Peer Relationships

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 ›

Freshmen

Incoming students at York Met University gather for freshman orientation week before starting classes at a school where most of them know no one and are basically terrified that they will have no friends, be judged as weird and will… Read More ›

Little Do We Know

In this book two neighbors, besties and high school seniors, Hannah and Emory, have had a profound falling out, the cause of which we don’t discover until very late in the book.  Hannah is the daughter of a preacher man… 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 ›

Chemistry Lessons

Maya is a high school senior headed for MIT who the summer before is working in her deceased mom’s science lab. She lives with her widowed father and has a small group of good friends. Her mother’s research papers were… 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 ›