Controversial YA Topics

Nine

NINE sets the story with this opener: “In the summer of 1808, in a world parallel to our own, the sun flared, the sky turned orange, and the clouds gathered.  It rained torrentially for months straight.  After this “summer of… Read More ›

The Cheerleaders

Five cheerleaders from Sunnybrook High die within two months of each other from a car crash, a suicide and a murderous attack—at least that’s what Monica Rayburn (younger sister of one of the cheerleaders) and the rest of the world… Read More ›

Perfect Ten

Sam is a high school senior who at the age of fourteen had his first gay love affair with Landon.  It was intense and flamed out rather quickly for reasons that become clear thru the book.  Finally they resume being… Read More ›

Pointe, Claw

In this book, two teenage girls were besties until about the age of eight, when they were caught “playing doctor” and banned from seeing each other.  The REAL reason, however, that the families busted up their social contact is later… Read More ›

Aftermath

What becomes of the families of school shooters once judgments are passed and the perpetrators are either dead or convicted and imprisoned?   What happens when innocent family members end up sharing blame for the event? Can families be faulted… Read More ›

Kill All Happies

New high school graduates Vic, Fletch, and Slick have been best friends since kindergarten and constitute a tight clique they call the Cuddle Huddle (though they are friends with others also and have divergent gifts and interests).  They live in… Read More ›

Light Years

Teenage Luisa (aka Lu) is a talented, brilliant girl with a peculiar inherited faculty of experiencing smells and colors when she is feeling strong emotion.  (She has other “gifts” which emerge in the course of the book.) She applies for… Read More ›

Rosie Girl

(This review contains a critical spoiler.) Two high school senior girls are best friends.  You might think from their physical closeness they are gay, but this is vague and turns out not to be the case. Rosie was close to… Read More ›