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Estelle: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 3/18/2014 Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, friendship, romance, parental relationships, revenge Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Alice and Harvey are two estranged friends who team up to complete her must-do list when […]

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March 30, 2014 - 10:20 am

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh wow, very much of a winner! Being that person who puts off “cancer books” (it’s just not a topic that appeals to me a lot), I don’t even have this one on my TBR. I think you may have just convinced me!

March 19, 2014 - 10:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh this book. And this writer! How I adore both. I love that Alice is a character that is so easily hated, yet by the end of the story there’s a sense of understanding as to why she is this way. That right there is a testament to Julie’s writing. So glad you enjoyed this book.

March 19, 2014 - 12:05 am

Liz - I find it interesting that you identify as Harvey. I am probably some disgusting combination of Alice and Harvey–I do wear my heart on my sleeve, and am loyal when I want to be, but I know how awful I can be when I want to be. I want a boy like Harvey and I connected to Alice’s desire to stop being awful. Great review, Estelle.

March 17, 2014 - 11:34 pm

Alexa S. - I liked Julie Murphy’s writing a lot! I was swept up in Side Effects May Vary, curious to see how it would all end. Alice wasn’t particularly likable, but I could understand where she was coming from in a way. And Harvey deserved a shake or two, but I liked him a lot!

March 17, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Alice - I’m very much looking forward to reading this one sometime soon. It sounds like a really interesting story. It sounds like Alice is either a character that is hard to relate to because of her imperfections but I’m glad that that didn’t affect how you felt overall about this story. Not all characters are perfect!

Great review Estelle! 😀

March 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Lauren @ love is not a triangle - I’ve gotten very wary of ‘bucket list’ plot lines. But this one sounds like it was done differently. I’ve read a lot of mixed reactions to Alice’s behavior, but I’m glad that you were able to understand where she was coming from. The fact that you want to read this again is definitely a big plus! Great review.

March 17, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Side Effects May Vary is definitely a book I want to read, so I’m glad to hear you liked it. It must be quite a shock for Alice after she’s done whatever it is she does, to learn she will have to live with it a lot longer than she was expecting.

March 17, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am such an Alice (not something I’m necessarily proud of, but at least I’m self-aware enough to realize it?) and maybe that explains why we’re friends? I am so mad I only found out about the God-Shaped Hole Thing after I read the book (I think I saw you or G mention it on Twitter) which I guess just means I have to go back and re-read it. There was something I thought of to say while I was reading your review but now I can’t remember. Sometimes I think I subconsciously challenge myself to leave the most random comments on your posts.

March 17, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Addison (Of Spectacles and Books) - I loved this book as well! I enjoyed the imperfectness of Alice. It made me relate to her more on a human level.

Magan: You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle {website | twitter} Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: documentary, realistic fiction, strained friendships, teenage reality movie Format read: ARC received via Edelweiss from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: At 16, Justine, Rory, Felix, Kiera, and Nate are […]

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May 31, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think I would have preferred the more light hearted story hinted at by the synopsis. I was looking for more of a beach read. Still I thought the way things came together in the city was very absorbing-it just took too long to reach that point.

May 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I would not have gotten this story from looking at the cover. The cover definitely has a different feel to it, I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like such a unique concept and I’m glad to hear that the author was able to pull it off. This one is definitely going on my list! Thanks for the review!!

May 29, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Clearly, I MUST read this book. I was already intrigued by the concept, but now I’m extra excited after seeing your review. I love it when an author is able to craft real, believable characters — and put them in believable situations! I certainly will have this book on my radar now.

Magan: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 21, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 282 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: realistic contemporary fiction, sexting, community service, break-up Format read: ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, spreads a nude […]

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March 24, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Shree Vella - I havent read any Jennifer Brown, but thanks so much for your post. Im going to try her out! 🙂

May 29, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m certainly looking forward to reading this book! I just recently read PERFECT ESCAPE, and loved the way that Brown was able to tell her story. Her characters were really well-written, and the story was simple but still very meaningful. I loved it, and would highly recommend it!

May 24, 2013 - 3:09 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Hi there! Here’s another Jennifer Brown newbie *waves excitedly*!! Well, not…a newbie, exactly, as I still haven’t read anything by her – yet! I really want to, though. You make this book sound really, really good and interesting, but I think I’d like to read another one of hers first -just since I don’t really feel attracted to the topic…Hate List sounds like a good novel, as well, I think!

May 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Kelly - I love how many issues this explores! You’re so right about this being such a hot button issue right now, with the amount of teens sexting without realizing what the consequences might be if their nudies were to end up in the wrong hands. High school is hard enough without a naked photo of yourself circulating for everyone and their dog to see!

May 23, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I’m so happy to hear that you loved this one! I really, really loved Hate List, but then Bitter End fell flat for me. I really need to give her others a try. This sounds like a good place to start.

May 22, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think this topic is so timely and I hope it opens up some discussion with young people (and not so young people) who seem to increasingly be caught up in situations like that. Still can’t believe that Ashleigh is the one given community service!

May 22, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Rachel - Oh yay! This is the first review I’ve read for this book and I’m happy to hear that you liked it! I’m looking forward to reading this one because of it’s extreme relevancy, as well as the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever read a book on this topic before. I’ve read one novel by Jennifer in the past and loved it, so I definitely have high hopes for this one!

May 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited for this one, glad to hear you think it’s worth picking up!

May 22, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Holly (Bookish Musings) - I’ve been curious about this book! I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Brown either but I have heard she’s a great author! I’m glad you enjoyed Thousand Words! I’m going to have to check this book out 🙂 Thanks for the great review!

May 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve heard that Jennifer Brown is an incredible author, so I’m happy to see you enjoyed this book. I definitely need to check out some of her work, I’ve heard Hate List is especially good. Fantastic review!

May 22, 2013 - 10:57 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I’ve seen this book around a few times, I think it sounds like such an amazing book. Issue books really have such a strong message. This is one I definitely want to read, it sounds like Jennifer Brown is an amazing writer. Thanks for the review!

May 22, 2013 - 9:21 am

The Crazy Bookworm - I loved this one! Jennifer Brown can do no wrong! Great review 🙂

I would definitely recommend you check out Hate List next!