Young Adult Book Reviews (page 3)

BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Much like building a bridge stone by stone, this read requires painstaking effort and patience. (Fiction. 16-adult)"
Years after the death of their mother, the fourth son in an Australian family of five boys reconnects with his estranged father. Read full book review >
DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val Emmich
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Without the rich music and stage performance it's a middling story with themes better handled elsewhere; impeccably timed for the musical's national tour, however, teens will clamor to read it. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Emmich (The Reminders, 2017) joins the team behind the Tony-winning musical to create this novel adaptation. Read full book review >

HEARTS UNBROKEN by Cynthia Leitich Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Endearing enough for Smith's fans, too many subissues hinder an organic unfolding to convert new readers. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 14-18)"
"Suburban," Muscogee (Creek) girl Louise "Lou" Wolfe confronts the politics of being Native in an overwhelmingly white high school while finding first love. Read full book review >
DREAMING OUT LOUD by Baby Ariel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Vapid and banal. (Memoir. 12-18)"
Social media ce-web-rity Baby Ariel steps out of the digital realm and into print with her debut, Dreaming Out Loud. Read full book review >
LAST PICK by Jason Walz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Awesome. (author's note) (Graphic science fiction. 12-18)"
Aliens invade, abducting almost everyone. Read full book review >

HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Honest, important, and timely. (author's note, note on the art) (Graphic novel memoir. 14-adult)"
A childhood beset by generations of family addiction is revealed in this raw graphic-novel memoir from a well-known children's author and illustrator. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S THIEF by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"In the end, this classic midseries entry seems mostly designed to set up the next volume, but fans probably won't mind. (map, author's note, further reading) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
The second book in The Last Magician series picks up right after the cliffhanger conclusion of the first volume. Read full book review >
LOST SOUL, BE AT PEACE by Maggie Thrash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A thoughtful and compelling exploration of adolescence. (Graphic memoir/fiction. 13-adult)"
Thrash (Strange Lies, 2017, etc.) returns with a graphic memoir blended with fiction. Read full book review >
LIGHT AS A FEATHER by Zoe Aarsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A well-paced supernatural mystery that entertains but never quite explains. (Horror. 13-16)"
"What about Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board? Have you guys ever played that?" Read full book review >
GIRLS WRITE NOW by Girls Write Now
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2018

"A celebration of young female writers that would be a great addition to classroom shelves as an inspiring example of honest writing. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A diverse group of teenage girls from New York City offer glimpses into their lives in this collection of short autobiographical essays interspersed with pieces of advice from leading women authors of today. Read full book review >
MY WHOLE TRUTH by Mischa Thrace
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Engaging and honest. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white 17-year-old deals with the aftermath of killing her attacker in self-defense. Read full book review >
THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE by Cheyanne Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A tedious and predictable snooze. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A dying teen leaves her best friend a to-do list. 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 >