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Magan: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: One Night That Changes Everything / Sometimes it Happens / The Thing About the Truth / Right of Way / Two-Way Street Publication Date: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: choreography, roller-coaster relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Intrigued by a note […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Magan - Nicole, I agree. Don’t start with this one. It didn’t feel like the kind of relationship that I want to be promoted. I know they exist, but I guess I’d like to see a bit more of a positive example.

Alexa, warning bells for sure! I say if you’re already alarmed, then it might not be the book for you.

Thank you both for your comments!

July 4, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I’ve been meaning to give Barnholdt’s books a try for a while but just haven’t yet. If I do, I don’t think it will be this one I pick up. This doesn’t seem like the type of relationship I’d root for either.

July 3, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear. Oh my. Reading your review of Through to You made me a little sad! It sounded like such an interesting story when I read your summary. But your thoughts on how this relationship (and the two people involved) were portrayed definitely raises warning bells for me! This isn’t the type of relationship I’d want to read about either, personally.

Magan: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (twitter | website) Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 448 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, losing a friend, list of challenges Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: After the sudden disappearance of Emily’s best friend, Sloane, she receives a random list of things to do written by […]

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December 4, 2015 - 7:14 am

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “has all of the elements we love and adore about Morgan’s books” […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:15 am

Judith - I already mentioned this, but I LOVE THE LIST! E, you should totally turn this into a series of posts to mark your progress. Besides this, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It’s no secret that Morgan Matson is probably my favorite author ever, and this book proved my love yet again. Her characters, her settings, her WORDS… they are made of perfection, and I want to read everything she writes. <3

May 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson - […] ● Magan @ Rather Be Reading wrote “Since You’ve Been Gone was no different than her other stellar books, Second Chance Summer and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, providing exactly the escape from reality I was so wanting.” (Read the rest of the review Here!) […]

May 16, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too love Morgan Matson’s books and add them to my Goodreads without even reading the synopsis. I know I will love it. I thought Since You’ve Been Gone read a little slow at times, but it was still great. I loved watching Emily grow into her own person and I thought the relationship with Frank was done so well. And the list of things to do was just so much fun. Speaking of lists, yours for Estelle is AWESOME.

May 15, 2014 - 12:26 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Lovely review! I’m hoping to read this one for Bout of Books some time this week. I have to admit that I haven’t read Amy and Rodger’s Epic Detour and didn’t *love* Second Chance Summer (put down the pitchforks!), but I still have high expectations for Since You’ve Been Gone. I hope to love it as much as everyone else seems to have. I’m a liiiiittle worried that Frank already has a gf, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. 🙂
Also, really, really cute list for Estelle!

May 14, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. BRILLIANT review, Magan. A lot of the stuff I couldn’t convey in my review, you put into words for me, so thank you SO MUCH. I love how you called SYBG a road map for Emily. That’s exactly what it was. Perfect.

EVEN MORE PERFECT is your list for Estelle. I really, really want to know if she completes any of these tasks. Will you guys share?

I totally want to write a list now for my own BFF…this could be difficult, but I think she’ll like it?

May 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Mary @ BookSwarm - I love how Emily takes that metaphorical (and real when they do what they do at the end!) road trip and really begins to discover herself as a complete and interesting person. The friendship dynamics made me happy. The whole book made me happy.

May 14, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - I’m currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone and I’ve such high hopes from it.

I love the list! It’s daring and classy and sounds like a lot of fun.

May 14, 2014 - 10:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Magan, if I hadn’t already read this book, your words would have convinced me to stop what I was doing & run to the bookstore ASAP. What a beautiful review for a beautiful book! Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you gave Estelle a list! So fun. Please keep us updated if and when you mark these items off the list, hehe.

May 14, 2014 - 10:36 am

Anna - Your list is BRILLIANT! What a great way to capture the spirit of this beautiful book!

May 14, 2014 - 10:33 am

Andi - This is made of awesome Magan! I love the list you made for Estelle to do and I think if shy Emily can do them so can she. 🙂

May 14, 2014 - 9:53 am

Alexa S. - I absolutely adore your review of Since You’ve Been Gone, M! I felt the same way about Emily and her story. This book was another Morgan Matson hit for me. And I also really, really love your list for Estelle! I definitely want to see her do one (or all) of these things 😉

Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Magan: Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick (website | twitter) + Suzanne Young (website | twitter) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience:  Young Adult Keywords: different life scenarios, death of a grandparent, divorced parents Format Read: ARC received at TLA from the publisher. (Thank you!) Other Books I’ve Reviewed by These Authors: […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:22 am

Alexa Y. - For some reason, I wasn’t particularly keen on this book when I first heard of it. HOWEVER. After reading your review, I think I might actually have to read it! I love how this book tries to show what would happen if Caroline lived out BOTH scenarios. It would be interesting to see what would change and what would stay the same! I’ve had plenty of situations where I think of what-ifs in my own life, so this book really intrigues me for that aspect alone.

August 26, 2013 - 11:48 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - This sounds like such an interesting book! I think there are definitely decisions in life that we think about how our lives would be different if we took a different path. Adding this to my TBR list now, great review!

August 15, 2013 - 4:04 pm

katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! It sounds really interesting and I like Patrick and Young separately, too. It kind of sounds sad, but I think I might like the “what if” and I can relate a bit to being a runner. Chris sounds nice, too! I might put this one on my TBR!

August 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - “Despite how we react to a situation, do we arrive at different conclusions?” –> This message is probably what resonated with me the most as I read. But I felt like the book was trying to say that it’s the different journey that shapes you (regardless of what the outcome is). And I really really liked that. Actually I liked a lot about what the book had to say about life and choices. Plus I kind of adored Chris <3 haha. Anyway, great review! I def plan to buy this one.

August 14, 2013 - 11:19 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I didn’t realize that this was what the book was about. It sounds amazing and I love how these two authors come together to explore two different paths and how strongly it could affect Caroline’s life. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

August 14, 2013 - 11:02 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - What a fantastic explanation and review of this book! I wasn’t totally ‘wowed’ by it, but I really, really enjoyed it and I also really loved how the ending was done.
I LIKED that Caroline had some serious flaws. It didn’t make me hate her — it actually kind of made me like her more because you could see her changes and I really felt like I grew to like her even more by the time the book ended.
I also love that this was split time lines without really making it sci-fi/paranormal.
Awesome review! 🙂 So beautifully said!

August 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

Bookworm1858 - I love the way you captured the plot of this book-I think I kind of just rambled in my post but yours is so orderly and I feel like it gives a great impression of the book. Though this book wasn’t a favorite, I enjoyed the way it explored this question you asked: “Could she become a stronger woman if she had to confront life instead of always fleeing?”

Magan: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Golden by Jessi Kirby {website | twitter} Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 288 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: murder mystery, college decisions, road trip, overbearing mother Format read: ARC received from Simon & Schuster (Thank you!) Summary: As Parker is about to embark upon her high […]

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November 3, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Zoe N. - WOW! I just finished reading Golden as well, and your review definitely hits the spot Megan! I can’t tell you how perfect this review is and how much I completely agree with it! So glad you liked it too! Looking forward to reading more of your reviews! 😀

August 16, 2013 - 2:55 pm

My thoughts on "Golden" by Jessi Kirby | YA Book Crush - […] Magan’s review at Rather Be Reading […]

June 25, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites - […] Golden by Jessi Kirby: My review of Golden was practically one big gush fest, but that’s because Jessi so, so […]

May 12, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Blog Tour Kick Off for GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby - […] may remember me fawning over this amazing new book by Jessi, but just in case you need a refresher, here’s my Golden review. I’m so, so excited to get to share an excerpt with […]

April 21, 2013 - 10:11 am

Nailed It: May Book Releases Edition, Estelle + Magan - […] by Jessi Kirby. A peek at Magan’s review: “You know that feeling when you love an author and you’re super excited for his/her next […]

April 10, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I am even more interested in this book now. I don’t really know what I thought this book was about it but it definitely wasn’t that! I guess I was thinking it was more contemporary. I love mystery books like this and I am so excited to read this one now. Thanks for the review!

April 7, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, […]

April 6, 2013 - 12:00 am

Magan - Lily — Oh, I can’t wait for you to read it! If you’re already a fan of Jessi’s, you’re just going to love where she goes with Golden! Enjoy!

Cassie — I’m so glad you’re excited! Major kudos, of course, to Jessi for stretching herself as a writer. I love, love, love that about her!

Lori — I completely agree. 10000%.

Mandee — Yeah, the whole mystery thing is kind of downplayed in the summaries, but it’s a lovely part of the book. Most intriguing for sure! I hope you pack an extra suitcase just for the books you buy while in the US! 🙂

Tara — YES! A book every week would be awesome. And for sure Jessi is an auto-buy for me as well. (That list seems to be growing exponentially lately.) You should give in and buy the print! It’s so awesome to see every day.

Asheley! You haven’t read Jessi’s other books? GIRL! HOP ON IT! Pronto! I’m so glad you loved Golden too. I just don’t know what one could possibly find wrong with this book. I loved it soooo much. And yes, love like springtime. 🙂

April 5, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH THIS BOOK. I read it a while back borrowed and I still think about it, even though I read it and reviewed it SO EARLY. I love that you have the print with THE QUOTE! And I loved the story within the story. I basically loved everything about this book. I said something in my blog post about how it reminded me about a warm spring day because really, I loved it like I love the springtime. I totally understand feeling proud of Jessi Kirby for this book because it’s one of those that you really want to push into the hands of people, even if they aren’t avid readers or even if they don’t love contemporary. It’s one of the best I’ve read in a super long time, and I’m so happy that you like it a lot, M! So glad. I haven’t read other Kirby books but I seriously need to fix that problem like yesterday.

April 5, 2013 - 11:16 am

Tara - This book had such a personal effect on me that I will always think back to it. I completely agree that Jessi Kirby’s writing continues to grow and become even more emotional and heartfelt. She will always be on my auto-buy list from here on out… now if only she could be super-human and write a book like, every week 🙂

PS-I love that print on your wall! So many people have it and every time I see it I want to buy it.

April 5, 2013 - 5:26 am

VeganYANerds - I had no idea there was an aspect of mystery to this story and now I am so keen to read it! It’s on my “buy-while-in-the-USA” shelf, May cannot come soon enough!

Also, now you have me thinking about life and about how I should be doing more, more, MORE!

April 5, 2013 - 5:23 am

Lori - I read this one last week and loooooved it! The story was so beautiful. Jessi can do no wrong.

April 4, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Cassie - I’m SO excited for this! And you loving it put the icing on the cake, plus the comment about growth in Kirby’s writing! Yay! <3

April 4, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Lily - I loved in Honour so you can only imagine just how excited i am to read this one! I lvoe your thoughts on this book and am so happy you liked it! Only makes me want to read it even more now! 🙂

Lily @ lilysbookblog

April 4, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Magan - Candice — thanks so much! You HAVE to read it! I really hope you enjoy it! The plot was great and I loved that I couldn’t guess where the story was headed. I felt so invested!

Rashika — I think the praise is totally and completely worth it. Jessi deserves to be praised with what she did in Golden. I love that I can see her continue to grow in her abilities. Each book just gets better and better, and I think that says a lot about Jessi. She’s working hard to continue improving and fine tune her craft. I really hope you enjoy Golden!

April 4, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Alexa — I completely agree. It’s been almost 2 months since I finished Golden and just like you, have had a hard time compiling my words for the review. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to express my love adequately enough. I didn’t even post a chunk of my review because I was getting too wordy. Ha! So glad you loved it too! xo

Maggie — OH MY GOSH! So glad you love Katie Daisy’s things too. Aren’t they fabulous? I follow her on instagram and it’s amazing to see what she does. She has pillows at Crate & Barrel Kids, I think, and oh man do I want them. So what if I’m not a “kid”.

Tabitha — I am so, so glad! You do NEED to read it. Especially if this would be your first Kirby book. Not to peer pressure you or anything… oh, who am I kidding… totally pressuring you. PLEASE READ ALL OF HER BOOKS!

Sharon — I did enjoy it more than In Honor. I just feel like maybe Jessi wrote more personally this time. I’m not sure — it just really struck a different chord with me and I love what she did and where she went. Please read this ASAP. K, thanks.

Ginger — I’m so glad we read this at the same time, too. It was awesome to see how you and I connected with the story. I just am so happy for Jessi and the way I think people are going to embrace Golden. SO GOOD. And yes, you’re right — a beautiful story!

YAA Maggie — YES! I agree! I met Jessi at TLA last year and she’s the kindest, nicest person. Such a sweetheart. I can’t wait for you to read Golden either. If you loved In Honor, I’m POSITIVE you’re going to want to buy a million copies to give to friends! xo

April 4, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This is such a great review! We were actually talking about this one earlier today and I hadn’t heard of it… but definitely want to read it now! Love the ideas in the plot and think it would be really interesting to see them played out!

Also, I LOVE picture collage you have! Very cute!

April 4, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Rashika - I have this waiting and I am so excited.
I’ve read other works by this author and wasn’t that impressed however this one is getting a lot praise and I hope it lives up to it! 🙂

April 4, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Alexa Y. - For weeks after I finished this book, I couldn’t find the words to express how I felt about it. I loved it oh so much – it’s now officially my favorite Jessi Kirby novel. I found Parker to be easy to relate to, and the story very compelling indeed. SO BEAUTIFUL.

April 4, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great review! I am so excited to read this. I think Jessi Kirby is great and this totally sounds like her best book yet. And I clicked through to that Etsy shop the print is from and added like 5 of her prints to my favorites, thanks!

April 4, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Tabitha S. - You have me so excited to read this book! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to read it before, but now I feel like I NEED to read it. And I actually haven’t read anything by this author before, so I’ll definitely be doing that so I can see her growth as a writer!

Great review.

April 4, 2013 - 11:18 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am so, so excited for this one! I can’t believe it was even better than In Honor, for you! Quite the feat, because that was a great book. Now I’m even more intrigued. Parker sounds like the kind of character I will connect to, as well. Great review, Magan!

April 4, 2013 - 8:43 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh this book! I still have moments where I find myself randomly thinking about it. I am so thankful we read this one together back to back. I needed someone to pour my heart out to as I fell in love with it, and you complimented that nicely 🙂

I have the same pride for Jessi after reading this book, too. Her work has always been one of my favorites, but this book just put it over the edge. What a wonderful lady to write such a beautiful story.

April 4, 2013 - 4:22 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This is so exciting because Jessi Kirby is one of those authors you WANT to support. I met her twice and she has such an infectious spirit and energy. I ended up buying 5+ copies of In Honor to send out. I can’t wait to read Golden. Great review, Magan. Love the print!

Magan: Shelve It — August 12, 2012

Hello, friends! I’m tuning in for another Shelve It today. I apologize that I’m not doing a vlog for this one, but it’s a crazy, crazy weekend of work for me. I made another trip to the library and received a surprise book in the mail from Simon & Schuster this week… From Simon & Schuster: […]

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August 13, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The books you got this week look really great! Happy reading. And yay for Travel Tales – there’s going to be more awesomeness from all of us this week 😉

August 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I recently read Miracle and liked it!

August 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Paige - Ditched and Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters were so good! I hope you enjoy everything!

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books

August 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Tara - Miracle and Freshman Year are both great books! Miracle is an emotional whirlwind, while Freshman Year is just plain cute and fun. Great choices and I hope you enjoy!

August 12, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hooray for the library! I’m an Elizabeth Scott fan but haven’t even heard of Miracle before. I have no idea how that happened; definitely adding this one to my list! It sounds thoroughly intriguing.

August 12, 2012 - 5:12 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I’m so glad the books arrived, I really hope you love both of them, they’re 2 of my faves of 2012!

Also you got some great books from the library, Freshman Year… and Miracle sound SO good! xox

August 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Liz - I always love all of your recommendations….I feel like I’m always in a rut after I finish a great book. Checking out your Shelve It’s solve the problem. 🙂