Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU by Lily Anderson
Released: May 17, 2016

"Though it doesn't do anything new, it does what it does well, with the nerdy and geeky references adding originality: good fun. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Teens Beatrice and Benedict find surprise love in this Much Ado About Nothing retelling.Read full book review >
100 DAYS OF CAKE by Shari Goldhagen
Released: May 17, 2016

"Still, for a book about depression, this is a pretty enjoyable one. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A 17-year-old girl grapples with depression, insecurity, and unresolved trauma from her father's death in a car accident 14 years earlier. Read full book review >

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS by Stephanie Perkins
ROMANCE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle. (Short stories. 12-18)"
Summer meets love in both fantasy and reality in this anthology featuring renowned writers of both teen and adult fiction. Read full book review >
What YOU Can Do About Bullying by Max and Zoey by Ari Magnusson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 17, 2016

"Appealing, concrete, and easy-to-follow suggestions for kids—and adults—in dealing with challenging relationships."
An empowering comic book focuses on how to prevent and deal with bullying. Read full book review >
TIME ZERO by Carolyn Cohagan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2016

"Girl power need not be Islamophobic—but this book is. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
In Cohagan's dystopian theocracy of New York City, women and girls wear face-covering veils and modest clothes and are forbidden to read, and the men wear beards and tunics. Read full book review >

BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA by Laura Moe
Released: May 16, 2016

"A summerlong punishment becomes a sensitive, thoughtful novel. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Two kids are obliged to spend their summers working with the janitors to clean out the high school before it reopens in the fall. Read full book review >
PERFECT LIARS by Kimberly Reid
Released: May 15, 2016

"Gripping, suspenseful, and refreshingly diverse. (Thriller. 12-17)"
Crime, intrigue, and deceit abound in this novel about a biracial teen embracing her criminal instincts in order to thwart a treacherous plot. Read full book review >
IN THE SWISH by Dawn Green
Released: May 15, 2016

"Perhaps a slam-dunk for basketball fans but not so much for general readers. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Basketball is everything to Bennett Ryan. Read full book review >
DELICATE by C.K. Kelly Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2016

"Thoughtful and honest. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Second cousins Ivy and Lucan re-encounter each other years after a falling out between their moms and find solace as they both deal with their respective relationship and family issues. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
EVERY EXQUISITE THING by Matthew Quick
Released: May 10, 2016

"A strong, well-written female protagonist sets this coming-of-age novel apart. (Fiction. 15 & up)"
After a teacher gifts her a copy of a cult classic novel, student-athlete Nanette O'Hare rebels against her manufactured white, middle-class lifestyle. Read full book review >
LOVE BLIND by C. Desir
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers wanting more balanced portrayals of troubled characters should try Ron Koertge's Stoner and Spaz (2001) or Corey Ann Haydu's OCD Love Story (2013). (Romance. 14-18)"
Going on 16, Hailey has "the eyes of a ninety-six-year-old" due to macular degeneration. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >