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First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | Estelle Reviews

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: turning 16, best friends, popularity, sex Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Total opposites Lima and Hailey have been best friends forever until Hailey finds herself […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] there’s truth to the saying that some are only meant to be in your life for a sliver of time (First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano), and this truth is something you have to train yourself to believe time and […]

May 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Book Review: First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | POVone: The First Person Perspective - […] Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, YA Love, Rather Be Reading […]

April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your reviews are always so perfect. I have DEFINITELY had a similar experience to Lima, so I’m interested to see how much the book resonates with me.

April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Alexa S. - E, First There Was Forever sounds BRILLIANT. I’m a sucker for a good book about friendship, particularly when it’s a friendship that’s going through some growing pains. It makes me happy whenever I see your mark of approval on a book — and definitely makes me want to check it out even more!

April 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Sue Holmes - This is the first time I have come across this author – so excited to discover a new author in my favourite genre. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

April 17, 2015 - 5:02 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love the look of this, it sounds like such an authentic, on-point YA. I’ve had my eye on this ever since I first read the blurb and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Nice to hear this wasn’t only an impressive debut, but that it went deep and tackled the bigger questions. Lovely review, Estelle.

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho | Estelle Reviews

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 6, 2014 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, 90s, New York City, romance, sickness Format read: ARC borrowed from Gaby at Book Broads. (Thanks!) Summary: Althea and Oliver have been best friends since they were kids. […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:52 am

Alexa S. - I hadn’t really heard a lot about Althea & Oliver prior to your review. And really, how could I NOT have heard about this one before now? It sounds really interesting, and I love that you feel like the dynamics of their friendship and the plot was pretty well done, even with the melancholy tone. I’m definitely considering reading this!

November 19, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! Looks like we really had very similar feelings & thoughts. I really enjoyed how mature this was — both in content and writing. I felt like it just really all fit together and certain situations just made the characters more real.

November 9, 2014 - 9:53 am

Sue Holmes - This sounds really good. I haven’t heard about it before and admittedly the cover puts me off, but I like the sound of the characters, especially that they go through ‘stuff’ and grow on a personal level. We don’t see enough of this in YA. Thank you for the great review. 🙂

November 8, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Brianna - This is the first review I’ve read of this one, but it sounds really good. I love that it’s set in the 90s. I think technology invades books too much anymore.

November 7, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure - This looks like my type of read! I’m glad it wasn’t fluffy. I prefer more serious contemporaries. Great review! I’m looking forward to reading this one. 🙂

November 7, 2014 - 1:19 am

Rebecca - I heard about this at an event months ago and liked the sound of it, but unfortunately haven’t heard much about it since. I’m intrigued by the topics the author touches on, plus I love novels set in the past decades, but that don’t fall under historical. I’m glad you liked this!

November 6, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Althea and Oliver. I keep side-eyeing it while I am at work. It’s that yellow cover – so eye catching.

Anyway, I’m glad that you did like this. I think I will give it a try sometime, but when my brain is a little more focused than it has been lately.

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.

Harlequin Teen Double Feature: Two Reviews

Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin ( web | tweet ) Published 12/1/2013 from Harlequin Teen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, summer after high school, breakups Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Despite the strength of her feelings for budding musician Jared, Claire decides to break […]

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January 28, 2014 - 6:54 am

Judith - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds good! The fact that you stayed up all night finishing it really does say enough. I love it when books do that. As for Anything to Have You, I totally understand that the dual POV didn’t work out. I rarely like it when there’s more than one POV in a book, because it’s just so hard to get right.

January 21, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Alexa S. - I absolutely adored ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART! It was such a cute contemporary read, and I really enjoyed watching Jared and Claire’s story play out. I haven’t read ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU yet, but it sounds pretty good too.

January 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Ellice - Oh, E. Another book you’ve made me want to buy. Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like it will be right up my alley! (I’ve also got the Janis Joplin song stuck in my head right now.) So happy to see that you loved it. I haven’t read Audrey Wait yet, but I think I may just have to add that one to my radar. Great reviews.

January 20, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - You’ve got me excited about Another Piece of my Heart & excited about Paige having another book out.

January 20, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - When I first heard about ALPoMH, I immediately thought of Audrey, Wait! And since I adore that novel, I was hesitant on reading this one. You’d think that would make me WANT to read it, but in this case, I was very, very unsure. It’s good to know my hesitations can be ignored and that this novel turned out to be something you really liked. I’ll definitely check this one out (without reservations, hehe).

January 20, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hi E! These both sound like really fun books and I agree – as soon as I started reading your thoughts on Another Little Piece of My Heart I was thinking AUDREY WAIT!!! But you mention differences aplenty. I’m like you, though, I would want the same things at the end.

I actually haven’t heard of Anything To Have You but it sounds really interesting. I love the books with the drama sometimes (not always) and I’m curious about Aiden’s role in everything. I haven’t read anything by Paige Harbison but I’ve heard good things! Great thoughts on both of these!

January 20, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - How have I never even heard of Anything to Have You? I don’t even remember seeing it on Netgalley. It sounds interesting, based on your review I’m not running out to read it, but I’ll keep it in mind. I liked Another Little Piece of My Heart, not as much as you did, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story and by how well rounded the characters were.

January 20, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Alexa - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds like such a great story. I do like when authors make the characters take time to be with one another and I do enjoy the tension. I’m sorry the ending was a little fast but it still seems like a good book.

Thanks for the great reviews!

January 20, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Kris (Imaginary Reads) - Eek! Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like an amazing read!! Anything to Have You also sounds interesting, but I really don’t like when scenes are replayed for us even if from another character’s perspective. It gets old fast. Also, Brooke doesn’t sound like a cool character. Lovely reviews, Estelle!