Teen Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LEVELLER by Julia Durango
Released: June 23, 2015

"Smooth entertainment equally likely to appeal to both gamers and nongamers. (Science fiction. 13-17)"
Teens want to escape into virtual worlds, where they can remake themselves into gorgeous and heroic avatars; parents want their kids to pay more attention to homework and chores. This book is for both camps. Read full book review >
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
Released: June 23, 2015

"As a portrait of the emerging adolescent, it engages, even if it gives the effects of the kidnapping on its victim short shrift. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl loses her best friend when he's kidnapped by his father at 7 and must cope when he returns 10 years later. Read full book review >

THE RULES by Nancy Holder
Released: June 23, 2015

"There aren't clues enough to make this a mystery, but thriller fans should enjoy it. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A superrich but neglected teen mourns his equally shy sister and decides to get revenge on the teens he blames for her death. Read full book review >
A GIRL UNDONE by Catherine Linka
Released: June 23, 2015

"A realistic, sobering conclusion to the battle between one girl and a looming, Atwood-ian society. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
Wanted as a terrorist, Avie works to save herself and the ones she loves without giving in to the vicious Paternalists. Read full book review >
TANGLED WEBS by Lee Bross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The overall effect is that the tale is underbaked; perhaps the planned sequel will help it set. (Romance. 12 & up)"
Secret-life shenanigans in 18th-century London. Read full book review >

THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >
THE FIRE CHILDREN by Lauren Roy
Released: June 18, 2015

"This entry in the stuffed paranormal-romance genre refreshingly lacks passive angst. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In a fantasyland desert, one girl's encounter with her gods is both dangerous and romantic. Read full book review >
I Am Titanium by John Patrick Kennedy
Released: June 18, 2015

"The sort of teen horror-fantasy that would play well for high school heshers drawing horror comics in study hall."
Mayhem reigns as a dying boy and an outcast girl are boosted to the level of miraculous superhumans and thrust into violent battle against monstrous forces (or each other). Read full book review >
THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi
Released: June 16, 2015

"In the end, there are few surprises in this coming-of-age novel, but readers looking for a light but meaningful summer romance will engage with it effortlessly. (Romance. 13-18)"
A story of first love lost and possibly found again is told in chapters alternating between the present and a year in the past. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat
Released: June 16, 2015

"This teen-love not-quite-trifle demonstrates that between the lines resides truth about perception, others, and most importantly oneself. (Romance. 14-17)"
Her family's move to the wrong side of the tracks feels like a devastating fall from grace for Ivy. Read full book review >
AFTER HOURS by Claire Kennedy
Released: June 16, 2015

"Featuring short, punchy chapters, engagingly flawed characters, and a plot that churns ever forward, this frothy confection may not nourish, but it will certainly delight. (Fiction. 15-17)"
The stakes of a game of dares grow uncomfortably high for four teens. Read full book review >
THE REVENGE PLAYBOOK by Rachael Allen
Released: June 16, 2015

"A deceptively light look at the dark side of football culture. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When boys on the football team start dumping their girlfriends, the girls team up to get revenge. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >