My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: June 25th, 2019 Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Recommended Age: 13+ Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family Drama, Friendship Dynamics, High School, Social Issues
I am always impressed when authors are able to successfully alternate between genres. I have read A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY from this author not so long ago and it was an incredible fantasy. CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT is a contemporary romance devoid of any magic and curses, but it’s a gripping story nonetheless and proof that authors should be encouraged to explore multiple genres and topics. Sometimes they fail, but they still deserve points for trying. In her case, Brigid Kemmerer can write anything and everything because she fully understands emotions, compassion and the concepts of intention, motivation and dedication. She manages to breathe that knowledge into her own characters so that they, too, can be three-dimensional human beings who have a purpose. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: HarperCollins Canada Published: December 18th, 2018 Publisher: HarperTeen Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal/Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Drama, Family, Friendship, Romance, High School
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Borrowed Published: 2013 Publisher: Self-Published Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, Drama, College, Survival, Friendship
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher. Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed. But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Distributor First Published: 2012 Publisher: Graphix Recommended Age: 9+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Romance, Plays, Friendship
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Publication Date: September 6th, 2016 Publisher: Entangled Teen Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 11+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Books About Books, Boy Drama
True love can’t be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: May 3rd 2016 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Family, Romance
Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: NetGalley Publication Date: August 9th, 2016 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 15+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Forbidden Love, Family Drama
As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.Continue reading →