Teen Book Reviews (page 4)

THAT THING WE CALL A HEART by Sheba Karim
Released: May 9, 2017

"Populated by complicated characters who are so well described readers will feel they might bump into them on the street, Karim's second novel delivers on its title's promise. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
It's the end of high school, and Shabnam Qureshi has lost her best friend and has no summer job, but the summer quickly becomes unforgettable when she finds herself falling in love. Read full book review >
THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP by Katie A. Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"A satisfying examination of morality and the decisions that change our lives. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Debate is Tanner's talent, but is he good enough to succeed at his new school? Read full book review >

THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"There's much to appreciate in this teen soap with heart, even if it wraps up a little too neatly. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The daughter of a Mexican telenovela superstar pretends to be a poor scholarship kid at a posh Los Angeles prep school. Read full book review >
RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An exquisite, thoughtful exploration of the ties that bind and the fluidity of relationships, sexuality, and life. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
In Murphy's (Dumplin', 2015, etc.) third novel, a teenage girl navigates the complexities of romance and identity. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR'S KISS  by Erin  Beaty
Released: May 9, 2017

"Both epic and intimate, a semi-old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles. (Adventure. 14-adult)"
Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. Read full book review >

CITY OF ANGELS by Kristi Belcamino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"With a strong female protagonist who won't stop fighting, this page-turner is a delightful and gripping read. (Historical thriller. 14-18)"
Belcamino sets a coming-of-age mystery against the backdrop of the Rodney King case. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE by Randall Platt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing addition to Holocaust fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
"Just who are you?…No. What are you?" These questions are at the heart of this survival story set in World War II Warsaw. Read full book review >
IT'S NOT LIKE IT'S A SECRET by Misa Sugiura
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sugiura debuts with an angst-y coming-of-age narrative set at the intersections of identity, family, and first love. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >
THE CHAMPIONS' GAME by Saul Ramirez
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2017

"Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate. (appendix, afterword) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Chess is life, and life is chess in El Paso, Texas, the unpretentious setting for an inspiring, true story. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though not perfect, moving and of interest to teens experiencing similar stresses. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Five teens work on their mental health during four weeks at a wilderness-therapy camp. 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 >