Young Adult Book Reviews (page 4)

THE FIRST TO KNOW by Abigail Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A smart, heartfelt tale that's more than its nifty high concept. (Fiction. 13-17)"
The DNA sequencing Dana secretly obtained for her dad was supposed to be his best birthday present ever—now, it threatens to tear her family apart. Read full book review >
HAVEN by Mary  Lindsey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An exquisitely written tale featuring a noble, hopeful protagonist who finds his true love."
In Lindsey's (Fragile Spirits, 2014, etc.) YA paranormal romance, an attraction heats up between a street-wise teen and a classmate with an affinity for the moon. Read full book review >

THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship."
A teenage runaway and a mysterious girl, the sole winter inhabitants of a lake island, share their painful histories and forge a connection in this YA paranormal romance. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"An up-to-date excursion past the boundaries of Newtonian physics: 'Crazy!' as the author aptly puts it. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A fresh look at some of the universe's weirdest astronomical phenomena and the people who study them. Read full book review >
THE VLOGGER DIARIES by T. Collins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Laughs galore mitigate a thin storyline. (Fiction. 12-14)"
How can a girl make friends at her new school? Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A fresh, insightful look at the crucial role young people played in the civil rights movement, though not without its flaws. (photos, timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A compelling account of a group of young people who put their freedom and lives at risk as civil rights protesters. Read full book review >
ISIS by Brendan January
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Paired with a quality volume on Islam, this book can be enlightening; for readers without a solid understanding of Islam, it will likely reinforce stereotypes. (source notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this slim nonfiction volume, January traces the genesis, activities, and influence of the global terrorist group known as ISIS. Read full book review >
TROUBLE TOMORROW by Terry  Whitebeach
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"While well-meaning, this does little to offer any compelling alternative to the overpublished genre of Anglophone narratives of African conflict written from outside the continent. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Based on true events, a story about the powerful journey of resilience, courage, and hope of young Obulejo, striving to escape war-torn Sudan and heal from the wounds of societal prejudice. Read full book review >
A VERY, VERY BAD THING by Jeffery Self
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A reminder of the decrepitude of parental bigotry in an insubstantial, candy-coated narrative. (Fiction. 13-17)"
An acidic gay teen succumbs to a sappy love story, subsequently grappling with an unfurling lie for the greater good. Read full book review >
BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES by Lynn Weingarten
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A teen love story that flits through a titillating social scene and wanders into a murky moral swamp. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A love triangle takes a turn for the dark. Read full book review >
BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT by Tochi  Onyebuchi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"This tale moves beyond the boom-bang, boring theology of so many fantasies—and, in the process, creates, almost griotlike, a paean to an emerging black legend. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Taj, the black teenage narrator of Onyebuchi's debut, is an aki, or sin-eater—meaning that he literally consumes the exorcised transgressions of others, usually in the forms of inky-colored animal-shaped phantasms called inisisas that reappear as black tattoos on the akis' "red skin, brown skin." Read full book review >
THE WICKER KING by K.  Ancrum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A haunting story that bravely explores friendship and mental illness. (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
Love and friendship are severely tested by mental illness tinged with fantasy. 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 >