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Magan: Clarity by Kim Harrington

Clarity by Kim Harrington Released: March 1, 2011 Publisher: Scholastic Pages: 242 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: …the pretty cover… Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library Summary: Sixteen-year-old Clarity becomes a key investigator for a murder in which her brother is the prime suspect; she has to use her psychic abilities […]

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Magan: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers Released: January 5, 2010 Pages: 246 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Library book Why I picked it up: I’m on a Courtney Summers kick. I recently finished Cracked Up to Be by her as well. Summary: Regina is part of the social elite, the Fearsome Five, at her high […]

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September 30, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Some Girls Are — bullying. bullying. bullying. stupid high school. […]

September 6, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Goes Around by Courtney Summers (Two in One) - […] On Some Girls Are: […]

April 30, 2012 - 7:02 am

Young Adult Book Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - […] favorite contemporary writers; I had a Courtney Summers love fest at the end of last year and read Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Fall for Anything. You might be wondering how a contemporary fiction author […]

December 11, 2011 - 1:45 pm
December 7, 2011 - 10:07 pm

Magan - Jana, Alexa, and Samual – thank you all so much for your comments. High School was just terrible. My worst memory is from when I was in junior high though. The mean girls attacked one of my friends and stole her gym clothes. When she walked into the locker room before basketball practice, the girls were “skating” on her clothes all over the floor and pretended they didn’t see her. She didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to do. I was frozen in place – I didn’t know how to get them back. If I could go back in time and stand up to someone at any given moment, this would be what I’d choose. I was open and talked to my parents about things, and they helped out, but in many ways the school administration knowing the problem only made things worse. This book hit home on such a personal, deep level for me. I hope that any girl that reads it and is going through something terrible finds strength from this story. That she knows things can and will get better.

I hope you all will pick it up, however uncomfortable it may be. It’s a story that needs to be shared.

December 7, 2011 - 1:50 pm

Samual - I haven’t read this book and have been wanting to read it last year. I’ve read one of Courtney Summers’ books Cracked Up To Be. I think the author really speaks her mind in her writings. Her style is unique, different, and open. I think some girls are really really mean. Plain and simple. They want all the attentions themselves. They say things people would NEVER or CANNOT accept. I think this is what most schools are though, some people (I’m not speaking to only girls, guys do the same things) are just don’t know how to control themselves. They just don’t care about others’ feelings. They can say whatever they want, like the whole world is theirs or something. People are so disrespectful to others. When I was in high school, well, during my freshman year, people were so nice to me. But the more I spend time with them, the more I realized how rude they were. (And they didn’t even realize that, GOSH.) I just tried to ignore them and had never talk to them again. Some people are crazy, mean, impolite, disrespectful, and whatever that fit into that category. Great review! I will check this book out. Thank you for sharing!

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December 7, 2011 - 12:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - What a great review. This book sounds, at turns, horrifying, yet like something I could relate to in my own way. I went through a couple of tough moments in elementary school and high school, with people who would pretend to be my friend, but were actually talking smack about me behind my back. It took a while (and a lot of really great people) before I gained any sort of self-esteem.

It’s always nice to hear about books exposing similar situations of bullying (especially the female form of it) and I commend Summers for doing that. Thank you for reviewing this book!

December 7, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Jana - Oooo… I swear, elementary and junior high was seriously SO hard. In 6th grade, one of my “friends” turned all my other “friends” against me when she decided I was a perfect target for bashing. It was all about something so stupid and off-based, not to mention untrue. Later that year, I received an anonymous death threat. I was in the counselor’s office all day for protection. I don’t know why kids can be so mean. I just can’t fathom it. I have a feeling I would connect really well with this book as well, but I’m almost thinking I don’t want to give it a try. lol. Good review, though. 🙂 I always enjoy it when book bloggers talk about their connections and personal thoughts, rather than just summarize the entire book. It helps us learn about you! 🙂

– Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

Estelle: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott Release Date: May 27, 2008 Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult How I found out about it: Not sure. Most likely a blog but I’m not sure which one. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library: Summary: Danielle has never been to high school. Never been on a date. All of her […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Jessica Park ( Amazon ) What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci ( Amazon | B&N ) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott  ( Amazon | B&N ) How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford ( […]

July 29, 2012 - 8:04 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review): Recommended to me by the one and only Anna. E has read all (I think) of Scott’s work, but […]

November 30, 2011 - 4:19 pm

Estelle - It might actually make a good TV series too if you think about it. haha. I did like the book but now that I’ve read more of Scott’s books… this one is falling in my list. I loved Bloom and just finished Between Here & Forever. They both ended better for me. The story seemed to work better. But this one was still intriguing and I just love the colors in that cover. Thanks for coming by to comment!

November 30, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I actually read this book this year as well and I really liked it. I thought Danielle was a great character! And I loved Greg 🙂

Estelle: Lock and Key By Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen Released: May 14, 2009 Pages: 432 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I picked it up: Trying to read a bunch of Dessen. Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. Summary: At a young age, Ruby is forced to take charge of her life due to her M.I.A. and irresponsible mother. When […]

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January 2, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Daphne - Would you guys please tell me your insight on Dessen’s Just Listen? It’s my favorite book from her and I would like to see your views on it and whether or not you love Owen as much as I do! He is like the most wonderful male character ever!

June 26, 2013 - 9:39 am

Book Review of The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - […] Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

November 8, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Estelle - Hi Meg, thanks for the Dessen suggestion! I’m going to add that to my list. I do have another review of hers coming up this month so I may have to save Just Listen for the new year! I’m glad to have discovered… plus this totally freaked me out, she and I really look like twins in one of her author photos. Like down to the eyebrows. Maybe I’ll blog about it. 😉

November 7, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Meg - Dessen is one of my favorite young adult authors, and I remember reading (and loving!) this one years before. I love that many of her novels touch on serious subjects without ever becoming sappy or maudlin. My favorite will always be Just Listen, though! 🙂