Giveaway: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

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Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Can you believe August is almost over? It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Review: Stand-Off by Andrew Smith

Review: Stand-Off by Andrew SmithStand-Off by Andrew Smith
on September 8, 2015
Series: Winger #2
Also by this author: Winger
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
4 Stars

It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway.

Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?

From the author of the National Book Award–nominated 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.

pireviewWinger was one of my favorite books last year. It was refreshing, hilarious, and utterly heartbreaking. Really, it made me have all the feels. I’ve been really anxious to read Stand-Off ever since I finished Winger. Ryan Dean is one of those characters that you can’t get enough of. I’m so thrilled that Andrew Smith gave us another chance to glimpse Ryan Dean’s life and see how his high school story ends.

I certainly had a lot of expectations for this book and it delivered on every single one. I do feel like the tone in Stand-Off is quite different, as it should be, but there’s still that same charm to this story. Ryan Dean is having a rough time dealing with his feelings. It’s a little heart-wrenching to witness, but so believable. It’s remarkable how relatable Ryan Dean and all the other characters are.

Andrew Smith does and incredible job still making the story fun even with Ryan Dean in such a dark place. The book is still a coming of age tale at its heart and Ryan Dean does some major growing in this book. I loved getting to witness that and getting some closure on his story. I could read at least 10 more books about Ryan Dean, but I’m happy with how Stand-Off ended.

If Winger and Stand-Off aren’t on your TBR pile I urge you to change that immediately. Don’t miss out on these amazing books!

 

Top Ten Books that Would Be on my Syllabus if I Taught Swooning 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome people at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books that Would Be on my Syllabus if I Taught YA Fantasy 101

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan MatsonThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinI Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahanFangirl by Rainbow RowellLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

3. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesSean Griswold's Head by Lindsey LeavittTwilight by Stephenie MeyerSaving Francesca by Melina MarchettaSloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

7. Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Love it or hate it, most of us swooned.

9. Saving Francesca By Melina Marchetta

10. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Saturday Situation: Link up your bookish posts & giveaways

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Can you believe August is almost over? It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and me. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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The Obsession Begins: Planner Love

I kept coming across these gorgeous, lustful images of crafty people’s planners. I tried to ignore it for a very long time. Really, I did. With a rambunctious toddler and another baby on the way; how could I possibly have time to keep up with that? So I went along on my way until one day a few weeks ago I was in Michael’s for something completely different and came across Create 365’s The Happy Planner. I had to have it.

The Happy Planner

Fast forward a week and I had not one but 2 of these planners and just about every sticker and accessory that have and many many other brands. Oops! I ended up with 2 because I went back to Michael’s to get some stickers and they had a different version that I instantly liked more than the already super cute one I had. Sigh…Oh well, now I have the ability to mix and match pages between the two planners or have a giveaway for one?

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Now I’ve had some time to use the planner and I’m so pleased with my impulsive decision to buy it (them?). The Happy Planner is such an affordable and just plain perfect planner. This obsession has just begun and I’m so happy to have a new creative outlet! Are you obsessed with planner to? What kind do you have? What are your favorite shops for accessories?