Books by Tom Leveen

MERCY RULE by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Teens looking for tension and melodrama may find this to be an appealing read but only if they're willing to overlook a few plot holes along the way. (Thriller. 14-18)"
The lives of a dozen diverse high school students and a teacher are examined in the months leading up to a Halloween school shooting. Read full book review >
HELLWORLD by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 21, 2017

"A solid thriller built on some well-meant emotional ideas. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
A teenage girl searches for her long-lost mom and accidentally triggers an apocalypse. Read full book review >
SHACKLED by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Simple but suspenseful. (Suspense. 12-18)"
Six years after her friend Tara disappeared from a shopping mall during a game of hide-and-seek, prickly, anxious Pelly thinks she spots her buying coffee with her captor. Read full book review >
RANDOM by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Suspenseful, if also a bit didactic. (Suspense. 12-18)"
In a topical thriller, a girl facing legal repercussions for her role in a cyberbullying-related suicide receives a mysterious phone call from a stranger who claims to be on the verge of suicide himself. Read full book review >
SICK by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Between the pacing and the heroes' salty, blue language (full of lovingly creative, genital-inspired insults), reluctant readers who love zombies will devour it, right up to the abrupt end. (Horror. 14-18)"
Zombie virus? Check! Locked high school? Check! Read full book review >
MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL by Tom Leveen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 23, 2013

"If Becky actually were a manic pixie dream girl, there'd at least be some whimsy breaking up the dragging, self-centered, deeply unkind angst. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Nothing gives a boy moral superiority like being awkwardly aroused by the least popular girl in high school. Read full book review >
ZERO by Tom Leveen
Released: April 24, 2012

"Artful. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Amanda, who signs all of her artwork "Zero," planned to leave Phoenix in the fall to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Read full book review >
PARTY by Tom Leveen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 27, 2010

The lives of 11 high-school teens—the burnout, the weirdo, the bitch, the good girl, the goofball, the jock, the straight edge, etc.—intersect, intertwine and break apart as they prepare for the biggest party of the year, thrown by an unknown host on the Santa Monica coastline. As the party hour nears, the plot hints that something terrible (!!!) will befall the guests once they arrive. Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the partygoers. With such a strong buildup, this concept feels like it could be Leveen's shortcut straight to the top of the Quick Picks list, especially since many of his characters are so stereotypical that they scream Teen Slasher Novel. However, as the plot slogs onward, the characterizations grow either flatter or more confusing, depending on who's telling the story. Also, despite one true moment of unexpected terror, the intensity of the plot mostly gives way to schlocky sentimentality that will leave readers groaning. Tepid afterschool-special fare. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >