Young Adult

C
Do-Over

Do-Over is the third book in a series about Valerie Winslow, a fifteen-year-old girl living with her father in the fictitious European country of Schwerinborg shortly after her parents' divorce. Although it's not vitally important to have read the previous books, it would help to know more about the ...

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The Book Thief

Writing a review of The Book Thief, I am burdened by a sense of "What's the point?" This book has already received copious amounts of positive press; The New York Times, Kirkus, Horn Book, The Washington Post, and Publisher's Weekly, among others, have given it glowing reviews. What insight can I re ...

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The Beckoners

The Beckoners is a Young Adult novel about girls bullying girls. Its title is the only subtle or evocative thing about it; the book itself is violent, bleak, and disturbing. Zoe Anderson is once again the new girl in town. Her mother's erratic employment and personal history has ...

B+
Just Listen

Because I know I can count on Sarah Dessen, I pre-ordered Just Listen back in the winter when it first became available on Amazon. It arrived in April. I finally opened it this week. Why so long a wait, you might ask. Sometimes you have to have something on stand-by – a sure thing waiting in t ...

B
The Darkangel

Myths and fairy tales have a soft spot in the heart of many a reader. I remember very clearly whiling away my childhood hours with Edith Hamilton’s Mythology or selected volumes of The New Junior Classics. There’s something very satisfying about a story with a point, a story told to illustrate a ...

B-
Fame, Glory and Other Things On My To Do List

I’d tried Janette Rallison once before; that book was light, romantic Young Adult fiction. So when browsing the YA section of my local library I saw her newest book, Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List, I snagged it. I was in the mood for something light and funny, and, fortunately, t ...

N/A
A Girl in a Million

Manga is a booming business in Japan. For the uninitiated, manga is a Japanese art form that has been adopted and adapted by publishers worldwide. Manga, roughly defined, is the Japanese word for comics or drawn cartoons. In reality it’s far more than that. Manga are not just comics for kids. Su ...

B-
Twilight

I’d heard a little buzz online about how good the new YA vampire novel, Twilight, was. Since I love vampire stories and I love YA lit, I put a library hold on a copy pronto. Young adult authors are allowed to break the rules a bit more than romance authors, so I hoped for good things. I was not ...

B+
Beaner O'Brian's Absolutely Ginormous Guidebook to Guys

Okay, so what's the worst thing that could come along to ruin your summer vacation? Duh, homework - a school project on the opposite sex, no less, which is a serious problem if (a) you have no boyfriend, and (b) your chances of getting one before school starts, even if only for research purposes, ar ...

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Boy Down Under

I didn’t know what exactly to expect from Boy Down Under, but I’m sure it’s not what it turned out to be – a quirky, mysterious paranormal romance between the new kid in town and a boy who can whisk her away for rendezvous in places unknown. Rowena “Ro” Maven has just moved ...