On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

It's not often that I can't decide on a rating for a book, but Amy Reed's The Nowhere Girls is proving to be a challenge. There is a whole lot to appreciate about this book, that's for sure. I know I would have loved this book when I was in high school, and I'm excited for teen… Continue reading On the Timeliness of The Nowhere Girls

Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Warning: spoilers ahead. On to my second trans* book of the year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children.  The Book Our MC is Gabe, a high school senior and total music nerd who has just landed his first radio show (at midnight, on local radio). He's very close to his neighbor, John, an older man with an… Continue reading Review: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

So I haven't blogged in an eternity a while thanks to grad school, but I've been all in a stew over this book, so here we are. Warning: spoilers ahead. The Book I read this 335-page novel in one day. In fact, I stayed up late to finish it, and I never do that because… Continue reading Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

With All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have written a moving, timely story about police brutality toward young Black men in America. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and it was outstanding. This story is really two stories: the interconnected experiences of Rashad Butler, a sixteen-year-old Black boy who is beaten at a convenience… Continue reading Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Hi everyone! I discovered a NEAT THING and wanted to share. So, while writing a collection development paper about audiobooks this semester, I came across SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In a nutshell, you can get free, high-interest YA audiobooks all summer long. From May 5 through August 17, SYNC will give away two popular audiobook… Continue reading SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended… Continue reading Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys's Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I'm not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being… Continue reading Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One has been wildly popular as crossover science fiction--that is, science fiction that is enjoyed by both adults and young adults alike. Gamers and "nerds" who lived through the 1980s will appreciate the many (many) '80s pop culture and gaming references, and young adults will love the tech-savvy teenage protagonists and the novel's kids-against-the-establishment mentality.… Continue reading Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Seeing as I recently moved to Wisconsin, Amy Timberlake's One Came Home, set in the fictional Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, appealed to me. It follows Georgie Burkhardt, a tough, thirteen-year-old girl whose older sister, Agatha, has just turned up dead after running away a few days prior. Or has she? Georgie is not sure that the… Continue reading Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Sigh. I wanted to love this book. I expected to love it. I've done my fair share of fangirling. Or at least, for a while I considered myself "active" in the Glee fandom. I wrote fanfic (and read tons of it), had a Tumblr, talked to other fans online, etc. It was fun. (It was also terrible, because Glee is terrible, but… Continue reading Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell