Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Jennifer Gold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"In spite of some flaws, this is a sensitive portrayal of the different aspects of grief that will strike a chord with readers. (Fiction. 13-18)"
After losing her mother to cancer, a teenage girl seeks escape from her grief by joining a volunteer organization in a war-torn South American country. Read full book review >
SPINDLE FIRE by Lexa Hillyer
Released: April 11, 2017

"An innovative take on magic and the price of transformation, this will tempt readers to reach for Book 2—and expect some answers. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An innovative take on "Sleeping Beauty," this first novel in a two-book arc weaves the tale of polar-opposite half sisters facing a dark threat from a mysteriously diabolical faerie queen. Read full book review >

RUN THE RISK by Allison van Diepen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"It's fast-paced, telenovela-style drama with dance parties, poetry slams, fights, blackmail, and life-threatening peril. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Life for a girl trying to make ends meet after high school becomes complicated when her ex-boyfriend, a gang member, re-emerges in her life. Read full book review >
THE FREEMASON'S DAUGHTER by Shelley Sackier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intriguing exploration of the intersection of politics, religion, and customs of the period—historical fiction at its best. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
It's 1714 Great Britain, and a rebellion is brewing. Read full book review >
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"While that's disappointing, fans of romance and those looking to diversify their shelves may be willing to forgive its foibles. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Tired of crushing with no kisses, 17-year-old Molly decides to take a chance on love. Read full book review >

LITERALLY by Lucy Keating
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"This festival of metafictive fun should particularly appeal to budding novelists. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Annabelle is in total control of her life. She knows who she is and where she's going…. Read full book review >
YEARBOOK by Jesse Edward Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"Clichéd but full of heart. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Johnson's semiautobiographical debut is a small-town story of letting go of the past. Read full book review >
GIVEN TO THE SEA by Mindy McGinnis
Released: April 11, 2017

"This well-paced, thoughtful story will have readers eager for the sequel. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Multiple perspectives reveal the story of several people—and a kingdom—in turmoil. Read full book review >
ALONG THE RIVER by Vanina Starkoff
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 11, 2017

"A feel-good journey of a picture book. (Picture book. 4-adult)"
A visual metaphor for life's journey presents a sunny, hopeful vision of both self-determination and community in this Brazilian import. Read full book review >
THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thought-provoking, entertaining read, Wang's debut illustrates a future that is easily conceivable. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A fresh take on a tired high school trope. Read full book review >
BECK by Mal Peet
Released: April 11, 2017

"Heartbreaking, hopeful, and inspired. (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Beck escapes institutional violence and discrimination and mends his spirit through lonely travels across the 1920s Canadian prairie. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE HAPPY by David Burton
Released: April 11, 2017

"A heartfelt, accessible book that strives to break down the stigmas surrounding mental illness with remarkable humor and honesty. (Memoir. 15-adult)"
Australian playwright Burton charts the ups and downs of his anxious adolescence and early 20s in this hilariously candid debut memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >