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Estelle: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: Point Pages: 265 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: divorced parents, siblings, beauty pageants Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: With her younger sister constantly competing in beauty pagaents, high schooler […]

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May 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality | Elizabeth Eulberg Review - […] Chick Loves Lit – “was really off the mark for me.” Alexa Loves Books – “I found myself speeding through the pages until I reached the end.” Rather Be Reading – “I applaud Eulberg for giving a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around.” […]

March 2, 2013 - 11:15 pm

New Release Book Review: ‘Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality’ by Elizabeth Eulberg | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Confessions of a Fangirl (@AmyO122) Rather Be Reading […]

February 26, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m really very curious about this book! Like you, I LOVED The Lonely Hearts Club and was okay with Take a Bow. It’s exciting to hear that she’s developed her characters more in this one, and the story sounds like it could be potentially fantastic to me. Hopefully, I end up enjoying it!

February 22, 2013 - 2:35 am

Rather Be Reading: March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 19, 2013 - 11:14 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oooh, I haven’t read any of Eulberg’s work yet but this is a really great review because it makes me interested in this book where I haven’t read anything about it yet. I’ve heard about Eulberg around, though, and people seem to really like her books. It’s really interesting that this book focuses on the main character being in the shadow of a younger sibling – I think you’re right, this isn’t very prevalent out there and could be interesting. I think it is interesting that Eulberg is tackling the ‘pageant’ thing too since that is such a big thing going on with the reality TV and that stereotypical pageant mom – it certainly sounds like she carried it over into this character, although I can’t make a completely accurate assumption since I haven’t read the book. I don’t know, this seems like it would be an interesting book to read. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

February 18, 2013 - 8:08 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s a good time for this book what with Toddlers and Tiaras being so popular. I can just imagine how awful the mother is (she sounds like some of the ones on the show) and I already feel for Lexi.

Also, I love that you used to tie your sister up!

February 18, 2013 - 12:46 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Ah Estelle, you’re kind of (well, really) awesome! I guess I can be thankful my big sis didn’t tie me to my chair lol. Also, I’m glad Eulberg gave “a lot more depth to her storylines and characters this time around. (This was one of my reservations with Take a Bow.)” Also, I LOVE The Lonely Hearts Club to pieces!

February 15, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - When a review mentions character depth and family issues, I’m almost always sold on that book. I love those topics! And it’s really great that authors are listening to what readers are saying and including those elements more often into their novels. I agree with you that a makeover is only denying the real problem behind lack of self-esteem, but I think this sounds really cute and fun, and as long as the author does address Lexi’s confidence issues in time (and it sounds like she does), then I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this book.

February 14, 2013 - 12:15 pm

kit - I like the sound of this book – I always enjoy seeing sibling relationships depicted in YA (whether positive or negative, as it seems to be in this case!). I’ll definitely be looking out for this one – great review!

February 14, 2013 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really want to read this one. I liked The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice. I haven’t read Take a Bow yet. I’ve really been into contemps lately. I hope I get approved for it on Netgalley!

February 14, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I plan to read this one soon. One of the reasons I like Eulberg’s writing so much is because she focuses a lot on what GOOD friendships should be like in high school. I really respect that. Glad to see it’s mentioned again in this novel.

February 14, 2013 - 9:25 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited to check this book out-Take a Bow was a miss for me but I loved Eulberg’s other two books and I hope this one is great for me. I feel like Eulberg especially does friendships well and this seems to hold true here.

Estelle: The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Teen Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: California, family, theatre, moving, starting over Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher (thanks!) Summary: When Devan’s father dies in a car accident, she is shipped off to […]

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January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Kissing Ted Callahan Amy Spalding: One of the rare YA books that comes jam-packed with laughs as a main character navigates a messy love life, kisses a bunch of boys, and is semi-competing with her over the top best friend in finding a relationship. (Runner up: The Reece Malcolm Project.) […]

November 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding - […] is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (website | twitter) Books Read by This Author: The Reece Malcolm List (Estelle’s Review) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Entangled: Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young […]

August 13, 2013 - 9:03 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Winger by Andrew Smith: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

February 26, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m already sold on this book, based simply on the fact that (a) it’s about a girl who’s a performer and (b) it’s set in a performing arts school and (c) theater references! Seriously, this sounds like the type of book I’d enjoy too, and I’m glad you liked it so much!

February 19, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Tabitha S. - I already wanted to read this book, but TROY BOLTON references? HA… Umm this is at the top of my “must buy list” as of right now.

But no seriously, I really want to read this one for the unique/mother daughter relationship. And the main character loves fashion? UH. This sounds like the perfect book for me.

Fantastic review!!

February 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

On a Personal Note: Estelle + the Stage (The Reece Malcolm List) - […] while I will never be a Devan (an awesome singer, actress, and dancer), part of my enjoyment of The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding was seeing theater references in the text. Like Devan and her friends, I can be a bit of a theatre […]

February 14, 2013 - 6:41 am

Lori - I haven’t given this one much thought until now. It sounds so great! The mother daughter relationship sounds so fascinating. Fabulous review, Estelle!

February 13, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rather Be Reading: Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap - […] The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spading — Estelle reviewed this awesome book on the blog yesterday, singing its praises! Tara of Fiction Folio sent E a finished copy for her […]

February 13, 2013 - 12:44 am

Bookworm1858 - Everything I hear about this book just makes me more excited-I’m not a performer but I love musical theater and crave books with such references.

February 12, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’ve been seeing so much love for this book lately! I found it all so unexpected! Just came out of nowhere. I’ll have to add this to my TBR list. 🙂 Awesome review, Estelle!

February 12, 2013 - 1:19 pm

elena - I want to read this book for the relationship between mother + daughter, it sounds so interesting to me. Also yay for a main character who loves fashuns. You make me excited to read this!

February 12, 2013 - 11:18 am

Carla - and you said that I said it better than you! I come over all full of swag and you knocked it out of the park you big fibber!

you are so right though, I loved the flawed characters because it just made the book feel all the little bit more authentic. I especially loved how reece wasn’t the perfect adult; she was just as flawed as the teenagers. totally endearing. lovely jubley review.

February 12, 2013 - 9:43 am

Rachel - This book sounds so good! When I first heard about it I thought it sounded like something I’d maybe be interested in, but I didn’t give it much thought. I like atypical family relationships because that’s something I relate to. Plus, I’m always on the lookout for fresh contemporary. Great review!

February 12, 2013 - 9:34 am

Cynthia - This sounds like it would be an emotional coming of age story, but I’m glad the author does add some lighthearted moments too. Can’t believe I hadn’t heard anything about this one until now, it sounds wonderful. Will definitely add it to my list. Thanks for the review Estelle!

Estelle: Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman

Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman Publication Date: August 11, 2009 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Sisters, alcoholism, winter at the beach, New Jersey Format read: Bought used hardcover after reading/reviewing Jersey Angel. Summary: The summer folks have left the Boardwalk, and while Rosie and Skate embrace time without the crowds they […]

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December 29, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my goodness gracious, Estelle!
My heart SWELLS with all of these feelings that I’m having right now about how much I want to read this book. I can’t even tell you how much I want to read it. I have to find it.

(YAY, I just checked and my library has a copy! YAY!)

December 27, 2012 - 4:54 am

VeganYANerds - Wonderful review, Estelle! I’m so glad this book was more of what you were expecting in a story about the Shore. I’ve had it on my to-read list for ages and I don’t even know why. The fact that it’s about sisters really appeals to me!

December 26, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow! This book sounds really great. I love that it’s about sisters, and I love how it features the both of them dealing with their own separate issues. It’s an intriguing book, and I definitely think I need to read this.

I’m glad it served as a nice reminder to you of the Jersey Shore. I’ve only been twice, but it made me sad too to see what happened after Sandy hit 🙁

December 26, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - aww i’m so glad it brought out memories for you and proved to be a refreshing read. i love that they have similar issues (like with skate and her bf, rosie and wondering about her love live) yet remain their own person. great review!

December 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I hadn’t heard of this one before I saw your review, but you’ve made me want to hunt out a copy of it! I love that this doesn’t seem to be a typical sibling book where they spend all their time together too, and that it seems to deal with some tough issues too. Great review! 🙂

Magan: And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky Pages: 254 Release Date: July 6, 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: The pretty cover attracted me. Summary: Keek’s life does a complete 180 when she is diagnosed with the chicken […]

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February 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Magan - Broken Arrows, I’m so sad you felt the same way I did, but also a bit encouraged by that too. Sometimes I fear maybe I missed something that others loved. The cover was so gorgeous, but the book just didn’t live up to it. 🙁

February 15, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Broken Arrows - I’m late to the party here, but just read this book and was seeking out reviews to see what others thought. I concur with everything this review states.

Like some of the commenters, I was also drawn in by the cover but I also loved the title. What a great title! Shame the book doesn’t live up to it. I think much more could have been done with this basic premise.

September 17, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Kristen Evey - I love when you do find that gem of a book at the library that you weren’t looking for and don’t really know anything about. Sorry to hear this didn’t turn out to be that book. It does have such a great cover too!

September 14, 2012 - 7:12 am

VeganYANerds - I’m sorry that this was a disappointment, Mags! I only know about this because of the cover and it sounds like it was a jumble of weird, weak plot lines and an annoying character. Part of me still wants to read this, great review!

September 13, 2012 - 5:54 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sad this book didn’t work out for you because it has such a cute cover! Keek doesn’t sound like a character I would be too fond of and oh geez, I normally don’t like when characters write poems (or songs) in books. Thanks for your honest review!

September 13, 2012 - 10:16 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - DUDE! That SUCKS! I must admit that this one’s been on my wishlist since its release because of the pretty cover, but I think I’m taking it off. After reading your review I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy it. Thanks for honest review, Magan!!

September 12, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, the fact that this book didn’t quite live up to expectations makes me sad. I love the cover too and thought it was cute!

September 12, 2012 - 9:42 am

Jamie - I’ve seen this one around but really hadn’t heard too much about it or knew what it was really about.

Now I’m more than a little nervous to read it for MANY of the reasons you stated but especially as someone who LOVES The Bell Jar from the DEPTHS OF MY SOUL. BUT it also makes me a little curious. AHHH. What to do? This was never HIGH on my TBR list so it might just stay where it is unless it magically appears say under my pillow from the book fairy.

Sorry it didn’t work for you!

Estelle: The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy Publication Date: May 3, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 423 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, sisters, first love, independence Format read: Hardcover borrowed from the libary. How I found out about it: Featured at my B&N this summer. Summary: Sisters Calla, Violet, and Daisy […]

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July 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy (YA Review) - […] just about how I felt about Brynn, a supporting character from Terra McVoy’s 2011 novel, The Summer of First and Lasts, who steps to the forefront in the addicting and complex In Deep. (Note: I didn’t much […]

June 29, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog Shelve It: Pre-4th of July - […] of Yesterday by Gina Triana The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy Behind the Scenes by Dahlia […]

August 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

Young Adult Review: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams - […] Terra Elan McVoy’s The Summer of Firsts and Lasts made me fall hard for summer camp, Kathryn William’s The Lost Summer had be practically smelling […]

July 22, 2012 - 2:35 am

Jasmine Rose - How the heck did I not know this was summer camp book?! I checked it out from the library once but I never got around to reading it because it’s so dang huge. After reading your awesome review I’m thinking I definitely need to give it another chance :]

July 20, 2012 - 11:44 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - (I’m sad my first comment, which was nice and long and rambly, didn’t post. But here’s a new comment – hopefully long and rambly – to make up for it!)

So, I was standing in a Barnes & Noble the day before this review. I saw this book and immediately knew I wanted to read it, based on the title alone. I couldn’t buy it, being on a book ban, but it was added straight onto my Goodreads TBR.

Imagine the pleasant shock when I saw the review here the next day? I feel like it was meant to be.

The fact that this book is about (a) camp and (b) sisters is what really makes me want to read it. Summer camp was a big part of my childhood; and my sisters, of which I have two, are always missed.

YAY for this review!

July 20, 2012 - 6:23 am

Hemborgwife - I also loved camp, I went to any I could convince my mom to send me to then was a counselor a couple times! I think maybe we just need to make up our own adult summer camp!

July 19, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Estelle, this is such a great review. I’ve been looking for more summery reads and I’m moving this to the top of the list. Cute camp counselors…. swoon. And why aren’t there more summer camps for 27-year-olds, damn it?

July 19, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Terra Elan McVoy - Oh my goodness! What a wonderful, amazing, sweet and thorough review! I’m glad you enjoyed SOFAL on so many levels. It means a lot to me when readers seem to get exactly what I hoped they would from the book! Thank you so much!

July 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Shanyn - I really loved this one too! Definitely invoked the happy camp feeling for me too.

July 19, 2012 - 2:57 pm

elena - This book has ice cream on the front cover so I’m in. Add in the fact that is seems like such a sweet, summer story with sisterly bonds? Yes! I’m totally adding this to my TBR.

July 19, 2012 - 9:44 am

Arielle - Oh the nostalgia! I went to church camp three times. It was so great. Thanks for such a great review.

Estelle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Publisher: Poppy (Part of Hachette Books) Pages: 256 pages Publication Date: January 2, 2012 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover gifted to me by the lovely Magan. Why I wanted to read it: An airport, a chance meeting, London, and that gorgeous cover. Summary: When she misses her flight by […]

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November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Ah, the book that put Jen E. Smith on my radar. This was literally the first released I marked on my calendar, and whoa, did it fulfill all expectations. What I love about Jen’s writing is how it is so well-crafted, and she continues to surprise me with surprise depth in areas I never thought would mean so much to the story. (My review.) […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:01 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] + Circle of Magic Book One, Sandry’s Book, and Circle of Magic Book Two, Tris’s Book, by Tamora Pierce — gifted to me by Tara at Hobbitsies + The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Goodreads | Estelle’s Review) […]

February 25, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jessie - I just read this and really loved it, too. The simplicity and real time elements of the story really worked so well, and had a huge depth of emotions in it.

February 19, 2012 - 11:03 am

Estelle: In My Mailbox (2/19/2012) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] Estelle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith > Magan: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas > Estelle: The Scent of Rain & Lightning by […]

February 13, 2012 - 5:58 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! This is still sitting on my shelf at home, I wish I could read it soon but I really should get through my mountain of library books first. Your review has me SUPER excited to read it!

February 13, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Reading your review got me so excited to (eventually) read this book! I really wish I could have gone to the reading with you, as I’m sure it was fantastic. I must get my hands on this book ASAP. Great review!

February 13, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I’m SO excited for this one! I bought it right when it came out, but have not been able to read it yet. Soon, soon, SOON! I’m dying. Yay for your review!

February 13, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I completely agree!! Totally loved this book. It definitely has a lot going for it. Awesome review, Estelle!