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The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

Promposal by Rhonda Helms • Magan Reviews

Promposal by Rhonda Helms [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: promposal, public displays of affection, LGBT, Dive Into Diversity Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When best friends Camilla and Joshua find themselves in less-than-ideal situations for prom, one of them going with someone she doesn’t want to date […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:15 am

Magan - Alexa, it sounds like even within the US Promposals are a completely different thing. I’d NEVER heard of them when I was in high school, but other commenters said they had them around that time. So interesting how it’s all spread out!

March 3, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Alexa S. - Promposal sounds like a super cute read! In the Philippines, going to prom is an entirely different experience; I can’t imagine anyone making promposals a big deal over there. But I am curious to see how this story plays out for both these characters. If it’s wrong to root for their happy ending, then I don’t want to be right!

February 23, 2015 - 11:22 am

Magan - Brianna, major props for originality! The idea you had was super cute. And I’m just gonna say it: That guy was a jerk for not even acknowledging your promposal. 🙁 Errr. I’m so erked right now.

February 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

Magan - Leah, I don’t even know! The promposal wasn’t a thing at my high school either. (Though, admittedly, mine was very, very small.) I think I would have been super embarrassed too. In retrospect, I’m so glad that when my husband proposed, it was just him and me. Not a huge, dramatic moment.

February 23, 2015 - 11:20 am

Magan - Jen, have you received a big Promposal? I hope you have SO MUCH FUN at your prom! Share photos! xo

February 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Magan - Emma, you’re so welcome! It was a really interesting read. I felt SO wary in the beginning because I didn’t expect it to capture my attention in the way that it did.

February 18, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds like a really sweet book with a lot of appeal. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

February 18, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - I read this one very recently too and I thought it was such a cute and fun read! I myself am a senior in high school so I hope my own prom works out well. Lovely review! I agree with a lot of your thoughts; Camilla was seriously sweet and the Joshua’s crush couldn’t be cuter.

February 18, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Leah - Ooh, I haven’t heard ANYTHING about this!! When did these promposals become a thing? I graduated high school in 2006 and, at least in my area, no one did anything crazy elaborate! On the one hand, it can be really adorable (and VERY impressive when you think about how much thought and effort goes into them)…but on the other, I get secondhand embarrassment REALLY bad. REALLY bad.. Whenever a video of one goes viral (and marriage proposals too) I run away. I’m also the type of person where, if someone had pulled off some gigantic event to ask me to prom, I would have felt obligated to say yes. So I’m with Camilla there.
That said, this really does sound adorable (& yay for diversity!!)

February 18, 2015 - 10:40 am

Brianna - When I was in high school (1996-2000), asking people to dances in unique ways was all the rage, whether it was prom or otherwise. I asked a guy I liked to Sadie Hawkins using a box of Lucky Charms – he had to return one kind of marshmallow for yes, another kind for no, or the cereal if he was going with someone else. We won’t talk about how he didn’t respond. At all. Ever.

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols | Magan Reviews

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 336 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: opposites attract, yearbook superlatives, sexual high school relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Brody and Harper are chosen by their classmates as the “Perfect Couple That Never Was” for their high school yearbook superlative photo. Several failed attempts […]

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January 10, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Hmm. I was interested in these Superlatives books but mostly because I heard they were fun, but this is the most detailed review I’ve read and now I’m not so sure. I don’t think I will like these characters or the jerky pace and flip flopping. Thanks for sharing, I have things to think about now!

January 8, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Lori, I’m so glad to see you agree. I haven’t always felt that way, but I think as they’re released SO quickly and back-to-back, maybe there’s just not enough attention to detail and for me, that’s really important. I like for the books I read to be extremely polished and hers really feel like so much is slipping through the cracks in order to meet deadlines.

January 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Lori - I’ve found that Echol’s books are either a huge hit or a huge miss for me. I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t had the urge to read it.Now I might just skip it altogether.

January 7, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Brianna, which book of hers did you read? I’m super curious to know now. I wasn’t wowed by Perfect Couple, no. I think it has a lot to do with not seeing much growth in Echols’ writing as much as there just being gaping holes in the storyline.

January 7, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I read one of her books last year and while I enjoyed it, I’ve never gone back to read anything else she’s written. It didn’t wow me, and it sounds like Perfect Couple didn’t wow you, either. I’m not a fan of high school students being put in adult situations.

Estelle: Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: absent parents, intense romance, secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. Summary: With her parents otherwise occupied with her adoptive brothers, Gannon is used to living pretty much on […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Alexa S. - Bleed Like Me sounds so creepily intense, and I’m insanely curious to see how this turns out. My heart already goes out to Gannon, and I want to read her story!

October 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This sounds VERY intense! Fault Line was such a topic of discussion last year and I’ve yet to read it, but it definitely put this author on my radar. I’m not a huge fan of the possessive boyfriend thing, but if you say it’s not bad then I’ll keep an open mind when reading this. Great review, Estelle!

Magnolia by Kristi Cook (Character Gift Exchange)

Greetings, guys! Somehow it’s been 8 months since I’ve done an official character gift exchange? What? How is that possible? I’m not entirely sure but as soon as I read Magnolia but Kristi Cook a few weeks ago, I knew they would be the perfect victims, er, candidates for my next one! First, a few […]

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August 12, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Alexa S. - I JUST BOUGHT THIS BOOK ON SUNDAY. It sounded so charming, and I’m thrilled to hear you liked it! Plus, I love the character gift packs you’ve come up with; they’ve definitely made me curious about these two 😉

August 10, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Brianna - Fun post. I added the book to the list – I love the cover.

Estelle: Blazed by Jason Myers

Blazed by Jason Myers ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 528 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: divorce, broken hearts, San Francisco, music Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Warning: Blazed contains drug use, sex, and manipulative parents. Summary: When armed with oxy and music, Jamie’s life […]

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July 27, 2014 - 11:00 am

Shelve It: New Books / New Books / Giveaway - […] want you to consider buying AFTER I DO (contemporary fiction) + BLAZED (dark contemporary […]

July 25, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Alexa S. - E, Blazed sounds like a really, really compelling contemporary. Seriously, your review has completely sold me on wanting to read this story! I would, most of all, like to meet Jamie. He sounds like such a flawed, real character and his story sounds like the type of story that will suck me right in. This is DEFINITELY going on my TBR.