Young Adult Book Reviews Category

Virtual YA Book Club Discussion: Pure by Julianna Baggott

For our recent book club, we read Pure by Julianna Baggot. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect other than I knew it would be a post-apocalyptic YA novel. When I started it, it was pretty scary to me, so much so that I tried not to read it before I went to […]

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Virtual YA Book Club: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Before I get started with the discussion on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I wanted to announce two things: 1) I’m canceling our December book club. The holidays are a nutso time and I need a little break to catch up on life. 2) I’m happy to announce our January 2013 book […]

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Virtual YA Book Club Discussion: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Welcome YA Book Club to our second book discussion! I must admit that I didn’t like this book in the beginning and it took me about 20 pages before I really got hooked. I found lowercase Will Grayson a very negative and grating character. I think if Tiny Cooper didn’t exist, I might have stopped reading, […]

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Virtual YA Book Club Discussion: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

The book We kicked off our Virtual YA Book Club with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver as our September selection. Here’s the general premise: Samantha Kingston, one of Thomas Jefferson High  School’s most popular girls, dies on Friday, February 12. But she gets the chance to relive her last day on earth—seven times. In one […]

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Interview with YA Author Kody Keplinger

When I first read about THE DUFF, I loved the idea because I felt like the DUFF in high school (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) even though many years later, I realized I wasn’t. But at the time all my friends shopped in the size 0-2 department and I felt like a whale in comparison. Of […]

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What YA I’ve Just Read: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF. The Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This debut novel by Kody Keplinger deals with what’s it like being called the DUFF and then falling for the very guy who called you the DUFF. Bianca Piper is cynical and lonely. And she thinks her best friends are beautiful and she is not. When Wesley Rush, […]

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What YA I’ve Just Read: HUNTRESS by Malinda Lo

After “meeting” young adult author Malinda Lo on a Twitter #yalitchat one Wednesday evening (if you don’t know about #yalitchat, here’s some info), I requested an ARC (advanced reading copy) through her publisher of her book, HUNTRESS. HUNTRESS tells the story of two 17-year-old girls, Kaede and Taisin, who are plucked out of school and […]

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What YA I’ve Just Read: Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

Full disclosure: I’m on Chronicle Books Gold Reviewer Panel for their YA books. Recently I was flying to NYC and read a chunk of PRISONERS IN THE PALACE by Michaela MacColl on my 5-hour flight from California. A few days later, my in-laws were watching the movie, Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, and I was […]

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What YA I’ve Just Read: The Sky is Everywhere / Story of a Girl

I just finished two amazing YA books that I got from my local library. (Side note: Support your local library. Every time you visit and check books out, you help them.) Both were books that were recommended to me by my agent or other YA authors who said you MUST read these books. And they […]

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