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First Impressions: Paper Valentine vs Shut Out

Welcome to a new little feature here at Rather Be Reading. I, Magan, have had an extraordinarily hard time deciding what in the heck I want to read lately. I believe this happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just get stuck and despite the tons of books that line our shelves, we have […]

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July 23, 2013 - 10:07 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ooh, what a fun feature! I’m interested in how-on-earth you narrowed it down to these two! But like you, if my choices were these two and given your information here, I’d probably have chosen Brenna Y’s book. I actually have one or two of hers on my shelf (her covers are so lovely!) but I haven’t read it yet. And because of what you included here, I just went to my library’s website and added it to my “remember me” list. I kind of like ghost-y books sometimes so it sounds pretty fun.

July 21, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Alexa Y. - Both books sound really good for different reasons! Paper Valentine does intrigue me just the slightest bit more, and that’s mostly because of the cover. I love the way it looks honestly, and that would probably convince me to pick it up off the bookshelf if I saw it!

July 21, 2013 - 10:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really, really liked Paper Valentine. To be fair, I do love a good ghost story, but Paper Valentine has so much more going on. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. I hope you like the rest of it.

July 19, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Alisa Selene - I want to read this as well!

July 19, 2013 - 11:21 am

Kate Scott - We’ll you’ve convinced me. I’ve already read Shut Out and thought it was good but not great. I’d never even heard of Paper Valentine, but I’m putting it on my TBR list now. Also, I love your idea of reading the first chapter to decide. I primarily read ebooks and tend to get the sample chapters of lots of books and then only keep reading on the really good ones.

July 19, 2013 - 11:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yay!!!! I really, really enjoyed Paper Valentine. I don’t like ghosts (okay, I hate ghosts) but this was just the right amount of creepy and not designed to scare the pants off of me! The writing was so beautiful too! Loved the way this book was done 🙂

July 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Shut Out is definitely not meant to be just a steamy YA contemp. I found the message in it to hold a lot of substance. It focuses on teenage sex and the labels that teens put on each other and themselves, based on whether they’re sexually active or not. I like Kody’s writing because she isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit. I guess I took a personal connection with this one (& the DUFF) and it’s why I really liked it. There’s girl power and standing up for yourself, and coming to terms with the decisions you make. I enjoyed it.

July 19, 2013 - 9:16 am

Natalie @ books, etc - I am LOVING this new feature! I used to do this in bookstores all the time! It was very clever of you to turn this into a feature for your blog. As for the books you mentioned: I have read The DUFF and I really liked it, but I agree with you about its lack of depth. As for Paper Valentine – it sounds really interesting! I have never read a Brenna Yovanoff book, but I have another book by her (The Replacement) sitting at home on my bookshelf screaming at me to be read!

July 19, 2013 - 9:05 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - This is such a fun feature! Personally, Shut Out would totally be the winner for me, because I loved that book! Although I’m in the minority, I definitely thought it was better than The D.U.F.F..

I’m always a fan of lovely writing, though. ♥ I’m glad you’re enjoying Paper Valentine. I really like the cover, too!

July 19, 2013 - 8:58 am

Bookworm1858 - I guessed Paper Valentine would be the winner for you. Personally I think Shut Out is my least favorite of Keplinger’s books although still quite funny. I have yet to read Paper Valentine but it is on my list!

Estelle: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: September 5, 2011 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 288 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: Purchased on my Nook Why I read it: Seemed like a sexy, quick read. Summary: Lissa is fed up with her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, and his inability to forget about the […]

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June 15, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Oh, this was a good one! I loved how it addressed the issue of all the labels for girls in high school, and how ridiculous it is that somehow being a virgin is bad but NOT being a virgin is equally bad for different reasons. Both are criticized, and so often by other girls, and for no real reason. The friendship and romance were also well done. I enjoyed this one a lot.

June 10, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really looking forward to reading this book now! I can sense that it’s a fun, interesting read, and I love that it actually makes you think about the idea of sex and labeling people when you’re in high school. Can’t wait to get to this one — since I actually already own it!

June 9, 2013 - 10:17 pm

tabithasbookblog - This is the only Kody Keplinger book that I haven’t read, but I’m really looking forward to it! I’m really excited to see how this sex-strike plays out in this one – the way she handles the entire subject of sex with teenagers is probably one of my favorite parts of her books!

June 8, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Wendy - Umm Cash’s character sounds downright amazing!

June 6, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really liked this one, though it’s my least favorite Keplinger novel. It was a really quick, easy read, though, and the story was fun. But, um, yeah: Cash. Wow, that boy was awesome. I think this book is worth reading just for Cash.

June 6, 2013 - 11:20 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ok so I’ve never actually read anything by Kody Keplinger but there’s this: “Kody Keplinger can write tension like a champ.” –> So you know me and you know this means that now I want to. Also I’ve heard her books are kind of controversial with their ‘racy’ topics so that always makes me more interested and stuff. Admittedly, I’ve been turned off by the cover. But I like the sound of this one. Sounds kind of fun with some actual meat to it.

June 5, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Bookworm1858 - I liked this one but it’s definitely my least favorite Keplinger (although Cash is pretty sweet 😉 I loved the female friendships here-I would have taken even more of their interactions.

June 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - What interests me about this book is that it’s a retelling of Lysistrata (I just love my retellings). I think it’s a really interesting new take that Keplinger put on this tale, but I’m curious to see how successfully it works within a high school context. That’s great you thought that Keplinger was able to address some relevant and important high school stereotypes through this story. I would like to read this and Lysistrata at some point so I can compare!

June 5, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I didn’t connect with this book very well. I think it’s because I found the whole thing too unrealistic (and I was in high school when I read it!). But I do enjoy Keplinger’s style. Great review!

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 5, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I really want to read some of Kody Keplinger’s work, her books always sound so fantastic! Shut Out is probably the one that’s caught my attention the most, probably because of it’s unique subject. Great review, I definitely need to get myself a copy of this one.

June 5, 2013 - 10:18 am

DannyBookworm - I love Kody Keplingers style! She has the talent to write sexy characters but all wrapped in a great storyline too!!