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Estelle: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: road trip, strangers, vignettes, connections Format read: ARC Paperback provided by Harlequin Teen. (Thanks!) Summary: Leila’s road trip to see the Northern Lights is peppered with chance meetings with […]

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August 3, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I have heard such good things about this and I didn’t realize it was so good! A few great reviews recently made me realize that I was overlooking this one. I really need to bump it up on my list! Thanks!

July 21, 2014 - 12:34 am

Erin - I want to read this book, now! I saw it on NetGalley, but I didn’t request because I wasn’t sure if it’d be good or not. I should have, though, the cover alone looks fantastic.

July 18, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I had so, so much love for Let’s Get Lost! It definitely awakened my wanderlust, and had me raring for a new adventure. But at the same time, it made me think and feel. I definitely fell in love with it!

July 17, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Christianna - I reviewed this one today and also loved it to pieces! It’s so unique and awesome! Great review!

July 17, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I know, road trip books are so popular in the YA blogosphere. I’m actually not huge on road trip books. It’s not that I dislike them, but I’m not drawn to them either.

I have this book, though, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I definitely need to make the time to read it soon.

July 17, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Jen @Fefferbooks - Yayyy, so looking forward to reading this! Love your review. <3

July 17, 2014 - 10:35 am

Meg - I’m all about road trip stories in the summer, and this sounds like a good one! Like that the main character — and common link — is rather mysterious, and the story structure sounds very interesting!

Estelle: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things… by Katie Finn

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn ( web | tweet ) Book 1 in a series. Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Feiwel + Friends Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer, Hamptons, old friendships, secret identities Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Unexpectedly single for the […]

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April 30, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Faith Kappel - Such a long title, but such an interesting book. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn is the first book in the trilogy of Broken Hearts and Revenge. Before reading this, I wasn’t interested in opening up the book. But the first couple sentences pulled me in and soon, mom would be yelling at me telling me to get out of this other amazing world.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend is about Gemma going to go visit her dad in the Hamptons for the first time in five years. And last time she was there, she may have ruined a few things with a former best friend, Hallie. Now going back, Gemma is a new person. Literally. Thinking she can have a fresh start Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, she keeps this new status. Can she keep her new identity a secret, or will it be revealed?

“Broken Hearts” romance can be described like “Divergents” romance, where Gemma goes somewhere new, hoping to change her life, but finding love and doesn’t know how to tell them what she really is. Lots of different books have the similar themes related to getting new friends and growing relationships, but it all takes a twist at the end making you read on to the next book, and that is something that you can’t compare other books to this one.

This book was so interesting and literally kept me reading with its twist and turns, romance, teen relating and new and old friendships. Finn keeps the plot nice and organized while there was so much going on, which helped with other situations because they would slide perfectly in place. The pacing was perfect, in the beginning of the book it started on right on a hard problem which lead to everything else and throughout the book I ever got bored, all the obstacles kept the book so compelling.

August 8, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Alicia - OH MY I didn’t know that Katie Finn is Morgan Matson!! Picked this up because the cover screams of cuteness. I’m only 4 chapters in so can’t make any judgement yet but LOL GEMMA MAKES TERRIBLE DECISIONS. Thank you for the review, I’ll probably go into this one expecting a quick, light read that’s all 🙂

June 1, 2014 - 6:25 am

Judith - SO AGREE WITH YOU! I did like it a little more than you did, I think, but I really agree with what you said as well, especially the feeling too old for this book. I was really unconvinced by Gemma’s decisions and especially the lack of involvement from her parents. And I guessed the big twist almost immediately as well. I’m sad that this didn’t work for me because MORGAN MATSON, but I’m also glad she published it under a different name because it’s meant for a different audience, and I would have been devastated otherwise.

May 19, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I just found out yesterday that this was Morgan Matson and feel like a complete idiot for not figuring it out before as I was reading about it. I’m glad that she is keeping this stuff separate from her MM identity as she obviously sees them as being for different audiences. Smart business move, especially if it is not quite up to the standard of her regular stuff.

May 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

Alexa S. - I can totally see where you’re coming from with Broken Hearts…! It’s definitely meant for an audience a bit younger, particularly because of its implausibility. But I had fun reading it? I don’t know. It just reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl, The Clique, etc. The situations are so implausible, and I could predict everything that would happen too – but it was still kind of fun.

May 12, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - That’s disappointing that you didn’t like it. They’ve been pushing this book a TON via Instagram and Twitter, doing quote images and things, which always makes me wary of a book. I feel like they wouldn’t necessarily do that if readers are talking about it a lot.

It’s always sad to me though when I don’t like a book. Good to know I can skip this one.

May 12, 2014 - 11:28 am

Rachel - Awww sad. I started this one a few weeks ago, but had to set it aside due to school, and I remember thinking it felt a bit young to me as well. I’m really interested in my thoughts on it since we generally have similar feelings about contemporary YA. I’m sorry you couldn’t connect at all! That feeling is the worst.

May 12, 2014 - 11:08 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Awww, that’s too bad you didn’t care for this one. I haven’t read it or any books by Morgan Matson.

I do love those two movies, though. I watched them repeatedly during my childhood. Also, I kind of what to watch Ladybugs, now 🙂