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Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Estelle: Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: November 12, 2012 Publisher: Henry Holt Pages: 279 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: senior year, San Francisco, Chinese culture, friendships, blogging Format read: ARC paperback from a friend. Summary: Three best friends living in San Francisco are dealing with college acceptance letters, […]

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April 4, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Alexa S. - Right after reading your review, I headed straight off to the NYPL website to put a copy on hold! Miss Fortune Cookie sounds FANTASTIC. It sounds precisely like the kind of book I’d love, mostly because it’s about friendship. And the added bonus of an Asian culture as part of it? YES PLEASE.

April 2, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Lauren Bjorkman - Thanks for the review. It’s a beautiful moment for an author when a reader gets the book. Buy, borrow, steal, whatever! What I mean is when the reader really understands the story.

Magan and Estelle–a signed copy + cool swag = a fun giveaway. My treat. Let me know if you want to do one.

April 2, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - After I read the things you liked I was going to put this one on hold at the library, but then when I saw you rated it as “borrow it” and now I don’t know! You’ve left me feeling very confused.

Also, whenever I ask you for advice please just tell me what to do.

April 1, 2014 - 10:03 am

Lola - I never heard of this boook before, but it sounds like a fun read. And I really like the cover and title, so cute! I also think it’s interesting this book deals with the challenge of choosing a college, as there aren’t many books which include that part. Great review :)!

April 1, 2014 - 9:33 am

Meg - Love examinations of friendships, and you’re absolutely right: a story about three best friends is very rare and unique. The idea of the blog is so fun (and one with which we could all relate, I’m sure!), and I love the premise as a whole. Will have to look for this one!