Young Adult Fiction Reviews

If I’m Being Honest

Living in Los Angeles with her unmarried has-been actress mom, senior Cameron Bright attends the most elite private high school on the West Coast, Beaumont Prep, courtesy of her wealthy, successful businessman dad, who heads his own company in New… Read More ›

Serious Moonlight

Birdie Lindberg is an 18-year-old girl living on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with her grandfather. Her grandmother died a few months earlier, her mother died about eight years earlier, and she never knew her father (who wasn’t married to her mother… Read More ›

Starworld

Sam(antha) is a 17-year-old girl with divorced parents.  Her mother, although professionally successful, is severely OCD.  Her dad has flown off to live and work in his native England, leaving Sam alone to cope with her.  (He says later in… Read More ›

In the Neighborhood of True

After her father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack in New York, seventeen-year-old Ruth Robb, her sister Nattie, and her mother say goodbye to their northern, urban, cosmopolitan city to move to Atlanta, Georgia, where her mom’s parents, Fontaine and… Read More ›

Earth to Charlie

Charlie is a sweet kid finishing up his freshman year in high school.  His mother left long ago, telling him the aliens were coming to get her but that they would return later for him.  His dad has turned into… Read More ›

Since We Last Spoke

Aggi Frank and Max Granger grow up in seemingly idyllic fashion, with a countryside to explore, a beaver dam to watch being constructed each spring, and a nearby lakeshore where they enjoy bonfires and marshmallow roasts. Next-door neighbors, their families have shared… Read More ›

Pretty in Punxsutawaney

The book cover’s byline that says “wake up. go to school. fall in love. repeat” cleverly introduces the plot of this story.  Andie is a new girl in town, having moved to Punxsutawaney the summer before her senior year of high… Read More ›

every moment after

It’s graduation day for the seniors of East Ridge High School in New Jersey, eleven years after a shooting in a first-grade class killed eighteen of their classmates.  It’s a big media event, of course, but it’s also a pivotal… Read More ›

Four Dead Queens

This 423-page fantasy novel is set in a land called Quadara, a land once ruled by a single king but now devolved into four separate quadrants, each represented by its own queen.  The quadrants follow the Henry Ford philosophy of… Read More ›