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Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark • Estelle Reviews

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Two high schoolers — connected by the poor decisions of their parents — meet up at CVS and begin a […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Damages by Beth Kephart Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson The Winner’s Trilogy In Some Other World, […]

March 26, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Rachel - Well, this sounds like a me book. Like, it could be my life (minus the death part). And also, I feel like if you love it, I’ll love it. Beautiful review, as always.

March 24, 2015 - 10:04 am

Alexa S. - Really enjoyed seeing your thoughts on Finding Mr. Brightside, E! While I didn’t wind up enjoying it as much as you, the quirky details were the parts that really got my attention when I was reading it 🙂

March 24, 2015 - 7:38 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I tried to read this back when I first got the ARC and I just wasn’t into the story or the writing. I’ve been meaning to revisit it and now you’ve made me want to give it a try even more 🙂

March 23, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Aw this seems like a really solid read. I love CVS too, more than Walgreens. I always thought that in case of nuclear meltdown, a CVS is the best place to hang out. They have a little of everything you would need!

March 23, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great review Estelle. I had problems with some of the background parts of this book (especially Juliette to be honest) but this review really makes me a appreciate it as a book I *can* suggest to others.

March 23, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Ahhh, I’m so excited to read this one. I’m totally picking up a copy tomorrow (as of now my library system doesn’t have it preordered). I’m so looking forward to this and I’m so glad you love it, Estelle.

March 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I’m so glad I stumbled on this blog late last year. I’ve found some great reads because of it.

March 23, 2015 - 9:42 am

Meg - Sounds like a winner to me!

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts | Estelle Reviews

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/2/2014 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, friendship, family, recovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Zac unexpectedly meets Mia in the hospital while he is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. […]

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November 24, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Alexa S. - While I didn’t quite love Zac and Mia, I did like how Betts portrayed their characters. Zac, in particular, was a favorite for me right off the bat, and the reason that I flew through the pages as quickly as I did. It’s seriously an interesting take on a story about teens with cancer!

October 27, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Brianna - I read two pages of TFIOS before returning it to the library. I could not get behind that book at all. I’ve never read E & P. I always find it interesting when publishers out and out compare a new book to a successful book. Let the new book be a success on its own.

October 27, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Rachele - Hello Estelle

I enjoyed reading your post about this book. I am not familiar with the author A.J. Betts I will have to look up other things that he has written. I agree with you that Fault in Our Stars was a good book and also very emotional, especially the movie, but it was also hard for me to get past all the wording and the metaphor’s these characters used. When I read the book I thought about how people these days do not really talk like that, sure we use metaphor’s here and there, but not as much as these characters did. Don’t get me wrong good book but not my favorite. I am very interested in reading about Zac and Mia so I will have to put that on my reading list. Thank You

October 27, 2014 - 11:10 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad you liked this. I haven’t read it, and I’m not sure I want to with the whole cancer aspect to the book (sometimes that’s just too sad for me to deal with), but it’s always nice to see someone else enjoyed a book.

I do know what you mean, about so many books being compared to E&P and TFiOS. I actually find that helpful as a librarian so I can recommend books to teens, but not so helpful for me personally. What I liked (or didn’t like) about those book isn’t really about the plot, or what the characters were going through were like, but the writing, the tone of the novels, and the characters specifically.

October 27, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’m glad you liked this!! I feel like I’ve seen way too many “meh” reviews, and I’m so glad you brought up the comparison thing. I feel like comparing extremely popular distinct books doesn’t really help me decide about a book, but I understand it may help sell them.

This is on my NetGalley pile, so hopefully I will be getting to it soon!

October 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Awesome review, Estelle. I have this one on my shelf and you’ve definitely given me some good reasons to bump this up on my TBR. It’s always so great reading about books set in your own country – even better if it’s your own state (which I’m pretty sure it is, since the author hails from my city). Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/23/2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 192 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: daredevil, therapy, falling in love, family Format read: ARC paperback from the publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Dyna loves how she feels when she takes risks. When she gets seriously hurt in a fall, her mom […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Alexa S. - The concept of Adrenaline Crush is pretty neat! I like that it really explores Dyna’s understanding of herself, as well as the relationships in her life. Even though the short length still stumps me, and I couldn’t get into the story well the first time I tried, I’m glad to hear that it was pretty good.

September 24, 2014 - 9:44 am

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Review + Giveaway -Katie's Book Blog - […] Rather Be Reading’s review: “All in all, the book kept me interested and was definitely enjoyable, even if it won’t be a forever favorite.” […]

September 22, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Lea @ YA Book Queen - Glad the author managed to fill those 192 pages – short books always make me nervous (although Something Like Normal managed to pleasantly surprise me – that book is amazing).

Nice review! 🙂

September 22, 2014 - 10:39 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I can still remember how shocked I was the first time I learned how short this novel is but I’m happy to hear that (for the most part) it doesn’t negatively affect the depth and resonance of the story itself. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel on NetGalley and now I’m even more excited to begin it having read your review. Any sort of examination of familial relationships in YA literature is disappointingly rare, so I was particularly happy to hear that this was something Crompton touched upon. While it may not leave a lasting impression or prove a book I re-read again and again, I’m still really inspired by the subject matter and I can’t wait to experience it all firsthand 🙂 Thank you for the great, balanced review, Estelle!

Estelle: Just Call My Name by H. Sloan

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: fate, friendship, romance, parents Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: After being kidnapped by their father, Sam is living in […]

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August 21, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Alexa S. - Even though I’ve taken it out of the library more than once, I have yet to read I’ll Be There. (I do love its cover though!) I did love Counting by 7s, so I have no doubt that I’ll like and root for the characters in the other 2 as well (when I do read them)!

August 21, 2014 - 11:42 am

Jen @Fefferbooks - Agree agree! But you knew that. 🙂 Good reminder that I need to go put Counting by 7s on the library hold list, though!

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: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: senior year of high school, summer, Greece, friendships, parent/kid relationships Format read: ARC paperback from Bloomsbury. (Thanks!) Summary: Colette and Sadie were once inseparable, and then suddenly they weren’t. With […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to read this one. BUT your review of it has managed to convince me that perhaps I ought to give it a shot! I do love that it focuses heavily on friendship, and the real complexity of it. And I also love that it’s set in Greece!

July 1, 2014 - 9:39 am

Sue - Great review. Just added to TBR pile. Thank you!

June 28, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Leah - YES!!! The moment I got this one I sat down and didn’t move until it was finished, I was THAT hooked. I felt the ending was a teensy bit too sitcom-y, but the rest of the book was so wonderful I didn’t mind at all.