Books by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >
BURNOUT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Stark, compelling, perceptive: a winner. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A high-school junior falls in with a reckless companion who leads her into a dangerous lifestyle in this gritty, suspenseful character study. Read full book review >
THE EXILE OF GIGI LANE by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2010

Gigi Lane is just hours from ruling her all-girls school as the Head Hottie, the leader of its most exclusive clique, the Hot Spot. At the big dance before she's finally given all the Hot Spot's secrets, she's outed as someone who rules by cruelty, something frowned upon by the Hot Spot. To avoid a life of total humiliation, Gigi strikes a deal: She'll get a severance package from the Hot Spot if she can establish a place at the head of one of the other school cliques. She fails miserably at clearing the cliques, but navigating her way through the social network gives her a new perspective on school spirit. The story of the once-popular outcast gets a dark, sarcastic twist here. Gigi is a resourceful anti-heroine, one who refuses to stay down just because she's lost her social standing. The peripheral characters are silly caricatures of high-school archetypes, serving mostly to build Gigi's world. That quibble aside, the bleak humor and plot twists bring a new perspective to mean-girl stereotypes. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
SIGHT by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

Dylan Driscoll's gift of seeing dead children and experiencing sensory perceptions of how they died is really more of a curse. When she was five, she had her first sickening vision of a classmate, Clarence, whose body was found in the woods three days after an unexcused absence from school. Now 16, Dylan is a part-time psychic detective for her mountain town's police department, and they're more in need of her help than ever. They believe that the man who killed Clarence, nicknamed The Drifter, is back and that he's responsible for the death of another child. At the same time, there's a new girl in town, Cate, who seems much too interested in memorializing Clarence. As she grows closer to Cate, Dylan pulls away from her best friend, Pilar. In the background there's a political fight over the name of the town, complete with sign graffiti and snarky political bumper stickers, and Dylan learns of a family secret that explains her visions. Though the premise will entice fans of supernatural tales and murder mysteries the plot twists are predictable and thinly veiled. Too many storylines occurring at once spoil the tension, and too many characters get little or no development. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
SKIN by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

First-time novelist Vrettos finds a fresh angle for a familiar topic by focusing her story about Karen, an anorexic, on Donnie, her younger brother. The work paints a portrait of a dysfunctional family through the eyes of its youngest member, detailing the issues that may have led to Karen's illness and, more important, how her illness affects Donnie. Donnie has a unique personality and a vivid imagination, but unfortunately he defines himself only as Karen's brother. Friendless, Donnie thrives on opportunities to tag along with Karen and her best friend, Amanda, and his constantly warring parents focus what little attention they have left on Karen's eating habits. When Karen's illness worsens, Donnie believes it best to become invisible—completely withdrawing to avoid drawing attention away from his sister and onto his own problems. As the story reaches its climax, though, Donnie must make a choice between disappearing forever and staking a claim on his life. A marvelous debut featuring an unforgettable character whose affective voice captures the ill-effects of psychological disorders on families. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >