Young Adult Book Reviews (page 2)

IN PARIS WITH YOU by Clémentine Beauvais
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A love story that goes nowhere. (Verse novel. 14-adult)"
A novel in verse loosely based on a Russian classic and transported to contemporary Paris. Read full book review >
THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A rare second volume that surpasses the first, with, happily, more intrigue and passion still to come. (map) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to The Cruel Prince (2018). Read full book review >

TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET by Karen M. McManus
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Masterfully paced with well-earned thrills and spooky atmosphere worth sinking into. (Thriller. 14-18)"
History threatens to repeat itself in a small town known for disappearing teen girls. Read full book review >
SLAYER by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Even die-hard fans may lose patience with the story, but the surprises at the end more than adequately reward those who did their homework. (Paranormal adventure. 14-adult)"
Being a geek can be hard work. Read full book review >
EVEN IF I FALL by Abigail Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Emotional page-turner. (Fiction. 12-18)"
The one person who completely understands what Brooke is going through is the one person she's not supposed to talk to. Read full book review >

THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER by Ben Philippe
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Despite some missteps, this will appeal to readers who enjoy a fresh and realistic teen voice. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A teenage, not-so-lonely loner endures the wilds of high school in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
BLACK ENOUGH by Ibi Zoboi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A breath of fresh air and a sigh of long overdue relief. Nuanced and necessary. (contributor biographies) (Anthology. 12-18)"
A diverse and compelling fiction anthology that taps 17 established, rising star, and new #ownvoices talents. Read full book review >
INVENTING VICTORIA by Tonya Bolden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A compelling and significant novel. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
In 1880s Savannah, an African-American girl seizes the opportunity to enter a different life. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Powerful and engaging. (cast of characters, timeline, historical notes, sources, index) (Graphic biography. 12-18)"
Drawing on Frederick Douglass' own words, this graphic novel tells the story of one man's journey from the bondages of slavery to free, well-respected, and sought-after orator fighting for equality until the end of his life. Read full book review >
WE ARE HERE TO STAY by Susan Kuklin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A must-read. (timeline, endnotes, author's note, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A chronicle of true stories of nine undocumented young adults who came to the U.S. in search of a better tomorrow, leaving behind violence, political unrest, and poverty. Read full book review >
THE GIRL KING by Mimi Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Recommended for readers who enjoy imperfect characters and complex plots. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Two sisters—and the fate of an empire between them. Read full book review >
WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS by Ruth Anne Snow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Snow attempts to engage with deep topics but ultimately serves up a shallow story. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Girls who have been close friends for years face their senior prom night with trepidation. 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 >