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Teenta

Teenta

Joined March 2016

Stereotypical school librarian.
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
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Once and for All | Sarah Dessen
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Follows Dessen's typical formula, but I'm a fan. 😍

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Up to This Pointe | Jennifer Longo
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An implausible but charming story about ballet, Antarctica, and finding your path in life. What's not to love? #sequoyahnominee

Ahzam Hi 5y
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A 2018 #sequoyahnominee. I love cult stories so this is one of the first I picked up. I'd say it's a 3.5/5 for me. Kinda slow in spots but overall a good story.

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Where the Heart Is | Billie Letts
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This is one of those books I felt I had to read or I'd never be a true Oklahomie. It's the comfort food of fiction. Heartwarming as heck!

Bookworm83 "The comfort food of fiction" - perfect description for this book! 6y
Peddler410 I read that book so long ago I forgot I read it! Loved it and now need to add it to my TBR. Thanks for reminding me of this gem. 6y
SaturnDoo @Peddler410 me too. It was a so-so read for me so I probably won't revisit it. 6y
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The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
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Pretty okay. Lots and lots of melodrama, some of which is very affecting. Overall I found it very predictable.

SaturnDoo I ❤ this book. Every time I see it mentioned parts of it replay in my mind. One of my all time favs 😊 6y
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Not my favorite of his, but I still love Richard Peck.

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Roller Girl | Victoria Jamieson
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Another 2018 #sequoyahnominee. So cute and I actually learned some stuff about roller derby. 🙂

Chrisp16 Love this book as well. Popular with my students. 6y
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Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt
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Truth.

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Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt
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Quite the little tear-jerker. Gary D. Schmidt is very underrated in my opinion.

Teenta This is my first book read from the 2018 Sequoyah lists. A good start! #sequoyahnominee 6y
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These Broken Stars: A Starbound Novel | Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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The pacing of this book was terrible. I can't believe I finished it! It took forever.

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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My students had this as a school-wide read-aloud in the grade before they get to our school, so I figured I'd better catch up to them. A sweet, solid middle-grade story.

Peddler410 The movie comes out in April, starring Julia Roberts as mom, Owen Wilson as Mr. Browne and the boy from the movie Room as Augie 6y
TheSpunkyLibrarian I was supposed to take my students to see the movie, but they moved it to Nov. so disappointed :( 6y
Teenta @TheSpunkyLibrarian @Peddler410 I didn't even know a movie is in the works! Awesome. 6y
TheSpunkyLibrarian @Teenta I know! I'm so excited too! 6y
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Loved this. It's written for young readers but I don't think it appeals to them much. But a great story for book lovers and those interested in historical library services.

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Can't wait for book 3. My author crush on Rae Carson continues...

[DELETED] 3517561138 Yes! I love her too!! 6y
GemintheRough Reading this right now! Her Crown of Ember and Thorn series is still one of my favs! 6y
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Suddenly You | Lisa Kleypas
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Mehso-so

I keep trying to read romances and finding that they just aren't that satisfying. This one started out strong but didn't hold my interest. And I basically hated the ending.

Are there good romances out there? I'll keep trying. I like the idea of them.

Johanna414 I really like the female characters in Courtney Milan's romances. Maybe give one of hers a try? 6y
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Magnolia Story | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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Bought this for my mom for Christmas and when it came in the mail I accidentally read it. 🙂

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I'm pregnant via IVF after years of infertility treatments. I've been told that finally getting pregnant does not cure the pain of infertility, and so far that's true. I have a lot to deal with before this expensive science baby gets here!

But little by little I'm starting to feel like this could actually happen, feeling a little bit happy and hopeful, and reading this helped. It's a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to being knocked up. 👶🏻

Godmotherx5 💕💕💕💕 6y
jessberk13 That's very exciting! Best wishes ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
Megabooks Congratulations!! 🎊🎉 6y
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Peddler410 Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby! 6y
Suzze So happy for you! 💗💙💗💙💗💙 6y
moranadatter Congratulations! 6y
sprainedbrain Congratulations. ❤️️ 6y
Johanna414 Congratulations! 6y
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Sidescrollers | Matthew Loux
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Mehso-so

Boys being boys. Has its funny moments but not a very interesting plot.

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby
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Another one I forgot to review. This is a Sequoyah nominee and some people love it. But it's not my thing at all. Too weird. It's well-written I guess, but what on earth is going on and why?

Magical realism is not my jam. 👎🏼

Megabooks I've tried it written and audio, and I just can't seem to get through it either. 6y
Teenta @Ebooksandcooks I think I could have gotten over the weird stuff if I'd felt like it had a point/message/grain of truth. It just didn't for me. 6y
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I read this in October but forgot to Litsy it!

I adore Rae Carson and historical fantasy so this is right up my alley. I loved it and ordered book 2 asap; the story is just getting started.

Also these covers are flippin' beautiful!

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So boring. This story had no point and the constant info-dumps were very annoying. I don't know why this is on the Sequoyah list; there are dozens of better YA romances around.

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Pretty cute story. Not super memorable but very enjoyable.

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Gracefully Grayson | Ami Polonsky
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When I heard that some OK librarians complained to OLA about this book's inclusion in the Sequoyah list because they felt it was "pushing transgender propaganda," I was prompted to finally read it. I thought it would be racy or edgy or something. But no, it's just a well-written story of a transgender 6th grader.

People are entitled to their opinions, but it's a real shame if they're keeping this kind of story out of their libraries. ?

Suzze I thought it was a great book! 6y
Teenta @Suzze I really enjoyed it. I'm pretty laid-back about selection for my library, but sometimes I can see why people are against a book even when I'm not. But this book is pretty doggone tame. 6y
AloeMantis @Teenta Sad to hear of the grumps, but great to see the book displayed in my local library. I'm looking forward to reading it there soon! 6y
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Eh. I finished it, but I don't understand the appeal of faerie stories. Holly Black is not an author I enjoy much, nor do my students, but her work keeps appearing on award lists.

kissxxmyxxconverse I read Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and I've not been keen to pick up any of her other books since then. I was hoping that one was a fluke, but I keep seeing people I trust have the same or similar opinions about her others. Good to know I'm not alone in this lol 6y
Teenta @kissxxmyxxconverse I've also read Doll Bones and Tithe, and neither of those excited me much either. I'm glad others have the same opinion! Obviously her work is appealing to someone, but it's not me and mine. 😋 6y
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The Boy in the Black Suit | Jason Reynolds
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Mehso-so

It was okay; it felt kind of underdeveloped. But I do like that it's just a normal contemporary story about black families that are more than the usual stereotypes.

BekahB I haven't read this one, but I really enjoyed Reynolds' book When I Was the Greatest. 😀 6y
Teenta @BekahB I've heard that one is awesome. So far I've read this one and All American Boys, and they were both okay but I'm looking for something a little more... 6y
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Out of Darkness | Ashley Hope Prez
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This is on the high school Sequoyah list. It's excellent, but as a warning does have a good amount of sexual abuse and violence. I'm fine with it for my library but I probably wouldn't give it to younger middle schoolers. That said, the characterization is terrific, and though it's long, the ending is a good payoff. Sheds light on a forgotten episode in East Texas history and the racial tensions there in the 1930s. Heartbreaking story!

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All American Boys | Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
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Another high school Sequoyah nominee. A very important topic; I'm debating using this one for my book club. It has preachy moments, but the list of kids at the end...😢

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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It's been a while since I've been on Litsy, but I had to come review this. I sat down to read 50 pages last night and read the whole dang thing. I freaking loved this book, and I can't wait to do it for book club because I think my students will enjoy it a lot.

Hollie I loved this book. It just sucked me right in. 6y
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It's fine. I did listen to the whole thing, but there are better books on the subject out there.

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
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😃😃😃 Excited to get to this one!

thebookmagpie Ahh hope you enjoy it! (Whispers: I liked it more than Fangirl) 6y
bookishkai @thebookmagpie you really loved it more than Fangirl? I adored Fangirl, and have been reluctant to dive into Carry On in case it doesn't live up to my expectations. 6y
Johanna414 I have to agree- better than Fangirl! 6y
nicolekukral I think this is my favorite Rainbow Rowell book, and I liked it more than Fangirl too (and I love all things RR, especially Eleanor and Park) 6y
TheWellReadOwl I ❤️❤️❤️ this book' 6y
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Bright Young Things | Anna Godbersen
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Mehso-so

I had a little surgery on Wednesday, and today is the first day I can concentrate on reading again, hurrah!

I didn't enjoy this as much as The Luxe. I kept getting all the characters mixed up, and I don't really care what happens to them, tbh.

Megabooks Glad you're feeling better! 6y
Teenta @Ebooksandcooks Thank you 💜 6y
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Free audiobooks all summer! There's one pair per week and they download right to OverDrive. You can sign up for text message reminders so you won't forget to download each week. Great program for teens and YA lovers of all ages. 😍

Daisey Just downloaded this one today and think it sounds really interesting! 6y
Teenta @Daisey Same here! I hadn't heard of it before but it sounds good. 6y
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I can't go a summer without catching up with Sookie. :)

kissxxmyxxconverse I've wanted to reread those this summer too! 6y
Teenta @kissxxmyxxconverse They're my go-to vacation reads. Fun and easy! I can never really remember what happened in the previous book in the series, but it never seems to matter, haha. 6y
kissxxmyxxconverse @Teenta I'm gonna bring mine to the pool, vacation or no lol 6y
Teenta @kissxxmyxxconverse Good plan. I have a little surgery tomorrow so I'm thinking this will be a good thing to read while I'm drugged up afterwards. 😆 6y
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Lost in Shangri-La | MItchell Zuckoff
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This book has everything that makes for a great road trip read. The author's narration is great! What a fascinating story.

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Started listening to this on the way home. It's a lot to cover in one book, and so far it's a lot of generalities with little evidence. I want some fascinating anecdotes! I'll probably keep listening though.

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Lost in Shangri-La | MItchell Zuckoff

Listening to this audiobook on a road trip to see the fam. It's so good!

Leelee08 I ❤️ this book!! 6y
BookMusings I really want to read this!! 6y
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Bright Young Things | Anna Godbersen

For some reason, I'm having trouble keeping these three girls straight.

MrsTaffy I've read books like that and it drives me crazy! 6y
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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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This is a long quote but it's kickass and I still think of it years after reading this book. Stephen King gets it.

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Bright Young Things | Anna Godbersen
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I started this a while back (long enough ago that I need to start over at the beginning). I loved The Luxe so I'm excited to read this one.

TirzahPrice I started this series and never finished! I think I got about three books in? 6y
Teenta @TirzahPrice Are there more than 3? I am behind the times! 6y
TirzahPrice Oh maybe there are only three. I feel like I didn't finish the series though. Gah now I can't remember. 6y
Teenta @TirzahPrice It's so hard to keep up. Thank goodness for Goodreads and Litsy or I'd forget half the stuff I read. 6y
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A Modest Proposal | Jonathan Swift
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I knew what this was about but I don't think I'd actually ever read it until now. Totally get why this is used to introduce students to satire. Brilliant.

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The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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Reading short stories from our ELA curriculum on the Serial Reader app. Thanks for the app recommendation, Litsy friends! It's so simple but I love it, especially for when I'm stuck somewhere without a book.

Bookworm83 I use this story with my 7th graders! 6y
Teenta @bookworm83 I think our 8th graders read it early in the year. I had never actually read it. 6y
Bookworm83 @Teenta It's a good one for sure. 6y
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Listening to some good dramatizations of Oscar Wilde's plays today. An Ideal Husband and A Woman of No Importance were both so entertaining. Love the wit and social commentary, and I'm amazed how much of it still applies today.

LibraryLydia The plays are fun to read but there is nothing quite like seeing them live. I saw a professional production of Ernest last year and practically cracked a rib from laughing. The same troupe is doing Ideal Husband this year and I can't wait to see it! 6y
Teenta This audiobook has a terrific full cast, but I keep hearing the audience laugh at weird times and knowing that I missed some expression or physical humor that the actors are doing. I would love to see any of these performed. 6y
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Among the Hidden | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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This was exciting and suspenseful. I'm intrigued, and I think it's a good pick for the readers we had in mind.

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Among the Hidden | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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I'm not sure what kind of junior high librarian has never read this book, 😁 so I intend to remedy that tomorrow because one of our SPED teachers wants to know if it would be a good one for her English class. Any input, teachers?

Daisey I'll be curious to hear what you think since I've never read it either. However, I really like some of her standalone novels. 6y
Peddler410 My students have been reading this since it first came out. I don't know if anyone's taught it though. 6y
Peddler410 For historical fiction, my teachers really like Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 6y
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LibraryLydia My middle school book club really liked this series, it's a good gateway book for all the teen dystopian books they'll be reading soon. 6y
Teenta @Daisey I've actually never read any of her books. I can't believe myself. 😋 6y
Teenta @Peddler410 Most of my readers have already read this before they get to me, but they do like the series. I need something that's on about a 4th grade easing level for this group of sped 8th graders. 6y
Teenta @peddler410 I haven't read Boy in the Striped Pajamas but they might like that. They read Anne Frank in the on-level classes so it's nice when they're in the same ballpark as their friends. 6y
Teenta @LibraryLydia Awesome! I'm always on the lookout for good book club titles. Not sure what we'll be reading next year yet. 6y
LibraryLydia @Teenta They also loved Calvin and Hobbes (of course) Island of the Blue Dolphins (???) and Alcatraz Vs The Evil Librarians 6y
MrsTaffy Aaahhhh!!! I loved that series! I also loved her Missing series. I have kids and teachers who battled over who got to be the first to check out the new books as they came out. 6y
Daisey My personal favorite is Uprising (historical fiction about Triangle Shirtwaist fire) but I've had more luck getting students to read Running Out of Time. 6y
Teenta @Daisey I have a ton of copies of Running Out of Time. I think it must've been a schoolwide read before my time there. I am going to read it soon and see if we can use it for something! I'm not familiar with Uprising...will check it out. 6y
Teenta @MrsTaffy This one was a great start to a series! The Missing is popular with my kids, too. 6y
DogMomIrene I loved this series. I could see using this book as an alternate to The Giver if you needed a less complex text. Haddix puts on a great presentation as well. Saw her at Tucson Festival of Books a few yrs ago. She uses slides, talks about her inspirations, answers questions. Incredibly gracious woman! 6y
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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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maximoffs Just Listen will always have my heart. Same with This Lullaby 6y
Teenta @steverogers I've heard those two, and Just Listen in particular, are a couple of the best. I need to get my hands on them. ☺️ 6y
Pinkmeghan This Lullaby spoke to me so deeply when I read it at 18, it will always be my favorite. I donated a lot of books this year, but the 4 Sarah Dessen books that I kept are This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, and Lock and Key. Highly recommend those! 😀 6y
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amandareadsandwrites Your top 3 are the same as mine! 6y
Teenta @Pinkmeghan Awesome list! And donating books ftw. I'll donate this one to the library where I work. For some reason my students don't ever seem to know about Dessen when they get to me. I'm on a mission to change that. 6y
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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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I read this entire book today, and it may just be my favorite Dessen yet. She's the master of capturing the drama and tension in the tiniest real-life interactions. She's also great at writing parents and families, and their complex systems of emotions. Author crush intact. 💙💚💜

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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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...the future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.

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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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"When faced with the scariest of things, all you want is to turn away, hide in your own invisible place. But you can't. That's why it's not only important for us to be seen, but to have someone look for us, as well."

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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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"Later, I'd look back at this as the last time things felt perfect, and be so grateful for it. Some people never get that at all." ?

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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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"He left me enough space to stand alone, but stood at the ready for the moment that I didn't want to. It was the perfect medium, I was learning. Like he was *my* saint, the one I'd been waiting for."

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amandareadsandwrites This was one of my favorite parts of the book! It really captures the relationship, the story, and Sarah Dessen's understanding of teenagers and how to write them. 6y
Teenta @amandamareigh Yes! This was so sweet. 6y
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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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Awwww. 😊

And also: Yes! Someone is finally paying attention to this girl! 😉