Tag Archives: genre:Young Adult

Dylan by D.V. Patton

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Dylan
Author: D.V. Patton
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Being seventeen is never easy, especially for a compulsive and impulsive young gay man. Meet Dylan Doyle, an earnest student of life.

As the embers of summer fade away, Dylan learns that the path to adulthood is a long and treacherous road. The certainties of his life are stripped away by betrayal and plain bad fortune.

Yet his optimism never fades, and Dylan might find, that salvation was watching over his shoulder the whole time. Sometimes, the journey to being a man is as important as the destination.

Dylan is the story of love lost, and found again in the most unexpected place…where it always was.
My review: Continue reading Dylan by D.V. Patton

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Price: US$ 18.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”- like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
My review: Continue reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
URL: Candlewick Press
Price: US$ 18.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
My review: Continue reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Target
Author: Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Roaring Brook Press
Price: Out of print
Summary:
Why had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can’t be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole— and sometimes your friends can save you.
My review: Continue reading Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

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Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Something Like Summer
Author: Jay Bell
Genre: Coming of age, gay romance, contemporary
URL: Smashwords
Price: US$2.99
Other Information/warnings: homophobia, explicit sexual situations
Summary [from the publisher]:

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.
The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

My review: Continue reading Something Like Summer by Jay Bell

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Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Punkzilla
Author: Adam Rapp
Genre: Young adult
URL: Candlewick Press
Price: US $16.99
Summary:[from the publisher]
For a runaway boy who goes by the name “Punkzilla,” kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling, he catalogs them all — from an abusive stranger and a ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The language is raw and revealing, crackling with visceral details and dark humor, yet with each interstate exit Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.
My review: Continue reading Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

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Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Down to the Bone
Author: Mayra Lazara Dole
Genre: Young Adult
URL: Harper Teen
Price: US$16.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Here’s what it means to be a tortillera.

It means you’re a girl who loves girls.

Which means you get kicked out of Catholic school faster than Mother Superior Sicko can say “immoral.”

Which means your wacko Mami finds out.

Which means you’re kicked to the curb with nowhere to go, and the love of your life is shipped off to Puerto Rico to marry a guy.

But this is Miami, and if you have a bighearted best friend and a loyal puppy at your side, and if your broken heart is still full of love, you just might land on your feet.

In a first novel as crazy, joyful, hilarious, and painful as your first love, Mayra Lazara Dole goes beyond the many meanings of tortillera to paint a vivid picture of a girl who gets kicked out of home only to find a new kind of family.

My review: Continue reading Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole

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Ann’s Mini-Reviews for March 2010

These are a round up of books I have read recently and have yet to work up into a full review. I may never do so 🙂 Caveat lector etc. Continue reading Ann’s Mini-Reviews for March 2010

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Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Last Days of Summer
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: coming of age, baseball
URL: Amazon
Price: US$13.99
Other Information/warnings: language, child prodigy, racism (period)
Summary [from the publisher]:

Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third baseman for the New York Giants. But Joey’s chosen champion doesn’t exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.

My review: Continue reading Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger

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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park
Author: Steve Kluger
Genre: YA
URL: Amazon
Price: $16.99
Other Information/warnings: het (teen) relationships, gay (teen)
Summary [from the publisher]:

Dear Anthony:
I appreciate your recent interest, but I’m not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening. Thank you for thinking of me.
Respectfully,Alejandra Perez
P.S. It’s not “Allie.” It’s “Ale.”

Meet T.C., who is valiantly attempting to get Alejandra to fall in love with him; Alejandra, who is playing hard to get and is busy trying to sashay out from under the responsibilities of being a diplomat’s daughter; and T.C.’s brother Augie, who is gay and in love and everyone knows it but him.

My review: Continue reading My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger

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