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Why in 5: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, dating and kissing, depression Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: With a ton of responsibility weighing on her shoulders because of a depressing family situation, Claire turns to her best friend Megan for support. When […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] 17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind. […]

June 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I feel like I’ve seen lots of middle of the road reviews and a few positive ones. Nothing really too negative! But they all seem to be for really different reasons. I’m still excited to pick this one up and see how I do with it!

June 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

Alexa S. - I really like it when books have characters facing complex, layered situations. Not everything in this world is perfect or ideal, and it takes courage to write a book that showcases the messiness and imperfection that exists in reality. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to read 17 First Kisses before, but your review has definitely intrigued me!

June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice Y - Magan, I’m SO happy that you have positive things to say about this book! Though I try not to base my decision to read a book solely on the ratings/reviews I see on Goodreads, I admit that I was a little bit disheartened by the ones that I’d been seeing for 17 First Kisses. It sounds like a book that I’m going to really like though. I love authentic friendships and family stories in books. And of course, everybody knows I love kissing books, and I assume by the title that the book won’t be lacking in that department? hehe. I guess it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I really enjoy stories that aren’t always tied up in a pretty little bow at the end. That’s real life! When I was a teenager, I would have thrown the book across the room because I always wanted a perfect ending and a happily ever after!

I enjoyed your “Why in 5”– I’m definitely going to read 17 First Kisses now 🙂

June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Oh good. I was hearing meh things about this. I’ll know what to expect better after this! Nicely done review.

June 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Amanda @ Vivalabooks - I had this book on my TBR list, but I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s sometimes frustrating to read books about teenagers who make stupid but realistic decisions, because we’d like to think that we’d make smarter decisions. Except as teenagers we’re constantly making stupid choices (I’ll admit to that) and I like when authors explore that. I’ll admit that I’ve put down a couple books due to a character’s annoying decisions, but it seems like Rachel Allen handles it nicely. Great review and thanks for putting this on my radar again!

June 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - This review is wonderful! If I wasn’t convinced before, I definitely am now! I love the idea of flashbacks to Claire’s 17 kisses and the strong focus on friendship and family/ Thanks for sharing!

Magan: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl  by Louise Rozett (website | twitter) Series: Confessions #1 Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 266 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a parent, first year of high school, comical and angry MC Format read: Purchased digital version for my kindle. Summary: Rose’s father died right before her freshman year of […]

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December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] work with the release of The Lucy Variations. Louise Rozett really captured my attention with her Confessions of an Angry Girl series, […]

July 31, 2013 - 8:00 am

Magan: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by by Louise Rozett, Magan - […] of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett Series: Confessions #2 (My review for Confessions of an Angry Girl.) Publication Date: July 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult […]

July 30, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh YAY!! I’m so glad you loved this book because I did too! I found it so much fun. I read it and reviewed it for another blog when it came out but never did for my own blog. I need to re-read and put it up on mine with the next book! Thanks for the reminder Magan! And man, that ending. Loved it.

July 27, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Judging by the titles in the series, I’d assumed that they were companion books in a series. I kind of love that it’s actually a good ol’ fashion series about one main character. What really got me was the unapologetic tone to Rose’s character that you mentioned. I love main characters like that! They do what they have to, say what’s true to who they are, and are completely unrepentant. That’s a sign of sassiness (a word?) I just can’t ignore 😀

Speaking of the Ruby Oliver series, I recently picked up the first book and now I’m itching to start that one as well!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Racquel - I originally was not interested in this book when I first heard about it because I like YA about older characters, 17-18 year olds, seniors, graduating, characters around my age and such BUT that’s generally a bad habit of mine plus this book and the sequel seem like my kind of reads so I will get over my “no freshmen” thing and pick this up because it looks realistic and I already love from the reviews I’ve been reading.

July 24, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Alexa Y. - I love how this book, particularly its main character, sounds real, funny and hopeful. I might have overlooked this one before, but I definitely need to check it out for myself because you made it sound SO GOOD.

July 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really liked this one! Actually, I loved it. I was so surprised how serious it was and so many points seemed so realistic. Plus.. hellooooo. Jamie!
Sounds like I need to read Ruby Oliver!!!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 am

Rachel - I’ve been considering reading this one literally since it was released. It sounded good, but at the same time I didn’t know if I wanted to read about a girl that was constantly angry. That being said, after reading your review her behavior makes A LOT more sense and I think I’m going to read this one!

July 24, 2013 - 9:47 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about this book (and it’s sequel) but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I do love Ruby Oliver, though, so I should move this series up my TBR list.

July 24, 2013 - 9:10 am

Hazel - Awesome review, Magan! One mention of Ruby Oliver and you’ve already convinced me to read it. 😉 Aside from that, I think the plot’s interesting. Rose too. Putting this on my TBR! 🙂

July 24, 2013 - 8:55 am

Bookworm1858 - I love this series so much! I didn’t have very high expectations going in expecting another rote contemporary but was thrilled to get so much more especially the excellent character of Rose.

July 24, 2013 - 8:19 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Ive been eyeing this series. Rose sounds very connectable and the story messy in a “real” sort of way.

Magan: If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin <website | twitter> Publication Date: April 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 336 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: boy next door, childhood best friends, friends growing apart, tragic love story Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Autumn and Finn are next door neighbors; […]

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October 28, 2016 - 11:46 pm

Ava .C - I am currently reading this book. This may sound silly but I am one of those people that needs to know all details while reading so I can help picture it in my head. I am wondering how old is Autumn and her friends in the beginning of the book?

August 11, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Magan - Caity, I completely agree. Loved the foreshadowing and knowing what was to come, but … I also dreaded it. Such a well-written, lovely book! So glad you enjoyed it, too! xo

July 29, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Caity P. - the book was so good but also really forshadowing. for example, in the book she always makes her books have a tragic ending and jamie ALWAYS hangs out with sasha it was bound to all come around. what really got me questioning the book is if sylvie died and if so, how? it says she was fine but i didnt really understand… such a great book and the amount of cliches and twists really evened out the books predictability.

July 16, 2014 - 10:59 am

Magan - Dani, I completely agree! The story was incredibly compelling and very well-written, which made it even more fantastic. 🙂

July 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Dani - It was a nice twist on the whole girl next door cliche.

January 9, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Aryana - loved this book wish she wrote more definitely gonna tell my friends about this!!!

December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin really, really surprised me. The book begins with a scene that gives a snapshot of what’s to come, but the ENTIRE BOOK I kept hoping for something else. Or hoping that I misunderstood. […]

April 18, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Magan - Hey Mary! Email me at magan@ratherbereadingblog.com and let’s chat about the ending! It was pretty subtle, but I don’t want to ruin anything for someone who might be reading through the comments.

April 11, 2013 - 9:42 am

Mary - I just finished this book and absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down, but I don’t understand how Finn died? could someone explain that to me? he seemed fine and the. it said he was dead, I though only Sylvia was?

April 2, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh this sounds really good! I love that you mention that the writing is poetic! That really makes me want to pick up this book. I also like the idea of their friendship and am really intrigued about the concept of basically knowing how it ends and then going back to the beginning and working your way forward!

April 1, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - This kind of breaks my heart becuase I LOVE the idea of childhood friends getting together but to know that Finn dies is sad. I honesty hadn’t heard much about this one so I’m glad I came across your review! I love how you “love and appreciate the story for all it’s complexity, beautiful writing, and passion” because that is what I want from a book too!

April 1, 2013 - 8:40 am

Rachel - I had never heard of this book until seeing your review but I am definitely adding it to my TBR list! I’ve read a couple books where the “end” is revealed in the beginning and like you, I hope for something different. I’m really curious to see how the author still manages to surprise you! Great review 🙂

March 30, 2013 - 11:06 am

Magan - Courtney, I agree with you — I haven’t seen many reviews for it yet, so I had no preconceived notions about what to expect going in. It was so, so great. I can’t wait for you to read it, too! 🙂

Leoni, please don’t let the going backwards deter you from reading this book. I prefer, actually, that I knew where things were going instead of being shocked by something really big and tragic happening at the end. I think that if I hadn’t had a glimpse of an idea, I would have felt it was too contrived or over the top.

Alexa, I AGREE! Childhood friends! I loved it — their history was just so perfect to me. I liked how their moms still forced them to do things together even though they could tell they weren’t best friends anymore and had no idea what had separated them. READ IT SOON!

Kelly, I loved that feeling too. When I read Rebecca Serle’s book When You Were Mine, I felt the same way. I knew it was a Romeo & Juliet retelling, but I wanted another end anyway because I loved the character’s story so much.

Kelley, thank you! Don’t shy away from this book! Don’t! You’ll be missing out! You won’t be let down by Laura’s amazing writing. Promise!

April, if your world is full of good books and pretty nail polish because of something I said, then YAAAAAAAY. I can’t be sorry! Read this book. For real. 🙂 It is exactly all of the things you said.

Maggie — YAY! READ IT READ IT READ IT! I hope you love it, too!

March 29, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - This definitely sounds like a worthwhile read. I’m so happy you enjoyed this. Before I read your review, I had only vaguely heard of this book, but I am now anxious to read it. It sounds like a heartbreaking, emotional read but also a lovely one. Fantastic review! 🙂

March 29, 2013 - 2:48 pm

leoni - Sounds interesting although I’m not the biggest fan of going backwards in time in books, looks like there are lots of other positives though!

March 29, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Alexa Y. - Okay, this sounds like a book that I absolutely MUST read. There’s something particularly poignant about the fact that they were childhood friends, and that he passed away before things could happen. I can’t wait to check it out!

March 29, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Kelly - I hadn’t really given this one a good look until I caught a glimpse at your review; I love that feeling of knowing the ending, but hoping for a different outcome anyways!

March 29, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Kelley (Another Novel Read) - Wow, great review! I had been shying away from this book, but after reading your review, I think I want to read the book now. It sounds like a very different book, and if the writing is that amazing, then I definitely don’t want to miss out. This one’s going on my to-read list. 🙂

March 29, 2013 - 11:32 am

An Interview With Laura Nowlin, Author of If He Had Been With Me - […] 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 […]

March 29, 2013 - 10:17 am

April Books & Wine - Lawddddd, I am so broke right now BUT I WANT IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME because of your review, Magan. Sigh, I swear I am going to spend all of the money and it’s going to be Rather Be Reading’s fault — first with Julep, now with this, hahahaha.

But seriously, If He Had Been With Me sounds tragic and well written and emotional and great.

March 29, 2013 - 9:22 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been looking forward to this one and I didn’t realize it comes out next week. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Great review!

Magan: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (web | tweet) Publication Date: December 19, 2012 Pages: 391 Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: adopted MC, attraction, secrecy and lies Format read: E-book purchased for my kindle. Summary: Sky’s never fallen for anyone before. When she randomly meets Holder at the grocery store, a whirlwind relationship begins […]

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March 22, 2014 - 8:37 am

Nino` - I download this book few days ago and I am on that chapter when Sky admits her attraction to Holder and OMG Holder is sooo amazing,boys like just do not exist in real world! I can’t wait to have it finished because I’m pretty curious about what is coming on

February 28, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - It was beyond not put downable. They way she crafted all the details to fall in place in the end was mind blowing.

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, Hopeless is definitely worth the $3.99 price tag! Buy it for your e-reader! 🙂

February 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so extremely curious about Holder and Sky. Their relationship does sound like it would be extremely fun to read about, but your mention of the twist in the story has me even more curious! I may just have to get a copy of this one for myself soon.

February 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Lily - I love Colleen Hoover and I really loved her Smashed series. I have this one on my nook but I haven’t started reading it yet, I don’t know whats been keeping me it seems like such a good read!

February 22, 2013 - 5:09 pm

elena - ugh every time everyone mentions a twist, I am like I WANT TO KNOWWW even though I may not even have a desire to read the book. I am just a v curious person. I was all head tilt-y over meeting someone at the grocery store but I remembered going to the grocery store yesterday and everyone was so cute. Too bad I looked awful, no love story for me there.

February 22, 2013 - 5:54 am

Lori - Ooo! I’ve heard really great things about this one, but you’re review has convinced me. Adding it to my TBR right now.

February 21, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jess - This sounds like an exciting read. I’ve seen some Hoover’s books around.This one sounds the most promising.

February 21, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Karen - I skimmed over your review because I just downloaded this book a few weeks ago. I’m happy to see another positive review!

February 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Magan - Quinn! The end does get to be a big high-drama, but it’s very interesting. So not what I was expecting and it kept me flipping the pages. Usually drama can be a bit too much if it’s just .. crazy, and while this was a lot, I couldn’t figure out where Hoover was taking the story so I remained interested! I hope you do check it out! The writing is great and Sky and Holder are awesome!

February 21, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Magan - Jamie, I completely agree that sometimes high-drama books are necessary. If they can pull me in and make me forget about everything else I need to get done or allow me to sit and focus on nothing else but reading, I’m all about it. I really, really did love Sky and Holder’s relationship, so I hope you’ll give Hopeless a chance. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Magan - Ginger, we’ve talked about this one a ton and I do agree that the part you had the hang up about was … weird. I think I just liked the whole relationship aspect so, so much that it made the $3.99 completely worth it for me. I didn’t expect any of those twists at the end and at the time, this high-drama book was so nice for me to read. Sometimes it’s necessary to read something that’s SO “whoa” that it’s harder to compare it with reality, ya know? I will most definitely check out Slammed! xo

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Magan - Cassie, I definitely should have put a disclaimer that said, “Received a Stamp of Approval from Cassie.” Thank you so much for the recommendation! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t decide if I want to read this or not. I am not sure if there will be too man twists and turns. Like Ginger, I’m afraid it might be too crazy for me. But I do kind of want to check it out. I’ve been seeing Colleen Hoover around a lot lately.

February 21, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Jamie - I’ve heard so many mixed things about this one that I’m unsure if I’ll like it. Maybe I’ll save it for a time when I need something super drama filled! Because let’s be honest..sometimes we need that!

February 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - This one went a little TOO crazy for me. I enjoyed the first half or so & then it just went completely off the deep end. Sometimes that’s what I want out of a book though, so I try not to judge it. I was a fan of Hoover’s previous novel Slammed. I definitely recommend you checking that one out, Magan.

February 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Cassie - I’m soooo glad you loved this! [now make Estelle read it!] and I ALSO love Breckin! I want coffee everyday, too!

The intensity of the book was so crazy, but I also didn’t expect anything that happened in the part we dont discuss!

Sky and Holder will always remain with us <3333

February 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Magan - April – banter is like a ballpark hit for me. I love snark and when two characters start off on the wrong foot, I love figuring out how they have to get back on track. Twists and drama — it’s full of that so I really hope you love this! I guarantee this will be such a fast read for you because IT WILL SUCK YOU IN! Enjoy!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

April Books & Wine - WHY DO I SUCK SO MUCH? I have this on my Kindle and of course I haven’t read it yet, but then you mention a twist and insanity and omg I cannot wait.

ALSO! I love banter to the nth degree. Seriously, LOVE IT.

February 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Magan - Anna — hahaha — yes to this. I just couldn’t pull myself away. I was a little thrown by the twist, but Holder kept me locked in to the story. Ugh, I loved Holder. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

Magan - Stormy – I agree! I think Colleen did a great job of writing Hopeless too. The whole end part? Totally sad. Pieces of it just made me sick, but I did enjoy that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. That’s huge for me!

February 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

Magan - Asheley, I admire how much you love Colleen’s work! This was the first of her books for me and I’m so excited to read more. I have Slammed on my kindle. I wish so badly I could have a whole weekend to just read and read and read. Maybe I’d feel like I was making a dent in my TBR pile if I had that chance. And yes! What you said about Holder — I was a little wary of him too. He’s seemed a bit wacko, but GOSH did I grow to love him! He was so kind and protective and just… SWOON. Thanks so much for your comment, A! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ummm, yes. I love this book so hard, but then again I love Colleen Hoover so hard from the Avett Brothers down to her first two books, so I felt like I would love this one. The thing is that I read this one MUCH QUICKER than I would normally read a book like this, so I cannot formulate any thoughts until I read it again. And I totally plan to. In the beginning, like the very very beginning (grocery store) I was a little afraid of Holder, but then again I JUST LOVED HIM. Because, of course, right? He’s the best. I want to say things that I can’t say in this comment because they’re spoilers! But he’s sincerely one of my favorite male characters ever because of his layers and the things that he does and just, wow. Hoover brought it with this one. On the turnaround, this one is TOUGH and I think it could be tough for some people if they don’t know what to expect in certain places in the book. SO, there’s that. But, yeah, I need to re-read this one soon so I can get my thoughts down because where I normally jot my thoughts on paper while I read, I was CLUTCHING my Kindle like crazy and click, click, clicking way faster than my norm. LOVED THIS ONE. Great, great thoughts Magan. As always. So glad you read and liked this one. And that romance! Smoking!

February 21, 2013 - 9:30 am

Stormy - This book was one of those books I had to sit and process after reading for a while. It took awhile for me to really get into the book, but I was really intrigued by Sky’s story. The very sad turn was, well, sad, for lack of a better word, but I thought it was very well-written. Sometimes it’s hard to write about that kind of thing with all the emotional complexity that difficult situations often entail, and I thought Colleen Hoover did a really awesome job with it.

February 21, 2013 - 8:26 am

Anna - This book cray! So much drama and so many twists packed into one book that it threw me…but at the same time, I enjoyed it in the same way I have enjoyed soap operas in the past.