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Estelle: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family, friendship, secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley’s parents have always been overprotective but when she finds a birth certificate in her baby book for someone named Jane, who […]

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February 23, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans, Estelle - […] Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA […]

February 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Alexa S. - SEE JANE RUN has quite an interesting premise, and it makes me curious to see how it plays out. I really do wonder how it all ends? Sounds like it would at least be entertaining and maybe slightly thrilling to read!

February 18, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Ellice - I honestly hadn’t heard of this book until just now. I must have overlooked it (or it wasn’t publicized much?). The premise itself sounds like it has potential. If my TBR list wasn’t sooo long, I would probably give it a try. Maybe in the future when I’m looking for something a little bit different from the usual contemporary books that I love so much :)

Oh, and the sentence where you’re talking about the creepy car that keeps following Riley? I read that as a “creepy cat” kept following her. I was thinking a “creepy cat” is a very strange plot device for this particular book… hahahah

February 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved The Face on the Milk Carton as a kid. Have I ever told you the 2 really random things I remember from it? I told someone recently. I’d like to go back and re-read it as an adult and see if I like it as much.

I did not like Truly, Madly, Deadly at all and it sounds like you had a lot of the same issues with See Jane Run as I did with her first book. I love the ideas that Hannah Jayne has for her stories, but the execution just doesn’t seem to be there.

February 18, 2014 - 11:51 am

Cassie Gutman - I actually hadn’t seen or heard anything about this book, so your review was my first run in with this. The premise sounds interesting, but that’s sad that it just didn’t quite measure up. maybe i’ll try and find it at the library? (i love that you give hints at the bottom about whether it’s worth it to borrow or buy, they are incredibly helpful!)

It’s Here: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Christmas has come early at Rather Be Reading! We are really excited to present you with the cover of Miranda Kenneally’s upcoming novel: Breathe, Annie, Breathe. We have been huge fans of Miranda’s work since the release of Catching Jordan: she writes about brave young women with different backgrounds, beliefs, goals, and dreams. We love […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:14 am

Judith - I’m kind of sad they changed the cover for this one and I haven’t even read this series yet! But like Alexa said, I adore that it’s illustrated. Illustrated covers are often my favorites. Everyone and their mother makes me want to read this series, so I probably should, right? It sounds adorable.

January 6, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Alexa S. - This book cover is so very different from the others! I do like the fact that it looks illustrated though, and I can’t wait to read it :)

December 23, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Lisa - I love this!

December 23, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so shocked that they’re branching out with the look of this one. I like it, but it still seems so crazy!

December 23, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Love the cover! Such a different vibe than the other books in the series. Speaking of which, I need to binge read the Hundred Oaks series soon, especially since y’all love it so much.

Estelle: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 262 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Death, stalking, secrets Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Sawyer’s popular jock boyfriend dies in a car accident because of his drunk driving, she thinks […]

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February 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA Review) - […] the plus side, See Jane Run worked better for me than Jayne’s debut, Truly Madly Deadly. Why? This story line felt more relatable, and I must applaud an ending that comes out of left […]

August 11, 2013 - 8:03 am

Alexa Y. - Well, this doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as Dangerous Girls! I mean, I’m mildly curious about who did the deed. But I can’t seem to summon more that, honestly.

July 30, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review that I’ve read that has said pretty much the same thing. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll read this one because books like this make me all cringy and twitchy, but what it seems like your reaction is kind of what others are feeling too. I love the cover.

July 27, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I had been considering adding this one to my TBR pile, but the sound of that ending turns me off to this story. Although I might read Breaking Beautiful now because that sounds really good! :)

July 27, 2013 - 10:15 am

Bookworm1858 - I wish this was a more enthusiastic review as I actually bought this book instead of borrowing it from the library because I liked the sound of the concept so much. I will definitely still read it because I own it but I will lower my expectations.

July 26, 2013 - 5:59 pm

picturemereading - Too bad it wasn’t awesome! I love the description of the story!

July 26, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve read fairly mixed reviews about this book, although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately intrigued by the book’s synopsis. I love the dark, twisted undercurrent of the story (The idea that perhaps the accident wasn’t that at all) and the fact that Sawyer is haunted by cryptic messages in the weeks following her boyfriend’s accident. Chilling! It’s a shame that this novel couldn’t quite seem to figure out what sort of story it wanted to be (i.e. Switching tone suddenly at the end of the novel) as had it remained a darker, grittier tale throughout I would be much more interested in reading it. As it is, I’m now left a little confused about its intention. Perhaps I’ll take a look at Breaking Beautiful instead…

July 26, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Annie - I actually didn’t connect much with Sawyer and I’m not sure if that’s because of the third-person narrative or simply because she was so underdeveloped. I didn’t know who she was and that made it challenging for me to really get into the book.

I thought the premise was really interesting though but at the end, when they revealed the killer (I knew it!), I was still left with a lot of questions like how did they do it? I think I needed more on the mystery front.

And I totally agree with you on the ending! That was super annoying for me as a reader. It just seemed so abrupt. ‘There was too much blood shed for a tone change like that.’ Ditto!

Magan: How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, secrecy, paving your own way, paintball Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Grace and Kya have been best friends since they were eleven years old. Something […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really like the fact that this book is about friendship, and the growing pains any friendship goes through. The book seems to answer (in its own way) the question of when is enough enough, and I’d be intrigued to see how Gurtler plays with that concept here. I don’t ever feel like I read enough books about friendship, so this makes me pretty excited to check this out!

July 15, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh wow, this one sounds like my kind of book. And Magan, you raise some questions that I actually think about in my own personal life too: When do you start to breakdown if you’re always the person saving the day? (for example) The Grace’s of the world sometimes tend to be taken advantage of and then when we need someone, hmmm. Anyway, I digress. I’ve seen this one around and wondered about it. It sounds really thought-provoking and tough and issue-y and kind of good. And tough. Which is sometimes just the kind of book that I like.

July 11, 2013 - 3:18 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Woah,this sounds kind of intense but SO good. And it’s a bit similar to a situation I found myself in, too. Well…really only a bit. My friends were never as out of control as you described Kiya in your review, but I totally get what you mean when you say your followers know more about you than real people who are around every day. Really, really great review of a book that definitely sounds worth reading 😀

July 10, 2013 - 10:17 pm

Magan - Jen, I did a really silly thing and forgot to update the descriptive words from the post I copied the format from. Oh, boy! Thank you for pointing out Nantucket because … well, that’s not where this book is set! ANYWAY, I’ve updated them now. I definitely had some cringe-worthy moments while reading HOW I LOST YOU because things hit very close to home for me as well, but if you do choose to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for commenting! xo

July 10, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I had to laugh when I saw that this was yet another book set in Nantucket (Judging by your keywords). That setting is sure making the rounds this summer! 😉 All joking aside, I was really moved by the synopsis of this novel as I faced a similar situation a couple of years ago with a close friend. She was engaging in some rather harmful behaviour and was involved in an abusive relationship but swore me to secrecy. Unfortunately, our friendship didn’t survive the turmoil that followed when I attempted to seek help for her. I suspect this book might hit a little *too* close to home for me, but I can certainly see why this would be a wonderful book for others to read as I’m sure most of us can relate to the subject matter in one way or another. Absolutely lovely review, Magan :)

July 10, 2013 - 7:38 pm

tabithasbookblog - This one sounds like my type of book! Kya sounds a little bit like a friend I had, so I’m interested in seeing how Grace handles the situation – and what comes to their situation. I’m pretty curious about what this problem is – the synopsis might say, but I think I’m going to leave it as a surprise for when i read this one.

Fantastic review!

July 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Hazel - This looks like my type of read. Thank you for sharing about it! Lovely review!

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Review w/Q+A

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi ( blog | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: HIV, theatre, tough family situations Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: After a particularly bad day, Lucy escapes to the city with her best friends for some […]

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April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA Review) - […] The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 352 Target audience: young adult Keywords: family, obligation, homosexuality, “de-gaying” camp, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other RBR reviews by this author: My Life After Now […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review 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 […]

April 6, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Estelle - M, definitely still think it’s worth the read!

April 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I had no idea this involved HIV and you’re right, that is so rare in YA but it is something that should be talked about. I think I will still give this a go!

April 5, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Kelly (Another Novel Read) - What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read this book yet, but I definitely want to. It’s probably the first book I’ve seen that tackles a sexually transmitted infection, which is kind of surprising (as mentioned in the interview)! And I think she’s right; I’d love to see more transgendered characters in YA books.

April 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Someone else actually talked this book up to me because she really liked it! I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, but I do think it’s interesting that she decided to write about something that isn’t a common subject in YA books. Her answers to your questions are really good too though and have me intrigued.

April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, Estelle, this is a fanastic review and Q&A. I first was alerted to this book by the super-pretty cover and I love the title. So naturally those things, along with the interesting subject, make me want to read the book. I love your thoughts, which are always honest, and I appreciate them! And this is a really fantastic interview. I loved the question about the original title because even before I got to the answer, I TOO thought WOW, THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE PREGNANCY!!!

This is already one that I want to read, and this is the first set of thoughts I’ve read about it, E. Loved them! Thanks a ton!

April 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I added this book to my TBR when I first heard about it simply b/c the story involved a teen who contracts HIV and I had never read a story about that. I agree with the author that it’s rare to find books that explore the topic of unprotected sex and the consequences of getting an STD. Though it’s not a glorious subject to read about, it does happen, and I think it could be beneficial for young readers to experience through literature.

I’m sad to hear that this particular story didn’t hold up very well, in your opinion. I think because it is such a tough subject, it’s got to be done just right to make an impact. As always, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews.

An Interview With Author Laura Nowlin

Happy Friday, friends! This morning I was so excited to share my review of If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I couldn’t stop myself from prattling on about the million and a half reasons I loved Laura’s story. It’s lovely and so beautifully written — I just wish I had a smidgeon […]

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March 30, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Nowlin - Magan, your questions were so well thought out and interesting! And your review is making me blush! I’m so glad RBR was the first stop on my blog tour.

March 30, 2013 - 10:17 am

Magan - Aneeqah, I’m so glad! You should definitely read If He Had Been With Me. Absolutely! Don’t be nervous for what happens. Really, the writing is just so dang good. I completely agree — love that true love was depicted instead of something that’s overly romanticized. Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa, I loved reading her answers too. I re-wrote my questions about 50 million times because I just had so many to ask. I loved the book so much! So glad you’ve added it to your TBR!

Lisa, YAY! I am so glad! I loved that too — that the story was more than just a story for Laura. I love how personal it was. Whoa, buddy. Read it soon, please?

March 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This interview is making me even more exited to pick this novel up!! I’m already nervous for the tragic ending that at’s the end, and I love how emotionally conflicted the author was when she sat down to write the scene. I can only imagine how hard it was! This romance also sounds so authentic, and I love how the author tried to show what true love is.

Fantastic interview, you two! I can’t wait to pick this one up now! <3

March 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading what Laura had to say about her book. It really, really sounds like a book I’d want to read – and it’s already been added to my TBR 😉

March 29, 2013 - 11:41 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - What a great interview! You can tell you loved the book from the questions (and from the adoration statements, ofc) but hearing Laura’s responses and her deep connection with the story and characters makes me want to read this all the more! Hooray!