[Book Tour] ARC Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Headline | Poppy
Date of Publication: April 10, 2014 | April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary YA romance
Acquisition: borrowed from Pinoy Book Tours

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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A journey to find the mysterious girl

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Speak
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

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Author Appearance: Interview with Jamie Baywood

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A journey for a little change

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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I think that Jamie Baywood’s book fits well with the theme of the month so I’m glad to have her today at the blog. Her book was based on her own personal journey, and we’ll be able to know more about it in this little interview.

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Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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A journey to find a solution

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Publication Date: January 1, 2006
Publisher: Speak
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washedup child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

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Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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A journey to a new home

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

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Book Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

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A journey towards a last concert

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: In Honor
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

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Book Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

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A journey to find a legendary dead girl

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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favoriteTitle: Golden
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

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Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

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Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. There will be SPOILERS in this book. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

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recommendedTitle: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

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Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how the adventure was supposed to end.
Now a mysterious boy has contacted Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally she can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a whole new one, and Ginny must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

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Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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favoriteTitle: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: August 23, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Little Blue Envelope #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

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Would you follow the directions?
Would you travel around the world?
Would you open the envelopes one by one?

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–-though utterly romantic–-results.
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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Book Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Finding It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #3
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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