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Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook • Magan Reviews

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 288 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: sexual assault, small town setting, accident, football Summary: Kayla has never wanted to leave her home town; it’s always been her favorite place, her source of comfort. When something awful happens and she’s sent away for the […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Magan - Totally uncomfortable, Alexa, but very necessary! 🙂

May 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Lucy, it’s intense. Be warned! But very worth it! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 30, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Lucy - I just got this one in the mail and you do make it sound like a worthwhile read. A FNL reference in your opening paragraph doesn’t hurt either 🙂

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - Every Last Promise definitely sounds like it would be a “hard” read, in the sense that I would definitely feel uncomfortable. But sometimes, those books are necessary in order to coax us into a new understanding or perspective. Glad you think this one is worth it!

All the Rage by Courtney Summers • Magan Reviews

All the Rage by Courtney Summers [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: rape, growing up in a small town, missing person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Romy can’t wait to escape her small town, where she’s ridiculed for “claiming to be raped”. (That’s what they say; the […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:01 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] What I Thought Was True • We Were Liars • All the Rage […]

May 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Magan - It was soooo tough, but I think it would be such a great book club book. Pick it up, Alexa! READ IT!

April 21, 2015 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - All the Rage sounds like such a powerful book! It sounds like it would provoke readers into discussion (which I love!), even though it sounds like it would also be really hard to read with all the emotional punches it will pull. I definitely have an eye on this one!

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Worthwhile is a great way to describe it, Meg. Summers’ work was some of the first I start reading and reviewing when we began RBR so I have a special place in my heart for her too!

April 14, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Magan - THANK YOU, BRE! It’s a really great read and I hope you enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy those books that take you to really uncomfortable places).

April 10, 2015 - 11:59 am

Bre @ Booky Berries - This was an awesome review! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book when it releases. 🙂

April 8, 2015 - 10:05 am

Meg - Sounds like a tough but very worthwhile read. Summers’ first novel was actually what got me back into reading YA as an adult, so I’ve always followed her work with interest! Will look for this one.

Magan: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber Publication Date: May 24, 2012 Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature Young Adult or New Adult Keywords: rape, self-defense, break-ups, college, music major Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unexpected break-up with her boyfriend, Jacqueline attends a frat party where her ex-boyfriend’s friend tried to rape her. She’s saved by […]

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December 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, this is why I love your reviews. I can always count on both of you to temper the flailing and OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK IS PERFECT found in other reviews (btw, neither of those things are bad). I did buy this book for my Nook based on the recommendation of a couple other blogger friends and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m really glad I read this review first though because now I think I won’t be as disappointed. Biggest disappointed would have been Lucas (LOL at your description of him btw). I absolutely can’t stand perfect boys in books, particularly YA (or NA in this case, I guess). It’s the same problem I had with Adam in Shatter Me. He was so effing perfect it was irritating. But then, I’m also a sucker for the dark and tortured soul character, so I’m a little biased against the perfect ones. 😉

November 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Karen - I enjoyed Easy but I did like The Between the Lines series more.

I don’t want to spoil anything in my comments but it was the twist that I didn’t really like. I saw it coming a mile away and would have preferred a more straight forward approach to things. Does that make sense even though I’m being cryptic?

I also never entirely clicked with Jacqueline even though I liked her.

November 18, 2012 - 3:28 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I, surprisingly, haven’t seen too many reviews of this book at all, but I do recall reading some really excited and positive reviews of this book. But I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you expected to, Magan! I hate when hype gets to your head, and it prevents you from enjoying the book. It’s happened to me a lot before, and it’s never fun. :/

However, the main character really does seem flat to me. And it makes me sad that the author kind of shifted the focus of the book from the major issue at hand and instead focuses on the relationship instead. I feel like that’s kind of a missed opportunity. And I seriously dislike when characters are perfect- like Jack seems to be. I like my characters realistic and flawed, thank you very much.

I’m sorry that this one disappointed you, Magan! I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews of this one, but for now, I think I’m going to pass on this one.

November 18, 2012 - 12:57 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love your review and I agree but to even more degree: Lucas was too perfect and I didn’t fall head over heels for him. Jacqueline was a MC I didn’t feel anything for, even though I really, really wanted to. Maybe it’s because I’m only 17 but I felt like all of the feminist talk was being shoved down my throat and not really part of the story, if that makes sense! Yet another aspect was: how did Jacqueline and Lucas get together. I can understand that he saved her…but what? I just felt like the sexual tension skipped the getting to know each other aspect.

November 17, 2012 - 10:18 am

Leah - I’m among the teensy handful of people who haven’t read this book yet, but I can totally relate with being in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book. I’ve given in to hype more times than I’d care to admit and more often than not it ultimately leads to a huge disappointment. Unfortunately I expect the world of these books and the tiniest flaw can lead to a letdown.

Hoo boy. Lucas must have organizational skills down to an art. Or, you know, maybe he owns a time-turner. 😀 Really though, I’ve read enough YA to expect the love interest to be incredible at everything (& we can’t forget about his looks!), but this is a little extreme.

I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read Easy. I’m NOT a fan of issue novels, so it already has one strike against it, but perhaps I’ll eventually pick it up one day.

November 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

Lori - I really enjoyed Easy, but I can completely see why some people didn’t. My one complaint with it was that Jacqueline kept putting herself in situations with the attacker, knowingly. Who does that? And I definitely agree that she wasn’t fleshed out. But, my goodness, did I enjoy the sexual tension! 🙂 I love the point you make about the author preaching. I didn’t notice that but now that you mention it I totally see it.

Fabulous review, Magan!

November 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I felt differently about this book, like Alexa said.. I do appreciate your honest review! And it has made me look at things from a different perspective as well. I know for me, I went into this book not having a clue what it was about. I had never even heard of the author before. I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been if I read it after all the hype? Who knows. I do think Tammara Webber is an excellent writer and want to read more by her.

November 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Funny enough, even though I felt the extreme opposite and really loved Easy, I also love your review. It’s not just the honesty or the intelligence with which your feelings are expressed, but rather that you allowed me to take a step back from my opinion of the book and go, “Huh, you know what, you might be right!”

It is true, now that I think about it, that we don’t really get the opportunity to learn much about Jacqueline or get invested in her story. And a lot of the stuff is a little too ideal or perfect, especially in terms of characters like Lucas.

BUT I do like the way it was written. And I like the message Tammara was attempting to share with her readers. And maybe I just read it at a time when I wanted something that would entertain me 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

elena - We’ve already discussed this but I agree with your review! After all the raving reviews, I was expecting it to be more but it came off sort of heavy handed to me. I was sending out WTF? e-mails to my friend in the beginning while I was reading it. I felt like everyone else defined who Jacqueline was as a main character, but I didn’t have a good grasp on the things she proclaimed to love. SO TRUE. She & Lucas seemed more like a list of traits to have in a character to me than an actual character. I don’t know how Lucas manages to do EVERYTHING and still be a student? He must be superhuman.

Anyway! Thanks for your insightful & honest review.

Magan: What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Keywords: rape and victimization, eating disorders, control Target audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: ARC from Little, Brown at ALA (Thanks!) Summary: Sid wakes up on her junior class ski trip not remembering the details of the night before […]

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September 20, 2015 - 9:22 am

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 26, 2013 - 12:01 am

What Happens Next | Colleen Clayton | Book Review - […] Loves Lit – “Highly recommended” Rather Be Reading – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is vi….” Nick’s Book Blog – “it’s something that I think every young girl […]

April 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

April Books & Wine - So, I came back to comment on this AGAIN, like a total weirdo because I was googling for reviews to link and yours came up and I am like THIS REVIEW is the reason I wanted to read What Happens Next in the first place. And now, on re-reading your review I just agree with everything. I loved how Clayton portrays Sid’s victimization and what happens after. I actually gave you guys this quote link at the bottom – “Clayton does an impeccable job of developing a very real depiction of what happens when a girl is victimized.” because I could not agree more.

Anyways, just coming back to say, post-reading, this review is incredibly accurate and I am glad I took you up on your advice to READ THIS NOW, even if it was a few months later.

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] from Every Day by David Levithan definitely left an imprint. Sid’s personality in What Happens Next was one of my favorites; I loved her snark and […]

December 9, 2012 - 1:14 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] Happens Next by Colleen Clayton = been dying to read this since Magan’s review + saw Colleen speak at Books of Wonder in NYC this week and could not resist. (Although I did wait […]

December 4, 2012 - 5:37 am

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing - […] been dying to read this one ever since reading Magan’s review on Rather Be Reading. I think it’s going to be my first book purchase after the […]

December 1, 2012 - 1:40 am

Kristen Evey - Adding this one to my TBR list. I’m very wary of books that deal with rape, so I usually base which ones I read on recommendations. This one sounds like it’s done right. It’s not a book that I’m always in the mood for, but there are times. Thanks Magan.

November 7, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, great review! I hadn’t heard of this book before now but it sounds like one I think I might enjoy, even though it would be maybe a little tough to read.

I just read Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt and although it isn’t EXACTLY the same, I felt a little bit the same way you did with regard to some of the MC’s decision-making. I think THAT – the fact that I just read and enjoyed Uses For Boys and it has that similarity to this one – is what draws me to read What Happens Next. I’m not even sure that makes any sense. At any rate, great review and thank you for bringing this one to my attention.

November 6, 2012 - 10:49 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - First of all, I absolutely LOVE your review. I think you definitely highlighted a lot of things that could possibly appeal to me about the book, as well as sharing about the tough issue this book covered.

I’m very interested in seeing what happens to the characters and their relationship. It’s always intriguing to read a book about tough stuff like this, and seeing how people handle these things.

November 6, 2012 - 11:56 am

Jamie - To be honest, I wasn’t interested in this one before. But now, DONE, I’m going to read it. Sounds like a very emotional read! And I’m curious, based on Ginger’s comment to you, if I will feel hung up on some of her decisions. I’ll have to discuss with you when I read it!

November 4, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Tara - Magan, this was such a well-rounded, eloquent review! I just got this book and you have made me want to bump it up on the list. As odd as this sounds, I really enjoy books that deal with personal struggle and overcoming tragic events and What Happens Next seems to fit this perfectly.

November 3, 2012 - 8:06 pm

VeganYANerds - The moment you talked about Sid turning up to find him alone I felt so sick and worried and now I just have to read this. I like that you compared it to Speak, that is another subtle, serious book.

Wonderful review, Magan!

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Alex / AnimeGirl - Thanks for this review, a friend recently told me to read the book but I wasn’t sure, I think your review has convinced that it is worth reading!
Thanks for the review.

November 3, 2012 - 6:38 pm

elena - i had my stomach in knots just reading your review. 😐 it sounds like a difficult but well done book. however, i don’t think i will be reading it because i just can’t handle books dealing with rape. this is a really insightful and intense review!

November 3, 2012 - 5:38 pm

April Books & Wine - Somehow I thought this was a dystopian book, lololol. OBVIOUSLY I was very wrong and am glad I haven’t read What Happens Next yet, because otherwise that would be an awkward surprise. I do have to say, your review makes me want to read it very very soon, especially because I can review this for work newsletter.

November 3, 2012 - 6:10 am

Lori - I kept thinking while I was reading your review that this reminds me of Speak. I love that book. I first read it in middle school and then reread it often for years after that. I hadn’t paid much attention to this one before, but now I’m really anxious to read it.

November 2, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Cynthia - This sounds like an emotional one but one that was written very well and I do love Laurie Halse Anderson’s book so it’s definitely going on my list. Thanks for the great review!

November 2, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - This does seem reminiscent of Speak, which really makes me want to read it. What Happens Next seems like one of those books that’s tough to read, but is definitely worthwhile.

November 2, 2012 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, I know we’ve already talked in length about this book, but I still wanted to read your thoughts again on it. You’ve summed it up quite well. I had a difficult time digesting Sid’s decisions, or lack of decisions I should say, and that really got to me while reading. However, with your help, I was able to see past that and really focus on the story as a whole. Though the ending came a bit too quickly for me, I still enjoyed the message it sent out.