Reviews : Young Adult

'American Girls' by Allison Umminger

There’s a lot to like about American Girls; the novel contains a humane portrait of a dysfunctional family, insightful critiques of celebrity culture, and a thoroughly original rites of passage story filtered through the voice of a complicated protagonist… read more

'Without Annette' by Jane B. Mason

Josie and Annette have been a couple for years. What began as an infallible friendship when they swapped galoshes as kids (Annette’s beautiful pair for Josie’s hand-me-down lacklusters), evolved into a romantic union. Josie’s selfless adoration of Annette instigates a plan to escape their small Minnesota hometown in order to protect Annette from a physically,… read more

‘My Year Zero’ by Rachel Gold

My Year Zero is classified as “new adult fiction,” and will appeal to both young and more experienced adults, meeting difficult topics head-on with a compelling story… read more

'Willful Machines' by Tim Floreen

Tim Floreen weaves a tightly knit thriller that will delight both its targeted teen audience and adults who enjoy a wonderfully created futuristic world… read more

'Husky' by Justin Sayre

Husky tells the story of Davis, an overweight, smart, likeable, and genuinely decent boy on the cusp of facing middle school, where a whole new set of rules, rituals, and priorities face him and his cohort of friends… read more