Reviews : Young Adult

'Radical' by E.M. Kokie

The novel contains, from it’s very first line, a very well-rendered sense of anxious anticipation that, throughout the course of the novel, builds to outright dread… read more

'Frannie and Tru' by Karen Hattrup

If this sounds like a story that’s been written a hundred times in various combinations, that’s because it’s a crucial part of coming of age. Learning about life outside of your socioeconomic culture and experience level is what defines the act of growing up… read more

'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