Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THIS IS NOT THE END by Jesse Jordan
Released: June 14, 2016

"A wickedly funny examination of what it means to choose your own destiny. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
A teenage outcast discovers he is the key to the world's undoing. Read full book review >
READ ME LIKE A BOOK by Liz Kessler
Released: June 14, 2016

"With an absorbing plot and believable dialogue, this novel demonstrates respect for teens' fears and desires, ending on a hopeful note that steers clear of unconvincing platitudes. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Life is messy, people are imperfect—but Ashleigh learns that love really is all you need in this bighearted story of honesty and acceptance. Read full book review >

Released: June 14, 2016

"Readers will either see themselves in Devon and his story or will reconsider their own roles in their schools' social structures. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A Maori teen's brutal experiences at boarding school provide an object lesson in how systems of power perpetuate themselves. Read full book review >
PROJECT (UN)POPULAR by Kristen Tracy
Released: June 14, 2016

"(Un)successful. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Anya, the stylish and popular yearbook editor, insists that all of the photos feature Rocky Mount Middle School's most popular students, best friends Perry and Venice are determined to make sure the yearbook is for everyone, not just the beautiful people. Read full book review >
IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh
Released: June 14, 2016

"Narrative artifice aside, this is an involving story solidly told, doing credit to its inspiration and sources. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
A gender-flipped revisiting of Pride and Prejudice translates surprisingly well into the Ice Age—until it doesn't.Read full book review >

WE WERE NEVER HERE by Jennifer Gilmore
Released: June 14, 2016

"The romance is so-so, but the dual portrayal of friendship and adjustment to a rarely discussed condition is sensitive and insightful. (Romance. 14-18)"
After 16-year-old Lizzie doubles over at summer camp, she enters the hospital and a "horror movie" of pain, tests, and vulnerability. Read full book review >
HOW IT FEELS TO FLY by Kathryn Holmes
Released: June 14, 2016

"Less about ballet than about therapy, but interesting nevertheless. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Samantha dreams of becoming a professional ballerina like her mom, but her body is changing into one that the ballet world will not accept. Read full book review >
LOSING GABRIEL by Lurlene McDaniel
Released: June 14, 2016

"A standard weeper. (Fiction. 13-18)"
The lives of three high schoolers become deeply entangled around the birth of a child. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2016

"An interesting, experimental near-future character study. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Rose, a quiet, shy girl living in New York City in 2029, suddenly comes out of her shell. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2016

"The novel ends in a buoyant mood, perhaps not entirely earned. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In an ill-advised effort to set his life straight, 17-year-old River Dean fakes a weed addiction and joins a support group for teens. Read full book review >
STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2016

"Only for insatiable fans of the genre or author. (Steampunk. 12-18)"
A historical adventure sports a steampunk veneer, like an undersea Murder on the Orient Express. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >