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Magan: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen [website] Publication Date: January 11, 2011 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: track runner, prosthetic leg, dreams that change Format Read: Purchased hardcover copy. Summary: Jessica’s dreams of attending college on a track scholarship are shattered after she loses part of her leg in a bus accident on […]

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August 29, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Alexa S. - I remember seeing you mention this novel on Twitter when you were reading it, and that intrigued me already. But reading your review makes me definitely want to check it out for myself! The premise seems simple, but I love that you feel it was portrayed in a way that felt poignant and real.

Magan: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (twitter) Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 312 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: albino character, boarding school, dual perspective Format Read: Purchased eBook for my kindle Summary: Duncan unravels the mystery of Tim’s relationship with Vanessa (and their mysterious tragedy) through a series of recordings left behind for […]

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December 17, 2014 - 11:33 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] The Curvy Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy Paper […]

January 28, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh wow. You know… For some reason I wrote off this book for one reason or another and I don’t remember what it was but I think this is actually the first review I’ve actually read about it and now you may be changing my mind!

January 28, 2014 - 6:51 am

Judith - I’ve been curious about this book for a while now, but your review definitely makes me want to read it. I love how mysterious (and well-written and unique and intriguing and amazing) this sounds, so thank you for convincing me to give it a shot. 🙂

January 24, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The Tragedy Paper kept me up reading, too! The switching perspectives is done SO well, though it was torture when you just wanted to know what was going to happen next. And the way the tragedy themes are woven into the story is amazing.

January 23, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I’m so happy that you’re highlighting this book! I remember reading a review about it when it came out last year and being very interested, but then I sort of forgot about it. SAD! You have once again made me want to read this. I love books that are literary, character driven and have male povs. I want to know Tim and Duncan better!

January 22, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice - I’ve been back and forth on this one… I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but you have definitely convinced me! You make it sound so good. I really love the cover. It makes me wonder if he’s running toward something or away from something…Great review, Magan!

January 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Andrea Modolo (@Book_lover1988) - Yes, I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and the story is so emotional. I really enjoyed the different perspectives and how the story slowly comes out of what happened to Tim and Vanessa. The way the story is written is so engrossing and I remember not wanting to put the book down. Glad you enjoyed this one!

January 22, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Wow, this book seems amazing. From what you said, especially with the POVS going back and forth beteween Tim and Duncan, and Tim leaving a recording for Duncan, of Thirteen Reasons Why.

January 22, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Just wow, M. I remember reading excellent reviews of this book a year ago, and considering it as one of the books I’d want to read. Your review just reminded me of how mysterious and intriguing the story is, and made me want to read it even more, so awesome job!

January 22, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Ok, so I’ve been lemming this book since it came out – it was a library hold, and then I just couldn’t get to it…but now I know I have to. Thank you for this glowing review. Definitely moving up the TBR now. =)

January 22, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Elissa - I’m always down with a book with such a glowing review. I’m going to add it to my queue!!

January 22, 2014 - 9:23 am

Cassie - OK. Ive been eyeing this down for quite some time and you definitely made me want it even more! Im super mad cuz i’m almost positive it was on sale the other day! BUT ALAS, I now must have it, I really like how you said that the perspectives switch just as things get interesting! Sounds so good!

January 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

Meg - YAY! I’ve never seen another review of this book, which makes me quite sad . . . because I thought it was outstanding. It absolutely sucked me in and kept me up well past my bedtime, too, but I simply had to know what would become of Tim and Vanessa. Though I did feel the “big reveal” was a little of a letdown after so much build-up, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was an engrossing story — and well worth the read. So glad you enjoyed it, too, and loved reliving the story through your review.

Estelle: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 208 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: sexuality, breaking records, relationships, family Format read: ARC paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Two boys (exes) try to break the world’s record of longest kiss. […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] answer: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. A […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I’ll admit it: this book intimidates me for some reason. I’ve only read one David Levithan book – The Lover’s Dictionary – and have not touched any others for some reason. But the way you rave about this book in your review has me dying to read it for myself. The story sounds very different, and in a way that’s refreshing, new and still relatable. I can’t wait to read it for myself!

August 27, 2013 - 8:53 am

Jamie - YES YES YES I should have just directed everyone over to your review instead of actually writing a review. Pretty sure this one has also usurped all his other novels as my fave! I was wary of the Greek chorus narration when I read the summary for it but I was like WHATEVER IT IS DAVID and then when I read it I wasn’t into it in the beginning but soon LOVED it.

August 21, 2013 - 2:19 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - David Levithan is one of those authors that makes me think my dream of being published shouldn’t ever happen because I will never, EVER be worthy of sharing shelves with him. I can’t even call him a master because it seems so insufficient, you know? I remember reading Boy vs. Boy and thinking it was a revelation; and then Love is the Higher Law (which is my favourite Levithan too! Followed closely by Every Day. I have not read Two Boys Kissing though, so it could be unseated quickly…) just…blew me off my feet and knocked my socks off and every other metaphor for altering my world. I love love love how fearless he is with his content, how it’s all so different and unique but somehow completely relatable too. I’ve been counting down the days until I can get my hands on this book, and your review is not making it any easier! Fantastic, E 🙂

August 20, 2013 - 4:19 am

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - This book doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever read before! I’ve experienced Levithan’s other solo novel, Every Day, and it was seriously insightful and lovely. I can only imagine how beautiful this one will be! And all of the different scenarios just make it more intriguing. I’ll have to pick this one up soon! Thanks for the fabulous review, Estelle!

August 20, 2013 - 12:59 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I am so, so, SO excited for this book!! I love the idea of 4 interconnected stories- also, a Greek chorus sounds really creative. The whole book just sounds amazing.

August 19, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Bookworm1858 - Wasn’t sure about this as I didn’t love Every Day the way I wanted to but after your glowing review, I’ll put it on the list. I hope it moves me!

August 19, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Vyki @ On The Shelf - This book sounds like it could be very touching and your review has definitely made me want to bump it up on my TBR! I haven’t read anything with the Greek chorus, but I am interesting to see how that is. Great review 🙂

August 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Tara - I SO want to read this book. David Levithan = one of my YA author idols.

August 19, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. Estelle, you’ve definitely convinced me that I MUST read this book as soon as I can get my grabby hands onto it. I have been waiting impatiently for Two Boys Kissing for awhile, but I wasn’t sure about the premise or the Greek chorus. Now I’m sure. THANK YOU.

August 19, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Annette - I hate to say this, but I’m just being honest. I wish the cover was different. And maybe even the title. I just think there are SO MANY kids that would be drawn to this book — but won’t want to carry it around and have other kids see what they are reading….

This will (maybe) get checked out by girls who like romance books….

August 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I love David Levithan so much. I know that’s no big thing because EVERYBODY does, but when I see him, I CAN’T BREATHE OR SPEAK. My heart beats really fast and I get sweaty (so unladylike). It’s true. I’m such a fangirl to the nth degree because he has more talent in his pinky than most people will ever dream of. And his mind is so open and his writing is pretty much flawless and I love that he edits other authors and moderates panels and walks around the streets when he’s doing appearances with a backpack and an ipod like he’s just a REGULAR PERSON. That being said, 3 things: 1) I saw him in Charleston last year at YALLFest. He came into a donut shop where I was having breakfast like it was no big deal and I choked on my food because…(I already told you) I can’t breathe when I get that close to genius. Y’all may think that’s stupid, but whatever whatever. 2) That day, he signed Every Day for me, and I can’t bring myself to read it because I have a few of THOSE AUTHORS that I get so nervous about their new work when it comes out because I’ve loved their past work so much – does that make sense? Probably not. So I see it on the shelf, sometimes I touch it, talk to it, and love it. But I’ve not read it yet. I’m SO LAME. 3) I met an author – a gay male author – at BEA this past year and asked him what’s the best thing he’s recently read – he very quickly said it was this book and that he was brought to tears throughout the book while he was reading. He said that had he been able to read THIS BOOK just a few years ago when he was younger, his ENTIRE LIFE would’ve been different. THAT’s how powerful this book is, he said. So I want to get my hands on it and read it, even though DLevithan is one of those authors that I tend to freak out about their new work. Since it made that much of a difference in this guy’s life, I need to read it. And since you loved it, then yeah, for sure. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it either. Great review on this one, E.

Estelle: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: siblings, re-marriage, insecurity Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Sister relationships are never easy, but ever since their mother’s remarriage to a wealthy […]

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November 20, 2012 - 12:08 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 1. All You Never Wanted: A review copy that set me on a rampage to read any Adele Griffin I could get my hands on. This book is about sisters, lies, and secrets when a family is torn apart by their new money and pressure to fit in. I fail to come up with the right words to classify Adele’s writing but it’s crisp and to the point. But not impersonal. Her stories are complex, kind of dark, and full of hidden treasures. (My review.) […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] + Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin […]

October 26, 2012 - 10:49 am

Kelly - It seems totally justifiable that a family could be at odds without even knowing it, nostalgic about the way things used to be but ignoring the reality of their current situation.

THIS! Yes! Pretty much perfectly sums up this book.

And like you, I’d love to give this another go, just to see what I missed the first time around!

Oh, and thanks so much for mentioning my review Estelle!

October 25, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Estelle - April, so jealous you got a signed copy! I’m hoping Adele will be in NYC sometimes soon! Backstabby is a good word. Very good.

October 25, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Estelle - Kristen, thanks so much for your comment (as always)! I definitely think you should give it a shot too + look into Adele’s other books. I haven’t been disappointed yet!

October 25, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Estelle - Alexa, this is probably unlike any sister book you have encountered. (At least I think so.) The dynamics are so interesting. I do hope you pick this up.

October 23, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This cover is such a stand out..it looks like nothing out there right now, and reading what the story is about makes it so dang intriguing!! I hadn’t planned on reading this one, but I’m totally adding it to my wishlist after your review, Estelle. 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 5:44 pm

elena - Dark and twisty, ooh! This book sounds so intriguing and one I need to keep in mind if I want a darker, compelling read. Fantastic review, E! <3

October 23, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I definitely have a soft spot for books about sibling relationships, especially sisters. I’ve had my ups and downs with my own sisters, and there are definitely things I wish I had or was capable of that they are. I’d definitely be interested in learning more about Thea + Alex and seeing how things work out for them in this novel.

October 22, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Kristen Evey - The synopsis on Goodreads makes it seem like I wouldn’t like it, but your review makes me want to give it a shot. It sounds very… complicated, but intriguing. Great review, Estelle. 🙂

October 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

April Books & Wine - I’m glad to see All You Never Wanted is excellent, because I purchased a copy at full price from a signing and this sounds SO good.I feel like I didn’t waste my money haha.

ALSO. I love complex backstabby stories and dysfunction so I’m on tenterhooks to read this!

October 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

Lori - I’ve been really curious about this book, but now I must read it! I have a sister so I always find sister books fascinating and easy to relate to.