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STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert: Review + Q&A

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of 3. Publication Date: March 12, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House) Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: 1930s Hollywood, celebrity, secrets, women’s roles Format read: eBook from author (Thank you!) Summary: In the midst of 1930s Hollywood, three teenage […]

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March 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hollywood Week: Rachel Shukert Welcomes You, Estelle - […] more on Rachel Shukert » Website | Twitter | Our interview with Rachel | Starstruck / Love Me on […]

March 4, 2014 - 9:21 am

Love Me by Rachel Shukert (YA Review) - […] Me by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Part of the STARSTRUCK series. Publication Date: 2/11/2014 Publisher: Random House Kids / Delacorte Press Pages: 336 […]

March 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert. Hollywood, 1930s, unique ladies on different paths. Book one was so well-researched (politically, too) and written so fully… I am so looking forward to Book 2. […]

May 21, 2013 - 9:56 pm

elena - LOVE how much you love this book! it makes me so excited that i’m reading it. also i’m excited you mentioned ‘swoony romances’ bc as you know, i’m like DON’T TRUST ANYONE!!! so far in this book. and that’s so interesting how the books were originally planned. i was wondering about the trilogy aspect! fantastic post.

May 21, 2013 - 4:52 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Great Review!!! And thanks so much for sharing it – I don’t think I’d ever have taken a second glance on this book if it wasn’t for your Review. Now I realized, though, that it does Sound pretty amazing! Especially since I’ve been looking for something more unique lately – I guess I’ll have to check this one out some time!

May 20, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oooohhhh! This does sound like a book I would enjoy! Loved your review – and you’ve gotten me interested in a book I definitely would have passed on at first glance. :)

May 19, 2013 - 2:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I have never heard of this but you had me at YA + 1930s! It sounds like a really great read and so well written, too!

May 17, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve had this for a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. I am excited to read it, I love Hollywood stories and historical fiction so I think this should be right up my alley. Great review!

May 17, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read STARSTRUCK soon! I think the idea of writing a book set in Hollywood in the 1930s is already enough to draw me in. What makes it more exciting is the promise of romance, and these three main characters who sound decidedly different and all really interesting.

May 17, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I love that this takes place in Old Hollywood, that alone peaks my interest. But the fact that you can call this literary is amazing. It’s not often YA books are called literary so I’m definitely intrigued. Thanks for the review!

May 17, 2013 - 10:34 am

Tara - I definitely want to read this one after our chat yesterday. I can’t call many YA books “literary” either so I’m super intrigued by that.

May 17, 2013 - 9:18 am

Bookworm1858 - This book sounds right up my alley-I love Old Hollywood films and find the setting rife with possibility.

Estelle: Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 312 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Walden, amnesia, on the run Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: “Hank” wakes up to find himself in New York City without any knowledge of […]

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March 7, 2013 - 8:20 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This book sounds so intriguing! While it’s a bit disappointing that there’s one too many issues, I still want to read it. Hank seems like a great character and I love that it connects with Thoreau.

March 6, 2013 - 11:29 pm

VeganYANerds - You’ve made me so glad that I requested this via netgalley! I’m keen to read this and see what I think of Hank’s past, sometimes I do think some books add to much for the characters to deal with

March 6, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Hmm, I think I agree that maybe Armistead gave Hank a bit too much to deal with. I felt like the latter half took on an almost ABC Family Special feel, which was a bit odd for me. I did really like the character of Thomas, though—of all the new people Hank met, he was my favorite.

March 6, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Tara - I have never read Thoreau either, but I really like the idea of giving him a bit of a fresh twist for YA today. I’m also intrigued by the amnesia factor and would be curious to read a book from that POV.

March 6, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Kim - I first saw this book when it was listed as a giveaway somewhere. Reading the synopsis I was thinking I could really get in to it.

March 6, 2013 - 11:24 am

Alexa Y. - I like the sound of this book quite a lot. It definitely has something to do with the fact that it takes inspiration from literature, and that I would want to find out what happens to Hank. He does sound like a very compelling character!

March 6, 2013 - 10:16 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’m happy to hear that Thoreau is woven in tastefully and not in a snooty way. I sometimes wonder if YA authors feel like they HAVE to pack in as much drama (or tragic events) as possible for shock value, instead of letting a single event bear the weight for the character.

Regardless, this sounds like an interesting read that’s different from most of what’s out there right now!

Estelle: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally ( tweet | web) Part of the Hundred Oaks series (but can be read as a standalone) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: religion, choices, friendship, romance, summer Format read: ARC won from a contest held by the author. (Thank […]

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September 2, 2014 - 9:01 am

A Brave Reminder: On a Personal Note (Book List) - […] Before You by Jo Jo Moyes | Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally | Only Everything by Kieran […]

November 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway), Estelle - […] Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: horses, responsibilities, family obligations, class differences Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last book we received by M. Kenneally: Things I Can’t Forget […]

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review) + Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure […]

March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally […]

February 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

Lori - For some reason I have yet to read one of Kenneally’s books. Sounds like I need to change that NOW! :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow. This sounds extremely appealing to me for some reason, and not just because of the summer camp aspect! I think I may need to dive in Miranda’s work ASAP just so I can read this one sooner :)

February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am SO excited for this one! It sounds so great, and I really liked Catching Jordan. I want to read it even more after reading this review. I keep checking back for either of my library systems to get it in so I can place a hold on it and get it quickly. So far, no luck, but hopefully soon! Obsession can pay off. 😀

February 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Vivian - I bought the 1st two books in this series bc everyone says how awesome they are and Miranda is great. I seriously need to read them soon tho! This one sounds like it’ll be just as amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Great review!

February 25, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I can’t wait for this one to come out ! I started reading Stealing Parker and have found her books to be ideal contemporary novels. I always enjoy a good book about the summer

February 25, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like each book better with her and i am glad to see this review fits the trend! Also, i went to summer camp for 8 years so this book pretty much has to happen for me :)

February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad to hear that the third book is good! I have books 1 & 2 but I haven’t read them yet, but I am looking forward to the series even more now :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying to read this book, and your review isn’t helping. I’m so glad there are Parker and Jordan sightings and that Will plays a bigger role than I originally thought.

Ahhh, can’t wait to read this!

February 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

elena - Even though I am wary about the religious aspects despite your reassurances it’s not preachy, I really liked this line about the book: Things I Can’t Forget is so much about romance, friendship, and the magic and possibility that summer promises. I like ALL of those things! It sounds like this book really resonated with you & I know it’s definitely made you think. Thanks for the insightful review as always.

February 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

Tara - I have heard so much praise about these books and this author that I’m ashamed I haven’t read them yet :( You might have just sent me over the edge Estelle :)

Estelle: When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen Pages: 304 Audience: Young adult Keywords: Dublin, senior year, gay teenager Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Neil is about to turn 18 and graduate from high school in 1990s Dublin. He’s friends with people he’s […]

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February 27, 2013 - 11:16 am

Alexa Y. - That title certainly makes it sound like a love story. But even if it really isn’t, I do like the idea of this story. It would be intriguing to read about Neil and find out his story; a good character always manages to catch my attention, and he sounds like one.

February 22, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Estelle - E, thanks for pointing out the last lines. haha. It took me forever to be happy with them. :)

February 22, 2013 - 4:35 pm

elena - I would hope for a love story too with that title! It also reminds me of a Talking Heads song. I love the last lines of your review and I can see how it’s easy to feel for Neil.

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but I honestly feel like it’s something I would like! I just saw that Asheley said this is a reissue? Interesting!

February 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds like a really interesting, but also quite a difficult, read, E. I’d like to think that things have changed, for the better, too!

February 20, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I didn’t realize that this was a reissue or anniversary edition until I looked this up on Goodreads just now! I wonder if the fact that it was written so long ago contributed to how it fell just a bit short in terms of it not quite being the love story you were hoping for? Great review, Estelle. Also, I really love the cover on this book. :)