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Estelle: Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: LGBT, boarding school, labels, friendship, lies Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: Rafe decides to spend his junior year on the East Coast at an all boys […]

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April 11, 2017 - 9:00 am

Time marches & the books are good company, Estelle - […] Straight by Bill Konigsberg / Goodreads | Amazon | B&N / Throwback! I first read this book back in 2013. I remember sitting in my parent’s backyard and pouring over this story. I never forgot about […]

September 19, 2014 - 9:15 am

Pub Date: Fall Fest (Brews + a Book) - […] Narragansett Fest Lager = yum. I have never had a fall beer in a can (this is a new development) and I liked that even though this beer was heavier than I’ve been used to all summer, it was still on the light side. This beer is New England’s oldest beer and the official beer of the Red Sox  (I know this makes Andi happy) which segues perfectly into my book pick: Openly Straight (my review from last summer). […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:25 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu […]

October 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

Openly Straight | Bill Konigsberg | Book Review - […] Be Reading – “I want to hug and squeeze this book until I can’t anymore.” Lost In A Great Book – “a fantastic read that speaks honestly” The Reading […]

September 15, 2013 - 4:30 pm

April Books & Wine - Well, I finally wrote my review and I just want to give you all the snaps for this review like how on Legally Blonde when someone gets something right, they get snaps. I agree with everything here — how you want to hug this book, how your heart seizes just thinking about it, Rafe’s flaws. Didn’t you love how much this book made you reflect and think? And just how honest it was. What a stinking great book and a stinking great review. Thanks so much for tweeting about Openly Straight and basically convincing me to read this book, quite unintentionally, I think. 🙂

August 11, 2013 - 8:09 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds utterly amazing. I love the sound of the story! It seems like this character is pretty great, and the story is fairly refreshing, if I’m being honest. Glad to see you enjoyed this one!

August 3, 2013 - 8:42 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - When I saw what you’d rated this one, I didn’t even bother waiting before I put this on a list of books I’m buying this month. I kinda suspected I WOULD want to read this but I’m so happy that I read review and feel no doubt about it. I’m positively positive I’m going to love this book. It screams “MY THING!” so I seriously cannot wait until I’m squeezing it myself.

July 31, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - I think I’ll do just that. Buy it.

What a great topic…not wanting to be defined by your sexuality.

July 30, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is such an great idea for a book. I’ve never thought of anyone that has felt comfortable enough with coming out then feeling pigeonholed by their sexuality. I love that you love it so much because your enthusiasm is infectious. Great review, Estelle. (:

July 30, 2013 - 6:02 pm

April Books & Wine - I’ll leave a longer comment later when I am not skimming (I haven’t written my review yet and don’t want to be influenced) so I’ll just say that YES YES YES hugs and squeezes for Openly Straight!

July 29, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Bookworm1858 - I enjoyed this book a lot too even as I was cringing as Rafe spun yet another half-truth to hide his true self-I could not see it ending well and in my opinion, the ending was pretty sad (though the author sees it as pretty optimistic.)

July 29, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - This book sounds awesome! I definitely need to get myself a copy of it, I love how it’s dealing with more than Rafe’s coming out story, and I can’t wait to see how the topic is tackled.

July 29, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Tara - Whoa — this book sounds incredible! The story seems very original and unlike anything I’ve read before.

July 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I LOVED this book. Rafe’s flaws and the blurred lines are what make it so great. For a book that (based on its cover) looks pretty light, it really makes you think.

Lovely review! 🙂

July 29, 2013 - 11:33 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - Great review! I’m so excited for this one, but it has a long hold list at the library. I think it’s great that queer YA lit is moving beyond simply coming out stories and showing different aspects.

The Look’s Sophia Bennett Talks Literary Sisters + Giveaway

Note from Estelle: Hopefully you checked out yesterday’s review of The Look by Sophia Bennett, which was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. I can confidently say it was one of my favorite reads of 2013 so far. Took me by complete surprise. Today I hand it over to the author who discusses her […]

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March 7, 2013 - 6:32 am

Judith - What a wonderful thing to think about. I love bookish families, and I personally love it when books have big families – the dynamics are so interesting to see and they just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The best examples: the Bennett sisters, the Weasley family and all the Garretts in My Life Next Door. Can I just live inside their stories already?!

March 6, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Win free books! | You read it here - […] readers in the US, there are giveaways of The Look running on Good Books and Good Wine and Rather Be Reading. Both these US bloggers have been so kind and supportive since they read the book, and I’m […]

March 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Tara - My favorite that comes to mind is the entire family in My Life Next Door. The sibling dynamic was just awesome and even though the house was crazy with MANY kids, they all loved and respected each other (and were hilarious).

March 4, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I absolutely LOVE that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is included on here, because those girls (and their friendship) RULE.

Hmm, sister books? I grew up reading the Ramona books, so I liked Ramona and her sister Beezus. I also loved The Little House series, so Laura and her sisters are wonderful too.

March 4, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - What a great question! My favorite literary siblings…I think I have to say Katniss & Prim. 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

Natalie - I would have to say that my favourite literary siblings are a toss up between the Bennets and the Weasleys!!!

March 3, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Olivia - They’re making a BBC series on Pride and Prejudice characters again?? I’m conflicted with both feelings of excitement and of dread. Definitely going to check out some of the other mentions in this post! Sisterly affection is so wonderful to read about. 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Nayeli cervantes - MY favorite siblings litery names are Lucy and Martin.

March 3, 2013 - 11:16 am

elena - I’m an only child but I have heaps of cousins to make up for it. I love that cover of Ballet Shoes! I watched a bit of the film with Emma Watson. also I totally know about having Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget resonate. Literary-wise I think my favourite siblings are the Weasleys and the Starks.

Estelle: The Look by Sophia Bennett

The Look by Sophia Bennett ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic) Pages: 336 Target audience: young adult Keywords: modeling, cancer, London, siblings, family, self-discovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: The world becomes a confusing place for Ted when she finds out her fab-looking […]

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March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] The Look by Sophia Bennett review Magan in High School { a personal piece } Three Sisters by Susan Mallery review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally review […]

March 4, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Alexa Y. - I had no idea that this was set in London! That immediately makes me want to add it to my TBR list (which is happening… RIGHT… NOW!)

I really adore the fact that this book really involves Ted’s family, and not just Ted herself. The relationship between sisters is always fun to read about, and I think I’d enjoy reading about Ted and Ava 🙂

March 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Look's Sophia Bennett Talks Literary Sisters + Giveaway - […] from Estelle: Hopefully you checked out yesterday’s review of The Look by Sophia Bennett, which was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. I can confidently say it was one of my […]

March 2, 2013 - 4:09 pm

elena - I <3 models and think their appeal is that they're odd looking (Gemma Ward in her heyday looked like an alien) because it's more striking in editorials or runways. so Ted sounds like a good choice if she's tall and looks interesting! go Ted. it sounds like a v touching journey & you can definitely feel for Ted. also yay for London.

Estelle: Sweet Summertime Reads – Retro Throwback

When I was a kid, my library used to have these reading contests every summer. We would have to keep a tally of the books we read and at each different level (determined by the library), we would get a prize. Is it surprising I won almost every year for most books read? (ha) One […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Honestly, I enjoy any time I can reminisce with other readers about books from childhood like The Baby-Sitters Club. Nice to know people loved those gals as much as I […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I swear, if we had gone to the same schools or lived in the same place, we would definitely have been friends. I LOVED the BSC series! I still have most of the books, and though I haven’t reread them in a while, they will always have a place in my heart. Stacey was always my favorite, but I identified most with Mary Anne!

June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] RBR: Our Local Bookstores 6/3: RBR – Fall in Love with Melissa C. Walker 6/4: RBR – Retro Throwback 6/5: GReads – Tune In Tuesday! > BRB – Tune in Tuesday! 6/6: RBR – […]

June 15, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Melly - How I LOVE these books! My favorite sitter changes constantly, though it’s usually between Krista and Claudia. I have read and own all but the Chain Letter book. Sadly I am still missing some of the spin-off series (Little Sister, California Diaries, and the like). I still obsess over this series and am so glad that they are republishing them!

June 10, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest. SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks! SSR: Retro Throwback: BSC anyone? Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – perfect book for the […]

June 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Andrea, Dawn’s house was the one with the secret passageways and I always loved that detail too! I wonder if your library would carry them. They recently republished a few of them and “updated” them (cell phones, DVDs, etc.) so I bet you could grab a few of those! Thanks for stopping in!

June 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - G, I think Mary Anne & Claudia are the perfect combo of favorite characters. Loyal friend and creative thinker. 🙂 Ditto on the TV show. They need to put those on DVD.

June 10, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Estelle - ha Morgan! I wrote about Babysitters on Board on This Happy Place so I didn’t want to double up. YES. I loved that show too. I watched it all the time. I really want to write something about it soon… hmm… 🙂

June 10, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Estelle - Well, I was actually pretty old when she gave them away so it’s quite understandable even if it is sad.

You should definitely check out the books. I wonder if they ever visited London in the books… they did a lot of traveling! Have fun!

June 10, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Estelle - Abby! That was a character we didn’t get to know well enough. I do remember how cool her curly hair looked on the covers though. Yay for a Dawn girl. There is so much to love about this series, isn’t there?

June 10, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Estelle - Elena, have you tried the California Diaries series? I absolutely loved it.

June 10, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Estelle - Roxanne, you hated Dawn?! I can no longer speak to you. Just kidding. I guess I can deal. haha. I actually wrote a report about Claudia & the Sad Goodbye in elementary school. Mimi was a great character. Yes, you are right about the camp one. I haven’t read that in forever. Perhaps I’ll have to pick it up soon. I do like the cover of that one.

haha! Good for you for doing the baby-sitting!

June 10, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Estelle - M, EATEN BY INSECTS? that’s the saddest thing ever. 🙁 You should try to recollect a few of our favorites to keep!

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Anna, totally going to have this lengthy convo in person someday! xo

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Sharon, I totally met the actresses from the movie and saw it when it came out. And then watched it many times after it. I remember really liking the music a lot. Thanks for your enthusiasm! It’s amazing to see how much people still love BSC even after the series ended so many years ago. That means something. Claudia was also another one of my favorites. She was very artsy and I always loved to hear about her wild outfits.

June 10, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Estelle - Stacey was just the coolest. I always wanted to be like her. Thx for stopping by Brittani!

June 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Estelle - Liz, I’m not sure if I ever read the one with the fire. I’ll have to check if I have it. I was never much into the the Little Sister books… I just missed the girls too much. haha. Thx for commenting!

June 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Liz - Love this post! I have been trying to track down my BSC collection, but sadly it looks like my parents may have ditched it too. I want to find some good deals on rebuilding it.

I remember the summer I read The Fire at Mary Anne’s House, I was terrified every night that my house was going to burn down. I loved this series so much, as well as Baby Sitter’s Little Sister. Oh, the memories.

June 6, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - BSC!!! Oh yes. I remember stealing my sister’s copies from her closet when she wasn’t looking. And of course I remember Dawn!!!

June 5, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Brittani - OMG! I loved reading BSC when I was younger! It was one of my fave series!!! I couldn’t get enough of them! My favorite was Stacey!

June 5, 2012 - 9:02 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, BSC! I absolutely adored those books when I was younger! I read the one about their trip to NYC about fifteen times. Claudia was always my favorite.

Haha! Wow, the movie. I rented it from Blockbuster once. I remember liking it, but thinking it totally wasn’t nearly as good as the books.

Random bit of information: I was watching an episode of Jeopardy once when I was 11 or 12. The Final Jeopardy question was: “What popular series started with Kristy’s Great Idea.” I was all, “OH! OH! THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB SERIES BY ANN M. MARTIN.” And NO ONE on the show got it right. I was so proud of myself, LOL. But also completely taken aback that not one of the three on the show knew it.

June 5, 2012 - 6:26 am

Anna - Not that you asked, BUT…if i had to be someone I’d totally be Stacey. I could get into a lengthy discussion of the merits of each girl, but I shall refrain. Ahahaha!

June 4, 2012 - 8:04 pm

VeganYANerds - Loving this post, Estelle! I had all The Babysitters books as well as The Little Sister books too. I think some of mine were given away (grr!) and the rest are looking really old and sad and possibly eaten by insects, so sad.

The video makes me want to watch the movie again!

June 4, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Roxanne - Claudia & Stacey were always my favorites. I couldn’t stand Dawn! I remember the Babysitters On Board book which is what convinced me to go on the Haunted Mansion the first time when I was 11! Even to this day, the part of the Hitch-hiking ghost makes me think of that book. One of my favorite books was Claudia & The Sad Good-bye, where Mimi dies. I don’t know how many time I’ve read that book. 2nd favorite was the Super Special where the girls go to camp (#2, I think?).

Loved that series & always played it with friends. I also became my town’s most active babysitter! :o)

June 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - Wow. This brings back memories. I was just thinking of The BSB the other day, as I was telling Nick that I had ALL of the books still. My mom was sweet enough to order the whole collection, which arrived 3-4 books at a time every 3 months for a couple of years. I will always adore my mom for doing that 🙂

I think my favorite girl was actually Abby/Abbie, who wasn’t introduced until later in the series. Before her, I’d have to say that Stacey and Dawn were my favorites. And oh! Logan! That boy was dreamy 😉

I remember the movie almost word-for-word, including that crazy-cool song the girls made up for Claudia when she had to pass that biology test: “… and into the cerebellum – the brain, the brain – the center of the chain!” Ahahaha! (And boy, wasn’t that Cokie a little witch?)

Thanks for the memories, ladies <3

June 4, 2012 - 2:35 pm

elena - GUUURL I AM ALL OVER THIS! Ahh I am so sorry about your BSC collection being given away. I bought a box of books from Half Price Books awhile ago and it had a good portion of BSC. However, I think it was the spin off with the lil sis which is not NEARLY as great. Claudia Kishi was my favourite! She was always stylin’. Such a good post!

June 4, 2012 - 1:34 pm

ComaCalm - She gave your books away? That’s ridiculous! My partner had the same problem. I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep your books if you’re still reading them but I supposed I grew up in a more relaxed household!

I haven’t actually read any of these books, with a perfectly plausable explanation – I’m English! I am going to see if I can get the first book though, to see if I like it. 😀

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

June 4, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Morgan - What, no love for Baby-sitters on Board?! They went to Disney World!! My favorite baby-sitter was Dawn, although in retrospect I don’t know why because we’re nothing alike. Maybe because she was from California? I still have a special spot in my heart for the direct-to-video series they used to show on The Disney Channel.

June 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I loved The Baby-Sitter’s Club when I was a preteen! That and Sweet Valley Twins. I didn’t read Sweet Valley High back then, but last year, my friend and I wanted to read Sweet Valley Confidential, but we wanted to read Sweet Valley High books first. So I got on eBay and found 32 books for like $36. I read about half of them last year. I think they’re great for nostalgia’s sake but most of the books just really aren’t that high on content. But I’m determined to read all of the ones I bought! Hmm, maybe I could turn it into some kind of flashback feature… 😉

But I’d like to reread some of the BSC books someday! Maybe my library will actually have some copies so I won’t have to buy them! I don’t really remember my favorite books, but I do remember loving Mary Anne and Claudia, and I remember loving how some house (I think it was Dawn’s house?) had secret passageways. I always wanted to live in a house with secret passageways!!! 😉

June 4, 2012 - 11:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club. OBSESSED. My faves were probably Claudia and Mary Anne.

I had the the movie on VHS and watched it so many times! I also loved the TV show on the Disney Channel. 🙂