Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thought-provoking exploration of art as an expression of love and pain. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Take a contemporary San Francisco, add an undertone of classic Romeo and Juliet, some grit and viscera, and this story of two remarkable teens is the result.Read full book review >

NEED by Joelle Charbonneau
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A frothy mystery that trips over its desire for social relevance. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A mysterious social network sows discontent. Read full book review >
SONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Musical-theater lovers, whether front-of-curtain, backstage, or audience, will revel in this journey in which 'Every moment makes a contribution / Every little detail plays a part.' (list of shows, film scores, bibliography, videography, discography, source notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
With a deft hand and unbridled admiration for her subject, Rubin presents the career of a musical theater giant. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A suitably swashbuckling sequel. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The sequel to The Inventor's Secret (2014) finds plucky Resistance warrior Charlotte leading her small but trusty band of youthful rebels through the thickets and swamps of the New York Wildlands in a desperate bid to reach French-held rebel territory near a fictional New Orleans. Read full book review >

CAPTIVE by A.J. Grainger
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"What better forbidden romance than with a man who chloroforms a girl and zip-ties her to a bed? (Thriller. 12-14)"
The 16-year-old daughter of the U.K.'s prime minister is kidnapped by terrorists. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The inventiveness of the many worlds Marguerite traverses should keep fans happy. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The parallel-universe sci-fi/romance story begun with A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) continues.Read full book review >
TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Less startling than its predecessor; a hopeful aftermath tale for readers already attached to these characters. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Five white teens move on with their lives after doing sex work in Las Vegas. Read full book review >
FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Jayson, a tough kid from the poor part of Moreland, North Carolina, is sent across town to live with foster parents, where he'll play basketball for a rival team. Read full book review >
HOLLOWGIRL by Sean Williams
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A philosophical marathon. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The conclusion of the teleportation-based science-fiction Twinmaker trilogy. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A thoughtful exploration of grief and life. (Fiction. 16-18)"
After the death of her mother, Georgia tries to really live while figuring out what that means. Read full book review >
ONE OF US by Jeannie Waudby
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A timely and riveting debut thriller about tolerance and the complexities of truth. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old K discovers deception on all sides when she infiltrates a terrorist group 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 >