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

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

Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Genre: Young Adult Published: 2010 This book deals with some very heavy subjects---bullying, sexual assault, teen suicide---and it doesn't do it lightly, so be warned. The story is about Daelyn, a seriously troubled young girl who has attempted suicide in the past and who plans to do it again. This time, she's using through-the-light.com, an… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Summary Lexi has a secret. She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she's afraid that what's left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Review: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Julie Anne Peters's books hold a very special place in my heart. When I was a young teenager, I read them over and over again, hungry for a book about girls who liked other girls, like me. Every time I was in a bookstore, I checked the Young Adult section to see if she had… Continue reading Review: grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My girlfriend and I read Howl's Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would've been if I'd read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones