Friendships in YA Fiction

Every Stolen Breath

Lia (short for Amelia) Finch is the surviving asthmatic twin of a sister who died in very early infancy.  She lives in comfortable circumstances with her widowed mother in Chicago.  Her father, a successful prosecuting attorney, was murdered in a… Read More ›

My Jasper June

It’s the last day of school for thirteen-year-old Leah, who lives with her mom and dad in Ormewood Park, a suburb of Atlanta where neighbors frequently gather together for cookouts and observe community traditions that date back years and years…. Read More ›

All-American Muslim Girl

Allie Abraham is the almost-16-year-old daughter of an academic father and a psychologist mom.  Her dad is of Muslim heritage but not practicing; her mom was raised Catholic but converted to Islam when she married.  As Allie’s father has pursued… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

famous in a small town

Ahh, summer days in a small midwestern town when you’re a high school junior-soon-to-be-senior working the usual low-wage jobs, attending summer band practice, planning for college and worrying about just how far away you want to get from home once… Read More ›

The First True Thing

First of all, let me say the blurbs on these book jackets are nonsense.  This particular book, while worthy of notice and thought, will not leave you “breathless,” nor is it “heartbreaking” or particularly “raw.”  OK, thank you, I feel… Read More ›

The Goodbye Summer

Caroline is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, the only child in a loving and attentive family.  Although she has dated before, she falls hard for a grocery store clerk named Jake, who is three years her senior, and she becomes embroiled in an intense… Read More ›