too bad it wasn’t awesome! I love the description of the story!

July 26, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve read fairly mixed reviews about this book, although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately intrigued by the book’s synopsis. I love the dark, twisted undercurrent of the story (The idea that perhaps the accident wasn’t that at all) and the fact that Sawyer is haunted by cryptic messages in the weeks following her boyfriend’s accident. Chilling! It’s a shame that this novel couldn’t quite seem to figure out what sort of story it wanted to be (i.e. Switching tone suddenly at the end of the novel) as had it remained a darker, grittier tale throughout I would be much more interested in reading it. As it is, I’m now left a little confused about its intention. Perhaps I’ll take a look at Breaking Beautiful instead…

July 26, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Annie - I actually didn’t connect much with Sawyer and I’m not sure if that’s because of the third-person narrative or simply because she was so underdeveloped. I didn’t know who she was and that made it challenging for me to really get into the book.

I thought the premise was really interesting though but at the end, when they revealed the killer (I knew it!), I was still left with a lot of questions like how did they do it? I think I needed more on the mystery front.

And I totally agree with you on the ending! That was super annoying for me as a reader. It just seemed so abrupt. ‘There was too much blood shed for a tone change like that.’ Ditto!

Estelle: OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 23, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: OCD, friendship, therapy, romance Format read: ARC Paperback provided by Simon Teen (Thanks!) Summary: During a blackout at a school dance, Bea meets Beck and helps him through […]

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May 11, 2015 - 9:39 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] Also by Corey Ann Haydu: OCD Love Story | RBR “Befriended” Interview […]

August 7, 2013 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading -- Estelle + Magan: A Joint Shelve It from Texas! - […] OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu — Release Date 7/23/13 — Goodreads | Amazon | E’s Review […]

July 25, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Shanella - I started reading this book on Pulseit but didn’t have time to finish. I was only about 10% in and didn’t get hooked, but I did see it had potential. I’m glad you liked it, this means I can put it on my TBR shelf 🙂

July 24, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Racquel - I didn’t want to read OCD Love Story because it seemed to cutesy for me (from my comments tonight, we learn that Racquel is really judgmental lol) but when it was released and all the “happy book birthday” tweets and reviews rolled in, I read a review that also said the book is more than the summary and cover and that it made them uncomfortable and they had to put it down too so now I really want to read nothing but THIS book. I already ordered it and I can’t wait to get back to the US so I can read this one and Wild Awake.

July 23, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Tara - I keep seeing this book pop up everywhere but I don’t think I’ve seen it compared to Wild Awake before. I absolutely loved Wild Awake, so now you’ve totally sold me 🙂

July 23, 2013 - 9:57 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH WOW. Okay, definitely moving this one up. I have it out as one of my “next-reads” but you have me like all goose-bumpy that I need to start it TODAY. (Did I just creep you out? I hope not.) Anyway, meeting this author and getting to talk to her in NY about her experience writing this book was really awesome but I also enjoy watching her tweet about her writing experiences. I know she’s tweeting NOT THIS BOOK but a newer book, but I still love how she thinks so deeply about everything and wants to make her words just-so and make it WORK. I can tell that applies here, in retrospect too. And this cover, it just pops, but to me it pops in a way that I expect it not to be bubbly. I don’t know. I already was super excited to read it but wow, I think you may have rearranged my pile today, E. That’s awesome.

July 23, 2013 - 7:42 am

Any @ bookgoonie - I don’t always want to pick up these deeper, challenging books BUT I always love them when I’m done. We need to see all these examples of messy lives.

July 22, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Bookworm1858 - I really enjoyed this book-it was so painful at times (I had to step back from the story a few times as well) but so worth it. Bea had so many facets and was such a lively personality-I loved getting to meet her and hope others will too!

July 22, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Alexa Y. - I think I really need to read this book, and I love that it’s so conveniently out tomorrow 😉 It sounds like the main character’s issues are really tackled in a unique, intelligent, believable way, and I like the sound of that quite a lot! Bea seems like she’d been a very interesting character to read about.

July 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Anna - Oooh, I know what I’m reading next!

July 22, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Hazel - Will definitely read this!!! Bea seems interesting and I can’t wait to find out her story for myself. Awesome review!

July 22, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Natalie @ books, etc - The fact that you compared the experience of reading this book to how you felt reading Wild Awake has me even more excited to read OCD Love Story! Wild Awake was fantastic, and if this is anything like this I know I will be falling in love with it. And I love the cover of the book, even if it is a little misleading!

July 22, 2013 - 9:48 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I am so, so glad that this cover is misleading haha. I’m just so happy to hear that this isn’t really a bright and happy story. It sounds like the author does it justice and that makes me even more excited to read it! 🙂

Estelle: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: money problems, small business, family secrets, romance Format read: ARC paperback from Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit (Thanks!) Summary: Caymen works at her mother’s doll store and is used […]

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June 18, 2014 - 12:00 am

Rather Be Reading: On the Fence by Kasie West - […] the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult […]

July 21, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so glad to hear that you enjoyed this book! It sounded a bit too cute and fluffy to me at first, but as the reviews started pouring in, I felt like I should read this book. It does have some typical elements – like the rich versus poor relationship – but I like how it sounds like other things were added into the mix too. Plus, I think it’s quirky/creepy that they own a porcelain doll shop! Can’t wait to read this one.

July 16, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Alisa Selene - This sounds really good!

July 16, 2013 - 8:25 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Love fun, playful banter.

July 15, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Jen - Eeep this book sounds so cute! I love books about finding one’s future, or relationships between mother/daughter. It looks like The Distance Between Us talks about just that! I also love character growth, and Caymen experiences some, so yay! I’ll have to check this one out soon since you enjoyed it so much, lovely review, Estelle! <3

July 15, 2013 - 3:36 pm

ashley - I love and adore West’s writing so I’m glad to know this is a good one, too!

July 15, 2013 - 2:41 pm

elena - their cute/funny outings were the BEST. i need some boy to help me find my passion in life. preferably on his private jet. whatever. totally agree on the mother relationship! i know we’re TOLD a lot they’re close but i actually wished there was more interaction to SHOW that they are?

July 15, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Seriously, this book was just what I needed. I love that dress, too! And the shoes!! Those are my kind of shoes, right there.

July 15, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Rachel - Ok, so for a while I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this one, but I MOST DEFINITELY do. This book sounds super relevant to my life, which is something I always love, and the characters sound awesome and interesting.

July 15, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - There’s no denying that this cover had me at ‘hello’. I’m so happy to hear that the story encased within sounds just as lovely as the beautiful cover art. I love the fact that Caymen sounds witty, sarcastic and brash, as that was certainly my own defence mechanism when I was growing up – It’s always a nice bonus when you can relate to the protagonist yourself 🙂 I think it’ll be interesting to watch as Caymen and Xander both conquer their initial impressions and prejudice of one another and I love the issue you touched upon regarding Caymen’s relationship with her mother. Family dynamics are always important to me within a novel and I had not heard about this aspect of the novel until reading your review. Although I’ve yet to read anything penned by Kasie West thus far (Pivot Point is still sitting unread on my TBR bookshelf) I have really high hopes for this one and can’t wait to read it! 😀

July 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Cassie - YES, YES, YES. I agree with every word you wrote here. I adored this book and really do hope there’s more from Caymen!

July 15, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - You have totally just convinced me into buying this one very soon! I know a lot of people loved it, but I didn’t think that this book would be something I’d be into, but after reading your review, I know I’ll be reading this one pretty sharpish. I was sold at snarky main character, haha. 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - YES!!!! I loved this one so much. It was SUCH a fun, summer-y, fun read and I absolutely loved that cover. There is so much about this story that I loved, commenting on it all would be ridiculously long, but I’m so glad you loved it too. ALSO, on the back of the ARC when it mentions that this book is similar to the movie Pretty In Pink – YES IT WAS! I loved that and it stayed on my mind SO MUCH that I ended up having to watch the movie a few days later because it was driving me crazy. I can’t remember if you’ve read Pivot Point by this author, but I really loved that one too and I’m very eagerly awaiting its release.

July 15, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - I really liked this one too! It was so refreshing to see a main character who wasn’t middle-class by any stretch of the imagination, and who worked because she HAD to for her family, not just because she was bored or for “entertainment” money. I also really liked that Caymen was interested in science and was sarcastic and witty. I think we’d have gotten along great in real life. I thought the relationship between Xander and Caymen developed slowly & naturally, and also really liked the family stuff.

July 15, 2013 - 11:54 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Caymen sounds really relatable and I love that she has a dry sense of humor. Also, I love books with “ooh-ahh” twists. Really want to read this now!

July 15, 2013 - 11:19 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m really excited to read this one! I loved Pivot Point, the romance being my favorite part, so I was excited to see that Kasie West had a straight up contemp. I’m kind of surprised I haven’t read it already but I’m so glad to hear all the good reviews coming back so far! 🙂

July 15, 2013 - 10:31 am

Christianna - I’m loving all the things you have to say about this one! I like that it sounds like it deal with family relationships as much as it deals with the romantic one. Plus you’ve got to love a snarky main character! What a fun review!