Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

EDEN SUMMER by Liz Flanagan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"High drama and a breathless pace make this a riveting read. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A British teen still recovering from her own trauma is wracked with panic when her closest friend goes missing. Read full book review >
LITTLE WRECKS by Meredith Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Darkly thought-provoking reflections on modern gender politics. (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Three teen girls come of age during the late 1970s, experiencing and reacting to a culture of threatening misogyny. Read full book review >

NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 27, 2017

"Absolutely devastating in the best way. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 15-adult)"
The Dracul siblings experience power's price in this middle volume of a trilogy that imagines a female Vlad the Impaler. Read full book review >
JUNIPER LEMON'S HAPPINESS INDEX by Julie Israel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"Wound into the familiar narrative is insight into bringing closure to grief and the reality of untold, unknowable secrets. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Every day, Juniper writes about the positive and negative aspects of her life on an index card to cope with the hole in her life left when her sister, Camilla, died. Read full book review >
PRISONER OF WAR by Michael P. Spradlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"A harrowing but not particularly substantive story of war and survival. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
A teenage Marine endures the horrific brutalities of the Bataan Death March and a Japanese prison camp in the Philippines in this intense historical novel. Read full book review >

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"Although Gen may be hard for readers to connect to, her story is interesting enough they may well stick with her anyway. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Pipkin's debut leads readers on a journey through grief to hope again. Read full book review >
GIRL ON THE VERGE by Pintip Dunn
Released: June 27, 2017

"A thrilling tale with a lot of heart. (Suspense. 14-18)"
How far would you go to fit in? Read full book review >
THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
An 18th-century Grand Tour goes exquisitely wrong. Read full book review >
MAYBE IN PARIS by Rebecca Christiansen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"A troubling, self-indulgent 'acceptance' narrative that lacks authenticity and nuance. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A neurotypical teen dreams of Paris and rekindling her bond with her autistic brother in Christiansen's debut. Read full book review >
TWO ROADS FROM HERE by Teddy Steinkellner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"'Destiny or decision?' The answer may be unknowable, but Steinkellner gives readers something to think about. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Five high school seniors face major choices. Read full book review >
TRUSTING YOU & OTHER LIES by Nicole Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"While the central romance is engaging, the weak plotting undercuts its appeal. (Romance. 14-18)"
A romance between two teens focuses on fixing the wrong issue. Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN BETWEEN by Sarah Carroll
Released: June 20, 2017

"The blend of dark and lovely will appeal to David Almond fans. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
A skillful debut presents a nuanced view of homelessness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >