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Precious Things

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  94 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Lit Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But ...more
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Stephanie Parent
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Stephanie Parent
Jun 05, 2013 Stephanie Parent added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My favorite words in Precious Things:


To all the amazing book bloggers, indie authors, and readers who have made this possible.

Jun 10, 2013 Alexa rated it it was amazing

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

4.5 stars

As soon as I started Precious Things, I knew I was going to love the characters and the story. It was such a fun and heartfelt book, and it really stood out from other books I've read in the new adult genre. It just had that extra special something I like to find in the books I read. I wish I knew how to perfectly describe it, but what I can say is that I was able to click with the story right away. It was exactly what I needed to read
Carey Heywood
Jun 15, 2013 Carey Heywood rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan. If Stephanie writes it, I will read it. This is the 3rd book of hers that I've read. I feel like in every book I learned something. Also, one thing I love about her books is how real the characters seem.

You won't find a rock star, or an actor, you'll find a struggling to get through community college student and her distracted, bakery owning dad. You will also find imperfect interactions where things are said that the backspace key can't erase. Just like in real life, when you argue w
Trish at Between My Lines
Nov 03, 2015 Trish at Between My Lines rated it liked it
Shelves: won
3.5 stars

Really enjoyed this and thought it had a lot of depth.
Jun 30, 2013 Brianna rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

When I read an excerpt of this book, I knew I had to see what happened to the characters. Since the story involved a girl who was at what she considered the wrong school, as well as taking an electronic music course, it sounded like an interesting New Adult story. And i can happily say that I was right.

Isabelle wasn't immediately likable. I thought she was a bit selfish and whiny, and a bit of a snob since she seemed to look down on commun
Jun 22, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
I picked up this book when it was on sale on Amazon. Though it was not a favorite of mine, that had nothing to do with the actual writing. It was engaging and easy to read, a perfect beach read. My criticisms mostly came from the fact that the relationship didn't feel particularly realistic to me, or even realistic within a romance-genre narrative.

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Kimberly Russell
Jun 08, 2013 Kimberly Russell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, diverse
Sigh. I love Stephanie Parent so much. Full discloser - I was a beta reader for this book. BUT I can promise you that I re-read it on my nook to see if any changes were made in the final version.

I loved this because in the new adult genre no one ever really seems to go to class. Everyone is at college, having sex and occasionally they mention actual class time; but it's not often you feel like someone is growing through the college experience.

I loved that we got to see Isabelle grow in such a
Tracy Banghart
Nov 19, 2013 Tracy Banghart rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed PRECIOUS THINGS. The biggest thing that stood out for me was how well-written it was...Isabelle's voice was consistent and authentic, and the writing "disappeared" within the story, which is a very, very good sign. It was very smooth and a joy to read. The plot took me a chapter or two to get into, but I didn't mind because I was really interested in Isabelle and getting to know her better. This is a "quiet" book, where the characters drive the action, not the other way around. ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, read-2013
I think I've been lucky that my experience with New Adult has been quite positive. It seems like I'm reading titles that don't really fit the NA cliche, and Precious Things definitely breaks the mold, too. It takes place at a community college instead of a university, which is why it became one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I would say that Isabelle accepting that she's at a CC and reevaluating her self-image is the most important aspect of Precious Things. Of course, some of her gro ...more
Heather Anne
Oct 22, 2013 Heather Anne rated it really liked it
The one thing that comes to mind when I think back on reading Precious Things and that's emotion. There is so much emotion that can be felt throughout the book and I found myself getting wrapped up in the feelings and emotions of Isabelle and Evan. I could understand where Isabelle's anger was coming from why she felt the way she did towards her dad and the community college in which she felt trapped in.

The chemistry between Isabelle and Evan is undeniable. The development of their relationship
Amanda (Hootie) Clark
Jul 28, 2013 Amanda (Hootie) Clark rated it really liked it
Precious Things was one of those books where I felt completely in tune with the main character. Isabelle is a young girl who had big dreams of going to college and getting a degree in something she loved. Unfortunately her family situation has kept her from doing that and left her floundering to figure out what to do now.

When Isabelle's father had to spend her college fund to save the family business she was forced to go to a local community college. I could relate to this story having to change
Aug 19, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Precious Things. I’m happy to say that I’m severely pleased that I discovered this book and Ms. Parent's writing. It took me back to my university years: stumbling in the beginning, try to catch my footing in a new environment, and dealing with new experiences, both good and bad. For Isabelle, it’s an environment she’d rather not be in: stuck at Hartford Community College, working at her father’s coffee shop, and enrolled in classes that makes ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Veronica rated it it was amazing
The uncertainty of 'new adulthood' is as energizing and rapturous as it is bittersweet.

And that's how I felt about PRECIOUS THINGS by Stephanie Parent.

Isabelle is an excellent student. She's been accepted to Johns Hopkins and Georgetown and her freshman year should be one of excitement and adventure, but it's not.

Dad's business is in the toilet and her college fund? Poof.

And, mom? She poofed years ago leaving Isabelle to help raise her younger brother, Corey.

Having not considered this possibilit
Aug 11, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Isabelle Andrews isn't happy. She had plans for a prestigious university, but with no way to swing the cost, she's stuck at the local community college. To make matters worse, late enrollment leaves Isabelle attending classes she has no interest in, such as poetry and Electronic Music. But it's in these classes that she is challenged; by the Professor who sees her creative potential, challenged by the thought of making new friends, challenged by the Teacher's Assistant who looks at her like he c ...more
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

After adoring Stephanie's debut novel, Defy The Stars, I knew I had to read Precious Things. So when she asked me if I was interested in reading it, I JUMPED at the opportunity. And let me tell you, she did not let me down with this one. Plus, I mean, "Precious" by Depeche Mode? I bought that CD when it came out because I loved that song so much. I had to see the tie in with the song.

Isabelle is a person I could complet
Jul 23, 2013 Wendi rated it liked it
3.5 stars.......

I really liked this book. It was very well written. I really liked the character Isabelle. She was stubborn, but endearing, especially when dealing with her brother. She was a typical college student who was dealing with lots of disappointments.

I liked Evan, but I didn't fall in love with his character. I also did not understand their relationship. It was very underdeveloped and I don't know why they even liked each other. There was also random parts that could have been left out
Linda Kage
Jul 23, 2013 Linda Kage rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love Stephanie Parent’s writing style. It flows like poetry. I would be reading along and then pow, think, “wow, that’s beautiful.” But best of all, her amazing descriptions and awesome way with words didn’t detract from the story at all. The characters always kept me 100% into the plot. Isabelle made me feel her frustrations and heartbreak through the life she was stuck in. And I fell for Evan right along with her. The new friends she made and the issues with her brother enriched ...more
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Sep 08, 2013 Tracy Lundy-Munn rated it really liked it
While this was not one of my favorite books I still think the book was very well written. The storyline had parts that I thought was great, but other times I caught myself skimming over the words. I think Isabelle's dad was a little selfish at times and didnt play the parent part very well. Thought Evan was a great character with lots of depth and lots riding on his shoulders and could definitely see the attraction with Isabelle. They were alot alike!!
Jun 13, 2013 Sydney rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I thought it was a love story that could have really happened. I was sympathetic with Isabelle's disappointment and anger at her situation. She worked hard and expected to be rewarded for her dedication, but those she depended on let her down. She began community college looking ahead until the day she could go to a "real' college, but against her own will she let her guard down and found unexpected friends, experiences and love.
Bcoghill Coghill
Sep 06, 2013 Bcoghill Coghill rated it liked it
Just what I needed. Our author has written a coming of age story. Neither too sweet or too bitter.
Some romance and a lot of anger. I liked the mystery that remains un solved. I can't tell you what that is, you have to read the book, Dears.
Jun 13, 2013 deb22luvsbooks rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alones
This is a sweet little story. I felt like there were alot more possibilities to expand on many of the characters but it fell a little flat for me. Nothing terribly wrong with it, it was a sweet little college love story.
LeighAnn Kopans
Jun 16, 2013 LeighAnn Kopans rated it it was amazing
Absolutely precious. Recommended for lovers of sweet, angsty romance with a solid, if small, dose of steam. (Fuller review to come.)
Jun 09, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it
Review to come! :) Thanks Steph for the review copy! <3
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3.5 stars

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Jun 25, 2013 Jexa rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Ember Casey
Jun 27, 2013 Ember Casey rated it it was amazing
Review to come! :)
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Aug 30, 2013 Allura Teacups&Bookends Blog rated it it was amazing
*I received an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a book I was so incredibly excited about. I had read Parent's Forty Days and fell in love with her writing style. I was glad to read Precious Things and see that her style (although vastly different genres) was still apparent throughout.

When I first started Precious Things I couldn't help but think that Isabelle was slightly pretentious. However, as I continued I realized she was just a normal 18-year-old girl struggling
You know those uber-cliche high school romances? This is it, just in college rather than high school. Angsty teenage girl shows up on her first day to a class she’s sure she’ll hate. In it there’s this boy with “sparkly green eyes” who’s gorgeous and brooding. He recommends a song that brings her to tears. Blah blah blah, with lame classes that resemble everything you’ve ever seen in Hollywood and a somewhat threatening/aggressive love interest, excessive pop culture references—always and foreve ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
I chose this because I adore music, I mean I am pretty obsessed. I thought this would be different and I am sorry to say it isn't really. Isabelle wasn't a music fan, nor was she towards the end really either. Listing Depeche Mode songs doesn't really cut it. Because I am so enthralled by music (no matter the genre) I can't understand why someone couldn't be, I know it is not for everyone but I really wanted someone who would be consumed by it and maybe I could relate.

There wasn't much of a lov
Jul 14, 2013 Chrys rated it liked it
Meh. It was ok. Found it hard to get into. I found there was too much internal dialogue going on for me, I like conversation, interaction between characters.
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Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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