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Estelle: Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, bands, friendships with boys Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Char, Oliver, and Tripp have been friends forever. Now, in high school, Char manages and writes […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Being Friends With Boys. — Estelle: “Lonely with her older sister away at college, we get a chance to see Char grow closer with her stepsisters. I loved that we didn’t get the usual evil dynamics here. They are all so different but there isn’t any hate between them.” […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] | Amazon) Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy — $2.99 — (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review) Going Bovine by Libba Bray — $3.99 — (Goodreads | […]

January 5, 2013 - 6:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay! So glad that you loved this, Estelle, as I just received a copy (such a pretty hardback) and I now I can’t wait to read it even more 😀

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - Eee I have to move this one up on my pile!!!!

January 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - It definitely seems like you were able to connect with the characters, especially the main character, a ton Estelle, and that’s probably one of the most important things for me in a book. It’s also not often when we’re able to see a healthy and normal sister relationship in a book, and I think I’d love to read about that for a change. Even though there seems to be a love triangle, the themes of family and sister relationships definitely seem to overrule that, and I will definitely be picking this book up for myself to see what I think of it.

Fantastic review Estelle! I can’t wait to pick this book up now. <3

January 3, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Terra Elan McVoy - Estelle, thank you for such a thoughtful review, and I’m thrilled you loved BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS (and especially the girl, sister characters in it) so much. I hope to continue pleasing readers like you with my work!

January 3, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds pretty fantastic. I love these type of books about relationships. Will definitely add it to my must buy list! 🙂

January 3, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Reading your review has told me one thing: I need to get my hands on a copy of this book! This just sounds like the perfect book for me, especially with all the relationships and questioning whether or not you can just be friends with a boy without it ever amounting to anything else. I feel like I should have had a copy of this book when I was in high school. Ugh. I need to read this as soon as I possibly can!

January 3, 2013 - 11:37 am

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to read this one now because of your review. It sounds like such a fun book, but also a book that packs an emotional punch.

Also, that question – if girls and boys can be friends – is one that I’m still not sure about. I believe it’s possible BUT only up to a certain point.

January 3, 2013 - 9:56 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH ESTELLE! Oh, Estelle.
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO!
OH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I could swear that Terra Elan McVoy made Charlotte patterned completely after me. I KNOW you love it as much as I do. All the feelings and all of the relationships in this book…aaahhhh. I checked this one out of my library too and I read it twice before returning it, and I held it out overdue because I just couldn’t bear to take it back. My heart is so happy to see this pop up in my reader today! Smiles everywhere!!

January 3, 2013 - 9:46 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love love LOVE books about relationships. Family and boys and self discovery. OH MY.

Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Release Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: 305 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Fantasy, fairy tales, princes & princesses, family drama Format read: ARC received from HMH! (Thanks!) Summary: With hopes of leading an interesting life, Sunday never would have known that befriending a frog in the forest […]

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June 18, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m a fan of fairy tales so it does seem like I’d like this novel, should I get the chance to read it. HOWEVER, I do have issues with slow pacing sometimes, unless it’s well done, so we’ll see how that works out!

June 5, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Brian Burton - Great, thoughtful review! I love Kontis’ work!

May 26, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Enchanted Alethea Kontis Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Kontis is a beautiful writer” […]

May 13, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Estelle - Mands, definitely worth reading a retelling. The writing is the best feature and there are some funny moments. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts if you get your hands on it!

May 13, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] I enchanted by Enchanted by Alethea Kontis? Some adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan […]

May 13, 2012 - 8:43 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you ended up enjoying this, Estelle, I know it dragged a bit but it does sound like a very sweet story and I don’t read many fairy tale re-tellings, but this appeals to me!

May 12, 2012 - 12:33 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Isn’t it amazing how differently others can perceive a book!? I absolutely adored this book, it’s everything that I thought it would be, for me it flowed beautifully and was magical 🙂 I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one night!
I don’t read enough contemp, I am going to have to take a look at your recs and add a few more to my list, thanks!

May 12, 2012 - 12:39 am

elena - I realllly want to read this book so I got excited when you started it read it! Even though this book wasn’t exactly your cup of tea and had uneven pacing, I loved reading this review! I still want to read this book and see how I feel about it. I’m glad Kontis is a beautiful writer. 🙂

May 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Aneeqah - I’ve seen this book a few times before, but I don’t think I’ve read a really in-depth review about it before. The synopsis of the book sounds really interesting, but I’m sad that it wasn’t as amazing as it sounds. I’m not a fan of slower type books, I like lots of action and dialogue and stuff like that in my books [I’m more of a fantasy fan, unlike you. =)]. This book also seems like it’s super confusing, with all those plot lines and other fairy tales mixed in. I still may give this book a shot, but like you suggested, I think this will be a library read for me. Thank you for the helpful review, Estelle!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

The Big Kids’ Table: Adult Fiction Picks (May)

Take it from me, sometimes you just need a little adult fiction to pep up your reading list. I just read Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins and it was refreshing! Here are a few of my picks for this month. I think it’s the best list yet. Perfect timing for vacations and summer break […]

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August 17, 2012 - 9:03 am

Adult Book Review: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman - […] 08.17.12 Estelle: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: eating disorder, college student, racial prejudices, summer How I found out about it: A pick for Big Kids’ Table […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - As always, wonderful suggestions Estelle! I’m especially looking forward to Saving Ruth and Shelter – they both sound amazing 🙂

May 16, 2012 - 9:55 pm

Estelle - Hey Casee! Thx for stopping by! You know, I saw Shelter at B&N on Friday and I was so close to buying it. I may do that for my upcoming trip or borrow it from the library this month. I’m glad to hear you liked it for all of those reasons. Sometimes a slow read is really a nice change; you can really sink into it. I can’t wait to get to know your blog! I love Hannah and I’m so glad you stopped over from her place.

May 16, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Casee Marie - I just stopped over from Hannah’s blog and I have to leave a little note to say that I absolutely recommend Shelter! I read it last month for review and it’s been one of my favorites so far this year. It’s slow-paced, but in a really good way. It’s very literary and internal, very pensive, and it transports you a bit, keeps you deeply interested. If I had been in the mood for a quick, light read at the time I probably wouldn’t have clicked with it as well, but if you want that “literary experience” that challenges you and engages you in language it’s the perfect choice.

And also, I love the idea of this Big Kids’ Table series! I review primarily classics, adult lit and memoirs so I’m always curious to see insights into adult fiction on other blogs. (:

May 10, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww… I love the “big kid’s table” idea! I, like so many others, don’t read much adult fiction … but I should. I am an adult after all =P I LOVED Little Bee though (if you haven’t read, I would highly recommend it), and I’m excited to see what the new book is like! *fingers crossed that he’s not a one-hit wonder*

May 10, 2012 - 4:54 pm

VeganYANerds - I really enjoy your adult recommendations, Estelle! I like the sound of The Lucky Dog Matchmaking… and Saving Ruth

May 10, 2012 - 9:22 am

Sash from Sash and Em - *puts on Big Girl Pants*

Ahem. Adult fiction rarely makes me say “Oh! Look, that sounds mighty interesting.” but I’ve been dabbling in more “mature” YA (themes, contents, all that jazz) and some historical fictions that could possibly put me in the mood for something like the first book mentioned. 🙂

I’m trying to read more Adult novels. We’ll see if that happens! 🙂

xo

May 10, 2012 - 9:22 am

Jamie - LOVE THIS POST! You know I love my adult fiction in addition to YA..checking out a few of these that I haven’t heard of. AH I forgot the Katherine Howe one was out! I loved The Psychik Book of Deliverance Dane!

May 10, 2012 - 8:53 am

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - These all sound like really good books! I am particularly in the first two. I am not a fan of historical fiction, but I do love a good mystery. Plus, I am a dog person (even though I don’t have a dog). And who doesn’t love a little romance every now and then?

Thanks for sharing these reads!

Estelle: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles Upcoming Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Candlewick Press Pages: 310 Keywords: Family, siblings, LGBT, family business, bullying, trauma Target Audience: Mature middle grade Format Read: Paperback from ALA. (Thanks!) Summary: With her parents always working at the family restaurant and her younger brother constantly winning everyone’s attention, Fern […]

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September 28, 2014 - 3:24 pm

tt - you will cry i did i luv this book

May 15, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Shannon - Read it before this blog appeared in my site..
The warning is true.
You really will cry

June 18, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely wonderful. I will definitely be adding it to the list of books that I must check out soon!

May 13, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] Bookish on favorite book quotes. Ice cream, family, and some serious heartbreak were found in See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Related Posts :Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Magan: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson […]

May 9, 2012 - 8:05 am

Lori - This book wasn’t on my radar. It certainly is now. I’m adding it to my wish list right now. Thanks for the fantastic review!

May 7, 2012 - 7:15 pm

VeganYANerds - What a lovely review, Estelle. I totally agree about the cover, it’s very cute and I wouldn’t have guessed what this book was really about.

I think it sounds like a really great book, and I’m not at all put off by the fact that it’s for younger readers.

May 7, 2012 - 11:18 am

elena - ahaha I actually thought this was an adult fiction just judging from the cover but then saw the middle grade. OOPS! This seems to be quite a serious read for middle school, I’m impressed that she tackles the subject of LGBT. I’m curious about the other issue, it seems like it would be hard to read. Lovely review, Estelle!

May 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

Anna - RE: “my usual (internet predators, abuse, death)”

HAHAHAHAHAHA