Young Adult

B+
The Missing Season

Mumbler, Mumbler, in your bed, Mumbler, Mumbler, take your head, Eat your nose, Gobble your toes, And bury you where the milkweed grows. This nursery rhyme, chanted by the kids who make up the under-eighteen set in Pender, Maine, tells us of the superstitious fear they harbor that something is ...

B+
Virtually Yours

Set in the near future, Sarvenaz Tash’s Virtually Yours explores virtual romance and the complications that set in when reality and fantasy collide. Mariam Vakilian isn’t the type of person to sign up for a dating service, but now that her ex, Caleb, has thrown himself out onto the market aga ...

B+
Like a Love Story

As a child of the eighties and nineties, I recognize the fear buried in the lives of the three main characters of Abdi Nazemian’s beautiful and emotional Like a Love Story.  To have come of age in the late eighties through the mid-nineties was to experience a sexual awakening fraught with a singl ...

C
This is Not a Love Scene

“I liked being ridden, and offered the chance to pretty much every guy in Video II” With those words, S.C. Meagle introduces us to a spirited, smart heroine – wannabe director Maeve.  While she is instantly memorable, the structure of the novel makes her story come off as a bit wooden and ar ...

B+
There's Something About Sweetie

In this delightful but slightly flawed sequel to her When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon takes us into the love life of Rishi’s basketball-playing hotshot brother, Ashish and his new girlfriend, the determined Sweetie. Self-proclaimed player Ashish Patel is grumpy about love.  That’s unders ...

B
Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

Sometimes a fine YA novel will take you right back to your own awkward early years and make you groan at your younger self.  Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak is a novel that will do just that – for better or for worse. It’s the last summer before college, and New York native Luci ...

B
Love from A to Z

Love from A to Z is a great modern character study wrapped in a fresh romance, wrapped in a coming of age tale.  I did have some mild problems with it, but overall it’s a very absorbing, moving story of two people who have experienced loss and prejudice coming together to find love and understand ...

A
Sky Without Stars

If I think back to my teenage years, it's almost a guarantee that the lovely soundtrack for Les Misérables will be the backdrop for my memories. I never got around to reading the book, but I adored everything about the musical. So it should come as absolutely no surprise that I was thrilled to burs ...

B
Aurora Rising

If you’ve been missing the TV series Firefly or are waiting with bated breath for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, I have some good news. Aurora Rising, the latest collaboration from authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is the answer to your prayers. Tyler (Ty) Jones, Squad Leader, First Class, 98t ...

B+
Enchantée

Take magic and romance, mix in the tumult of Paris on the eve of revolution, and you’ll get the historical fiction delight that is Enchantée. Gita Trelease’s début young adult novel is an enchanting romp through the streets of Paris in 1789 in which magic literally winds through the city and t ...