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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby • Magan Reviews

  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a boyfriend, transplant donor recipients, moving forward Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Quinn feels unable to move on until she has closure about Trent’s last donor recipient, Colton, who received a heart transplant. […]

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April 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Magan - I did, I did, Melissa! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was this your first Kirby book? If so, I’m SHOCKED! You definitely need to read the others! Get on it, lady! 🙂

April 14, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Magan - I agree with you on both accounts, Alexa! The family was SO great and the scenery was just magnificent. I wanted to live in some of those scenes!

April 7, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Things We Know By Heart is a toss-up between the incredible details of the setting, and the amazing people in Quinn’s family. Both elements were such standouts to me! Glad you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart.

April 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, I’m so glad that you liked this one too! I hadn’t thought about her friends, but you do make a good point. I loved how her character evolved throughout the book, and it would have been nice to see some of that transformation rewarded! I am definitely going to check out more of Jessi Kirby’s books; I really liked her writing style =)

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this 🙂 ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute 🙂

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Double Review: Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Beware of spoilers below for Shatter Me! Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Website | Twitter Publication Date: October 2, 2012 / February 5, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 103 / 465 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, powers and abilities, broken government Format read: ARC from HarperCollins (Thank you!) Summaries: Told from Warner’s […]

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December 5, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Was This Novella Worthwhile? | Hopeful Happiness - […] Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not going to receive a huge plot reveal, but you’re reading for character development.” […]

December 4, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Double Review: Destroy Me / Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Hopeful Happiness - […] in fact, there’s actually a bit of overlap between the novella and the second book.” Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not […]

February 25, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh Magan, I’m SO glad I starred this review to read after I’d finished Unravel Me. You’ve no idea how glad I am that you’ve crossed over. I crossed over a bit myself. I was never Team Adam (found him too perfect in the first book), but I also didn’t want Juliette with Warner. He was too evil. I mean, I loved his character from the first book, but just, no. But now, I mean. Oh gosh. I love this boy so much. And I’m starting to detest Adam a bit. I mean, I feel for him. I do. But the whole lying/not telling Juliette thing in the beginning REALLY grated on my nerves. I HATE that. And Warner. He’s like the best example of a broken tortured soul character EVER! And that is my weakness.

I think Mafi’s done a TERRIFIC job of leaving us in suspense though. Normally, with love triangles, I can call them. I can spot what’s going to happen a mile away. With this, I HAVE NO EFFING CLUE! And somehow I feel like my heart is going to be ripped to shreds by the end. :\

Great review!!!

February 21, 2013 - 11:56 am

Magan - Asheley, I really just don’t know WHO the boy will be in the end. I’m kind of frustrated by that because we all have our opinions about what’s going to happen, but I JUST DON’T KNOW! And yes, totally a first world problem, but ahhh — things like this keep me up some nights or result in some awesome chats with friends! I agree about T-Mafi being an auto-read. Love her! Love her work! She is the sweetest, isn’t she? I just want to be her BFF!

February 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hahaha, this is hilarious. I did a reread of Shatter Me and then read Destroy Me and Unravel Me. I was Team Adam, then found myself wavering a little bit and then completely confused with my loyalties. Darn T Mafi! So then after I finished Unravel Me, I went straight back to Shatter Me again to find myself. I listened to the audiobook for the re-read, so now I feel like I need to listen to the audiobook for Unravel Me, so I wonder if I’ll slip in my loyalties again. GRrrraaaahhhhhalkdjfa;klsjdflkjasdf. Isn’t it such an awesome first-world problem, to read or not to read so you can pick which team you’re on? 🙂

T Mafi is brilliant and auto-read for me forever. I just met her at the Pitch Dark Tour and she just charmed the heck out of me. And she totally let me get all of my thoughts out about everything I feel about all three books, and she totally listened intently to everything I said. So great.

February 10, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I WILL NOT LIKE WARNER. I. WILL. NOT.

But now you’re making me scared that I will! AHHHHHH!

February 5, 2013 - 5:44 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe that you’ve changed your mind… I am not prepared to have my mind changed about Warner so I am putting off reading this book!

February 5, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Anna - Adam rules, WARNER DROOLS!

February 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Jamie - I can’t even read this review bc obvi I still have to get to this book but OMG just seeing your texts. PLEASE BE MY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM! PLEASE!

February 4, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - While reading Shatter Me I was very much team Adam, but past the halfway mark is when I started to shift ground. Adam was too perfect, too nice, too stereotypical YA guy with a mysterious background and Daddy issues. I’ve actually been leaning towards Warner more because he has an actual personality. Adam is *yawn*, while Warner is crazy creeper, but at least he’s a complex character. I haven’t read Unravel Me, so maybe my opinions will change. Can I be team Kenji? 😀

February 4, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Alexa Y. - Ah Warner, I can totally, totally, totally understand why people are conflicted when it comes to him. I mean, we learn so much more about him in Destroy Me, and see him a whole lot more in Unravel Me. And then there are those beautiful, wonderful moments he shares with Juliette.

But I still do like Adam. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m remembering all the history they have from the beginning, and maybe it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic, but I’m still on his side.

BUT, in other news, I’m totally, majorly, 10 billion times more TEAM KENJI, teehee. He’s awesome in this one!

February 4, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - “But I reached a point where I just wanted to say, “ENOUGH! Accept this and move on.” I wanted her to fight for herself and to not be the small, fragile girl she had been molded into.” – you nailed it. I wanted to take her and shake her. ENOUGH WITH IT.

I’ll send you the registration packet for the Team Warner fanclub asap. oxo

February 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Rachel - I felt the same way about Juliette in this novel. I thought we definitely saw a lot more development in her as a character and learned more about why she acts and thinks the way she does, but I also wanted her to move on and focus on the present instead of letting her past dicate things.

And booooo for Warner lol. I don’t like him. But the romance scenes were TOTALLY HOT OMG. Even as someone who doesn’t like Warner, I was definitely into him during certain moments.

February 4, 2013 - 11:36 am

elena - Well, you are very aware of my feeeeelings by now, and we are PRETTY MUCH IN THE SAME BOAT. I NEED A HAPPY ENDING FOR WARNER!!!!!! I am so sure that he is going to have a tragic ending or something like that. Please prove me wrong, Tahereh Mafi! I totally agree with Juliette, I understood where she was coming from but it just was not fun to read about. Chapter 62 was fun to read about though. 🙂

February 4, 2013 - 8:11 am

Lori - So…I read Shatter Me and liked it, but I didn’t OMGLOVEIT like others. So I haven’t been really interested in reading these…You might have changed that…

🙂

February 4, 2013 - 6:56 am

Kelly - I wasn’t Shatter Me’s biggest fan, and it’s disappointing to hear Juliette remains so fragile in Unravel Me. BUT, I’m super tempted to continue the series anyway, just to figure out what the heck is going on with Warner!

Of course your review has only piqued my curiosities further 😛

Magan: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Pages: 470 Release Date: March 2, 2010 Publisher: HarperCollins Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: I previously read Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Summary: On February 12th, Sam dies. She re-lives the same day seven times, and each time has the chance to […]

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September 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Review -Katie's Book Blog - […] read it and find out for yourself how great it is! What others are saying about Before I Fall: Rather Be Reading’s review: “Please, if you haven’t read Before I Fall, stop what you’re doing right this second and […]

May 8, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I really enjoyed Delirium, but i was disappointed in the rest of the series so I was nervous to pick this one up too. Like you, I am so glad that I did! I thought it was wonderful. I agree that it was bold to make Sam and her friends unlikable at the beginning, but the growth in Sam’s character was so well done! I loved the premise and the execution with this one. It really brought the feels!

September 24, 2012 - 11:19 am

herbsterchey - i love it

June 16, 2012 - 10:55 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really, really want to read this book. I just recently got to see Lauren Oliver at a panel and she was just so inspiring and expressed herself beautifully. I have yet to pick up a book by her, but I will definitely have to remedy that.

May 31, 2012 - 5:20 am

Loraine - http://lorxiebookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/before-i-fall-by-lauren-oliver.html just finished reading this book, i love your review 🙂

April 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Magan - Lena! No, can’t blame you. She was a terrible, mean girl in the beginning of the book. I am so glad her character evolved. I couldn’t have kept reading if she never “got it”.

April 5, 2012 - 9:13 am

Magan - Jasmine! Yes, you have to! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 4, 2012 - 11:09 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’ve seen lots of differing opinions on this one, but I’ll definitely still be giving it a try since I adore everything else Lauren Oliver has written.

April 4, 2012 - 7:17 am

Lena - Yay, I’m so glad you liked it! I have to admit, I absolutely HATED Sam in the beginning of the book. Can you blame me? By the end, though, I really enjoyed watching her character progress and even got a little teary-eyed. *sniff sniff*

LOVE YOU, MAGAN!

April 3, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Sonia - Ahhh, I’m THRILLED that you loved this one! 🙂 Lauren Oliver’s books always seem to hit me straight in the heart (she is definitely one of my absolute faaavourite authors) and this one was no exception!

I really loved what she did with Sam’s character. I went from HATING her to at least understanding a bit of where she was coming from and that was pretty impactful.

OH YES, KENT <3 I'm so glad that you gushed about his character because I loved him! Of course, the contrast between him and so many of the other characters probably helps but… I loved him 🙂 He's sweet and adorable in that nerdy way of his.

Great review!

April 3, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Magan - Heyyyy Melissa! YES! I want to own a copy, too! Definitely! That reminds me, I need to create a “want to own” list. Glad the library saves me some $$, but I need to remember to purchase the ones I love! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

April 3, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m glad that you enjoyed this one! This is definitely one of my favourite books of all time. I was halfway through reading a library copy and I honestly wanted to just return it, buy a copy and start reading my VERY OWN copy from the beginning. And I hear that they’re making it into a movie apparently? Not sure how it’s going to translate to film, but I’m intrigued!

April 3, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Magan - Hannah, I agree! The repetition was annoying in the beginning, but because it took so long for her to get the point, I began to have hope that maybe she wasn’t going to die. I became even more invested every single time the next day began. Totally love the last line of your comment. I felt the very same!

April 3, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Magan - MANDS! Yay for you getting a copy! Perfect timing. I’m going to be stalking your blog looking for your review. *puts on super stealth glasses*

April 3, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - Great review for a very interesting book! I was so impressed by her gutsy decision to make Sam so unlikeable. I mean, you’ve got to respect an author that takes a total biyotch of a character and makes you feel for her by the end of it. I did get a little annoyed at times by the repetition, but it was still a really great read! More than anything, I appreciated how this book made me really think about how I live my life and treat other people (in a totally non-cheesy way).

April 3, 2012 - 7:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan. I just bought a copy of this on the weekend and I was very lucky to meet Lauren yesterday at her book signing here in Sydney. She spoke about all of her books and I definitely want to get to Before I Fall very soon.

April 3, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Magan - Hey Aneeqah! Thanks for stopping by our blog! YOU SHOULD READ IT! The character development is incredible. Loved it! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

April 3, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Aneeqah - Wow! I didn’t realize this book was so good. I’ve heard some good things about it, but I haven’t really heard all that much about it. But I’m definitely going to be picking this up when I go to the library next! I actually recently met Lauren Oliver, who was amazing and so funny and so nice. This whole concept sounds pretty interesting, and I love books with character development. Plus, I loved Delirium and Pandemonium, so I’m definitely going to be picking this one up ASAP!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

April 3, 2012 - 10:55 am

Magan - Elena, oh do I feel you. I’ve read a number of good books at the WRONG time. If you think this sounds even vaguely intriguing, maybe give it another try. I did with Delirium (and I didn’t think it was possible for me to like it) and now here I am… a Lauren Oliver FANGIRL. Haha.

April 3, 2012 - 10:50 am

elena - Ah, I had similar problems with Lauren Oliver’s writing! I think I probably read Before I Fall at the wrong time because I didn’t really like it. Then I read reviews like yours that make me want to reconsider my opinions! Especially since I enjoyed Liesl & Po and Pandemonium by her. It really is a gutsy move to make characters unlikeable and I commend Lauren Oliver for that! It’s way too often there are the boring, perfect protagonists which isn’t very realistic. Incredibly lovely review, Magan!

April 3, 2012 - 9:50 am

Magan - Anna! Thanks! Can’t stress that point enough. SO GOOD. I <3 Lauren Oliver.

April 3, 2012 - 9:47 am

Anna - “Stop what you’re doing right this second and start reading it” — YES THIS! I love it.

April 3, 2012 - 8:56 am

Magan - SHARON! Yes, hope on the love train for Before I Fall! (Does anyone get the Mary Murphy from So You Think You Can Dance reference…? Anyone…?)

April 3, 2012 - 8:55 am

Magan - Alice, you most definitely DO NEED TO READ THIS! I think this book (being so awesome and others not comparing to it) is why I feel like I’ve read a lot of “eh” lately. I hope you do read it! And then I want to know what you think! Tweet to us, please, if you do read it: @ReadingGals.

April 3, 2012 - 8:54 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I really need to read this book! I’ve heard so many different things about it.

April 3, 2012 - 8:53 am

Alice - Ahhh I so need to read this book. <3 I saw a friend reading it a couple of years ago and the plot sounded really interesting. It's amazing that Lauren Oliver was able to do that…turn an instantly hated character into something so much more. I love seeing character development like that in books. <3

And for it to leave you with that kind of feeling and not being able to read anything for over 24 hours? wow. I definitely need to pick this up sometime…and read it somewhere privately so that people on the train don't see me sobbing my heart out. 😛

April 3, 2012 - 8:03 am

Magan - GINGER! We found a book we disagree on. I never thought I’d see the day…

It was frustrating when she didn’t seem to be “getting it,” but I guess I just held tight to the hope that she would. Eventually. I adore Oliver, too. She’s so good, so good!

April 3, 2012 - 8:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had a very different reaction to this book, unfortunately. I struggled to get through it & when I did – I deemed it one of the worst books I read in 2010 🙁 I get that Oliver wanted us to hate Sam, despise her character – I totally did. But I never got past that. I was never able to connect with her & understand her. I remained in that hateful state & I think that’s why I did not enjoy this book. The repetitive nature of the story really bugged me too. I get that it was part of the plot – but after the 3rd or 4th time she woke up I was thinking, really?! come on! lol

Ok wow, totally didn’t mean to be so negative in your comments! This is just one book I did not care for & have no problem expressing why. To each their own, right? I know lots loved it though. My thoughts on this book is in no way a reflection of my feelings on Oliver’s writing though. I ADORE HER. Delirium & Pandemonium – blew my mind!!!!

Magan: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, a vlog review

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (website | twitter) Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins Pages: 338 Release Date: November 15, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover gifted to me by my in-laws for Christmas! How I heard about it: Um, this book is awesome so everyone’s talking about it. Shatter Me is buzzing. Everywhere. It’s kind of a […]

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February 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

Double Book Review: Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - […] Remember back when I had cute bangs and brown hair and I called Warner detestable in my vlog review of Shatter Me? I was super hesitant to read Destroy Me because, really, why would I want to know about a […]

December 11, 2012 - 8:01 am

Bookish Gift Suggestions: Books for the Non-Reader - […] Me by Tahereh Mafi – Goodreads | Amazon | My Vlog Review – Shatter Me is the book for someone who would love Tahereh’s unique writing style. […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:31 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Magan – you are ADORABLE! And I cannot wait to read Shatter Me! I won that won from Tara at Fiction Folio BUT I haven’t gotten to it yet. You’ve made me want to bump it up my reading pile though!

June 2, 2012 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Our Local Bookstores - […] Conrad (Goodreads) Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Goodreads) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (My review) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Goodreads) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher […]

May 17, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People: Austin, TX - […] 26th with big, happy hearts. These two ladies are extraordinary authors. Tahereh is the author of Shatter Me, and Veronica is the author of Under the Never Sky. I read both of their books and fell in love […]

April 5, 2012 - 9:16 am

Magan - Sharon! Thanks so much for your comment. I love, love, loved this book No question about it. I am hoping there’s something else this year that makes me FALL IN LOVE like I did with this book. Nothing seems to compare so far. Tahereh Mafi is coming to Austin in April and I cannot wait! 🙂

March 28, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I don’t know how I missed this when you first posted it! I couldn’t wait to hear what you thought. Glad I caught it, though. First of all, love the vlog format; it was an interesting change that worked really well. 🙂

Second of all, THIS BOOK. Good gracious. I feel like I cannot even articulate how awesome it was. The writing in particular was just…absolutely stunning. I was this close to giving it 5 stars, which is practically unattainable.

My full review is here, actually, if you want all of my thoughts. I would probably break your comment box if I tried to recreate them, LOL.

March 20, 2012 - 8:55 am

Magan - Yay! Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I was kinda nervous about doing a review that way. And really, I have complete faith that you will LOVE this book! 🙂

March 19, 2012 - 9:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I enjoyed your vlog-style review, Magan! And I promise I will try and get a copy of this as soon as possible and read it. I love how passionate you are about this book 🙂

March 19, 2012 - 10:12 am

Magan - Kristin! I’m so glad you loved it too! I will definitely tell Tahereh that you say hello! I was jumping up and down when I saw she was coming to Austin!

Congratulations on the new job! That’s so exciting that you’re going to be working in a job that you’re so happy about! (Always makes getting up in the morning that much easier!) I will not be able to go to BEA this year; I will be on a family vacation celebrating a big anniversary with my parents. I wish I could have made it work. I’m definitely going to keep it on my radar for next year! I don’t know if Estelle is going.

Thanks again so, so much for the sweet comment and compliments. They mean SO much to us! xoxo

March 19, 2012 - 9:14 am

Kristin J. - Magan:

You are not alone! I completely feel the same way you do about “Shatter Me” and plan on re-reading it again very soon. It’s so hard to tell people about a book that has so many elements that they need to figure out on their own (while reading). I think you did a great job of summing up the book and giving readers a teaser of how great this book really is!I cannot wait for the 2nd in the series either..it’s too far away. When you meet Tahereh please tell her that Kristin from MN loves her as well. She won’t be at any tour stop near me, unfortunately.

Also..thanks to you and Estelle for being such a wonderful blog to go to. I am currently switching jobs, and am finally going to be a Youth Service Librarian (which I am psyched about)..and I am looking forward to utilizing your blog to help get teens into the library. By the way, are you or Estelle planning on going to BEA in NYC? If you are..I would love to meet up!

Thanks again ladies! Love to you both! =)

Magan: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas  Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Pages: 351 Release Date: October 11, 2011 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from Ginger at GReads! How I heard about it: Originally, from James at Book Chic Summary: Rose’s mother loses the battle to cancer, leaving her with a dad that’s resorted to […]

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December 7, 2012 - 11:48 am

The Big Kids' Table: Holiday Edition - […] Survival Kit by Donna Freitas [ magan's review] grief, a story about family and moving […]

February 17, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You have convinced me that I absolutely need this book in my life. Your review sent shivers up and down my spine. It’s an incredible endorsement and I can’t wait to read it!

February 15, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Jasmine Rose - I won this one a while back and it’s just been sitting on my shelf ever since. I wanted a book that would make me cry about a week ago and I don’t know why I didn’t choose this one! I’ll definitely keep it in mind next time :]

February 15, 2012 - 3:33 pm

April Books & Wine - I totally agree! I had zero interest in hockey before reading The Survival Kit (I mean besides those awesome Mighty Ducks Movies and Miracle), but now I’m all like, hmmm must investigate further into hockey.

AND YES! It was so cool seeing the meaning behind each item in Rose’s survival kit and how they truly did help her to cope.

February 15, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Magan - Yes! Yes! Read it ASAP! I hope you can get a copy of it soon. If not, let me know! 🙂

February 15, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Magan - Ginger, thank you so much for lending this book to me! I am so glad I read it. It’s one of those books that made me feel better BECAUSE I read it.

February 15, 2012 - 2:35 pm

VeganYANerds - I feel like I’ve had this book on my to-read list for such a long time and now I want to read it even more! I’ve just had a look online for a copy, I think I am going to order one today. And when I get it, I will definitely try and take the reading slow and enjoy what sounds like an amazing story.

February 15, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Very well-written review, my friend. So glad you got the same reaction from this book as I did. Yes, it’s tough & heart-breaking, but it’s also beautiful and glowing. I really wish more people would read it.