Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

TONE DEAF by Olivia Rivers
Released: May 3, 2016

"The plot begs connection to Antony John's richer Five Flavors of Dumb (2010); though Ali and Jace are likable, readers interested in Deafness and rock-'n'-roll are better served by the earlier book. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An abused, totally deaf teen runs away with a rock band. Read full book review >
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it's full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
After surviving a brutal attack, Amanda starts school in a new town. She plans to stay focused and get through senior year, but kind, attractive Grant causes a distraction that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for her deepest secret. Read full book review >

THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016

"Thrillingly full of feeling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Passion and betrayal; swordfights, spells, and sacrifice; and (of course) a flying carpet—all spill over in this culmination of the lush reimagining of The Arabian Nights that began with The Wrath and the Dawn (2015).Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"Fleischer's primer tenders a wealth of insight in a generous and welcoming manner. (resources) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Neither the American electoral nor political process is simple. And if you think so, you've likely got it wrong. Read full book review >
A WALK IN THE SUN by Michelle Zink
ROMANCE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Channeling the likes of Nicholas Sparks, Zink offers readers a formulaic, saccharine-sweet summer romance that will leave fans of the genre with racing hearts and others with their teeth aching. (Romance. 13 & up)"
Lonesome, tenderhearted cowboy? Check. Grieving and fiercely independent young woman who's sworn never again to open herself up to love? Check. An undeniable chemistry "like the charge in the air just before lightning cracks the sky?" Double check. Read full book review >

THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers who are willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this action-packed psychological thriller. (Thriller. 12-16)"
Boston-area high school junior Wylie Lang is in danger of losing everything she loves. Read full book review >
WANDERING WILD by Jessica Taylor
Released: May 3, 2016

"Uneven yet enjoyable. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Talia and Wen's nomadic life with the Wanderers is all they've ever known. Read full book review >
QUIET POWER by Susan Cain
Released: May 3, 2016

"Standard-issue self-help: worthy enough but wordy and heavily earnest, addressed to a broad audience but unlikely to attract one. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 13-17)"
The author of the bestselling Quiet (2012) collaborates with Mone and Moroz to bring her message of empowerment for quiet types to teen readers.Read full book review >
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
After the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015), Feyre struggles to pull herself back together while imminent threats loom.Read full book review >
THE DARK MISSIONS OF EDGAR BRIM by Shane Peacock
Released: May 3, 2016

"This thrilling historical mystery will have readers anxiously turning pages and checking under their beds. (Historical thriller. 12-16)"
A young Victorian is haunted and hunted by monsters from the era's darkest literature in Peacock's spine-tingling mystery. Read full book review >
True Born by L.E. Sterling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sometimes-riveting sci-fi series opener featuring multidimensional characters and an exciting, if violent, climax."
A dystopian YA novel in which sheltered twins realize that their world's problems are more personal than they ever imagined. Read full book review >
The Society by Jodie Andrefski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A thoughtful, sensitively drawn examination of bullying, revenge, and personal responsibility."
In Andrefski's (The Girlfriend Request, 2016, etc.) novel, a bullied teen at an elite private school plots revenge against her tormentors during recruitment week for a secret society. 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 >