“Trelease’s tale deftly weaves together fantasy, history, sisterly conflict, and young love into a rich tapestry. Her story brims with lovely, vivid descriptions . . .”
When you read a few hundred novels a year, you learn to tell from page one who’s got the storyteller gene. Or at least the storycrafter skill.
“Caine’s craftmanship is nothing short of brilliant.”
“an engrossing family drama laced with humor, as well as a fascinating window into Haitian life.”
“Fan the Fame is smart, fun, and touching.
“Lee writes with stunning clarity and expert plotting. Her poetic prose shimmers in the light she throws upon the social injustices of the time . . .”
“‘If you had a nice boy, there would never be a need to lie.’
It might be easy to simply call Hello Girls a YA Thelma and Louise, but it is so much more . . .
“This book is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys smart plots, fashion, historical fiction, and a varied group of fascinating supporting characters.”
“A heartfelt tale of a teen’s struggle to define her own identity . . .”
“emotional, heartfelt, and moving. Lia and the people in her life are relatable and loving.
“Past Perfect Life is gripping, touching, and raw. . . . Highly recommended for teens, and any adult who enjoys a well-drawn story.”
“dark and violent, while also beautiful. The protagonist is a young teen, but the themes are harsh and painful. The fantasy aspects allow the darkness to come to life . . .”
“Trying to hide or control powerful magic is not an uncommon theme in young adult literature; melding that theme with a fight club scenario is unique and makes for a good read.”
Destroy All Monsters is a spellbinding tale filled with equal parts fantasy and gritty reality, exploring the intimate nature of the “monsters” residing deep inside every human.
“does not try to say exactly what is right and wrong in how we view the world, but shows that to every answer there is a question.
“From its first sentence to its last, Last Things is a propulsive thriller readers will have a hard time putting down.”
“funny, touching, and thought-provoking. Izzy is likeable and real, while the story studies both her good characteristics and her flaws.
“Dessen gets it right yet again with her trademark lovable and interesting characters.
“Ordinary Girls is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys smart writing, clever storytelling, and interesting, lovable characters.”
“Sorry for Your Loss is a beautiful, sad, humorous book that traverses the deep and debilitating world of sorrow.”
“Virtually Yours is a fun book with diverse characters, questions that plague many teens, and the separate worlds of home and college.”
“Rucco really has done a superb job in illustrating the complexity of a young person coming to terms with being transgender and explaining how Morgan came to realise and accept his true gen
“Again, but Better is a fun idea. Who doesn’t like a love story with time travel and a chance to do things over again—and do them the right way?”
“This is a book likely to age well. It’s genuine, charming, and confident in its presentation of independent girlhood.”