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Magan: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Publication Date: July 9, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: boy/girl next door neighbors, camp counselors, summer camp Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Two years ago, Hadley’s next door neighbor, Will, fled town on the very same night he and Hadley became “more than friends.” After […]

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December 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Rather Be Reading - […] Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: […]

August 29, 2014 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE when it feels like an author is writing about something that you’ve personally experience! So I think it’s great that you found that type of connection with This Summer. And might I just say that I LOVE that this is a summery read! I used to dream of being a camp counselor when I was a teen, so I think I’d definitely want to read this.

August 23, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Sue - Looks good. Great review 🙂

August 15, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - M, I love your connection with this book. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like a fun story!

August 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It’s so weird when you read a book and so many of the events makes you think of your life. That happened to me when I read Fangirl. Cath, particularly, reminded me so much of myself, especially as a college freshman, that it almost got to be too much. It was like looking at my life and seeing all the things I should have done differently.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked this. I love summer romancy reads, but I’m not sure if I would like this.

Magan: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill  (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Meant to Be Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: swapping lives, figure skating, hockey, Canada, summer camp Format Read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Two Sloane Jacobs’ coincidentally meet in a hotel lobby […]

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January 22, 2017 - 7:07 pm

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January 7, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Bookworm1858 - I just finished reading this after having a mixed experience with Meant to Be and I liked this one so much more-the girls’ parallel experiences really resonated with me and I had so much fun following along especially because the denouement didn’t play out quite as I expected.

January 6, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Alexa S. - I really liked this book too! I thought it was cute, and the story had me turning the pages until I reached the end. Even though you kind of have to suspend your disbelief a bit, it was still just a lot of fun to read.

January 6, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Already pre-ordered with one of my gift cards! I’m looking for a feel-good book at this point, and I love the addition of skating vs ice hockey. Really appreciate your review – I’m glad that I’m picking it up.

January 5, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This one was cute! I really enjoyed it a lot and I really compared it to The Parent Trap (how could you not?) and I totally forgot about 17 Again! I felt like this one was purely fun. I think I had wished it to be just a bit more.. deep, I guess. The parents had issues which of course affected the girls but it just felt super light.
Lovely review! So glad you enjoyed it!

January 5, 2014 - 8:01 am

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January 3, 2014 - 10:08 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I completely agree that it had a wintery feel! Although I really did enjoy this book, I had a few minor issues with it. Both Sloanes picked up the other’s sport far too quickly for my tastes – even though they were both skating-related, I just don’t believe it would be THAT easy to suddenly go toe-to-toe with with a figure skater/hockey player who has been at that sport her entire life.
Apart from that (and a few times where I got the two Sloanes mixed up) I thought this book was so much fun! I’m glad you loved it, M!

January 2, 2014 - 6:50 pm

tabithasbookblog - Bittersweet!! That’s the perfect book to describe what this book reminded me of. I loved how it was set in the summer, but had a wintery feel (like you mentioned). I actually didn’t enjoy this one as much as Meant to Be, but it was definitely an enjoyable read.

Great review!

January 2, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I really enjoyed this one! Loved seeing both girls discover that the other’s life wasn’t as easy and care-free as they thought, as well as discovering that the other sport wasn’t what they initially thought it was. I actually appreciated this epiologue, although agree that it wasn’t really necessary. I just like knowing that everyone seems to live happily ever after! 🙂

Definitely agree that people should use their gift cards on this one! Great review!

January 2, 2014 - 11:24 am

Sunny - *dances* I was hoping it’d be as good as it looked! It looks fun and cute and even a bigger plus that it was executed well. Great review!

January 2, 2014 - 10:57 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews lately for Being Sloane Jacobs. I’ve read Meant to Be by Morrill, and I liked it, but I wasn’t in love.

I do love the Parent Trap, though, so I am curious about this one. I’m so glad to hear that you really liked it. I think I’ll get this from the library when it’s released.

January 2, 2014 - 9:18 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - It was a fun comfort read. It had all the predictability & Freaky Friday hyjinx that activates instant nostalgia. Like a warm cup of cocoa.

Estelle: Five Summers by Una LaMarche

Five Summers by Una LaMarche ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 16, 2013 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, friend reunion, old crushes, secrets Format read: ARC paperback lent to me by Lena from Addicted 2 Novels. (Thanks!) Summary: It’s been three years since four best friends have […]

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August 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Like No Other by Una LaMarche (YA Book Review) - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | Review of Five Summers […]

August 11, 2013 - 10:47 am

Alexa Y. - Well. I’m a sucker for stories about friendship, so I’m inclined to pick this one up! I do love that it’s set at summer camp. And I love that it tells the story of how their friendship started and where it is now. This DEFINITELY sounds like a book I would probably enjoy!

August 5, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ok, I’m stopping before going past the first paragraph to say 1) I’ve never read Summer Sisters (don’t hit me) and 2) I started Traveling Pants today!!! #winning (yes, a hashtag) Okay, this sounds so fun. I like this idea of the love triangle – judge me if you want to – so I just put this one on hold for me at the library. Also, how cute is that cover??? I love it.

August 5, 2013 - 7:44 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Im a sucker too. Indian Summer has long made me want to experience the summer camp thing. Sigh. I think I’m a tad old. Summer Camp for 40 year olds would just be sad. Well I guess summer conferences with field trips to 6th Str is all ill have. Kind of sad.

August 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I have a strong feeling that I’m going to enjoy this one since I like friendship stories so much. I hated summer camp and made it my mission in life to try to get out of it when I was growing up, but that could have something do with how sucky the one is in my hometown. Still, I like summer camp stories where I can sort of rewrite those horrible memories with the characters’.

The relationship with Adam is going to cause me a serious anxiety attack, isn’t it? All those mixed feelings of anger and regret is going to drive me bananas especially when I think I know what you’re trying to say about that bit. I’m going to be so righteously angry on her behalf, I just know it. I’ve bumped this one up to my tbr for this week and I hope I enjoy it!

August 2, 2013 - 1:35 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I really love the fact that this novel seems to focus on the friendship between the four girls as opposed to romance. I’ve always found stories about summer camp fascinating, likely because I never went to one myself growing up (I suspect the novelty might wear off rather quickly) I will say that I often struggle with novels in which there is more than one protagonist, as like your experience with Emma and Skylar, I always tend to favour one or two characters and resent the time when I have to read about someone else instead. I think I’ll follow your advice and borrow this one instead of buying it outright as I love the concept but am not sure how much I’ll actually enjoy this one 🙂

August 1, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - I loved the friendship here but got a little tired of the boy drama. I just wanted Skylar to fess up and reconnect with Emma and ditch Adam.

August 1, 2013 - 9:52 am

Cynthia - I had high hopes for this one, it sounds like a really great contemp but I don’t like it when it has several characters and they all sort of sound like the same voice just different circumstances. I might still give it a chance though, since you ended up liking it anyways. Great review Estelle! =)

August 1, 2013 - 9:15 am

Hazel Ureta - I need to read this one! I have a weakness for good stories about friends, really. And stories about camp too. I never went to camp and honestly I feel like I missed out a lot because of that so I guess that’s why I read books about it instead.