Reviews : Young Adult

'Like A Woman' by Debra Busman

In prose as lucid and passionate as any manifesto, this contemporary feminist anthem offers us a hero who both charms and challenges readers by way of her acuity, grit and depth… read more

'A Boy Like Me' by Jennie Wood

Peyton Honeycutt’s world, circumscribed to his small North Carolina town, is too limited to encompass the fact that he’s a transgender boy. Growing up, he’s been given no images, reflections or–most importantly for the often-tongue-tied young man — no language to describe how he’s feeling about his gender. He develops over the course of Jennie… read more

'Just Girls' by Rachel Gold

Let me start with a quick summary of Just Girls published by Bella Books and written by the award-winning author, Rachel Gold: brilliant, brilliant and all kinds of brilliant…. read more

'Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before' by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Filled with tender moments and a remarkable family, Karelia Stetz-Waters’ YA novel Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before (Ooligan Press) is a queer coming of age story set against the political landscape of rural Oregon in 1992. What’s timeless about this novel is the familiar teenage struggle to find love, acceptance, and oneself…. read more

'Beau, Lee, The Bomb, and Me' by Mary McKinley

Mary McKinley’s debut novel offers a unique point of view that most young adult authors shy away from, while at the same time employing a lot of comfortable clichés. Beau, Lee, The Bomb, and Me follows Rusty Winters, an obese teenager who is not only sorely unpopular but a self-proclaimed smart girl who spends much… read more

'Everything Leads to You' by Nina LaCour

“Though full of juicy Hollywood-style plot, Everything Leads to You is less about building relationships and falling in love, than it is about how to set the stage for something amazing to happen.”… read more

How Everett Maroon Turned Me Into an Unintentional YA Fan

I imagine it is bad form to start off talking about a book by bad-mouthing its genre, but I felt the need to disclose, if only to emphasize how damn good Everett Maroon’s new young adult novel is: I don’t much care for YA. Well, at least I thought I didn’t. Let me explain…. read more

'Two Boys Kissing' by David Levithan

When you start reading this book, you may feel disoriented and confused. The “voice” may seem unclear and almost too intimate. There are no chapters; just spacing delineations. The title characters do not appear for ten pages. You might think of ditching it, yet wonder about what you have read…. read more