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Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills • Estelle Reviews

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, best friends, planes Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: As if her mom having breast cancer isn’t hard enough, Erin finds out that she may have inherited […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Alexa S. - I definitely agree that it’s great to have a YA book that tackles something we don’t often hear a lot about, and in that respect, Positively Beautiful was interesting to read.

April 2, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I don’t think I could read this book. It hits a little too close to home, although I’m glad it’s out there for other people to look into.

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: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 18, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, cancer, high school, dance Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. Summary: Junior year doesn’t go according to plan for best friends Olivia and Zoe when Olivia is diagnosed […]

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July 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

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February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

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February 5, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting to see how a book can affect a reader in such a big emotional way, but also have things that make that reader hesitant about rating it. While I haven’t read Maybe One Day yet, I’m still pretty curious about it! I like the sound of the story, particularly the friendship.

February 4, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I second everything you said. The hardest part for me was the feeling that Zoe was just never fully developed. Like you said, her whole life, even before Olivia got sick, was Olivia. I wasn’t as totally behind the romance, even though Olivia told Zoe it was fine I never got over the fact that Olivia liked him first (which sounds silly as a I type it, but that’s how I felt). It was a weird feeling to cry so much at a book, but then not really totally enjoy it or feel a connection with it.

February 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one. Personally, I didn’t even have it on my TBR list, I think, because I just feel like I’ve read too many “illness” stories and at the moment, they’re just not appealing to me. Looks like it had some really good moments and I love the best friendship appeal! It also looks like it has its rough moments too… Still on the fence!

February 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I like books like this, and I’m planning to read it soon, but I’ll keep my expectations level. Sounds a little uneven, but the friendship story appeals to me and Calvin sounds great. Thanks for giving us the lowdown on this one!

February 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Anna - Great points — on the one hand, I cried. LITERAL PUDDLES OF TEARS ON MY KINDLE. Which is fantastic. But a few weird bits like the rape one you called out took me out of the story.

February 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing similar things about this book. How people loved the friendship aspect of the book, but there wasn’t enough of a connection.

It’s hard to rate those types of books, I find.

Estelle: The F-It List by Julie Halpern

The F-It List by Julie Halpern ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) Pages: 256 Target audience: Mature young adult (language, sex) Keywords: cancer, death of parents, dealing with grief, bucket list Format read: Borrowed from Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. (Thanks!) Summary: A few weeks after […]

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November 17, 2013 - 12:26 am

Bookworm1858 - I did think of this book as a really good example of YA friendship but I can see how you wished for more of Becca’s story.

November 16, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The premise seems really interesting (although kind of similar to Good Bye, Rebel Blue), but it seems like the friendship would be the backbone of the story. If that aspect doesn’t come together, I can understand why the book didn’t fully click for you.

November 16, 2013 - 12:06 am

Isa - I thought the concept sounded really interesting and the pop culture references peak my interest but I’ve read some not so positive reviews about the book, including yours. It sucks that the friendship between Alex and Becca wasn’t well explored.

November 15, 2013 - 7:47 am

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November 14, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Anna - I had to put this one down — wasn’t quite feeling it!

November 13, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Alexa Y. - I love the honesty in this review E! (Mine is going up tomorrow!) I couldn’t quite pinpoint what was lacking in the book for me, but now I think I see it. I liked the friendship Alex and Becca had, but you’re right – it lacked a little more depth to it. Still, it was a pretty interesting read for me!

November 13, 2013 - 11:39 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really liked our little conversation about this book! I think it actually helped me realize the little things I was missing from it too because it was really hard to put my finger on! I loved the friendship with Alex and Becca but wanted it to be more prominent and yep, connecting with Alex was just hard sometimes. Very well stated, as always, and thanks for talking it out with me! 🙂