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Estelle: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/7/2014 Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: YA Keywords: LGBT, theatre, culture, identity, friendship, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: New friends, old friends, secret feelings, sister “rivalry” and fitting in are all […]

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December 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] 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 […]

October 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

April Books & Wine - So, I have not commented on any blogs in WEEKS but I had to break the radio silence due to clicking Bloglovin’ and seeing that you reviewed Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel and clicking on your review because it’s of a book that is different from all the other books being reviewed. AND OMG can I just say that it makes me so happy that you loved this book and that you get why it’s so great and ugh, I am just so thrilled right now. Yay for Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel getting some spotlight on Rather Be Reading! I will say, I really enjoyed If You Could Be Mine, however, there were some parts were I was like what even is this. Like, it wasn’t as good as this book. Still worth reading though, because it adds something new and unique to YA, you know? Anyways, awesome review!

October 9, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I haven’t read anything by Sara Farizan, but clearly I need to fix that ASAP. There are so many books I want to read, it’s crazy.

I’m glad you really liked it. Leila seems like such an awesome person, and I can’t wait to meet her for myself. 🙂

October 9, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve yet to read a Sara Fariza novel! But I love that they sound different from many others I’ve encountered. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel sounds great, and I definitely will be checking it out 😉

October 9, 2014 - 10:30 am

ashley - This review has me even more excited for this book. I just started it and I’m glad the feel I’m getting on the book is fairly accurate so far.

Estelle: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: coming out, best friends, literary magazine, art class, graduation Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Jamie is in love with his best friend, Mason. He’s pretty sure Mason […]

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July 3, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Alexa S. - It’s a bummer that Fan Art wasn’t quite as good as you’d hoped it would be, especially because you really liked her other novel! I was going to read this one, but then decided against it, and I’m kind of glad I did now. I do love that there were still a few details that stood out to you in a positive way though, like that friendship between Jamie & Eden!

June 25, 2014 - 6:31 am

Leah - 🙁 What a disappointment! I had grabbed this one from EW and thought it sounded fantastic..looks like I wasn’t missing anything!

June 24, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I literally just finished this one and got my review up too! I was glad you felt the same way, I was nervous I was going to be the only one. I wanted to like it so badly, and I just felt like everything never really came together. I haven’t read her other one though, and I’ve heard amazing things, so I may give that a shot.

This cover is so cute though, I want to hang on to my ARC because it’s pretty! (classic book hoarder right here)

June 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

Betty - Ughhh. 🙁 I hate it when this happens. You read a book by an author and assume that every book they write will be just as good…. but then they just aren’t. This books sounds really good premise wise. I’m sad it didn’t meet your expectations. I might have to check out Love + Leftovers though!! Haven’t read it!

Estelle: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva ( web ) Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux (Macmillan Kids) Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Armenian culture, LGBT, summer school, NYC, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley Summary: When Alek’s parents spring summer school attendance on him so he can stay on the […]

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June 4, 2014 - 12:04 pm

tabithasbookblog - I’m beyond excited for this book!! I’ve heard so many good things about it, and this review just makes me want to read it even more! AND. The author is wicked nice which just makes me want to read it even more!

Glad to hear that you ended up enjoying it!

June 4, 2014 - 12:03 am

Alexa S. - I wasn’t quite sure what to make of One Man Guy, but I’m very happy that you wound up enjoying it! It sounds pretty darn cute. Plus, I’m usually a sucker for books about (a) a turning point summer and (b) set in New York City. Will have to check this out at some point!

June 3, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Rebecca - This sounds adorable! I think I’d like this, especially after your lovely review. Apart from bit of preachiness, it looks great. I wonder if my library will get a copy… Glad you enjoyed it!

June 3, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Amy - This DOES sound adorable! I’m really intrigued by the idea that Ethan doesn’t try to question things or make a huge, complicated, CAPSLOCK deal out of his relationship. (Well, I’m assuming that this is what happens because I haven’t read it yet.) The easygoing attitude is pretty special, I think. Ethan sounds like a great dude, and I always love a relationship that seems organic and not deliberately staged. Lots of promising things in this debut!!

June 2, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Mary @ BookSwarm - This sounds too adorable. I feel like I might want to re-experience NYC through their dates after reading it. And I love that the relationship progression is natural, not forced.

June 2, 2014 - 10:47 am

Rosie - This sounds like a really nice and sweet read. I haven’t read anything like that before but there’s no time like the present. Sounds like a nice summer read 🙂

Rosie x

Top 10 Tuesday: Not Reviewed but Highly Recommended

Oh hey there! Since it’s a freebie week, I thought I would jump in today and BE CREATIVE. I recruited my husband to help me think of a topic. Options ranged from BOOKS WITH MUPPET REFERENCES and BOOKS THAT COULDN’T FIT INTO ANY OTHER TOP 10 LIST. But I settled on this one because it’s […]

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June 2, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, I loved the Time Between Us series! It gave me lots of feelings, in the best way, and I’m so glad I wound up reading them. I also got reminded that I want to read Alienated and Kiss the Morning Star, thanks to your post, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed them both!

June 1, 2014 - 5:07 am

Judith - Oooh, this is a good topic for a TTT! I wish that I read enough to write little reviews like this, but alas, I’m a slow reader and I review pretty much everything I read. I’ve only read Anatomy of a Boyfriend, but I totally enjoyed it. I think it’s great that it’s so open about sexuality and the transition from high school to college. And Past Perfect and Kiss the Morning Star are about best friends? MUST HAVE!

May 29, 2014 - 9:36 pm

maria helena - Great list! I’m gonna have to add some of these to my tbr list.

May 28, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Alexa - I have a great co-blogger on my blog but I still like to review almost all of the books that I read even if I didn’t like them that much or have strong feelings one way or the other.

May 27, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Lucy - Love this! I think this topic should be in the regular TTT rotation. Since it’s impossible to review everything, this at least gives the book some acknowledgement.

I didn’t review Dr. Bird or Uses for Boys either but enjoyed them both very much! Kiss the Morning Star and Time Between Us are books I keep meaning to read.

May 27, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cecelia - What a fun list idea! I review maybe 1/4 of the books I read, so this would be a fun pick for the next freebie TTT. Also: I haven’t read any of these books. Eeek!

May 27, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Rachel - I’ve only been blogging since March, but to-date I’ve done a review of every book I’ve read. I’m going to start doing DNF reviews and a collection of mini-reviews for some books, as I find some I have a lot to say and for others I struggle to do s full review, so I’m going to pull them together into the one. Great idea for a topic!

My TTT: http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/top-ten-tuesday-remembering-alfie/

May 27, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I love this topic because I think we all must have some of these. I definitively don’t review every book I read, but the ones I seem to especially skip are the last books in series. I have reviewed them but it never seems right. I have a lot of these in my TBR so I’ll have to be sure and make time for them. 🙂

May 27, 2014 - 11:24 am

Laura - WOW! I haven’t read any of these. Thank you for these recommendations!

There are a few books I’ve read but haven’t reviewed, mostly because I didn’t have a place to review them (blog, Goodreads, didn’t bother with retail sites) or knew how to review. But I’m always recommending Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, just about everything written by Sarah Dessen and Jodi Picoult, and obviously Harry Potter. Nowadays, if I don’t post a review, it’s because I literally do not have the words. I can only rate it, and it’s usually off the charts!

My TTT

May 27, 2014 - 9:39 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a great topic idea! Since I’m not the fastest reader, I typically review most of what I read. However, there are a few that slip by and never make it on the blog. If I can’t finish a book, then I don’t review it. There have been some steamy romances that I read for pure pleasure and don’t review either. I like that you mentioned Uses for Boys in your list today. I remember talking about this book in length with you during & after I read it. I know lots of people hated it, but it was comforting to know that we shared a lot of the same opinions about it. And Yay for Mindi Scott! She will always be on my auto-buy list 🙂