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Estelle: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 20, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: breakups, best friends, changing perspective Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Even though her boyfriend breaks up with her at work in front of her friends, she’s […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:01 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] called THE ART OF LAINEY a pick-me-up-book after a rough day; I called LIARS, INC. trippy and suspenseful. How difficult […]

June 1, 2014 - 5:10 am

Judith - Yay! I also read this book in a day, because it was just SO fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and mostly because I thought Lainey was an amazing protagonist. She was very confident, which is not like the main characters I usually read about, but she was also just so fun. I was also really rooting for Lainey and Micah, and I think Bianca is a great friend. I mostly praised this one because I felt it had so many healthy relationships and healthy relationship development, which is great!

May 26, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Sash from Sash & Em - Must make my man work his hair into a baby mohawk. If only!

May 24, 2014 - 9:32 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - This sounds ADORABLE. And a book I can read in a night? YES PLEASE.

May 24, 2014 - 8:57 am

Sue - Great review. Looking forward to reading this book!

May 23, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Anna - I adored Micah, Lainey and this entire book! Loved reading your review.

May 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - CUTE. I’m not sure if I have this one from EW or not but it wasn’t really on my radar much with all of the other things I have to read. I will definitely pick this up when I’m looking for something cute and fun! It sounds like I’d really enjoy it.

May 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

tabithasbookblog - I think this may be my next read! I’ve had a copy on my Kindle for a few months now, but I’d never really wanted to read it, but you know… now I do! I’ve been in a “serious book” groove for a few weeks now and I really just want something fun!

Cannot wait for this one!!

May 22, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Alexa S. - I think (no, I actually KNOW) I need this book in my life. It sounds absolutely delightful! I’m always in the market for a fun, thoughtful contemporary. The Art of Lainey sounds really fun! And really great, story-wise and character-wise. CANNOT WAIT.

May 22, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been seeing The Art of Lainey all over the book blogospher for the past few weeks, and I definitely want to read it. I’ve been craving contemporary books lately, and this one looks to adorable to pass up.

I do hope Lainey doesn’t drive me too crazy at the beginning, though. Also, I am super excited to meet Micah. I think I might just love him

May 22, 2014 - 10:26 am

Mary @ BookSwarm - Yay for beach bag reads! It think it’s funny that she “practices the art of war” and winds up falling for the fake boyfriend.

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket

I jumped back into the world of Nantucket Blue (and Red) this past week and when I finished, I was overcome with the fear that Cricket has flown under the radar as one of the more memorable young adult female main characters of the past two years. Granted, when I first met Cricket, she and […]

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January 4, 2015 - 9:01 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] still a huge fan of Cricket from the Nantucket Blue books. This year, Nantucket Red was released and I couldn’t stop myself from thinking of Cricket as […]

July 25, 2014 - 9:00 am

Pub Date: A Summer of Reds, Estelle - […] because I think Cricket is one of the strongest female contemporary leading ladies we have out there. In Nantucket Blue, she fought with her friendship when it totally changed, and in Nantucket Red, […]

June 1, 2014 - 5:59 am

Judith - Oh my god, I must read these books. Especially what you said in the first paragraph, how Cricket sees the world, speaks to me so much, because that’s exactly how I feel! I also may or may not have teared up because of this: “Sometimes you do have to put yourself first. It’s not a selfish move. It’s what you have to do to survive, to make do, and maybe, just maybe, if you are patient, life will come full circle and you will be presented with a lovely gift – a second chance.” (I’m writing this down in my quotes notebook as we speak, so you should feel honored, you are now among my favorite authors 😉 Love love love!

May 17, 2014 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Oh my god. I love this post so much. I really loved Cricket in Nantucket Blue, so I can’t wait to see where her life goes in Nantucket Red. Her story sounds so relevant to my life right now. I’m glad you’re able to relate to her so well because that only makes books better.

May 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Agree. Cricket is so endearing from her pull yourself up by your bootstraps to feeling with her whole heart. Can’t wait for more people to meet & learn from Cricket.

May 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Cricket did not leave a lasting impression on me like she did with you. However, I came to understand her and appreciate her more in Nantucket Red. I’ll be honest, she got on my nerves in NB. Sometimes a bit too much that it caused a disconnect with the story. So I am very thankful I picked up NR because it gave me a whole new perspective on her character.

I love hearing about how a story or character can affect a reader’s life personally. This is why literature is such a meaningful piece of art. Thank you for sharing this bit with us, Estelle.

May 15, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Cheesy and/or weird to tell you that I just teared up at this post? Because I did.
CRICKET. I need to meet Leila Howland so I can hug her for writing Cricket. I’ve never been to Nantucket, I’ve never had someone like a mom who I lost, my parents didn’t get divorced, I didn’t go to an all-girls school, and didn’t date my best friends brother. BUT I identified so much of Cricket for who she was as a person and not necessarily the specifics of what she went through. I related to how she handled each situation, the pressure she felt for perfection and the drive to excel, the embarrassment and guilt she felt when she didn’t… Her story is so beautiful because it IS full of flaws. She DOES make mistakes. And I just saw so much of my own personal experiences in there that I just FELT what she felt.
I’m so glad you wrote this post because you took the feelings in my head and wrote them much lovelier than I could ever say! Fantastic post, my dear. I could honestly write you a whole blog post in reply but I’m TRYING not to 🙂

May 15, 2014 - 9:16 am

Meg - Awesome post, Estelle — and now I’m definitely eager to read this series! It’s a new one to me, but sounds like something to which I’ll relate as well. Reading your posts never fails to add to my TBR! 🙂

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship

I’m so thrilled to share our second BEFRIENDED piece. I became an instant fan of Corey Ann Haydu’s when I read her debut OCD LOVE STORY last summer. Today (!!) her second book LIFE BY COMMITTEE hits bookstores everywhere and I am happy to say that I cannot choose a favorite between the two — I […]

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May 11, 2015 - 9:56 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] Also by Corey Ann Haydu: OCD Love Story | RBR “Befriended” Interview […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:02 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] As a joint venture, BEFRIENDED was a new feature M & I thought of to show another side of authors & books through friendship. Our first post was an interview between the lovely Corey Ann Haydu and her true life best friend. […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:22 am

Judith - So much love for this feature, ladies. Seriously, there is NOTHING I love more than friendships, and this one sounds sooo sweet. “LBC is about the scariest parts of yourself and the things that are difficult to talk about and the vulnerable places that you need to share and want to share and also desperately don’t want to share.” WANT THIS BOOK! What a lovely interview and friendship.

May 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

Alexa S. - I am so, so, so in love with this new series! It’s so fun to read about authors writing about friendships, and I love that you made a play on that. It was great to read this interview, and Corey and Honora both sound really awesome! Really liked Life by Committee too – could totally identify with Tab’s feelings.

May 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This interview is all kinds of awesome. Gah, I love it.

And yes, I agree with Corey that not all friendships are meant to last. However, the ones that last, like Corey and Honora’s, those are worth it.

I loved Life by Committee and Tab and basically, everything about it. And now I cannot wait to read OCD Love Story.

May 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

Jamie - Love this so much!! (sidenote: I loved Life by Committee and I can’t wait to talk about it on the blog! So much good stuff!)

I loved so much about this and feel like I could comment on every single thing talked about but one thing that really, really resonated with me is about how friendships aren’t always forever. It’s hard to reconcile that sometimes. I try to hang out. I think I need to fix what is broken but that really is the truth sometimes. Sometimes friendships really are only meant to be for a certain amount of time — at least in the same capacity. I need to be okay with that. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to make friendships work but I also need to be okay with however they evolve.

Sounds like an awesome bff-ship! Thanks for sharing, ladies! xoxo

May 13, 2014 - 9:40 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - LOVE this interview! I completely agree with the comment about Tabitha’s humanity. She’s every girl.

Estelle: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Press Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family obligations, secrets, summer, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  Cadence Sinclair can’t remember anything. Except her cousins and the boy she loves = the […]

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July 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - […] you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was worth it. I took her advice and absolutely haven’t been able to stop […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

Judith - So much of your review is EXACTLY how I felt about this book. God, the family dynamics made me so ANGRY. I really wanted to smack the grandfather and his children because man, they were either dominant or completely powerless, and all because of money. I really, really hated them. It’s interesting because I don’t think the characters were really well-written, per se, but I think that if they had been, the big twist wouldn’t have been so surprising. Yes to Lockhart’s writing. It’s mesmerizing!

May 14, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alexa S. - We Were Liars had really great writing, in my opinion! I thoroughly enjoyed diving into my first Lockhart book. It was twisty and mysterious and petty and effed up, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the page! While I didn’t super love it, I can definitely say it was, as you’ve rated it, worth it.

May 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I get the disconnect, or at least the not being like YES I CAN RELATE HELLO EMPATHY. Or, the feeling at a distance.

For me, I love love love this book even though I also don’t think I totally 100% connected with Cadence, I actually felt more connected to Gat.

But, I still felt for her and her situation, especially with the whole money thing, etc.

Also, the whole mystery of what happened, like you, that really propelled my reading!

May 8, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too was amazed by the writing. That was my favorite thing about this book – that and the ending. But what kept me from feeling connected to the story was that everything else kind of fell flat. I didn’t feel much for the characters, or the setting, or anything else really. I’m still glad I read it!

May 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’ve been trying to avoid reading too many reviews of this one because of the surprise factor and I want to go into it blind. Patiently waiting for my audiobook preorder to arrive, and I’m glad to see you found it worth it. Sometimes the stylized makes it hard to connect, but i’m excited to check out my first E. Lockhart book regardless.

May 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I definitely felt like I rushed through this one too! I had THEORIES pretty early on (which turned out to be right. Kind of boo on that because I wanted to be shocked!) so I felt like I was scrambling through the book to find out what the ending was.
I think overall it wasn’t quite a “me” book? I felt like I didn’t connect with the characters and I was hoping for a little bit more character development somehow. There was just something big missing for me that didn’t make it a win! still a good book and I enjoyed it but not as great as I had hoped and hype definitely won this battle for me!

Tête-à-tête with ONLY EVERYTHING’s Cupid a.k.a. True

Greetings, friends! It’s a special, special day at Rather Be Reading Blog. Contemporary YA author Kieran Scott has granted me special access to the leading lady of her new trilogy, ONLY EVERYTHING. That’s right. Today I am talking to True a.k.a. Cupid. I know, I know… you are wondering why cupid isn’t a chubby little […]

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October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] Summers by Una LaMarche Only Everything by Kieran […]

September 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott (YA Review) - […] Add Complete Nothing to Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | My Interview with True […]

May 3, 2014 - 1:53 am

Alexa S. - Based on the description of True’s character, I could totally see Anna Scott playing her role in a movie! After reading this adorable + fun interview, I’m definitely excited to read Only Everything. It sounds like it’s going to be so fun!

April 30, 2014 - 10:06 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Super cute! I also think Anna Scott is so adorable so I love the comparison!
I’m so hesitant about Greek mythology just because I haven’t done well with mythology adaptations lately so they’re not high on my list as of now, but this sounds really fun and totally different! Definitely keeping it on my radar 🙂

April 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

Karen H. - I want go read this book because Kieran Scott wrote it! I love all her books and I think this series will be amazing, just like her other ones.

April 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Daphne - this is great! it sounds like a fantastic book & I want it now! 🙂 i love a light-hearted mythology book.

April 22, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I have been loving the fluffy contemporary YA books coming out this year, and glad to hear this is in the same vein!

But, mm, NOT happy about dissing Andrew and Emma! They are so cute together! Especially in interviews. <3

Estelle: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: secret relationships, online communities, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Tabitha has been pretty lonely since her friends ditched her, citing her looks and […]

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May 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] first love, and the desire to take control but feeling powerless to actually obtain it. Like in Life By Committee, the author has spun another suspenseful contemporary — where will all of this messy behavior […]

January 8, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Sha La La Life | Pub Date, Estelle - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite reads from last year. Why am I pairing it with this coffee stout? Well, Tab, the main character in LBC is the child of two parents who own an adorable coffeehouse in the Vermont mountains called Tea Cozy. Corey made the place seem so real in the book (and delicious) that I would most certainly be hanging out there if it existed. (Damn you, fiction.) So we have the warm, comforting drinks but to fit in with the new year’s resolution portion of this Pub Date… we also have a character who has been ditched by her best friends for reasons she cannot control and finds herself drawn to an online community where she can post her secrets and be forced to act on them. […]

May 17, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Rebecca - I’ve been interested in this author since she first debuted last year and hearing that you loved not only her debut, but her 2nd as well, makes me want to hurry up and read her books. Very curios and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on her books soon. You’ve sold me even more.

May 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review of LBC […]

April 30, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Pretty sure this is on my TBR almost entirely because of you. This sounds really, really great and so genuine and so real. (Was that redundant? I don’t care.) This sounds like such a great book and I’m so glad I read your review because it was already on my radar but not as such a fantastic read! 🙂

April 17, 2014 - 7:25 am

Ellie - I thought this cover looked familiar and then I remembered…I snagged an arc of this at ALAMW! And now you’ve completely convinced me that I need to move this up on my TBR pile. Imperfect characters are my jam.

April 17, 2014 - 12:07 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oooh, this sounds so interesting!! You make me want to go request this right now!!

April 14, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I haven’t read her first book (OCD Love Story), but I want to. And this one sounds even more delightful! And also thoughtful. So looking forward to it!

April 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Whoa, your review got me all anxious, too! I do want to read this, though. I still haven’t read OCD Love Story. I think I need to remedy that ASAP.

April 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited to read this one for the premise and since I liked OCD Love Story. However, I didn’t realize there was a whole threatening/foreboding part and that makes me less excited. I trust you that it’s well done, but so often I find those types of situations either too stressful or too cheesy. I have this one to review though and I’m still looking forward to reading it!

April 14, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Cassie G - I still haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I hadn’t actually read any reviews for it until yours! So glad to see you liked it. I am definitely adding this further up on my list of to-reads quickly. And I love when characters don’t always make correct decisions and they’re imperfect—we are too!
(And thanks SO MUCH for your lovely comments about my blog! I’m so glad you like it! It means a TON! 🙂 )

April 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

elena - AGH even reading the synopsis for this book is nerve-wrecking! i can def see how it’s appealing for tabitha (like you said, empowering) but omg there is a fine line between empowering and life-ruining. loved what you said about change. this really sounds like a great book!