Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

EVERLAND by Wendy Spinale
Released: May 10, 2016

"With predictable plot twists, this story is unoriginal in ways that have nothing to do with the fact that it retells a classic. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
With London crippled by bombings and a deadly disease outbreak, Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey, are bent on just surviving until they find a way out. Read full book review >
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen with her sights set on a scholarship for a psychology undergraduate program befriends a boy with agoraphobia in order to write an essay about the experience in this novel from Printz Medal winner Whaley. Read full book review >

THE SEASON OF YOU AND ME by Robin Constantine
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fun and thoughtful—more than just a summer read. (Romance. 14-18)"
Trying to leave behind her breakup with her manipulative ex, Gavin, Cassidy decides to spend the summer with her father's family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >
FLANNERY by Lisa Moore
Released: May 10, 2016

"Smart, bold, heartbreaking—sophisticated teen readers will be wowed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman struggles with her unconventional mom, her best friend's cold shoulder, and a fierce crush in this novel for teens set in Newfoundland. Read full book review >
THE LAST TIME WE WERE US by Leah Konen
Released: May 10, 2016

"An easy, intelligent coming-of-age tale. (Romance. 14-18)"
All teens want to be popular in high school…but not all are. Konen combines humor and pathos for a realistic novel about the conflict between peer pressure and personal strength. Read full book review >

SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods
Released: May 10, 2016

"A perfectly acceptable beach read. (Romance. 12-18)"
A girl who believes in astrology tries to follow her star chart to find her true love. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by Frank Viva
by Frank Viva, illustrated by Frank Viva
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 10, 2016

"Offer this hybrid to readers with the patience to appreciate its unhurried pace. (Historical/graphic fiction hybrid. 11 & up)"
A summer spent in a remote fishing village in Nova Scotia proves to be transformative. Read full book review >
EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS by Mia Garcia
Released: May 10, 2016

"A compelling 24-hour romance that's as charged as its New Orleans setting. (Romance. 14-18)"
During a summer service trip to New Orleans, Julie escapes from her church group and revels in Mid-Summer Mardi Gras for one magical, romantic night. Read full book review >
THIS IS MY BRAIN ON BOYS by Sarah Strohmeyer
Released: May 10, 2016

"Funny and engaging, if somewhat formulaic. (Romance. 13-18)"
Highly intelligent but awkward Addie attempts to prove that the experience of falling in love can be induced by subjecting people to a series of environmental conditions in this romantic comedy. Read full book review >
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMBER CROW by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Released: May 10, 2016

"Fresh and fascinating. (author note) (Indigenous futurism. 12-18)"
Six months after the events in series opener The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (2014), the Tribe is thriving; then Ember Crow fails to return from a scouting mission, and Ashala and Connor, searching for answers, make a discovery that upends what they thought they knew about their friend and their own history.Read full book review >
UNRIVALED by Alyson Noël
Released: May 10, 2016

"Chick-lit gold. (Chick lit. 12-18)"
Three fame-hungry teens vie for a prize they can win by running nightclubs for an unprincipled mogul, while a young A-list star tries to avoid them. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF BUTTERFLIES by Andrea Portes
Released: May 10, 2016

"Snarky and painfully astute. But in a good way. (Fiction. 15-18)"
See the girl on the train, the white one "with the frizzy red hair and funny mouth"? That's 16-year-old Willa Parker. Willa has a simple two-point plan: move to the East Coast…and kill herself. 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 >