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Estelle: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Random House/Ballantine Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Nantucket, family secrets, sister, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Three sisters (two step, one half) are forced to spend 3 months together at their recently deceased father’s […]

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July 9, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, another book set in Nantucket! I really want to visit after seeing it pop up so frequently as the setting for books and blog posts lately. I also really like the way this book sounds, because it looks like it’s about the relationship between three sisters which I am a sucker for since I have two sisters of my own. Great review E!

July 9, 2013 - 11:00 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds like a nice summer-y book to read. I just put both the print and audiobooks on hold at both of my libraries. No telling when it’ll come in but it’ll be a nice surprise! Thanks E!

July 9, 2013 - 10:10 am

Jamie - Oooh! I think I need to see if the library has this one because it sounds perfect for the family reunion/beach vacation I have at the end of this month! I love love love stories about sisters because my up and down relationship story with my sister is one of the most important things in my life. And knowing how hard it was for my sister and I to live together without killing each other…well this sounds so fun! And Nantucket…sigh..I’ve always wanted to go there!

July 8, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Cynthia - I haven’t been online in so long I miss your reviews! This one sounds perfect for summer and I’ve been hearing a lot about Nantucket too. I’ll be adding this one to my list, I’m getting more and more interested in reading adult fiction again. =)

July 8, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - From the sounds of things, Nantucket is certainly the location of choice for literature this summer! The ideal backdrop for a seasonal contemporary, Nantucket certainly seems to be a contributing factor in the success of these books. I must say I’m intrigued by the concept of this novel. I love the idea of the three sisters being forced to spend time with one another and inadvertently healing their relationship in the process. There are few things I enjoy more in a novel than one which delves deeply into an examination of a family’s dynamics. That said, I’m not sure if the apparent melodrama is something I would enjoy. I think I’ll be borrowing this one from the library as opposed to buying it outright, but you’ve definitely made me interested in picking this one up for myself, Estelle 😀 Great review!

Estelle: Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 14, 2011 Publisher: Random House Pages: 349 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: friendship, marriage, secrets, traveling pants Format read: Paperback I bought. Summary: A return to the friendship of Lena, Carmen, Tibby, and Bridget — four girls connected by their long history […]

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June 19, 2013 - 4:42 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - This series surprised me so much and I ended up loving it. I was worried about this book after reading Sweet Valley Confidential, but I thought Brashares did such a wonderful job, even with the shocking (to me) plot twists. It just hit me in the heart and the gut. Loved the friendships and how they evolved throughout the series. Great review, Estelle. And judging from your Instagram pics, the wedding was gorgeous too!

June 17, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I remember reading these books a reeeally long time ago, but I don’t remember which book I stopped on (I think is the one right before this one, actually!). It’s so sad how these friends have really grown apart, but I think that’s realistic, actually. Some of the characterization does seem off (Carmen was always a bit proud of her curves- I don’t see her as being a size 0!), I think this is a great book on friendship, in general. I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up to see how things end with this lovely group of girls.

Amazing review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 17, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read this one yet, mostly because I felt wary about it. But I trust your judgment – and I’m curious to see what’s become of all four girls. There’s something interesting about seeing them grow up and be adults and I feel like I might find it very easy to relate to.

June 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Annie - Oh dear, how much this book made me cry! The Sisterhood felt so real to me and it was heartbreaking to finally see it come to an end. And I love thinking back on all the adventures Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bee had together. It’s so uplifting and makes me have hope that I’ll still be close to my friends even through all the obstacles and challenges.

June 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Wow! This book sounds completely different than I expected! While I was initially very excited at the prospect of another Sisterhood book, I wound up chickening out and not reading it. If I remember correctly, I wasn’t that crazy about the fourth book. didn’t know if this book would make it better or worse, and I didn’t want to risk it.

While it seems like this book is definitely a little more difficult to read than the others, I think I’m going to put it back on the TBR. 🙂

June 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

Jen - It’s hard to believe that the first novel in the series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, was published twelve years ago. Does that ever make me feel old! Like you, I can still remember being glued to the pages when I read the first novel in the series all those years ago. I didn’t realize that there were third and fourth instalments, although I remember quite a lot of publicity surrounding the publication of Sisterhood Everlasting when one of the major plot developments in the novel was spoiled online. It sounds like this novel may hit a little too close to home for me. I’m definitely at the age where I’m finding it a struggle to nurture old friendships while also trying to make new ones. I think that’s definitely a common theme for many people in their 20’s. You desperately try to hold onto your old friends with both hands but sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to keep them from slipping away. Like you, I wasn’t fond of some of the character developments I had heard about, particularly regarding Carmen’s character. I’m not sure I can work up the interest to read the final three novels in this series, although it would be nice to have a sense of closure for the characters.

June 17, 2013 - 10:21 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - First off, I LOVE that you’re still friends with someone you’ve known since you were 5! So sweet! I haven’t read any of the Sisterhood books, despite owning the first two and LOVING the movies. I really would love to get into this series and connect with the girls, especially knowing there’s so many in this series! Great review!

June 17, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Ya know, I have never read these books, but I did see the movie. When they were published, I was a bit older (plus I wasn’t exactly reading at the time either). “Growing up is hard on friendships” is very true. I remember thinking I’d always be close to the girls I was inseparable with in high school. 14 years later, I only talk to two of the girls — and it’s not as often as I’d like. It’s hard to keep relationships, especially friendships, when everyone grows in such different directions. I really admire people who can keep friends from their childhoods. It’s rare and oh so special.

Estelle: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (Tweet!) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 224 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: eating disorders, New York City, friendships, mother/daughter relationships Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Meet Sethie, a high school senior, living in New York City and doing anything she can […]

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August 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

Review: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - […] Book Chic Club Book Blogging Beauties Rather be Reading […]

August 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds really interesting. I like that you pointed out that the author handled the subject in a way that stood out and was different from what has been done before – it makes me curious enough to give this one a try, despite the tough subject it tackles.

July 30, 2012 - 11:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Very nice review! Just read this myself and I agree on a lot of things here. I actually felt lost in the first half of the book reading it in the third person. I felt a little too on the outside and didn’t see myself making connections with anyone until halfway through. I really liked the growing friendship between Sethie and Janey (I agree, totally had my doubts about Janey at first too!) – And I also liked to see a side of eating disorders and body image that isn’t so extreme. I’ve actually seen a few of my friends go through this so the topic was extremely relatable and not overdone at all.

Magan: Zero by Tom Leveen

Zero by Tom Leveen [website | twitter] UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook received via NetGalley Summary: Zero is an artist. She was accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), but her life plans change when she isn’t awarded […]

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April 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen - […] manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero […]

July 15, 2012 - 1:34 am

Shelve It: July 15, 2012 - […] recommended to me by Karen at For What It’s Worth after she saw how much I enjoyed Zero (review), Leveen’s new […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Cover – intriguing. And the fact that it’s about a girl who’s artistic and boy who’s into music… Well, that’s enough to sell me on it. I definitely think I want to read it!

April 22, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Magan - YAY, Karen! If you loved Party, I hope you find this one to be as wonderful. Keep me posted!

April 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Magan - Sash, YES, definitely a deceiving cover. I don’t know how all these books are getting crazy covers. I am so glad I went by the story line instead of the cover for this one because otherwise, I might have said that I didn’t want to read it either. :-/

April 19, 2012 - 11:31 am

Sash from Sash and Em - Another deceiving book, eh? This cover turned me away but now that I’ve read your review, I might have to pick it up (especially since it has some steam!). 🙂 xo

April 19, 2012 - 7:34 am

Karen - I think I’m just going to go ahead and buy this since it comes out next week. I loved Party and your review really makes me want to read Zero.