From the My Life Uploaded series , Vol. 1

Move over Georgia and Angus—there’s a new girl-and-cat comedy duo in town!

Millie Porter and her mum used to have fun together, but then Mum’s boyfriend, Gary, aka the Neat Freak, moved in with his robot vacuum cleaner (which he calls McWhirter), bringing his ongoing feud with the crumb-hoarding toaster into the family. Now, Mum is in a happy, gooey love haze, and Millie is in a “coma of really fed-up.” The usually sensible English teen may be about to make her most senseless decision since naming her (female) cat Dave when she was 3: Perhaps the best thing for now is to live with Dad, who shares a home with her sexist Grandad and quirky Aunty Teresa. Millie’s best friend, Lauren, reminds Mills that “YOLO,” so she should live it up—and start a vlog. The big question: What should the topic be? Dave cuddling vegetables and surfing the robot-hoover? Household uses for castoff exercise equipment? Maybe Millie and Lozza should just improvise? The sky’s the limit; how far will cautious, play-it-safe Millie go to live in the now? Millie’s hysterical first-person narration directly addresses readers, pulling them into the moment. Briticisms firmly establish the setting, and hashtag chapter headings set up the forthcoming antics. Whiteness is assumed for most characters, including all the main ones; Millie’s crush is a part Chinese, part French Canadian boy.

Quite excellent. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 14, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-250-13378-6

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Imprint

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes


From the Legend series , Vol. 1

A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles.

Fifteen-year-olds June and Day live completely different lives in the glorious Republic. June is rich and brilliant, the only candidate ever to get a perfect score in the Trials, and is destined for a glowing career in the military. She looks forward to the day when she can join up and fight the Republic’s treacherous enemies east of the Dakotas. Day, on the other hand, is an anonymous street rat, a slum child who failed his own Trial. He's also the Republic's most wanted criminal, prone to stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. When tragedies strike both their families, the two brilliant teens are thrown into direct opposition. In alternating first-person narratives, Day and June experience coming-of-age adventures in the midst of spying, theft and daredevil combat. Their voices are distinct and richly drawn, from Day’s self-deprecating affection for others to June's Holmesian attention to detail. All the flavor of a post-apocalyptic setting—plagues, class warfare, maniacal soldiers—escalates to greater complexity while leaving space for further worldbuilding in the sequel.

This is no didactic near-future warning of present evils, but a cinematic adventure featuring endearing, compelling heroes . (Science fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 29, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-399-25675-2

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: April 8, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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For readers in need of a happy ending but not much else.


A modern-day fairy tale about two teenagers suffering from loss who find healing in one another.

Despite the ups and downs in their relationship, Kyle and Kimberly have always made up, and Kyle looks forward to attending college together after graduation. But on the night they should be celebrating, Kimberly confesses that she has committed to a different college and breaks up with him. As they argue, their car crashes, and Kyle later wakes up in the hospital and learns that Kimberly is dead. In his grief, Kyle blames himself for her death. He struggles to leave his bed most days, ignores calls from his and Kimberly’s best friend, Sam, and has visions of Kimberly and life before the accident. One day, while visiting Kimberly’s grave, he meets Marley, a girl who likes telling stories and is mourning the death of her twin sister. Predictably, their natural affinity for one another evolves into romance. It is unfortunate that Kyle essentially moves from one romantic relationship to another on his journey to better understanding himself and his co-dependence on those closest to him, although his gradual development into a more considerate person redeems him. The pacing remains even until the critical plot disruption, resulting in the rest of the story feeling disjointed and rushed. All characters are White.

For readers in need of a happy ending but not much else. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5344-6634-0

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: July 8, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2020

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