YA Fiction

Good and Gone

A 15-year-old girl goes on a road trip with her clinically depressed older brother and gay next-door neighbor to find a rock star who’s gone missing.  Along the way they meet interesting characters and learn things about themselves and others…. Read More ›

The Grave Keepers

This is a mess of a book.  The Windham family are the hereditary gravekeepers for a very old cemetery.  In this book everybody is assigned a grave at birth.  When they are 13 they are given the key to the… Read More ›

Prince in Disguise

A beauty queen participates in a reality TV show, finds out the man she fell in love with is Scottish nobility, and hauls herself over to Scotland, along with family, friends, and TV crews, to film the wedding.  Her younger… Read More ›

The Date to Save

This is a charming book in the vein of “High School Musical,” where different students of all kinds come together for a big united finish.  Largely due to incompetence on the part of the principal, four major annual school events… Read More ›

The List

This is another dystopian novel.  Ice caps have melted and a community of survivors is existing (albeit not thriving) under the control of a strongman.  Language is being ever more tightly circumscribed and The List refers to the only words… Read More ›

Here We Are Now

A 16-year-old girl has been raised by her single Jordanian immigrant mother in Indianapolis.  In poking around old papers, she discovers her dad is a famous rock musician.  She writes him a few letters asking to meet him.  One day… Read More ›

Summer Unscripted

Rainie is a high-schooler with no direction in life.  She has started and quit many things.  She sees a fellow student do a dramatic monologue, falls for him, and wrangles an invite to work in a resort summer theater.  Before… Read More ›

Shadow Girl

A Chinese-American girl in New York City lives with her mom and n’er-do-well brother in a tiny apartment. The father/husband was abusive and finally walked out on them.  The girl works up a business as an academic tutor and goes… Read More ›

i hate everyone but you

Two long-time BFFs, Ava & Genevieve, graduate high school and go to colleges on opposite coasts.  The story is told in the form of back-and-forth texts and emails between the two. Individual and family personalities and problems are revealed. Gen… Read More ›