Though this appears to be a departure from Metz’s YA fiction, which is often based on television shows such as Buffy the...



The surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.

Done with the poor quality of men in her life and done with the search for the right one, Jamie Snyder takes the ultimate risk. She quits her teaching job, moves to LA, and tries to figure out what would make her happy. Using savings from her mother’s estate, Jamie embarks on the “Year of Me,” writing a journal that focuses on how to be happy and spending time with her favorite companion, her cat, MacGyver. Though Helen and Marie, two nosy neighbors, can’t stop trying to set Jamie up, each claiming to have the perfect man, Jamie thinks her perfect man for now is a cat. Rounding out her life is Ruby, another neighbor, whose positive personality inspires Jamie. But Mac thinks there must be something more, and he smells the loneliness of Jamie when she comes home to no one but him each night. Meanwhile, David, another of Jamie’s new neighbors, is undergoing a parallel experience. His good friends Adam and Lucy can’t stop insisting that David, who’s mourning the death of his wife, Clarissa, start dating again. David would rather give up and settle in with his pup, Diogee, who doesn’t seem to pick up on David’s loneliness (typical dumb dog, Mac would say). Mac, who thinks that David is the perfect mate for Jamie, comes up with a plan: he’ll grab some of David’s lonely-smelling clothing and leave it for Jamie. Naturally, she’ll come to the same conclusion as Mac and get together with David. But humans can be sadly dense, and Jamie doesn’t understand when tea towels and single socks seemingly make their way to her house. Though she finally figures out that the missing laundry is David’s, she sees him just as a friend. Can she expand the “Year of Me” to include a possible partner, and can David recover from his grief enough to see Jamie as more than a neighbor? Mac never wavers.

Though this appears to be a departure from Metz’s YA fiction, which is often based on television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it has the same TV structure and sitcom beats, and they work perfectly well in a departure that wraps up just so.

Pub Date: Jan. 30, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4967-1216-5

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Kensington

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2018

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A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

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The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. The plan? Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. There are, naturally, a million roadblocks between their first kiss and their happily-ever-after—how can American political royalty and actual British royalty ever be together? How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. Although Alex and Henry’s relationship is the heart of the story, their friends and family members are all rich, well-drawn characters, and their respective worlds feel both realistic and larger-than-life.

A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-31677-6

Page Count: 432

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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Another success for the publishing phenom.


An abused boy fights back, escapes, then returns as an attorney to his beloved hometown, but just as he’s falling in love with a transplanted landscaper, a series of attacks from shadowy enemies jeopardizes their happiness.

“From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.” Which of course means that it wasn't. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. On the night of Zane’s prom, a particularly savage attack puts him and his sister in the hospital, and his father blames Zane, landing him in jail. Then his sister stands up for him, enlisting the aid of their aunt, and everything changes, mainly due to Zane’s secret diaries. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer. Then he meets Darby McCray, the landscaper who’s recently relocated and taken the town by storm, starting with the transformation of his family’s rental bungalows. The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife. Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. Roberts’ latest title feels a little long and the story is slightly cumbersome, but her greatest strength is in making the reader feel connected to her characters, so “unnecessary details” can also charm and engage.

Another success for the publishing phenom.

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-20709-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2019

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