Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Best friends leave New York City for the first time and take a transformative road trip to Los Angeles. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY MEANS by Robin Schneider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Readers will do better to seek out The Fault in Our Stars.(Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Lane's drug-resistant tuberculosis lands him in a sanatorium, he finds that one of the other residents is a girl he met at summer camp years ago. Read full book review >

THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >
DIME by E.R. Frank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Dime's desire to save her friend transcends artifice and approaches heroism, making for a tremendously affecting novel. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Frank's first novel since Wrecked (2005) is a searing examination of teenage prostitution.Read full book review >
DIETLAND by Sarai Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers."
Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original, Walker's ambitious debut avoids moralistic traps to achieve something rarer: a genuinely subversive novel that's also serious fun. Read full book review >

THE TRAVELS OF DANIEL ASCHER by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Despite occasionally heavy subject matter, it's a lightweight intellectual exercise."
Lévy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling—both historical and personal. Read full book review >
WRITTEN IN THE BLOOD by Stephen Lloyd Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A superior sequel, Jones' tale of a people struggling for survival is as emotionally compelling as it is frightening."
Leah Wilde, one of the last descendants of the hosszú életek, a mythic Hungarian clan with shape-shifting abilities, risks her life against dark forces in an attempt to save her widely scattered people from extinction. Read full book review >
We Came All This Way by Mike Heppner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Well-written and intriguing."
Abandoning the rest of her family, a woman runs away with her daughter to join her brother on a man-made island/new nation and reflects on what brought her there. Read full book review >
THE SHORE by Sara Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"The closed ecosystem of The Shore provides Taylor with an ideal setting for illuminating the course of Life over Time."
An isolated stretch of coastal Virginia provides the eerie backdrop for a series of interconnecting tales of entrapment and escape. Read full book review >
THINGS YOU WON'T SAY by Sarah Pekkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Pekkanen reliably builds strong, interesting characters, but here, a plot too important for melodrama fails them."
A timely topic—the police shooting of a Hispanic youth—from a bestselling writer better known for domestic dramas. Read full book review >
MAYUMI AND THE SEA OF HAPPINESS by Jennifer Tseng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Tseng explores time and place, isolation and connection, and veers more toward the lyrical than the lurid."
A sense of longing suffuses Tseng's sexy, sad debut novel about a 41-year-old librarian who embarks on an affair with a shy, handsome high school student. Read full book review >
THE ROCKS by Peter Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"A literary island vacation with a worldly, wonderfully salacious storyteller."
The lives and loves of expatriates on Mallorca, shaped by a 60-year-old misunderstanding. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >