Young Adult Fiction Reviews

Before Now

Atty is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant-turned-policeman and Native American woman who is a nurse or some kind of caregiver. They both work long hours, and she’s left to herself a lot. She is a smart girl and a… Read More ›

Jek/Hyde

A modern re-telling of the Jekyll and Hyde story set in a high school world.  Frequent bad language, primarily abusing the name of Jesus Christ and then supplementing with variations of the F-word and shit or ass.  Frequent sexual references,… 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 ›