Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman

29640839Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Disability, Contemporary Romance, Family

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Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves Continue reading

Little & Lion – Brandy Colbert

25062038Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 8th 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Bisexuality, Contemporary, Bipolarity, Siblings, Romance

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When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse. Continue reading

Shattered Warrior – Sharon Shinn

31145130Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Romance, War, Aliens

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It is ten years after Colleen Cavanaugh’s home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet’s mineral resources.

Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils for the Derichets, Colleen makes a single friend in Jann, a member of the violent group of rebels known as the Chromatti. One day Colleen receives shocking news: her niece Lucy is alive and in need of her help. Together, Colleen, Jann, and Lucy create their own tenuous family.

But Colleen must decide if it’s worth risking all of their survival to join a growing underground revolution against the Derichets. Continue reading

Once and for All – Sarah Dessen

32078787Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants. Continue reading

Little Robot -Ben Hatke

23310721Little Robot by Ben Hatke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 5+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Children’s, Robots, Friendship

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Life outside the robot factory is confusing.

Little Robot has a lot to learn…

And that’s what friends are for.

But with danger in the way, will friendship be enough to save them? Continue reading

See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles

12384984See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: YA/MG, Death, Family, Contemporary, LGBT

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Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a “surprise” baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s mantra, “All will be well,” is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same. Continue reading

Mighty Jack – Ben Hatke

27414475Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Retellings, Fantasy

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Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made. Continue reading