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YA Author Anna Banks on Friendship, Pranks & Responsibility

Greetings, book pals! I’m so excited to have YA author Anna Banks on Rather Be Reading today to chat about her new book: JOYRIDE (Feiwel & Friends, June 2, 2015). If you are looking for a book with a great “opposites attract” friendship, complex family relationships, and something I’m surprised I don’t see more in YA […]

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June 3, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Lindsey Frost - There are tons of summer releases that I am really looking forward to! Emmy and Oliver! Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between! Every Last Word!

June 2, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Michelle Lee - I’m most looking forward to The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski! Thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

June 2, 2015 - 10:47 am

Alexa S. - What a great interview! I didn’t realize there was a deportation part of this story, which has me more interested than ever in reading it. For summer reads, I’m looking forward to reading The Boy Most Likely To and Never Always Sometimes!

June 1, 2015 - 7:26 am

rose - I actually don’t read summer releases. But it is unique how Anna put humor in this story.

May 30, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Joli - Hope it’s not too cheesy to say, but Joyride is one of my most anticipated reads for the summer. I featured it for my Waiting on Wednesday when I first found out about it. I can’t wait to read it!

May 29, 2015 - 10:47 pm

Willa @ Willa's Ramblings - Ahh, I loved this interview! Anna is one of my favorite people, and I’m just about to start JOYRIDE. I feel like it’ll be a great read, especially because I live in Texas and am surrounded by the issue of deportation. Thanks for the feature!
-Willa

May 28, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Summer - Joyride, of course, and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Thanks for the giveaway!

May 28, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Grace - This book looks really great! There are too many to choose from, but I’m really looking forward to Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone and Paperweight by Meg Haston!

-Grace 🙂

May 28, 2015 - 11:50 am

Andrea - Aside from Joyride, I’m really looking forward to reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen this summer.

May 28, 2015 - 11:23 am

Frankie N - The summer resd im notnost looking forward to is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen; I adore her books!!

May 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Amalfi - OMG, she is so funny. I really want to read her book!

May 28, 2015 - 8:51 am

Carol - I’m really looking forward to reading Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer!!! 😉 And, of course, Joyride! 😉

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! 😀