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Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/23/2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 192 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: daredevil, therapy, falling in love, family Format read: ARC paperback from the publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Dyna loves how she feels when she takes risks. When she gets seriously hurt in a fall, her mom […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Alexa S. - The concept of Adrenaline Crush is pretty neat! I like that it really explores Dyna’s understanding of herself, as well as the relationships in her life. Even though the short length still stumps me, and I couldn’t get into the story well the first time I tried, I’m glad to hear that it was pretty good.

September 24, 2014 - 9:44 am

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Review + Giveaway -Katie's Book Blog - […] Rather Be Reading’s review: “All in all, the book kept me interested and was definitely enjoyable, even if it won’t be a forever favorite.” […]

September 22, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Lea @ YA Book Queen - Glad the author managed to fill those 192 pages – short books always make me nervous (although Something Like Normal managed to pleasantly surprise me – that book is amazing).

Nice review! 🙂

September 22, 2014 - 10:39 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I can still remember how shocked I was the first time I learned how short this novel is but I’m happy to hear that (for the most part) it doesn’t negatively affect the depth and resonance of the story itself. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel on NetGalley and now I’m even more excited to begin it having read your review. Any sort of examination of familial relationships in YA literature is disappointingly rare, so I was particularly happy to hear that this was something Crompton touched upon. While it may not leave a lasting impression or prove a book I re-read again and again, I’m still really inspired by the subject matter and I can’t wait to experience it all firsthand 🙂 Thank you for the great, balanced review, Estelle!

Magan: Blaze (or Love in the Time of …) by Laurie Crompton

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: superheroes, sexting, comic books, divorced parents Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Blaze retaliates against the boy, Mark, who uses her for sex by drawing and publishing a […]

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September 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, Estelle - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Magan’s review of Blazed by Laurie Crompton […]

February 26, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds interesting enough, and I do like that she loves comics (since that’s very rare in the books I read). However, I feel truly uncomfortable with the whole sex situation, especially because I totally do not believe having unprotected sex should be left unaddressed.

February 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Magan - Kailia — I think the most frustrating part was that there was never any mention of repercussions. Like, there’s a momentary mention of something later, and then NO BIG DEAL. If she’s going to be so blatant about all of the sexual things, I wished that Crompton would have gone further with it. Talk about STDs or pregnancy and take it further. Make a point instead of just letting it hang. I’m not so upset about the unprotected sex as it just seemed unnecessary because nothing ever came of it. Does that make sense?

February 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

Magan - Asheley, you’re very right. Very little in the repercussions department for Mark. I think that’s a great way to think about books – would I want my kids to read this? And no, I don’t think this would be a very good example for them. Mark was disgraceful and Blaze wasn’t the best role model. 🙁

February 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve been seeing reviews similar to this out and about. I just won a copy of this book so I’ll probably highlight it on the blog during contemporary month but I have to admit that I have some reservations going into it. That sex scene, for one. And I’ve read that there aren’t very many repurcussions or punishments (?) for Mark the Shark for his behavior, which I find kind of not okay. Not sure I would want my girls picking up a book that deals with such big, scary, real issues in a sloppy way. (I don’t mean to judge harshly, but I do have kids and sometimes it affects how I read some of these issues books, ya know?)

Great honest review, Magan. Love it.

February 18, 2013 - 12:36 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - As a teenager who sees this happen WAY too many times (I’ve heard plenty of times from pregnant girls at school that they didn’t think one time of unprotected sex could result in pregnancy), I have to admit: I’m glad it made you uncomfortable. Maybe that was the authors purpose? I feel like instead of hiding it or making it more…PG 13, it was reality. While I can understand the whole rushed part-which is a shame- I can understand Blaze. I’ve met way to many girls like her. It is sad. Great review Megan!

February 14, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Magan - Sharon — yes, I think maybe going into it with realistic expectations will make the reading experience better. I can’t wait to see what you thought of it.
Bookworm, I agree – the brother was a great, great character. Probably my favorite, to be honest! 🙂
Ginger — it definitely could have used some fine-tuning and simplification. And I definitely feel someone should have done some editing on that sex scene.

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - Renae – yes, most definitely rushed at the end. It had so, so much potential, but the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. 🙁

February 14, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Magan - Lori — I did relate to her in the beginning, but then we kind of lost touch after that. :-/

February 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

Lori - I’ve heard some really good things about this book. Blaze sounds like a great character. I love that you could relate to her situation so well!

February 13, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This almost reminds me of a Disney Channel movie that I saw when I was a kid—Read It and Weep, which was about a girl who’s comic strip about her alterego taking down school bullies leaked. (Or at least, I think that’s what it was about—it’s been YEARS.) Anyway, I think this sounds like an interesting take on teen bullying. It’s a shame, though, that it wasn’t handled quite as well as it could have been, and that the ending bits were rushed and cramped together more than you’d have liked, Magan.

February 13, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I just saw this book the other day while walking through Barnes & Noble (for fun rather than work, for once), and it looked fun! I love the cover. Alas, after reading this review, I have realized that this story isn’t nearly as appealing to me as it may have seemed from the cover blurb. I may still pick it up eventually, but I will have more realistic expectations for what to expect. Thanks for the honest review.

February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - Yes, I was definitely disappointed about the unprotected sex scene, especially in this day and age. I really liked the brother though and thanks for sharing your somewhat similar experience with a crush.

February 13, 2013 - 8:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hmm I have issues with books that portray unprotected sex as not a big deal (or no deal at all)– especially when the target audience is teens. I get that this happens, but it still doesn’t make it ok. This books sounds like it had a lot going on. Not sure I’d be a fan of so much, ya know? Thanks for the honest review Magan.

Magan: Shelve It –> January 27, 2013

Hi, friends! I apologize for the late Shelve It. My poor laptop has been at the Apple store getting repaired. Actually, it was supposed to be better, but the problems I was having failed to return over the several days it was there so I have to wait + see if they happen again and then […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I feel like I’ve seen several posts about Bittersweet recently, even though it’s not a new book, so I’m definitely curious about that one. And yay for being able to meet Gayle Forman! How exciting 🙂

January 28, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, you got to meet Gayle Forman =D

This is a really good haul! Over You sounds like a great book. Enjoy.

Here’s my Book Haul post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

January 28, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I definitely want to meet Gayle Forman at an event for Just One Day, just so I can ask her questions about her travels and hear her talk about them. She seems like such an amazing and really cool person! (And I’ve actually heard her speak before!)

January 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - Ahhhh, I am meeting Gayle on super bowl Sunday (because, ugh timing) and I literally cannot wait and am so nervous I’ll make a flailing mess of my self.

ALSO! Yay Bittersweet! I need to buy that at some point.

January 28, 2013 - 9:09 am

Rachel - I am so jealous that you have a copy of Over You, you don’t even know. Amy Reed is my favorite author ON THE PLANET. Also, yay for meeting Gayle Forman!! I’m reading Just One Day soon and I’m so excited for it.

January 28, 2013 - 8:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’m curious about Over You. You’ll have to let me know if you think I should read it. And boo on sending the computer in 🙁 Hopefully it comes back all fixed up!

January 28, 2013 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Yay for Bittersweet! I read that one over the Christmas holidays, and really liked it. Sara Zarr is definitely a new favourite. And I am totally planning to read Just One Day, since you and many other wonderful bloggers, have loved it so much.

January 28, 2013 - 12:12 am

fishgirl182 - i’ve been meaning to read bittersweet for so long. it looks so cute. oooh and blaze sounds really cool. i used to want to draw comics when i was in jr high. i will def have to check that one out.

January 27, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited about Blaze-I was lucky enough to get a copy through Netgalley as well and can’t wait to dive in!

January 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

elena - i need to go read those anatomy of a bf/gf books!! omg bittersweet made me sooo hungry for sweets even though i bought a pack of red velvet cupcakes in preparation.

ALSO PSH WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT! that is such an adorable picture and you both look lovely lovely lovely.

blaze sounds good! i remember being excited when it was fangirl but then eh once a summary once out but then they redid that summary SO. i guess i will wait to see what you think of it!

xo

February 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Hi, friends! The first month of 2013 is almost over. You know what that means? Looking forward to a new month bursting with amazing releases! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is coming to an end (sigh), but we get to meet Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles and see what Juliette is up to […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already bought Unravel Me, but I’m also really looking forward to Out of the Easy and Pivot Point! Both sound interesting, and I’ve heard good things about both so that’s also really nice!

January 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Cassie - My oh my. SO MANY BOOKS. I read Unravel Me and adored it. I can’t speak highly enough about Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I can’t wait for The Ruining, Out of the Easy, The Reece Malcom List and How to Lead a Life of Crime!

January 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Rachel - Oh man, so many good books out this month! I’m excited for the rest of the world to read Unravel Me, as I finished that one recently. I’m looking forward to Pivot Point, The Ruining, and Hysteria.

January 25, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alexa Y. - There are SO many good books out this month, but I’m particularly looking forward to Unravel Me and Scarlet! I need to do a re-read of Scarlet once I get my own copy…

January 25, 2013 - 8:08 am

Jen - Well, we already discussed Unravel Me at length, so you already know my thoughts on that one 🙂 Can’t wait for the finished copy so I can do a thorough and heart-pounding re-read!