Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST by Michael Rubens
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A charming, at times brutally funny peek inside a slacker's mind. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A pot-smoking slacker with a habit of writing half-songs meets his long-lost father in this droll, moving novel. Read full book review >
YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE by Julie Cross
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Romance trumps industry detail in this fashion follow-up. (Romance. 14-18)"
Two fashion models in New York City try not to fall in love but can't help it—yet secrets from the past might tear them apart. Read full book review >

WHATEVER. by S.J. Goslee
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A humorous account of a teen's reluctant and awkward journey to acceptance of his emerging bisexuality. (Fiction. 14-18)"
With a close-knit group of guy friends, a cool girlfriend, and few worries, Mike's junior year is off to a great start. Until it isn't. Read full book review >
THE GILDED CAGE by Lucinda Gray
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A fast-paced, satisfying historical novel with a gutsy heroine and an intriguing 19th-century mystery at its core. (Historical mystery. 12 & up)"
Newfound family wealth draws a teenage Virginia farm girl into a murder mystery set in upper-crust England in the 1820s. Read full book review >
CROW SMARTS by Pamela S. Turner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An otherwise fine entry in the long-running Scientists in the Field Series. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
New Caledonian crows demonstrate that they both use and produce tools. Read full book review >

EUREKA! by John Grant
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Culturally blinkered but refreshingly opinionated and not without a few pleasant surprises. (index) (Collective biography. 12-16)"
A lively parade of cranks, mystics, rebels, obsessives, and geniuses, humble or otherwise, whose discoveries and insights shaped today's science and technology. Read full book review >
MARCH by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This memoir's unique eyewitness view of epochal events makes it essential reading for an understanding of those times—and these. (Graphic memoir. 11 & up)"
A living icon of the civil rights movement brings his frank and stirring account of the movement's most tumultuous years (so far) to a climax. Read full book review >
Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A spooky and satisfying literary mystery that features two celebrated authors."
Triana (Summer of Yesterday, 2014, etc.) takes inspiration from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in this horror-tinged YA novel. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kirsty McKay
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Smart, edge-of-the-seat thrills. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl joins a traditional secret murder game in her snooty boarding school only to find that the game might be more real than anyone had intended. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This important topic is worthy of attention, and in spite of some design flaws, this will serve middle and high school readers well. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Thousands of different types of microbes inhabit, in unimagined profusion, many parts of the human body. It's an ecosystem worth exploring. Read full book review >
UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE by Connie Goldsmith
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An effective, compassionate guide to a subject that needs one. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Facts counteract stigma and ignorance in this guide. Read full book review >
NICE GIRLS ENDURE by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Valuable for showing a miserable fat protagonist getting happier—without the seemingly obligatory weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 13-16)"
How much derision can a teen endure? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >