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From Hollywood to Your Bookshelf: It’s a Best Friend

Last July, Alexa and I teamed up in double posts about Hollywood stories that would make awesome YA books. We were so so excited about everyone’s responses, and have been anxious to serve up another Hollywood to Your Bookshelf post. Well, what’s better timing than Hollywood Week? That’s right — nothing!! (Refresh your memory: McGosling […]

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March 15, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Alexa S. - I just love Lea Michele. She’s extremely talented, and driven, and I admire how she handles herself professionally. I’m also extremely enamored with her relationship with Jon (they are TOO cute!) and still kind of reeling from Cory 🙁 But I love this post! You explained so eloquently about them, and gave some awesome book examples too.

March 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is the post idea that made me all ranty! I really like how it came out and I’m glad you added the stuff about other types of friendships at the end. I agree we need more solid, drama-free (or drama-minimum) relationships in YA.

March 9, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Lucy - I love J. Groff! He’s so good in HBO’s Looking, and his friendship with Lea is so sweet. Great book suggestions too! Better Off Friends is one I want to read asap.

March 7, 2014 - 1:33 am

fishgirl182 - Great post. I would definitely like to see more friendships like this in YA books. There is definitely an emphasis in YA but I think friendships are just as important. I have not read a lot of those books you mentioned but I’ll have to try them.

March 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

alice-jane - I love, love this! I agree that there’s a lot of romance in YA and not enough friendships. I’d love to see friendship stories between guys and girls and how they transform over the years. So much of my life has been influenced by my friends since I’ve leaned on them for support and shared many great memories, so it’ll be lovely to see that reflected in fiction as well.

I’m going to have to check out your book recommendations, especially Better Off Friends, which I’ve heard great things about.

Estelle: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 18, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, cancer, high school, dance Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. Summary: Junior year doesn’t go according to plan for best friends Olivia and Zoe when Olivia is diagnosed […]

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July 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

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February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] Sound of Letting Go (Review + Interview) by Stasia Kehoe Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (Review) Nailed It (Friendship […]

February 5, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting to see how a book can affect a reader in such a big emotional way, but also have things that make that reader hesitant about rating it. While I haven’t read Maybe One Day yet, I’m still pretty curious about it! I like the sound of the story, particularly the friendship.

February 4, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I second everything you said. The hardest part for me was the feeling that Zoe was just never fully developed. Like you said, her whole life, even before Olivia got sick, was Olivia. I wasn’t as totally behind the romance, even though Olivia told Zoe it was fine I never got over the fact that Olivia liked him first (which sounds silly as a I type it, but that’s how I felt). It was a weird feeling to cry so much at a book, but then not really totally enjoy it or feel a connection with it.

February 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one. Personally, I didn’t even have it on my TBR list, I think, because I just feel like I’ve read too many “illness” stories and at the moment, they’re just not appealing to me. Looks like it had some really good moments and I love the best friendship appeal! It also looks like it has its rough moments too… Still on the fence!

February 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I like books like this, and I’m planning to read it soon, but I’ll keep my expectations level. Sounds a little uneven, but the friendship story appeals to me and Calvin sounds great. Thanks for giving us the lowdown on this one!

February 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Anna - Great points — on the one hand, I cried. LITERAL PUDDLES OF TEARS ON MY KINDLE. Which is fantastic. But a few weird bits like the rape one you called out took me out of the story.

February 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing similar things about this book. How people loved the friendship aspect of the book, but there wasn’t enough of a connection.

It’s hard to rate those types of books, I find.