Young Adult Book Reviews (page 7)

SCREENSHOT by Donna Cooner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 29, 2018

"A timely and relevant read. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A teenager's experience with the perils of social media force her to make some difficult decisions. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE FASCINATIONS OF NOAH HYPNOTIK by David Arnold
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"A compelling exploration of a life within a life. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Noah Oakman is having a rough year. Read full book review >

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"High stakes, epic scope, intense action, and sweeping mythologies. (element guide) (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
Two girls separated by a thousand years are connected by a prophecy. Read full book review >
THE ACADEMY by Katie Sise
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"A rare realistic fiction military school novel, but it's one that won't recruit any readers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A fashion-mad teen is sent to a military academy to learn discipline. Read full book review >
RACING MANHATTAN by Terence Blacker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"Starts well out of the gate and has some staying power—but fades a bit over the final furlong. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A troubled British teen bonds with a troubled racehorse. Read full book review >

AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"A powerful thriller that will surprise you at every turn. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A sensitive treatment of high school shootings and their impact on families of both perpetrators and victims. Read full book review >
DRIVING BY STARLIGHT by Anat Deracine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"The fast-paced narrative and unexpected twists make for an engaging yet educational novel with a powerful message about the complexities of being a woman in a man's world. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Two teenage girls in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, rebel against a patriarchal culture while struggling to navigate their complex family lives. Read full book review >
ALWAYS NEVER YOURS by Austin Siegemund-Broka
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy make this husband-and-wife duo's debut a must-read. (Fiction.14-18)"
A young woman reluctantly cast as Juliet stumbles across her own real-life Romeo. Read full book review >
REALITY GOLD by Tiffany  Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"This lambent, indelible cast outshines any gold they might find."
A teen's participation on a reality show is an opportunity to search for an island treasure, a legendary fortune others are also hunting, in Brooks' debut YA thriller. Read full book review >
ANGER IS A GIFT by Mark Oshiro
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"A masterful debut rich with intersectional nuance and grass-roots clarity, Anger is a Gift is hella precious, hella dope. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Rooted in the working-class neighborhoods of Oakland, California, this is a tale of youth of color, diverse in sexuality and gender, organizing to challenge state-sanctioned violence. Read full book review >
LIGHT FILTERS IN by Caroline Kaufman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"This book could be a lifeline for survivors and provide insight for others. (Poetry. 13-18)"
A teenage girl uses writing to heal from sexual assault and depression in this collection of poems in four parts. Read full book review >
FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE by Sandhya Menon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2018

"Menon's (When Dimple Met Rishi, 2017) sophomore effort is a charming and sophisticated rom-com that outshines her previous outing. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Aspiring filmmaker Twinkle Mehra fills her journal with entries addressed to her favorite female movie directors, among them Mira Nair, Sofia Coppola, Nora Ephron, and Ava DuVernay. 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 >