Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

FINDING HOPE by Colleen Nelson
Released: April 12, 2016

"A double story that draws readers in. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Hope misses her brother Eric, a former star hockey player who has become a meth addict. Will leaving home for a boarding school in the city help ease the pain? Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2016

"A page-turner that runs aground on a shoal of stereotype. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Two teens run away to a better life—temporarily. Read full book review >

STRIKE by Delilah S. Dawson
Released: April 12, 2016

"Avoiding the 'middle book' syndrome of many series, this sequel is sure to be a hit with previous fans. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
The assigned kills from Hit (2015) may be over, but the danger still intensifies in this capitalist dystopia.Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2016

"Immersive and mesmerizing. (character list, historical note, glossary, bibliography) (Historical fantasy. 14-17)"
A girl matchmaker in 13th-century southern France meets a mystic on the run from the Inquisition. Read full book review >
LADY RENEGADES by Rachel Hawkins
Released: April 12, 2016

"Mythic adventure at the country club. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
Adolescent Alabama belles have taken on the magical powers of ancient Greek heroes and mystics, with complicated results. Now they try to resolve it all in this third installment of the Rebel Belle series. Read full book review >

OCDANIEL by Wesley King
Released: April 12, 2016

"Part coming-of-age, part mystery, and part middle-grade social-problem novel, Daniel's story will resonate with a broad spectrum of readers. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In a departure from his previous book, The Incredible Space Raiders from Space (2015), King offers the story of an "eccentric thirteen-year-old social oddity" who desperately wants to be normal. Read full book review >
AFTERLIGHT by Rebecca Lim
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers will hold out hope for a second installment set in Lim's richly imagined world. (Paranormal thriller. 14-18)"
A misfit Australian teen reluctantly pursues a strong connection with the dead to solve a murder. Read full book review >
YOU GOT THIS! by Maya S. Penn
Released: April 12, 2016

"There's no doubt Maya will continue to change the world for the better, and those who can follow her advice might have a shot at joining forces. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If every teenager were as together as author Penn, the world would be a much different place. Read full book review >
WAYBOUND by Cameron Baity
Released: April 12, 2016

"A brainy, action-packed fantasy outing even more complex and sophisticated than series opener Foundry's Edge (2015). (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner bravely search for the mysterious Occulyth, which they hope will resolve all of their challenges in this second of the Books of Ore. Read full book review >
TRAGEDY GIRL by Christine Hurley Deriso
Released: April 8, 2016

"A deftly plotted psychological mystery. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Anne recently lost her parents in a car crash. Now she meets Blake, whose girlfriend recently died. Do their tragedies mean that the two are made for each other? Read full book review >
THE MEMORY JAR by Elissa Janine Hoole
Released: April 8, 2016

"An intricately crafted story of teen pregnancy helmed by a bold, achingly real protagonist determined to decide her own fate. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After a snowmobile accident leaves her boyfriend in a coma, a girl must confront her memories before she can make a life-altering decision. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2016

"Shelve this one beside resistance tales like Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity (2012) and read next to a box of tissues. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A political features writer at the Washington Post turns to teen fiction and delivers the goods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >