YA book review · Young Adult

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Originally published in School Library Journal, March 2018. Gr 9 & up - On summer break, Virginia (Vee), a talented songwriter and musician, leaves Michigan for a 3 month reality band competition tour with best friend, Logan. Much to her surprise and initial dismay, the newest member of Your Future X is Cameron, Vee's not-quite… Continue reading Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

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Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee

Title: Wrong in All the Right Ways Author: Tiffany Brownlee Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Henry Holt BYR/Macmillan Pub. Date: July 17, 2018 Summary/Blurb: An attraction between foster siblings sets fire to forbidden love in this contemporary reimagining of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans.… Continue reading Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee

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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This is such a cool book. It's like a modern-day Breakfast Club with a twist - a murder investigation! Five students from Bayview High go into to detention and only four students make it out. There's Bronwyn, the brainiac who only has time to be successful, Addy, the beauty queen who prefers to be treated… Continue reading One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

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Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

First appeared in School Library Journal, July 2017. Though both raised in the Fulani tribe, teens Ali and Kadi are like oil and water when their paths cross in the midst of political turmoil in their home of Timbuktu, Mali. Religiously strict Ali belongs to the Defenders of Faith, a branch of Al Queda. His current… Continue reading Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins' YA horror/thriller novel, There's Someone Inside Your House, will have adults and teens alike reeling until the very last page. Think Scream, but much more original and clever! Try to go right to sleep after finishing this book and let me know how that works out for you. It certainly didn't work for… Continue reading There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian

Originally published in School Library Journal, May 2017. Grade 9 & up: Van, 17, was forced to grow up quickly in the slipstream of her mentally ill, brilliant mother. Her father died of a drug overdose when she was an infant. Van, her mother Sophie, and Ida, a surrogate grandmother, have lived as vagrants, following… Continue reading Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian

YA book review · Young Adult

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

Originally reviewed in School Library Journal, March 2017. Gr. 9 & Up - Yu's debut, realistic fiction young adult novel is set in upstate New York at Camp Ugunduzi, a wilderness therapy camp for troubled teens. The quickly-paced story is told in alternating points-of-view between five unique campers, just introduced and grouped together during the… Continue reading Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

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The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber

Review first appeared in School Library Journal, January 2017. WEBBER, Katherine. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones. 336p. Delacorte Press. Mar. 2017. $17.99. ISBN 9780399555022. Gr 8 Up - Set in 1990's Atlanta, this coming-of-age story is realistic fiction with a touch of magical realism, is full of diverse and strong female characters. Bullied for her looks,… Continue reading The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber

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Guest Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I'm thrilled to have my friend and colleague, Cameron, who blogs at Cam Loves Books, here for a guest review post. Cam reviews YA books and her reviews are witty & fabulous! About Cam Children's and young adult book blogger. Library professional. Dog mom. English major. Intersectional feminist. Livin' life one book at a time. Cam's Review of… Continue reading Guest Review: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

YA book review · Young Adult

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light will be published on October 18, 2016 by Razorbill (a Penguin imprint). Though meant for the young adult audience, adults would really enjoy this story as well. With respect to many YA books, the language and romance are very tame. What Light was like a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the… Continue reading What Light by Jay Asher