Books shelved under “Young Adult”

235 reviews found

  1. Book cover for Every Little Piece of My Heart

    Every Little Piece of My Heart

    by Non Pratt

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Every writer with each novel hones their craft. One of my joys in writing reviews of each of an author’s novels, in the order they’ve been written, is getting to see that development over time. (Meanwhile, my own review-writing skills have developed and changed over the years.) In Non Pratt’s case, Every Little Piece of My Heart showcases how her talents at characterization and particularly perspective have evolved over the years. With each novel, Pratt…

  2. Book cover for Read with Pride

    Read with Pride

    by Lucy Powrie

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I was so excited to read the sequel to The Paper & Hearts Society, and Lucy Powrie does not disappoint. Read with Pride is another perfect blend of young adult drama, social awareness, and of course, a shameless love of books.

    Olivia Santos (confirmed demisexual, woo!) learns at the start of Year Eleven that her school now requires parental permission to borrow books from the library—all because one parent complained about her son having…

  3. Book cover for Foul is Fair

    Foul is Fair

    by Hannah Capin

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I haven’t been doing a great job keeping up on writing book reviews for a few weeks, so this one is very overdue! But I received an eARC of Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin from Wednesday Books and NetGalley. Why am I not surprised that the publishers of Courtney Summers have given us another kickass girl-centred revenge plot? This time it’s loosely based on Macbeth, but even if you aren’t aware of or…

  4. Book cover for The Sound of Stars

    The Sound of Stars

    by Alechia Dow

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Yet again I feel like I steered myself wrong on NetGalley!! The Sound of Stars, courteously provided to me by Inkyard Press, didn’t win me over. What should have been a tale of survival and starcrossed love set in the aftermath of an alien invasion of Earth proved to be a somewhat boring adventure across open country full of exposition and underwhelming action. It’s not all bad—Alechia Dow does her best to give us…

  5. Book cover for Lizard Radio

    Lizard Radio

    by Pat Schmatz

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Lizard Radio is a lovely, messy, very queer book with queer characters. I enjoyed it and also didn’t, if you know what I mean—I’m glad I read it, but reading it was a bit of a chore, because Pat Schmatz’s style is quite distinctive. This feels more like a novella than a novel to me, despite its length, because it doesn’t quite have the narrative completeness I desire, personally, in my novels. Nevertheless, Kivali’s journey…

  6. Book cover for The Pearl Thief

    The Pearl Thief

    by Elizabeth Wein

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Code Name Verity was some of the best WWII fiction I’ve ever read. So I’ve had this prequel on my to-read list for a while. Elizabeth Wein in general seems like an author I should watch, and I finally tackled The Pearl Thief with no small amount of trepidation: how could this possibly measure up to Code Name Verity? Indeed, if that’s your metric, you will necessarily be disappointed. Obviously this book is…

  7. Book cover for None of the Above

    None of the Above

    by I.W. Gregorio

    1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Oh, you American YA novels and your obsession with Homecoming … sigh. At least in this case, I.W. Gregorio puts it right at the beginning of the novel and gets it over with. It is one of the many stock elements of None of the Above, a novel featuring an intersex protagonist coming to terms with her identity while navigating her final year of high school. I was very nervous to read this book,…

  8. Book cover for Killer of Enemies

    Killer of Enemies

    by Joseph Bruchac

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I was excited to read a YA novel with an Indigenous protagonist, because there aren’t enough of those. Killer of Enemies is an action-packed dystopian thriller from Joseph Bruchac. Yet what it gains from tense action sequences it loses in sloppy writing elsewhere.

    Lozen is the eponymous Killer of Enemies, a post-apocalyptic job position that involves being sent on hazardous missions away from the haven of Haven to kill dangerous beasties that might otherwise threaten…

  9. Book cover for Enter Title Here

    Enter Title Here

    by Rahul Kanakia

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Not sure what motivated me to add this to my to-read list at some point, but I did, and my library had a copy, so here we are. Enter Title Here is a metafictional novel about an extremely ambitious, driven, single-minded young woman who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Rahul Kanakia asks us to consider the current ways in which we rank, judge, and evaluate students in the American education system, and…

  10. Book cover for Not Otherwise Specified

    Not Otherwise Specified

    by Hannah Moskowitz

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Longtime Twitter follower of Hannah Moskowitz, first time reader. Why did I pick Not Otherwise Specified? No idea! This was the one that came up and got added to my to-read list. No regrets.

    Trigger warning, obviously, for discussions of eating disorder and weight loss. Also for use of potential queer slurs, bullying, and depictions of controlling/manipulative behaviour from friends.

    Etta Sinclair is a Black, bisexual girl at an all-girls school. Her decision to…

  11. Book cover for Full Disclosure

    Full Disclosure

    by Camryn Garrett

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Um, wow. Full Disclosure caught me by surprise. I was doing a library run, and after hearing this book hyped on Twitter I checked on a lark to see if my library had a copy—not expecting one, because it was so freshly published. Yet my library did have a copy, and I borrowed it, and I read it, and this book is quality. I was expecting to like the book, but honestly, I loved…

  12. Book cover for The Places I've Cried in Public

    The Places I've Cried in Public

    by Holly Bourne

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Every time I start another Holly Bourne book, I’m scared. I think, “Is this the time? Is this the book where Bourne lets me down, and I have to be disappointed??” And the answer is always no, as it is with The Places I’ve Cried in Public. I read this mostly in private, but otherwise there would have been some public tears, let me tell you.

    Trigger warnings in this book for discussion and…

  13. Book cover for Slay

    Slay

    by Brittney Morris

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    SLAY in the story is a MMORPG where players duel using in-game cards that derive their names and powers from elements of various Black cultures. Kiera Johnson is 17 years old and should be worrying more about whether or not she’s getting into her first choice college. But she’s also the secret creator and developer for SLAY. She wanted a gaming world that embraced players’ Blackness rather than punishing it. She wanted a space where…

  14. Book cover for Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

    Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

    by Holly Bourne

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Welcome one and all to another instalment of Fangirling About Holly Bourne. I read Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? mostly on a flight to Montreal to visit my friend Rebecca, on whom I foist all the Holly Bourne books after I read them, finishing the book at her place while I waited for her to come home from work. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the spartan description on the back—but having read…

  15. Book cover for Speak

    Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Reading this book was a surreal experience in a few ways. I read a lot of contemporary YA, so I’m used to feeling a lot older than the characters. Speak was originally published in 1999, when I was ten years old. So I was younger than Melinda when this book first came out, and the high school setting actually predates my own high school experience. Yet I’m older than her now, when I read it.…

  16. Book cover for Little & Lion

    Little & Lion

    by Brandy Colbert

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I was 22 when I first moved away from home for a significant period of time. Even at that age it was hard to be away from everyone and everything I knew for so long. So I can understand Suzette’s apprehension, returning home to LA following a school year in New England. On top of the distance, she has to renegotiate her relationships, particularly with her brother. Little & Lion is a moving story about…

  17. Book cover for Shatter the Sky

    Shatter the Sky

    by Rebecca Kim Wells

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the eARC!

    Maren is seventeen years old and ready to strike out on her own. Well, not exactly on her own. She has a girlfriend, aka a heartmate, Kaia, who is the more adventurous of the pair. They are head-over-heels in love for one another—but when an elite group of Aurati, women who do dirty work for the repressive Emperor, show up and abduct Kaia for purposes…

  18. Book cover for Our Own Private Universe

    Our Own Private Universe

    by Robin Talley

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    So I had to read Our Own Private Universe in the space of a single morning. It was due that same day at the library, no renewal permitted because someone had it on hold (good for them!), and because I've broken my elbow, I can't drive, so I had to have it done in time for my mom to drop it off at the library when we went shopping that afternoon. Challenge accepted, but oh…

  19. Book cover for The Paper & Hearts Society

    The Paper & Hearts Society

    by Lucy Powrie

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Let’s start with this: The Paper & Hearts Society is the kind of book I would have definitely loved as a teenager. Lucy Powrie combines her love of contemporary young adult fiction and classics with a captivating story of moving on from fractured friendships and bullying to create a great story brimming with allusions.

    Tabby Brown is a fifteen-year-old book nerd moving to a new town over the summer. Somewhat introverted and anxious, Tabby isn't…

  20. Book cover for Children of Blood and Bone

    Children of Blood and Bone

    by Tomi Adeyemi

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This review will be shorter than usual because I broke my elbow and have one hand in a cast. For my future self looking back to see what I thought of this book: Janani's review is very detailed and concurs with much of my opinion. And, as ever, Julie's review eloquently explains my dissatisfaction with the romance.

    Children of Blood and Bone is a Nigerian-inspired fantasy novel about two pairs of siblings wrapped up in…

  21. Book cover for The Walls Around Us

    The Walls Around Us

    by Nova Ren Suma

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Life is unfair. It’s even more unfair when you get tangled up with the justice system. One of the things that I’ve had to unlearn over my 29 years as a privileged white dude is my faith in the fairness and equity of the justice system. The Walls Around Us explores the cracks of the justice system from the perspective of youth, particularly young girls of colour. I was nearly tempted to give up on…

  22. Book cover for ...And a Happy New Year?

    ...And a Happy New Year?

    by Holly Bourne

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Just over a year ago I read What’s a Girl Gotta Do?, the last novel in the Spinster Club trilogy featuring teenagers Evie, Amber, and Lottie figuring out life, feminism, mental health, and the tricky transition into adulthood. Each of those three books examines slightly different facets of these motifs. Holly Bourne has proved herself, time and again, to be a sensitive, witty author whose writing finds the right tone to be edifying and…

  23. Book cover for On the Come Up

    On the Come Up

    by Angie Thomas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I’m hardline New Historicist when it comes to critiquing hip hop. Hip hop is neither revolutionary nor corporate. Hip hop is a tool, and like any tool it can be wielded for ends fair or foul. One can appreciate hip hop without context, but to truly understand hip hop one needs to delve behind the lyrics into the context of the rapper’s life. Jay-Z’s Decoded is a great example of this: reading through his lyrics…

  24. Book cover for Cracked

    Cracked

    by Eliza Crewe

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    The light versus the darkness. Heaven versus Hell. Good vs evil. It’s a timeless story, yet one with so many variations. Cracked is yet another take on this idea. Eliza Crewe tells an intense and urgent story of a hybrid caught between two worlds. Perhaps the most intriguing idea that Crewe brings to the table is the way the main character has to consume souls. Beyond that, there isn’t much here that I haven’t really…

  25. Book cover for Trickster Drift

    Trickster Drift

    by Eden Robinson

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Eden Robinson has done it again. Trickster Drift picks up about a year after Son of a Trickster, and it’s everything I wanted in a sequel and then some. In particular, the book shifts more concretely into urban fantasy territory. Whereas Son of a Trickster was a slow burn towards pulling the veil back on the magical elements of the story, Trickster Drift is fairly upfront about it all. I love it. This kind…

  26. Book cover for Fierce Fragile Hearts

    Fierce Fragile Hearts

    by Sara Barnard

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Last year, Sara Barnard dazzled me with Beautiful Broken Things. Now, thanks to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan, I got my digital hands on an eARC for the sequel: Fierce Fragile Hearts is narrated by Suzanne and tells the story of what happens to her months after the conclusion of Beautiful Broken Things. This book is just as good, if not better than, the first one. Every time I didn’t think it could get…

  27. Book cover for Under Nameless Stars

    Under Nameless Stars

    by Christian Schoon

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It has been almost exactly two years since I gave Zenn Scarlett a rather mediocre review. In fact, I almost didn’t bother reading Under Nameless Stars. I’m glad I gave it a chance though! Although I don’t remember much about the first book, this sequel feels punchier, faster-paced, and more interesting than that one.

    This book picks up where the first left off, so spoilers for the first book but no spoilers for Under

  28. Book cover for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Some books don’t work for me even as they leave me stunned, impressed, or moved. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one such book. Benjamin Alire Sáenz makes me cry at points with his writing, which is definitely beautiful. Yet neither the story itself nor the characters end up doing much for me.

    Aristotle (Ari, he calls himself) is a Mexican–American teenager growing up in the 1980s. One summer he meets…

  29. Book cover for The Beginning

    The Beginning

    by K.A. Applegate

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Well, here we are. Almost four years ago I started re-reading Animorphs. I had been wanting to do this for a while, and then my Goodreads friend and occasional Twitter DM enthusiast Julie started her own, finally galvanizing me to just do it, as Shia Le Nike says. (You should also read Julie’s review of #54: The Beginning as well!) It has taken me considerably longer than Julie to finish re-reading this series, but…

  30. Book cover for The Answer

    The Answer

    by K.A. Applegate

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I read #53: The Answer and #54: The Beginning back-to-back because this book ends on a cliffhanger. Like the rest of my reviews of Animorphs, I’m not really flagging this as having spoilers despite discussing the plot, because I figure that if you’re reading this review of the end of a 50-book series 20 years later, then you probably don’t care that much about spoilers.

    ALSO, weirdly enough, very specific spoiler for Buffy season

  31. Book cover for You're Welcome, Universe

    You're Welcome, Universe

    by Whitney Gardner

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This was a birthday book from my friend Rebecca, who smartly picked it off my mammoth to-read list. Unfortunately, it turns out that this is not a book for me. It’s awesome to see Deaf and queer characters represented in fiction and particularly YA, and for what it’s worth as a “hearie” commenting on this, I really enjoyed the way that the Deaf characters’ communication was portrayed here. Nevertheless, Julia never clicks for me as…

  32. Book cover for Erinsmore

    Erinsmore

    by Julia Blake

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This really hit the spot. I’ve been craving some good, old-fashioned fantasy—the kind of stuff I mainlined as a kid, you know, the high fantasy stuff with dragons and wizards. But I find that when I go back and try to revisit the fantasy from my youth, when I read it with the more critical eyes of a modern feminist adult, there’s just too much problematic stuff in there for me to enjoy it as…

  33. Book cover for The Absolute

    The Absolute

    by K.A. Applegate

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Because there’s nothing like reading some Animorphs books out of order …

    #51: The Absolute is where the proverbial manure hits the air redistribution machine. I mean, I haven’t generally been marking these reviews with spoiler alerts, because I feel like if you’re reading a review for book 51, you’re either in way too deep or you don’t care about being spoiled. But I had to flag this review, because this …

    … this…

  34. Book cover for I Was Born for This

    I Was Born for This

    by Alice Oseman

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Funny status update concerning this book and my friend hoping to give it to me as a present. But ever since I kicked off my year with Alice Oseman’s sublime Radio Silence, I was ready to pre-order I Was Born for This. I was slightly more hesitant to dive in after being disappointed by Solitaire, so let me start by saying that Oseman has won me back over. This is a great…

  35. Book cover for Goodbye, Perfect

    Goodbye, Perfect

    by Sara Barnard

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sara Barnard continues to tell great stories. Her characters are relatable, and their situations have just the right scope. Goodbye, Perfect is about dealing with disruption and discomfort in your life caused by people close to you—especially when part of that disruption is re-evaluating what you know about a person. It’s about the nature of loyalty, family, and friendship. There’s a lot going on with the main character, and even though this is a fairly…

  36. Book cover for The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    by K.A. Applegate

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    So, um, owing to a clerical error on my part, I read this before reading #51: The Absolute. Oops! I will definitely go back and read that before going on, but just keep this fact in mind while reading this otherwise perfect review of #52: The Sacrifice.

    Ax has kind of had it with humans in this book, at least at first. Cassie gave up the morphing cube on purpose, and now…

  37. Book cover for Ignite the Stars

    Ignite the Stars

    by Maura Milan

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It is with no small amount of regret that I announce I have never been mistaken for a fearsome space pirate. On the other hand, that’s probably for the best. I’m not going to be sent to space army school like Ia Cōcha in Ignite the Stars. The result is an intense story from Maura Milan about divided loyalties and the necessity of questioning authority in the face of injustice.

    Ia is seventeen years…

  38. Book cover for To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    by Jenny Han

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Although To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was on my radar for a while, thanks to Twitter hype, I actually watched the movie first, and it definitely motivated me to read the book. I adore the movie. I think it’s so well shot that it’s nearly frame perfect. While I don’t think this is one of those cases of “the movie is better than the book”, I do think it’s a case where the…

  39. Book cover for It Only Happens in the Movies

    It Only Happens in the Movies

    by Holly Bourne

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    It’s time for another Holly Bourne book, and if you’ve been following along my reviews, then you know what to expect by now: incisive, excellent narration from a teenage girl who is at a turning point in her life, some kind of crisis moment, and a lot of honest discussions about mental health, sex, romance, and friendship. In other words, it’s an epitome of a subgenre of YA in which Bourne has carved out a…

  40. Book cover for A Study in Charlotte

    A Study in Charlotte

    by Brittany Cavallaro

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sherlock Holmes was, unsurprisingly, my jam when I was a kid. I preferred Poirot, even then (just something about Christie’s writing or the Belgian detective’s emphasis on his “little grey cells”), but Sherlock was cool too. I love reading stories that try to put a new spin on the Conan Doyle adventures, whether it’s transposing them to the 22nd century, hiring Ian McKellen to play a dementia-ridden Holmes, or gender-swapping Holmes and sending her to…

  41. Book cover for Textrovert

    Textrovert

    by Lindsey Summers

    2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I picked Textrovert up on a whim because the premise looked interesting. The premise is interesting, and I liked many of the individual elements of the story … yet it just didn’t come together for me. Lindsey Summers has a fantastic idea of a story and competent writing, but there’s something missing.

    Keeley thinks she has lost her phone; when she retrieves it, she learns it is actually another student’s phone, and he is away…

  42. Book cover for The World According to Anna

    The World According to Anna

    by Jostein Gaarder

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Imagine you live in a world where a significant percentage of the population has a simple but necessary job: they sit in a booth, and every so often, a light comes on, and when it does, they push a button in front of them, and the light goes out. As long as they do that, all day every day, we have electricity and fuel and plastics and all these conveniences we rely on in our…

  43. Book cover for It's Not Like It's a Secret

    It's Not Like It's a Secret

    by Misa Sugiura

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    My friend Rebecca gave this to me as a birthday gift last year. This was a really tough week for me, so I finally picked it up off the shelf because I knew she had inscribed it (as I do with my book gifts!), and I wanted to reread the lovely, lengthy message from her and then dive into a YA book. Whether it’s fluffier or heavier, there is something about YA I find very…

  44. Book cover for The Ultimate

    The Ultimate

    by K.A. Applegate

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Last Cassie book is best Cassie book.

    #50: The Ultimate is, quite simply, vicious. In its final arc the Animorphs series discards any pretense that this is anything less than a series about children being at war. Cassie, Jake, and the other Animorphs are the de facto leaders of a resistance comprising some free Hork Bajir, pacifistic Chee, and their parents (and maybe a peaceful group of Yeerks, but we haven’t heard from them…

  45. Book cover for The Heartbeats of Wing Jones

    The Heartbeats of Wing Jones

    by Katherine Webber

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I was feeling rather emotional over the weekend while I read this, and … I’m not sure if this helped. There were a couple of points where I nearly or did burst into tears from what was happening. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones is an earnest, heart-warming book about a teenager trying to find herself in the face of an incredible family tragedy. The feels are real with this one, and Katherine Webber’s writing is…

  46. Book cover for How To Be Famous

    How To Be Famous

    by Caitlin Moran

    5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    This is not a drill.

    I repeat: NOT A DRILL.

    Yes, Caitlin Moran has written a sequel to the sublime How to Build a Girl. I never expected this, never asked for this … and I definitely don’t deserve it, but young women do. This sequel is arguably better, brighter, more brilliant than the first book. I devoured it in a day, and I already want to go back and re-read it, underline it,…

  47. Book cover for The Diversion

    The Diversion

    by K.A. Applegate

    4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    In what might be one of the most efficient stories in the series, The Diversion delivers an emotionally intense blow to the Animorphs as Applegate hammers home to her readers that nothing will ever be the same.

    In Tobias’ last solo turn as narrator, we learn that the Yeerks have finally clued into the possibility that these Andalite bandits are actually humans. So they’ve begun a massive project of sifting through DNA samples, trying…

  48. Book cover for The Boneshaker

    The Boneshaker

    by Kate Milford

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    Sometimes we get so caught up in the swells of epic fantasy that it’s nice to take a break and come back down to earth with something a little more folk fantasy. The Boneshaker is set in 1914, in a Missouri town just near a crossroads—and we all know what happens there. Kate Milford, along with some fantastic illustrations by Andrea Offermann, spins us a yarn about a travelling medicine show, deals with the Devil,…

  49. Book cover for Storm Glass

    Storm Glass

    by Jeff Wheeler

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    I enjoyed Storm Glass more than I thought I would when I first started. For whatever reason, I’m not aboard the young adult fantasy train right now, which is a shame, because there’s plenty of young adult fantasy I want to read, but I’m hesitant to go into it until I’m in the right mood! Still, I received this from NetGalley in exchange for a review, so a reading and a review it will get!

  50. Book cover for And I Darken

    And I Darken

    by Kiersten White

    3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewed

    So I read this book nearly a month ago but am only now getting around to writing a review, because I have literally spent all my free time knitting a SEKRIT PROJECT because I want to give it to my friend Amanda, who has been away and out of contact for a month. Project is almost done, and so now I can resume my regular reading and reviewing, just in time for summer! However, my…