Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE END OF OUR STORY by Meg Haston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"A slightly philosophical love story for readers who want a little edge to their romance. (Romance. 12-18)"
Nothing, not even murder, will sway Bridget from her determination to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. Read full book review >
THE DEAD INSIDE by Cyndy Etler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Raw and absorbing, Etler's voice captivates. (author's note) (Memoir. 15 & up)"
In this debut memoir, Etler takes readers on a harrowing journey into Straight Inc., a nightmarish drug rehab that used controversial methods to "treat" its patients. Read full book review >

DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Intelligent and thoughtful, a highly relevant far-off speculative adventure. (Science-fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen soldier teams up with an enemy android to end an interplanetary war. Read full book review >
GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr
Released: April 4, 2017

"A poignant and smart family drama with broad appeal. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two sisters attempt to sort out their relationship, which is badly strained by years of living with their troubled and neglectful parents. Read full book review >
THE FOOTBALL GIRL by Thatcher Heldring
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Tessa's ferocious competitiveness is appealing, though her ambivalence about football gives the lie to the determined-looking girl on the cover. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Whether a girl might want to play football is the thread that holds together this dual narrative of a sports novel and a budding romance, told in alternating voices by the two sweethearts. Read full book review >

THE SACRIFICE OF SUNSHINE GIRL by Nancy Ohlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"An excellent end to an uneven but enjoyable series. (Paranormal suspense. 12-16)"
Sunshine Griffith faces down her destiny. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lacks any real substance. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Kemmerer's dual-narrative romance ponders the path of fate versus blazing one's own trail. Read full book review >
SPEAK OF ME AS I AM by Sonia Belasco
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"A stirring account of the trials of adolescence. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Art helps two teenagers cope with unbearable sorrow in this novel of loss and self-discovery. Read full book review >
THE GREAT AMERICAN FOOT RACE by Andrew Speno
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An absorbing story of colorful times. (photos, maps, statistics, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Marathons are commonplace now, but one of the earliest 20th-century long-distance races was the multiday, coast-to-coast Transcontinental Foot Race, little known now but an event that captured the world's imagination in 1928. Read full book review >
SPEED OF LIFE by Carol Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Complex characters and a strong voice make this one stand out. (Fiction. 11-14)"
With the first anniversary of her mother's death quickly approaching, 14-year-old Sofia finds herself full of questions with nowhere to turn for answers. Read full book review >
ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"A light read for those looking for a meet-cute with a twist. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A girl with the ability to read people's emotions meets a boy who defies her expectations in this debut novel. Read full book review >
BLACKLIST by Alyson Noël
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"Chick lit to the max for those who want it. (Chick lit. 14-18)"
The Beautiful Idols saga continues as the competitive Hollywood teens deal with the consequences of Madison's murder. 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 >