Dysfunctional Relationships

Opposite of Always

Eighteen-year-old Jack King’s two best friends in the world are Jillian and Franny (Francisco). Unfortunately, Jack has been in love with Jillian since they met at the beginning of freshman year at Elytown High, though she is unaware of how… Read More ›

Sorry for Your Loss

Pup Flanagan has spent most of his seventeen years as (in his mind) an undistinguished person compared to his seven older siblings. At school he is accepted by his classmates but generally ignored, neither liked nor disliked. He has no… Read More ›

Ordinary Girls

Here’s a modern day send-up of a Jane Austen novel: two young girls–their acclaimed novelist father deceased for many years–live with their inept artistic mother in a shabby but genteel Victorian house in a Philadelphia neighborhood. They subsist on royalties… 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 ›

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 ›