Young Adult Book Reviews (page 9)

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENCE TREATMENT by Ari Goelman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Nineteen Eighty-Four meets V for Vendetta in a thrilling package. (Dystopian adventure. 13-17)"
Protagonist Lauren Fielding's papers recount her terrifying experiences and revelations as a government experiment in Goelman's unsettling dystopia. Read full book review >

A LINE IN THE DARK by Malinda Lo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Mesmerizing. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Queer romance, friendship rivalries, and ominous secrets twist together in Lo's latest enthralling tale. Read full book review >
SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Another hefty tome for Cast's fans. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
The second in the Tales of a New World series picks up only hours after Moon Chosen (2016) left off. Read full book review >
HELLOFLO by Naama Bloom
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An informative, accessible guide that hits most of its marks. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
This guide for young women about puberty is written by the founder of HelloFlo.com, a subscription service that delivers customized selections of menstrual products by mail and offers women's health information on its website. Read full book review >

36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A good concept with smart characterization that can't sustain its page count. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Two strangers take part in a psychological experiment on intimacy in the era of social media. Read full book review >
A SKINFUL OF SHADOWS by Frances Hardinge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Deliberate, impeccable, and extraordinary. (Historical fantasy. 12-15)"
In 17th-century England, a girl faces civil unrest, conflicting Christianities, and a family inheritance more horrific than she could have dreamed. Read full book review >
I AM ALFONSO JONES by Tony Medina
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Painfully important. (Graphic fiction. 12-18)"
From the afterlife, black teenager Alfonso Jones, a 15-year-old victim of police brutality, watches the effect his murder has on his loved ones and community. Read full book review >
WHAT WE KILL by Howard  Odentz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A simmering psychological thriller bolstered by a dynamic narrative voice and a few unexpected twists."
A group of close friends find themselves embroiled in a sinister plot in novelist and playwright Odentz's (Wicked Dead, 2016, etc.) latest YA novel. Read full book review >
INEVITABLE AND ONLY by Lisa Rosinsky
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An excellent read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
What would you do if you suddenly discovered you had a half sister and she's only a few months older than you? Read full book review >
GRAY WOLF ISLAND by Tracey Neithercott
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An engrossing but uneven mystery. (Paranormal mystery. 13-18)"
To fulfill the final wish of her late twin sister, a girl embarks on an adventure to find buried treasure. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY TREES by Kali Wallace
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An absorbing, lyrically drawn mystery, examination of grief, and cautionary tale. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Seeking understanding about the circumstances surrounding her sister's death, Sorrow returns home for the first time since the tragedy eight years earlier. 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 >