YA Fiction Reviews

The Last Thing You Said

In a Minnesota resort town two sets of brother-sister duos are lifelong, great friends.  One of the girls dies suddenly from an undiagnosed heart ailment.  Over the next year both sets of parents and the remaining three teenagers struggle to… 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 ›

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 ›

The Fall of Grace

High school junior Grace Pierce loves photography. She likes the way you can “freeze the world just the way you want it,” and she aspires to win the National Foundation of the Arts Student Photography Contest in order to be… Read More ›

Rescue

Three days before the end of sixth grade, a new girl shows up in Joni’s class.  Chess (short for Francesca) is a California transplant to a farmstead near Joni’s in Vermont.  Joni hopes they can be friends.  Things start off… Read More ›

Water in May

The author is a former pediatric cardiologist in New York City whose personal background and medical practice have shaped this, her first book. Mari is a 15-year-old Dominican-American living in New York City who was abandoned by her mother, has… Read More ›