Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

PINSTRIPE PRIDE by Marty Appel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An enormous home run. (foreword, statistics, reading list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
The action-packed saga of the New York Yankees is recounted for young readers by an author who knows the team well. Read full book review >
K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >

BETTER THAN PERFECT by Melissa Kantor
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"This timely story will ring true for today's disillusioned young people, who are discovering that years of good grades, piano lessons and internships don't necessarily result in adult happiness. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A high school senior's Type A life implodes after her mother takes an overdose of pills. Read full book review >
THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Robin Stevenson
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Dialogue bobbles aside, commendably on topic. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Jeremy is trying to talk Melody into jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida at the opening of this look at both what motivates someone to suicide and how people cope with the aftermath of a failed attempt. Read full book review >
SOULPRINT by Megan Miranda
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"A perfectly competent thriller for those who can suspend disbelief. (Thriller. 14-18)"
One of life's great ethical questions is considered in this novel, with mixed results. Read full book review >

MONSTROUS by MarcyKate Connolly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The story may be spun with classic DNA, but in the end, it's sluggish and overwrought. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A monster's search for identity and redemption, with betrayal, lies and madness at its core. Read full book review >
PROMPOSAL by Rhonda Helms
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Chick lit to the max. (Fiction. 12-18)"
High schoolers try to outdo one another in elaborate, romantic ways to pitch invitations to the prom. Read full book review >
THE COTTAGE IN THE WOODS by Katherine Coville
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An ambitious but awkward mashup of nursery-tale whimsy, Gothic tropes and modern didactic moralism. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Jane Eyre meets the Three Bears. Read full book review >
THE BARGAINING by Carly Anne West
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"It's uneven, but it rewards patient readers with both frightening action and emotional insight. (Horror. 14-18)"
In a multilayered ghost story, Penny spends a summer helping her father's new wife restore a decrepit house in tiny Point Finney, Washington. Read full book review >
I REMEMBER YOU by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Alas, unmemorable. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
This romance with a dash of time travel and a hint of war smacks of a Nicholas Sparks novel for teens. Read full book review >
DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"'The secret to life is TREATS!' intones a canine yogi. With that, at least, even diapered dog devotees will concur. (Cartoons. 10-13, adult)"
A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches. Read full book review >
SEEKER by Arwen Elys Dayton
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Ellipsis-laden dialogue makes even death-defying, CGI-ready adventures drag. (Science fantasy. 14-16)"
Three teens are tricked into using their phenomenal cosmic powers for immoral purposes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >