Young Adult Book Reviews (page 9)

PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Exquisite, heartbreaking, unforgettable—and, ultimately, uplifting. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Family, art, love, duty, and longing collide in this painfully beautiful paean to the universal human need for connection. Read full book review >
GIVEN TO THE EARTH by Mindy McGinnis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"The distinct perspectives shine, and the harsh-yet-hopeful conclusion ensures this duology doesn't succumb to the tired trope of happily-ever-after, making this a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The end of the world is nigh, and the characters from Given to the Sea (2017) must decide how to meet it. Read full book review >

THE LOST KIDS by Sara Saedi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"An overly ambitious use of Neverland to explore feminism, love, and the heartache inherent in growing up. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Love, betrayal, and teenage angst return to Neverland in this brooding sequel to Never Ever (2016). Read full book review >
CRASH by Marc Favreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2018

"A dynamic read deserving of a wide audience. (source notes, bibliography, selected primary sources, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Spanning the 1930s, this narrative follows the downturn of the U.S. stock market—which pivoted the country into the Great Depression—and accounts for the leaders (women and men) and historic events that contributed to its crash. Read full book review >
FADING by Cindy Cipriano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2018

"Transcending genre clichés, this series opener unfolds with a gripping emotional intensity, raising expectations for future installments. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
Leath is torn between her long-standing love for Victor, comfortable and dependable, and her requited longing for James, a total stranger who is literally the boy of her dreams. Read full book review >

LIFELINE by Abbey Lee  Nash
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2018

"A well-pitched, beautifully written book, dark in content but not in feel."
A teenager battles drug addiction in Nash's debut novel. Read full book review >
HIDING by Henry Turner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"A taut thriller for thinkers who enjoy adventures of the mind. (Psychological thriller. 13-17)"
A teen boy who excels at hiding must figure out the secrets of a seemingly perfect family. Read full book review >
COLD HARD TRUTH by Anne Greenwood Brown
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"The cold hard truth: skip this one. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Emmie O'Brien will do anything to help her meth-addicted mother get a fix, including robbing a convenience store with her boyfriend, Nick, who also happens to be her mother's dealer. Read full book review >
THE WINDOW by Amelia Brunskill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"A solid, quiet murder mystery for thoughtful readers. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Even death can't break the bond of identical twins. In this debut novel, Jess sets out to uncover who was responsible for her sister's fatal fall. Read full book review >
FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL by Matthew Boren
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"Steeped in nostalgia, this exhausting novel might have been better geared for adults. (Fiction. 14-18)"
The labyrinthine social lives of 1990s high school students unfurl as they write and exchange notes. Read full book review >
I WAS CLEOPATRA by Dennis Abrams
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"A thought-provoking work that will encourage readers to learn more about the world of Elizabethan theater. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
All the world's a stage, and for John Rice the stage is also his life, the scene of his greatest triumphs and the repository of his personal insecurities. Read full book review >
DEFY THE WORLDS by Claudia Gray
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fast, fun follow-up. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
After Defy the Stars (2017), new threats reunite Noemi, a human, and Abel, a mech or anthropoid robot. 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 >