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Kissing Ted Callahan… by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Audience: Young adult Keywords: music, dating, romance, best friends Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley and Reid — friends and bandmates — vow to inject some excitement in their love lives […]

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April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This heroine was awesomely realistic for a teenager. I thought this book was kind of sitcom/romcomesque, in a good way. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

April 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Dianne - Oh, yes yes yes, I agree with everything you said, Estelle! You said it so much better than I did because I ended up just spazzing and raving incoherently. Ladies, you really have same tastes as me. <3 It's just so FUN and squealy cute and I loved every moment of it. #TeamAwkwardBoysWhoTrySuperHard forever! <3

April 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Alexa S. - Kissing Ted Callahan sounds like a fun book! It’s really just nice to read those sometimes, and I love it even more when it’s the kind of read that will make you laugh 🙂

April 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I don’t know if I laughed out loud while reading this, but I definitely really loved it too. Your description of Amy Spalding unscrewing the top of a teenage girl’s head is perfect. With all the exclamation marks and capitalization I feel like Riley could have driven me crazy, but agree that this is the type of book I could have used as a teenager.

April 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You had me sold when you said that you laughed out loud, even though it takes a lot for you to do so.

I love books that make me laugh!

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle | Estelle Reviews

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle ( web | twitter ) First book in a trilogy. Release Date: October 21, 2014 Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Hollywood, love triangle, debut actor, friendship, romance Format read: ARC given to me by Elena @ Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: Paige is just a […]

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May 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

The Big Wave & A Big Break | Pub Date - Pairing Books & Beer - […] with just about meal or snack. Perfect after a long day in the sunshine. And for a book… Famous In Love is about a newbie actress who lands the next big role in a young adult book turned film […]

October 20, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Lauren at Bookmark Lit - I completely agree about going a little deeper. While I enjoyed this book, it felt like it was just a skimming of the surface. There could have been SO many more details added with her family, friends, and co-stars.

October 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - How fun! I have this book in one of my boxes of books that I haven’t unpacked onto my shelves (I’m having to switch them out as I read them until we move out of this rental!!) but I wish I would happen upon it soon! I kinda want to give it a go. I like that you’re able to visualize Shailene or Jennifer – sounds like a fun read! (:

Estelle: Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling’s IT List (#1) by Megan McCafferty ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Poppy / Little Brown Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade / Jessica Darling fans! Keywords: starting middle school, friendships, siblings Format read: ARC from Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit. Thanks!! Other books reviewed by MM: Bumped […]

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December 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Hi - I read the book and thought it was very good but can someone explain whar 3znuf 4eva is i have figured out that 3znuf is 3 is enough as in the three friend jessica briget and dori but still do not know what 4eva is

September 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

Jessica Darling's IT List 2 by Megan McCafferty - […] Add to Goodreads |  Buy on B&N | Review of IT LIST #1 […]

September 18, 2013 - 3:09 am

Alexa Y. - The fact that you referenced Anastasia Krupnik has me SOLD on reading this book. Seriously, I loved her — and because you loved her AND Jessica? I’m definitely going to be checking this book out, along with the rest of the Jessica Darling books.

September 14, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Ri - The thing I love most about JD is how relatable she is. Whether its her witty or sarcastic thoughts or her trying to fit into reality while maintaining her true self, we’ve all been there. This series is one of few I never get tired of reading over and over and it makes me laugh everytime.

September 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Jessica Darling made me fall in love with young adult characters as an adult. When the book first published, I was 24 reading a ton of chick-lit (books for “my age group” and books for Grad School, but once I read Sloppy Firsts, I wanted to read more books with characters like Jessica – young, fun, sarcastic, and REAL.

This is my favorite series EVER and I am so happy that Megan is giving readers a younger Jessica. I won a copy of this for my niece – I want this to be the book that makes her fall in love with reading, and I hope that I am lucky to win this one for me (if not, I’m getting a copy to read along with her asap).

Thanks for sharing your love of this book and the series and hosting this fantastic giveaway. Anyone who wins will be lucky to experience the awesomeness of Megan McCafferty and Jessica Darling.

September 13, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Vivian - I haven’t read any of this series’ books, but I’ve heard good things!

September 11, 2013 - 10:34 am

Jennifer Jensen - I haven’t read Jessica Darling novels before and only recently discovered them. Looking forward to reading them all! Thanks for the giveaway!!

September 11, 2013 - 1:48 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m TOTALLY going to pick this one up! My favourite Jessica was in the first two books, when she was silly and snarky — I found that she lost a bit of her snarkiness in the last couple of books. Plus, I like a good middle grade read now and then, so this one sounds just perfect!

September 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I thought that the Jessica Darling series overall got a bit weaker as the series continued and Jessica got older. So with that logic, a story about an earlier Jessica should be good…I think? lol This sounds super cute and like a lot of fun, in all honesty. I regret the fact that I never really had a MG literary heroine. If I did, though, I can imagine Jessica being a fantastic one.

September 10, 2013 - 7:47 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - To my everlasting shame, I’ve only read the first Jessica Darling book. I KNOW! And I loved it so I don’t know why I haven’t read the others. Oh wait, Marcus Flutie. I can’t with his redheaded dreads!!

September 10, 2013 - 12:14 am

Bookworm1858 - If one has not read the Darling books, should one start with this book or read the original books first? I think I read Sloppy Firsts years ago and didn’t really connect with it but I want to give them a go again as someone who is far more up on YA lit now.

September 9, 2013 - 10:29 pm

Theresa M. - I love that Jessica, while being our protagonist and someone you want to see succeed, is a complicated, authentic individual that makes her easy to relate to, and I think most readers can see themselves in her.

September 9, 2013 - 11:58 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I love love love Jessica Darling! Truth be told, I was a little disappointed that Megan McCafferty decided to do a prequel instead of another book that follows Perfect Fifths. Nonetheless, I cannot wait to explore and read about middle school Jessica! I’m glad she has kept her humor and spunk! Great review, Estelle! <3

September 9, 2013 - 11:50 am

Tammy - I got the free preview of this book on my kindle. It looks like a fun read.

Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books) Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham […]

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July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - […] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main […]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - […] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the […]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - […] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any […]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - […] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!

Twice as Nice: Belles & Winter White by Jen Calonita

Belles (#1) by Jen Calonita ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: April 10, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, mean girls, campaigns Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Izzie and Mira couldn’t be more different. For years, Izzie has grown up in Harborside, hanging out at the Boardwalk, and working as a lifeguard […]

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December 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

Kristen Evey - I’ve been wanting to read Belles since I saw the cover when it came out. I really want to love stories like this, but I don’t always end up doing so and I can’t figure out why. That you compared this to both Cinderella AND Mean Girls gives me high hopes for this one though. 😉

November 8, 2012 - 5:23 pm

elena - awww this seem like such qt contemps! i was suppose to be sent this for review but welp, it never came. the first one is at my library though, i think. i like the comparison of belles to mean girls & cinderella. eesh to the curveball ending in the second book though. great reviews, estelle!

November 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I’m not sure if I needed to skip book two’s review or not, but I did. I have Belles but I haven’t read it yet. I REALLY WANT TO, though, because I seem to remember that it is set in Eastern North Carolina, which is where I live. (I love reading books set close to me for some reason.)

Also, the cover is super pretty. I really need to make the time for this one so I can get to book two as well!

November 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You make me want to immediately go out and get these books STAT. Honestly, from the summaries alone, I could already tell that they would be the kind of books I’d find interesting, and I’m intrigued to meet both Mira and Izzie!

November 6, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Tara - Can I just say how happy I am that we could talk this out on GChat lol. I feel a readalong coming on when book 3 comes out 🙂