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Estelle: Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis Publication Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Random House Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: moving, divorce, secret admirers, 70s Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Things aren’t looking so great for Vinnie when his parents announce their divorce, his mom remarries quickly, and he is […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 5. Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis: This was one of my favorites from the end of last year (go read it!) about a boy dealing with a move after the divorce of his parents. We get scenes with both his mom and his dad, and they honestly couldn’t be even more different. It’s obvious how much Vinnie cares for these two people who grew apart, and who have so suddenly changed his life. While his mom sort of drove me nuts (she has bad habits!), I really did enjoy the scenes when he was spending time with him and they shared common hobbies. (And they say teenagers don’t care about their parents…) (My review.) […]

December 6, 2012 - 8:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I haven’t hears much about this one but have been intrigued ever sinc I heard about it from Greads. I was still a little weary but your lovely review puts me at ease. Plus, it’s set in the 70’s and there’s dancing and there’s sort of a You’ve Got Mail-like situation – I’M SO IN.

December 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Sophia - Your review has got me hooked, Estelle! Now, I am so interested in this book. I need to get it ASAP. The concept sounds really interesting (midnight phone calls? YES!) and the “giddily romantic” themes in this book are totally right up my alley. Thanks for calling this book to my attention, Estelle!

November 29, 2012 - 6:05 pm

elena - Yes, I’ve had this on my list since you rec’d it to me a few months ago! It really does seem creeptastic but I love that you use “giddily romantic.” This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Fantastic review, E! <3

November 29, 2012 - 9:28 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I haven’t heard of this book, but now I definitely want to read it. A 70’s version of You’ve Got Mail? Bring it!

Thanks for the fabulous review!

November 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa Y. - You can always convince me to read any book. This time around, it was the last line – I love dancing of any kind. Plus, well, I’m a sucker for unconventional romantic relationships!

November 28, 2012 - 11:13 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Your closing paragraph just sealed the deal. It totally feels right.

November 28, 2012 - 10:28 am

Annette - Great review! I haven’t seen this one before, so thanks.

November 28, 2012 - 9:26 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had my eye on this book, but your review Estelle just made me decide this will be a Christmas present to myself 🙂 hehe. Sometimes the best books are the ones without all the flashy elements. Sometimes the really great ones are just simple, heartfelt stories. Great review!

November 28, 2012 - 9:14 am

Rachel - This sounds like such a great book! It’s already on my TBR list but everything you wrote makes me want to read it more. It is really nice to just read about normal people going about their every day lives, trying to find happiness.

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh

The title of this post comes from a catchy song from a little musical called Hairspray. Bright colors, big hair, and racial injustice are all themes in this particular show, featuring a decade that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I […]

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September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (9/2/2012) - […] Shadows has a thing for Greek mythology and daydreams about future travel plans. I talk about my love for the 1960s & yap about decade books. Alexa pairs travel companions + books! Elena has scouted out some […]

August 31, 2012 - 7:31 am

Patti Smith - I haven’t heard of Comeback Love until now, but it sounds really good. I’m adding that one to my WishList…I enjoy reading about the 60’s as well. I think that era is just an incredibly interesting era…and colorful, literally and figuratively! 🙂

August 30, 2012 - 6:07 pm

elena - eeep I LOVE 60s music and I love this post! My favourite book is set during the 60s but I don’t think I’ve read any YA set during that time period. You always have such interesting recs, E! <3

August 30, 2012 - 10:24 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “Hey mama, hey mama, look at me!” Teehee, I hope you know the title of your post now has me singing Hairspray songs in my head…

I love that you explored the various decades in books. It’s always fun for me to read about books set in another time period (Comeback Love, I am coming for you!), but I don’t think I’m aware of nearly enough of them. Case in point: I still have not read the three books you mentioned apart from the adult books.