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Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

Magan: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Paris, College, Life Experiences, Falling in Love Format read: ARC borrowed from Anna at Anna Reads (Thanks, lady!) Summary: Allyson is on “the trip of a lifetime” in Europe with her best friend, […]

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September 18, 2013 - 8:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman - […] One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman Other Books Reviewed in This Series: Just One Day Publication Date: October 10, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young […]

January 30, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] Ditched: a Love Story by Robin Mellom The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review) Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s review) […]

January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] Just One Day by Gayle Forman [Goodreads | Amazon | My Review] — Sooo, Gayle Forman is probably the coolest lady on the planet. No kidding. I LOVE HER. I […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Magan - Hannah, I’m so glad you bought it! I hope you LOVE IT. It’s really one that I paced myself going through because I couldn’t even think about it being over. I didn’t want it to end! Can’t wait to read your review! xo

January 21, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I totally bought it this week because I have yet to read one less than crazy about this book review. I don’t know if I’ll start it right away or give it a little time, but I’m excited either way. Sometimes I try to let a little time pass when I start hearing too many raves so that I’m not going into with crazy hyped expectations. Excited to read this one, lady! Great review 🙂

January 14, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Magan - Meagan! YAYYYY! I’m so, so excited for you! I hope you LOVE it with the same kinda passion I do! Enjoy!

January 14, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Meagan - Just ordered it on Kindle, can’t wait to dive in after this great review! Thanks!

January 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I haven’t read a single non-gushing review about this book, so I feel pretty sure that I’ll love it to pieces and that it’ll make a pretty big impression. Also, look at that cover. How can it not?

But I think I want to wait a little while. I want to wait until I can read it without everyone else’s thoughts in my mind, so I can read it with a clean slate and make my own thoughts. Ya know? I’m SO GLAD you liked it though, because every person I trust just makes me more and more sure that it’ll be one that I need to buy rather than borrow. Great review, Magan!

January 14, 2013 - 11:55 am

Magan - Thanks, Tara! Writing this review was so hard because I wanted to word vomit and be like “OH EM GEE THIS IS JUST SO GOOD BUY IT.” Hahah!

January 13, 2013 - 9:09 pm

Tara - Dude, this review is SPECTACULAR! You captured the very essence of this book and gave it the justice it deserves. Is it time for Just One Year yet?!?!

January 13, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's January 13, 2012 Shelve It - […] + A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe + Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks + A review of Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi + A review of Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky + A review of Just One Day by Gayle Forman […]

January 9, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Magan - Taylor! I hope you love it! (And I hope it gets to you soon!) ENJOY! 🙂

January 9, 2013 - 1:11 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Unfortunately my town doesn’t have a bookstore, so I pre-ordered this book months ago and it only shipped today. I’m absolutely DYING for it to get here. I’m glad you liked it so much, I have really high expectations after If I Stay and Where She Went. Great Review!

January 8, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Magan - Alexa — yay! I really, really hope you love it. I really, truly have no negatives. Nothing that didn’t sit well with me. <3 Enjoy!

January 8, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Alexa Y. - “Tomorrow is a day all book readers need to rejoice, rush to the closest bookstore, purchase a copy of Just One Day, and read it in its entirety. I am not kidding, not in the least. This book is probably one of my very favorite books I’ve read … ever.”

I may have subconsciously heeded your instructions, as I am now the proud owner of a copy of Just One Day. I’m looking forward to reading it because it sounds like just my type of book! The different things that you took from reading it all appeal to me, and I’m seriously just wishing I could leave my office already so I could start it.

January 8, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Magan - Lola — thanks! Hope you enjoy it!
Keertana — there just really isn’t a negative I could think of about this book. Really, I loved it ALL! ENJOY!
Aneeqah — GIRL! You need to read Where She Went! That one was my FAVE of those two. Purchase JOD soon! 🙂
Annie — there’s a world of amazing just waiting for you! Gayle’s books are AMAZING! Read them all!
Brittany — I am buying it today, too! I NEED it on my shelves!
Nikki — I liked your little pun! Ay! I hope you love this! And I hope it helps you reminisce. 🙂
Anna — Me too, girl, me too!
April — Oh girl! So flattered by all your compliments. Seriously – thanks! And yes! I think that’s why I resonated too. Even at 27, I’m still figuring out how to live my own life.
Janita– !!! READ MORE CONTEMPS! If anything, read more GAYLE FORMAN! haha
Leoni — I can’t wait for Just One Year either. Willem’s perspective? Heck yeah!
Ginger — thanks, love! This book was just AH! SOOOO good. Beyond good. Amazing! xoxo
Judith — Gayle’s writing does something to me too. It just takes me places & her writing is so vivid. I hope you enjoy every bit of JOD.
Rachel — oh, girl! There’s so, so much more. Be prepared!
Lori — thanks, lady! YES! I was so surprised by JOD. So. Freaking. Good.

January 8, 2013 - 3:02 am

Lola (Reading by Lamplight) - Fab review! Looking forward to reading this one! 🙂

January 7, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I am SO happy you enjoyed this one! I can’t wait to read it and some of the negative reviews, with readers disappointed by the pace or by Willem and their lack of connection with him, really scared me, but I am thrilled to hear that it’s every bit as perfect as I hoped and imagined! 🙂 I cannot WAIT for it to arrive at my doorstep soon! Wonderful review!

January 7, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, I’m glad you were able to enjoy this one so much! So far, I’ve only read If I Stay by Gayle Forman, but that book alone convinces me that her writing style is absolutely superb. Based on all your excitement for this book that you have, I’m totally going to be picking up Just One Day! It sounds totally emotional, and I can’t wait to see what adventure Ms. Forman has planned for us next.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

January 7, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Annie - I’ve never read anything by Gayle before but I’ve heard so much about this book! I actually did not know what it was about until today, when I read your review! It sounds awesome, and I can’t wait for it to come out! I’m sure it’s amazing!

January 7, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I absolutely love Gayle and this one did not disappoint in the least!!! I borrowed the ARC but I am buying this as soon as I possibly can! <3

January 7, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - Everyone has been shouting rejoices from the rooftops about this book and I want to read it sooooo badly! I’m really happy that I only have to wait, like, one more day (get it!?)!

But seriously, the whole plot reminds me vaguely of a personal experience some years ago so I have a feeling this book will resonate with me in a very real way. I’m stoked!

January 7, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Anna - I LOVE BOOKS!

January 7, 2013 - 11:07 am

April Books & Wine - Nailed it.

Seriously, you perfectly described why Just One Day is such an amazing book and I love, love love that.

Also?

“There’s the sense of change and wanting to chase after something new and different and acting on it, even though (or maybe especially because) everyone expects you to stay the same” This is one of the reasons why Just One Day really resonated with me, because that’s kind of what I’ve been experiencing lately in my real life.

January 7, 2013 - 10:19 am

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but I’ve heard that If I Stay was excellent. Gotta but that on my TBR pile 🙂 Awesome review

January 7, 2013 - 9:41 am

Leoni - Great review and this book has also become one of my favourites! I loved this book and can’t wait for Just One Year!

January 7, 2013 - 9:37 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my, this review is lovely Magan. You captured exactly what made this novel so what it is. I adored the self discovery Allyson endured, but I also loved that it wasn’t something easy and perfectly tied up with a bow on top. It felt REAL.

January 7, 2013 - 9:27 am

Judith - Beautifully written! Reading your review made me even more excited for this book, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Gayle Forman’s writing just does something to me, and I’m glad there’s more to this book than ‘just’ romance. So excited for this 🙂

January 7, 2013 - 9:02 am

Rachel - I really love your review! I’m looking forward to reading this book. I definitely assumed it was going to be a love story, so I’m glad there are other themes in it as well.

January 7, 2013 - 7:15 am

Lori - I LOVE this review! You said it so much better than I could. I went into it expecting a love story as well, but we got so much more!