A solid beach read filled with love triangles and high stakes.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE SULLIVAN

A girl on the run unexpectedly encounters a familiar face in this debut thriller.

Unable to remember details of the mob hit she witnessed six years earlier, high school senior Sloane Sullivan has changed her name 19 times so far—and learned to break free, blend in, and cut ties. Her parents are dead, but her guardian has kept her safe…until now. Newly arrived in North Carolina, Sloane just wants to finish high school, go to college, and escape both the witness protection program and the gangsters who want her dead, but when she discovers one of her new classmates is her childhood best friend and first love, black-haired, blue-eyed Jason Thomas, the chance to rekindle their romance makes Sloane reckless. Inevitably, Sloane (originally blonde and green-eyed) also attracts the amorous attentions of redheaded Sawyer and green-eyed, ethnically ambiguous Oliver—and the wrath of their ex-girlfriends. Having spent so much time assuming new identities, Sloane is nebulous as a character; her emotional journey is vivid but her history is vague. While there are enough twists to fill the Lifetime movie this novel resembles, and the marriage of torrid teen melodrama and an admittedly unrealistic crime story produces absurd (if action-packed) results, Cribbs excels at depicting complicated relationships and vulnerable characters.

A solid beach read filled with love triangles and high stakes. (Thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 29, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-335-01537-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments.

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ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN

From the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series , Vol. 3

Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding.

Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. But things don’t stay simple for long. When college acceptance letters roll in, Peter and Lara Jean discover they’re heading in different directions. As the two discuss the long-distance thing, Lara Jean’s widower father is making a major commitment: marrying the neighbor lady he’s been dating. The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean. The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront. Han further develops her cast, pushing them to new maturity and leaving few stones unturned. There’s only one problem here, and it’s what’s always held this series back from true greatness: Peter. Despite Han’s best efforts to flesh out Peter with abandonment issues and a crummy dad, he remains little more than a handsome jock. Frankly, Lara Jean and Peter may have cute teen chemistry, but Han's nuanced characterizations have often helped to subvert typical teen love-story tropes. This knowing subversion is frustratingly absent from the novel's denouement.

An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. (Romance. 14-17)

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3048-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

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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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