Search Results: "Blake Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"The ending hints at Cali's willingness to take on fresh cases, and readers can only hope that a new teenage private detective series is in the works. (Mystery. 12-18)"
A teenage beach bum turns private eye in this unexpectedly sweet story about friendship and loss from the author of Paranoid Park (2006). Read full book review >

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RECOVERY ROAD by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Still, readers will be captivated by the story of Maddie and people in her life, and the strengths and losses that help her succeed. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High-school badass and party girl "Mad Maddie" lands in rehab after pushing herself over the toxicity limit one too many times. Read full book review >

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THEY CAME FROM BELOW by Blake Nelson
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2007

"Fun, interesting and perfectly pitched to many YA readers. (Science fiction. YA)"
On the hunt for temporary boyfriends, two giddy girls on summer vacation at Cape Cod get involved with aliens from the deep. Read full book review >

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PARANOID PARK by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"This haunting, gruesome story will put everyday teenage problems in perspective. (Fiction. YA)"
This deeply disturbing cautionary tale shows how a teenager's bad decision leads to a never-ending nightmare. Read full book review >

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GENDER BLENDER by Blake Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2006

"As is traditional in body-switching stories, Tom and Emma's incredible experience allows them to become friends again, a cheerful ending to a message-driven but enjoyable read. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A trampoline collision and a magic arrowhead cause sixth-graders Tom Witherspoon and Emma Baker to switch bodies for four long days in which they discover and learn to sympathize with gender differences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRL by Blake Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Like, not so great. (First serial to Sassy)"
A hyperactive debut novel of teen rebellion by a writer who watched too much MTV. Read full book review >

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THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will recognize, if not themselves, fellow students like Max who lose their bearings while trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Max Caldwell is editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, and in his account of his last year in high school, his voice sounds appropriately like a journalist. Read full book review >

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ROCK STAR, SUPERSTAR by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grabber historical fiction. (Fiction. YA)"
Music permeates Eric's life, including his current group, Mad Skillz, a cover band playing school dances in Portland, Oregon, in the 80s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOY by Blake Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"The bildungsroman never goes out of style, and Nelson still executes it well, if predictably. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An affluent white teenage boy begins to question his place in his peer group after an odd new girl challenges his assumptions. Read full book review >

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EXILE by Blake Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 1997

"This portrait of an aging loser and his airless world undoubtedly has its accurate elements, but barring any evidence of growth on Mark's part, the pointless litany of substance abuse, boredom, and bad poetry (quoted for pages on end) is mostly tedious."
Details writer and second-novelist Nelson (Girl, 1994) chronicles the restless adolescent flailings of a mediocre poet. Read full book review >

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PROM ANONYMOUS by Blake Nelson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"The target audience of young girls should find it plenty of fun. (Fiction. YA)"
A work that at first seems as vapid as its title deepens as the personalities of its main characters and their friends emerge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER BUNNY by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Underwhelming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Super Bunny wields a pink gun and wears a cape and mask as he sniffs out villains. Read full book review >