Young Adult Book Reviews (page 4)

THE RUINOUS SWEEP by Tim Wynne-Jones
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"Suspenseful and complex, this will mesmerize readers patient enough to stick with it. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)"
A teen boy with anger issues, critically injured in a car accident, is suspected of murdering his alcoholic father and staunchly defended by his high school girlfriend, Bee. Read full book review >
YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT by Lauren Spieller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"An emotional, aesthetic, and hopeful journey to self-discovery. (Fiction. 12-18)"
An aspiring teen artist yearns to break free from her family's nomadic lifestyle in Spieller's debut novel. Read full book review >

THE MUSEUM OF US by Tara Wilson Redd
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A novel that will prompt readers to contemplate their own methods of escapism. (Fiction. 16-adult)"
Something bad happened to 16-year-old Sadie Black. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND DEATH PARADE by Eliza Wass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"Patient readers will be rewarded with a meandering, fitful yarn enlivened by undercurrents of dark magic. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
An enigmatic story centering around a young man's mysterious death foretold by a psychic. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS by Ellen Oh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A marvelous anthology of retold Asian myths and legends tying the traditional and modern together and accessible to all teens of all backgrounds. (Mythology and folklore. 14-18)"
A collection of Asian myths and legends in which beloved stories of spirits, magic, family, love, and heartbreak are combined with elements from modern teens' lives. Read full book review >

LEARNING TO BREATHE by Janice Lynn Mather
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Sent away to live with relatives to escape her mother's wild lifestyle, Indira's new home is anything but a sanctuary Read full book review >
MY CRUNCHY LIFE by Mia Kerick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A funny, heartwarming YA novel."
In Kerick's (The Weekend Bucket List, 2018, etc.) YA novel, two teens navigate gender and other identities. Read full book review >
PHOEBE WILL DESTROY YOU by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2018

"A frothy bit of envelope pushing. (Fiction. 14-17)"
One teenager's summer idyll: beer, partying, pot, food, and flirtation with girls. Read full book review >
ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE by Nicole Williams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2018

"Potentially weighty explorations of relationships and responsibility are managed with a light touch in this pleasant romance. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A challenge unlike any she has experienced before awaits Jade this summer—staying in one place long enough to possibly fall in love. Read full book review >
THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Kristen Chandler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2018

"A thoughtful book apart from its well-intentioned blunders around diverse representations. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A teen is sent to a remote Wyoming horse camp to recover from the trauma of her parents' impending divorce. Read full book review >
CHEMISTRY LESSONS by Meredith Goldstein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2018

"Another teenager-with-a-dead-parent-gets-their-heart-broken tale. (Fiction. 13-15)"
The grief of losing a parent to cancer and the grief of a breakup—they may not be on the same scale, but for Maya, they feel connected. Read full book review >
THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE by Miriam McNamara
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2018

"Full of potential but unfortunately never quite finds its sea legs. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
Seventeen-year-old Mary Reade has always longed for the sea; surviving poverty by living as a boy, she sails under the command of a cruel and tyrannical captain. 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 >