Genre: Young Adult

Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

‘I just can’t help but think, unhinged or not, the good moms are the ones who stay. The ones who keep trying day in and day out.’   Claire and her twin sister, Poppy, are ‘internet famous’. Every part of their lives have been blogged, photographed, and recorded by their fashion blogger mom. Claire begins to doubt her future on the internet while Poppy loves the limelight. The addition of a new boy in class helps push Claire to spread her wings and want more for her life.   The topic of this book is very timely. When I was growing up there was no YouTube, social medial, or email. There was no pressure to keep up on the latest internet trends and there was no such thing as being ‘internet famous.’ In todays world there are many people who […]

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Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Favorite Quotes   ‘If we learn anything from a story at all, it’s through identification’   ‘It made me feel like a story could be more than words on paper, a living thing that may change in unpredictable ways.’   ‘Hope is made not given.’   ‘Once you open yourself  to miracles, they start showing up all around you.’   My Review   Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants. She is growing up in turn of the century New York City. When Elaine’s mother dies from the Spanish flu, Elaine struggles to keep her family together.   Elaine’s daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950’s San José, California. She is crushed by the breakup of her parents marriage and desperately attempting to understand her distant mother and learn her secrets. I really love historical fiction. I find I […]

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Antipodes…by Michele Bacon

Antipodes…by Michele Bacon

In geography, the antipode (/ænˈtɪpədiː/) of any spot on Earth is the point on Earth’s surface diametrically opposite to it; the antipodes of a region similarly represent the area opposite it.   High school student Erin’s life is in shambles after a run of bad luck. She is worried that she will not have what it takes to get into a top college. She decides to opt for a work-study program in New Zealand to add to her résumé.   It’s evident from the beginning that Erin leads a privileged life in America. When she arrives in New Zealand she is taken aback by her host family’s small, cold, house. Erin often comes across as spoiled and bratty.   This was one of three recent books I read that take place in New Zealand. The scenery seems amazing and New […]

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Ink & Ivy…by Sara Martin

Ink & Ivy…by Sara Martin

Ink & Ivy is a timely story about a girl struggling to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. As the story opens, Ivy is riding her bike when a downpour hits. She runs into a shop and meets an eccentric shop owner and her nephew Julian. Ivy’s picture of her perfect career soon begins to unravel and her dreams along with it.     The cover got me on this one. Simply amazing!     Ink & Ivy has a unique but important theme. Teenagers must often choose their careers while still in high school and they do not know themselves well enough to do so.     The love of writing is described perfectly throughout the novel. I love how those close to Ivy (but outside her family) were so supportive of Ivy.   […]

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Outcast…by by Denise Jaden

Outcast…by by Denise Jaden

  Kass Bateman is the tough girl in school. Kass has had a rough childhood and it shows through her personality. Both her parents are mentally ill and her mother has been missing for some time. When a mysterious girl shows up at Kass’s school claiming to be Kass’s half-sister, Kass is captivated. Kass, her friend Eli, and Kass’s sister set on a journey looking for Kass’s missing mom.   What I Loved:   By far the best element of this story are the characters. I was able to really connect with both Kass and Eli. I enjoyed Eli’s background story about his issues and how he dealt with his family. I also really liked Kass’s tough as nails personality.  I thought Kass and Eli’s slow burn romance was wonderful. I could really feel the chemistry between them. Who wouldn’t […]

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Pretty in Punxsutawney…by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Pretty in Punxsutawney…by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Favorite Quotes   ‘Couples like this are even worse than those first-date pairings where the awkwardness is so palpable, they should have to buy it a separate ticket’.   ‘I’ve always loved the way the city is surrounded by three rivers that make a Y where the Monongahela and the Allegheny become the Ohio River, forcing the city into a point.’   ‘Sometimes, we’re simply enjoying whatever day we happen to be in.’   ‘Being a girl is not a competition.’   My Review   Andie moves to Punxsutawney P.A. before the beginning of her senior year. When she falls asleep watching ‘Pretty in Pink’, before her first day of school, everything goes south.  The next day she wakes up to the same day she just finished. Andie must figure out how to get out of her perpetual first day of school in […]

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Mistletoe & Magic: A YA Books Central Holiday Anthology…by Melissa A. Craven , C.J. Redwine et al.

Mistletoe & Magic: A YA Books Central Holiday Anthology…by Melissa A. Craven , C.J. Redwine et al.

Cute Christmas anthology of various genres from my fellow YA Book Central reviewers. I discovered some great new authors and got into the holiday spirit. A few of my favorites were: ‘After Checkmate’ by Amalie Jahn, ‘Young Saint Nick’ by Angela Blount, and ‘Choices’ by Patrick Hodges    

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Love, Life, and the List…by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List…by Kasie West

Abby’s goal in life is to become a serious artist. Her hope is to get into a special art camp. To carry out this she must put more heart into her work so Abby makes herself a bucket list. Abby is also dealing with an agoraphobic mother, a deployed father, and a growing crush on her best friend Cooper. I have read a couple of Kasie West novels and enjoyed them. They are generally fun, young, romantic, novels. I really enjoyed ‘Lucky in Love’, so I was really excited to read this one. I did enjoy the storyline in general. I loved the idea of experiencing life in order to give yourself a wider perspective.  I just didn’t connect with the characters. Maybe, I’m just too old or maybe I just don’t get the California lifestyle thing. For me Abby and […]

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Holes…by Louis Sachar

Holes…by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is accused of a crime he did not commit. He is sentenced to a boys camp in the middle of a bone dry desert. The camp is ironically named Camp Green Lake. Day in and day out the boys at the camp must dig holes in the scorching heat for the warden. This story has multiple perspectives. Stanley’s present day and the past of  Stanley’s great-great grandfather as well as the past of Camp Green Lake. ‘Holes’ is much more gritty than the average middle school novel. Its is definitely not all fairies and unicorns. There are some somewhat harsh scenes in the story but they are important part of the book . ‘Holes’ is a story about overcoming adversity and a deep message about good triumphing over evil. As for the cast of characters in the novel they are […]

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Dying Wish….by Margaret McHeyzer

Dying Wish….by Margaret McHeyzer

Alice is a ballet prodigy. Her best friend Becky has been like sister to Alice since Becky’s mother died. When Alice begins a relationship with Elijah she thinks her life is perfect then she receives devastating news. This novel will make you so emotional. I haven’t ugly cried over a novel since my first read of a Kristian Hannah.  I had no idea that this novel was going to be so gut wrenching. The author really brought to life the feelings of those who are close to someone who that is going through what Alice is going through. Alice as a character really touched me. I really felt that she  is someone who I would know. Becky and Elijah were still really likable for me but I Alice was a real person to me. That being said. I really love […]

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