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The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

My Heart and Other Black Holes • Estelle Reviews

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depressing, suicide pact, family problems, friendship Format read: ARC from Alex @ Little Wing Book Reviews. (Thanks!) Summary: After trolling a website called Smooth Passages, Aysel […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Alexa S. - My Heart and Other Black Holes was such a pleasant surprise! It was sad, true, but it was also hopeful. I really liked seeing how Aysel (and Roman) dealt with their circumstances, and it kept me reading till the very end!

February 20, 2015 - 8:40 am

Kim - It sounds so interesting, but on the other hand, I hate books that are too cheesy. Ugh, do I read this or not?
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

February 19, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Meg - Sounds like a very powerful read. It’s new to me, but definitely on my radar now!

February 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

Brianna - I think this book is flying under the radar a bit, but it’s an important, necessary read.

February 19, 2015 - 10:27 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Great review, Estelle. I hadn’t read anything about this book before, including the synopsis, so this is new information for me! I think I want to read this one, though. I love these issue books. Thanks!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review + Giveaway

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: depression, opposites attract, senior year, death of a sibling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: After meeting on the top of the school’s bell tower, both contemplating the horror of jumping off, Finch bursts […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Alexa S. - Your review is making me lean heavily towards wanting to read All the Bright Places, M! I’m still not sure when or if I’ll be getting to it, but I do love that your enthusiasm for the story + characters shines through so clearly in this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for encouraging readers to pick it up!

January 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but now I want to read it. Roller coaster emotions + relationship progression = my cup of tea.

*adds to Goodreads*

My new years resolution, which is completely cliche but whatever, is to lose weight and get back in shape. I gained an embarrassingly amount of weight in the past three months. Time to lose it and get toned!

January 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Carmel - My New Year’s Resolution is to be brave. I still have a lot apprehensions in general. Hopefully I could just let things be and just trust in the magic of new beginnings. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Jaime Lester - One of my resolutions is to start eating healthier, and drinking more water, less Dr. Pepper!!! UGH!I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. I work out all of the time, now I just need to get the eating part down!

January 2, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - (M, I just went to Goodreads to mark it rec’d by you and saw that I’d already done just that. I SO love how much you love this one, that it made me excited twice.)

January 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN! I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this book because it seems to me that so many people are reading it right now, at the same time, but your words are BRILLIANT and make me want my hands on it NOW. I love that I can tell how much you love it and WOW, I just want to read it NOW. That is why I love reading friends with enthusiasm. Happy New Year friend and thanks so much for this recommendation! xo

January 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Jessica @ Strung Out On Books - I loved this book just as much as you did! Definitely a fav of 2015 for me too! I haven’t ordered a finished copy yet, but I plan ASAP! Finch and Violet will be with me for a long, long time! Lovely review! 😀

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Amy Deatherage - im excited for this one.

I plan to keep with the “don’t worry, be happy”.

January 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Barbara - Hi!

My 2015 resolution is to be more active in my blogging, Twitter accounts, and Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

January 2, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Ashley C - My new years resolution is to stress less! Don’t worry about the small things! 🙂
Thanks for the chance!

January 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - I’ve seen this book around but haven’t heard much. Your love for this book is so clear and really makes me want to read it! The concept sounds so interesting and I’m intrigued by Finch’s different personas.

January 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Cassie - I have this book on hold at the library, and I am so excited to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

January 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - I am getting excited to read this one!

Estelle: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pages: 323 Format read: Young adult Keywords: siblings, death, depression, celebrity deaths, friendship, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  Six months after the death of her beloved older sister, […]

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April 5, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Katy - I’ve seen a lot of buzz for this around twitter and haven’t read any actual reviews but I’m glad I read yours! It sounds sad but good. Laurel and May’s relationship sounds heartbreaking and important to look at. The friendships sound really great, and I like that they have their own stories. It’s difficult for me to open up to people, so I think that part of the story would be interesting and relevant to me. Sky sounds great too! I always think about whether I would want to reread or recommend a book, it sounds like this is such a good one. I definitely want to try to pick it up soon! Such a great review!

April 4, 2014 - 1:13 am

Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - […] stand in the way of what makes you happy and that was really eye-opening for me. (Special nod to Estelle’s review because I almost forgot to include these two girls in my review somehow!) Sky || Relation to […]

March 31, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Ashley May - I’ve been hearing so much buzz about this book recently and now after reading your review I’m even more excited about getting it.

I think I may be a little in love with it already after reading your thoughts.


March 30, 2014 - 10:27 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m so glad you loved it! I just didn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to and as much as we were inside Laurel’s head, I think I felt frustrated that she wasn’t helping herself and how hard her struggle was for her. She had such a rough time but at the same time, I was having difficultly connecting with her emotions.
I enjoyed the second half much more than the first though. I just had so many mixed feelings on this one! Love your enthusiasm for it, though, and it totally does seem like a “you” book 😀

March 22, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Alexa - I’m glad that you really liked this one. Sometimes sad books are hard to read but sometimes they are favorites of mine. Some of my old favorites from many years ago are books that had some sad elements to them. I feel if you are going to cry during a book or ugly cry while reading the book then it will stand out to you forever.

Thanks for the great review!

March 21, 2014 - 3:51 pm

alice-jane - I love how detailed your review of Love Letters to the Dead is! It’s really informative and I could really get a feel for whether or not I’d like the book. I think it’s a book that I could really connect to, the struggles of knowing people who don’t really open up and how relationships can progress from that. I’m happy that the romantic interest as well as the supporting characters seem to have filled up the book, adding to it, instead of just being there.

March 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I’m seriously in love with your review of Love Letters to the Dead. It’s so beautifully written and coherent and awesome! But yes, I agree. I really liked the way that Laurel’s story was told, and think it’s worth a read.

March 20, 2014 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing very good things about Love Letters to the Dead. I’m very interested in it, but I am also a bit hesitant because, as you mentioned, it seems so sad. I don’t mind sad books, but, to be honest, I rarely read them. I might actually read this via audiobook.

This was a great review, Estelle. 🙂

March 20, 2014 - 9:55 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Oh I’m glad this one is good! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now, mostly because she writes a letter to Kurt Corbain, who is someone I remember from my young adulthood. But the story sounds so beautiful too! And loved that you compared it to Perks of Being a Wallflower; that sold me! Great review!

March 20, 2014 - 9:27 am

Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) - Yes, this book was so beautiful! I definitely felt the emotions in the letters that Laurel writes, and I loved the build up to what happened and why Laurel is blaming herself. I think this book will stay with readers for years to come.