Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An elegantly crafted paean to the cleansing power of truth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"If only lonely were a more accurate word. It should sound much less pretty." Read full book review >
GIRL RISING by Tanya Lee Stone
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read. (author's note, appendix, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Although unfortunate circumstances in developing countries prevent girls from getting educations, nevertheless they remain resilient. Read full book review >

DECELERATE BLUE by Adam Rapp
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn't the only story to come from it. (Graphic science fiction. 14 & up)"
The U.S.A. is governed by forces dedicated to accelerated living, monitoring everyone with implants and countless cameras and harshly punishing sedition. Read full book review >
SWITCHING GEARS by Chantele Sedgwick
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Best for fans of three-hanky weepers. (Romance. 12-16)"
Emmy grapples with the death of her first love, a potential new boyfriend, and her mom's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
RECRUITS by Thomas Locke
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Harry Potter and Star Wars tossed in a blender: it's not particularly fresh or innovative, but it's a passable enough second-tier purchase. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Twins Dillon and Sean discover their childhood fantasy of an otherworldly train station is reality and their gateway to a new life in a galactic civilization. Read full book review >

AHGOTTAHANDLEONIT by Donovan Mixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An existential examination of the cycle of violence. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
No, Tim definitely doesn't have a handle on it. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
PIECING ME TOGETHER by Renée Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A timely, nuanced, and unforgettable story about the power of art, community, and friendship. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Jade dreams of success beyond her neighborhood despite the prejudices that surround her. Read full book review >
AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This book will take root in readers' hearts. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fabiola Toussaint is a black immigrant girl whose life is flipped upside down when she moves to Detroit, Michigan, from her homeland of Haiti and her mother is detained by ICE, leaving her to go on alone. Read full book review >
Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >
A TRAGIC KIND OF WONDERFUL by Eric Lindstrom
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An intimate and affecting portrait of mental illness helmed by an achingly real protagonist. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl grapples with bipolar disorder as she tries to mend broken friendships and find herself. Read full book review >
BLUFF by Julie Dill
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sly, insightful close-up of risk-taking's seductive, addictive appeal. (Fiction.14-18)"
An Oklahoma teen turns her poker prowess into a source of income then finds it exacts a price. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >