Young Adult Book Reviews (page 3)

THE SUMMER OF US by Cecilia Vinesse
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Despite the bland title, this novel nimbly uses the almost obligatory middle-class post-graduation backpacking trip as a transformative odyssey of self-discovery. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A trip around Europe becomes fraught for a group of five recent high school graduates. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE GHOSTS by Robyn Schneider
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Much too often, Logan isn't just an 'invisible ghost.' He's hardly there at all. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Ghost stories tend to feature only two kinds of ghosts: kindly ones who want to help and terrifying ones who put people in danger; this novel presents an alternative: a ghost who's just mildly annoying. Read full book review >

MONDAY'S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"A tragic and heartbreaking tale of love, loss, grief, growth, and perseverance. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
Washington, D.C., eighth-graders Claudia Coleman and her best (and only) friend, Monday Charles, were inseparable, often mistaken for twins—until the day Monday disappeared. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF SALT by Katrina Leno
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Equal parts fantasy, romance, and mystery, this book shimmers with an irresistible energy. (Fiction. 14-18)"
On a small island called By-the-Sea, two young women discover their magical powers and resilience. Read full book review >
JACKED UP by Erica Sage
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"An impressive debut novel that entertains while encouraging the questioning of all assumptions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Nick's lesbian sister, Diana, is dead and his parents are sending him to a weeklong "Jesus camp" at the suggestion of his homophobic, evangelical sister, Charlotte. Read full book review >

THE LION'S BINDING OATH AND OTHER STORIES by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Although Yusuf's short stories offer various insights into Somalia, the reader is left wanting for greater nuance in order to come away with a more focused view of the country and its people. (Short stories. 16-adult)"
Yusuf (Somalis in Minnesota, 2013), who grew up as a nomad in Somalia and arrived in the U.S. without a high school diploma, uses Somalia's geographical landscape and culture to create an intricate braid of short stories about family, identity, escape, destruction, and return. Read full book review >
ALWAYS FOREVER MAYBE by Anica Mrose Rissi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"An absorbing tale of a fatal attraction and its consequences. (domestic violence resources) (Fiction. 13-18)"
In western New York state, high school senior Betts meets a handsome boy at the Sugar Shack where she works and immediately falls for him. Read full book review >
THE OPPOSITE OF HERE by Tara Altebrando
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Too many vaporous threads set this breezy cruise thriller adrift. (Suspense. 12-16)"
After a charming fellow cruise passenger disappears, Natalie can't help trying to figure out where he went—and why he vanished. Read full book review >
NEANDERTHAL OPENS THE DOOR TO THE UNIVERSE by Preston Norton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Teens who enjoy snarky commentary on high school life may be satisfied with these shortcuts, but Norton doesn't open any new doors to the high school universe. (Fiction. 15-18)"
All the tropes of YA fiction—suicide, depression, drug abuse, bullying, problems of race, class, and gender, high school cliques, and their ensuing drama—are exploited in this mildly entertaining novel. Read full book review >
TELL ME NO LIES by A.V. Geiger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"This sequel requires a read of its predecessor to understand what's going on, and even then, the most dedicated fans will still be lost. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
It's one month after the events of Follow Me Back (2017), and police think pop star Eric Thorn has been murdered by obsessed fangirl Tessa Hart. Read full book review >
WHAT YOU LEFT ME by Bridget Morrissey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"A potentially interesting premise is marred by convoluted language, cardboard characters, and dismissive diversity. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A group of teens finds friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. Read full book review >
FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly DeVos
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 5, 2018

"Although it aims to liberate, this is just another weight-loss arc accidentally portraying fatness as tragic and optional. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-16)"
A teen reaps economic, professional, and social benefits from losing weight. 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 >