Books by Alex Flinn

TOWERING by Alex Flinn
Released: May 14, 2013

"Readers may pick it up for the reimagined fairy tale, but they'll remember it for Rachel. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A contemporary retelling of "Rapunzel" overcomes a somewhat connect-the-dots feel with its gentle, spirited heroine. Read full book review >
BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Clever and enjoyable. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
This entertaining twist on "Cinderella" centers on a centuries-old witch who sometimes helps her friends. Read full book review >
CLOAKED by Alex Flinn
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"The original tales are explicated briefly at the end. (Fractured fairy tales. 10 & up)"
A warmhearted, goofy and occasionally quite silly tale—tales, really— featuring 17-year-old Johnny, a poor but honest shoemaker in a luxury hotel on Miami's South Beach who dreams of designer glory and keeping the electricity on. Read full book review >
A KISS IN TIME by Alex Flinn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2009

"There is nothing fresh about this reinterpretation. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Sleeping Beauty wakes up in the 21st century; clichés ensue. Read full book review >
BEASTLY by Alex Flinn
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"When Lindy, Kyle's Beauty, moves in, much of the interesting adaptive play recedes, but teens will still race to see if the beast gets his kiss, lifts the curse and lives happily ever after. (Fiction. YA)"
Cavalier and cruel, Kyle Kingsbury rules as prince of an upper-crust school until he angers the wrong Goth girl, who casts a spell that makes him look as ugly as his inner self. Read full book review >
DIVA by Alex Flinn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Realistic and thoughtful. (Fiction. YA)"
Determined to become an opera diva, 16-year-old Caitlin McCourt transfers to Miami High School of the Arts (MHSA), where at first fitting in with her talented new classmates is difficult. Read full book review >
FADE TO BLACK by Alex Flinn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Flinn draws perceptive pictures of family relationships and of the emotions of a teenager scared about his future but determined to make the most of the present in this readable exploration of ethical issues. (Fiction. YA)"
Before 17-year-old Alex transfers to a small Florida high school, its administrators announce at an assembly that he's HIV-positive. Read full book review >
NOTHING TO LOSE by Alex Flinn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"As she did in Breathing Underwater (2001), Flinn does a masterful job of exploring domestic violence, conveying that it's prevalent among all economic classes and destructive wherever it takes hold. (Fiction. YA)"
The helplessness and anger of a teenager who knows that his father is beating his mother infuse this arresting tale set in contemporary Miami. Read full book review >
BREAKING POINT by Alex Flinn
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2002

"The story does build suspense, and teenagers will recognize cruel aspects of high school, but unlike Flinn's Breathing Underwater (2000), which broke new ground about date violence, this novel is just one more variation on the familiar theme of paying a high price for popularity. (Fiction. YA)"
Why does a seemingly nice boy become violent? Read full book review >
BREATHING UNDERWATER by Alex Flinn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2001

"Although it shouldn't be used for bibliotherapy, it offers a lot to think about, and many teens will probably overlook its major flaws because of the format and real-world content. (Fiction. YA)"
Nick Andreas—16, rich, smart, popular—seems to have a perfect life, and when beautiful, talented Caitlin becomes his girlfriend, it looks to outsiders as though it can't get any better. Read full book review >