Controversial YA Topics

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 ›

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah

Twins Sam and Ilsa are graduating seniors throwing one of their last dinner parties at their grandmother Czarina’s swanky (but rent-controlled) apartment at the Stanwyck in Manhattan while she and their parents are out of town.  The tradition for the… Read More ›

the girl in between

Not sure why this is a YA book because the girl from whose view the story is told seems younger.  Anyway.  The girl and her mother are living with the grandmother when a fight erupts between the two older women,… Read More ›

The Window

When the body of Jess’s twin sister, Anna, is found one morning on the lawn underneath her bedroom window, the family is shocked to realize she had been laying there unseen throughout the night.  A member of her high school… Read More ›

Water in May

The author is a former pediatric cardiologist in New York City whose personal background and medical practice have shaped this, her first book. Mari is a 15-year-old Dominican-American living in New York City who was abandoned by her mother, has… Read More ›

Keeping the Beat

Five London teenage girls form a band, win the UK section of an international reality show competition, and fly off to California to prepare for the next round.  While there, they fall prey to all the temptations you can expect… Read More ›