Teen Book Reviews

A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY by Tom Ellen
Released: May 3, 2016

"An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with. (Romance. 13-17)"
Two teens on the cusp of adulthood find love in this British import. Read full book review >
THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid thriller. (Mystery. 12-18)"
Olivia's father murdered her mother when Olivia was 3 and then vanished, throwing Olivia into a series of foster homes until she achieves early emancipation at age 17. Read full book review >

SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake
Released: May 3, 2016

"A smart, satisfying romance. (Romance. 12-18)"
Two teens fall for each other, but their love seems star-crossed because of the sins of their parents. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 3, 2016

"A riveting and highly moving dog story that's marred by clumsy design. (Nonfiction. 11-18)"
Judy, an English pointer caught up in World War II, formed a solid bond with a young British airman, Frank Williams, and exhibited remarkable heroism. Read full book review >
HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano
Released: May 3, 2016

"Intertwined spectral and real worlds deliver double the thrills. (Paranormal suspense. 11-16)"
Leaving his actual body behind in prison, Smoke can move through the world as a ghost in this fantastic yet real portrait of a survivor seeking answers. Read full book review >

WHISPER TO ME by Nick Lake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Part murder mystery, part love story, with plenty of drama for Lake's many fans. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After Cassie finds a human foot washed up on a New Jersey beach, she starts to hear a voice that threatens to harm her and others unless she obeys it. Read full book review >
TRAITOR ANGELS by Anne Blankman
Released: May 3, 2016

"Like Elizabeth, this story never stands still. Readers will love the journey and learn much on the way. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
Blankman weaves religion, science, literary genius, poetry, and romance into a mystery that, if solved, could turn the world upside down. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016

"A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Seventeen-year-old Andie Walker's life is planned down to the minute, and she likes it that way. Read full book review >
WILD SWANS by Jessica Spotswood
Released: May 3, 2016

"For anyone who suffers from too-heavy expectations, Ivy will ring true in this engaging, nearly flawless coming-of-age novel. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A young woman struggles against the expectations and messy history of her family. Read full book review >
THE BLOOD BETWEEN US by Zac Brewer
Released: May 3, 2016

"Brewer weaves sexuality and identity into the story but does not make them the engine for it; the result is a rich, authentic read. (Mystery. 13-18)"
Adrien can't get away from his wicked sister fast enough after his adoptive parents die in a horrific accident; it takes something huge to get him back in the same city as his sister, his past, the ghosts he's been trying to outrun, and danger he doesn't see coming. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE FAULT LINES by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Released: May 3, 2016

"A gentle, honest, and occasionally perplexing exploration of how people seek solace during anguishing situations. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Dazed by her father's inexplicable disappearance, Callie spends the next several months searching for answers and adjusting to the new family dynamic that's developing with her mother. Read full book review >
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it's full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
After surviving a brutal attack, Amanda starts school in a new town. She plans to stay focused and get through senior year, but kind, attractive Grant causes a distraction that wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for her deepest secret. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >