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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord • Estelle Reviews

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, family, grief Format read: ARC borrowed from Elena @ Novel Sounds. (Thank you!) Summary: Paige embarks on a plan to move forward from her grief over the […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn Carr […]

March 31, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Alexa S. - I fell in love with The Start of Me and You! I definitely think the highlight of this novel were the friendships, even more than the cute romance. Lord nails female friendships so well! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

March 30, 2015 - 7:51 pm

tabithasbookblog - I really enjoyed this book as well. I didn’t love it as much as Open Road Summer, but it stood on it’s own and that was really nice. I loved how the romance wasn’t the focus of the story, but at the same time I wanted more of it. And yes on Paige’s friends!! Loved that group so much.

March 30, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Crystal Books Unbound - I don’t know why I’m waiting so long to read an Emery Lord book. I have Open Road Summer and I really need to read it soon! I adore love stories that begin with friendship and then grow into something more. They’re so much more realistic that way! I just reviewed I’ll Meet You There and the love story also starts with the foundation of friendship. Great review! I’m totally looking forward to reading this one!

March 30, 2015 - 11:15 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m curious about this one. I loved the friendship between Dee and Reagan in Open Road Summer, and I’m so glad to see that there is great friendships in this book too.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds • Estelle Reviews

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/6/2015 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, NYC, grief, friendship, romance, jobs Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: After his mom dies from breast cancer, Matt discovers comfort at […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:18 am

Alexa S. - Wasn’t sure if I wanted to read The Boy in the Black Suit originally, but your review makes me think I should give it a shot! It definitely portrays a different sort of situation, and the main character sounds like a guy I could like. Lovely review, E!

February 9, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Estelle - Bruna, this excites me! I hope you get to read it soon. You have my permission to go book shopping. 😉

February 9, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Bruna - I have read When I Was The Greatest, and really enjoyed it. I think The Boy in the Black Suit sounds even more interesting to me because of the tough subjects (and maybe a little bit because of the possible romance?). Definitely on my to-buy list.

Wildlife by Fiona Wood | Estelle Reviews

Wildlife by Fiona Wood ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 16, 2014 Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown for Kids Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Australia, friendship, sex, relationships, nature, grief Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: Sib and Lou are two students living in the wilderness for the semester while dealing with […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - I gave Wildlife another shot recently, and wound up really liking it. It was mostly because I found things about Lou and Sib that I could identify with, which gave me a stronger personal connection with the story! I also really liked the idea of a semester in the wilderness; why didn’t I get to do that in high school?

November 23, 2014 - 10:58 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - The fact that this book takes place in the woods and has some good inner dialogue makes me want to read it when I am in the mood for a slower paced book. And short chapters for the win!

November 18, 2014 - 7:39 am

Felicia - Hey (:

I like how you list pros and cons. It actually makes it a lot easier to read a review and get a quick overall opinion on the book.
Lovely!

– Love, Felicia
( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

November 17, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Mawa Mahima - Wow…I’d read it just for the setting…a semester in the wilderness? It get pros just for that I think! Short chapters are also quite awesome, however I don’t see how the pacing can be slow with short chapters…Would that make for a good story or not?

Estelle: The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 25, 2014 Publisher:  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Pages: 316 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family, summer, secrets, new friends, romance, best friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Four years after the death of her little […]

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May 12, 2014 - 7:26 pm

alice-jane - The Summer of Letting Go sounds like such a wonderful read for the summer and my kind of book– contemporary and honest. I can’t wait to find a copy at the library and savor it! I love how you mentioned the friendship between Frankie and Lizette, since it’s rare to have such a strong friendship.

May 3, 2014 - 2:01 am

Alexa S. - Ah! I know you recommended this one to me already, but your review has convinced me I MUST read it. It sounds like just the type of contemporary I like – real, gritty and painfully honest. I can’t wait to snag a copy – from the library, when it’s available!

April 30, 2014 - 10:12 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhhh another buy it recommendation!?! Ahh, may have to add this to my list. It’s SO hard picking up serious and heavier contemps lately (you know, ones with heavy issues) just because I’ve been reading so many heavy fantasy books that when I’m coming around to contemporaries, it’s for something nice and light and fun. But a buy it rec!? Hmmm, I must add this to my shelves. *heads to GR* expect an email soon notifying you I’ve added it.

April 27, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Okay, so I’m laughing because I came down here to comment and say almost exactly what Maggie said. 1) I wasn’t that interested in this one until your review, so that’s a success. 2) I also feel like two Frankies would annoy the crap out of me, but I trust there’s a reason for it. Maaaaaybe? I hope so. Haha!

April 26, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You know I didn’t have much interest in reading this after seeing her at the NYCTAF, but your love of it is kind of changing my mind. I feel like two characters named Frankie might drive me crazy, but it sounds like it might be worth reading regardless 🙂

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

The F- It List by Julie Halpern - HOBBITSIES - […] Loves Books Stay Bookish Rather Be Reading Alluring […]

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! 🙂