Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An unsettling rumination on the spectacle of tragedy. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
The members of a white, all-American family become the reluctant subjects of a reality TV show recording father Jared Stone's rapid decline from a brain tumor. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Hawthorn Creely always hated Lizzie Lovett, so why is she distraught when Lizzie goes missing in this seamless blend of mystery and relationship fiction? Read full book review >

MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Strong on neopagan religion and ritual; dubious on female empowerment. (maps) (Fantasy. 13-16)"
An idyllic abbey of women is attacked by men. Read full book review >
ALMOST AUTUMN by Marianne Kaurin
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This feels more like a mood piece for adults than a book for teens; regardless, a subtle, hard-hitting book for readers who have the background to understand its oblique approach. (resources) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Things fall apart for the Stern family over the last few months of 1942 in Oslo, Norway. Read full book review >
ONE LAST WORD by Nikki Grimes
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This striking, passionate anthology reminds young readers and adult fans of poetry alike that while black life remains 'no crystal stair,' there remains reason to hope and a reserve of courage from which to draw. (historical note, author's notes, biographies, sources, index) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Timely and thought-provoking, Grimes' collection transports young readers through the enduring expressiveness of the Harlem Renaissance, juxtaposing classic poems of the era with her own original work and full-color art by contemporary African-American illustrators. Read full book review >

LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT by Josh Sundquist
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thought-provoking and insightful. (author's note) (Romance. 13-18)"
Sundquist (We Should Hang Out Sometime, 2014) explores blindness and sight in his first novel. Read full book review >
FREEKS by Amanda Hocking
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"The magic-and-carnival combination make for a pleasant if not spectacular diversion. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
In 1987, a traveling carnival sideshow with supernaturally gifted performers faces a deadly threat. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival. (photos, 'Teddy's Travel Tips,' timeline, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this true, thrilling adventure story, 55-year-old former president Theodore Roosevelt joins an expedition to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon jungle and barely makes it out alive. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Exciting, with more excitement ahead. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A warrior receives dangerous magic that she can't control in this companion to The Impostor Queen (2016). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Excellent prose is undercut by a highly implausible ending. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
Housebound with severe mental illness, a white teen fights her demons and attempts a romance with a neighbor. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF THE SUN by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"This lyrical coming-of-age story effectively explores the complicated nature of love and grief. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen girl finds solace in The Stranger, the New Mexico desert, and a blossoming romance as she struggles to grieve the death of her emotionally abusive mother. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH OF RIGHT NOW by Kara Lee Corthron
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A powerhouse of storytelling that feels timely and timeless. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High school can be hell, but if they can hold onto their friendship, Lily and Dari might just survive…. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >