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 ›

Neverworld Wake

This fantasy/mystery/time-bending novel has some bad language, violence, and sex talk but not a lot of any of it. A small group of friends who are students at an exclusive high school fall out after the inexplicable death of one… Read More ›

Life Like

In a post-techno-nuclear apocalyptic world, seventeen-year-old Eve Carpenter, along with Cricket (her android assistant), Kaiser (her cyborg blitzhund), and Lemon (her fully-human friend) spends her time reconstructing robot fighters to compete in the War Dome for prize money. Adept at… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›