Teen Book Reviews (page 543)

SURF MULES by G. Neri
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Still, older boys who say they've never read anything will be attracted to the novel's profanity, prodigious amounts of pot and friendship on the brink of disaster. (Fiction. YA)"
At the end of their senior year, three Southern California teenage surfers mark time while seeking the Perfect Monster Wave. Read full book review >
SPROUT by Dale Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2009

"Dedicated readers, especially young gays in the square states, will identify—and it's important enough for that reason. (Fiction. YA)"
When he was twelve, Daniel's dad packed the two of them up and moved from New York to Buhler, Kan. Read full book review >

THE STRAITS by Jeremy Craig
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Easygoing yet complex, veering between detachment and desperation, he's worth spending time with. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Since his mother and sister died in a Florida hurricane, Jim, 15, has survived in a FEMA trailer park with Aunt Mel, supplementing her meager income by working construction. Read full book review >
THE REAL REAL by Emma McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"The authors' name recognition (The Nanny Diaries, 2002, etc.) should guarantee some sales. (Fiction. YA)"
Jesse is convinced her senior year will be nothing short of pathetically normal until she's picked to be one of the six stars of The Real Hampton Beach, a reality show filming in her town. Read full book review >
L.A. CANDY by Lauren Conrad
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Completely unremarkable, with an unresolved ending. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Everyday girls find their lives are everyone else's business when they're picked to star in a Sex and the City-style reality show. Read full book review >

THE ORANGE HOUSES by Paul Griffin
Released: June 1, 2009

"A deceivingly slim volume with a slow start that leads to a breathless finish. (Fiction. YA)"
Three unlikely friends struggle to survive poverty's vicious cycle in the Bronx. Read full book review >
A SO-CALLED VACATION by Genaro González
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2009

"Some food for thought, but Joyce McDonald's Devil on My Heels (2004) or Cynthia DeFelice's Under the Same Sky (2003) presents many of the same issues better. (Fiction. YA)"
González focuses on family relationships in this sketchy tale of a Tejano and his two sons in a migrant labor camp. Read full book review >
ONE LONELY DEGREE by C.K. Kelly Martin
Released: May 26, 2009

"The perfect temperature for a summer read or a cool discussion, and an outstanding second novel. (Fiction. YA)"
Finn's family is falling apart at the same time she's falling for her best friend's boyfriend. Read full book review >
CASTRATION CELEBRATION by Jake Wizner
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 26, 2009

"Nonetheless, the title and content guarantee that this volume will be stolen from library shelves everywhere. (Fiction. YA)"
Max, an actor, and Olivia, a playwright, meet at drama camp when Max trips over Olivia. Read full book review >
ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY by Kim Harrison
FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2009

"Readers looking for stories of the afterlife are advised to look Elsewhere. (Supernatural. YA)"
This urban fantasy promises attitude and mystery but doesn't deliver. Read full book review >
SWOON by Nina Malkin
ADVENTURE
Released: May 19, 2009

"Readers looking for another Twilight may be disappointed; while the romantic tension smolders between Sin and Dice, the sex abounds between the denizens of Swoon, with little left to the imagination in this oddly erotic outing. (Fiction. YA)"
Recently transplanted from New York City, troubled hipster and semi-psychic Candice—nicknamed Dice—is trying to make the best of her new stuffy, suburban life in Swoon, Conn. Read full book review >
YOU ARE HERE by Jennifer E.  Smith
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 2009

"Still, it's a half-relayed journey at best, one that fails to deal realistically with money, potty breaks or other mundane details of life on the road—a lapse that might well prove fatal with readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Two 16-year-old loners plus a dog take a road trip that brings them together; it's a familiar plot, but Smith invests her somewhat odd and isolated characters with some distinctions that help to make this feel more fresh than that description might lead readers to believe. 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 >