Books by Gaby Triana

Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A spooky and satisfying literary mystery that features two celebrated authors."
Triana (Summer of Yesterday, 2014, etc.) takes inspiration from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this horror-tinged YA novel. Read full book review >
RIDING THE UNIVERSE by Gaby Triana
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 5, 2009

Seventeen-year-old Chloé Rodriguez is most alive when she's racing her best guy friend, Rock, down the Florida highway on the back of her kitted-out Harley, which she's named Lolita. To Chloé, Lolita is much more than a set of wheels, in large part because she built Lolita together with her recently deceased uncle Seth. So when this biker chick begins failing chemistry and her parents threaten to ban her from Lolita until she brings up her grade, Chloé reluctantly signs up for tutoring. Despite dreading tutoring, when Chloé is paired with the hot and brainy Gordon Spudinka, their partnership sets off a chain of unexpected reactions that leave Chloé exhilarated, but also with some major life-changing choices. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, Chloé's tough exterior, layered over her introspective inner voice, and the inclusion of such multidimensional topics as adoption and parent/teen relationships drive this text onto an open road that's filled with enough unexpected speed bumps to engage readers. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
THE TEMPTRESS FOUR by Gaby Triana
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

Four best friends decide to take a cruise together during the summer before they head off to different colleges. On the eve of their departure, Fiona, Killian, Yoli and Alma visit the fortuneteller's tent at their end-of-year carnival. There they receive a disturbing reading, foretelling a difficult and tumultuous voyage and culminating in the prediction that one of them will not return home at the end. Shaken, the four girls resolve to travel anyway. Whether it is the salt air or the warm nights, the cruise inspires changes in each of the friends as well as in their friendships with each other. While the story is clever and funny at times, it also tips into cliché, robbing it of freshness. Hip dialogue and the mystery of the prophecy keep the plot rolling forward, but chick-lit predictability and flat characters keep the tale from reaching its potential. Entertaining but uneven. (Fiction. 12+)Read full book review >
BACKSTAGE PASS by Gaby Triana
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

Desert McGraw's a typically whiny 16-year-old. Except that she's the rich, oddly named daughter of a rock star named Flesh and hasn't been off the concert-touring circuit long enough to call any place home or to make friends. Jaded by the coddled trappings of celebrity, Desert has a giant chip on her shoulder, so when her family settles in Florida where she can attend a normal high school, she immediately exhibits an arrogant sense of paranoia about the motives of strangers. Gradually, two classmates start to chip away at her stony wall: rock fan Becca, a lonely and depressed lesbian who worships Desert's dad; and Liam, a too-good-to-be-true boy after her heart . . . and her secrets. When Desert discovers she's being followed by a journalist, she suspects her new friends. When her own parents' secrets are exposed, Desert's melodramatic house-of-cards collapses, leaving her to face her true self and pick up the pieces. Desert's narcissism makes her difficult to warm up to, and her ultimate redemption comes too quickly to be believed, even when it nearly costs her friend's life in the two-hanky conclusion. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >