Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

WHISPER TO ME by Nick Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Part murder mystery, part love story, with plenty of drama for Lake's many fans. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After Cassie finds a human foot washed up on a New Jersey beach, she starts to hear a voice that threatens to harm her and others unless she obeys it. Read full book review >
TRAITOR ANGELS by Anne Blankman
Released: May 3, 2016

"Like Elizabeth, this story never stands still. Readers will love the journey and learn much on the way. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
Blankman weaves religion, science, literary genius, poetry, and romance into a mystery that, if solved, could turn the world upside down. Read full book review >

ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE by Christine Heppermann
Released: May 3, 2016

"Abortion is a life-altering choice, but this book doesn't go there. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Can a good Catholic girl be pro-choice? Read full book review >
THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude
Released: May 3, 2016

"While the book holds an appeal for adult readers of teen books, it might be hard-pressed to find fans in its target audience. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
Shy, quiet, and content with the simple way of life in Rowan's Glen—a back-to-the-land commune in the Missouri Ozarks— teen Ivy Templeton is the exact opposite of her cousin Heather, and Ivy resents the growing separation between herself and the girl she once called a sister and best friend. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016

"A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Andie Walker's life is planned down to the minute, and she likes it that way. Read full book review >

SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider
Released: May 3, 2016

"Schneider's debut asks readers to consider how and where to draw the line between forgivable and inexcusable transgressions in those we love. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Blindsided by betrayal, wounded in heart and hand, Sloane escapes to Hawaii, where she finds healing, romance, and new complications. Read full book review >
WILD SWANS by Jessica Spotswood
Released: May 3, 2016

"For anyone who suffers from too-heavy expectations, Ivy will ring true in this engaging, nearly flawless coming-of-age novel. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman struggles against the expectations and messy history of her family. Read full book review >
LOST IN LOVE by Susane Colasanti
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who enjoyed City Love (2015) will appreciate the contemporary urban vibe and the promise of more teen adventures to come. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The second novel in Colasanti's series about the continuing adventures of three girls spending the summer before college in the Big Apple is aptly named, since there is a clear difference in tone from the first book. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD BETWEEN US by Zac Brewer
Released: May 3, 2016

"Brewer weaves sexuality and identity into the story but does not make them the engine for it; the result is a rich, authentic read. (Mystery. 13-18)"
Adrien can't get away from his wicked sister fast enough after his adoptive parents die in a horrific accident; it takes something huge to get him back in the same city as his sister, his past, the ghosts he's been trying to outrun, and danger he doesn't see coming. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE FAULT LINES by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Released: May 3, 2016

"A gentle, honest, and occasionally perplexing exploration of how people seek solace during anguishing situations. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Dazed by her father's inexplicable disappearance, Callie spends the next several months searching for answers and adjusting to the new family dynamic that's developing with her mother. Read full book review >
GIRL ABOUT TOWN by Adam Shankman
Released: May 3, 2016

"The contrived plot and one-dimensional, outlandish characters broadly mimic, rather than evoke, the rich 1930s setting. (Historical mystery. 12-15)"
An over-the-top rags-to-riches story set in 1930s Hollywood. Read full book review >
ALICE AND THE FLY by James Rice
Released: May 3, 2016

"A flawed novel examining a worthy subject. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A schizophrenic English youth is destined for tragedy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >