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Grasshopper Jungle
Sometimes, you have to look at a piece of art and appreciate that it's a work of ART, even though you dislike pretty much everything about it. I think...more
Feb 2014
Jan 21, 2014
Admittedly, books about weight loss and the challenge of living with extra weight have a lot to live up to when I read them. I know it's a bias. But t...more
Aug 22, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Something like Normal
This book got so many things right, I don't even know where to start. Maybe with Travis, who is one of the most realistic male voices I've read in a l...more
Mar 10, 2012
Dec 12, 2011
Thumped (Bumped, #2)
The scariest thing about Thumped -- a story told about a futuristic dystopia where teen girls have their bodies sold for reproductive purposes -- is h...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

This is a beautiful book. Really.

Gabe was born Elizabeth, and until a couple of months ago, lived as Elizabeth, fighting back everything that he fe...more
May 12, 2012
Dec 13, 2011
All the Rage
All the Rage is an incredible, authentic, painful book that looks deep into what rape culture is and how rape culture impacts the lives of girls.

not set
Feb 06, 2012
If You Find Me
Carey and Janessa live in the woods -- Nessa's been there her entire young life but Carey's had a taste of the outside world, way back in the day. The...more
Sep 2012
Mar 12, 2012
I think Oliver writes some excellent sentences and can craft brilliant turns of phrase ... and I think that talent allows her to get away with some se...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 04, 2014

Cather and sister Wren are beginning their first year of college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln -- a few hours west of their home town o...more
Jul 05, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
Charm & Strange
Win doesn't think he's a good person. He's got a beast -- a wolf -- living inside him. He's waiting for that right full moon when he changes completel...more
Feb 14, 2013
Jun 27, 2012
Send Me a Sign
I am not a fan of cancer books, and neither is Mia. So when she's diagnosed with leukemia, she hides it. She doesn't want to be cancer girl. She wants...more
Jun 28, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
The Lucy Variations
Anyone who has ever created something or pursued a passion knows that sometimes you hit that flow and nothing else in the world exists because what yo...more
Nov 18, 2012
Jul 29, 2011

Well, this one did a pretty good job of making me a wreck. Talk about an intense, completely realistic and painfully honest look at bipolar disord...more
Jan 09, 2012
Sep 08, 2011
Return to Me
More like a 1.5.

Rebecca's on the cusp of so many exciting and terrifying things -- she's been accepted to Columbia University and will be moving from...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 12, 2012

Butter's a fat kid. That's something no one would argue with and something he himself identifies with. But he's so alone, and he's sad about being...more
Jun 07, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
This is Not a Test
This might be my favorite Courtney Summers book!

Sloane is one of the most memorable characters I've read in a long time because how often do you get...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2011
All the Truth That's in Me
If you don't have a voice, can anyone hear you? Or do you not have a voice because no one WANTS to hear you?

That's the question at the heart of Berry...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
The disjointed narrative, made up of flashbacks, legal documents, court proceedings, and bits of the present, didn't work for me in this book because...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Love and Other Perishable Items
I kind of loved this one!

This book reminded me of a mixture of CK Kelly Martin's contemporary reads with Lia Hills's "The Beginner's Guide to Living....more
May 04, 2012
May 01, 2012
Some Boys
I think the fact this is/will be played up as a romance, rather than a book about rape culture and violence against women, possibly says something abo...more
Jun 13, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Jacqueline Kelly can write, there's no doubt about it. The prose is lovely, intricate, and challenging, even for the adult reader. This is a book that...more
not set
Sep 20, 2009
Then You Were Gone
Adrienne and Dakota stopped being friends two years ago, but it's Adrienne who receives a mysterious call for help from Dakota before she goes missing...more
Dec 02, 2012
May 05, 2012
If you want true YA horror, look no further.

Ry's father Marvin was an abusive, horrific man. His father put his mother through hell, and it was Ry wh...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone
Lush, lush writing and a twist I did not see coming. I mean, I sort of thought it could go down as it did, but I didn't think it'd ACTUALLY happen.

Feb 10, 2012
Oct 26, 2011
Over You
"And just like Eve, she was curious, not a becoming trait for a woman. What hubris it was to think for herself, to wonder, to do contrary to what she...more
Mar 23, 2013
Jul 26, 2012
Wild Awake
This summer, Kiri's parents are on an extended vacation, leaving her to her own devices at home. She's poised to spend it hanging out with best friend...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Breaking Beautiful

Breaking Beautiful had potential, but it didn't fulfill it. The book takes on a number of big things while trying to also weave in a mystery, but...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 26, 2012

Theo is one of my favorite female characters in a long, long time. She's imperfect and rough and misguided and does a lot of really dumb things b...more
Jan 2014
Jan 06, 2012
Where the Stars Still Shine
It's a helluva sophomore novel.
Sep 15, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
A solid read with two authentic and hurting male voices. Bull's the bully but acts that way because that's the way he's grown up. Victor, on the other...more
May 05, 2012
May 04, 2012
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