Young Adult Book Reviews (page 3)

SHATTER THE SUNS by Caitlin Sangster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A victim of middle-book syndrome buoyed by a keen sense of the intricacies of relationships. (pronunciation guide, author's note) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Guided by her mother's last words, Sev embarks on a quest to find the cure to sleeping sickness, or SS. Read full book review >
THE RESOLUTIONS by Mia García
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A well-imagined world with point-of-view jumps that make it hard to invest in the characters as complex individuals. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Looking ahead to their final year before graduation, four Latinx high school juniors deepen their friendship by altering their usual New Year's Eve tradition. Read full book review >

SLEEPING IN MY JEANS by Connie King Leonard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Straightforward prose and sympathetic characters serve the narrative and arouse empathy. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-18)"
A teen's struggles with homelessness become more complicated when her mother disappears. Read full book review >
YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY by Gordon Jack
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Sharply observed—but so sharp it may be missed by less woke readers—this is satire at its best. (Fiction. 14-18)
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A stoner, a type-A achiever, and a new girl with a secret fight for the class presidency. Read full book review >
HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED by Mary Crockett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A veneer of gravitas hides little substance. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Coming to terms with a brutal murder in small-town Virginia gets complicated when the unnamed narrator falls for Charlie, the victim's bereaved boyfriend. Read full book review >

THE STORYTELLER by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Thoroughly immersive, thoroughly satisfying. (map) (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
"What is written comes to pass"—or does it? Read full book review >
WILDER by Andrew Simonet
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Equal parts thriller, mystery, romance, and problem novel, Wilder grabs the reader from the start but ultimately fails to create a meaningfully cohesive story. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jason Wilder can't help but be intrigued when he is joined one day in in-school suspension by the mysterious and charismatic new girl, Melissa Young. But that's not her real name. Read full book review >
DARK MIND RISING by Julia Keller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Sloppy and cringeworthy. (Dystopian adventure. 12-adult)"
Two years after Violet destroyed the Intercept in The Dark Intercept (2017), she's pulled into a mystery that reveals the Intercept might not be gone. Read full book review >
PULP by Robin Talley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Suspenseful parallel lesbian love stories deftly illuminate important events in LGBTQ history. (bibliography) (Fiction. 13-18)"
Two Washington, D.C., lesbian teens, 62 years apart, each discover classic lesbian pulp fiction—late midcentury paperbacks depicting a shadowy world of forbidden love. Read full book review >
THE LYING WOODS by Ashley Elston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Readers won't even notice the steady pull to the edges of their seats. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A teen is unprepared for the truths his father's disappearance uncovers in Elston's (This Is Our Story, 2016, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
KUNG FU HERO AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Deji Olatunji
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Taking advantage of a very fast-growing fan base, this outing aims to expand Olatunji's branded empire with a video game-inspired graphic fantasy but delivers nothing more than cheap prepubescent thrills. (Graphic fantasy. 12-14)"
YouTube sensation ComedyShortsGamer takes his signature blend of hilarity and hijinks on an unbelievable journey into the fantastical Beijing underground with his brother/nemesis, KSI. Read full book review >
SYNCHRO BOY by Shannon McFerran
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A nuanced, compassionate exploration of male sexuality and identity. (Fiction. 12-18)"
After Bart, a dancer-turned-competitive swimmer, impulsively joins his Victoria, British Columbia, high school's all-female synchronized swim team, he finds himself challenging heteronormative expectations both in and out of school. 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 >