Books by Donna Freitas

CONSENT by Donna Freitas
Released: Aug. 13, 2019

"A potent memoir of stalking with special resonance in the era of #MeToo."
The acclaimed writer and campus lecturer shares a secret, revealing a story of stalking lurking just beneath her success. Read full book review >
THE HEALER by Donna Freitas
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Intense. (Fiction. 16-18)"
A sheltered New England teen exploited for her gift decides she wants to live a normal life—and in the process discovers the consequences. Read full book review >
THE BODY MARKET by Donna Freitas
Released: March 28, 2017

"Skip the lukewarm romance to get to the eventful ending. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Skylar's floundering after the deceptions and betrayals uncovered in Unplugged (2016). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Attention-grabbing research that amply shows the many detriments of social media, particularly for young adults."
The latest exploration of why social media may not be so great after all. Read full book review >
UNPLUGGED by Donna Freitas
Released: June 21, 2016

"Despite imperfections, one of the more ambitious and thought-provoking entries in a crowded genre. (Science fiction/dystopia. 12 & up)"
The selfie-tastical virtual world decides to unplug from the physical one, stranding one girl from her family—and from the truth. Read full book review >
Released: May 26, 2015

"Readers will likely solve the puzzle before Jane does, but fortunately, there's plenty to enjoy here besides the whodunit. (Mystery. 14-18)"
A smart, straight-laced teen who's survived a terrifying crime falls hard for a boy from a family with a bad reputation in this summer romance shot through with suspense. Read full book review >
GOLD MEDAL WINTER by Donna Freitas
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An admirable heroine navigates a difficult path to fame and fortune in a tale that will appeal to those looking for a lavish serving of romance along with an interesting backstage glimpse of the international skating world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dominican-American Esperanza Flores is not a typical world-class U.S. figure skater, but she's going to provide Olympics-eager girls the perfect opportunity to channel their ambitions. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2013

"It's good to sound the alarm, but having a plan to go with it would be welcome."
"The digital generation" would perhaps be surprised to learn that the cultural mores around sexual relationships have an ebb and flow to them—that "hookup culture," as it's commonly referred to now, is similar to the way things were back in the 1960s. Read full book review >
GOLD MEDAL SUMMER by Donna Freitas
Released: June 1, 2012

"A sports story that handsprings away from romance and toward a commendable joy in accomplishment. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Freitas, who brought readers the delightfully feisty protagonist of The Possibilities of Sainthood (2008), is back with another determined young teen facing challenge. Read full book review >
THE SURVIVAL KIT by Donna Freitas
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Although somewhat predictable, Rose's cathartic interactions with her survival kit provide a creative way to show that mother always does know best. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A story of struggle in which 16-year-old Rose fights to bloom again after her mother's death from cancer. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2010

Freitas, whose first novel (The Possibilities of Sainthood, 2008) dealt lightly with love and Catholicism, here takes on abusive priests. Fatherless, beautiful 17-year-old Olivia cannot believe her luck when famous author-priest-professor Father Mark takes her under his wing. He never touches her, but Olivia's initial delight soon becomes discomfort as he demands more and more time and attention, using his authority to control Olivia. While a compelling premise, far too much action takes place off-page; Olivia narrates that there were so many meetings and phone calls, but readers rarely see them, distancing any sense of tension or oppression. Moreover, Father Mark's attention is so overt—Olivia's friends and boyfriend repeatedly comment on it; he send packages to her at school and leaves letters at her door—that it is hard to believe no one notices the inappropriateness of his attention, especially given that characters discuss priestly abuse and closing parishes at one point. Icky but ultimately unexciting, this one could have used a little levity or, failing that, some genuine tension. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2008

Antonia Labella is a typical parochial schoolgirl, complete with plaid skirts and knee socks, but for years she's hoped the Vatican would make her something much more: a saint. She'd happily settle for being the saint of figs or even pasta-making. Antonia figures if there's a patron saint of accounting, why not? When not cultivating an encyclopedic knowledge of the saints, she swoons over hottie Andy Rottelini and pines for her first kiss. Freitas infuses Antonia's quirky narration with crisp depictions of daily life in Federal Hill, a close-knit, Italian-American neighborhood in Rhode Island. Readers hear heavy accents, smell simmering tomato sauces and feel the ever-present pull of Catholicism. Antonia's comedic treatment of the four big Italian obsessions—love, family, food and religion—will give teens insight into a rich, warm and complicated culture. Even non-Italian, non-Catholic readers will relate to Antonia as she struggles with an overbearing mom and gets giddy just thinking about landing her kiss. Like good homemade pasta, this satisfying novel balances lightness with substance and leaves teens wanting another serving. (Fiction. 12 & up.)Read full book review >