YA book review · Young Adult

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is set for release on November 1, 2016. Having absolutely adored Yoon's first novel, Everything, Everything, I have been very eager to read her newest work. The story provides a behind-the-scenes peek at how an undocumented immigrant has to live with the daily uncertainty of being sent away from her… Continue reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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The Summer Before Forever By Melissa Chambers

I am excited to be participating in the YA Reads Blog Tour for The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers. Below is all the information about the book, followed by my review and a giveaway! About the Book The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers Published by Entangled Teen (YA Contemporary genre) To be released August… Continue reading The Summer Before Forever By Melissa Chambers

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Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe will be published on October 4, 2016. If you thought Violet & Finch from Niven's All The Bright Places were unforgettable characters, wait until you meet Jack & Libby. Much like with All the Bright Places, Holding Up the Universe is written with chapters alternating back and forth between the two main characters,… Continue reading Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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The Memory Book by Lara Avery

I was excited to see Lara Avery had a new novel coming out, because I read A Million Miles Away and loved it. Now The Memory Book has become my favorite Lara Avery novel. I devoured it in just over one day. The chapters are short, mostly written as journal entries into Sammie's memory book, making for… Continue reading The Memory Book by Lara Avery

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners offers fast-paced thrills and suspense. The main character, Tessa, is sort of an unreliable narrator, causing readers to wonder whether she can truly be trusted, or if she is in on some secret herself. As more of Tessa's family history and past is revealed, readers may start to feel sorry for her, rooting for… Continue reading The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

This is a heartbreaking, raw story of mental illness and how it can systematically unravel the bonds between a family. I wasn't sure what to expect from the story, but it was so much more than a young adult coming-of-age story. Of course, there is some young romance and dating involved, but poor Cassie was forced… Continue reading The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I've heard a lot about this popular YA book and I've been meaning to read it for some time. This past week, one of my students checked it out from the public library and put it on my desk with a demand to "read it!" So, I did. And, I am pleased. It was a… Continue reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway is a YA novel that is set to be published 6/23/15. Wow! I absolutely loved it. It packed a powerful punch of emotions, especially at the end. As a Mom reading it, I totally cried. Emmy & Oliver have been best friends and next door neighbors since they were… Continue reading Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

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The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

This is a brand new and refreshing YA (young adult) novel which was published today, 1/13/15. It was certainly a nice break from all the post-apocalyptic YA fiction that is constantly being published. This novel, which takes place in modern day, reminded me of a teen version of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code because it… Continue reading The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

This was a really well written book that had me flying through the pages. The narrative goes back and forth between the perspective of two sisters, Dara and Nick (Nicole) who have always been inseparable, best friends prior to an accident a few months before the story begins. Not much detail is given about the… Continue reading Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver