Teen Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH by Courtney C. Stevens
Released: Nov. 13, 2015

"A good emotional wallow. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl survives a crash that killed her dear friend but must live with the emotional and physical scars. Read full book review >
THE AUGUST 5 by Jenna Helland
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A story about a revolution should be exciting—this one is not. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
The daughter of a rebel leader and the son of a powerful feudal politician evaluate their potential roles in a revolution. Read full book review >

YOUNG WIDOWS CLUB by Alexandra Coutts
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Tissues not required. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tamsen Baird has always lived a different kind of normal. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A stellar voice to watch. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Easygoing Vermonter Andrew discovers the complexities of spirituality and sexuality in this heartfelt debut. Read full book review >
DA VINCI'S TIGER by Laura Malone Elliott
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not credible as fiction, but the bonanza of fascinating details about life in Renaissance Italy has appeal. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
In politically turbulent Renaissance Florence, the admirer of a beautiful, married noblewoman changes her life when he commissions a young Leonardo da Vinci to paint her portrait. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A delightful bit of ghoulish escapism. (Horror. 9-13)"
A series opener about a middle school monster hunter. Read full book review >
SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Bestselling teen author Mead weaves Chinese folklore, themes of family, courage, and loyalty, plus her signature romance into her first stand-alone fantasy novel. Read full book review >
CONSENT by Nancy Ohlin
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A compassionate but clearsighted look at student-teacher liaisons, somewhat diminished by an over-the-top plot setup. (Fiction. 14-18)"
When Dane Rossi, a young English pianist substitute-teaching Bea's music-appreciation class, hears Bea play, he insists she could have a career as a concert pianist and urges her to apply to his alma mater, Juilliard, even as their intense, mutual attraction complicates her choices. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A swoonworthy romance that doesn't really need the promised thrills. (Thriller. 14-18)"
After witnessing the aftermath of a murder, a girl assumes a false identity to hide from the drug cartel that wants her dead. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)"
The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. Read full book review >
A BITTER MAGIC by Roderick Townley
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, an appealing heroine, and a talking lobster lighten Townley's tale of deadly sibling jealousy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After Cisley's mother disappears into the shards of a black mirror during her illusion act, the 12-year-old must discover her own powers to learn whether her mother is alive and how to find her. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This inventive read successfully combines elements of contemporary teen lit, dystopian adventures, and The X-Men into a delicate, elliptical, and heartfelt genre all its own. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Two teens rekindle their romance and stage a daring metaphysical rescue in an intoxicating alternate reality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >