Purchasing Young Adult Literature

Down and Across

Soon-to-be high school senior Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi has a problem: he has no passion for anything that gives him direction in life.  He easily loses interest in activities, then drops them, and moves on to something else.  Or not.  His… Read More ›

Love & Luck

Addie is in Ireland with her mom and three brothers attending an aunt’s wedding.  She is smarting from a nasty break-up in which her boyfriend shared around a topless photo she sent him.  The wedding festivities end, most of the… Read More ›

I’m Not Missing

Two high school seniors in Las Cruces NM have been tight friends for years.  Both have mothers who ran off–one to join a religious cult, the other to fall into a lowlife of alcoholism and its attendant issues.  The former… Read More ›

Like Never and Always

Sixteen-year-old Olivia (Liv) and seventeen-year-old Morgan are best friends driving home in a convertible late at night with their boyfriends, brothers Nathan and Clay.  Neither of the girls is wearing a seat belt (since they’re only driving five miles after… Read More ›

Hull Metal Girls

In this book humanity has been condensed onto a fleet of starships scouting for a habitable planet on which to re-establish itself.  For 300 years its governing body has been searching.  To help keep order–in particular against a rebellious group… Read More ›

My So-Called Bollywood Life

Winnie and Raj have been devoted to each other for three-and-a-half years, ever since starting high school together in Princeton, NJ.  Because Winnie’s parents consulted a pandit who prophesied that she would find her soulmate before her eighteenth birthday and… 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 ›