Teen Book Reviews (page 3)

FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A pleasant read for teens who dream of a glamorous lifestyle. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Eager to leave her small-town life behind, a high schooler embarks on a whirlwind tour as the new lead singer of an established rock band. Read full book review >
THIS WAY HOME by Wes Moore
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A taut, haunting tragedy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Lifelong best friends and basketball teammates Elijah, Dylan, and Michael become reluctantly entangled with a Baltimore street gang. Read full book review >

TRIPLE MOON by Melissa de la Cruz
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A stormy beach read that is more soap than opera. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Terrible teen witches seek and sabotage safe haven in this spinoff's spinoff. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An absorbing convergence of coming-of-age stories as well as a thoughtful meditation on shoes and all that they witness and represent. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-16)"
A pair of handmade shoes travels through time, transforming the lives of those who come into contact with them. Read full book review >
LILLI'S QUEST by Lila Perl
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A not-particularly-dynamic addition to the Holocaust shelves. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
A companion to Isabel's War (2014) fills in and expands the story of the girl known as Helga, explaining why Lilli, and not her younger sister, the real Helga, was on the Kindertransport to England. Read full book review >

AUTUMN'S KISS by Bella Thorne
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This light-as-air read will appeal mostly to young teens, who will appreciate all the roller-coaster romance, Autumn's tightknit family, and her recurring run-ins with a fictional young heartthrob named Kyler Leeds. (Romance. 12-16)"
Teen actor Thorne follows her first novel in the Autumn's Fall series with this installment, set during the titular Cuban-American character's junior year at her new high school in Florida.Read full book review >
UNFORGIVEN by Lauren Kate
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Engaging enough to keep Kate's legions of fans happy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
The long-standing Fallen series continues with bad boy fallen angel Cam trying to win back his lost love from ancient Israel, entering into a deal with the devil to do it. Read full book review >
HARDWIRED by Trisha Leaver
Released: Nov. 8, 2015

"A promising premise and strong start are squandered by sloppy plotting. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
Teenagers who test positive for a gene linked to violence must go through a government program before being allowed back into society. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2015

"A fascinating volume especially suited for browsing. (glossary, sources and additional resources, endnotes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Kicking off the History in 50 series, this volume presents 50 stories about disasters that pitted "human civilization against the forces of nature." Read full book review >
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT by Mike Winchell
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A fine collection and a boon to writing teachers everywhere. (Anthology. 10-16)"
Twenty writers share how they drew upon personal experiences to write short fiction. Read full book review >
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN by Renee Collins
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Suspenseful, poignant, and romantic: well worth the read. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Mystery, romance, time travel, and danger…this one has it all. Read full book review >
HOTEL RUBY by Suzanne Young
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"While fans of supernatural-romance may want to give this The Shining-meets-The Great Gatsby book a try, readers looking for a less-transparent plot and a more-complicated mystery would do better to look elsewhere. (Horror. 14-18)"
Audrey knows her father is grief-stricken over the death of her mother, but abandoning her and her brother at the home of a grandmother they hardly know is almost unforgivable. 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 >