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Magan: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: One Night That Changes Everything / Sometimes it Happens / The Thing About the Truth / Right of Way / Two-Way Street Publication Date: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: choreography, roller-coaster relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Intrigued by a note […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Magan - Nicole, I agree. Don’t start with this one. It didn’t feel like the kind of relationship that I want to be promoted. I know they exist, but I guess I’d like to see a bit more of a positive example.

Alexa, warning bells for sure! I say if you’re already alarmed, then it might not be the book for you.

Thank you both for your comments!

July 4, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I’ve been meaning to give Barnholdt’s books a try for a while but just haven’t yet. If I do, I don’t think it will be this one I pick up. This doesn’t seem like the type of relationship I’d root for either.

July 3, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear. Oh my. Reading your review of Through to You made me a little sad! It sounded like such an interesting story when I read your summary. But your thoughts on how this relationship (and the two people involved) were portrayed definitely raises warning bells for me! This isn’t the type of relationship I’d want to read about either, personally.

Estelle: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: Simon Teen Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, divorce, love/hate relationship, road trip Format read: eBook from Publisher via Edelweiss! (Thanks!) Summary: After a whirlwind romance and breakup, Peyton and Jace are not excited to […]

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July 2, 2013 - 10:16 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Aaah, so this is one that I’ve been wondering about but it seemed like I read somewhere that this was a sequel or a companion or something, so I didn’t pursue it. And you sorta/kinda validate that for me. I’ve actually also never read anything by this author but Ginger was kind enough to send me The Thing About The Truth so I’m thinking that I’ll probably read that one when I’m feeling the itch to check her out. Love this review because my little eyes caught the words “North Carolina” in there, which means nothing at all. <3

June 30, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Nailed It: Upcoming July Releases - […] A review of Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt […]

June 30, 2013 - 5:08 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This doesn’t sound like one I’ll pick up, but I appreciate the review because I know a lot of readers I can recommend it to!

June 28, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Molli - Hmmmm, Lauren is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for some time and haven’t. I’m going to add one of her earlier books, but it’ll just depend on if I find one for sale or something as to which I actually end up reading first.

Man, I hate it when a book just stinks, especially when you’re hoping to like another book from an author you’ve enjoyed in the past. It sounds like the author could have done more to differentiate this one from Two Way Street.

June 27, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I read and enjoyed Two-Way Street, but I was definitely worried about how similarly Right of Way would end up. I’m sorry to see that it was just too much the same for your tastes. I haven’t read Ex-Mas yet though, so maybe I’ll give that one a shot (probably closer to Christmas!) to satisfy my craving for two exes on a road trip! Great review!

June 27, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Sad that you didn’t like this one. :/ I love Pacey and Joey, too, but I don’t always love the sparring couples. It’s a fine line for me, between awesome banter and awkward/hurtful fighting.

I still need to read Two Way Street, though!

June 27, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m happy to hear I wasn’t the only one who was forever affected by the wonder that was Pacey and Joey! Between them and Logan and Veronica, witty banter and arguments are essentially a prerequisite for a truly great couple that I’ll root for. All joking aside, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy Right of Way, although I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. I’ve seen a series of tepid reviews for this sequel recently and the overarching opinion seems to be that it simply didn’t need to be written. It sounds like it re-hashes the same issues as the first novel, Two-Way Street (Which I haven’t read but hear is great!) without adding anything new to the narrative. It’s unfortunate given how popular Barnholdt’s other novel was as I think it has left a bad taste in more than a few reader’s mouths. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip story, but I think this is one that I’ll have to pass on.

June 27, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read the first one, but even so, both books sound very similar based on their summaries! I am quite a sucker for a road trip book though, so I might eventually have to check one of these two books out for fun.

June 27, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Aww, I’m sorry that this didn’t really work out for you Estelle! It sucks that it was SO close to the first book of this companion/series, which I would definitely found annoying. A lot of this also seems unrealistic as well. Like, how could everything get resolved so quickly? Plus, not even everything gets resolved, which is a huge bummer. :/

I’m sorry this didn’t impress you Estelle! Thanks for such an honest and lovely review, though. <3

June 27, 2013 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Sadly, I couldn’t finish this one. I had high hopes since I was a fan of Two-way Street, but this one just didn’t deliver in the same way. I was really turned off by Peyton’s character. The rich spoiled girl routine has been done a lot in YA. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it just annoys me. In this story, it definitely annoyed me.

June 27, 2013 - 11:53 am

Rachel - I have been waiting for this review since you told me you finished it. I had VERY different feelings, but I think I’ve figured out why. First off, I didn’t read the other book, so I felt like I was reading something new. I read the plot summary for that one and they sounds EXACTLY the same, so I would definitely not read that one. That obviously makes a huge difference since I had nothing to compare it to. The other reason why I think our opinions differed is that I looked at this as more of a character exploration and a look into communication (or the lack of), rather than expecting anything to actually happen. I thought it was interesting to see how I’m not the only one that has a difficult time communicating my feelings, but over time Jace and Peyton worked through it and they worked through their issues together. I also loved the ending, but that’s because I love endings that are wide open for me to imagine whatever I want.

June 27, 2013 - 9:36 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yeahhhh I’ve heard some similar things about this book 🙁 How sad! I do like road trip books and I love all that tension! But it seems like this one is just a bit lacking. Sad!!

Estelle: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt Publication Date: 1/27/2007 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: road trips, ex-relationships Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: Two weeks after Jordan dumps Courtney, they are due to drive to college on a road trip the two had planned beforehand. Courtney’s trying to pretend she doesn’t […]

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June 27, 2013 - 9:03 am

YA Review: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt - […] qualities when it came to Peyton and Jace, the story was just too much of a mirror of the earlier Two-Way Street and seemed a bit under developed. Peyton feels utterly betrayed by her mother and needs to get away […]

June 13, 2013 - 12:16 am

tabithasbookblog - You’re right! This is the perfect book for when you want to escape for the day. And the miscommunication was actually something that didn’t bother me either! I think it made the story better, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Right of Way!

June 11, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Oh wow! I have yet to read a book where the character shares my first name, which is surprising given my name isn’t that rare. I might just have to give this one a try because I’m sure it’s all sorts of drama and awkwardness with two exes stuck in a car together. I’m glad you liked it, Estelle! 😀 Great review!

June 11, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Road trip books are the best! Glad you enjoyed this one. I have this one and the companion book but haven’t checked out Sometimes it Happens yet.

June 11, 2013 - 6:16 am

Lori - I’ve had this book on my Kindle for years. I think it was one of the first books I bought when I got my Kindle…and I still haven’t read it. Maybe I should change that? 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 3:07 am

Jasmine @ Flip That Page - I loved this book! It wasn’t one of the best titles I’ve come across, but I could totally relate to Courtney, but I loved how Jordan had a bad boy side that didn’t annoy me as much as other bad boys would. And his sweeter side was romantic, and more appealing. Great review! 🙂

June 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Alexa Y. - This is probably the type of contemporary novel that would be a break for me between fantasies and dystopians and the like. It does sound fun though, and I particularly like that it involves a road trip!

June 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think this is a perfect kind of read for a nice day outside. It IS summer after all! *throws confetti* (Can you tell that I’m still excited by this fact?!) But, ahem, even if it wasn’t revolutionary and a big secret was revealed early on, it seems like the characters are seriously fantastic, and that makes this book worth it.

Lovely review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 10, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I do remember getting frustrated a couple times though. I had no idea she wrote a companion novel! I’ll definitely be reading it! Great review

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 10, 2013 - 10:57 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I love this book! I related to Courtney too but I really loved Jordan. I loved when his softer side would unexpectedly come out. I actually didn’t see the twist coming but I can see how it might’ve been revealed a bit early. Such a fun book 🙂

June 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Tara - I can’t imagine going on a road trip with an ex. I have a feeling one of us wouldn’t make it out alive…

June 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I was more of a fan of Jordan’s character, too. I read this book before my days of blogging & remembered loving it so much. I wonder if I’d feel the same if I picked it up now. I tried to read Right of Way & it did not work for me — maybe that’s a sign? haha

Magan: The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: lies and secrecy, public school, falling in love Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster Summary: Kelsey and Isaac don’t exactly click when they first meet. However, they’ve both got more in common […]

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July 6, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, I like secrets too. I’m realizing a lot of the books I read have secrets lately. A trend? Maybe so.

July 6, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Magan - Elena… I can’t say. My lips are sealed. Just know that I was like WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?!?!? I hope you enjoy it!

July 6, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Magan - April! Definitely look into it. It’s a super quick read! If you like drama & secrets – this is the perfect combo for you!

July 6, 2012 - 7:41 am

April Books & Wine - Okay, this book sounds sort of like my definition of great summer reading — kisses and BIG SEKRETS and lies and stomach knots and DRAMAZ.

Yo, I need to see if this is at my library. Way to convince me.

July 5, 2012 - 11:39 pm

elena - I am so curious about the secret now too!! Especially since you said it’s as shocking as you say it is. My first thought was MURDER but I highly doubt that is it, esp since her parents keep her on her leash. If she committed murder, I would hope her parents do more than that. So, I will be theorizing until I actually read the book, haha.

July 5, 2012 - 4:57 am

Hemborgwife - Ok now I also really want to know what the secret is!! I doubt my library has it but I can hope!

July 4, 2012 - 10:00 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love books where the MC has a secret. I don’t know why, but it always leaves me feeling intrigued and surprised. I definitely want to read this one, if only because I’m really curious about what the secret is – and of course, to swoon over the romance 😉

Magan: Shelve It July 1, 2012

HI, FRIENDS! I kind of feel like a slacker because I don’t have a vlog for today’s Shelve It, but ya know, sometimes life gets a little hectic (and I look a little ca-razy today…therefore should not be seen in vlog format). Moving on. I did go to ALA this past week, but I’m just […]

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July 6, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Paige! You’ve got to pick up SCS soon! It’s sooooooooo good! Read it asap!

July 4, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Paige - I’m so jealous of Second Chance Summer. It’s a monster of a book but it looks so good. Also Hush Hush is really good I loved the first two books! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here’s my IMM!

http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2012/06/in-my-mailbox-41-weekly-wrap-up.html

~Paige @ Comfort Books

July 3, 2012 - 11:27 am

Magan - Hi Kim! I didn’t ask for these books, but Simon & Schuster was gracious and kind enough to send them to me. They’re familiar with the types of books I usually read and are also pushing me to get out of my comfort zone a bit. 🙂 They’re a fantastic publisher and I’m so thankful for their generosity. If you’re hoping to establish relationships with publishers, my advice is to follow up with them for the review books you’re reading. If you do netgalley or get books from conferences, make sure you touch base with them and do send through a review. I think follow-through and consistency goes a long way. Hope this helps!

July 3, 2012 - 10:16 am

Kim - They just sent you a box of books? or did you ask for them?

July 3, 2012 - 2:21 am

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Lauren Barnholdt’s books and Possession look nice! Happy reading, Magan =D

Here’s my Book Haul post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

July 2, 2012 - 4:35 pm

VeganYANerds - I bet ALA was fun and hooray for meeting Morgan!

Nice stack of books! S&S in Australia are really fantastic, too. I still haven’t read Second Chance Summer, even though I have a copy and I enjoyed Hush, Hush. It’s not the best series ever written but it was a fun read!

July 2, 2012 - 10:02 am

April Books & Wine - I am curious how you’ll feel about the relationship in Hush, Hush. I’ve zero interest in reading that series, but I like reading people’s reactions to it. That’s strange isn’t it?

ANYWAYS!

I love seeing all those pretty contemps stacked up.

Happy reading 😀

July 1, 2012 - 5:56 pm

margie {the bumble girl} - Oh, I love the Hush, Hush series! You’re either going to love Patch or hate him, lol. The third book was a bit of a disappointment, but I’m hoping that the last one will make up for it!
Great stack of books, I hope you’re enjoying them right now 🙂

July 1, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I need to buy Second Chance Summer! I just finished Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was SO cute. I heard they make an appearance in Second Chance Summer, which makes me ridiculously excited! I also enjoyed Hush, Hush, so I hope that you will too. =)

Happy reading! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

July 1, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Ange - Hush, Hush sounds good. I haven’t read that series yet! Here’s Our Week in Books Happy reading!

July 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

elena - Whee, Simon & Schuster. I need to get myself a copy of Second Chance Summer! It looks gorgeous. Happy reading, Magan!

July 1, 2012 - 10:22 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - All these books look so good! I’m so excited to check them out 🙂

July 1, 2012 - 9:10 am

Tara - YAY Simon and Schuster! They are amazing and I love SO many of their books. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!

July 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Hello, hello! Welcome back for another month of book releases. June just slipped away – quickly. So many great books to look forward to in July! What are you most excited about? There are so, so many books Estelle and I are looking out for. Check out our most anticipated July 2012 […]

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July 2, 2012 - 7:20 pm

FallenNatalia - July comes with the best summer reading books! Ugh… I hate the waiting!

July 1, 2012 - 12:15 pm

elena - ooh lots of books I haven’t heard of it here! I’ve seen The Thing About Truth’s cover but I don’t think I’ve actually read the summary. I’m curious to read it now!

July 1, 2012 - 10:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - So. Many. Good. Books. My wallet is not going to be able to handle all of the trauma! Haha

June 30, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Why have I never heard of Last Summer? I am tempted to read this one. You are not helping my wallet!! haha

June 30, 2012 - 6:11 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe it’s already July, this year is going so fast! July looks like another awesome month when it comes to YA, I can’t wait for The Forsaken and Perfect Escape!