Young Adult Book Reviews (page 4)

REBEL WITH A CUPCAKE by Anna Mainwaring
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Hilarious and heartfelt. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Jesobel "Jess" Jones is fat and (most days) she doesn't hate her body. She loves food, and she's never asked, "Do I look fat in this?" Read full book review >
ALL OUT OF PRETTY by Ingrid Palmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"An achingly realistic portrait of abuse and addiction. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
After the death of her grandmother, Andrea fights to survive a violent life with her addict mother. Read full book review >

THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES) by Amy Spalding
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Working at her favorite boutique and falling in love, a girl enjoys a lush Los Angeles summer—until things become complicated. Read full book review >
FLIGHT by Jae Waller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"An intricately lush and well-crafted new fantasy that deserves (and demands) a sequel. (glossary, timeline, maps) (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
In Waller's stunning debut, a young woman is forced to choose between love and duty. Read full book review >
MUNMUN by Jesse Andrews
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Brilliant, savage, hilarious, a riveting journey through a harsh world that mirrors our own. (Dystopian fantasy. 12-17)"
In a world where wealth—the titular munmun—determines physical size and people range from littlepoor (rat-small) to bigrich (10 stories tall), three tiny teens set out to scale up; a wild ride ensues. Read full book review >

TORTOT, THE COLD FISH WHO LOST HIS WORLD AND FOUND HIS HEART by Benny Lindelauf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2018

"An irreverent fable that tells a timeless tale of war, friendship, and the redemptive power of love. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
An unlikely hero finds his humanity in this beautifully translated Dutch import. Read full book review >
BLACK CHUCK by Regan McDonell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Brooding, absorbing, but not quite the cultural mirror it aspires to be. (Thriller. 14-18)"
When a Canadian teen is found dead, his surviving friends must deal with the fallout. Read full book review >
SOMEDAY, SOMEWHERE by Lindsay Champion
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Romance—and a lot more besides. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A meet-cute encounter opens this novel that tackles mental health, inequality, parental failings, and young love. Read full book review >
WHEN WE SPEAK OF NOTHING by Olumide Popoola
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"An ambitious novel that attempts to explore important subjects about race and identity in the modern world. (Fiction 14-18)"
Two black London-based teen boys navigate the complexities of racism, class differences, and identity in this intricate coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >
AUTONOMOUS by Andy Marino
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2018

"A high-tech, twisted Breakfast Club for the social media age. (Science fiction. 15-adult)"
A self-driving car plugged into its teenage passengers' electronic footprints takes them on a road trip based on what it thinks they want. Read full book review >
FOURTH CHRONICLES OF ILLUMINATION by C.A. Pack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"The complexity deepens in this kaleidoscopic adventure series."
This latest installment of a YA saga places teen Librarians in the ultimate battle against sinister forces. Read full book review >
THE WORLD CUP by Matt Doeden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2018

"Mesmerizing. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The story of the World Cup, crown jewel of international soccer. 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 >