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Estelle: Various Positions by Martha Schabas

Various Positions by Martha Schabas Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult (for mature audiences) Format read: Paperback ARC from ALA. Summary: With her sex-obsessed peers and an unhappy home life, the only time Georgia feels at peace is on the dance floor. When she gets […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:06 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you for linking to my review! Honestly, this book wasn’t what I was expecting BUT it did turn out okay in the end. It’s written really candidly and really well, so I actually was invested in the story.

April 15, 2012 - 8:39 am

Estelle - April, super happy to hear I may have changed your mind. More and more, I think this book was worth reading and I’m sad it gets a negative rep. Because the writing is just SO good and a lot of what happens is so surprising. (At least to me. haha) Let me know if you read it!

April 15, 2012 - 8:00 am

In My Mailbox: April 15, 2012 - […] Various Positions by Martha Schabas (E) New York City Teen Author Festival: Recap 1 (E) Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (E) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist (M) Top 10 Books that were Totally Deceiving Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann (E) […]

April 15, 2012 - 7:12 am

April Books & Wine - Damn. I’ve seen a few bad reviews of Various Positions and was prepared to write it off as don’t read. BUT THIS REVIEW MAKES ME DESPERATELY WANT TO READ IT.

Like, maybe at 14 my friends and I weren’t talking about sexuality or whatever, but we definitely were at 16. And hmmm, these days it seems like 14 year olds act an awful lot like the 16 year olds of my day. So yeah, I think being as open as I am about that stuff, I’d actually LIKE Various Positions.

April 14, 2012 - 11:28 am

Hanna @ Booking in Heels - Like Sash above, I was expecting something slightly fluffier, but then I read your review and my eyes were opened!

I added this to my wishlist ages ago because I love novels about aspiring dancers, but children talking about sex does make me cringe. Maybe I’ll wait a little before getting hold of this one.

Nice review though ๐Ÿ™‚

April 13, 2012 - 11:57 am

Sash from Sash and Em - I suppose more than anything, I was upset because Various Positions deceived me! I was expecting something cute and fluffy (a la Bunheads by Sophie Flack) and then BAM out of nowhere, this CHILD talking about SEXUALITY. When I want a book that discusses sexuality (which is totally cool with me), I want to be told from someone a (enter: dry sarcasm) little bit older than 14. Now yes, I realize that in today’s society there are things like Teen Mom and Jersey Shore but that doesn’t mean that exposing children to things like that is okay. I’m not saying ignoring it is okay either, but perhaps showing children while saying “This is unacceptable.” is better.

It could also be that I’m extremely conservative and very much old-fashioned. ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved your level-headed review of this book that I loathe so much.

Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Today we have compiled a list of 5 books each that have tricked us somehow. Was it because of faulty cover art? Was the summary in the back completely different than the actual contents of the book? Or did you expect […]

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June 17, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love how unique this topic is – it’s awesome! And the books that you guys mentioned sound like a lot of fun to read. So far, I’ve only read 3/10… We’ll see how I feel about the rest!

April 15, 2012 - 8:01 am

In My Mailbox: April 15, 2012 - […] Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (E) Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist (M) Top 10 Books that were Totally Deceiving Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann […]

April 12, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Elise - Magan, I usually hate to be deceptive, but in this case I’m thrilled Populazzi made your “totally deceiving” list. Thanks for the kind words! Estelle, I’m excited to hear that Princesses of Iowa is terrific. I know Molly from The Debutante Ball, and her book is high on my TBR list!

xo,

E

April 11, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Jasmine Rose - I just sat here and laughed to myself because OWFL sounds kind of like “awful” in my head ๐Ÿ˜›
I totally agree about Matched/Crossed. I loved Matched but Crossed didn’t feel like a part of the same series.
Noooo! I’m so sad you didn’t like The Probability of Miracles. I recently read it and adored it, but I like a good non/minimal romance sometimes.

April 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Jenny - Magan, I totally agreed with you on Crossed. I loved Matched. I loved it more than The Hunger Games. I was so excited to read Crossed, and I still haven’t finished it. It is so boring and slow that I haven’t been able to get through it. I am glad it’s not me! I keep saying I will finish it, but there are always better books I’m wanting to read more than that one!

April 10, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Christina (BookTasty) - I’m laughing at myself b/c I actually really like the Anna cover and it has been on everyone’s list today! haha I guess I’m missing something. Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚

April 10, 2012 - 8:50 pm

Lena - YES! I agree with almost everything in y’all’s list. ANNA has such a terrible cover, but it’s soooo ridiculously good! I was also really upset with CROSSED. I liked the cover more MATCHED, however, the story fell extremely flat. Le sigh.

April 10, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Hannah @ so obsessed with - I completely agree with you on Crossed! I really liked Matched and just finished Crossed two days ago… It wasn’t at all like I expected. I still have hope for the third book, but I’m going to be frustrated if it’s a letdown, too. Anna and the French Kiss also made my list. I really wish they’d given it a better cover!

April 10, 2012 - 4:27 pm

elena - The Princesses of Iowa and Anna and the French Kiss are definitely two books suffering from their title. I wouldn’t have even picked up Anna without all the praise either and of course, I fell in love! The Princesses of Iowa sound like a reality show for me but after your review, I’m going to give it a shot. Eek, I thought The Disenchantments had a female POV too! In fact, it’s waiting in the library for me now. I’m going to have to readjust my expectations for the book. Fantastic list, the both you of you! Now I have books on my TBR that I wouldn’t have taken a second glance at. Never judge a book by its title, I guess.

April 10, 2012 - 2:25 pm

BarefootMedStudent - The only book I’ve read (or heard of) is Anna, and that one is on my list too!

April 10, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I love that Anna is popping up everywhere. I wish publishers would pay more attention to what their covers are telling people.

Magan, I’m reading Crossed right now, and I’m only 30 pages in, but I already know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m quite frustrated with it, and am actually setting it aside for now in the hopes that I will like it more later.

Great choices, girls! Some of them I already own and am more excited to read now, and some of them I’ll have to go look for!

April 10, 2012 - 2:04 pm

April Books & Wine - I’m glad the Populazzi cover is deceiving because when I saw the cover, I was like this looks dumb, but in fact your description makes it sound good.

ALSO I FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME ABOUT ANNA. Like, what a crap cover for such a wonderful book.

April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog - Anna sure made it onto a lot of Top Tens this week! Great list guys.

April 10, 2012 - 11:29 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Anna and the French Kiss is on my list, as well.

Great list! There are a couple on there I’d never seen before, but they look very promising!

April 10, 2012 - 10:06 am

TeacherMotherReader - Me & Earl & the Dying Girl is on my list too. I just didn’t think I would like the characters that much by the end of the book. I laughed my butt off, then I cried and cried. ๐Ÿ™ My review hits my blog this week.

April 10, 2012 - 9:59 am

Kristin - Ok, I guess i really need to read Anna and the French Kiss, the cover whenever I look at it screams way to YA for me lol but everyone seems to love it.

My TTT: http://youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com/