Young Adult Book Reviews (page 9)

I'M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2018

"A beautiful new voice to watch. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In the process of searching for important people who have disappeared from her life, Miranda finds herself. Read full book review >
COPYCAT by Hannah Jayne
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"Combining fandom and murder, a pleasant diversion designed for digital natives. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A murder-mystery superfan's life turns into something ripped from the pages of her favorite genre. Read full book review >

THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE by Lauren James
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"For fans of speculative fiction with lots of plot twists. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
In the mid-21st century, a young white woman tries to complete the mission of her deceased astronaut parents. Read full book review >
THE BRINK OF DARKNESS by Jeff Giles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"Fervent fans may be satisfied, but newcomers should be steered to better options (or wait for the inevitable movie). (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Love-struck teens go to hell and back in this sequel. Read full book review >
DOING IT by Hannah Witton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"While self-indulgent at times, readers will appreciate Witton's frank, nothing-is-off-limits approach. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
An informational guide to sexuality from a YouTube vlogger and sex educator that covers a wide array of topics for readers of all genders and sexual identities. Read full book review >

ZEN AND GONE by Emily France
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"Blending romance, thrills, drama, and philosophy, this novel delivers a strong message about being present with life even when it hurts. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Needing a break from mounting family stress, 17-year-old Oliver leaves Chicago to spend the summer with his aunt in Boulder and encounters the alluring but distant Essa. Read full book review >
SHADOW STATE by Elyse Brayden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"Uninspired, meandering, and devoid of intrigue. (author's note) (Mystery. 12-15)"
Less than two weeks before the launch of her mother's revolutionary new drug, high school junior Brynn receives a series of texts that suggest that Cortexia, the PTSD wonder treatment, has other, sinister, applications. Read full book review >
GAME OF SECRETS by Kim Foster
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 3, 2018

"Readers who enjoy action with plenty of twists and turns will find it hard to put this one down. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A Victorian-era thriller focusing on the Tainted, people with special physical and mental powers, in a secret agency protecting Queen and country. Read full book review >
THE FRAGILE ORDINARY by Samantha Young
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A powerful roller-coaster ride of emotions and self-awareness. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Intensely shy, 16-year-old Comet Caldwell hates her name: She is nothing like a comet. Read full book review >
WILD BLUE WONDER by Carlie Sorosiak
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A somewhat unconventional story about grief and guilt featuring a sympathetic protagonist. (Fiction. 13-18)"
A girl in rural Maine, dealing with the emotional aftermath of an accident for which she feels responsible, learns to let go of the guilt that haunts her. Read full book review >
MY PLAIN JANE by Cynthia Hand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"A fun, supernatural mashup of different literary novels that shines on its own merit. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Mysteries abound on the moors—and not all of them are of this world. Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE HER by Lisa Leighton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 26, 2018

"Starting with a tantalizing premise, the plot idles for a long stretch before wowing the reader with an accelerated pace and ingenious solution. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A teenage tennis player wakes up after an attack and finds she's in the body of her chief rival…or is she? 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 >