Navigating through High School

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 ›

Puddin’

This book seems to be a sequel to DUMPLIN’, which I did not read, but it stands well enough on its own. It traces mainly the story of two girls, one who is in the In Crowd and seemingly has… 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 ›

All That I Can Fix

The parents in many Young Adult novels are self-involved, negligent people who may provide food and shelter but pretty much expect their teenage children to raise themselves.  Or expect the kids to tend to the parents’ needs.  This book takes… Read More ›

Fadeaway

Samantha and Reagan have been besties many years and are planning their transition to freshman year of high school.  Both are athletic, and in particular they are outstanding basketball players.  Just before school starts Reagan dies suddenly of an undiagnosed… Read More ›

The Gone Away Place

After a fight with her boyfriend before school one morning, high school senior Ellie Frame cuts class and heads to the lighthouse on the edge of her small town of Newfoundland, Ohio—a place where she and Noah spent so much… 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 ›

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 ›

The Last Thing You Said

In a Minnesota resort town two sets of brother-sister duos are lifelong, great friends.  One of the girls dies suddenly from an undiagnosed heart ailment.  Over the next year both sets of parents and the remaining three teenagers struggle to… Read More ›