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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Yep, this definitely deserves all the raves you've heard.
The relationships with the parents in this story are so so real.
The twists and turns are no
Oct 18, 2014
Feb 16, 2013
Bad Houses
Behold! The mystical and mysterious world of ESTATE SALES!

Honestly, I'm a sucker for niche culture stories.

Bad Houses is set in Failin(g), OR, and wr
Mar 15, 2014
Jul 23, 2013
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Sweet realistic story about friends and neighbors who find themselves in different cliques in high school. This becomes a problem when the administrat ...more
Mar 21, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
First of all, kudos to Dial for giving this book the treatment it deserves. Unlike the previous books in this series, this volume includes stunning en ...more
May 07, 2012
May 29, 2009
I think they could have edged up the cover a bit - it doesn't reflect the goth, witchy, lesbian elements of the book. And granted, Kim's self discover ...more
Oct 17, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Ok, this one I ripped through. I wasn't expecting Graceling to be in quite such a typical medieval-style high-fantasy world. I have it in my head that ...more
May 12, 2009
May 07, 2009
Meh, boys behaving badly. Three teens (who apparently just graduated high school) getting into trouble, playing too many video games, and fighting wit ...more
Jul 30, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year
Ramsey was a small-town girl when she decided to move to the city to go to art school. She was relatively sheltered and naive, her family culture was ...more
Mar 04, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the great writers of this generation. Her books are already classics, and she deserves every award she gets.

I loved t
May 2009
Apr 28, 2009
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I know, it's sad. I totally did not read this when it came out.

Luckily, Chbosky made a movie version of this story! Which kicked my ass into gear to
May 19, 2013
May 18, 2013
Demo: The Collection
**spoiler alert** Part of the growing trend of putting superheroes into an everyday context (see also Powers, Runaways, "Heroes" on TV...).

Jan 2014
Jul 20, 2011
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
This feels like a story for an overcast day. Which makes it kinda silly that I read it on a tropical vacation.

It's a medieval costume drama, but with
May 16, 2013
Dec 15, 2012
The Chaos
I freakingADORED this book. I'm really heartbroken that it's just a touch too mature for my local middle school booktalks.

It starts out as a quite re
Aug 13, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future
Oh my goodness.

This is SO...




Yes. Disturbing. Very disturbing book.

Do not be misled by the cover - this is not Gossip Girl w
May 23, 2012
May 25, 2012
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary
First of all, I think the cover on this is absolutely yummy. Rich teal with colored images of the girl and her philosopher.

The story isn't bad either.
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Shadoweyes, Volume One (Shadoweyes, #1)
Wow, this is intense.



You can read the summary for yourself. And honestly, the plot feels a little thin.

But what Campbell's doing here i
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
The Chaos (Numbers, #2)
I absolutely ate this book up. I read it in pretty much one sitting (with a break to view a giant tree fall in my front yard) during the winter storm ...more
Jan 19, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
The Moon Moth (Graphic Novel)
Vance is one brainy guy. The language and concepts here are amazing.
Basically, it's a space future, and there's this planet where everyone wears mask
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
The Real Real
I can't quite decide if this is guilty pleasure material or just a really good read. Maybe it's both. It's the story of a working class girl growing u ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
Morning Glories, Vol. 2: All Will Be Free
Continues to creep out with the horror. Each issue of this volume focuses on a different kid. They all have secrets, and it's not clear what they are ...more
Jun 08, 2012
Jun 11, 2012
Emiko Superstar
My new crush is on Mariko Tamaki. I loved her book Skim, and this is more proof that she's up-and-coming in the graphic novel universe. I can't wait f ...more
not set
Mar 21, 2009
First of all, the design and cover of this book is SO pretty in person. Saturated color, hardbound, and the motif of leaves (of change) run through th ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Aug 29, 2011
Boy Meets Boy
Pretty much all I'd heard about this book before I read it was that it was one of the few utopian books out there for teens. That it's about a high sc ...more
Nov 02, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
The Shattering
Keri lives in an idyllic town on the coast of New Zealand. One day, her beloved brother commits suicide. Or does he? When an old friend suggests that ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Mar 28, 2013
Beauty Queens
Totally impressed by Libba Bray's reading. I could totally tell she's got a theatre background - I would not have guessed that the author was reading ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Nov 10, 2011
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
As I wrote in my South Sound Book Review Council review (, every middle and high school library should have a copy of th ...more
Sep 2011
Oct 27, 2011
Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
Reese is waiting to get on a plane, starring out at the tarmac, when a whole flock of birds falls out of the sky onto the concrete.

Soon, reports come
May 08, 2013
Sep 28, 2012
Have you ever dated someone secretly?
Did people find out?
Did people keep the secret for you?

Do you think people would have kept your secret if the p
Aug 21, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Anya's Ghost
Creepy, creepy story that I zoomed through in one sitting.

I appreciated the inclusion of the immigrant familial experience, the romance resolution, th
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
This is the story of an 11-year-old kid who killed somebody.

When he did it, I was about the age of the girl he killed. I vaguely remember hearing abou
Jan 24, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
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