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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: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith (Website | Twitter) Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: boarding school, rugby, male POV, friendship, love, bullying Format read: ARC received from S&S (Thank you!) Summary: Ryan Dean, a 14-year-old rugby-playing high school junior, is determined to make something of himself […]

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October 11, 2016 - 12:02 am

Ten Books I Read Because of a Recommendation - […] by Andrew Smith Reading this book was a top priority after reading Magan from Rather Be Reading’s review and seeing them gush over it on […]

April 14, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Corey, I’m SO excited you’re enjoying WINGER. Did you finish? So happy that you’re so into this one. It took me a little while, but then I got HOOKED!

April 8, 2015 - 1:44 pm

corey - i dont like reading books but i actually liked reading this one witch literally surprised everyone in the high school and my at my household because everyone would have to force me to read i got in i.s.s and read like 1 or 2 pages and got interesting then read to next chapter and couldn’t stop reading im like on 400th page right now where he got let into that dance

August 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Corinne Battistelli - What would you say the climax of Winger is? Can someone help me out? By the way, right now Winger is my favorite book. I felt broken at the end.

August 13, 2013 - 8:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: , Magan - […] by Andrew Smith: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s […]

June 25, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Nautical and The Sexy - […] and especially love that it helped Magan get out of her own reading slump. She called it “well-written and addictive“. That’s just the kind of book I need in my hands right […]

June 4, 2013 - 9:01 am

Hilarious and Heartbreaking: Winger by Andrew Smith | wrapped up in books - […] Magan from Rather Be Reading: “Andrew Smith taps into the mind of Ryan Dean so well — he’s funny and a little perverted, but very self-aware and insecure, too. Shamefully, I was a bit nervous about reading from a 14-year-old boy’s perspective. I’m a girl who likes the older, more mature YA books. Never fear! His age didn’t turn out to be a problem for me at all. In fact, I sometimes had to remind myself he was so young.” […]

May 5, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I recall that moment when I was in 1 author line & you guys were in Smith’s. I meant to get over there & get Winger specifically. Urgh! Totally got distracted. I’m so pumped that it deserves more hype. I’m going to put it on my school wish list.

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review Description: […]

May 2, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Annie - This sounds EXACTLY like the book I need to read to get out from my slump! If it worked for you, it’ll work for me! I like how it’s a male POV and boy, the book just sounds amazing! The cover is quite interesting as well…

May 2, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds really great and I love books that have drawings in them, they’re always so much fun to read. I was a bit hesitant because of the cover but now I definitely want to read it. Sounds like something I would enjoy. =)

May 2, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I first heard about this book from Ginger and I was like yes, this is my book.

Now I read your review and I’m like YES. THIS IS MY BOOK.

I have to admit that I am usually in love with books by men with male mc’s that come of age. I mean, hello John Green and Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness – amiright?

Anyway, I love that you tell us that the book is rad and why without giving away plot. I love that a lot. Leave the happenings for us to discover!

May 2, 2013 - 11:21 am

Alexa Y. - Your review basically makes me want to have this book in my hands already! I love that you’re clearly enthusiastic about this story. It sounds really good, especially because it’s a male POV (!) and you compared it to Perks (!). I definitely need a good contemporary novel in my life, and thanks to your review, I’m thinking this may be it!

May 2, 2013 - 10:48 am

Matthew MacNish - Winger is my favorite book by Andrew Smith (my favorite is always the one I read most recently). And I completely agree, this is a fabulous, fabulous book, made just a little bit more perfect by Sam Bosma’s illustrations.

If you’re going to get into Andrew Smith, I would suggest reading the rest of his books in the order they were published.

Ghost Medicine is sad and beautiful.
In the Path of Falling Objects is pretty disturbing, but totally poetic.
The Marbury Lens will never let you go.
Stick will break you and leave you sobbing in the corner.
Passenger (the follow up to The Marbury Lens) will make your head explode.

All in all, most of Smith’s work is much grittier and darker than Winger, but it all has that same voice that just grabs you by the heart and takes you for a thrilling ride.

May 2, 2013 - 10:37 am

Corner Librarian - Smith’s previous books Stick and In the Path of Falling Objects are two of my favorites. I’m on chapter sixteen of Winger now (got my ARC at TLA as well) and am devouring it. Ryan Dean (NOT plain Ryan) has me falling in love already.

May 2, 2013 - 10:01 am

Andrew Smith - I am so happy your drought is over, Magan!

May 2, 2013 - 8:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness. I am SO ready to read this book. It is up next for me after I finish my current read. When we got our copies at TLA, there was just something oozing from that book (not literally, gross lol) that made me think – THIS right here has the potential to be greatness. And based on your review here, it IS greatness. I love your comparison to Perks and how it has characters that you feel the need to protect because that is EXACTLY how I felt about Charlie from Perks. Oh my goodness Magan. You have me feeling things and I haven’t even read page one yet!! Ahhh.

May 2, 2013 - 7:22 am

Randi M - Yay! I just added this book to my TBR yesterday (don’t know why I waited so long because, hello, RUBGY), so I am super excited to read a glowing review for it. I love getting a guy’s POV every once in awhile and Ryan sounds like a character I’ll really like. Also, the illustrations = bonus! I love when books have something a little extra like that. Excellent review!

Magan: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero Summary: Tyler’s first short story is soon to […]

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November 5, 2013 - 8:01 am

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading! - […] it. If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR list yesterday. Or now. (Honorable mentions: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen / Golden by Jessi Kirby / If He Had Been With Me by Laura […]

May 11, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jessica - I so need to read this! I’ve heard nothing but good things. Just found your blog through Bloglovin and I love it so far!

May 5, 2013 - 11:38 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Leveen’s Party after a huge recommendation from Lena (Addicted 2 Novels). I absolutely adored manicpixiedreamgirl (his new release) and must read everything he has […]

April 25, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Release Week Book Review: ‘manicpixiedreamgirl’ by Tom Leveen | Ink and Page - […] Other Reviews: Goodreads Sarcasm & Lemons: 4 of 5 Stars (@cjlistro) Rather Be Reading (@ReadingGals) […]

April 24, 2013 - 10:37 am

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Such a perfect review for this book! I completely agree with you – Leveen’s writing is magnetic. I said the same thing in my review I’m writing (guess I’ll have to change that). But yes, this is a fantastic book. Leveen gets it right!

April 23, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Anna - Okay, I am convinced. I would like to read this!

April 21, 2013 - 10:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I will admit that I wasn’t initially very attracted to this book. But there’s something about the premise that hooked me, and I really think I want to read it. I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much!

April 20, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Tabitha S. - This is a book that I probably would have skipped over before, but after reading yours and a few other reviews – I’ll definitely be giving it a chance now! I’m really interested in how the author deals with Tyler’s situation.

April 19, 2013 - 10:58 pm

elena - this is the second review i read that loved manicpixiedreamgirl this week! i’m reallly curious about this book and anxious after reading your review. it sounds like he wrote the character of tyler really well esp considering the situation. excited to read this now!

April 19, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This book first caught my attention because of the title—the manic pixie dream girl trope is such a unique thing to name your book after. I would probably be worried about the issue of cheating being portrayed in this novel, but if you say it’s not too big of an issue, then perhaps I ought to check in on this!

April 19, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Annette - I haven’t seen this one before, but enjoyed Zero. Just went and got is from NetGalley. Great review! Thanks!

Magan: Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Publication Date: October 25, 2012 Publisher: Dial Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: burn victim, computer hackers, thriller, suspense, mystery Format read: ARC from ALA Annual (Thank you!) Summary: After half of Nicole’s face is burned by an anonymous person using a squirt bottle filled with acid, Jay begins […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:03 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Burning Blue by Paul Griffin was a huge recommendation from Magan. I had actually heard Paul read a portion of this book at the New York Teen Author Festival last year, and it just didn’t seem like my thing. But Magan wrote a glowing review, and bam, I read it and loved it. (Oh, and for the record, I have a ton of UNREAD books I’ve bought because of some solid reviews. So there!) […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr […]

October 11, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I must say… This book sounds INCREDIBLE. I don’t read too many thrillers, but this one is too intriguing to me to pass up on. Plus, the characters sound very different. I need this book – the suspense! the chase! the thrill!

October 11, 2012 - 11:43 am

Magan - Jen, Elena, Holly, Annette, Anna –>> READ THIS BOOK ASAP! 🙂 Thanks for the comments, ladies!

October 11, 2012 - 11:42 am

Magan - Kristen, if you need a good thriller, PICK THIS ONE UP! I agree — so much anticipation and build up (and it was totally worth it)!

October 11, 2012 - 11:42 am

Magan - Lori: YES! I think that was one aspect that made the story SO fascinating. I loved being on pins and needles and not knowing who to trust!

October 11, 2012 - 7:40 am

Lori - I’ve had this on my TBR for a long time but I never realized it wasn’t from the POV of the girl. I really, really want to get my hands on this book now. Love your review, Magan!

October 10, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Kristen - Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. This is a MUST READ for me. I haven’t read a good thriller in ages, but like you I used to read them a lot more than I do now. This sounds FANTASTIC, and the fact that you had so many questions about who could have done it and motive during reading means that the author did a good job of keeping his cards close to the chest. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the great review. 🙂

October 10, 2012 - 9:26 pm

jen - well, well, well… yes. you’ve convinced me. i love dark, suspenseful books. and halloween is coming up and YES PLEASE.

October 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

elena - ahhh this sounds AMAZING! I’m so curious after reading your review. I love that this one is so dark and unique. Lovely review, M! I puffy heart you. <3

October 10, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Holly - I was debating on if I should read Burning Blue or not, but I’m definitely going to now! It sounds way too good to pass up! Great review! 🙂

October 10, 2012 - 10:30 am

Annette - Lovely review. This one’s going on my list. Sounds great. Thanks.

October 10, 2012 - 8:10 am

Anna - OH my gosh this sounds sooo good!

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: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller [website | twitter] Publication Date: June 19, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 224 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Marines, post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, returning home from war Format read: eBook received from NetGalley Summary: Travis is home from Afghanistan. He is a Marine whose best friend, Charlie, has been killed. He returns […]

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June 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

The rediscovery of Doller power, Estelle - […] remember exactly where I was when I read Something Like Normal (it took a round trip between home and work on the train) and the same with Where the Stars Still […]

May 27, 2013 - 7:01 am

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading! - […] Travis was one of those people. He joined the Marines spontaneously to get away from his superstar-NFL-Superbowl-winning-father. His last year was spent in boot camp and fighting in Afghanistan. When he returned home, he carried the loss of his friend Charlie. He was suffering and broken, but too tough to admit that he had problems. That he was seeing images of Charlie everywhere – and that he was having conversations with those illusions. (Read more of my Something Like Normal review) […]

November 1, 2012 - 8:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

June 25, 2012 - 11:52 am

April Books & Wine - YESSSSSSSSSSSS to everything you wrote.

I feel like everything in the book was deliberate and there was no wasting of words or filler, as though everything is meant to be there.

Sigh. I love your love of SLN. <3

June 24, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] it. – A bonus review of A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley set in NYC! – Magan raves about Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. Have you read it yet? – I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan has heart, suspense, and […]

June 22, 2012 - 6:41 am

Lori - This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! It’s one that I could read again and again. Fantastic review!

June 21, 2012 - 6:26 pm

elena - I actually didn’t have any real interest in reading this book because I don’t like reading about war but this review is making me change my mind! I love that you said it was understated and that it’s meaningful. It sounds like such a fantastic book & I have been hearing good things. Such a wonderful review, Magan!

June 21, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am certainly looking forward to reading this book. I have been waiting for it to come out and now that it has, you can bet I’m getting a copy as soon as I can. I love that it brings out a lot of emotion from the reader – and can’t wait to experience that for myself!

June 20, 2012 - 9:29 pm

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Magan! I have been hearing such good things about this book, and wondered if I would be able to connect with it as an Aussie as we don’t have Marines here. But it sounds like Travis is a great character to get to know and I am definitely going to read this and soon!

June 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Magan - Thanks, Jana! EMBRACE THE EMOTION! You’ve definitely got to read this one. I don’t think it’s one that will make you cry buckets of tears simply because the male POV balances out so much of the emotion – he’s a tough, hilarious guy. Definitely read it!

June 20, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love books from a male perspective. You’re right in saying that they can be hard to find. I’m very close to this war, as I have a few friends who are there right now. I worry that something like this will happen to them. I think reading this book might be good for me, but I have this fear of emotional books! Haha. I’m slowly getting over that fear, though, so maybe I’ll give this one a shot! Great review, Magan!

June 20, 2012 - 10:45 am

Anna - Yes, world, READ THIS NOW!

June 20, 2012 - 8:02 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hands down one of my favorite contemps I’ve read this year. When I first “met” Trish last year & found out about this book I had a premonition it would be amazing. It’s just that feeling you get, ya know? And boy was I right.