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The rediscovery of Doller power

Nothing beats the feeling of falling in love with an author’s work for the first time…except maybe revisiting that work and realizing you’re just as enthralled as you were that very first time. With so many new books being released every week, it’s not always as convenient to go back and spend time with those old favorites. Part […]

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August 5, 2015 - 4:49 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up July 2015 | - […] @ Rather Be Reading fangirls over Trish Doller (and makes me want to read ALL the […]

June 28, 2015 - 12:22 am

Retrospectively Reading (17) | The Reading Shelf - […] “The Rediscovery of Doller Power” @ Rather Be Reading […]

June 15, 2015 - 9:22 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love that you remember exactly where you were when you read her first 2 books because I do too (in a hotel in Austin, TX for Something Like Normal and in my boring, awful Chemistry I class for Where the Stars Still Shine). I’d like to go back and read both of these too, especially for the things you pointed out. I also forgot how amazing Travis’s relationship with his mom is. And the really interesting female characters thing is so true. Even in Something Like Normal with a male protagonist Harper’s strength and individuality shines through.

June 8, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Alexa S. - I adore this post, E! It really isn’t easy to specifically carve out time to reread old favorites, especially as a person who is constantly aware of what’s new and upcoming all the time. It’s so great that you were able to revisit Trish’s novels, and I loved your extra observations about them too!

June 5, 2015 - 10:48 pm

Kate @ Ex Libris (@ExLibris_Kate) - I own her books but I have never read them. I feel like a terrible person b/c I know I would love them!

June 5, 2015 - 4:17 am

Rachel - Both of these books have been vaguely on my radar for a while, and I’ve read some non-spoilery reviews for both, but I have to say, you have just COMPLETELY sold me on these. I LOVE gritty, emotional and strong contemporaries, and these sound right up my street. Such a sincere post! R x

June 4, 2015 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - There is something absolutely wonderful about rereading an author and discovering that you still absolutely love these books. I finally read a Trish Doller book at the beginning of the year – Something Like Normal – and it was love! I need to check out her other books for sure.

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC

♥ Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on the lovely, important Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. (Kirkus called her a ‘masterful wordsmith’ recently, and I couldn’t agree more.) I’m excited to host her on RBR as she chats about the setting of her new novel: New York City. Reading over her experience, I […]

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May 18, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - As if I didn’t already know I need to read this book! Love this post!

May 14, 2015 - 11:02 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE THIS POST! I moved to New York officially in 2012, and for the past 2+ years, my life has never been the same. It’s got its ups and downs, but I love it. And Corey did a good job of capturing it in Making Pretty AND in this post!

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Estelle Reviews

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 12, 2015 Pages: 368 | Target audience: Young adult Keywords: beauty, father/daughter relationships, sisters, NYC, romance Summary: It’s summer in NYC and Montana is dealing with having her college-aged sister/best friend, her plastic surgeon father and some unexpected news, […]

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January 28, 2016 - 3:31 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “explores the complexity of sister relationships” […]

January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Corey Ann never speaks down to her readers and writes with honesty about beauty, sisters, and mysteries of love in this NYC summer story. (Runner up: Life By Committee.) […]

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

Haniya - This review looks really nice! Can’t wait to read it!

May 14, 2015 - 8:01 am

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu … […]

May 11, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Life by Committee came out of nowhere last year and completely blew me away while also tapping into some themes that I connected with on a very personal level. So of course I was already excited to see what Haydu would do next. This review has me downright intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out.

(PS As a decidedly not fair complexioned person, I feel you with the hair stuff. In college I very foolishly decided to fix my own eyebrows and wound up removing nearly half of one eyebrow–only one mind. I had a friend in high school who essentially had no eyebrows for several months as well!)

May 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Alexa S. - I love, love, LOVE these thoughts on Making Pretty so much, E! You’ve really captured the essence of Montana’s story so beautifully, and I love the way you managed to mention some of its elements that are so perfect for a discussion – her father’s career + how that affects their relationship, her friendships, her first love. It’s seriously a great, thought-provoking read!

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway

99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love Summary: Molly has 99 days standing between her and college. […]

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December 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] young main character) 2] forgiveness is the key to a long, nuanced friendship (Molly and Imogene in 99 Days by Katie Cotugno are on point, as are Willowdean and Ellen in Dumplin’)  3] there’s […]

September 17, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Slut-Shaming, Relationships, and Feminism in YA - Bookmark Lit - […] in today. This book reflected the reality of the situation. It sucks, but it happens. (Please read Estelle’s review for a bit more insight that I 100% agree with.)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a book I […]

April 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by […]

April 24, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Liz - I am very much on the fence about whether I want to read this one. I really was not a fan of How To Love but still something is drawing me in here. I did like here writing I just did not like the characters at all, so maaayybe this one will work for me?

April 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Alexa S. - I loved 99 Days. I enjoyed How to Love, but I LOVED 99 Days. I loved that it made me FEEL things so deeply, and how engrossed I was in reading Molly’s story. I seriously enjoyed it and can’t wait to snag a copy of my own!

April 21, 2015 - 3:58 am

Sue Holmes - I am really looking forward to this book, it’s been on my list for a while, now I am going to bump it up the list! Any book that can bring out emotions like you have described in the reader is a must read.
I wish I lived in US – I would love to enter to win a signed copy!

April 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So glad you loved this one too! After two amazing books, I can hardly wait to see what Katie writes next. An auto-buy author for sure =)

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!

Estelle: In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Release Date: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Simon Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: swimming, competition, grief, addiction Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: School work, friendships, family, romance — nothing is going to get in the way of Brynn’s swimming. Living for practice and […]

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May 18, 2015 - 8:01 am

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] by Terra McVoy on RBR: In Deep ; Criminal ; The Summer of Firsts & Lasts | Being Friends with […]

July 3, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Alexa S. - Let me just get this out of the way first: WHY MUST YOU BE A TRIAL TO MY WALLET? Okay, ahem, this review is amazing. I love how you were able to convince me within 3 paragraphs to want this book, stat! But seriously, 2014 has also been the year of difficult, complex, real characters for me – and Brynn sounds like one I could appreciate. This book is now on my July books to buy list!

July 2, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - Ooo, this looks really intriguing and I haven’t heard anything about it! I absolutely love complicated characters and characters that don’t have the most likable personalities. I’m definitely putting this on my list to read!