My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: May 10th, 2016 Publisher: Dial Books Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, LGBT, Friendship
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: February 28th, 2017 Publisher: Dial Books Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine Recommended Age: 9+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Contemporary, Science
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.Continue reading →
My rating: 1 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Publication Date: March 22nd 2016 Publisher: Dial Books Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Psychological, Love Triangle
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.