Young Adult Book Reviews (page 9)

ROOKIE ON LOVE by Tavi Gevinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A thoughtful, light read celebrating a universal emotion. (Anthology. 12-18)"
Curated from Rookie, an online magazine dedicated to teens and founded in 2011 by a then-15-year-old Gevinson, this anthology offers tales of love from 45 different, diverse voices. Read full book review >
BUSTED by Gina Ciocca
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Good for a few chuckles. (Fiction. 13-18)"
First, Marisa Palmera spots her best friend's boyfriend making out with another girl. Read full book review >

TYING THE KNOT by Amber J. Keyser
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An up-to-date if not in-depth introduction to a topic that has certainly affected many people's lives throughout the ages. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Royal weddings, a campaign for toilets in India linked to marriage, and trash-the-dress photo shoots (a new U.S. custom) are introduced in this whirlwind tour of courtship, marriage, and divorce. Read full book review >
LIGHTING UP THE BRAIN by Marc Zimmer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An intriguing and informative introduction to the field of neuroscience and the frontiers of modern brain research. (photos, source notes, glossary, bibliography, further information) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
It may soon be possible for neuroscientists to look inside the human brain and see exactly what it is doing thanks to pioneering technology called optogenetics. Read full book review >
TIMETILTER by Sonia Ellis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A plodding exploration of standard sci-fi tomfoolery. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A group of teens and a dog enter a virtual world. Read full book review >

GHOST BOYS by Shenaaz Nanji
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"An imperfect look at an all-too-real evil. (discussion questions) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This novel, set in 2004, looks at modern-day human trafficking through the experiences of Munna, an Indian boy. Read full book review >
THE LOVE LETTERS OF ABELARD AND LILY by Laura  Creedle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Entertaining, thought-provoking, and unsettling—in a good way. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When two white Texas teens—Lily with ADHD, Abelard with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder—fall in love, their romance loosely tracks that of their medieval predecessors. Read full book review >
DON'T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART by Cecil Castellucci
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"This authentically geeky and feminist romance nails the con scene. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen copes with home-life troubles by cosplaying her favorite comic-book character. Read full book review >
BREAKING THE ICE by Julie Cross
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A companionable and realistic rendering of teen courtship."
Two teenagers, each struggling with past romantic failures, haltingly fall in love in this YA romance. Read full book review >
PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A glittery, holiday-themed, girl-meets-boy-under-less-than-usual-circumstances romance. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A Mississippi teen finds herself in a Scottish manor for the holidays under unexpected circumstances. Read full book review >
HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE by Julia Durango
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"Delightful in the moment if ultimately unmemorable. (Romance. 13-17)"
Boy meets girl leads to a summer of first love in Durango and Terrones' debut as co-authors. Read full book review >
SHADOW GIRL by Liana Liu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 19, 2017

"A breezy thriller with brief forays into matters of race, class, and the paranormal. (Suspense. 12-18)"
When an 18-year-old girl lands a high-paying summer job as academic tutor for the well-behaved Ella Morison, she can't believe her luck. But all is not quite as it seems. 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 >