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And We're Off
And We're Off | Dana Schwartz
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"A winsome, hilarious tale about losing the map and finding a better way to a happy ending. I loved it!" --#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who's always nurtured Nora's talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history's most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It's a no-brainer: Nora is in! Unfortunately, Nora's mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter--and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!" And . . . they're off. 13 Little Blue Envelopes meets Gilmore Girls in this fun, funny, and bittersweet summer adventure from Observer writer and the hilarious voice behind @GuyInYourMFA, Dana Schwartz.
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Lindsbooklover93
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Mehso-so

Hi everyone! This was a fun book about the main character traveling. A 17 year old got in a art program in Ireland. Her mother surprises her and tags along for the ride. The book was okay to much drama between mother and daughter. If you like Gilmore Girls you will probably enjoy it. #litsy #kindle #kindlefire #paperwhite

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Scattered_Thinker
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I have officially finished And We‘re Off!!! Honestly I had a hard time getting into it at first. The beginning might be a little slow, but it‘s a beautiful story. A girl finding herself on a trip in Europe. A classic. It‘s not a bad book.

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Scattered_Thinker
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New book! “And We‘re Off”. I‘m super excited to dive into a new book. After this I have one more and then it‘s back to the book store for me!

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maddiereadthat
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I thought this book was a lot like that episode of Gilmore Girls where Emily takes Lorelei to the spa

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rohit-sawant
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tournevis *silently shakes her head at the Simpsons' writing team* 2y
cobwebmoth So disappointing. 😔 2y
Autumnlong Wow this does so far beyond dismissive. What a cruel response! 2y
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rohit-sawant @tournevis @cobwebmoth @Autumnlong More than making me mad, it saddens me that people can't find it in themselves to empathize. 😕 2y
Centique Awful. I mean particularly because they‘ve had so much success, so much influence, you think they could put their hand up and say “in retrospect, we did this wrong. How can we do better?” Wouldn‘t take much effort ☹️ But I guess people don‘t listen because they can‘t bear to be wrong. Ever. 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique Right? I almost find it depressing. Kondabolu's aim with the documentary was simply to share experiences & start a dialogue. When Azaria declined to be a part of the documentary & suggested a live discussion, Hari was okay with that but A backed out. What A & the Simpsons team are truly wary of is not having control of the narrative, which couldn't be more ironic. 2y
Centique @rohit-sawant it sure is depressing. And it‘s probably economic in part too - I‘m sure it‘s still a multi million dollar franchise with merch and everything - so it feels like a business decision. Business before ethics stuff. I hope there‘s audience outcry, some kind of economic consequence for that. ☹️ 2y
rohit-sawant @Centique You're spot on about the business factor! Yesterday I saw a post on Twitter in connection with the matter. Someone posted an image of a Warner Bros. disclaimer about vintage cartoons being racially insensitive & it's not something they endorse. I think simply acknowledging that like WB did would go a long way. Rather than conflict over the subject, I hope everyone can find healing through communication. 2y
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EchoLogical
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After 5, almost 6 years here at our current base, we're finally moving next spring! Anyone down in this area? I'm so excited but also super nervous. The closest library doesn't seem that great and I don't speak any Spanish. 😌

MoniqueReads305 👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿 Welcome to South Florida 👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿 I'm in Miami Beach. 2y
EchoLogical @MoniqueReads305 Ahh the 305 should've clued me in! 2y
MoniqueReads305 Yep. I'm not that familiar with Doral but I've lived her almost 10 years and still don't know any Spanish. 2y
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EchoLogical @MoniqueReads305 Okay. I feel a little better, already. My husband's set to report early March but I'm considering letting my daughter finish the school year and following him down. 2y
Puredragonstar Welcome! I live in Plantation FL! But I'm from, and my family is in Kendal which is 30 mins from Doral. Lived here all my life! My dad is Italian and never learned Spanish and had lived down here for 40+ years. 👌🏻 2y
Puredragonstar We don't have any indy bookstores. Also, very few used bookstores. Once in a while, you'll find a gem. I rely on B&N and Amazon for my bookish needs. Also once a year downtown Miami has a book fair that takes up a lot of blocks 😊 (edited) 2y
Puredragonstar If you want to know anything specific and if I can help, you can email me at puredragonstar (Gmail) I was in the military, so I know how uprooting life can be. (edited) 2y
EchoLogical @Puredragonstar Thank you so much for all the info. I know nothing about the area at all so it really helps. I saw stuff about the book fair and already told my husband that we're going next year. 😁 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I loved Jacksonville when I was there, but never been to the place your moving. Florida is so wonderful ❤️ 2y
MoniqueReads305 The book fair it's awesome like @Puredragonstar said and the bookstore situation sucks. The Miami Dade Library system is not that bad. They give you access to Hoopla, Axis 360, and Libby. 2y
EchoLogical @MoniqueReads305 @Puredragonstar I'm shocked about the bookstore thing. I definitely thought there'd be a few good ones but I'm used to that in my current area. I can make due with Amazon, BAM!, and B&N 2y
EchoLogical @ForeverNerdy I'm currently in Florida but the area I'm in is more Alabama than Florida. I'm excited for a new adventure. 2y
Puredragonstar I wish it was different. I just don‘t think there‘s a market for the Indy book stores tho. But honestly I‘m not sure. If they opened an Indy I would shop there in a heartbeat! 2y
MoniqueReads305 @Puredragonstar is right. The only Indy bookstore we have is Book & Books and they're mostly located on the beach. There really isn't a market here right now. They only used bookstore that I knew it closed. 2y
Puredragonstar @MoniqueReads305 I didn‘t know we had the one at the beach! 😱 It‘s just such a pain to get there with traffic. Maybe I‘ll make a day of it. I have a non-Indy bookstore in sawgrass mills next to me called books-a-million but other than that all the used book stores I used to go to closed too. I found one recently but it‘s a bit farther up north. (edited) 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 If you feel like exploring, FLL has an amazing Barnes and Noble on Federal Highway and there‘s a really cute used bookstore called Big Apple books I went to last year. Probably a 45 minutes drive from Doral. My friend lives in FLL, so I was just at the huge B&N there 2 weeks ago but didn‘t make it back to the Indie. 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Cute story. Some of the sections moved faster then others. The main character often imagined things that were presented as real until the sentence after, which was a little confusing a few times. But over all I liked it.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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It's another day for us!

#nationalreadabookday

DeleteAcct Lol, so true. It's like yeah whatever. 😂 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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This book was only 250 pages and it was so hard for me to stay interested in the story. I bailed halfway through.

Nora was kind of a brat and all over the place. But I guess she was the typical teenager who was just trying to find herself. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to read this book.

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ErinC
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I'm not a teenager or an artist, but I could relate to Nora's conflicts It's the classic story of a metaphorical journey of finding yourself mixed with a literal journey, in this case traveling Europe. Parts were clichéd for sure, but it was light and easy and just what I needed before going back to school on Friday!

BookBabe Thanks for posting about this! I'm always looking for more books about artists! 🎨👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
ErinC Happy to be of service @BookBabe! I wish I was an artist! 2y
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AnnieReads
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Pickpick

A light and sweet read

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Cityofamber
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This was a quick fun read (just what I was looking for). I did think some of the Harry Potter references felt off. I also wasn't a big fan of how Nora treated her mom or how her mom didn't communicate with Nora. But overall fast and easy read. #BOTM

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Branwen
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Someone else is happy about the book package that arrived today too! :-) #botm #bookmail #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #readingcompanion

MyNamesParadise What a beautiful cat! 2y
Eyelit Pretty kitty! 2y
Branwen @MyNamesParadise @Eyelit Thanks so much you guys! :-) Her name is Kairi! ♡ 2y
Bklover She has such a pretty face!!! 2y
Branwen @Bklover Thank you! She's a real cuddly sweetheart too! :-) 2y
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Girlsinbooks
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Pickpick

This was a quick and fun summer read.
I enjoyed the YA novel metaphors and Harry Potter references. I can relate to Nora's insecurities. It wrapped up quickly, but I didn't mind because sometimes it's nice to finish a book in 2 days.
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#bookish #bookreview #bookworm #andwereoff

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bridge12
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American War was pretty dark, Chemistry was far too relatable, so I decided I'm going with what I hope is a cheesy beach read... if you all have any other light hearted reads to recommend please do!!!

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libriabella
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Discovered this book yesterday. Has anyone of you read it? I'd love to - the story sounds great!😍📚

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. I think you're going to like it here 😉🙌🏻. It's the most positive, tight-knit, passionate community of bibliophiles 😎👌🏻! Prepare yourself: this will take over your life 😂👏🏻. 2y
libriabella @MrBook Thank you so much!😊🙌 I'm already really enjoying Litsy!🙋📚😏 2y
Jenni_Capps Welcome to Litsy!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
libriabella @Jenni_Capps Ahhh! Thank you!😍😆📚 I'm so glad I joined the community!🙌🙈 2y
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brennahawleycraig
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Airplane read is a book that involves travel. Hope to finish before I get in!

Reviewsbylola Safe travels! ✈️ 3y
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Bookish_penguin
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So happy that this came up on the other books list on book of the month when I was ordering my May pick! It was such a wonderful read and really trigger that wanderlust that I've had from a young age.

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Kris10
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@emilyhaldi @L_auren look what I found as an add-on for Book of the Month. More decisions!

Reviewsbylola I saw a spoiler for that last week so I was wondering how it would come into play. 3y
Kris10 @Reviewsbylola me too! I thought for sure it was going to be one of the 5 picks. 3y
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Reviewsbylola I thought that too until Friday when I saw the other spoiler. Then I was more confused about this one. 😂 3y
Cinfhen What's with BOTM and all the leaks this month?!? I mean I'm thrilled, just perplexed 😁 @Reviewsbylola @Booksandcooks @emilyhaldi 3y
emilyhaldi Yes agreed its strange they just showed all their cards early this month! Who knows! @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @Booksandcooks is anyone planning on adding this book to their book this month? @Kris10 @L_auren (edited) 3y
Kris10 @emilyhaldi I would have picked this one if it was offered. I think I might actually skip this month though. None of the picks are really jumping out at me. 😢 3y
Megabooks @Kris10 @Reviewsbylola @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @L_auren This is craziness!! Wow!! I think I'm just getting three this month and freezing my second account. This one doesn't appeal to me that much. I think I'm going with Priestdaddy, The Leavers, and either the Paula Hawkins or Lillian Boxfish. I really didn't like Girl on the Train, but I don't like British audiobooks. 🤔🤔 3y
Cinfhen @Booksandcooks after I read the new Hawkins and my daughter does, I'm happy to give you my copy! 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen That is so tempting!! Thank you!! I'll let you know once I finalize my box 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😘 3y
Reviewsbylola I'm not getting this. Both my boxes are full but even if they weren't, I'd probably pass. @emilyhaldi 3y
L_auren I kind of ignore the ones that aren't main selections! 3y
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Megabooks
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Do we know a pick?!?

Cinfhen What's up with #BOTM?!? They've been dropping way too many early bombs on us!! I don't think this title is for me, but I'm definitely in for the Paula Hawkins! How about you @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Booksandcooks ??? 3y
Reviewsbylola It scares me that this title has no Litsy ratings. YA is hit or miss for me. I can't decide though until I see the other choices. 😂 @Cinfhen @Booksandcooks @emilyhaldi (edited) 3y
tjramsey75 That's funny! I'm also a super hint sleuth with the book of the month. I start looking for new books on the site the night before. 😂 3y
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catiewithac The book is And We're Off out May 2nd 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I read the extended blurb on Amazon and wasn't impressed. If I have to read another book about an artistic young girl finding herself, I'll puke. Plus I'm so sick of girls not being portrayed as scientist, engineers, etc. It's just a pet peeve of mine. That's why I like The Impossible Fortress, Catalyst, and One Plus One so much. And TIF and OPO are reaches because that's not the main story. #stepsoff 3y
Megabooks @tjramsey75 You're in good company here! 3y
Hazel0303 I bought so too when I saw that book in my email. Haven't read the description yet though. 3y
tjramsey75 I really liked the impossible fortress too! I thought it was very refreshing! 3y
Bookcation74 So I'm seeing other #BOTM spoilers on Instagram and this one isn't included! 3y
emilyhaldi Nice detective work! And I am so honored to be tagged in a #botm post with such company as @Cinfhen and @Reviewsbylola 🤗 sadly, this book doesn't really interest me from what I have read so far... I rarely like YA and this one sounds a little cheesy. But I did end up loving Girls in the Moon which I didn't expect to like so who knows! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Megabooks @Hazel0303 Yeah, didn't seem in my wheelhouse. 3y
Megabooks @Bookcation74 oooo...what are you seeing??? I really want to know!! 3y
Megabooks @emilyhaldi See, I couldn't get through girls in the moon. But I was trying audio, so maybe the narration 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Cinfhen @Bookcation74 I'm with @Booksandcooks spill the beans, please!!! 3y
Cinfhen I agree @Booksandcooks this new one sounds weak & I applaud your mini rant 🙌🏻 3y
Cinfhen I'm always glad to be included with the lovely and witty @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi 💕💕 3y
Bookcation74 @Booksandcooks and @Cinfhen check out bookstorefinds on Instagram 3y
Cinfhen Will do , thanks 😀 @Bookcation74 3y
Laalaleighh @Bookcation74 I checked it out and dont see any spoilers! What did I miss? It's killing me not to know! 3y
Bookcation74 @Laalaleighh @Cinfhen @booksandcooks ahh I see that the pic is down from Instagram - that makes the rule follower in me hesitant to post, but give me a couple minutes and I will see what I can do 3y
Cinfhen You're one fine detective @Bookcation74 🙌🏻 3y
Laalaleighh You can literally email me and tell me @Bookcation74 that's how bad I want to know haha. 3y
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