A first in interspecies love stories? (Romance. 14-18)

HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND

Never say never.

He’s hot. He’s in a band. Every girl wants him. He has claws, wings, and a beak. He can also fly. When Pyke, the school’s first interspecies transfer student, walks through the doors of Vista View High, student-body chair Shiels, who normally has it all together, goes bonkers (a mild understatement). Pyke’s appearance invigorates everyone. He can catch a spiraling football pass like no one else. He can turn a school dance party into a whirling, orgiastic riot. He can turn Shiels’ nose the same tone of purple as his skin with some bump-and-grind dance moves. He can also make her question everything she has ever stood for. Cumyn’s latest (Tilt, 2011, etc.) is certainly good fun, full of fresh new devices (to say the least). However, not only is it hard to swallow, it’s also long-winded. Clocking in at over 400 pages, the plot twists and turns and expands over and over until it completely tries the most patient readers, whose willingness to suspend their disbelief for a story this ridiculous might lapse after the first 250 or so pages. That said, the book is full of hilarious one-liners, straight-on characterizations, some hot sexual tension, and a doofus, headstrong heroine who is all a-flutter and dead set on protecting her prehistoric honey. That makes up for a lot.

A first in interspecies love stories? (Romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 22, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3980-0

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Atheneum

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably.

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Two struggling teens develop an unlikely relationship in a moving exploration of grief, suicide and young love.

Violet, a writer and member of the popular crowd, has withdrawn from her friends and from school activities since her sister died in a car accident nine months earlier. Finch, known to his classmates as "Theodore Freak," is famously impulsive and eccentric. Following their meeting in the school bell tower, Finch makes it his mission to re-engage Violet with the world, partially through a school project that sends them to offbeat Indiana landmarks and partially through simple persistence. (Violet and Finch live, fortunately for all involved, in the sort of romantic universe where his throwing rocks at her window in the middle of the night comes off more charming than stalker-esque.) The teens alternate narration chapter by chapter, each in a unique and well-realized voice. Finch's self-destructive streak and suicidal impulses are never far from the surface, and the chapters he narrates are interspersed with facts about suicide methods and quotations from Virginia Woolf and poet Cesare Pavese. When the story inevitably turns tragic, a cast of carefully drawn side characters brings to life both the pain of loss and the possibility of moving forward, though some notes of hope are more believable than others.

Many teen novels touch on similar themes, but few do it so memorably. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 6, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-75588-7

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Oct. 1, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2014

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A suspenseful tale filled with Ojibwe knowledge, hockey, and the politics of status.

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FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER

Testing the strength of family bonds is never easy—and lies make it even harder.

Daunis is trying to balance her two communities: The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, teen is constantly adapting, whether she is with her Anishinaabe father’s side of the family, the Firekeepers, or the Fontaines, her White mother’s wealthy relatives. She has grand plans for her future, as she wants to become a doctor, but has decided to defer her plans to go away for college because her maternal grandmother is recovering from a stroke. Daunis spends her free time playing hockey with her Firekeeper half brother, Levi, but tragedy strikes, and she discovers someone is selling a dangerous new form of meth—and the bodies are piling up. While trying to figure out who is behind this, Daunis pulls away from her family, covering up where she has been and what she has been doing. While dealing with tough topics like rape, drugs, racism, and death, this book balances the darkness with Ojibwe cultural texture and well-crafted characters. Daunis is a three-dimensional, realistically imperfect girl trying her best to handle everything happening around her. The first-person narration reveals her internal monologue, allowing readers to learn what’s going on in her head as she encounters anti-Indian bias and deals with grief.

A suspenseful tale filled with Ojibwe knowledge, hockey, and the politics of status. (Thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 16, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-250-76656-4

Page Count: 496

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2021

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