Books by Laurie Faria Stolarz

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2020

"Powerfully graphic. (Fiction. 12-18)"
An abducted teen recounts her harrowing captivity. Read full book review >
SHUTTER by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Breezy but solid, with enough plot twists to keep readers guessing. (Mystery. 14-18)"
"Everyone has their story." Day just wants to know the one behind the mysterious boy at the convenience store—who's also wanted for murder. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 22, 2014

"Stephen King would love it. (Horror. 12-18)"
A group of disparate teens win a contest to meet their favorite horror-movie director and find themselves in a real horror experience. Read full book review >
DEADLY LITTLE SECRET by Laurie Faria Stolarz
FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 2008

The prolific Stolarz (Blue is for Nightmares, 2003, etc.) here launches the new Touch series. Three months ago a handsome boy saved Camelia's life; now he's enrolled at her school, followed by rumors that he killed his girlfriend. As if that's not excitement enough, Camelia seems to have attracted a secret admirer, and her lively first-person narrative is interrupted by passages from the perspective of this prospective suitor. Is it new boy Ben? Jock John? Ex-boyfriend Matt? Or even Camelia's young boss at the pottery studio and shop? Whoever he is, he's determined to win Camelia at any cost, and the tension ratchets up until the action-packed ending. Meanwhile, Ben reveals his ability to sense the future through touch, a power he only partially controls and which failed to save his ex. Camelia can't help being drawn to Ben even when he warns her to stay away. CW-worthy dialogue, quirky secondary characters, romance and suspense: a winning combination. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)Read full book review >
PROJECT 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

For Derik, there is something eerily compelling about the abandoned campus of the old Danvers State Hospital. His filmmaker instincts have always urged him to do something there, but on hearing that it's scheduled to be razed, he can no longer wait. Intending to make a docudrama, Derik involves the thespian wannabe couple Tony and Greta, clown Chet, Goth-type Mimi and straight-A superachiever Liza. Since it's illegal to be there and guards patrol the place, the six high-school students have to sneak in and keep their investigations secret. Gradually a connection emerges to Christine, a patient who has left a journal and other evidence of her presence. Especially for Mimi, it seems that Christine's psychic presence is making itself felt for a reason. Facts of how miserably the institution had been run and how decayed it is now are revealed simultaneously. While the project may call to mind The Blair Witch Project this is nowhere near as scary, hypnotizing or memorable as it would like to be. Characters seem like stock types and their interactions never carry much validity. With three boys and three girls, the romance appears conventionally and almost provides more interest than the unexplained occurrences. Bland and unconvincing, even film students won't find this intriguing, as the camera is even less present than the supposed ghosts. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
BLEED by Laurie Faria Stolarz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

Overlapping short stories about a group of related young people all take place one Saturday in August. It's a good gimmick, but the precisely written narratives, which are mostly about loneliness, betrayal and heartbreak, are anything but gimmicky. What they are is sad, sad, sad, and since most of the kids that populate Stolarz's desolate teenage landscape live in dysfunctional families and are odious themselves, readers have almost no one to care about. For example, Nicole has sex with her best friend's boyfriend, while the so-called best friend is off meeting her romantic pen pal, a man who's just been released from prison for murdering his girlfriend. Meanwhile, another friend, the emotionally and physically scarred Maria, touches herself in front of her mother's boyfriend for pocket money, while poor overweight Sadie's diet-obsessed mother pins a sign to her shirt that says, "Please Do Not Feed Sadie." Although this collection ends on a note of hope, it is almost unbearably bleak. (Short stories. YA)Read full book review >