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Magan: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman Other Books Reviewed in This Series: Just One Day Publication Date: October 10, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Falling in Love, Traveling the World, Lost Love, Theater and Acting Format Read: ARC borrowed from Lena at Addicted 2 Novels Summary: After a […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:46 am

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October 24, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I loved this book A LOT. I thought Willem’s journey was beautiful in its own way, just like Allyson’s was for her. I was also a little worried on what his year was like but I was not disappointed on all the feels. It was perfect. 😀 Great review, Magan!

October 2, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read any Gayle Forman books yet. I own If I Stay, Where She Went, AND Just One Day, so you can tell that I’m pretty confident that I will like her books 🙂 This review makes me even more excited to experience her writing!!

September 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh this book! You already know how much I loved it (and you, for passing it along to me). I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Willem, and I decided to re-read Just One Day before diving into this one. I’m so glad I did that because it was wonderful to read the two back-to-back! I loved the way the stories complemented each other so well. Gosh! I can’t wait to write my review. Either way, you did a lovely job of highlighting just what’s so special about this book!

September 21, 2013 - 9:59 pm

VeganYANerds - I cannot wait for this, I’m glad it’s just as good as JOD!

September 18, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Bookworm1858 - I was really frustrated with Allyson in JOD because of her infatuation with Willem, who I thought was unworthy of her. I am curious if I will reconsider my impression of that book by reading JOY.

September 18, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Magan - Hey Tiff! Thanks so much! I don’t think I’ve ruined anything by sharing that Willem’s father has passed away. It’s mentioned in Just One Day, briefly, and it’s not a pivotal point of Just One Year. Moreso, the focus is on reconnecting with his mother after his father’s death separates them. I hope you do, indeed, love JOY when you read it! Thanks for the comments everyone!

September 18, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Marathon @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’ve been so reluctant to give this series a go. Mainly because I was unsure if our happy couple was actually going to have a happy ending. But what has me convinced to start it is the obvious growth BOTH characters experience, and yes, the idea of reading their reunion has me excited as well.

September 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Wonderful review – I’m so glad to hear everyone talking about the journey that Willem takes more than just the romance.

I do wish I hadn’t found out that Willem’s father died in your review, but I’m guessing we find that out pretty quickly and it’s not a big spoiler?

I’m so excited about this book – I’m basically salivating every time anyone talks about it. I had a very personal relationship with Just One Day, really hoping that Just One Year provides that to me, too.

September 18, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Yay so glad you loved this one! Like you, I was feeling iffy about Willem after Just One Day but it was so satisfying to get to know his story in this book. And yes, these 2 books do give me a travel itch.
I want more of Willem and Allyson’s story but I know that’s not Forman’s style 🙂 Fab review!

Magan: Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott

Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (website | facebook) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: gangs, disappearing teenager, abandonment, poetry, male POV Format Read: ARC received at TLA from publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Sam and Luis are two very unlikely friends. They don’t speak or look one […]

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July 9, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Dj2018 - Y did this guy write this book with that ending! Lol this was a very good book, made u feel for the characters. There are few books that can relate to actual problems, but still be interesting, and this is one of those books that u just can’t put down. Wonderful. Patrick Flores-Scott, you are a wonderful author, keep up the good work.

September 18, 2013 - 3:19 am

Alexa Y. - I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it sounds really interesting. I love that it features a friendship between two boys, and the poetry aspect sounds really cool too.

September 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

Shelve It: September 15, 2013, Estelle - […] thoughts on Jumped In by Patrick Flores Scott Estelle’s review of Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick Joint discussion […]

September 14, 2013 - 12:07 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m glad you’re bringing this to our attention as it’s one I hadn’t heard of at all though it sounds like something I’d definitely enjoy. Male POV, the power of teachers and literature to improve lives? What’s not to like?

Magan: Call the Shots by Don Calame

Call the Shots by Don Calame Publication Date: September 11, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: making a horror film, pregnant mom with teenagers, inferior male Format read: ARC from NetGalley Summary: Sean’s mom announces she’s pregnant and thus begins the chaotic journey of Sean, Matt, and Coop making a horror film to […]

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Magan: The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (website | twitter) Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books Pages: 307 Release Date: February 16, 2012 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: ARC Received from Publisher at ALA Mid-Winter How I heard about it: Recommended to me by one of the reps at ALA Summary: Colby and Bev have been best friends since […]

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April 10, 2012 - 8:00 am

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving - […] I gave a lot of reasons for why I felt so deceived by The Disenchantments in my review. The cover implies a fun, light-hearted book. I didn’t find it to be that way. It also screamed female protagonist. That it was not. I felt pretty tricked because I fully expected to love every.single.thing about it, and it just kind of fell flat for me. (My review.) […]

February 26, 2012 - 5:46 pm

In My Mailbox (8) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Recap… Magan reviewed The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Estelle reviewed Tessa Masterson WILL Go to Prom by Brendan Halpin and Emily […]

February 21, 2012 - 1:56 pm
February 21, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Thanks for sharing the good and the bad with us! I’ve been really excited for this book, but am so glad to know your opinion on it. I was expecting a light little road trip love story, so it’s god to know that this one was a bit heavier. I think I’ll enjoy it if I go in with more realistic expectations. My library sucks, so I think I’ll have to wait a while to read this one. I’m not really wanting to spend the money on it, based on your review. 🙂 Thanks, Magan!

February 20, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I think the fact that you were able to present both the good stuff and the more questionable stuff makes you one of the most honest bloggers ever. And I really appreciate your thoughts on this novel! I’m still looking forward to this one, but I will definitely take your thoughts into consideration 🙂

February 20, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Magan - Ginger, I seriously felt so conflicted over this one. I was THRILLED to begin reading it. I hope you will still read it because I really want to hear what you, specifically, think. I know you love male POVs and there’s some tension, but I want to know if you will feel the same way I did about a few things I couldn’t spill in the review (spoilers).

And thanks for saying that. It’s so hard to be honest, but I can’t help but think others will connect with what I’m saying more than just accepting another sunny review for a book that I just didn’t love. It’s always best to just lay it out there and be truthful..though as nicely as possible. Haha. 🙂

February 20, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Magan - Thanks! I felt really conflicted over how to write the review. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book because I certainly did, but it just wasn’t a home run kind of book for me. There was a disconnect and for a couple of reasons I just didn’t find it fully convincing. Can’t wait to read your review when you do read it!

February 20, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Magan - Ashley, I actually had no idea either. You know how a lot of girls’ names are really boy names? I double-checked a few times to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding and that Colby really was really a guy. I hadn’t read any reviews that mentioned the male POV thing, either, and it threw me for a loop since the book cover didn’t communicate that very well either… Thanks for stopping by!

February 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Magan - Karen, I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think. I like male POV’s, too, but there was something that didn’t completely sell me on Bev and Colby’s story. I’ll be keeping a lookout for your review! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

February 20, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Now you have me on the fence with this one, haha. I appreciate your honesty in your reviews Magan, I think it’s what makes you such a unique blogger. Too many people are afraid to be honest about what they read. THAT I don’t understand. Aren’t we reviewing books here? lol

February 20, 2012 - 2:22 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoyed the way you wrote this review Magan, I almost always want to say one thing but then also argue for the other side of the point I’m trying to make!

It does sound like a fun book and I often start a book thinking it’s going to be all fun, sunshine and kittens only to find out it’s a bit more serious that I thought.

I am definitely going to keep an eye out for this but I think I will wait for my library to get it in because miscommunication between two people who may or may not like each other usually drives me a bit nuts!

February 20, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Ashley (at Ashley Loves Books) - I’ve read probably a dozen reviews about this book and I NEVER knew it was written from a boy’s perspective! I, too, thought it was from a girl’s because of the cover. Thanks for addressing that, because it will probably help when I finally read it 🙂

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books

February 20, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Karen - I’m really glad I’m reading your review before I start the book. I had the same impression as you from the cover and I’m sure I would have been disappointed.
I love LOVE guy pov’s so that’s a big plus for me and at least now I have a better idea of what the tone of the book is before going in.

Book Report: Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

Happy February, friends! Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce Aidan Chambers’ upcoming release, Dying to Know You. Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers Future Release Date: April […]

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March 31, 2012 - 7:06 am

Rather Be Reading: April 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] to Know You by Aidan Chambers Publisher: Release Date: April 1, 2012 Estelle and Magan’s Joint Book Review Goodreads | […]

February 5, 2012 - 1:57 am

Clare @ Blue Archipelago Reviews - I just finished reading this one and I really liked it, I didn’t realise it was a YA book until after I’d read it and I did find that surprising. Does seem strange to have a YA book narrated by an elderly gentleman, but Aidan covers some sensitive issues in a straight forward fashion, and I think he does a very good job. I connected with the narrator and Karl, but I do wonder if that’s because I could relate to some of the issues – perhaps more so than the target audience who are more than half my age!

February 1, 2012 - 3:34 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoy your book reports, girls!

I have Dying to Know You on my to-read list, but it wasn’t a book I read a lot about, I just added it.

I still want to read it and I agree that it’s interesting that the narrator for a YA book is a guy who is 70.


February 1, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book had an intriguing concept – but based on your honest opinions, I’d surmise that it’s a book that I might not necessarily appreciate reading. I may check it out eventually, but right now, I don’t think I’m in the right frame of mind for it.

Thank you for being so honest!

And I absolutely love the quotes you guys chose 🙂

Magan: Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth

Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth Release Date: September 27, 2011 Pages: 256 Target Audience:  Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Why I read this book:  It was on the new releases table at my library. Summary: After Baxter’s mom’s ex-boyfriend is released from prison early, he and his mom move two thousand miles away to start […]

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January 4, 2012 - 11:13 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Thanks!

Oh, excellent rec. We discussed a condition similar to that in my Child Development class last semester – without the flash forwards, of course. That’s certainly an interesting premise. And I’m a sucker for beautiful writing! That is probably the fastest way to get me to read something is to tell me that, haha.

January 4, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Magan - I’ve got it! No worries! Thanks so much for the comments, Sharon! If you enjoy books about memory, you should also consider checking out Forgotten by Cat Patrick. It was one of my ABSOLUTE favorite books from last year. So beautifully written. I have a friend reading it right now and she texts me to let me know where she is and gives me status reports. I think you’d love it, too!

Weird coincidence about Dink. Maybe if you read Unforgettable, you can think of him as something other than Dink so as not to defame your Grandmother? 😉

January 4, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Um. That was odd. Sorry about the duplicate comment! It told me it didn’t post and to retry, so I did. And now not only did I double-comment, but the second one was…well, that. I can’t figure out a way to delete it. Bah, technology savviness, why must you elude me when I need you?

January 4, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, excellent. I’ve always been fascinated by perfect photographic/eidetic memories. I just find the entire idea so intriguing. It’s one of the reasons I love the show Suits so much.

As for me, I think I would rather remember fragments than absolutely everything. There would be times when a photographic memory would come in handy, of course, but overall, I don’t think it would be worth it. It would drive me crazy. I still enjoy reading about it, though, and I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list!

Random extra bit of information: “Dink” was my grandmother’s nick-name, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else. It’s certainly odd to find it in a fictional middle-aged male criminal.