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Why in 5: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: homeless teenager, private detective, teens on the run Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Cali fled to California after running away from his foster home. He lives a quiet life, […]

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August 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Jess, it was DEFINITELY under the radar. Haven’t seen much about it. If you give it a shot, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

August 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Thanks, Alexa! It was a really unique story that took me out my comfort zone in a great way. It was so refreshing to read something a little different and from a completely different perspective. 🙂

August 7, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Jess - I’m always a fan of male povs and this book is on the short side so I will have to check it out. This one was certainly under the radar

August 6, 2014 - 8:00 am

The Prince of Venice Beach Themed Gift-Pack - […] friends! Last week I reviewed The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson. While I read it, I couldn’t help but jot down a list of things Cali did or items that seemed […]

July 30, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Alexa S. - I do have a soft spot for contemporaries that are about characters in unusual circumstances. Cali sounds like a great guy, even with all he’s had to deal with, and I’d definitely like to know his story! That’s probably why I liked this review so much — you made me curious about him, and his story, and what happens.

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 24, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer before college, two strangers […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] Roomies by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by […]

December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. 😉

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)

LOVE!

December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!

Estelle: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy by A.S. King ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: reality TV, anger management, family dynamics Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: A small part of Gerald’s childhood was documented on Network Nanny, and 12 years later, he […]

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March 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Reality Boy by A.S. King Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Estelle’s Review […]

November 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The short chapters definitely kept me flipping the pages and Gerald’s voice is fantastic. His story is so heartbreaking and it’s made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that there are real kids who are forced on reality TV shows without their consent.

As always, great review!

November 4, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad this book made such an impression on you! I’m a bit of a reality show junkie, so the premise of this one is pretty interesting to me. It would be very fascinating to see the author’s take on what it’s like for one of the kids who was on a reality show as a child to grow up and try to move on from that reputation he’s been accosted with. I’ve never read an A.S. King book yet, but this definitely sounds good!

November 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Judith - I always get angry at reality shows like this. Sure, they are enjoyable from time to time, but I hate when there are kids that didn’t sign up to be on TV. In a way, that can be seen as some form of child abuse. In fact, I feel the same way about parents who put every picture of their child on Facebook. The kid didn’t ask for it, that’s for sure. It’s a weird thing, really. I don’t like it. Just because of this reason, I am interested to see how I will feel about this book. I might just get all ragey like the MC though, haha.

October 30, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love how this looks at our contemporary entertainment landscape and its effect on families-I didn’t love my first King book (Please Ignore Vera Dietz) but I think I might like this one more and I hope to try it.

October 30, 2013 - 10:25 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I completely agree with EVERYTHING, Estelle! This was my first King as well and I’m definitely going to read her others. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I sat down to read this, but it STILL has an impact on me (I read in back in April-ish for a book tour). Half a year later and I’m still haunted by this book? Bravo, King!

Seriously, the happiest moments in this book were the most heartbreaking.

& I think this is one of the first times where the cover model looked EXACTLY how I pictured the character. That boy IS Gerald.

October 29, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I remember seeing this cover and thinking the book definitely wasn’t for me, then I finally read the description and was intrigued, and after everything you said I really want to read it.

This is the third book I’ve heard about recently that deals with children who were on reality TV shows as kids. I read You Look Different in Real Life (which was about a documentary, but same idea) earlier this year and didn’t like it, but I’m excited to read Something Real which comes out next year.

October 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Allison L - I’ve heard good things about A.S. King’s books but have yet to actually read one myself. Reality Boy sounds like it has alot of promise based on your review. I also feel like I need to read more books that have male points of view. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list! 🙂

October 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

alice-jane - I’m glad to hear that Reality Boy didn’t disappoint! I requested it but I haven’t gotten to it yet. A.S King is a great writer who writes about difficult topics and I loved Ask the Passengers.

October 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

BookChic - Great review! I love A.S. King’s books (I think I’ve only read two though- need to get caught up!) and so glad you had a great experience with this one. I’m hoping to get my copy soon (A.S. is sending me one) and cannot wait to dive in!

Magan: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: secrets, feuding parents, prisoner on Death Row, UK Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Zoe has a BIG secret, one she’s afraid to tell. The only way she feels […]

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June 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Book Breakups: Audiobook Edition | wrapped up in books - […] Magan at Rather Be Reading: “Ketchup Clouds held my attention as I fought to piece together the mystery of Zoe. While I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the secret in the end, I do feel it was a very age-appropriate reaction to the situation at hand and accurately depicted how I would have felt were I to swap places with Zoe. I really enjoyed that Pitcher chose such a unique way of sharing Zoe’s story, and was happy with (what I’d consider) the surprise I found waiting for me at the end of the book. I was taken a bit outside my element as I was subtly forced to think about a prisoner on Death Row, but equally captivated by the secret Zoe was so afraid to share. If you’re looking for something different that will offer you a unique reading experience, definitely take a chance on Ketchup Clouds.” […]

February 5, 2014 - 12:26 pm

laila mangs - this book is amazing I can’t wait for the end. Zoe and Aaron would make a good couple not Max and Zoe. thanks for listening. 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 12:23 pm

laila mangs - this book is sooooooo good. I really like it. I can’t wait to read the end.

November 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - This book certainly sounds unique! I love the fact that it’s told through letters, and that it feels like there’s such an urgency to those letters. I’m interested in finding out Zoe’s secret, of course, but I’m also curious about Stuart. Great review M!

October 19, 2013 - 10:59 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - The premise of this one is so interesting, I definitely want to check it out! Great review.

October 17, 2013 - 3:11 am

Lauren - I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and really wanted to read this (even though I really didn’t know much about it). Glad to hear you enjoyed it overall. I don’t normally like the letter method of revealing a story, but it sounds like it worked for the most part (death row killer’s last days hypothesizing aside). Definitely still excited to give this one a try. Lovely balanced review!

October 17, 2013 - 12:08 am

Bookworm1858 - I love epistolary novels so I think this novel will really work for me. I like what I’ve heard about Pitcher’s writing in this book and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

October 16, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I didn’t really know anything about this book before your review, and it definitely intrigues me. The entire book is told in letter form, correct? And it sounds like she’s recounting the past, instead of telling this man about her current life? I can definitely understand the desire to share with a stranger. Wanting to tell SOMEONE, but someone that you don’t know, who won’t judge you. But it’s a very interesting choice to pick this inmate. I can see where the sections about him wouldn’t be as compelling if he’s unable to write back to her. I’m curious about the secret, and the form of the story is pretty fascinating, but the fact that this girl faces very YA problems, is less intriguing. Thanks so much for your review!

October 16, 2013 - 8:49 am

alice-jane - I’ve been wanting to read Ketchup Clouds ever since I first found out about it. I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel PItcher’s previous work. I’m glad that Ketchup Clouds doesn’t disappoint. While Ketchup Clouds sounds like it does have its faults, I think I’m still going to pick it up.

Sweet Summertime Reads: Setting the Scene (Jennifer E. Smith)

Note from Estelle: I am not ashamed to call myself a Jennifer E. Smith cheerleader. Since I read through all of her books last year, Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and […]

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July 9, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) - I love this! It’s great to see the setting that’s in a favourite book of mine. 🙂 I loved This is What Happy Looks Like!

July 9, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tara - I love that Jennifer took pieces of different places to create the setting for Happy. Setting is so important to me when I read a story and I can’t wait to see these places meld together. I still need to read Happy and I think it’s going to have to happen before summer ends!

July 9, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I adore this post! I absolutely love Jennifer’s books, at least the ones I’ve read so far (and I think that’s everything except the MG one and Comeback Season). The setting of This is What Happy Looks Like was one of my favorite things about the book, so it’s pretty fascinating to hear the story of how it all came together!

July 9, 2013 - 10:19 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - What a great post! First of all, and most importantly, I didn’t realize that Jennifer E Smith had written more than Happy and Probability!! (Bad me!) BUT hooray for finding new books! So I’ve made some notes and I never would’ve realized probably had I not seen this post so THANK YOU, ladies! Second of all: SETTING. I just love a great setting so much, and I love reading this. Now when I grab This Is What Happy Looks Like, this will resonate with me as I read. So thank you again, ladies! E, you know that I love books set around the water/sea and this sounds like it needs to be moved up on my to-read list. Doggone it, E. You do this to me every time. ALSO You Are Here sounds like it might be an Asheley book??? Thoughts? LOVE THIS POST.

July 9, 2013 - 10:13 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I’m also a cheerleader for JES. Much like the title of her latest novel, her books make me happy inside. Is this what happy feels like? I think soooooo!

This guest post just makes me want to visit Montauk, find an ice cream shop and taste all the flavors of summer.

July 9, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jamie - I didn’t mention this in my review (and DUH I should have) but the sense of setting in this book was REALLY awesome and having been to Maine one summer I thought she nailed it and it really made me want to go back tbh!

I also loved the part about writing setting because, as you know, I’m starting out on my own little writing journey and that paragraph made a lot of sense to me. Bookmarking it for further use!

July 9, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Such inspirational words! I’m a huge fan of settings, both in what I read & what I write. I completely agree that it’s best to take pieces from personal places you’ve experienced & piece them together to create something new. It definitely fulfills the story and creates a richer atmosphere.

I still need to read Happy. It’s on my TBR list. I’m thinking this should happen before summer ends. Great post!

July 9, 2013 - 9:08 am

Bookworm1858 - Agree that the setting for HAPPY felt very summery. Though I’ve never visited Maine, it really evoked a strong sense of place for me and made me eager to give it a visit!

Magan: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy […]

August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: When You Were Here Gift Pack, Estelle - […] Can you believe there’s only two weeks left of our Sweet Summertime Reads series with Ginger and Tara? It’s been such a fun summer of new ideas, summer loving, and it’s crazy that it’s about to come to a close. I’m going solo today with this post but it is totally inspired by Magan’s affection for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. […]

June 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I was already excited about it, but now I’m REALLY excited. I really liked Mockingbirds but I wanted something…more from it. This seems like it has it. Great review, Magan. Can’t wait to read this one.

June 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I am sincerely excited to read this book! I love that readers get to witness Danny’s journey through his grief. I also love that he gets to go to Japan, which is one of my favorite countries in the whole entire world! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one 🙂

June 13, 2013 - 8:05 pm

alicejane011 - Ahhh this review makes me want the When We Were Here even more! I love how it’s partially set in Tokyo. I’m happy that it’s really good because it’s been on my TBR list for a while now.

June 13, 2013 - 7:20 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This sounds like the perfect book. It’s been sitting on the top of my ARC pile and I’ve been behind and busy — but I’m resolving to pick this up next. It sounds perfect!

June 13, 2013 - 2:53 am

DannyBookworm - “a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts,”

Oh you totally sold me with this!!!!

June 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

tabithasbookblog - A major plot twist?! That makes me want to read this book more than anything… okay not really – but I do want to read this one!

Great review!!

June 12, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - You made this book sound amazing ! It’s totally on my radar now.

June 12, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa Schensted - I was at B&N yesterday and was SO CLOSE to buying this…and then bought Second Chance Summer instead.

This will be next! I KNOW IT.

June 12, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your review made me even MORE compelled to get my hands on this book ASAP. I’m so glad you loved it, I have some really high hopes. Great review!