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I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil • Estelle Reviews

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/27/2015 Publisher: Soho Press Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: historical fiction, 1960s, music business, racial issues Format read: ARC paperback provided by Soho Press. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer after high school graduation and her start at Columbia, JJ gets […]

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February 3, 2015 - 10:20 pm

Alexa S. - I’m Glad I Did sounds pretty delightful, and that cover is great! I love that you said it would make a stage musical; that totally makes me want to read it even more.

February 3, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - YES. OMG, it would be perfect as a musical. That mystery…and the characters. Perfect.

I would definitely say it’s a library read – I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t wowed.

February 2, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This book is one that totally slipped my radar. I heard about it around BEA time last year, assumed it was published since then and forgot about it. I was surprised to realize it was still waiting for its release date. This sounds like an interesting historical though. Thanks for the review!

February 2, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about I’m Glad I Did. I’m glad that you liked this, and I will definitely be looking for it at the library. The set up sort of reminded me of Beautiful, which I saw this summer.

Estelle: The Geography of You and Me by Jen E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, travel, relationships with parents, long distance friendship/romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Owen and Lucy get stuck in […]

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June 20, 2014 - 1:01 am

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith [thoughts] | - […] it, but The Geography of You and Me sounded interesting and I saw some love for it from Estelle (hm, she must write great reviews because I seem to link back to her a lot!) and I remember […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:51 am

Judith - I was just kind of intrigued by this one before, but OMG IT SOUNDS AMAZING! I just love the sound of the story, and I think Jen E. Smith always writes books with amazing concepts. I actually thought it was going to be about one night, much like Statistical Probability was about one day, but I love that it’s longer than that. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!

April 27, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh, this sounds really good! I loved Statistical Probability but was a little on the fence about This is What Happy Looks Like (mostly because I thought it was fun and cute but ultimately not that memorable). This one sounds like it might be more up my alley, and it’s got your stamp of approval. I definitely need to give it a shot!

April 19, 2014 - 12:01 am

Book Review | The Geography of You and Me | Jennifer E. Smith | Tripping Over Books - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading: “The way [Lucy and Owen] miss each other is never angsty or dramatic either… it feels incred… […]

April 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Katy - This one sounds pretty cute! I wasn’t sure it would be for me, but I feel like giving it a shot now. Their interactions, and the realism and a bit of awkwardness sounds like it’s enjoyable. The fact that they learn a lot about themselves makes it even better!

April 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Alexa S. - Your review for this book is absolutely GORGEOUS, E. I’m seriously obsessed with how perfectly worded it is. You definitely hit the nail on the head here. The Geography of You and Me was a wonderful read, and I loved it oh so much!

April 4, 2014 - 11:50 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yay! I’m so glad this one was such a winner. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Love how JES incorporates so many different types of meetings in her books and this one sounds just so unique. Like a fantasy meet cute that COULD happen… but really only happens in rom coms. Can’t wait to read this myself! Great review!

April 4, 2014 - 10:07 am

Meg - Sounds like a really great read! I love novels that hop across different locations, and the idea of one magical evening is pretty appealing to me. Reminds me, in a different way, of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.”

April 3, 2014 - 4:38 pm

alice-jane - I just started The Geography of You and Me and I like it so far! I’m glad that you found it so realistic, which definitely makes me want to finish the book sooner! I like how the characters seem more realistic, which was my problem with This Is What Happy Looks Like. I found This Is What Happy Looks Like cute and adorable, but that was it. Hopefully, The Geography of You and Me delivers and I’ll like it as much as you did.

April 3, 2014 - 10:16 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I think you listed all my favourite things about Jennifer E. Smith’s novels in your review, and I’m so pleased that this one delivered too. I’ve been desperate to read it ever since I read the premise, there’s something quite awesome about the idea of two people thrown together in a blackout and that night having a bigger effect on them than they expected. It’s nice to see that they don’t stop living their lives because of one another too. Ugh, I’m seriously pining hard over this one now! Lovely review 🙂

April 3, 2014 - 9:41 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I finished this one not too long ago. I liked it, and it was definitely what I expect from Jennifer E. Smith novels. My only quibble is that I wasn’t able to really connect to Lucy and Owen. I thought they were adorable and so cute, but I think the whole time I was reading it, I knew they weren’t real.

I’m glad you liked this one, though. It sounds like you didn’t have the same kind of expierence during the 2003 blackout that Lucy and Owen did 🙂

Estelle: Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna

Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Merit Press Pages: 218 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: budding singer, New York City, music scene Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Marisol has been working hard to get her voice noticed by someone in the music industry. […]

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July 31, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Book Review: ‘Piece of My Heart’ by Lynn Maddalena Menna | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Rather Be Reading: Borrow It (@readinggals) The Mad Reviewer: 3 of 5 Stars […]

July 21, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Alexa Y. - As you know, I’ve been meaning to read this one! There’s just something quite intriguing about the sound of this story and this sassy main character, and I like the fact that she’s dead set on pursuing a musical career. It does make me wary that you felt like it lacked a bit of depth, as we usually feel the same way about things. But still, I’ll give this one the good ol’ college try!

July 15, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hmm, I don’t really remember seeing much about this one around so this is nice, to be able to read a review on it. I like that you mention that it reminded you of Audrey, Wait! because I absolutely LOVE that book so hard – but then again I like that you mention the things you don’t like, which would probably be things I would find a little off as well (like the age-appropriate thing and the non-supportive boyfriend). I love music, though, so maybe this one will cross my path at some point. (Love that you put the Jay-Z lyrics up.)

July 12, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - It’s a shame that this story lacked a certain amount of depth as I normally adore stories that are set in the music scene! I particularly love the fact that Menna went to the trouble of penning original songs and included them in the narrative – Creative touches like that always make a novel extra special 🙂 I might still borrow this from the library as I’m intrigued by your comparison of it to Audrey, Wait!, which is one of my favourites of the novels I’ve read thus far this year. An absolutely lovely and insightful review, as always, Estelle! 😀