Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

March 30, 2014 Aman 18
Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication: Sourcebooks, Inc. | Dec 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Source: Bought
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What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?


Short Version

It was high time I tried Miranda Kenneally's highly popular contemporary series, Hundred Oaks, and being in a slump for weeks gave me a perfect reason to do just that! Catching Jordan on the whole is a very cute, fun, summery book and just the type of read I was looking for right now. The MC was very refreshing and a total badass, no-nonsense chick-- my favorite for sure! The love interest was a bit meh, but the other guy (who I was rooting for!) made up for the boring first choice. Kenneally's writing was very fitting for a contemporary author, the only thing I would delete would be the poems between the chapters because they disrupted the beautiful flow of the book. Otherwise, she did great with bringing the characters emotions to light and making them sound like a real teenagers. Catching Jordan didn't wow me like I expected to, but it still provided with me much needed entertainment that was lacking in my reading life right now.


More Detailed Version

Catching Jordan had a great storyline

I love when females are given powerful, challenging roles and Jordan here was a captain of mens football team, in addition to being a great quarterback. Even before starting the book, I was in love with this girl! What's more interesting is that everyone on her team respected her as a captain and teammate and had her back whenever required. Jordan acted like a rough and tough dude, but it was nice to know that she had a soft side to her persona. The scenes where her fathers negative words would cut her were one of the best I've read, emotionally speaking. I loved knowing that even though she was the star in her school and pretended as if her father's absence in her sports career didn't matter, inside it mattered the most. Jordan had such a high-low journey in this book and I loved witnessing it from her eyes.

The basic storyline consisted of Jordan finding a perfect college for her that would allow her to play ball and not display her as a sexist object, her relationship with her father who doesn't want her to play ball in the first place, and her will to stay focused on the sport she loves the most and not the guy who has been distracting her ever since he enrolled in her school. The plot in Catching Jordan was very good and Miranda Kenneally handled all the above 3 issues really well, however the last one could've been done a lot better.

The secondary characters were the best!

Jordan's team made up the best ever secondary characters I've read in a really long time. Carter, JJ, Henry were all such cool dudes and their personalities were so teen boyish aka little manwhores =) Even her bother, Mike and his friend, Jake were a great addition to the cast. To be perfectly honest, the secondary characters made this book for me. I loved Jordan but I wasn't a fan of romance, almost all Jordan and Ty scenes were very boring, so teammates added all the fun and quirkiness this book needed.


A 3 stars book will inevitably have a but in its review, so her it goes. The romance was such a bore. All the time Jordan kept saying that she wasn't going to lose focus on her game by a stupid, hot, new guy and that's exactly what she ends up doing. And my problem is that she didn't even try! The guy shows up one day and makes Jordan all hot and heavy and bam, come next day, Jordan is dressing up for him! REALLY GIRL!?! That's all it took! You've got to be kidding be! And that's not all! After few chapters when she decided to date Ty, he shows up at her house and guess what [spoiler]THEY HAVE SEX! I'm swear I felt like I was in a different world because that behavior didn't match Jordan's personality at all! Did she freaky friday with some other chick?[/spoiler] We are still not done! [spoiler]And when she breaks up with Ty and gets all hormonal, she misses practice! If you're so passionate about playing ball, then why let emotions get inbetween your dreams. I'm pissed that Jordan lost her focus in the first place and went crazy over a guy. Yes, she's a teenager and she's entitled to being hormonal over guys, but I would've expected a lot more sensibility from Jordan.[/spoiler]

And the ending...

..was very rushed. I was happy with it, but I would've hoped for a much longer and detailed ending. Everything resolved with a snap of a finger and I was left very confused. A few more pages would've helped.

All in all,

Catching Jordan is a fun book, perfect for long summer days. It didn't quite reach the hype surrounding this series, but there are still more companions to explore and I'm really looking forward to that!


Stacking the Shelves (26)

March 28, 2014 Aman 19


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga's Reviews.

This week I downloaded some books from Edelweiss on a whim because they sounded so good; usually I'm not the type to try new book/authors, atleast when it comes to arc, but I can't wait to read these! Before I show you my arc haul, here's a look at some of the books I bought these past few weeks. They may not be the most recently released books but they are definitely the ones I've been dying to read ever since they came out. Here they are!


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - Perfect Summer Read!!!!!
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma - Dying to read this mystery!
Unremembered by Jessica Brody - Amnesia reads are my current favorite!

For Review

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A Huge Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books, Gallery Books and Harlequin Teen for these pretties! 


Review: Hold On To Me by Elisabeth Naughton

March 27, 2014 Aman 5
Title: Hold On To Me
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Publication: Elisabeth Naughton Publishing LLC | Feb 18, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Series: Against All Odds #2
Source: Netgalley
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He thinks he’s finally found the one.
Mitch Mathews never believed in love—at least not the happily ever after kind. Then he met Simone Conners. Just one night with the sexy lawyer made him reevaluate his priorities and look toward a future he never planned. The only hang up is making her see it too.

She’s almost ready for a second chance.
What started out as a casual hookup with a rugged geologist has turned into something a whole lot more. Simone’s on the verge of handing over her heart, but fear over what Mitch will say and do when he learns who she used to be holds her back.

The past could destroy their future...
Just when Simone is about to take a chance on forever with Mitch, the mistakes of her past catch up with her. Suddenly it’s not just her safety on the line anymore, it’s his too. Forced into hiding, Mitch demands answers, and Simone realizes the only way to protect everything she holds dear is to delve into a past she’s spent fourteen years trying to forget. As they search for the truth, they discover secrets, lies and a rekindled passion that burns hotter than before. But they also uncover a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of society. One that could cost them more than just their future…it could cost them their lives.

I feel like this is just not my month! Every book I've read so far these past few weeks have been a disaster, not only did they put me in a slump, but they've actually managed to kill my drive to read. The worst thing that could ever happen to a reader has happened to me. UGH! I hate this feeling! As for my review for Hold On To Me, I can just copy paste my previous review of Maybe Someday and call it a day because there wasn't much difference in what the felt for each of these books. Emotionless reads filled with disappointment and anger, disappointment mostly towards the author solely because this type of work wasn't expected of them :(

When I read Wait for Me last year, I loved it so much that I instantly recommended that book to everyone on the Goodreads list and that is the only time I've ever done that. As you can imagine that book meant a lot to me, in fact I still cherish and reread passages whenever in need for some romantic support, so naturally when I heard that there was going to be a companion featuring the main leads brother and lawyer girlfriend, I was beyond excited to read their story, but low and behold, like any other book this month, Hold On To Me turned out to be a pretty mediocre book with hot and cold characters and a storyline that was nothing but too over the top and unrealistic.

Mitch has been dating Simone for quite some time and while their relationship is progressing by the day, both of them are hiding huge secrets from each other without even realizing the consequences of it to their relationship. I loved Mitch and Simone in the previous book, but I failed to see their love in this one.  They were never fully honest with each other until the very end and that drove me so mad. I'm the type of person who likes to put everything on a table and then figure out a solution for an uprising problem instead of going in circles and omitting the lies in order to "protect" the other party. That's just bullshit! And precisely why I disliked this book, especially the characters so much! Their behavior made no sense! If you love someone so much, then for god's sake, be honest and open with them! If Mitch and Simone wouldn't have played a game of cat and mouse, they would've solved the problem way earlier than they actually did, (bonus!) without anyone getting hurt in the process. Another thing that really made me sketchy about the storyline was [spoiler]the secret society. Does that really happen? I was a bit iffy about that because it was just so bizarre. Mitch was apparently a part of some secret society for which he was recruited during his college and Mitch doesn't even know half of the truth behind their aims and mission. Why was he a part of it in the first place?!? And then we have Simone whose late husband was uncovering some of their secrets while he died and left the evidence with Simone, hence leaving her and their daughter's life in danger. Like I said, very bizarre![/spoiler]

All in all, Hold On To Me failed to hold me interested in it's story. There were a lot of things that didn't sit well with me, but I was glad to have experienced Mitch's relationship with Simone's daughter. These two were adorable and definitely made the story somewhat enjoyable for me.


Top Ten Tuesday (20)

March 24, 2014 Aman 15


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish.


Topic: Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Too many of them! First I need to finish some of the books I left in the middle. Usually when I put a book on hold, it's just another, nicer way for me to say that I won't be reading that book again but in some cases, I really do want to finish the story. For example, Clockwork Prince, Not A Drop to Drink and A Game of Thrones are 3 major books I've put on hold and would love to finish.

Series I need to try this year

Author's I wish to meet...well not this year...just someday


And finally, a visit to BEA someday.

I'm trying my hardest for this year, but can't really promise anything.

What's on your bookish bucket list?



Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

March 23, 2014 Aman 11
Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: Atria Books | March 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one. A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

~Readalong with Sarika and Janhvi from The Readdicts~

AND the unthinkable happened! Colleen Hoover wrote a book and I didn't fell head over heels in love, and what's more surprising is that I didn't care about this book one way or other. It was so freaking boring and it's sad to say that if Maybe Someday was written by anyone else than Coho, then I would've DNFed it before I hit 30% mark. What the hell happened?!? Apparently NOTHING!!!

Maybe Someday is a story about a boy and a girl writing music together. A boy who has a steady girlfriend and a girl who has recently been cheated on by her best friend and ex-boyfriend. As much as I love music, as much as I love experimenting with different music genres, I have no interest whatsoever in reading about how it's made. Now this is where it's partly my fault for reading this book in the first place, but I had hoped that the characters would've been enough to make me fall in love with their story, but Ridge and Sydney couldn't have been more dull and monotonous. I'm at a point where I have nothing to say for this book, the story was pointless, the characters were bearable at best, the pace was so freaking slow, the writing wasn't the usual Colleen Hoover style, it was very emotionless and generic.

All in all, Maybe Someday failed to bring any feelings out of me and that is the biggest reason why I didn't care for this book. I'm glad that it's over and I don't have to read it again, and as far as disappointment goes, frankly I don't feel any. This year has been disappointing enough in NA genre and I'm not surprised that another book failed to impressed me. For recommendation, I would encourage new or to be Coho fans to skip this book for a while and first try her other amazing and butterflying beautiful reads.


Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

March 19, 2014 Aman 9
Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publication: Sqaure Fish | May 10, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Series: Precious Stone Trilogy #1
Source: Bought
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Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red is young adult novel full of fantasy and romance.

You know the feeling when you finish a book and desperately need to apologize to someone for giving it a lower rating. That's how I feel for Ruby Red. I think this book has all the potential to be an incredible series, it fares well in the character uniqueness and development department. From the first page, I was in love with Gwyneth, her quirky, fun, and sometimes silly personality added that extra  flavor this rather boring first book need. The concept behind time travel was really good, but where this story lacked my interest was in the delivery. Part of the reason for that might be because Ruby Red was originally written in German and I read the translated version, so maybe some of the feelings disappeared during the translation. Whatever the reason might be, the end result wasn't very impressive, the writing was simple, generic and overall made the story extremely bland. I wish I knew German, my experience would've been slightly better had I read that version.

Gwyneth and Charlotte, cousins born a day, a minor difference that determined their destination; one lived a normal life where other spent her days learning different languages, customs and mannerism. Charlotte was suppose to be the one with the time travel gene, the smartest girl in the family was suppose to end the circle and be a part of a prophecy, but the "stupid, childish girl who doesn't know anything about the world" turned out to be the major key player in this time travel play. Do you feel how poorly Gwyneth's family treated her indirectly? Besides her mom, her best friend and one of her aunt, everyone was degrading towards her and it's really pathetic to know that they were part of her immediate family. If I were Charlotte and if I would've spend preparing my whole life for something major, yes initially I would've been hurt knowing that all my hard work went to waste, but I would never be a mean bitch to my sister. Who acts that way?!? But I do want to commend Gwyneth on handling every issue in a surprisingly well manner. I cringed some times when she was far too trusting towards some people, but I'm glad that she's learning her lessons and maturing from it. Though one thing I can't understand is where did the romance come from. That kiss in the end was so sudden and awkward. Yes, the guy is handsome, but he has been a d*ck to Gwyneth from the very beginning, why is she even attracted to him? Makes zero sense to me! It's safe to say that I won't be reading this series for the romance and knowing that the other two book are going to focus on a dreaded love triangle, ehh no thank you. However, the prologue and epilogue featured a couple whose story I'm dying to read, so for them alone, I have to continue this series. They have that romance that makes my heart melt and give me butterflies, they have a beautiful yet tragic love story and the hopeless romantic in me craves that.

All in all, Ruby Red is not all that it's hyped to be. It's an interesting story, but the execution is what brings it down, besides some unlikable character traits. I'm curious enough to find out how this journey plays out for Gwyneth, but definitely not in any rush to reach to it's end and face the love triangle drama. As for recommendation, I'd say go for it if the blurb calls for you, but beware that the beginning might be slow.


KA Tucker's Secret Annoucement!!!

March 18, 2014 Aman 6
Hi everyone! So as you know Ten Tiny  Breaths was one of the first NA's I read and feel in love, it makes me so excited to reveal that the author is writing a prequel to that story from Trent's POV! That is great because I was always curious about what he went through after the accident, and that's precisely what we are going to get in his novella which is title, In Her Wake. It's coming out in September by Atria Books and here's a bit more about the book. If you haven't read Ten Tiny Breathes, I would strongly suggest avoiding the info below.

Title: In Her Wake
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publication: Atria Books | Sept 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5

Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there's only one person who can give that to him...


Ten Tiny Breaths Series

About KA Tucker

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.



Top Ten Tuesday (19)

March 17, 2014 Aman 16


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish.

Topic: Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

The one book I'm DYING to read this spring is...

My expectation are way high for this book and seeing the amazing track record of this author with Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, I have no doubt that Landline is going to be another hit! But there are some other dearly anticipating reads that I just can't wait to read! Here they are:

From upcoming releases

From ARC Pile

From My TBR Pile

So it's not all contemporary which I'm so glad for! Psst...did you see that zombie book? Yup, I'm going to try it this summer! Hopefully it'll end up being the new genre I love *fingers crossed*

What is that one book you're most excited to read this spring?



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I don't read my own reviews | Discussion

March 12, 2014 Aman 9

I read an article on Buzzfeed recently about binge thinker - in order words, chronic overthinkers - and some of the points mentioned were pretty silly, but the rest of it felt like my life history. From constant self critiquing to over analyzing, everything described in that topic was perfectly in-sync with my personality, which furthermore made me realize that because of my overzealous nature to scrutinize everything, major or minor, I consider myself my biggest critic. Hence, the topic of today's discussion: Why I don't read my own reviews.

I think too much! It's ridiculous how much I think about stupid little things that probably most of you will not even notice. Is the tense correct? Does that sentence makes sense? Is it funny or offensive, in which case, I need to rethink and rewrite the whole paragraph? Is my review too long? Too boring? Too forced? Am I being repetitive? How many times did I use the word "fun"? And the list goes on..... My main problem with reading my review once it's published is that I'm never satisfied with the end result. I want to change little things, like using a different word or adding a simple sentence and the next thing I know, I can't even recognize the review I wrote.

Hence, my best solution is to not read my reviews once I've written, edited and scheduled them. And even for college essays, I do the same thing. I don't read them once I've submitted it to the professor and I really hate when they say, Would you like to revise it? No. I don't. However, to be perfectly honest, I don't think I'm a good writer and reading my work reminds me how much I still have to learn and sometimes I don't like being reminded that. So a tiny reason to this issue is my insecurity too. Anyhow, that is something I need to work on at a personal level.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you read your reviews? Does it make you cringe?


Top Ten Tuesday (18)

March 11, 2014 Aman 12
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
 where bloggers share their opinions on bookish topics in list form.

Topic: My all time favorite books in...you guessed it right! - contemporary genre 

Like that wasn't a surprise! I feel like I've done a similar post before but this time I'm going to share my "all time favorite" reads in this genre, so that's something different.

Here they are!

My Favorite Contemporary of all time is: 

On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves! It was a tie between Eleanor & Park, Easy and On The Island. I have no doubt that I can read OTI a millions times and still never be bored by it, so that was a natural winner. This book is THE BEST when it comes to romance of the purest kind. I love it!

The rest are: 

And because I like to cheat, honorary mentions goes to:

I can add some more, but I think this much recommendation is enough for today :D

Which contemp is your favorite? Did you find your next read here? 
I hope you did!


Early Review: The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

March 10, 2014 Aman 14
Title: The Summer I Wasn't Me
Author: Jessica Verdi
Publication: Sourcebooks Fire | April 1, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: For Review from Publisher (Thank You!)
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Lexi has a secret…

Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, seventeen-year-old Lexi’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good.

You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.

     The Summer I wasn't Me was my first read in the LGBT sub-genre and I only have good things about it. I read Jessica Verdi's debut last year and I remember saying that it was a simple, beautiful and a very educational read, and her second book made me feel the exact same way, which is not bad at all. I love when a message is delivered in a subtle yet smooth manner, where everything doesn't need to be written and can be felt as the story moves along. This type of storytelling is Verdi's specialty, whether it's about being an HIV positive victim or someone embracing a lifestyle that is judged upon the most in today's society, the author know how to work her characters around and make their stories our story, how to make the readers feel their pain and understand their perspective on a deeper level, and that is why I love reading anything by this author. Her upcoming release, The Summer I wasn't Me (aka The Summer) is yet another a super hit that I won't stop recommending shamelessly throughout this year and the next.

     Lexi comes from a small town where being a lesbian or gay is frown upon. After her mother accidentally finds out about her different sexual orientation, she wants Lexi to spend her summer in a "Degayfying Camp". At first, it was extremely difficult for me to understand why her mother was so close minded, but then I had to remind myself again and again that she came from a small town in South Carolina where things aren't the same as in a big city. The Summer made me feel a lot of emotions but the one I felt the most was anger, there were numerous events during Lexi's stay at the prejudiced camp where I just wanted to drop the book. The opinions of the people there was so degrading towards females, it wasn't even a degayfying camp (that in itself is a scam!), it was more about teaching these kids the "proper roles" of men and women in a society. Rubbish things like women run the household, men work hard, women sew clothes, men commands the family, parents don't have a close friendly relationship with kids, it sets the wrong example. Obviously, we have grown from this type of mentality, but it makes me so mad to think that there are people somewhere that instill these wrong beliefs in today's generation. So yes, I wanted to drop this book because it spoke against everything I've been taught (not including the lgbt family), but instead I continued the story because dropping it would've been weak and either ways, I wanted to see my character- whom I've come to love throughout the story - to have a different vision for their future and fight against the one they were taught at the camp.

     Lexi was a brilliant character. She always stayed true to herself; even if her mom wanted her to change, Lexi was such a good daughter that just to respect her mother's wish, she tried, but things like that can't be changed. Nevertheless, I loved that she put an effort. During the camp, she met Carolyn and Matthew, one who wants to change so that she can have a family and other who is happy with his gay self and is being pressured by his family. Matthew can be my bff anytime! I loved that dude so hardcore! He was funny, sarcastic, witty and overall, a great friend to Lexi! Carolyn was a sweet girl as well, I love the "love at first sight" sort of connection she had with Lexi. I was cheering for them the minute Lexi saw Carolyn and felt that zing! Pure, feel good romance - SWOON!

     Like always, the ending was open in the sense that the characters moved on to the next step and gave us a subtle hint towards their possible future. I love my epilogues, but this ending really suited the story and I have a pretty good imagination, so I would say that everything ended at a great term for all my favorite characters. I fell in love with this book from the first page and I highly recommend fans of contemporary, specially someone who wants to try something new to consider this book for their next read (or whenever it comes out). Lexi's, Carolyn's and Matthew's story should not be missed!

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