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Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Estelle: The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young Adult Keywords: girl friendships, starting high school Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary:  Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya are starting high school in three different schools. This is the first time they’ve ever […]

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July 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Alexa S. - Friendship story in New York City? I’M SOLD. I seriously love a good friendship story, especially one that highlights each person in the group of friends well.

July 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - The Darlings Are Forever seems really interesting. I never did read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I’ve been meaning to for what feels like forever.

I always enjoy books about female friendships. Glad you liked this.

Estelle: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 18, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, cancer, high school, dance Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. Summary: Junior year doesn’t go according to plan for best friends Olivia and Zoe when Olivia is diagnosed […]

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July 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor (YA Book Review) - […] I’ve also reviewed: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor […]

February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] Sound of Letting Go (Review + Interview) by Stasia Kehoe Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (Review) Nailed It (Friendship […]

February 5, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting to see how a book can affect a reader in such a big emotional way, but also have things that make that reader hesitant about rating it. While I haven’t read Maybe One Day yet, I’m still pretty curious about it! I like the sound of the story, particularly the friendship.

February 4, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I second everything you said. The hardest part for me was the feeling that Zoe was just never fully developed. Like you said, her whole life, even before Olivia got sick, was Olivia. I wasn’t as totally behind the romance, even though Olivia told Zoe it was fine I never got over the fact that Olivia liked him first (which sounds silly as a I type it, but that’s how I felt). It was a weird feeling to cry so much at a book, but then not really totally enjoy it or feel a connection with it.

February 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one. Personally, I didn’t even have it on my TBR list, I think, because I just feel like I’ve read too many “illness” stories and at the moment, they’re just not appealing to me. Looks like it had some really good moments and I love the best friendship appeal! It also looks like it has its rough moments too… Still on the fence!

February 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I like books like this, and I’m planning to read it soon, but I’ll keep my expectations level. Sounds a little uneven, but the friendship story appeals to me and Calvin sounds great. Thanks for giving us the lowdown on this one!

February 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Anna - Great points — on the one hand, I cried. LITERAL PUDDLES OF TEARS ON MY KINDLE. Which is fantastic. But a few weird bits like the rape one you called out took me out of the story.

February 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing similar things about this book. How people loved the friendship aspect of the book, but there wasn’t enough of a connection.

It’s hard to rate those types of books, I find.

Magan: Shelve It — November 4, 2012

Hey, hey, hey! I hope you guys have had an awesome Sunday. This has by far been one of the nuttiest days I can remember. (And ya know, totally the reason I’m posting later than usual.) I caved and purchased a few books lately. Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key — I’m really loving the new covers […]

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November 7, 2012 - 9:25 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - HOORAY FOR CONTEMPS! I’ve found that this year, I’ve read more contemporary novels than I ever have before. It’s a nice change from my dystopian/fantasy worlds, that’s for sure!

November 6, 2012 - 11:53 am

Jamie - I so need to read Audrey, Wait soon! You’ll have to tell me what you think!

November 5, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Paige - I read Audrey Wait last year and it was good, definitely a quick and easy read too. I also read Lock & Key and I loved it. It made me laugh, smile, and cry thats how good it was! I hope you enjoy everything 🙂


November 5, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Lisa - Audrey, Wait! is just SO FUN.

November 5, 2012 - 11:01 am

elena - eee i hope you like audrey, wait! like others, i thought the book was so qt and it made me smile so much. :3

November 5, 2012 - 6:43 am

Lori - Audrey, Wait! is so fantastic! I love that book so much. I also listened to the audio of Lock and Key a few months ago and really enjoyed it.

November 4, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Audrey, Wait is definitely a homerun hit book! It’s really one of my all time favorites. My copy is worn from rereading it so much. haha I hope you love it and all of your other new contemporary books, too! (: